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At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life This Collection Of Autobiographical And Teaching Stories From Peace Activist And Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Is Thought Provoking, Inspiring, And Enjoyable To Read Collected Here For The First Time, These Stories Span The Author S Life There Are Stories From Thich Nhat Hanh S Childhood And The Traditions Of Rural Vietnam There Are Stories From His Years As A Teenaged Novice, As A Young Teacher And Writer In War Torn Vietnam, And Of His Travels Around The World To Teach Mindfulness, Make Pilgrimages To Sacred Sites, And Influence World Leaders The Tradition Of Zen Teaching Stories Goes Back At Least To The Time Of The Buddha Like The Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh Uses Story Telling To Engage People S Interest So He Can Share Important Teachings, Insights, And Life Lessons From The Hardcover Edition


10 thoughts on “At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life

  1. says:

    Since finding my true home, I no longer suffer The past is no longer a prison for me The future is not a prison either I am able to live in the here and now and to touch my true home I am able to arrive home with every breath and with every step pg 14When you love someone, you want the other person to be happy If they are not happy, there is no way you can be happy Happiness is not an individual matter True love requires deep understanding In fact, love is another name for understandin Since finding my true home, I no longer suffer The past is no longer a prison for me The future is not a prison either I am able to live in the here and now and to touch my true home I am able to arrive home with every breath and with every step pg 14When you love someone, you want the other person to be happy If they are not happy, there is no way you can be happy Happiness is not an individual matter True love requires deep understanding In fact, love is another name for understanding If you do not understand, you cannot love properly Without understanding, your love will only cause the other person to suffer pg 39 pg.48, Hanh is immersing with an American soldier whom recalls his experience of entering Bao Quoc temple during the evening sitting meditation In the usual case, when the army went in for searches, people would run away and be thrown into a state of panic When they entered the temple, they thought it was empty because of how quiet it was but there was actually 50 60 monks They were so deep into meditation that they simply ignored the soldiers The soldier recalls, I felt drawn to their calmness It really commanded my respect continued on pg.51 Hanh talks about saying goodbye to the soldier after training with him in meditation for months I know that when I last saw him, he was at peace That moment of profound silence in the temple had changed himWhat made it all possible was that moment of complete and total stopping and opening to the powerful, healing and miraculous ocean called silence Mindfulness must be engaged Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action Seeing and acting go together Otherwise, what is the use of seeing pg 56 pg.61 Hanh talks about his experience working to support boat people while in Singapore It s not enough just to talk about compassion we have to do the work of compassion If you want peace, peace is with you immediately And yet there wereproblems than it seemed possible to solve in twenty four hours Even in a while lifetime, many of us complain that there is not enough time How could so much be done in a mere twenty four hours.If I could not find peace in the midst of difficulty, I knew I would never know real peace pg 65 pg.74 he talks about a Buddhist nun who was imprisoned They forbade her from practicing sitting meditation because they saw it as an act of provocation So she tried walking meditation, even though the space was small She was able to talk with kindness and gentleness to the people who were locked in the same cell Thanks to her practice, she was able to help them to suffer less Many things are taken from us, but no one can ever steal our determination for freedom B said this to me a long time ago when I talked about my personal freedom I get it now pg.80 his reflection of committing rape and violence He talks of the ignorance of not being taught how to love, how to understanding, and how to see the suffering of others Reminds me of Aristotle s Cave I wonder what other parallels I could find in Western and Eastern philosophy I m sure someone or another has written about it pg.86 talking to a veteran with post traumatic stress It is true you have killed five childrenbut it is also true that today you can save five children In the present moment, you can heal the past The practice of mindfulness is like a boat, and by practicing mindfulness, you offer yourself a boat As long as you continue to practice, as long as you stay in the boat, you will not sink or drown in the river of suffering I do not know if people develop such a deep connection to the things they buy these days Many people have a strong desire to possess the latest thing, and manufacturers and advertisers know this It is not by accident that merchandise these days is not created to last The objectives of our desire are constantly changing And our desires for the objectives we consume also change from one moment to the next We are always running after something new.As you grow in mindfulness, you reclaim your life You begin to see how much time we lose in empty, meaningless consumption pg 95 When we love something, we are attached to its form and yet we know it s going to change and die, and this makes us suffer A flower manifests it buds, it blooms and it stays with us for a few weeks, and then it begins to change and its petals gradually start to wilt At some point, the whole flower droops and dies.when it manifests, we smile and we enjoy it But when it is in hiding, we don t cry or feel sad We say, Next year I will see you again pg.132 getting back to the body Anything good needs time to ripen When enough conditions come together, what has been latent is us for a long time can arise pg 134Talks about the young man from a lower cast in India We are under the influence of previous generations of our ancestors and our society The practice of stopping and looking deeply is to stop our habit energy being sustained by the negative seeds that have been transmitted to us When we are able to stop, we do it for all of our ancestors, and we end the vicious circle that is called samsara pg 147 When you plant lettuce, you don t blame the lettuce if it does grow well You look into the reasons why it is not doing well It may need fertilizer, orwater, or less sun You never blame the lettuce Yet if we have problems with our friends or our family, we blame the other person But if know how to take care of others, they will grow well, just like the lettuce pg 154 That is why many young people invest all their time and energy into their work, into their company, and they don t have time to take care of their body, their feelings, their emotions, and their relationships Even if they do have time, they may not know what to do with that time in order to really take care of their body and mindMany of us are so busy that we don t have time to live Our work can take up all our life We may even be addicted to our work There are times we don t know what to do with our loneliness pain and despair inside We try to look for something to cover it up We check email, we pick up a newspaper, we listen to the news, anything to forget our loneliness and suffering inside. Do you have a home Do you have a true home where you feel comfortable, peaceful and free My true home cannot be defined in terms of place or culture It s simplistic to say that in terms of nationality I am Vietnamese I don t have Vietnamese passport or identity card, so legally speaking, I am not Vietnamese Genetically there is no such has as the Vietnamese race Looking into me, you can see Melanesian, Indonesian, Mongolian and African elements That is true for any nationality Seeing that can set us free The whole cosmos has come together in order to help you manifest pg 117


  2. says:

    I savoured this beautiful book over many moons trying to really allow the daily and at times, weekly, meditative reading to sink in Highly recommend.


  3. says:

    This is a truly decolonial view of how all the world could live He speaks to everyone, and in his life he has tried to help those he encounters This particular book of his addresses his experiences with war in the Vietnam of his birth and training as well as his exile and finding home in the present moment I was particularly interested in how he interpreted his dreams for pedagogical purposes and his explanation of engaged Buddhism whose practitioners act in the face of earthly injustice The This is a truly decolonial view of how all the world could live He speaks to everyone, and in his life he has tried to help those he encounters This particular book of his addresses his experiences with war in the Vietnam of his birth and training as well as his exile and finding home in the present moment I was particularly interested in how he interpreted his dreams for pedagogical purposes and his explanation of engaged Buddhism whose practitioners act in the face of earthly injustice The drawing beautifully enhance the effect


  4. says:

    As I write this review, I am living in the moment I breathe in as I write this sentence, and I breathe out as I write the next If you seek to be in touch with yourself and the world around you, Thich Nhat Hanh can show you how to walk the path.


  5. says:

    I realize I probably won t ever have the patience and discipline to be mindful all the time, every day Having said that, I can hear a small voice saying Yes, but you can be a littlemindful each tomorrow than you were each yesterday I practice gratitude daily and, while there are some things that I struggle to be grateful for, toting my thank yous up at the end of the day helps me recognize the preciousness of the here and now.


  6. says:

    Just reading Thich Nhat Hanh s words makes me feel peaceful This is a collection of short pieces about mindfulness in your daily life He tells some of his story here and uses his story to teach lessons I had no idea he was in his 80s, what an amazing life he has lived Very easy to digest and good for the soul Buddha is not the name of a particular person buddha is just a common name to designate anyone who has a high degree of peace and who has a high degree of understanding and compassion Just reading Thich Nhat Hanh s words makes me feel peaceful This is a collection of short pieces about mindfulness in your daily life He tells some of his story here and uses his story to teach lessons I had no idea he was in his 80s, what an amazing life he has lived Very easy to digest and good for the soul Buddha is not the name of a particular person buddha is just a common name to designate anyone who has a high degree of peace and who has a high degree of understanding and compassion All of us are capable of being called by this name The veteran slowly took in these words He devoted his life to helping children and in the process became healed by his work The present moment contains the past, and if you can live deeply in the present moment you can heal the past You don t have to wait for anything


  7. says:

    I received an ARC copy from netgalley for an honest review.Thich Nhat Hahn has chosen stories from his life to help continue teaching his readers Filled with Buddhist philosophy and his own wisdom these stories are inspiring and even thought provoking There was one story and though I understood what Thich was saying I disagreed with it That is really the only thing that I did not like in this whole book.Some of the things written are found in his books which may bug some readers To me it mad I received an ARC copy from netgalley for an honest review.Thich Nhat Hahn has chosen stories from his life to help continue teaching his readers Filled with Buddhist philosophy and his own wisdom these stories are inspiring and even thought provoking There was one story and though I understood what Thich was saying I disagreed with it That is really the only thing that I did not like in this whole book.Some of the things written are found in his books which may bug some readers To me it made this book feel familiar which I enjoyed This is a wonderful book for anybody who likes Thich Nhat Hahn works


  8. says:

    There is no way home home is the way.


  9. says:

    Hanh writes dozens of short stories about his life and his experiences and how he used meditation in all of its various forms to bring clarity and understanding to otherwise challenging and even dangerous experiences I enjoyed learning about his perspective, I enjoyed seeing how something as simple as meditation and an awareness of what I am going through could be beneficial for changing how I view a given situation I really like that understanding Hanh s perspective has changed how I view thi Hanh writes dozens of short stories about his life and his experiences and how he used meditation in all of its various forms to bring clarity and understanding to otherwise challenging and even dangerous experiences I enjoyed learning about his perspective, I enjoyed seeing how something as simple as meditation and an awareness of what I am going through could be beneficial for changing how I view a given situation I really like that understanding Hanh s perspective has changed how I view things in my life sometimes I find myself walking down the street beingaware of my breathing and how I am walking, something I never would have done before When I do that I find I m less frustrated with the craziness of the city and am not as bothered by the honking of cabs and trucks and the occasional screaming pedestrians It s amazing to me how something as simple, though not necessarily easy, as being aware of the present moment, being aware of everything that is happening around me, and being aware and paying attention to the feelings thoughts I m experiencing can change all of those experiences for the better Definitely worth reading and I ll pick up another book or two of his to read


  10. says:

    Beautiful book that was very readable Brought me peace with each page.


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