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Two Treasures: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening and True Happiness
This compact volume contains two sutras, The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings and its complementary text, The Discourse on Happiness. They explain in practical detail how to progress step-by-step towards the Buddhist ideals of simplicity, generosity, compassion, and enlightenment. The first sutra is comprised of eight essential subjects for meditation that, ...more
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Published December 19th 2006 by Parallax Press
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Mar 02, 2013 Elizabeth Theiss rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
When winding down at the end of the day, this tiny volume is like a cool drink of water on a hot day. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and renowned meditation teacher, explains in simple terms what it means to be awake to the world and how to find deep happiness. This is a book to be read slowly, a page or two at a time, savoring the words and pondering their meaning. As far as I can tell, it is all true, which cannot be said of most books.
This was a lovely translation and commentary on 2 fundamental Buddhist texts. I'm a bit of a Nhat Hanh fan-boy so I have a biased perspective, but I get so much out of his commentaries and teachings. I find myself challenged and guided to new insights with the seeds his words plant in me. This is a great text to read, study and meditate with as we make our spiritual journey.
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...