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“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on earth.”—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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A Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is an internationally known author, poet, scholar, and peace activist, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ; Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames; Peace Is Every Step; and The Miracle of Mindfulness. He has founded monastic communities in France, Vermont, and California and teaches actively around the world.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590308387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590308387
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful By mack paul on March 13, 2010
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Thich Nhat Hanh was the first meditation teacher I ever read. I went on to explore the literature widely. I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I'd sort of dismissed him as too simplistic- kind of a Mr. Rogers for adults. In his writing there are no abstractions, none of the ambitious theorizing about "enlightenment." He sticks with very simple basics teachings of moment to moment awareness of the breath as a key to human happiness. In our very uncertain times he advises that we take our anger and fear and treat them with great care and tenderness so that we can relate to others with kindness and compassion. He is indeed a Mr. Rogers for adults, exactly the guy we unhappy adults need.
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99 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Maslanka on September 26, 2009
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As always, the writing is fluid, spare and moving.If you have never read on the subject, this is a wonderful introduction. If you have, an excellent summary. His descriptions, especially of karma and nirvana, bring simplicity and understanding to difficult concepts. (Einstein was right:when you really understand something, you can make it simple.) He also shares numerous breathing meditations useful for us all.A book to be read again and again.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Eric Gross VINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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Every page of You Are Here glitters with love, insight, and, best of all, practicality. I just love this book because from the very first page it goes to the very heart of the truly awakened life. Also Thich Nhat Hanh pulls no punches, He deals with struggle, pain, and the greatest challenges of life. He can do this with authority because he has lived every bit of it. Frankly, I do not consider myself a Buddhist, since I am, truly, a non-believer except for my own life directly lived, but this book speaks from this powerful voice. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Snyder on September 9, 2010
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I am extraordinarily happy that I bought this book. The common sense approach is above and beyond my expectations. Hanh speaks to the reader as a teacher speaks to a student, "Here are things you can do to make your life better, go ahead, don't hesitate, you can do it." I have begun the practices Hanh preaches and can tell you already I have seen a difference in my life and the way others are around me. This was exactly what I was looking for and what I needed.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By LovesAgoodRead on September 24, 2009
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Another beautiful, profound message from "Thay!" The power of the present moment is artfully and lovingly explored. Beyond armchair theory, this gentle monk suggests practical applications in handling, embracing life challenges from a center of consciousness accessible to anyone. There is no requirement to adapt a belief system or theology. Upon finishing this book the first time, I gained a more compassionate regard for some challenging individuals. And here I am.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert F. Tynan on October 8, 2009
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Thich Nhat Hanh provides another demonstration of his skills as a Buddhist master and story teller. "You Are Here" further explores the Dharma whilst entertaining the reader with relevant practice "tips" for both beginner and serious meditator alike."To me, the definition of hell is simple. It is a place where there is no understanding and no compassion." It is Thich Nhat Hanh's ability to simplify that is his great skill in inspiring us to strengthen our practice and clarify thorny concepts at the same time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Koegler on October 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
The author explains in a concise and insightful manner the possibility of being present and being able to pause and re-center yourself. I especially liked the easy-to-read writing and the pieces of wisdom and catching poems which enrich and nourish the content.

I also highly recommend the books: Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life
and
Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment

These books also show the way to the Here and Now by BEING: if you are able to see yourself in a "neutral" way without judging, you are able to live in the moment with consistency. Ariel and Shya Kane have an entertaining and touching way of writing and never lose their humor (which by the way is an important part of being here).

All three books are a great read for all who would like to discover the magic of the moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Brainard on July 9, 2013
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As someone who is mostly familiar with classes, books, and retreats from the Christian spiritual tradition, I was dazzled for this little book to be my first read about Zen Buddhist mindfulness meditation.

The 140 pages are not over-loaded with technical jargon. Hanh sprinkles in some teachings about Buddhism a little bit during the first few chapters, but then more heavily at the end for those who are interested. Even there, he is very concise. This seems like the perfect book to get your feet wet with a Buddhist approach to mindfulness.

The practice is explained right away along with the simply philosophy behind it. Among the masses, our minds are often preoccupied with regrets from the past and worries or plans about the future. We go through our daily experiences without truly being "here" in that sense.

From the very first pages Hanh introduces this mantra that you say internally as you are breathing: "Breathing in, I know that I am breathing. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out." You don't necessarily try to manipulate your breathing, you simply follow it and use the mantra to focus on your breath as you feel it going in and out (focused enough to let go of the whirlwind of your other preoccupations). I have found that this simple practice, the backbone of Hanh's book, has the power to help me not be "up in my head" and, even better, truly be present where I am. When biking through the park, I notice the trees in a way I didn't before. I hear the birds and the trickle of the stream in a way I didn't before. The present moment becomes something enjoyable for me, while not accumalating unnecessary stress from unproductive ruminating. Suddenly I am living in the present and not the future.
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