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Name: The Miracle of Mindfulness
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Author: Thich Nnaht Hanh
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication Date: May 1,1999
Language: original language vietnamese then translated to English
Genre: Self Help Book
What it is
This is a book that offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware.
Thich Nhat Hanh in this book reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work towards greater self-understanding and peacefulness.
It is worth noting that this book was originally written in vietnamese and then translated in English by Mobi Ho.
It is a manual on meditation.
In this Vietnamese name , the family name is
Thích. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the
given name Nhất Hạnh .
Born on October 11, 1926 th is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist .
At the age of 16 he entered the monastery at Từ Hiếu Temple near Huế, Vietnam , where his primary teacher was Zen Master Thanh Quý Chân Thật.
A graduate of Báo Quốc Buddhist Academy in Central Vietnam, Thích Nhất Hạnh received training in Vietnamese traditions of Mahayana Buddhism, as well as
Vietnamese Thiền , and was ordained as a monk in 1949.
In 1956 Nhất Hạnh was named editor-in-chief of Vietnamese Buddhism , the periodical of the Unified Vietnam Buddhist Association ( Vietnamese : Giáo Hội Phật Giáo Việt Nam Thống Nhất ).
In the following years he founded Lá Bối Press, the Vạn Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon , and the School of Youth for Social Service (SYSS); a neutral corps of Buddhist peaceworkers who went into rural areas to establish schools, build healthcare clinics, and help rebuild villages.
Nhất Hạnh is now recognized as a dharmacharya (teacher), and as the spiritual head of the Từ Hiếu Pagoda and associated monasteries.
On May 1, 1966 at Từ Hiếu Temple, he received the “lamp transmission,” making him a dharmacharya, from Zen Master Chân Thật.
Thích Nhất Hạnh lives in the Plum Village meditation center in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks.
He coined the term ” Engaged Buddhism ” in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire .
After a long term of exile , he was given permission to make his first return trip to
Vietnam in 2005.
Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is active in the peace movement , promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict .
He also refrains from
animal product consumption ( veganism ) as a means of nonviolence towards animals.
What The Book Talks About
Keep your attention focused on the work, be alert and ready to handle ably and intelligently any situation which may arise–this is mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. It is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
Consider for example a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region–hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that!
Mindfulness is at the same time a means and an end, the seed and the fruit. When we practice mindfulness in order to build up concentration, mindfulness is the seed. But mindfulness itself is the life of awareness: the presence of mindfulness means the presence of life, and therefore mindfulness is also the fruit. Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life. Mindfulness enables us to live.
You should know how to breathe in order to maintain mindfulness. Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
The Sutra of Mindfulness teaches the method to take hold of one’s breath in the following manner: “Be ever mindful you breathe in and mindful you breathe out…”
In a Buddhist monastery everyone learns to use breath as a tool to stop mental dispersion and to build up concentration power. Concentration power is the strength which comes from practicing mindfulness.
For beginners the method, “following the length of the breath,” the student lies, back down, on the floor
When doing this exercise don’t prop on a pillow, one should like on his or her back with a thin blanket or mat with two arms loosely at the sides. Focus your attention on your exhalation and measure how long it is.
Your breath should be light, even, and flowing, like a thin stream of water running through the sand. Your breath should be quiet, so quiet that a person sitting next to you cannot hear it. Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used.
When you sit down to meditate begin by watching your breath. At first breathe normally, gradually letting your breathing slow down until it is quiet, even and the e of the breaths are fairly long. From the moment you sit down to the moment your breathing has become deep and silent, be conscious of everything that is happening in yourself.
Counting your breath entails
Making your breath calm and even and is called the method of following one’s breath. If it seems hard you can first begin by counting your breath. As you breathe in, count 1 in your mind, and as your breathe out count 1 and so forth.
Each person should try hard to reserve one day out of the week to devote entirely to their practice of mindfulness.
Why should you meditate? First of all, because each of us needs to realize total rest. Even a night of sleep doesn’t provide total rest. It is possible to find total rest in a sitting position, and in turn to advance deeper in meditation in order to resolve the worries and troubles that upset and block your consciousness.
Thich Nhat Hanh presents several methods for becoming liberated.
Hanh suggests that we treat each of our activities as an opportunity for being aware: Walking, we should be aware that we are walking; breathing, we should be aware of our breathing. We should not focus on anything other than the thing that we are doing. One of the key methods that Hanh presents is learning to be aware of breathing.
Aside from being aware of our physical selves, awareness requires an awareness of our mind. He suggests that we notice and acknowledge our thoughts but not allow them to influence us in any way. We should recognize our feelings, thoughts and ideas, but never judge them because they are us.
Hanh introduces the five aggregates as a method for realizing the interconnectedness and the changing nature of the self , as represented by the aggregates, and the outside world.
The Five Aggregates
Every object of the mind is itself mind. Dharmas are grouped into five categories:
1. bodily and physical forms
4. mental functionings
Realizing interconnectedness and the changing nature of reality is a step toward liberation from the false view, which sees the world and the self as separate and unchanging entities. By realizing oneness with ourselves and the outside of ourselves, we experience liberation from the fear and anxiety of the discriminating view of the world, one that fractures reality into separate, unchanging units, brings. When we perceive the illusion of the isolated, unchanging self, we reach a level of wisdom the author calls “non-discrimination mind”. This state of seeing shows us that there is nothing out there to get, nothing to strive for, nothing to fear, as all these are an illusion springing from a fractured perception of reality. Reality is already perfect, unified, and our struggle is to see that truth, and be liberated from our chains of false perception that fractures everything into separate units. There is, in other words, no difference between the perceiver and the object being perceived; there is no separation between the self and the world.
The book contains a lot you just have to read the book to find out.
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I would also encourage you to buy from amazon as it is more convenient especially if you were going to purchase more products online.
This book is beautifully written, and if you want to get the most benefit out of it I would strongly recommend that you take your time.
Each of the seven chapters contains more wisdom-per-page than you would ever be able to absorb by reading casually, so pay attention, go slow and be sure to put the principles into practice.
If you do this then you will emerge from the experience with mindfulness skills that you can use all day long, every day of the week, and even small tasks such as making a cup of tea, washing dishes, paying the bills or driving the kids to school can become incredibly rewarding.
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as your questions.
I hope you found this review useful to you.