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The increasingly popular Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, addresses an emotion that affects us all: fear
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese poet, bestselling author and peace activist, has been a Buddhist monk for over 40 years. He was chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace delegation during the Vietnam War and was nominated by Dr Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1966 he visited the US and Europe on a peace mission and was unable to return to his native land. Today he heads Plum Village, a meditation community in south-western France, where he teaches, writes, gardens and aids refugees worldwide. Websites include- www.interbeing.org.uk and www.plumvillage.org
"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth" * The Dalai Lama * "Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout...a scholar of immense intellectual capacity" * Martin Luther King * "Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha" * Sogyal Rinpoche *
One of the world's foremost Buddhist masters and advocates for peace, Nhat Hanh addresses the topic of fear in his latest book. He writes, "The practice of living fully in the present moment-what we call mindfulness-can give us the courage to face our fears and no longer be pushed and pulled around by them." He examines the sources of fear and astutely explores how mindfulness can ease inner and outer fears. Nhat Hanh stresses compassion, nonviolence, and community building at all levels as a strategy for transforming the fear and anger in the world. His thinking is guided throughout by his signature concept of "interbeing"-that all creation is interconnected. The Zen master's understanding of the grip that fear and anxiety have on modern individuals is profound. His unfailing simplicity, direct approach, and humanity shine on every page. This book is perhaps best approached by those new to his writings and to Buddhism, and those who want a gentle reminder about the possibility of true joy and respect for all living beings. Simple practices are included. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Acclaimed Vietnamese peace activist Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step) is noted for his syncretism, the freedom with which he marries Zen and Theravada insights into Buddhism, as well as hints of Western thought. His new book, rather unsurprisingly, suggests communication, community, and relaxation as remedies for fear, anxiety, and despair. -VERDICT Less a memoir than a spiritual guide, this book is likely to appeal most strongly to Buddhists rather than to those interested in peace activism or history. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.