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Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962-1966

4.36  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peacemaker. Author of more than 35 books, including Living Buddha Living Christ, Being Peace, and The Heart of Understanding, he lives in France, where he heads the monastic community known as Plum Village. Since the early 1980s, he has come to NorthAmerica regularly to lecture and give retreats on the art of mindful ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Parallax Press (first published 1998)
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San San
Nov 17, 2015 San San rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lật giở từng trang sách trong những ngày trời trở đông, với cái lạnh theo gió len lỏi tới từng ngôi nhà từng góc phố của Hà Nội. Vâng, tôi ngồi giữa lòng thủ đô nhâm nhi tách diệp hòa trà và tinh thần thì mông lung trong cảnh sắc nơi Phương Bối Am!... Tôi chợt thấy tôi đã từng mơ tới việc sống một cuộc sống như vậy, sống yên bình, giản dị trên một ngôi nhà nhỏ, có những lối đi dài ngoằn nghèo rải đầy sỏi, quanh vườn là hoa đào, mai trắng, hoa trà, sống cái cuộc sống thanh bình tĩnh lặng, sáng sớ ...more
Mark Robison
Nov 22, 2015 Mark Robison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This diary of his time at Princeton and Columbia universities in the U.S. and villages in Vietnam before going into exile gives a different side of Nhat Hanh not seen in any of his other books. For instance, he is often critical — he thinks that Americans’ donating money and stuff during the holidays is pity rather than compassion and says that only by meeting the recipients face to face can one understand their suffering. I was fascinated by how he and his friends helped and organized villagers ...more
Nhược Lạc
Jun 01, 2015 Nhược Lạc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đọc "Nẻo về của ý" như một cuốn nhật ký của vị tăng sĩ trẻ. Là chặng đường hành trình vừa thơ ngây, đẹp đẽ, vừa gian truân, gập ghềnh của thầy. Cuốn sách chia sẻ những tâm tư rối nùi trong ngực mình, và đánh thức những ước mộng đẹp đẽ một thời (như Phương Bối Am) vậy đó. Gấp lại cuốn sách nhỏ nhắn, là thấy mình có thêm động lực để đi tiếp. Đã yên an hơn nhiều, vì nhìn thấy được nẻo về của ý.
Riles N
Jan 01, 2017 Riles N rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Con gặp Thầy ở Phương Bối sống động và ấm áp khi đang tu tập cùng những Tăng thân ở Sài Gòn lên Rừng Gọi ở Nam Cát Tiên. Con được ở cùng thầy và mọi người trong đêm giao thừa cùng gói bánh chưng, cùng đốt ngọn lửa khổng lồ trên đỉnh đồi. Con được bước cùng thầy ở Prineton, ở Nữu Ước, được thầy kể cho nghe về những người bạn phương xa và cả những sư cô sư thầy sư anh sư em sư chú gắn bó với thầy trước những ngày xa xứ. Con được uống trà cùng thầy của mấy mươi năm trước, khi thầy chưa tạo lập ra L ...more
Tuyến Trần
Có thể coi đây là một thiên ký sự, một cuốn tiểu thuyết hoặc chỉ là bút ký. Từ những ngày tháng gây dựng Phương Bối Am đầy nhọc nhằn và niềm vui cho đến những ngày lưu lạc tha hương rồi lại trở về, chuyện đời người trải dài ra một cách tự nhiên, thong thả và ngập tràn những kỉ niệm đáng yêu.

Xen lẫn bên trong đó có rất nhiều quan điểm về Phật giáo, về xã hội và cả chính trị, có nhiều đoạn cũng 'thẳng' lắm. Mình nhớ nhất đoạn nói về cái bản ngã của con người, có lẽ là não mình chỉ hiểu được đến đó
...more
Quynh Le
Feb 04, 2017 Quynh Le rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And when this dust falls to the urn,
In that state I came, return."

Henry Vaughan 1622 – 1695 (The Retreat)
Cherie
Beautiful journeys by the glorious TNH…revealing at his life in the 1960s...
Thanh Huong
Dec 19, 2016 Thanh Huong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: target-6m-2016
Một cuốn hồi ký nhẹ nhàng chứa chan yêu thương và hy vọng.
Garrett Zecker
Jul 30, 2011 Garrett Zecker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really phenomenal book. I am so glad that I read it when I did, especially considering I was going through a lot of anxiety and worry over some really seemingly important things. The beginning of the book was very relaxing and introspective about nature, and as the Vietnam war became more and more unavoidable in his journal writing, it became a dialog on how to take worries and make them transparent and look at oneself a little more introspectively. I am very grateful for everything I ...more
Myridian
Mar 21, 2008 Myridian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, memoir
Tich Nhat Hanh's writings here were so poignant and so beautiful that I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Buddhism or mindfulness or Tich Nhat Hanh. It's really enlightening to see the struggles that even this man, who I would consider a bodhisatva, goes through as he deals with the pain and horror of what man is capable of. This book made Tich Nhat Hanh a real person to me. It also increased my dedication to trying to live my own life mindfully and with a commitme ...more
Kapila
Jun 16, 2010 Kapila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Flowers don't know how to hate"

We know the feeling of difference after being somewhere, or reading something, or having an experience that leaves us changed - temporarily, anyway. Like being in a quiet place, or an old place, this book leaves you changed, and makes you yearn for that other way of being that seems to be so close to us, that other way of being that would leave you changed forever.
Megan
Aug 15, 2010 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fragrant Palm Leaves is a wonderful book about a monk who leaves Vietnam during the War and teaches at Columbia University. I enjoyed the book a lot because there were a lot of hidden life lessons. Although it was a great book, I didn't like how the novel was journal entries. I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults who enjoy reading journal entries and are interested learn about the Vietnam War.
Ngan Pham
Oct 02, 2016 Ngan Pham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually come to Thay's works to seek for a direction from a great mind, but this time I also see him as a human who used to struggle to find the way like all of us do. As some reviewer wrote, "a rare glimpse of a great human being in the making".
Yet, he offers us some hint to un-tie the knots. The path that he passed, we may or may not be able to follow, but now we know better where we want to aim.
Donna
Jan 14, 2009 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So often while reading this book, my heart swelled and I could not help but smile by the gentle words of Thich Nhat Hanh. I am familiar with his teachings, but it was insightful to see everyday thoughts and ideas being set into motion. A lovely lesson on living a meaningful life away from the places and people you hold dear.
sallie
May 04, 2008 sallie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book beautifully mixes both tragic and uplifting stories. But what makes this book such a pleasure to read is that it allows us reside within the mind of a monk who, despite great difficulties in Vietnam, remains peaceful, joyful, and with enjoyment of the most simplest of pleasures. The simplest of thoughts become revolutionary enlightenment.
Anthony
Jun 27, 2007 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TNH's depiction of his native Viet Nam and mangrove forests was the first calling I had to visit that country. Too bad what I saw bears only a scant resemblance to his idyllic capturing of both nature and a stalwart people.
Travis Fortney
Jun 02, 2012 Travis Fortney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Years and years after reading these books, I recently recommended them to a friend who was looking for an introduction to Buddhism. I hadn't realized how much of Hanh's teaching had worked it's way into my daily life.
Erin
Jul 08, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this look into Thich Nhat Hanh's life as a young monk- I was most struck by how sensory it was... I really felt that I was there with him, could smell the palm fronds, and feel the heavy humidity of the jungle. There is wisdom and wit in equal amounts here, really lovely.
Britt Doughty-godchaux
I picked up this book to understand a person who I admired in theory, but didn't connect with in some of his other materials. Now I get it more: Thich Nhat Hanh is just like anyone else. He pines and he copes.
Rebecca
Dec 28, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thich Nhat Hanh is a remarkable human being. These journals provided insight into his daily life in a way that is even more personal than his usual style of writing. They end just before he is forced to leave Vietnam.
Annie Mahon
Sep 21, 2015 Annie Mahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wonderful book is based on the journals of a young Thich Nhat Hanh when he discovers so many of the truths which we have come to learn from him over the years. LOVE IT.
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. 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
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