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The subtitle is an introduction to the practice of meditation That s a bit misleading This is a lot than a value free manual The introduction tells us this the main text was originally a long letter from Thich Nhat Hanh to a fellow Buddhist monk in Vietnam in the midst of the war in 1975 Hanh, exiled from Vietnam, worked against the war and was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize Translated into English under his supervision by a friend, you can t sever this from its Buddhist context There s a lot about Buddhist philosophy here even a discussion about such issues at the naive depiction of the faith in Hesse s Siddharta The last chapter consists of a Selection of Buddhist Sutras which I found impenetrable The writing is lucid, but even though written in deceptively simple language, a lot of the concepts are pretty sophisticated and I think take repeated reading to really understand Mind you, this isn t an introduction to Buddhism per se. This isn t the place to find an overview of the religion and the focus is on meditation and mindfulness Hanh s concept of meditation and mindfulness doesn t necessarily mean what you do in a lotus position while going ohm He means by it living in the moment and fully alert even as you drink tea or wash dishes Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life Not that he doesn t see a place for formal meditation, and he provides several practical exercises, particularly focusing on the breath Our breath is the bridge from out body to our mind it alone is the tool which can bring them both together My introduction to meditation actually was in the mandatory Religion class in my Catholic high school I remember feeling silly as we were directed to go ohm Later I d be reintroduced to the practice when I took Yoga classes I remember feeling frustrated as I was told to clear my mind of all thought which I thought impossible So it was interesting and useful that it s not what Hanh directs He says rather when you have thoughts during meditation, you acknowledge the thought or feeling The essential thing is not to let any feeling or thought arise without recognizing it in mindfulness, like a palace guard who is aware of every face that passes in the front corridor It s an interesting and useful book if you re curious about meditation and Buddhism, written clearly and succinctly the main text of the book is only about a hundred pages Although to get much out of it means reading with mindfulness repeatedly, slowly, taking notes and practicing the exercises And in that regard, I think it does help to do it with others rather than just try to work through the book by yourself. When I read this 20 years ago, it had a big effect on my life I decided to read it again, and I remembered all the parts that had been so meaningful before but I didn t love it In hindsight, I don t think I read it mindfully Irony alert So I read it almost immediately again, and absolutely loved it this time My favorite parts are when he s traveling across the U.S and his friend Jim starts popping pieces of a tangerine in his mouth while discussing their plans He suggests to Jim he ought to eat the tangerine It was as if he hadn t been eating the tangerine at all If he had been eating anything, he was eating his future plans There s also this People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don t even recognize a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child our own two eyes All is a miracle My other favorite part is his retelling of a Tolstoy story he made me a fan of Tolstoy, for which I ll be forever grateful about when is the best time to do each thing, who are the most important people to work with and what is the important thing to do in any moment The only part I don t care for in the book are the very repetitive translations of sutras in the appendix, but they are easily skipped and do show the millennia old basis for his teachings Grade A A practical phenomenology of Zen consciousness genetivus subjectivus and genetivus objectivus He searches all around for his thought But what thought It is either passionate, or hateful, or confused i.e is bestimmt by a Grundstimmung What about the past, future, or present Zeitlichkeit Temporalit t What is past that is extinct, what is future that has not yet arrived and the present has no stability For thought, Kasyapa, cannot be apprehended, inside, or outside, or in between both For thought is immaterial, invisible, nonresisting, inconceivable, unsupported and homeless Thought has never been seen by any of the Buddhas, nor do they see it, nor will they see it And what the Buddhas never see, how can that be an observable process, except in the sense that dharmas proceed by the way of mistaken perception Thought is like a magical illusion by an imagination of what is actually unreal uneigentlich it takes hold of a manifold variety of rebirths A thought is like the stream of a river, without any staying power as soon as it is produced it breaks up and disappears A thought is like the flame of a lamp, and it proceeds through causes and conditions A thought is like lightning, it breaks up in a moment and does not stay on Searching for thought all around, he does not see it within or without He does not see it in the skandhas kategorien , or in the elements, or in the sense fields Unable to see thought, he seeks to find the trend of thought and asks himself whence is the genesis of thought And it occurs to him that where there is an object, there thought arises Intentionalit t Is then the thought one thing, and the object another No, what is the object, just that is the thought If the object were one thing and the thought another, then there would be a double state of thought So the object itself is just thought Epoch Einklammerung Can then thought review thought No, thought cannot review thought As the blade of a sword cannot cut itself, so a thought cannot see itself Moreover, vexed and pressed hard on all sides, thought proceeds, without any staying power, like a monkey or like the wind It ranges far, bodiless, easily changing, agitated by the objects of sense, with the six sense fields for its sphere, connected with one thing after another The stability of thought, its one pointedness, its immobility, its undistraughtness Gelassenheit , its one pointed calm, its nondistraction, that is on the other hand called mindfulness as to thought from ik samuccaya I am trying to find ways to deal with my anxiety and depression and all the rest, now that I am once again, and for the final time I think coming off another failed attempt to go on antidepressants Mindfulness and meditation have been helping a great deal, though it is still early days for me, and I have to undo a lot of prejudice on my part with respect to the new age and self help baggage that comes with it This book was a perfect example of the kind of thing I am looking for Clear, practical, and written from a position of experience and hard won insight Includes simple exercises such as washing the dishes being mindful of the act itself for itself, rather than rushing to get on to the next thing you want to do that are very helpful for a beginner like me Highly recommended [ EBOOK ] ♶ The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation ♴ In This Beautiful And Lucid Guide, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Offers Gentle Anecdotes And Practical Exercise As A Means Of Learning The Skills Of Mindfulness Being Awake And Fully Aware From Washing The Dishes To Answering The Phone To Peeling An Orange, He Reminds Us That Each Moment Holds Within It An Opportunity To Work Toward Greater Self Understanding And Peacefulness This is a very good and therough book on the practice of meditation It is written by a Budist but any one of any mindset or religion can use this book s practices I found it informative and I believe I shall reread it and try the practice out.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond I ll never wash the dishes the same way again. While I was reading this excellent book, it struck me how much of it recognize from, well, life Some of the most composed and peaceful people I know already seem to be following TNH s directions, altough they wouldn t call it zen or meditation This might sound funny, but the most vivid example is washing dishes, brought up by author so often My stepfather, who is a very wise man, would never go to sleep when there s dishes in the sink, and always takes his sweet time washing them, as if it was the most important job of his day My best friend who recommended this book to me shares her kitchen with so many people that washing dishes indeed becomes a time consuming chore, yet she always does it gracefully and with full attention, and that s probably the reason why I can visit her and drink out of the same mug as I did many years ago without it being broken somewhere along the way For me it s especially hard to be mindful, and take it slow, because I was taught that no matter what I do, I could always put this one hour to a better use I mean, sometimes I catch myself regretting the fact that I cannot watch a movie, read a book, do pushups and knit at the same time I spend so much time planning and scolding myself that in the end nothing much gets done But, thanks to this book, I might be on my way to recovery. What a fascinating, thought provoking book I am very interested in this idea of mindfulness and am now trying to put into practice many of the ideas the author of this book suggests I am finding doing this helps my stress too If I can focus on the moment, if I can control my mind and just enjoy the moment, the present, what I am actually doing, it does make me calmer and less frazzled It is a great idea Who would have thought that it could be calming to wash the dishes, or fold the laundry The only thing that was a bit strange for me with the book was some of the ideas for meditation on death, on dead bodies That seemed a little out there for me, so I am not going to go that far, but for the general idea, I found this great I am going to investigate this idea of mindfulness further For anyone curious on what mindfulness is, this book seems to be an excellent introduction to the topic The author is a Buddhist monk, but he is very open to and accepting of all religions, and doesn t just focus on Buddhism Thank you Sapfo for the recommendation I remember when I was a student The rules were to simply meditate and that was it The same with Hindu Yoga The same with all Eastern paths Then I stumbled on this book It was wonderful Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to washing the dishes Later, apply mindfulness being aware to taking a bath To eating Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minfulness in daily life is important than the actual sitting meditation Buy this book and become a 16 hour a day meditator Doing TV meditation , conversation meditation , telephone meditation , cooking meditation you name it Nhat Hanh gives a variety of sitting meditations Pick the one that feels right Then do the meditation in daily life Right now, I am doing write a review meditation I wasn t at first But I am presently The feel of everything that is happening in the present Good luck.