- Paperback: 70 pages
- Publisher: Rider & Co; New Ed edition (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0712654275
- ISBN-13: 978-0712654272
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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BREATHE, YOU ARE ALIVE : Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing Paperback – Import, 1992
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Breathe! You Are Alive: Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing is a new and revised edition of the Buddha's most important and basic teachings on meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh presents three translations of The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati) from the Pali and the Chinese. In his commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh outlines the methods of conscious breathing taught by the Buddha and offers exercises for practicing them today. These commentaries give the reader access to the profound nourishment available when we slow down and get in touch with our in-breath and our out-breath. Breathe! You Are Alive is an essential addition to any library Buddhism collection. --Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Text: English, Vietnamese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have been reading Thay's books since the late 1990s. My favorites are this book and Thay's biography of the Buddha, "Old Paths, White Clouds" but none of the two dozen or so books I've read by Thay have ever let me down. One can be a Monotheist and fit right in to Thay's program. As a Shia Muslim, I agree with those Muslim scholars that believe the Buddha was a Prophet of God, and believing that I fit right in to the local Sangha based Thay's teaching, even though that isn't the belief of the other people in the Sangha.
I recommend many books by Thay. Besides the two I mentioned above, I recommend Transformation and Healing, The Miracle of Mindfulness,
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Being Peace, The Heart of Understanding (teachings on the Heart Sutra), Chanting from the Heart, Zen Keys, The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion (teachings on the Diamond Sutra), and very importantly, "For a Future to be Possible", which is Thay's take on the Five Precepts, which Thay recasts as the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
Thich Nhat Hanh, though very old now, is my favorite modern Buddhist writer. Other writers that have been helfpul for me have been Jack Kornfield and Bhikkhu Bodhi, but Thich Nhat Hanh seems to have effected me the most. I believe Thay's teachings can be used by anyone, and this breath meditation can be a benefit for anyone and everyone.
Thich Nhat Hanh offers clear instruction on how to meditate, `topics' for meditation and the reasons for and benefits of meditation, as he works through the Buddha's 16 practices of Breath Awareness.
"Breathe! You are Alive" is both a guide to meditation and to life, encouraging us to look deeply into our body and mind, and the world around us, using meditation practice to embrace and transform our suffering, and to touch the "positive seeds" in us and around us. Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes the benefits of learning to calm and relax the body/mind and to experience the happiness that is available right now. And he presents the `deeper' Buddhist teachings of `no birth/no death' and `interbeing' in concrete ways that we can practice right now.
Thich Nhat Hanh also offers his own translation of the Sutra and his view of how this teaching has been presented in different Buddhist traditions.
No prior experience with meditation or Buddhist Teachings is necessary to enjoy this book and one can use the practices while remaining within whatever our root religion/spiritual practice is.
BTW, This book is, more or less the Companion to "Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfullness". Both of these Sutras represent part of the core of Buddhist thought.