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Being Peace Paperback – September 10, 2005
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This collection of teachings by noted Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh will be eagerly read by those concerned about world peace. Rev. Thich claims that world peace starts with the individual's acquiring inner peace. He challenges the reader in warm and anecdotal dialogues:"Have we wasted our hours and days? Are we wasting our lives? . . . Practicing Buddhism is to be alive to each moment." Meditation, says the author, is not an escape from the difficult present but an active form of service to society, directing us to understanding and compassion toward all suffering humanity. The author terms this "engaged Buddhism." Free of jargon and eminently practical, this wise and joyous book celebrates the spirituality inherent in daily life. For academic and public libraries. Alphonse Vinh, Yale Univ. Lib.
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"...a jewel of love and wisdom."
REVIEWS OF ORIGINAL EDITION:
Free of jargon and eminently practical, this wise and joyous book celebrates the spirituality inherent in daily life.”
a glass of water in the desert for those interested in both Buddhism and the world.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Being Peace is distilled wisdom, the language simple and clear. This book is for everyone.”
[Thich Nhat Hanh] has pared down the voluminous teachings of Buddhism to their innermost core.”
Stephen Batchelor, in Resurgence
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Approaching the book from a Christian perspective, one of the difficult subjects for me was the author's understanding of reincarnation and recalling past existences. One of the emphases which I appreciated was that of the interrelatedness of human beings. We take care of/love others by doing the same for ourselves. If I am happy, it is more likely that you are happy, and vice versa. Likewise, if I am wrong, you may suffer, and vice versa. Beyond these truths, there is the matter that everything is interrelated. These ideas are just a sample of the richness to be found in "Being Peace." I recommend it to anyone interested in "being peace" and moving further along the Buddhist path.
Thay's position in BEING PEACE is that we cannot HAVE peace until we ARE peace; in short, we must actualize peace through our lives. He gives us a series of illustrative situations to think on, and also gives us "The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of Interbeing," a set of modernized and specially-adapted Zen Precepts that we can work with.
Perhaps the simplest summation of BEING PEACE comes toward the end: "There is a lot of anger in the Peace Movement...very good at writing a protest letter...need[ing] to write a love letter, a letter that [the recipient] wants to read."
By "being peace" we can be people other people want to be with.