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Peaceful Action, Open Heart: Lessons from the Lotus Sutra
The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered Mahayana texts, yet there are very few commentaries on it available in English. In this book, renowned Zenteacher Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra's main theme - that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha and that the Buddha nature is inherent in everything - while emphasizing that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful ...more
ebook, 215 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Parallax Press
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Another book that has deep meaning. I opened the Gene Reeves version of the Lotus Sutra and placed the two books side by side. Thich Nhat Hanh once again walks us through each parable as a Zen master who has read these things for almost seventy years so we get the insight of the monk who has mastered it's meanings the first time we see it. Some think the lotus sutra is too complicated and full of deities and mythical creatures to be accurate, but this book opens the keys to the analogies of what ...more
"There is a way through any situation, no matter how difficult. And the way that is prescribed by the teaching is to practice deep listening, listening with compassion, and to use loving speech, one of the skillful means of the bodhisattva. Once communication is restored we have hope, and suffering will be lessened."
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 ...moreMore about Thich Nhat Hanh...