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Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries

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Awakening of the Heart is a comprehensive, single volume collection of the Buddha’s key sutras, translated with contemporary commentary by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is an essential complement to Happiness, the bestselling collection of meditation and mindful practices released in 2009. Awakening of the Heart captures the heart of Buddhist wisdom and Thich Nhat Hanh’s ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Parallax Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mads P.
Feb 27, 2014 Mads P. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buddhists or those studying Buddhism
This book is a must-read for those interested in serious study of Buddhism. It's a thick volume, covering the essential sutras: diamond, heart, mindfulness, breathing, etc. The best thing about the book is the commentary after each sutra by the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He is able to explain complex ideas in a way that's understandable, and even poetic at times. I read this as part of a discussion group that met once a month, which was very helpful for reflecting on and understanding the sutras ...more
Mom - Joanne
Jul 26, 2012 Mom - Joanne rated it really liked it
Very slow reading gives a sense of real awakening

Good commentary and analogies
Alycee Lane
Nov 22, 2015 Alycee Lane rated it it was amazing
A clear and accessible analysis of nine essential Buddhist Sutras. Thich Nhat Hanh has a real gift for being able to explain difficult Buddhist principles (like those espoused in the Heart and Diamond sutras) in an engaging and simple way. I enjoyed this work and am sure I will return to it again and again.
Taymara Stephania  Jagmohan
seeds of compassion I am learning to grow, oh my sweet. :)

This book was long long long. Do I need to put another adjective/adverb there?

Okay. It was beautifully long. haha! :D

I can feel something beautiful is coming my way. Is it the dawn of Earth? My earth? :)
Sep 13, 2014 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meditation
This book led me to a peaceful land. I was so happy reading this book.
Mar 21, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
One of the wisest, most compassionate books I've ever read.
Feb 16, 2015 GoldenLemon rated it it was amazing
Immense joy.
Apr 19, 2015 F____ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
One of the best dharma books written.
This has been a very useful and helpful book. I appreciate Thich Nhat Hanh's commentaries on these key Mahayana Sutras.
Mar 24, 2016 Edward rated it it was amazing
I have not completed this book yet but it is one of my favorite dharma books to date.
Lynette Monteiro
Jan 07, 2013 Lynette Monteiro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zen, buddhism
Amazing detail. More a practice book than something to "read".
Jan 07, 2014 T. rated it it was amazing
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Excellent book, one to read over and over.
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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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“Tomorrow, I will continue to be. But you will have to be very attentive to see me. I will be a flower, or a leaf. I will be in these forms and I will say hello to you. If you are attentive enough, you will recognize me, and you may greet me. I will be very happy.” 1 likes
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