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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames Paperback – Deckle Edge, September 3, 2002
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"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace if applied, would build a monument of ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
"He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth." —His Holiness The Dalai Lama
"Hanh doesn't limit his task to discussing anger between families and friends; he also deals with anger between citizens and governments. That expansive vision is not surprising (Hanh, after all, is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee) but it is refreshing, lifting this book out of the self-absorbed, self-help pile." —Publishers Weekly
"Reminding us that small spiritual matters are really large spiritual matters, the author offers wisdom and serenity to comfort readers as they work through anger to a place of 'being peace.'" —Library Journal
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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The lessons repeat throughout the book, and essentially boil down to the Buddhist idea of mindfulness; to pay attention to things, including yourself. If you're angry, stop what you're doing and figure out why. There is rarely anything more important than *stopping* when you find yourself angry. Practicing not being angry, over time, makes it much easier to not be angry, and so on.
As far as "easy to read", many self help books - heck, many books of many genres - seem to make the text more difficult, to make the author sound more important. This doesn't make that pretense, at all. It feels like an incredibly well written book report, written by the world's most enlightened fifth grader. It makes for an easy conversant tone, and a quick read, and a quick re-read.
For some people, the lessons and stories in the book might be very obvious. For others out here, it helps to read it once. If you've had problems with anger, if you have two to four hours to read through this, and trying to improve yourself is worth $10 to you, this book is certainly worth a shot.
A Vietnamese monk who has walked with Martin Luther King and has championed for rights of others does not disappoint in yet another one of his great writings. He is a huge spiritual leader in the Buddhist faith and is from the Plum Village Monastery in France. Reading his words will calm your soul. The way he writes is healing and to listen to him speak, also very healing. I was scheduled to go to a one week retreat with him in 2009 but he got the pneumonia and could not make the retreat. Needless to say I was quite saddened. I have read his books for years!
If you struggle with anger and calming yourself down. This book has some great information and advice for "cooling the flames." I have bought a second copy and I lend it out from my lending library. The adolescents that I have loaned ti to seem to like it alright and it has been passed to 3 of them so far. It is a quick read and Thich Nhat Hahn doesn't disappoint. Just as his others, I believe it to be a great book. Thay has written many many books. And honestly probably whatever book you get by him will probably be a great book.
Would definitely recommend this book and for that matter others that this author has written have all been well written.