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A Lifetime of Peace: Essential Writings by and about Thich Nhat Hanh

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A Lifetime of Peace follows the successful model established by A Lifetime of Wisdom: Essential Writings by and about the Dalai Lama. It draws on dozens of sources to collect the very best writing by and about Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. This timely collection is both a political and spiritual handbook which encompasses all of ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2003 by Da Capo Press (first published September 24th 2003)
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A Lifetime of Peace is a compendium of writings by and about the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Over the years Thich has written numerous books for seekers on the path and also for people looking to find more happiness in their lives. This book strings together several different works so you get a taste of a great collective body of literature.

Some of the works in this collection were interviews Nhat Hanh had given with other publications. One of them that could be especially salient in
Jun 29, 2008 Goz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of peace and world religion
This book lives up to its name. It truly is the single book that contains the essential writings by and about the most influential Buddist monk followed in America. I found some of my favorite passages from other books by Thich Nhat Hanh here and they were well-worth reading again. The interviews with other religious leaders and the section that considered what the peace advocate would say to terrorists in a hypothetical conversation were most interesting.
kathleen macdonald
Jun 02, 2007 kathleen macdonald rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
If you want to get an overview of Thich Nhat Hahn's teaching, this is the book for you...but...I would recommend starting with Peace is Every Step...more in depth reading in that one... When a book has "the essential writings" on the cover, I always find that, while the book is filled with awesome words, there is more to uncover by reading the books from which the "essentials" were chosen.
This is a man who can teach you something about life, wisdom, perspective, anger about your own humanity. His words will ring true to you, and the won't have an ulterior motive behind him. He simply just passes on his teachings to for you to then try and relay them to your life. What an incredibly humbling read. I highly recommend this book.

I love this author's writings. Peace is Every Step was the best I have read, but this one has some nice short pieces that are a great introduction to his philosophy.
a very good anthology of this amazing man's life. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr a long time ago
When the time is right I'll finish the unread essays. I feel better about the world and people just thinking about this book.
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