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Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries

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Awakening of the Heart is a comprehensive, single volume collection of the Buddha’s key sutras, translated with contemporary commentary by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is an essential complement to Happiness, the bestselling collection of meditation and mindful practices released in 2009. Awakening of the Heart captures the heart of Buddhist wisdom and Thich Nhat Hanh’s ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Parallax Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mads P.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buddhists or those studying Buddhism
This book is a must-read for those interested in serious study of Buddhism. It's a thick volume, covering the essential sutras: diamond, heart, mindfulness, breathing, etc. The best thing about the book is the commentary after each sutra by the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. He is able to explain complex ideas in a way that's understandable, and even poetic at times. I read this as part of a discussion group that met once a month, which was very helpful for reflecting on and understanding the ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very slow reading gives a sense of real awakening

Good commentary and analogies
Julio Armas
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of Sutras is a blessing.

The Sutras in this collection offer practical advice on how to deal with our suffering, how to be among people, how to understand the teachings, and how to put them into practice. We are really fortunate to have the opportunity to read this Sutras with a commentary of a highly accomplished teacher as Thich Nhat Hanh. I highly recommend this book.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Compelling translations of key Buddhist sutras with extensive commentary by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose gifts for simile and illuminating explication bring a rare clarity to these texts. Instead of reading cover to cover, a fruitful approach might be to slow down and really live with each sutra for awhile, appreciating the commentary not as definitive statements, but as catalysts for personal insight, deeper than language.
Andy Roberto
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A shining view

The loveliest and most delicate commentary on the primary sutras I have ever read. I read it again and again as my practice grows and find new details to meditate on every time.
I’ve now read 17 books by Thích Nhat Hahn and having read this one I can see all the seeds of his teachings and feel my understanding of his teachings to have deepened. Highly recommended.
Alycee Lane
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A clear and accessible analysis of nine essential Buddhist Sutras. Thich Nhat Hanh has a real gift for being able to explain difficult Buddhist principles (like those espoused in the Heart and Diamond sutras) in an engaging and simple way. I enjoyed this work and am sure I will return to it again and again.
This has been a very useful and helpful book. I appreciate Thich Nhat Hanh's commentaries on these key Mahayana Sutras.
One of the wisest, most compassionate books I've ever read.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this immensely .
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Amazing detail. More a practice book than something to "read".
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Excellent book, one to read over and over.
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This book led me to a peaceful land. I was so happy reading this book.
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One of the best dharma books written.
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