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I can t tell if he sounds pop because pop buddism followed him or if he is advocating buddism lite He ideas are certainly beautiful and his personal history is amazing though a few less references by his followers to his nomination for a nobel peace prize would be welcome My problem comes from the fact that I m not sure I could be around him or those who follow him for long without going batshit crazy Maybe i am not that peaceful Peace is every step that you makewhen you take your brother s handand give him a plate of foodor a handful of clothingAnd the peace is therewhen you shelter him from the stormwhether it is in his heart or on the landPeace is every step when you breathe in and when you breathe outnot thinking of your angeronly of solutions.And when you shelter yourself from the stormyou shelter all bygiving them a way to continue on written by Jessica slade 2017Many years have passed since I was at Deer Park Monastery The first time I went I just thought of going,for it was a leaving time for me as well as a beginning I sat in the meditation room waiting for a dharma talk to begin when Thich Nhat Hanh walked into the room He walked in peacefulness, and when he talked it is was only of kindness.I never saw him again for I only went several times to his monastery, and I never knew when he would be back in town Only his disciples knew.I loved many of the Buddhist teachings, but I had a few of my own beliefs that I could never relinquished, not that I was asked Some are in the poem here others are in my heart. In The Rush Of Modern Life, We Tend To Lose Touch With The Peace That Is Available In Each Moment World Renowned Zen Master, Spiritual Leader, And Author Thich Nhat Hanh Shows Us How To Make Positive Use Of The Very Situations That Usually Pressure And Antagonize Us For Him A Ringing Telephone Can Be A Signal To Call Us Back To Our True Selves Dirty Dishes, Red Lights, And Traffic Jams Are Spiritual Friends On The Path To Mindfulness The Process Of Keeping Our Consciousness Alive To Our Present Experience And Reality The Most Profound Satisfactions, The Deepest Feelings Of Joy And Completeness Lie As Close At Hand As Our Next Aware Breath And The Smile We Can Form Right NowLucidly And Beautifully Written, Peace Is Every Step Contains Commentaries And Meditations, Personal Anecdotes And Stories From Nhat Hanh S Experiences As A Peace Activist, Teacher, And Community Leader It Begins Where The Reader Already Is In The Kitchen, Office, Driving A Car, Walking A Part And Shows How Deep Meditative Presence Is Available Now Nhat Hanh Provides Exercises To Increase Our Awareness Of Our Own Body And Mind Through Conscious Breathing, Which Can Bring Immediate Joy And Peace Nhat Hanh Also Shows How To Be Aware Of Relationships With Others And Of The World Around Us, Its Beauty And Also Its Pollution And Injustices The Deceptively Simple Practices Of Peace Is Every Step Encourage The Reader To Work For Peace In The World As He Or She Continues To Work On Sustaining Inner Peace By Turning The Mindless Into The MindFUL when you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don t blame the lettuce you look into the reasons it is not doing well it may need fertilizer, or water, 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 we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like lettuce blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and arguments that is my experience no blame, no reasoning, nor arguments, just understanding if you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change thich nhat hanhpeace is every stepi read this book about a thousand years ago, and then the other day a friend of mine gave me the most wonderful gift she handed me this book, my own book, from my own shelf it can look and read like something a little embarrassing an easy self help manual, or treacly pop buddhism i can t answer this except to say, somewhat vaguely, that this is that rarest thing a simple book that rewards multiple readings while a first reading may provide a facile sense of revelation, i suppose that the only real transformative power comes with simple repetition which is only to be expected, given the central role of simple repetition in buddhist pratice, as i understand it. This book is full of beneficial guidelines for living a mindful, peaceful life and helping those around you do the same Even if it confirms what you already know, it is a pleasurable read and a beautiful inspiration to actively appreciate the positive aspects of living.Like most other Buddhist works, it is centered around living in the present I wasn t expecting him to devote a section to the idea of hope as an obstacle, but it made good sense It s very easy to keep looking toward tomorrow, wishing for better days, but in doing that you re practicing avoidance Facing your current situation and dealing with it head on isn t always easy, but it s heavily encouraged here.I also appreciated Thich Nhat Hanh s encouragement to eliminate distractions We waste so much time being entertained that we forget to live our own lives to the fullest Not being a fan of most television programming myself, I am all for turning off the TV and foregoing the 40,000 some odd murders we see a year, the 80,000 or so companies shoving products and services in our faces that we must buy now, and the made up numbers I use to talk about these unnecessary absurdities.What s dangerous than violence and guerrilla advertising, I think, is what we neglect when we decide we d rather be entertained than really alive When we fall into the fantasy worlds TV, games, and online environments provide, we are putting aside the important people who comprise our actual worlds If you have 30 minutes to kill, why not take a walk or write a letter to someone you haven t seen in awhile Even if you re dirt poor and in the middle of nowhere, you can still meditate It ll clear out your mind and improve your mood over whatever the latest reality show is pushing.Another main point of this book is to deepen your understanding of your friends and enemies alike And then, it s not enough to just understand, you have to act on this understanding In order to reconcile your differences, you have to talk to the other person to test your real strength Having the peace of mind to do this in a calm, well executed fashion is tough, but when you come upon challenges like this, it is comforting to have this simple yet powerful book to lay the framework for some good meditation sessions Peace Is Every Step came at a good time for me At this point in my life where everything seems to be in upheaval, it s nice to remember that I can decide to be centered whenever I want I need not depend on outside circumstances or other people to relax and find my own true happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh s writing is deceptive in its subtlety He ll go on and on with stories about tree hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes he ll tell you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk he ll suggest looking closely at a flower and to see the sun as your heart As the Zen teacher Richard Baker commented, however, Nhat Hanh is a cross between a cloud, a snail, and piece of heavy machinery Sooner or later, it begins to sink in that Nhat Hanh is conveying a depth of psychology and a world outlook that require nothing less than a complete paradigm shift Through his cute stories and compassionate admonitions, he gradually builds up to his philosophy of interbeing, the notion that none of us is separately, but rather that we inter are The ramifications are explosive How can we mindlessly and selfishly pursue our individual ends, when we are inextricably bound up with everyone and everything else We see an enemy not as focus of anger but as a human with a complex history, who could be us if we had the same history Suffice it to say, that after reading Peace Is Every Step, you ll never look at a plastic bag the same way again, and you may even develop a penchant for hugging trees Brian Bruya This is the second Thich Nhat Hanh book I read in a a month, and I have to say I like his writing This book is a bit simpler than the one I read last It doesn t cover as much ground, but what it does cover, it does so beautifully.He talks about his view of life, activism, and Buddhism without being overly preachy And he also talks about his life, and he has lead an interesting one Because of his work during the Vietnam war he can t go back to his native country It seems that because he and his followers didn t take sides during the war they got into trouble with both sides Peace is every step is an idea that is central to his views on life Peace and mindfulness isn t something to do just at a specific place, but rather something to keep with you at all times, in every step When he started to talk about anger, and how that can rule a person, I couldn t help thinking about the news that we are bombarded with every day There are so many people that let anger, and hate do their driving, too many resorting to killing because of it How much of it, is their anger, and how much of it is inherited However a person gets to the point of letting their anger do the driving, it too often ends up making things even worse In short, this book is not that heavy on Buddhism It centers around mindfulness, and how to find it There are times when he paint a little bit too rosy picture for me, but most of the time I just think what he says is beautiful, and I think he does have a point about a lot of things I really liked it I d recommend it to anyone that is interested in mindfulness. Some of Thich Nhat Hanh s writings are mostly informational, like Old Path, White Clouds, his biography of the Buddha Others, like this book, are meant to be experienced In each short section of this book, Thich Nhat Hanh tells a story, or seeks to describe an experience to which the reader may relate Some of them, like washing the dishes, deal with being in the present moment, and being deeply involved in whatever one is doing solely for the joy of having that experience Others, like his descriptions of a sheet of paper or eating a tangerine, show the interconnectedness of life In the case of the sheet of paper, the sun, the rain, the tree, the man who cut the tree down, and other factors go into the making of the paper Without the non paper elements, the paper would not be.Contemplation of a tangerine is another favorite one day Thich Nhat Hanh gave some children tangerines They contemplated not just the fruit in their hands, but also its mother, the tree that bore the fruit Then they visualized the blossoms in the sunshine and the rain, and the growth of the tiny fruit Then the children were invited to peel the tangerine, taking in the sensations of the spray of the mist from the peel, the smell of the fruit, and its texture Finally, they were invited to taste it.I have eaten a tangerine with Thich Nhat Hanh, and if the exercise is entered into sincerely, it is a mind blowing experience To think that this man who has such a deep reverence for the simplest things of life has also endured the self immolation of his brothers in the Order of Interbeing in protest of the war in his homeland, the tragedy of the Vietnamese boat people, and life for so many years in exile, brings an almost unendurable sorrow And yet, the tangerine remains. I first read this book in college, when my friend Maran told me it was her favorite book ever It s a little book, and I finished it quickly, and while I really liked it, not much of it stuck with me It wasn t until I read it again that I realized how genius it really is I m never going to be a Buddhist monk, or even a proper Buddhist, but Thich Nhat Hanh talks about slowing down, connecting with the moment, and how to deal with stress and negative emotions in such a loving, gentle way that it feels like anyone could do it. Thank you, my dear and gentle friend from over on the other side of the world Only today have I remembered how I savoured your hopeful words in this book so many years ago.But with those wonderful memories there springs up the bitter taste of the hard and unforgiving workaday world I daily inhabited at that time.And as the noise of that world rose to a deafening crescendo, I turned and this will sound strange to your saintly ears to the comfort of an old fashioned duality, in my former traditional faith.That will sound ominous to someone like you, in your nondual and nonjudgemental world But I was getting old and cranky, and I saw that the very real harm that people were doing to each other was growing, not shrinking.You see, my quiet friend, there seemed no recourse for me to combat Evil other than with the Goodness of God As plainly and obviously as I could with my heart AND mind And your views were too gently vague for that You see, ours is such an hard, ironclad world, and that world WINKS at Evil.Yet I offer to you today my heartfelt thanks for showing me the beginnings of the Way of the SpiritPlease know that, now that I am an old man, we have grown somewhat similar again My feeble muscles mimic your peaceful gestures, and my illusions, like yours, have all but disappeared.And now you have gone, and I can look a bit further along in my life, and see the quiet radiance of Eternity not much farther ahead of me It has been a long road.And it was worth it, though for you it came after the simple stubbornness of lifelong forbearance, humility and service But for undisciplined me, it comes now after a hard lifelong struggle to do the right thing in a mixed up world.It was yes, you re right a struggle against myself But nature and God have done their work, and have nearly worn out my self out in spite of myself But I have yet to learn to give in at all times to that still, quiet voice within.So go in peace, my friend.You did your work well.You gave the world and me the Hope of Peace in place of Violent Rage.