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Opening the Heart of the Cosmos: Insights on the Lotus Sutra

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Stamped with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh's insights based on the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns. He demonstrates the practical and direct applicability of Buddhist teachings to today's issues, from the Palestinian-Israeli tragedy to the threat of terrorism and the degradation of ou ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Parallax Press
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Talat
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buddhists and anyone seeking inner peace
Shelves: buddhism
Increasingly I am growing to love and appreciate Thich Nhat Hanh and to join Sogyal Rinpoche in thinking of him as one who "..speaks with the voice of the Buddha." This gentle Vietnamese monk who first came to the U.S. in 1966 to contest the U.S. war in Vietnam was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King. As usual with Thich Nhat Hanh's books, this is a warm, friendly, and life-affirming book. Unique to this volume is that it is a accessible introduction to, summary o ...more
Jeremy
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
A remarkable work from a remarkable teacher. I've always found these vast and cosmic Mahayana sutras to be particularly difficult to easily understand and synthesize with other teaching I've received, finding them overly devotional and laden with difficult to swallow miracles. Of course, the Lotus Sutra has all that. But with Thich Nhat Hanh's remarkable commentary, I found myself able to appreciate much more deeply the richness of this profound teaching. His commentary is both skillful and prec ...more
Kenley Neufeld
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I really enjoyed this commentary on the Lotus Sutra, finding the chapters on Avalokiteshvara and the Six Paramitas to be of particular value. I read this book simultaneously with Burton Watson's translation of the Lotus Sutra. This provide both context and depth that I wouldn't have had in reading only the commentary. ...more
Luca Dell'Oca
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bel libro che apre le porte ad alcuni fondamenti del pensiero buddista, anche per chi non ne è (e non ne vuole diventare) un praticante attivo.
La partenza non è delle più semplici, il libro scorre molto lentamente nei primi capitoli, tra onestamente noiose analisi dei vari capitoli del sutra del loto, e ripetizioni eccessive di concetti.
Verso la metà però, quando si parla della parte di azione, troviamo alcuni notevoli capitoli, specificatamente:
capitolo 18 sul rispetto
capitolo 23 sulla consapev
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Kevin Orth
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a quick read, brief surface discussion, and easily digested wisdom - do not read this book. The author takes deep, thorough, insightful, and readable interpretation of the sacred text of the Lotus Sutra in a way students of Buddhism can take a deeper dive into the philosophy, history, mythos, and history of this middle path religion.

Highly recommend if you are looking for a good challenge and a in-depth study of the Lotus Sutra.
sara
Feb 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carla, Chandra
This book is lovely and so well-written. I love it.
Carol
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel I have a deeper understanding of the sutra now that I have read this book.
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Great insight into the Lotus Sutra.
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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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