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You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

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In this book Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Zen monk, author, and meditation master, distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. “Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Shambhala (first published 2001)
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Jonathon
Sep 25, 2016 Jonathon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A slow read; I wanted to pause after every sentence to think and meditate! Very enjoyable, very insightful. I'm going to let this book sink in for a while hen probably re-read.
Sean Wilson
Jun 25, 2015 Sean Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
What a treasure trove of inspiration, Buddhist philosophy and spiritual insight, in only 130 pages! Thích Nhất Hạnh writes simply but sprinkles delightful portions of spiritual knowledge for you to take onwards after completing this little literary journey.
Erin
Jan 11, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
This was my first Thich Nhat Hahn book, and I must say--I was really impressed. He takes Buddhist teachings and makes them relatable to people who live in our chaotic, 21st century world but who are looking for something a little deeper. And the way to really tap into your life is to be present in the moment (as challenging as that can be). He mentioned a metaphor that stuck with me...flowers use compost to grow healthy and strong. So why not use our own compost, our baggage, our junk, our past ...more
Arctic
Jul 03, 2011 Arctic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, philosophy
thich nhat hanh makes Buddhism accessible and enjoyable to read. This book serves as a great reminder to live in and savor each moment fully. makes me wish i had a Sangha locally that i could work with.

quotes:
I have arrived, I am home,
In the here and in the now.
I am solid, I am free,
In the ultimate I dwell.

"After walking for a few minutes with the words of this poem, you will see that you are much more solid. The past and the future can no longer grab you and pull you away from life. As a result
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Analu
Oct 18, 2011 Analu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses. If you look around yourself with mindfulness, you will see people going around like zombies. Have a great deal of compassion for the people around you who are living like this. They do not know that life is accessible only in the here and now."
Olivia Baker
May 20, 2016 Olivia Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The secret to happiness is letting go of your cows."
Simple but significant read. Going to carry with me everywhere for when I need a reminder to stop and meditate.
Daven
Dec 15, 2011 Daven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books
I have a hard time giving this a "rating". I think there are some books that just aren't rate-able, because it's not about how well they're written, etc. That said, I feel like I only absorbed about 10% of what You Are Here had to offer, as I listened to it on CD going to and from work. To say that I was intrigued by what I did grasp is an understatement, and there are certainly ideas and ways of thinking here that will hang with me. In the meanwhile, I really think I need to get my hands on a h ...more
John
Sep 06, 2014 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to take Thích Nhất Hạnh's teachings with me wherever I go. Another insightful book from the Zen Buddhist monk. “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” Thích Nhất Hạnh's writings are fluid and highly accessible. You are Here would be a great book for anyone wanting to know the basics of nirvana, meditations and breathing, the essence of Buddhist practice. Most of all, it's about bein ...more
Piotr Chrobot
If you have one book to read, read this one.
Melody
Feb 03, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing particularly new here- it's the same old "breathing in, I know that I am breathing in, breathing out, I know that I am breathing out."
For all that, it never gets old for me. I need, constantly, to be reminded to be mindful, to be reminded that now, this very moment, is all I ever have.

I'm not at all religious, but the doctrine of mindfulness speaks deeply to me and is one I strive, unsuccessfully, to practice. This little gem of a book is a bell bringing me back to my present mom
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Alexandra
Jan 12, 2016 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book was one big repetition. thich nhat hanh could have written a paragraph instead of a book, and we would have gotten the same information out of it because honestly he just kept saying the same sentences over and over again and this thing just dragged on and on.
inbreaths, outbreaths, flowers being part of the cosmos. it just got old super fast.
plus, he talked so much about mindfulness and walking meditation but didn't really discuss at all how to do these. this was a real gimmick. not w
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Mohamed Al Sayyah
Oct 03, 2014 Mohamed Al Sayyah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mind-spirit
هذا خامس أو سادس لقاء لي مع الراهب الفيتنامي تيك ناه هان، أنصح بقراءة هذا الكتاب وبشدة خصوصاً لمن يرغب بالتعرف أكثر على الmindfulness meditation
كتب سلس وجميل.
Cecilia Boyers
Aug 18, 2015 Cecilia Boyers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favz
This book is incredible--if you ever need to relax or get in touch with tough feelings, this book is where to look!! Also I keep it on my nightstand for if I'm having trouble sleeping ❤❤❤❤❤ ...more
Laura
Sep 28, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book in Big Sur, CA at a transformational moment in my life. Fitting and lovely read.
♥ Ibrahim ♥
In the world, there is suffering and it is not always easy; this is life and to think otherwise is simplistic. But mindfulness comes in and instills in us the excellent attributes of understanding and compassion. We communicate compassion and live in a state of inter being-being part of one another and being there for each other.
This kind of books you can read and re-read and then reread again and still find yourself getting something new every time you read it. Getting nourished and powered up
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Melissa
Jan 15, 2017 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. Very useful techniques for learning to live in the present moment, while letting go of worry and rumination.
Katrina Sark
p.10 – Many people aspire to go to a place where pain and suffering do not exist, a place where there is only happiness. This is a rather dangerous idea, for compassion is not possible without pain and suffering. It is only when we enter into contact with suffering that understanding and compassion can be born. Without suffering, we do not have the opportunity to cultivate compassion and understanding; and without understanding, there can be no true love. So we should not imagine a place where t ...more
Jason Pettus
To get people caught up who need it, I'm spending this summer reading a bunch of random books from my local library on Buddhism and meditation, ever since starting to practice a secular form of meditation in the last year and recently having a friend remark that my insights about it sounded "surprisingly Buddhist." (See my review of Start Here Now for the full backstory.) That book wasn't so bad, because it was authored by a middle-aged American who only came to Buddhism later in life, and so is ...more
Juan Diego López Rodríguez
I started two habits more than a year ago. The first, to keep a journal. I write every night about the day. When I am done with the writing, it is usually about a page long, I turned to the next page and write the date for the next day. Then, I fall asleep. As if that day is gone and now I'm looking forward to the next one. The day that past is already history, and the next one is still an unwritten, untold story. The second habit is to meditate. I've been using an App. It guides you through the ...more
Bryce Holt
Apr 21, 2015 Bryce Holt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really beautiful book about mindfulness, meditation, finding peace in all aspects and ages of life and what it is to suffer/live through/remove oneself or others from suffering. After I moved past the first few tracks (I listened to the audio book) and what at first appeared to be a somewhat condescendingly nice tone, I discovered that this is truly the way that Thich Nhat Hanh speaks. The way he shows and expresses love is so simple and with such great omnipresence, you can't help but ...more
Dona
Jun 18, 2010 Dona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really liking this book all the way through, thinking that even though it can be called simple and "self-helpy", it was really helping me to look at the world more positively, question my sometimes cloudy perceptions, and begin to practice some practical methods to alleviate stress and to relax. So I would have given it four stars until I reached the last chapter and Camus' The Stranger was mentioned. ThenI loved it. Thich Nhat Hanh talks about Meursault's "moment of awareness"--when, conf ...more
Olivia
Feb 04, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had picked this up a few months ago and stopped reading for some reason I forgot. Let me say that I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I think you have to be in the right frame of mind for it. If you haven't been reading a lot of self-helpy, zentastic books, you might pick this up and be like "WTF."

I like to see what subjects books I read are assigned and if it has any subjects on the back cover; this is Buddhism. I've read a couple zen books and I can't remember if they had similar subjects,
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Ria
Aug 29, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting little book written by Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Zen monk, author and expert on meditation.
He gives tips and and Buddhist thoughts and practices to enable readers to live more fully and enrich their lives just by being as he calls it "more mindful" in everything we do and to appreciate little things that everyday in our hectic lifestyles often get forgotten.
Fascinating concepts and ideas on many aspects, love, living, dying, joy and enjoyment out of the tiniest chore, washin
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Grzegorz Witek
Jan 04, 2016 Grzegorz Witek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd recommend this book not only to people who'd like to learn something about Buddhism, but also to everyone who's struggling with the topics of life, death and eternity. In very simple, yet meaningful words, Thích Nhất Hạnh explained me a lot about the topics I was thinking about.
Even though I'm not Buddhist myself, or maybe precisely because of that, this book was very valuable to me. It's a very short read and I'm pretty sure I'll read it at leas one more time to even better understand shown
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Monica
Mar 16, 2011 Monica rated it it was amazing
It is just as simple and moving of a message as you can get. You are here! yes, you are. But living in the present is not something that you can wrap your brain on easily. Well, the Thich Nhat Hanh has an amazing way of explaining to you how to do just that. This book connects with the reader, and it connects fast. From the actual instructions of how to connect with the present moment to the philosophy behind that connection, and the implications for your and all's well being, this books spoke t ...more
Brooklyn
Aug 12, 2015 Brooklyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Going into reading this book, I was expecting a direct message. Thich Nhat Hanh approached the readers by giving a lot of background information. This information was not captivating which is why it took me so long to read and understand the message. Not until the end of the book did I really gain anything from this book. It teaches you how to be present by stating your presences. The practices might be more helpful for you but for me I only give it a 2 out of 5.
Karin
May 28, 2011 Karin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
What do I think about this book?
Everything I read from Thich Nhat Hanh is thought-provoking and inspirational. I am not a Buddist but I always learn something from his teachings. For me, the big take-away from this book is that we have everything we need already inside of us. And, the same is true for the people around us. A simple concept and one we already know, but a good reminder to approach the day with the awareness of that truth.
Caty
Feb 24, 2012 Caty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is an amazing book, one of my favorites of all time. The clarity with which Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to apply mindfulness to life is incredible. He gives very practical advice, accompanied by truly inspired thoughts about life. Some of the words in this book are the emotional equivalent of having a drink of ice water on a steaming hot day. The words provide instant relief from the seeming hardships of life... I like reading excerpts of this book to friends going through difficulties...
Jayme
Jun 01, 2012 Jayme rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition


I really enjoyed the first two chapters of this book, then it all started to sound a bit like a broken record to me. Don't get me wrong - I love what he had to say, but after a while, it started to parody itself. "Breath in, I'm writing another chapter of repetitive inspiring monologue, Exhale, I smile..." Just wasn't my cup of chai.
Luis
Aug 24, 2015 Luis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thích Nhất Hạnh's "You Are Here" is an elegant example of simplicity -- both in terms of his writing/communicating and in his many conveyances of ways in which we can be grounded to the now.

A book such as his should definitely be included in your spiritual library.
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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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“Some people live as though they are already dead. There are people moving around us who are consumed by their past, terrified of their future, and stuck in their anger and jealousy. They are not alive; they are just walking corpses.” 112 likes
“We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. And we have to be ready to release our knowledge in order to come to a higher understanding of reality.” 30 likes
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