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Being Peace Paperback – September 10, 2005
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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
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.
Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center and has written several books.
Mayumi Oda (Illustrator) was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1941. Her paintings are exhibited internationally, and her recent work as an activist includes coordination of the World Court Project, an effort to make nuclear weapons illegal, and helping to establish a women s refuge center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mayumi currently lives, farms, and swims in Kealakekua, Hawaii.
Arnold Kotler (Editor of First Edition) was an ordained student at the San Francisco and Tassajara Zen Centers from 1969 to 1984. He was the founding editor of Parallax Press and now resides in Hawaii.
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When I do feel myself slipping away from troubles or problems in life, reading a few chapters always brings me back to who I am.
It's a great read by the Zen Master Thich a hat Hanh that shows us how much more important life is if we just take a second to breathe rather become caught up in the rush we live in today.
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.
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.