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True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart Paperback – October 11, 2011
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"A simplicity and directness that brings true love within reach."—Dragonfly Review
"Recommended reading for anyone who loves."—Ascent Magazine
"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."—the Dalai Lama
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It's not a book about relationships or about fixing problems -- it's about changing your perspective, becoming still and present to your experience. You don't need to search for love elsewhere -- if you can consistently practice what Thich Nhat Hanh calls "mindfulness", you will *be* love and you will see it everywhere. When I was done reading this book, I felt a sense of peace and presence and a wonderful knowing that all the love I ever need is right here in my own heart.
Talking about a powerful read on how to show and demonstrate love in your life. It all comes back to mindful presence, being there, not just in body, but in full absolute awareness. A true demonstration of love is not monetary or even a gesture but the action of being truly present.
The book really helped me see things differently. If my soul was a gorgeous red onion, and the sweet, yet spicy heart was my true essence, then True Love peeled away a couple of layers to help me see things better. And it put the way I care for others into a perspective, some of which I really didn't want to see. I think the book made me a better person.
There many fantastic meditations, which get your mind to calm itself and focus on true love. It focuses on making oneself loving in your actions towards wife/husband, etc., rather than other-centric love. Though Buddhist at its heart, one of the things that makes Hanh so accessible is his ability to tie his meditation and theory back to Christian theology. In essence, he knows his reader is Western and caters to us.
The book begins with the four aspects of love, which Hanh describes as:
1) Maitri: Loving kindness
2) Karuna: Sympathy, or the ability to ease others pain
3) Mudita: Joyful loving
4) Upeksha: Freedom through love
Really, quite a good book if spirituality and/or matters of the heart are important to you.
This was my very first book on Buddhism and it's effect on my life has been profound. The whole thing is like 10 pages long but Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings helped me to fully appreciate and enjoy a very loving relationship I was in at the time of purchase. But it was also there for me when that relationship ended and I needed to take good compassionate care of myself. And most importantly, it's been with me ever since to make me aware that love is all around. Open your heart. Open your heart. Open your heart. That is the message.
For reals. It's good. Buy it.
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This book is a very insightful and an easy read. I am a mother of three, wife going on 15 years and a special education teacher. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Heather K.
Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh is a generous compassionate person with wise and gentle advice on all matters in life.Published 14 days ago by Dr. Jonathan Lang
Love this author; this book simplifies love and the 4 mantras in terms everyone can understand!Published 1 month ago by Maureen L