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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation [Paperback]

Thich Nhat Hanh
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May 1 1999
In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

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Miracle of Mindfulness is a sly commentary on the Anapanasati Sutra, the Sutra on Breath to Maintain Mindfulness. "Sly" because it doesn't read like a dry commentary at all. One of Thich Nhat Hanh's most popular books, Miracle of Mindfulness is about how to take hold of your consciousness and keep it alive to the present reality, whether eating a tangerine, playing with your children, or washing the dishes. A world-renowned Zen master, Nhat Hanh weaves practical instruction with anecdotes and other stories to show how the meditative mind can be achieved at all times and how it can help us all "reveal and heal." Nhat Hanh is a master at helping us find a calm refuge within ourselves and teaching us how to reach out from there to the rest of the world. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


One of the best available introductions to the wisdom and beauty of meditation practice. --New Age Journal

"Thich Nhat Hanh's ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." --Martin Luther King, Jr.

"He has immense presence and both personal and Buddhist authority. If there is a candidate for 'Living Buddha' on earth today, it is Thich Nhat Hanh." --Roshi Richard Baker, author of Original Mind: The Practice of Zen in the West

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Sensical, and Sensational! Sept. 5 2000
I remember when I was a student at the Dharmadhatu Center of Los Angeles. The rules were to simply meditate and that was it! The same with Hindu Yoga. The same with all Eastern paths. Then I stumbled on this book. It was wonderful. Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to "washing the dishes"? Later, apply mindfulness (being aware) to taking a bath. To eating. Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day. In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minfulness in daily life is more important than the actual sitting meditation! Buy this book and become a 16-hour a day meditator. Doing "TV meditation", "conversation meditation", "telephone meditation", "cooking meditation". you name it. Nhat Hanh gives a variety of sitting meditations. Pick the one that feels right. Then do the meditation in daily life. Right now, I am doing "write a review meditation". I wasn't at first. But I am presently. The feel of everything that is happening in the present. Good luck.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Paula
Thay's writings often seem so simple as to be simplistic or childish, but spend a little quality time with this book (or any of his huge output) and you'll realize that, like other great spiritual teachers, his words have a profoundly life-changing quality. In this classic text, he explains in simple poetic language the basics of meditation practice; what to do, what to expect, and why it's an important and meaningful practice. The operative word in Thay's teaching is PRACTICE, and he really does mean "practice" as if you were learning to play the piano or to play tennis. If absorbed and worked at every day, preferrably in the context of daily meditation as well as the normal interactions of daily life, these teachings have the power to create peace and joy for you and those with whom you live and work. This is the beauty of Buddhist teaching in general and the teachings of TNH in particular: they are not complex theological constructs but simple, practical steps designed to make you happy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of Mindlessness Feb. 10 2001
In the past year my marriage has had problems, I've lost tons of money and I've had a non-stop cold/toothache. I was the reverse of mindfullness. Everywhere I looked I saw people who were smiling and I couldn't understand what inner resources they had that would allow them to do it. I started to meditate but it was difficult. I dubbed myself 'the worse meditator'. I couldn't focus at all. I was constantly adding up the numbers in my various accounts and trying to figure to figure out how get above zero. This book was incredible for me. It put new light in the definition of 'practice'. Meditation is just practice for post-meditation. Suddenly, everything became a meditation. Watching tv. Driving a car. Typing on the computer. Writing an amazon review. I'm still pretty crappy at meditating. But now I'm having more fun doing everything else thanks to this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Mindfulness for Anyone April 30 2001
This little treatise is nothing less than a handbook for more effective, more joyful living. Thich Nhat Hanh has a beautifully simple, wonderfully direct manner of communicating the need to live mindfully, and using the practice of meditation as a means for becoming more mindful. Living in exile in Paris, this humble Vietnamese monk has worked tirelessly for decades, living his religion of compassion for the poor and orphaned in his native Vietnam. He is a living testament to the power of mindful living.
In addition to being a treat for your mind, Thich Nhat Hanh provides a number of exercises that help the student of meditation begin the process of focusing and concentrating on the moment at hand. It is a book that will be especially of value to those who are just beginning to meditate, (which is where I find myself), though I expect that as with most things written by wise people, the experienced student of meditation will find much of value as well.
This is not a book about Buddhism. It draws very heavily on the path to enlightenment that the Buddha taught as his fourth Noble Truth, but this book is first and foremost about mindful living. In that sense, it is completely accessible to the Christian, Jewish, agnostic or anyone else who recognizes the power of meditation in acheiving a degree of personal enlightenment. Thich Nhat Hanh has written extensively on the relationship between the principles taught by the Buddha and Jesus, and he is ever mindful of the needs of his Christian/Western audience as well as that of his Buddhist audience. Regardless of your religious orientation, you will find this little book to be an effective guide to living mindfully, completely and with joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! April 26 2014
By Douglas
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I bought this book years ago, and now it is dog eared and parts highlighted. I have read it and come back to re-read parts of it again and again. I have bought if for family members and talked it up with many people.
It is basically non-religious. It speaks about being mindful; in effect, waking yourself up to the present moment. "Washing the dishes to wash the dishes".
It has profoundly changed my life.
Everyone should read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not wordy , easy to read , on the path to Mindfulness.
A short concise book which is easy to read , and contains useful instruction in mindfulness and meditation.
Published 26 days ago by Big Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Use like a reference book
Nice book to use like a reference flicking through the pages. Wonderful author - spreading the spiritual way - always good!
Published 8 months ago by gail west
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent assistant for study.
Sorry but I have not finished reading this book.
I am studying the life of Buddha and the Buddhist religion, and this is just one of the books involved in the study.
Published 21 months ago by Frederick Allan Large
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindlessness, mindfulness, or silent conscious awareness here now?
Language is just external symbols of inner symbols that are quite clear only to "Those Few Who Know"? Mindfulness can be a confusing general term, misinterpreted by many. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2009 by Patrick Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, but audio version is not read by author
If you've heard Thay's warm and thoughtful voice in tapes such as "The Art of Mindful Living" (essential), "Teachings in Love", and "Being Peace", you might find some of the beauty... Read more
Published on June 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A lifesaving revelation.
This book was revolutionary for me. It was one of the most influential if not the most influential book in my life. Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by David D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful... especially for the beginning Buddhist
This book shows you how simple it is to live in the moment if you really want to. It takes the mystery away from meditation. This is a book that you read over and over again. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by J. Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
A total disappointment. This book just tells you you have to be mindful of what you are doing, with little detials showing you how to achieve the mindfulness. Read more
Published on June 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing!
Any book by Thich Naht Hahn is a good bet.
Published on Sept. 13 2000 by Brian
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