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Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Hardcover – May 15, 1998
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Thich Nhat Hanh's introduction begins with the Turning the Dharma Wheel Sutra, the classic tale of Buddha's announcement in the Deer Park of his awakening. Nhat Hanh then proceeds through a series of laundry-list definitions of core Buddhist terminology: Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, The Three Dharma Seals, The Three Doors of Liberation, The Twelve Links of Causation, The Three Jewels, The Six Harmonies, The Five Powers, The Five Wonderful Precepts and The Four Immeasurable Minds. Despite the tedium of the list, Nhat Hanh does present Buddhism as way of thinking and a well-traveled path toward enlightenment. Buddhism, he teaches, is not only about the individual's attainment of enlightenment but also about the community, past and present, which has fostered the possibility of an individual's enlightenment. As an introduction to Buddhism, this is a masterful inventory of the basic accouterments of a well-furnished Buddhist life.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humbe and devout. He is [also] a scholar of immense intellectual capacity." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize
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The 3 or 4 small changes I made after reading the book
had an impact in my personal life and work that no other
insight has ever have made.
You will not regret buy it
While I have started picking up additional books about Buddhism, I will be surprised if any of them speak to me as directly or effectively as this classic. I expect to return to its basic clarity repeatedly for many years. This week, for example, I will share the chapter on Sutta interpretation with my Sutta Study group.
Whomever you are, whatever your belief, it will open your perspective and give you some fat to chew one - something to contemplate.
My favorite part is the section on the Six Paramitas - about interdependent co-arising - an important concept for understanding our life and times.
Start from the beginning - particularly if you grew up with a "western mind".
It may take some time to fully understand the concepts, even though they are simple, because the mind may be otherwise oriented.
This book is the simplest presentation of these concepts, so easy to read, with great illustrations of the concepts - very helpful.
I occasionally buy a copy and send it to someone as a gift.
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