Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child Paperback – Nov 1 2010
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Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known and respected Zen masters in the world today. He is the founder of a Buddhist university, a publishing house, an influential peace activist magazine, and the School of Youth Social Service, a grassroots relief organization that provided aid to Vietnamese citizens in the 1960s. He is also the founder of Plum Village, a Buddhist community that works to alleviate the suffering of refugees, political prisoners, and hungry families in Vietnam and throughout the third world. He is the author of Creating True Peace and Living Buddha, Living Christ, as well as a number of poems and stories.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Thich Nhat Hanh writes, "Many of us practice sitting meditation in order to run away from suffering...we behave like a rabbit going back into its hole in the earth in order to feel protected...We do this because we suffer so much, we want some kind of rest, some kind of running away. But that is not the true purpose of meditation...We have to use our intelligence and concentration to get insight, transform the suffering within, and become a Buddha, an enlightened one, a free person...Without suffering, without the understanding of suffering, true happiness is impossible."
My advice: Buy this book for yourself, for a person you love, and for a person you think may need it, who may be open to receiving it. Smile, and enjoy!
You know, I was quite well to this man and gave him a clean slate, until I found that he had lied to me about a step sister I didn't know of. That is where the relationship turned as I went into warrior stance precipitated by the wounded youngster in me. As a father myself I have gained some tools and without this book I wouldn't know how to be my own father. I know, sounds a bit strange but bear with me.
Upon further reviews of my father relative to behaviors, my sister (the mental health pro), diagnosed him with NPD ([...]). This is an important part prior to my reading of Reconciliation as it added a POV for my forgiveness and understanding of someone who hurt me very much and who had also been hurt very much himself growing up.
Basically the book connects the dots that we are everyone of our ancestors, good, bad and ugly. Alive or dead, and even if we did not get to know them very well we carry their genetics and through our parents inherited the problems that they could not reconcile.
I can not stress the importance of this wonderful book as I believe everyone should read it. I will buy a copy for my father and with Thich Nhat Hanh's help I believe I will not commute the family issues any further, but instead bring a view of the suffering as a opportunity to learn more compassion.
P.S. If you do not have that mental health professional as a sister, as I have, here are some resources:
My deepest thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh for writing it.