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About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living. Foreword by Sister Chan Khong.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188837523X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375237
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this book has truly been a lifesaver for me. it's small enough to throw in my backpack and i read it often while riding the subway in the morning. it's a wonderful transcription of a talk thich nhat hanh gave to prisoners... it has reminded me that i can be free of my own self-imposed "prison" of anxiety. in a time of such uncertainty, we all could use a little reminder to breathe and savor the moments we're given.
i know that i have benefited tremendously from this little volume. i hope that in reading it, you will enjoy a simple, yet profound deep breath and savor the present moment as well.
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"Be Free Where You Are," by Thich Nhat Hanh, is a short book. In a foreword, Sister Chan Khong notes that what follows is a transcription of a talk that the author gave to inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institute at Hagerstown on 16 Oct. 1999. The text also contains a question-and-answer session and an appendix with comments by a few attendees of the talk.
In this book Thich Nhat Hanh talks about "the energy of mindfulness," meditation, his life as a Buddhist monk, the Three Jewels of the Buddhist tradition, his own poetry, and related topics. His words are tender, kind, and peaceful, and at times gently poetic. Recommended for readers of any religious or spiritual background, but especially for those with an interest in Buddhism.
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This little book is great to carry with you wherever you go. The teachings & information is of value & serves as a reminder to stay in the present moment. I didn't like that most of the information found in this book is repeated in his other books. While I read this book, I ran into a lot of the same information found in his other books so that was disappointing. If you haven't purchased any of his other books then this would be a great starting point. If you already have some of his other books then it's basically the same material.
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A compendium of his core teachings, Be Free Where You Are is a transcription of a talk by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh given at the Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown. Hanh reveals how the Buddhist approach to "mindfulness practice" can cultivate freedom no matter what the outer circumstances might be. This wonderful 71-page collection of observations, advice, and answers to questions is a welcome and highly recommended addition to Buddhist Studies reading lists and reference collections.
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An exceptional book that encapsulates simple practices that are explained succinctly & beautifully. This book can help anyone (of any faith) to achieve happiness & peace. Whatever your situation this book is a touchstone for connecting with a LIFESPRING within & around you. A practical book that's a meditation in itself. The powerful techniques outlined can be practiced anywhere to plug into joy. Plus, it's short, sweet and and filled with practices offering consistently beneficial effects.
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Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us of our personal power to be at peace... be free... wherever we are... physically, emotionally, mentally. This perfectly sized book easily fits into a pocket... and by randomly opening it, lovely insights and encouragements are offered. With mindful walking, breathing, eating, smiling... the world becomes more than manageable... it becomes beautiful... and this inner light is quite contageous. Buy two of these books.... one to keep and one to give as a gift of love.
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The other reviews say it well already, so I'll just add that this simple, small book has moreimpact per ounce than any other I've read. It was a gift from a dear friend and introduced me to Buddhist thought. Now I'm the one giving it to friends.
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I have been a fan of Thich Naht Hanh for quite some time and where some books I find don't get to the core of what I like to practice, I find this one really shows that you find peace even if you are locked up in a cell. It shows that even those who were once lost and now are paying for the crimes they commit can overcome them while finding peace in their heart. This peace can be spread to others over time when you find that peace yourself. This was a really touching book, knowing that it was said to many prisoners gives the titles a whole new deeper meaning. Be free where you are.
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