Be Still and Know: Reflections from Living Buddha, Living by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

In his acclaimed nationwide bestseller, Living Buddha, residing Christ, well known philosopher and pupil Thich Nhat Hanh explored the deep connections among Christianity and Buddhism. Be nonetheless and Know makes use of decisions from his groundbreaking paintings to create a guide of meditations and reflections that reawaken our knowing of either religions--and increase our day-by-day lives via own contemplation. it really is an suggestion to all who include its common message of peace--a profound and relocating paintings that illuminates the world's maximum traditions of religious concept, written via a guy who's thought of through many to be a "living Buddha."

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Mindfulness is the ground; refraining is the path. Refraining is one of those uptight words that sound repressive. Surely Not Causing Harm 43 alive, juicy, interesting people would not practice refraining. Maybe they would sometimes refrain, but not as a lifestyle. In this context, however, refraining is very much the method of becoming a dharmic person. It’s the quality of not grabbing for entertainment the minute we feel a slight edge of boredom coming on. It’s the practice of not immediately filling up space just because there’s a gap.

We lived in northern New Mexico. I was standing in front of our adobe house drinking a cup of tea. I heard the car drive up and the door bang shut. Then he walked around the corner, and without warning he told me that he was having an affair and he wanted a divorce. I remember the sky and how huge it was. I remember the sound of the river and the steam rising up from my tea. There was no time, no thought, there was nothing—just the light and a profound, limitless stillness. Then I regrouped and picked up a stone and threw it at him.

We might erroneously believe that maitri is a way to find a happiness that lasts; as advertisements so seductively promise, we could feel 34 It’s Never Too Late great for the rest of our lives. ” Rather it’s a process by which self-deception becomes so skillfully and compassionately exposed that there’s no mask that can hide us anymore. What makes maitri such a different approach is that we are not trying to solve a problem. We are not striving to make pain go away or to become a better person. In fact, we are giving up control altogether and letting concepts and ideals fall apart.

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