The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

The Heart of the Buddha s Teaching Transforming Suffering into Peace Joy and Liberation If there is a candidate for Living Buddha on earth today it is Thich Nhat Hanh Richard Baker roshi In The Heart of the Buddha s Teaching now with added material and new insights Thich Nhat Hanh int

  • Title: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • ISBN: 9780767903691
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • If there is a candidate for Living Buddha on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh Richard Baker roshi In The Heart of the Buddha s Teaching, now with added material and new insights, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddh If there is a candidate for Living Buddha on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh Richard Baker roshi In The Heart of the Buddha s Teaching, now with added material and new insights, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy all qualities of enlightenment Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth His Holiness the Dalai Lama Thich Nhat Hanh is a real poet Robert Lowell

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    1. First, I want to make a distinction between what I’d like to call ‘cultural Buddhism’ and ‘secular Buddhism’. Secular Buddhism, much like secular Christianity, is a distilled version of cultural Buddhism made to fit the vogues of our society. Offensive elements are purged, unreasonable stories and precepts dismissed, and what you have left is a perfectly digestible form of the original that now can be taught as an elective for school credit. Cultural Buddhism, as I’ve deemed it, is B [...]

    2. If you're looking for an erudite, comprehensive overview of mainstream Buddhist thought, "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" is an adequate choice, but prepare for a long, hard slog. Thich Nhat Hanh is at his best when he's telling stories from his own life— his time in Vietnam during the war, or stories about the Buddhist community he started in France. Unfortunately, most of the book isn't told from his personal point of view— it's an academic rundown of major Buddhist ideas (and endlessl [...]

    3. "Let us look at a wave on the surface of the ocean. A wave is a wave. It has a beginning and an end. It might be high or low, more or less beautiful than other waves. But a wave is, at the same time, water. Water is the ground of being of the wave. It is important that a wave knows that she is water, and not just a wave. We, too, live our life as an individual. We believe that we have a beginning and an end, that we are separate from other living beings. That is why the Buddha advised us to look [...]

    4. I loved this book. I think I love Buddhism, but please, please, please, don't make me take a test on it.When I decided I wanted to know more about Buddhism, it was because of my developing interest in yoga. I can't tell you how exactly Buddhism is related to yoga, but it surely is. First of all, I find no need for faith in yoga or Buddhism. It works. I practice yoga, I feel better. I practice Buddhist principles, I feel better. No faith involved.Compare this with Judaism. You believe in God? Pro [...]

    5. Lucid and helpful with great presentation of Noble Eightfold Path especially.Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and am incorporating parts of it in my meditation.

    6. This book by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh goes into a lot of the background from the later-life teachings of the Buddha such as the Lotus Sutra, so in a way, it's more about what the Zen school of Buddhism or Mahayana sects in general teach. Concepts are well-explained with copious footnotes, and it remembers the Indian roots of Buddhism throwing in Sanskrit / Pali terms in addition to Japanese and Chinese terms.But while the book is easy to read, it often overwhelms the reader with [...]

    7. I have been savoring this book for some time, and was lucky to have it with me while trapped on planes and in airports and on an overnight detour to Detroit--Hanh's teachings didn't quite transform the ordeal into great spiritual practice, but they did vastly improve the experience. Many of his other books can be read almost as a philosophy of Buddhism; here he explains the basic religious tenets in depth (and with more clarity than I'd previously encountered in introductory texts). While not qu [...]

    8. nwhytevejournal/1935728mlA book by a prominent Buddhist monk outlining key teachings of Buddhism. I started off rather liking it as an approach to mindfulness and how to process suffering and the good things about life. But after he Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, I started to get a bit irritated with the constant discovery of new lists of important spiritual things, from the Two Truths up to the Twelve Links of Interdependent Co-Arising; it seems to me that over-describing the undescr [...]

    9. This is an excellent book to read to understand the core fundamentals of Buddhism. It covers the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, in a good amount of detail. It also goes further than that, drawing on key concepts which are common to most variants of Buddhism. I liked the fact on how Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes the need for depth in life - developing it by living the values, the Buddha taught and practised. Mindfulness is expectedly a strong theme throughout the book. The only aspect whi [...]

    10. this is a very useful book for me, helping to clarify exactly what is the difference between religious and philosophical texts, what I like about Buddhist thought, what I learn, what I generally do not note. as far as difference: ethical assertions within a metaphysical superstructure, ontological arguments, referring often to texts or authorities or stories, is religion. conceptual exploration of said superstructure, of metaphysics, of arguments, referring often to other philosophical texts, is [...]

    11. I consider myself a spiritual person. And have for as long as I remember being alive, wanted to stay away from religion, any religion. Reading about Buddhism, I truly recognized myself, and the way I live my life inside the faith and practises. What I like most is the here and now way of living. Through meditation and living mindfully, is what I believe to be the most important qualities for any soul to practice. In order to understand the here and now, is all that really matters. As I read more [...]

    12. Adding this one to the list of "books that have changed my life." This is an excellent, clearly-written explanation of major tenets of Zen Buddhism. My only complaint is the use of terms without definitions. For some unfamiliar terms, definitions are provided late in the text, while others go completely unexplained. Overall, though, a lovely and important read.

    13. I first picked up this book when I was going through an identity crisis in the seventh or eight grade. Many books have made me think, many books have changed my opinions before, but the Heart of the Buddha's Teachings has been the only book to change my life. I remember the very day when I read a passage from this piece and it was like a great awakening.

    14. A thorough and very easy to digest review, in depth, of the teachings of the Buddha. Thay delivers here.minating the path with clarity.

    15. Probably the best introduction to the trappings of Buddhist thought and methodologies; simultaneously instructing the reader in the way to be a mindful and useful human being. Written by a man who is fully awake and filled with metta. Everyone should read this book. It should be taught at school. The world would be so much better for it.

    16. Read this in like 2010 when I bought my first yoga mat. When Buddhism was still a coping mechanism, a defense strategy, a theory not a practice. Who am I kidding. I'm always the same person I have always been.

    17. Still the best book on Buddhism that I have read.The first two sections are the best, providing a nice overview of the ideas at the heart--as it were--of Buddhist philosophy. Thay certainly has his axes to grind. He is of the opinion that Buddhist practice should emphasize joy, not suffering--suffering is something to get beyond; and to emphasize the immanence of nirvana, rather than putting it off for the after life (or after lives).He provides textual support for his take. I am not enough of a [...]

    18. The tag line of this book is "Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation." In Part I, the author writes about the Four Noble Truths. The First Noble Truth is Suffering (dukkha), the recognition that suffering is ever-present in our lives. The Second Noble Truth is the origin, roots, nature, creation, or arising (samudaya) of suffering. The Third Noble Truth is the cessation of suffering, which is achieved by refraining from doing the things that cause us to suffer. The Fourth Noble T [...]

    19. What should we think when on the one hand Buddhism tells us that life is suffering and on the other we are told to enjoy life's every moment? Loved around the world for his simple, straightforward explanations of Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh has finally turned his hand to the very core of Buddhism and conundrums such as this. In the traditional way, Thich Nhat Hanh takes up the core teachings one by one--the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Twelve Links of Interdependent Co-Arising- [...]

    20. Please buy this book on amzn/2jvwn9e to support my work.Intensely peaceful. Thich Nhat Hanh who is often called as the current Buddha is a master of explaining the core of Buddhist teaching. I myself have been interested in Buddhism from a long time since I'm an atheist and this book quenched my thirst. Buddhism is not a religion. It's a way of life. You can belong to any religion and still follow the Buddhist principles. The main Buddhist principles are the four noble truths which deal with suf [...]

    21. I started to read this book for my meditation class at the community college, but it became more than an assignment for me. The beginning shook me up because of the reference to "allowing the Buddha to enter your heart"-- it sounded a little close to Christianity. But I took a chance and got past that first chapter. I really like the way the Venerable Monk teaches the basics of Buddhism in this volume. He doesn't stop at the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, which can be expounded on exp [...]

    22. This is really a great bookrsonally, I do not care for TNH's style, many of his metaphors, and some of his interpretations of basic Dharma concepts (things like calling Nirvana "well-being") do not sit with me particularly well.That said, I think most of my gripe with the book is really just that, not liking the style superficially. It's a really excellent, fairly detailed and concise, but also easy to read book on Mahayana Buddhist concepts.I would recommend it to anyone who is getting into Bud [...]

    23. I first read this book about five years ago. I found it both heavy going and life changing. Returning to The Heart of Buddha's Teaching, I was pleased that I was able to understand more but it is still overwhelming. I think the problem is the huge amount of information: the four noble truths, the twelve turnings of the wheel, the eight fold path, the twelve links of interdependent co-arising, I could go on And although each item made sense, the overall feeling was indigestion but perhaps that's [...]

    24. An absolute "must read" for newcomers to Buddhism as well as those who have practiced for many years. Thich Nhat Hanh breaks down some of the most basic concepts of Buddhism by way of analogies, stories, concrete examples, and comparisons, making the concepts accessible to anyone. He is respectful of other perspectives and sects of Buddhism and has written the book with complete awareness of the present day and Buddhism's relevance to it. I've been a Buddhist all my life and this one will defini [...]

    25. A concise overview of the basics of Buddhism. I would have liked a few more examples and metaphors. We get a lot of repetition of "everything is one" and "be present."I struggle with the concept that being present equals happiness. I struggle with the idea that our wandering thoughts are problematic. How else do we come up with ideas? I struggle with not thinking of past and future. It's fun to reminisce with friends. Goals are thoughts of the future arent they? What's wrong with ambition?The bo [...]

    26. This is the books we read at the study group of "Exploring Buddhism" at East West Crossings. I like this book very much. In particular, the way Thich Naht Hahn's comment on the Buddha today may as well be a Sangha, a community of meditators who are already treading on the path of liberation. His understanding of the dependent co-arising (Paticca Samupada) is also deep, there is no need to abandon our mind and body, no need to run away from this world, we simply need to transform them with love a [...]

    27. A nice introduction to the basics of Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh makes concepts simple and easy to understand for those unfamiliar with Buddhism and lays out the basics in a clear fashion. If you're looking for some of the finer details, this probably isn't the book for you, but for a nice overview, this is a great place to start. I'd highly recommend this to beginners due to its simplicity and knack of getting basic concepts across.

    28. Great book. Not recommended for a beginner getting into Buddhist concepts and practice. This was a lot of information, you could spend years just reflecting and practicing on one chapter. Some really beautiful prose at times, found some passages that really resonated with me and helped me think in a more positive way about some things in life.

    29. An exact journey through the four noble truths and the eightfold path in a way that only Thich Nhat Hanh can teach. Simplicity and eloquence are his best qualities. From someone who has studied as a Buddhist Monk for almost seventy years and it shows. He defines in detail without complications and questions left unasked.

    30. This is the book that I have probably read most in my life. It came at a time when i was first getting interested in spirituality and i constantly re-read it, especially in times of hardship. Thich Nhat Hanh writes in a very peaceful and eloquent manner. His words bring peace of mind and stillness to the reader. I highly recommend this book to any person and all different ages of people.

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