You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness...more
I have arrived, I am home,
In the here and in the now.
I am solid, I am free,
In the ultimate I dwell.
"After walking for a few minutes with the words of this poem, you will see that you are much more solid. The past and the future can no longer grab you and pull you away from life. As a result ...more
For all that, it never gets old for me. I need, constantly, to be reminded to be mindful, to be reminded that now, this very moment, is all I ever have.
I'm not at all religious, but the doctrine of mindfulness speaks deeply to me and is one I strive, unsuccessfully, to practice. This little gem of a book is a bell bringing me back to my present mom ...more
This will be a book I come back to, again and again.
In this book I learn that the Sanskrit word for "Stopping" is shamatha.
Which one then takes to Wikipedia:
The Tibetan term for samatha is shyiné (Wylie: zhi-gnas). According to Jamgon Kongtrul, insight may be garnered by an exegesis of the etymology of śamatha and shyiné:
The Tibetan term is shyiné [shi-ne] (shi-gnas) and the Sanskrit is Shamatha. In t ...more
That said, I admit that I find this book difficult to review, because the strength of this book is also ...more
Everything I read from Thich Nhat Hanh is thought-provoking and inspirational. I am not a Buddist but I always learn something from his teachings. For me, the big take-away from this book is that we have everything we need already inside of us. And, the same is true for the people around us. A simple concept and one we already know, but a good reminder to approach the day with the awareness of that truth.
There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy.
Many people aspire to go to a place where there is no pain and suffering. But without pain and suffering there can be no understanding and compassion. Without understanding, there can be no true love. Without compassion, there can be no happiness.
We should not try to escape pain, we should try to look at it directly. Then, we will ...more
I say "simple" message, but digesting that message requires stepping out of Western paradigms. Personally, I've inherited a cultural and religious model for spiritual improvement that could best ...more
I must admit, I absorb everything this remarkable monk writes. I highly recommend any of his titles to those looking for happiness in the present moment.
'You Are Here' is simple and amazing. A book that I plan to pass on to friends in hopes they pass it on to others. I cannot imagine keeping this book. It is not a thing that deserves to rest on a shelf - it has ...more
Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more