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Call Me By My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh

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Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is called "the monk who sees beyond life and death." On "Call Me by My True Names," listeners are provided two rare and intimate personal meetings with Hanh. This new audio collection includes Hanh in conversation, where he shares memories of childhood and how he started on his spiritual path, and a live recording of Hanh offering some of his fav ...more
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Parallax Press (first published September 1st 1993)
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Maureen
Aug 13, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: buddhism
Thich Nhat Hanh's poetry is known for its haunting, lyrical quality. There can be no better way of conveying a sense of this than by reproducing the title poem here. Very highly recommended.

Please Call Me by My True Names

Don't say that I will depart tomorrow --
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a j
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Tammy Marie Jacintho
As a truly compassionate man, Thich Nhat Hanh acts as bridge between the realm of art and the realm of self. In truth, barriers dissolve and the reader is left to contemplate that essence, that substance we might point to when our gaze turns inward.

What is that tenderness, that resiliency, that churning, that sorrow? It dwells in all of us. And so his poems, which are poems, call us back to each other. There is fierce love in these poems. And, against all odds, there is a real attempt to heal a
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Melissa
Oct 20, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was the very first book I read by Thích Nhãt Hanh and I will be reading more. This is not like other poetry books with pretty lines his poetry is raw and powerful. So many of these I had to stop after reading because it was just a lot to take in. Many of the poems are based on things he experienced or saw which makes these poems an emotional read.
Jo Harp
Jan 12, 2016 Jo Harp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
make me incredibly emotional. fabulously evocative.
Tim Desmond
Apr 01, 2015 Tim Desmond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A treasure of insight.
Aleksandra
Jun 03, 2013 Aleksandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book I read from end to end, but leave through looking for the right feeling. One feels so humble reading this book, and rightly so. I recommend pg 46 and 72. Some of the poems are very deeply disturbing, because of his experiences. Still haunted, you will return to seek beauty and wisdom in this book. "Every second I am arriving to be a bud on a new branch". This book is filled with hope, combined with horrible truths, it helps me bear reality and not lose idealism.
Phil
Nov 29, 2015 Phil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked Hanh's prose writings about mindfulness and compassion. While I found some of his poems to be a little heavy-handed, overall,the sentiment is what you would expect from him and the poems reinforce his teachings. If not the best poetic tactician, Thich Nhat Hahn is certainly a good messenger and there are quite a few memorable pieces here.
Amy Wise
May 02, 2012 Amy Wise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and this is a collection of his beautiful poetry. Each poem is a window into his soul, his faith, his past and his ancestors. I really recommend this book of beautiful poetry.
Ivan Granger
Jun 02, 2012 Ivan Granger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, buddhism
Poetry by the beloved modern master Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring service and suffering, humanity and interbeing, breath and stillness, beauty and bliss.
Linda Le
Oct 12, 2010 Linda Le rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great selection of poems on days when u need to remind urself to have compassion
Marion
Sep 18, 2015 Marion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, poetry
Beautiful.
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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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