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Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  658 ratings  ·  58 reviews
"Creating True Peace" is both a profound work of spiritual guidance and a practical blueprint for peaceful inner change and global change. It is the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh's answer to our deep-rooted crisis of violence and our feelings of helplessness, victimization, and fear. As a world-renowned writer, scholar, spiritual leader, and Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh ...more
Published August 5th 2003 by Free Press (first published 2003)
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Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The same feature of this book that caused annoyance was the same that caused understanding: repetition; it works. Like a CBT exercise, this book gets into your subconscious, hammering away at what makes you think the way you do. Lo and behold, the book is complete and you're acting mindfully about closing the covers, craving an orange, and basking in the optimism you're generating from within.

I'll admit that even I wanted to pack up and move to a place where I could meditate unstopped. I truly b
Mar 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: non-fiction
As usual, I am a bit behind the times. For lent, our church chose to read Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World by Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. Well that was during March and April, and while I did read *most* of the book back then, I am finally finishing the last chapter now.

Believe me, it was an interesting process reading and discussing a book by a Zen Buddhist with a group of very Maine Congregationalists. When we first picked up this b
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I really enjoyed this book. It is about how to create peace for yourself when you are upset and how to help others find peace as well. One thing I really liked about this book is that he talks about the first step to creating peace between you and someone else is deep listening. When we listen deeply and let the other person talk, it gives us a chance to hear their side and their perspective and then we can feel compassion for them instead of anger. I also noticed things here and there in the bo ...more
Joshua Herbert
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I can honestly say that this book has transformed my life in a very positive way. My partner and I both read it, and we were able to draw very practical and simple ways to live, love, and parent more skillfully from Thay's lovely prose.
I don't think of myself as having any violence within, but I learned something so important when I saw him speak in Berkeley; that by watching violent shows or movies, I am allowing that energy into my energy and condoning its existence in the universal energy. I am not going to get a gun and shoot someone, but allowing violence to be entertainment only continues the cycle of violence. And I struggle with this; I like some violent movies, but I can make a different choice more often than not. It ...more
Jennifer Wood
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is truly life changing. It really illuminates the grasping, violent aspects of our Western culture -- and shows that it is possible to look at the world in a completely different way. It also explains the purpose of meditation and some techniques for meditation in a practical, totally understandable way. I checked this out from the library but have now bought a copy to keep on my shelf as a reference forever. My admiration for the author is boundless.
Peter Kahn
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I keep on reading books on mindfulness in the hope I'll be able to change my angry ways. Thich Nhat Hanh is always good at helping me to realize that I'm both my greatest helper and obstacle. In this time of strife and war, it is also good to remember that violence and hate breed more of the same. The only way to combat my rage or international problems is through thoughtful listening and partnership.

Being pissed off doesn't work, I try over and over with the same results....
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Buddhist philosophy was good for me to read during a time when I was really stressed out(Breathing in, breathing out). My dad actually recommended the book--he likes the similarity between authors' teachings and his Christian belief system. I agree and I'd like to read more of his books in the future.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really glad that this was the first book I read this year. It was beautifully written and had some great reminders that are often forgotten in our hectic lives. I will definately try to incorporate some of his teachings into my daily routines and life.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
wonderful book. everyone should treat themselves to some of Hanh's philosophical viewpoint. in my never-ending quest to banish the stress and negative emotions from my life, this book has proved pretty useful. now it is up to me to practice...
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the right book for me at the right time.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last half of the book I would rate 4-5. It has some very interesting hypothetical conversations concerning changing personal/local/world habits using personal commitment. Certainly helps if you are a monk.
The first half of the book concentrates on creating and meditation/calming techniques. Nothing new there
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
A great one by Thich Nhat Hanh! Like with a lot of practices in various forms of Buddhism the practice s are both simple and hard at the same time. In a world addicted to violence, anger and conflict what Thich Nhat Hanh proposes is pretty radical but any amount of effort and change is better than nothing. This is a book I'll be coming back to.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: body
"If you cannot deal with the problem of violence and pollution within you, how can you deal with the problem of pollution and violence outside of you, in nature?"

This book found me at a timely point in my life. To be read and practiced again, and again, and again.
Guillermo Galvan
Creating True Peace is more than a book about spiritual enlightenment and peace. It’s a map that helps guide you through the wilderness in ourselves and the hectic world we live in. The destination is inner peace for all living things. Creating True Peace is written by world renowned Zen Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, who has lived through two major wars in his homeland of Vietnam while practicing the philosophy of none-violence and peace. In Creating True Peace, Hanh expresses his solutions for act ...more
Whether dealing with extreme emotions and challenging situations or managing interpersonal and international conflicts, Thich Nhat Hanh relies on the 2,600-year-old traditional wisdom and scholarship of the Buddha, as well as other great scriptures. He teaches us to look more deeply into our thoughts and lives so that we can know what to do and what not to do to transform them into something better. With a combination or courage, sweetness, and candor, he tells us that we can make a difference; ...more
Kim Dallmeier
I have to say I am very underwhelmed by this book as opposed to the other ones I've read by this author.

On the positive side, I enjoyed reading about the Mindfulness Training, and how to 'transform arrows into flowers', which was why I chose to read it in the first place.

Yet on the other side, I was surprised to find so many of his social activism comments judgmental.

We all know our history about wars: The pain, the senseless loss, the destruction.

From there, knowing that what has happened is
Cármen Veloso
I was recommended this book on a time when I was upset very oftenly, as well as sad. When I finally read it, I was already okay. However, that did not prevent me from learning something from it.
Thích Nhânt Hanh suggest us, in this book, some methods for us to have self-control over our emotions when we are just too upset, or even when we don't feel like 'fighting' anymore. I found it very interesting how he sees those who are seen as very cruel people: for him, those are the ones suffering the m
Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wisdom
This was a good book. It related the practical advantages of being self-aware and compassionate to the real-world situations around us: our conflicts with our families and friends and also between soldiers and civilians, negotiators and leaders. It offers practical exercises on how we can defuse violence and promote peace in our lives. Most of these are, of course, come from a very Buddhist place, but they are the same sorts of things that anyone who learns to control their anger does: taking a ...more
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This book is about a guide that lead to peace and helps you calm down with everything you have to dealt with. I like this book because it helps everyone to stay calm and live peacefully when it comes to being stressed out, being angry, or feeling hate. I liked the way the author tells his story about how his life was back than because everything that's surrounds him was horrible and yet he uses his technique to stay calm and live through peace. I felt sad when
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Peace is not just simply fhe absence of violence; it is the cultivation of understanding, insight and compassion, combined with action. Peace is the practice of mindfulness, the practice of being aware of our thoughts, our actions, and the consequences of our actions."
This quote from Thich Nhat Hanh basically surmises what this book is about. Concise and insightful, Thich provides spiritual guidance on how only through inner change and peace can we attain global peace. The teaching on the Five
Kevin Scott
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book by an amazing teacher/philosopher. It's easy to see why people mourned his death this past year. The world truly lost something with the passing of his spirit. Fortunately we have his written works and what a gift they are. I picked up this book as I was looking to deepen my meditation practice and deal/heal some turbulent relationships (past and present) in my life. Needless to say this straight forward, easy to read book delivers deeply amazing wisdom. With no words wasted, Thich ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never imagined that I would get New-Agey enough to enjoy something like this, but Thich Nhat Hanh has become one of my favorite authors/thinkers. He has an ability to teach mindfulness and inner peace in a way that is humble, lucid, and sometimes even practical. Although his thinking is driven by his perspective as a Buddhist monk, his observations aren't at odds with what I believe; rather, he has me seeing my own beliefs in a different light and understanding them better. This is one that I ...more
Jan 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has taken me several months to work through...I read each chapter, then re-read each chapter, then tried to "live" what I was reading for a few days to make sure I understood the concepts. This is a life-changing book, and I hope to re-read it each year to make sure I am continuing to nurture peace and good-will in my family, my neighborhood and the world. I couldn't help but think of how the world would be different if this could be part of every high school's curriculum. I wish every ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Like all Thich Nhat Hahn's book, this is an engaging reflection of the practice of mindfulness in our everyday lives. I particularly like the idea of having a room in the house for practicing mindfulness, a place the family can congregate, eyes open or closed, where the breath is the anchor. I also like the idea of ending "violence" to our selves: with wrong thought, speech and action. Mindfulness is the way to be aware of this attack on our true selves and how to gently get back on track to the ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
This wasn't the book I thought it was going to be. I wanted help with creating peace within myself to help create peace around me but by the end of the book I felt that it was a lecture to Americans. Maybe I missunderstood the intention of the book but I felt like there was a lot of finger pointing. There were some parts that I found helpful and I wish more of the book contained chapters similar to the middle chapters.
Mar 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I really like a lot of what TNH expresses in this book. I especially liked the descriptions of TNH's time of practicing nonviolence in the midst of war. I found myself wanting him to stick with describing those experiences. Instead, he moved on to other pieces of advice. I think the book could have been separated into different books and expanded upon. All in all, worth reading (or skimming). Good ideas are there.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've become a big fan of Thich Nhat Nanh's books and words. As I've a pre-biopsy consult with a surgeon in fifteen minutes, I need all the peaceful, hopeful, loving words I can get. ;) Reading Being Peace now, actually! He's helping me as I start a new peace "project" that's rather large scale. I recommend his books to everyone, but especially if you've hit a rough patch.
Thich Nhat Han
is probably the best guide going
to mindfulness
He is a Nobel Peace Prize winner
and was nominated
by Martin Luther King
How did he do it?
In the Vietnam War
neither side was treated
as the enemy
both sides were considered
to have legitimate concerns
Romà Giménez Jori
Un diez. Un excelente libro de meditación al que recurro en muchas ocasiones. Una pequeña maravilla para aprender a construir mejor, sencillo pero de difícil digestión. Ojalá su lectira inspirara a más gente en sus buenas acciones diarias.
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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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