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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590309391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590309391
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This umpteenth volume from the highly regarded Vietnamese Zen monk really has nothing new, but that is precisely the author's point: just do a few simple things, and keep doing them. True love—the real thing—is actually hard to practice, and so Nhat Hanh begins with a short Buddhist explanation on the components of love—loving kindness, compassion, joy and freedom—and then offers a series of practices, including mantras, deep listening and a variety of meditations. Throughout, he skillfully weaves in Buddhist teachings about consciousness and nonduality whose complexity belies the simplicity of the author's words. Nhat Hanh is always good, and poetic, at seeing the deep in the ordinary: how the ring of a telephone can be a call to awareness, how the waste material of human fear and pain can be composted—transformed—into flowers of understanding and hope. These teachings will all be familiar to the many students and admirers of the popular monk, but the compassionate call to awareness and to everyday practice does not grow old. The book's gift format makes it an especially good choice as a present to anyone who might need an accessible door to the author's vast body of work and teachings.
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Review

"Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama."—New York Times

"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

More About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

Customer Reviews

This book is short and easy to read.
mary basrai
This is a little book you can read within a couple of sittings, and if you are open to it, it will open your heart.
Vanessa
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart is a gem of a book.
Sylvia J. Owens

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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa VINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a little book you can read within a couple of sittings, and if you are open to it, it will open your heart.

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.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Science Fiction and Marketing on June 1, 2008
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I just finished reading Thich Nhat Hanh's "True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart." This little 100 page meditation simply changed my perspective on many things.

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.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Alfredo on January 5, 2007
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I agree with another reviewer of this book that it is a little piece of poetry. However, this book is not meant to be just for information or for its teachings to be turned into belief or to be idealized, but instead the teachings in this book were meant to be practiced. Become love for your spouse, your children and everyone around you, and see life blossom...for you and all of those touched by true love!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jackson on March 13, 2008
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Amazon needs to come up with a thesaurus for typical review expressions. I am desperate for something else to say other than "this book changed my life", but I got nothin'!

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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Randazzo on April 6, 2008
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The copyright of this book is 1997. Eckart Tolle's book "A New Earth" came out in 2005... 8 years later. This book is like the pocket book for "A New Earth". Eckart Tolle goes into greater dept in his book on the same topics that are mentioned in Thick Nhat Hanh's book. "True Love" gets right to the heart of awakening the heart. I especially enjoyed the chapters on The Energy of Mindfulness, Caring our Pain (the pain-body Tolle talks about), Telephone Meditation and Getting Rid of Our Concepts (egos). A small but powerful little book. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Bertini on July 29, 2008
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When settling in to read a book on love by a buddhist monk, I expected a fair amount of theory and not so much practical advice. I was wrong! In each chapter, the author first defines the components of true love. Then he gives readers solid, yet simple, steps to take to find/create that love. He even ties in references to Jesus to give the book even broader appeal to those not familiar with Buddhism. It's a great read, and much much much is packed into this relatively tiny book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Allison N. Schumacher on January 17, 2008
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The is a wonderful book that really can help awaken your heart. I read this book twice imediately after I got it, and will read it many times again as time goes on. Thich Nhat Hanh is an amazing writer and human, and phrases his prose in a way that can touch any heart. It is a quick read with much impact.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By kis on April 6, 2008
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We all 'look for love in all the wrong places'. This book brings us home to the real thing.
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