The Miracle of Mindfulness

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"One of the best available introductions to the wisdom and beauty of meditational practice." -Time

Written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize, this audio offers a guide to becoming more aware of ourselves in an increasingly stressful environment.

The Eastern emphasis on maintaining self-awareness has become more and more appealing as an antidote to the ravages of our stressful world, and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh's manual on mediation is the ideal introduction and life-long guidebook to exploring our inner selves.? His spiritual teachings use familiar objects and situations- such as washing the dishes, answering the phone and drinking tea - to give us a practical framework on which to build and maintain a more healthful, relaxed, and harmonious outlook.

Tape one explores Thich Nhat Hanh's philosophy of mindfulness.? Tape two consists of his mediations, which will help the listener to practice concentration and relaxation.

Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.? The author of A Guide to Walking Mediation and Being Peace, among other books, Thich Nhat Hanh now lives in exile in France.

The audiobook is read by Peter Thomas, who is a distinguished and versatile narrator.

Customer Reviews:

  • A miracle in a few pages!
    This is really a wonderful book which will be of tremendous help to anyone who practices meditation. With great simplicity and love, Nhat Hanh shows as that with practice and perseverance anyone can turn most of one's daily life activities into meditation, therefore improving your sitting meditation sessions as well. Washing the dishes mindfully, eating mindfully, and therefore living mindfully is truly a miracle and an act of Love! This is the miracle of Zen and its simplicity....more info
  • Relaxing and meditative in itself
    This book is stimulates meditation during reading. Nhat Hanh, a remarkable writer about engaged Buddhism has a wonderful way of encouraging the reader to smile. While he does not distill the underlying ideologies of Buddhism, he brings to light tangible aspects of meditation that can truly help in everyday life...more info
  • Key to Life!
    Mindfulness surely is the Way to a successful and tranquil life experience and this book concisely describes the techniques of this miracle. Its a must have for those wanting to live rather than exist.

    Author, Your Daily Walk with the Great Minds...more info
  • Not recommended
    This book was very disappointing! The concept behind the book is very valid, unfortunately the language and writing style do not hold up. I found the book boring, repetitive and 'unenlightening'....more info
  • A wonderful book.....
    This is a great book for anyone interested in meditation. Since mindfulness is at the core of meditation this book helps to explain not only what mindfulness is but how to put it into practice by making mindfulness part of ones daily life. A gem of a book. khudos to Thich Nhat Hanh....more info
  • Meditation for the rest of us
    Some see meditation as a discipline, others as a method of escape from a hectic world, but according to Vietnamese Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, meditation is neither a strict discipline nor an evasion: "it is a serene encounter with reality."

    Using examples such as washing the dishes (of course most of us have dishwashing machines now, but any simple repetitive activity will suffice), Hanh tells us that "While washing the dishes, one should only be washing the dishes." We shouldn't be rushing through one `chore' to get to whatever it is we are planning to do later. When eating an orange we should be aware of each wedge, each individual bite, and not mindlessly consuming while thinking about what comes later. In short, our life consists of what we are doing at this precise moment.

    Only by being aware of the present moment can we control our actions. If we are angry, for instance, we should be aware of the fact that we are angry. This awareness leads to a choice: we can maintain our anger or let it go. We are free to act, but our action now becomes a conscious choice; there can be no excusing that action. "The essential thing is not to let any feeling or thought arise without recognizing it in mindfulness."

    "The Miracle of Mindfulness" goes on to cover the simple fundamentals of breathing, posture and contemplation all within the gentle framework of mindfulness. Not so much a discipline or escape but a meditation method for the rest of us -- a mindfulness we can apply within the midst of our hectic world....more info
  • A classic!
    In a simple, yet profound, way...almost conversational....the author helps the reader to answer questions like "Am I here now?", "Am I actually aware of what I am doing?", "Are my body and my mind in the same place?". He uses simple illustrations, such as washing dishes or walking up a hill, to help the reader become aware of his own actions.

    The book is a useful adjunct to other mindfulness and meditation books, as well, I think, as cognitive therapy (rational-emotive therapy).

    It's a book to own, to live with, to go back give and to recommend. ...more info
  • Keep your mind where your body is
    In this book Thich Hanh explains that whatever you are doing focus on it, do it as if it is the most important thing in the world. It reminds me of verse from the Bible, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might".

    This book has a wonderful story that will answer the three most important questions:
    What is the best time to do each thing?Answer: NOW (Right action)
    Who are the most important people to work with? Answer: The person you are with at that moment.
    What is the most important thing to do at all times? Answer: The right thing(Noble eightfold path).

    I would like to sum up this book as "Mindfulness is living through your senses, mindlessness is living through your imagination".

    This book is a great starting point for practicing Mindfulness....more info
  • Mindfulness
    The Human Race HA, Where is our ultimate destination (but our own demise). Be mindful of the present moment and the wonders associated with it. Try not to live in the past or the future as you are creating them now in the present moment. This book and the audio CD "The Art of Mindful Living" make a good companion set to set out on a quest for the peace and joy available to everyone in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh pulls you into a world within a world that is already around you. ...more info
  • Your life, better, immediately
    This book leaves me speechless. It has changed my life, helping me to be more mindful, which helps me live in the present. (I would have never thought to type such a sentence even one year ago, but midlife has taught me the enormous enjoyment that the present offers.) The lessons can be learned and practiced immediately. Moments after starting it, I had become more able to listen to others, to relax, to enjoy life more fully.

    Nominated for the 1967 Nobel Peace Price by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh teaches how to turn the small moments of daily life -- washing dishes, driving the car -- into meaningful engagement.

    If you are willing to read only one book on finding inner peace, on learning to meditate, on living in the present, here is that book. It is short and sweet -- and very accessible, not pie-in-the-sky philosophical....more info
  • Teacher
    Thich Nhat Hanh provided information in a kind and gentle manner for the student looking to experience life in the present moment. The author illustrated the benefits of beginning and continuing a mindful practice. The ultimate benefit, making the world a better place for yourself and everyone....more info
  • Excellent book on mindfulness
    I have read books for many times and find it refreshing every time I read. This book has been translated into my country language (Thai) and has been published for 12 times !!!

    This book tell how to meditate and apply mindfulness(Sati) in daily life. I suggest "Mindfulness in Plain English" if you are interested in mindfulness meditation in more detail....more info

  • Wisdom and Beauty of Meditation
    The Miracle of Mindfulness is a wonderful introduction to the practice of meditation. It's written simply with examples from everyday living that allow the reader to relate to his/her life. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches practical exercises in quiet breathing and skills of mindfullness. This is a book I read and reread often, especially in the quiet of my evening....more info
  • An excellent book full of compassion and wisdom
    Thich Nhat Hanh provides you with wonderful advice on how to increase your awareness and mindfulness about the joys and beauty of everyday life. The Miracle of Mindfulness is a terrific book that gives you ways to exercise your mind and awareness in everyday situations. It gives wonderful meditation exercises for those that would like an enlightening experience without a lot of mystic or religious teachings thrown in, and who are perhaps too busy to spend an hour everyday in meditation. For me, it was a life-changing book....more info
  • Easy read
    Interesting, easy to read and follow the author. Didn't agree with everything, but overall it's alright. I had to read it for a class.
    Book received as described by the seller....more info
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness
    No problems at all I am very happy with the service and the book....more info
  • Thich Nhat Hanh is infinitely better than Zinn.
    The OTHER authority on Mindfulness Meditation is Jon Kabat Zinn. But Zinns' book: Full Catastrophe Living is way too detailed (and long at 450 pgs.), as one might expect from a graduate of MIT - which is what Zinn is. By contrast, the OTHER authority on Mindfulness (there are only two according to the online encyclopedia - Wikipedia): Thich Nhat Hanh has written a book on Mindfulness entitled: The Miracle of Mindfulness which is only 140 pages long.

    After I studied Zinn, Hanh absolutely blew me away with his simplicity, and his clarity, and his positivity. And Hanh quickly left me wondering whether he does in fact speak with the voice of the Buddha. And an example of Thich Nhat Hanh's positive approach to Buddhist Mindfulness meditation is that he emphasizes practice of the "half-smile;" as in: "Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile." - There is no such happiness orientation in Zinn's writings.

    And although Zinn graduated from MIT, which is impressive, - Thich Nhat Hanh, is infinitely more academically impressive. Thich Nhat Hanh studied Comparative Religion at Princeton, and then he taught Buddhist Psychology and Literature at Cornell and Columbia after having taught this at a prestigious private university (which he himself established) in Vietnam. Hahn also wrote over 70 books, approximately 40 of which have been translated into English. Also, Martin Luther King nominated Hahn for the Noble Peace Prize. Also, Hahn established relief agencies for war victims in Vietnam; as well as having established monasteries in Vietnam, in France, and in the United States.

    Also, Thich Nhat Hanh has been endorsed by two of the greatest living Buddhist authorities alive today, namely by the Dalai Lama; and by Sogyal Rinpoche - who said of Hanh: "Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." By contrast Zinn has been endorsed by NO living Buddhist authorities other than Thich Nhat Hanh himself - who endorsed only Zinn's most recent book: Wherever You Go, There You are....more info
  • Recipe for Peace
    Finally a book with exercises and explanations that actually work. As a Vietnam combat veteran, twice wounded, who had to make casualty calls when I returned stateside, forty years of anger and PTSD have finally found their match in "The Miracle of Mindfulness."

    Today, when thousands of Iraqi and Gulf War veterans begin to realize they need a remedy to their troubles, I recommend this book number one as well as several other of Thich Nhat Hanh's books.

    How ironic--A Vietnamese Buddhist responds and provides peace to a veteran who helped bomb and destroy his people and his country.

    Fred Tomasello Jr....more info
  • Good book
    Sent this to my daughter who is away out of state for college. She liked it....more info
  • Practical and enjoyable
    This is a lovely book with many practical tips on meditating.

    My particular favourite is the reference to 'washing the dishes to wash the dishes' - the idea of living in the present and enjoying tasks that we all want to put off. By focusing on the job in hand and not ruminating or thinking about what we are going to do next, Hanh rewards the reader with very simple but profound advice. - my dishes have never been cleaner and my mind is certainly less cluttered as a result!...more info
  • Book for life
    This book is very simple, yet inspiring. It is the kind of book that you can read, put down for a few weeks and then start reading again. The suggestions are easy to implement and make a huge difference in stress levels. I recommend this book for someone who would like to start the meditation process but doesn't really know how to get started....more info
  • Great book
    I've always been the type of person that's always out in space. Always thinking about the future. "If I only had this or if only I could do this my life would be better." Not realizing that happiness and peace could be found by being mindful of the simple things in the reality of now. Like washing the dishes, eating a tangerine..etc.

    Have you ever ate a piece of chocolate and then when it was gone, realized that you barely even tasted it because you were thinking about something else? This book will help you increase your awareness of what's going on around you, and help keep you from letting life pass you by.

    The techniques in the book have to be practiced, and I would recommend you read it twice to fully understand the simple, but deep thought in the book.

    ...more info


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