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The Sutra has been studied, practiced, and handed down with special care from generation to generation for 2,500 years. In these commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh guides the reader to an understanding of the fundamental basis of the Buddhist practice and encourages application in daily life. The book describes the four methods of mindfulness: mindfulness of the body, the feeli...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published July 28th 2006 by Parallax Press (first published 1990)
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Aug 13, 2011 deZengo marked it as sacredspace-studio
The more I read, the more I want to read. This is a short passage from Hanh that I found online when I was researching the book.
Anger. There's a seed of anger in every one of us. There is also a seed of fear, a seed of despair. And when the seed of anger manifests, we should know how to recognize it, how to embrace it, and how to bring [ourselves] relief. When the seed of fear manifests itself as energy in the upper level of our consciousness, we should be abl...more
This great Sutra, I hope, will help me become more aware of the inner wounds and scars that keep me from enjoying the present moment.
James Carroll
Feb 12, 2014 James Carroll rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
If everyone read and applied the teachings in this book, the world would be a very very different place. These practices don't require that you accept any religious dogma, nor do they require that you reject whatever you may currently believe about God or the soul. Rather, they provide a set of techniques, things you can actually do, and try out for yourself. Those that try these things out, almost universally conclude that they are happier, more joyful, and more content afterwards.

This book is...more
I read this faster than I really should have. This is more a book about spiritual practice and I read through much of it today. Obviously, I should have approached it with a greater patience--and oh, there's some irony there--but I needed to get it back to the library before heading out of town.

One part that struck me, though, was when Hanh talked about how neutral feelings and sensations can become pleasurable sensations when given the proper consideration. I'll quote:

"If we don't know how to d...more
Brett Bartow
One of the best books I've read. I wouldn't say it was for beginners. A more advanced book. Probably hit it just right in that it showed me things I was ready to see. Helped me take the next step in making my practice more active. Great discussion of how to use meditation to look deeply and transform your suffering.
Demi Black
A very easy read. Actually, I've read this book three times. (I don't get to this site often enough to update my reading list) However, every time I read this book, I discover something new in the process of of healing transformation. The mindfulness of the four establishments, help you maintain present awareness. Beautiful as are all the Thich Nhat Hanh books I've read thus far.
Jesse Passler
In a decade of Buddhist study, practice, and reading, Thich Nhat Hanh's commentary on the Sutra of the Four Establishments of Mindfulness is perhaps the best, most comprehensive, and most simple yet profound instruction on the importance of mindfulness in Buddhist practice, what mindfulness is, and how to appropriately and most beneficially put it in to practice.
l'autore non da grandi spunti di riflessione, commenta purtroppo in maniera troppo "distante", troppo "religiosa", verso la fine però lascia intendere qualcosa in più con uno slancio inaspettato, seppur molto breve
Jane Williams
If you are wanting a starting place for understanding Buddhism and meditation this is the book to read. Wonderful!
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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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