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Beyond the Self: Teachings on the Middle Way

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One of the Buddha's most central ideas is the importance of transcending “either/or” thinking to avoid the trap of extremist views. In Beyond the Self Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that we can find tranquility by embracing all aspects of life, instead of focusing on what we like and dislike. The book contains Nhat Hanh's original translation of the Sutra on the Middle Way, as w ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Parallax Press (first published 2009)
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Dec 15, 2014 Austin Wright rated it liked it
Three stars, wasn't impressed by how luke-warm his writings are.

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This slim little book by Thich Nhat Hanh is one that deserves to be read, but I'm not sure many folk are as familiar with it as some of his others which are more repetitions of previous work than anything new and original.

This book is Thay's commentary on "The Sutra on The Middle Way" and clearly elucidates the core teaching of the Buddha: Dependent Co-origination.
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Small book, great wisdom. Highly recommend.
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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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