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Inside the Now: Meditations on Time

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For the first time Thich Nhat Hanh shares his inspiration and experience of living in stillness and timelessness. Written to pull you into the moment as he sees it, Inside the Now offers teachings inspired by the spirit of poetry. More personal than the majority of his writing, Inside the Now shares the Zen Master’s experience using poetry and meditation to endure and move ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Parallax Press (first published October 13th 2015)
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very digestible text on mindfulness, being present and in the now. Using poetry and prose to support the ideas with imagery. The forward also gave me more insight than I had regarding the history of Vietnam. I didn't realize the country had been in such turmoil and war for so long even before the war most of my generation are familiar with. This book was a wonderful use of my time.
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May 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Più storico del previsto e meno male! Un po' di poesia.
Sudarshan Bindal
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
golden nuggets of wisdom to living in the now
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very beautiful book in two parts. Thich Nhat Hanh begins with autobiographical memories of his inspirations and early work. The main part of the book is a meditation on time, and also on love, inspired by the Vietnamese poem "The Tale of Kieu."

On his bond with his fellow monks: "You cannot take Thay Mat The out of Thay Chau Toan, nor either of them out of me. We inter-are."

On living in the now: "Dear one, do not seek happiness in the future. Do not wait for that day, do not wait for a distant
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
As "Thay" says, "Embracing your suffering and listening to it, you will start to understand it. You will find the roots of your anxiety and be able to identify your deepest aspiration. You will see yourself more clearly, understand yourself better, and become your own true love." I have a lot of trouble doing that last bit, but I will keep trying. Also, "We cannot exist, we cannot _be_, by ourselves along. We can only "inter-be", like the left and the right, above and below, good and evil, creat ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book evokes peace. The book presents in two parts, two voices: The Way In is autobiographical, the voice and poetry of Thich Nhat Hahn as a young monk; Now I See, the voice of the Zen master. Now I See introduced me to The Tale of Kieu, a famous poem from Vietnam but until now unknown to me.

I love that so much of the book is written in the present tense. Direct and yet gentle.

Written in 2013 before Thich Nhat Hahn's stroke and recovery.


Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book; perhaps one of my favourites from Thay.

It is very short and simple, yet filled with Profound wisdom. It is non-intellectual. Reads easy. Lays out gems right before your eyes to grasp.

A good introduction to the now; If you enjoyed it, i would recommend reading Dogen next :)
Fred Leland
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any book I have ever read by Thich Nhat Hahn as been time well spent. This book is another one worth your time if learning how to live in the present moment and learning how to do this through meditation and breathing no matter what you do throughout your day.
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This is a beautiful book, both in its physical form and in its words, images and depth.
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Brilliant bits of advice from Thich Naht Hanh.
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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