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Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society

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Good Citizens is Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh's bold contribution to the creation of a shared global ethic. Thich Nhat Hanh lays out a vision based on the Four Noble Truths that speak to people of all faiths, cultures, and political beliefs. If we understand them closely, can be a guide to help us think, act, and speak in ways that bring more joy and peace to ourselves and o ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Parallax Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Oct 16, 2012 Violet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This slim volume clearly delineates how Buddhist principles can be applied to modern life in a very pragmatic way which benefits all people. Sensible, cogent examples of how mindful living impacts everything around us.
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Jul 12, 2016 Emanuela Imineo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quando la Garzanti mi ha omaggiato con questo libro, mi sono soffermata sulla sua dimensione, quasi rimanendo delusa sul contenuto, pensando a come potesse un libro così piccolo poter racchiudere la ricchezza e gli esercizi per cambiare il modo di guardare il mondo.

Ora dopo averlo letto e stretto al petto, mi chiedo come possa il mondo a non aver basato la propria esistenza su questo tesoro.

L'autore Thich Nhat Hanh è una di quelle persone che ti cambiano la vita anche solo senza toccarsi. E' un
Aug 17, 2013 Roben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Engaged Buddhism is not just self-help. It helps us feel stronger and more stable and also more connected to others and committed to the happiness of all beings." With Thich Nhat Hanh's bold introductory promise, we are introduced to the Four Noble Truths that speak to people of all faiths and cultures.
This is pretty good as an overview of Buddhist principles and how to live by them in the modern world. It is not a political book, but there are a lot of political assumptions that inform his writing. It is theoretical/philosophical with only one or two references to modern examples of Right Speech (Obama's Cairo speech in January 2009) and Building the Global Community/Sangha (Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Beloved Community). Whether this small treatise is worthwhile advice for developing Goo ...more
A short but sometimes repetitive guide to how basic Buddhist principles can change the world for the better. I liked it but found it a bit too idealistic for my taste. The ideas in the book are solid and I would be interested in reading more from Thich Nhat Hanh. 3.5 stars
Sep 27, 2014 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2014 Dodecahedron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty short read, a bit repetitive but very thought provoking. Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh gives an outline on how to apply basic buddhist teachings, namely the four noble truths and the noble eight-fold path, to everyday life in order to be good citizens of the world. Although I'm not a Buddhist I thought it was a useful rubric to evaluate my impact on the world and consider what I can do to improve things. I'd recommend it to just about anyone.
Jun 11, 2013 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful meditations and solid teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh's great gifts, shine through this text. Though the ground will be familiar for students of Thich Nhat Hanh, this is both a good introduction to practice and a reminder to experienced practitioners. Living an engaged and thoughtful ethics is a life-long practice, and this book is one more invitation to that work. Good for individual and small group study and discussion, and, of course, practice.
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Apr 08, 2016 Sameer Mawani rated it really liked it
Good read - however I found the end of the book a bit less lack luster than the rest - good concepts to keep top of mind
Dec 06, 2014 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of enlightenment and Buddhism. I liked this book, but found it hard to follow at times because of his writing style.
Jul 07, 2015 Jarrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maww, Thich Nhat Hanh. He's your friend.
Mar 12, 2013 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-borrowed
Basic Buddhist primer.
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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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