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Being Peace

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Since its publication in 1987, "Being Peace" has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.
Paperback, 115 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by Parallax Press (first published 1987)
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Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
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I keep Thich Naht Hanh's books in my book case
but anymore I do not read them.

I think of him often, ever since he had a stroke.
He made it though, but I can't find out how he is.
As far as I know he is still alive
and still a very wise but old man.

Some days when I walk in the woods I try to breathe in peace
and breathe it out again,
but it has been so many years that now I think more about what people are going through in the world and the changes that are taking place in this earth,
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gen-nonfiction
i found this book far more rewarding than i had expected it to be. thich nhat hanh, vietnamese poet, peace activist, and buddhist monk, has written dozens of books, many that incorporate the related themes of non-violence and zen buddhism. being peace, originally published some twenty-five years ago, is a slim affair, but contains a wealth of practical insight. nhat hanh focuses his book on the subjects of suffering, perception, non-duality, interbeing, meditation, and peace work, offering a str ...more
Jul 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
Even though some references are a little dated (Cold War), this book is entirely relevant now: in order to achieve peace, we each have to become peaceful. We can't wait for peace to happen, we must live it.
Michael Armijo
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by a 'fellow photographer' friend named Beth Lambert of CANADA. It's an EXCELLENT read for any one. I also introduced it to a young man in France (who was still 'finding himself'--Frederic Deltour) and he often tells me that the book changed/improved his LIFE.

This is the perfect book for MINDFULNESS TRAINING--something we ALL need from time to time. ;)

Words that impacted me in this book:

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in o
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary in its simplicity and humanity, clearly outlining the very personality needed for our species to evolve. Gentle and practical in its approach.

“A smile makes you master of yourself. "

“Recently, one friend asked me, ‘How can I force myself to smile when I am filled with sorrow? It isn't natural.’ I told her she must be able to smile to her sorrow, because we are more than our sorrow. A human being is like a television set with millions of channels. If we turn the Buddha on
Iona  Stewart
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t find this book to be as easy-to-read as ”Peace is every step”, which I previously reviewed. I feel that it goes more deeply into things and thus is more challenging.

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist from Vietnam who now lives in exile in France. He recently had a stroke at the age of about 90 and was seriously ill, but survived.

This book is a collection of talks he gave to peacemakers and meditation students in 1985.

He tells us of the importance of walking meditation and smiling, and offers
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The more we see, the more we understand. The more we understand, the easier it is for us to have compassion and love. Understanding is the source of love. Understanding is love itself. p.107

This book is incredibly inspiring and insightful. Thich Nhat Hanh writes in a simple and beautiful way and introduces us the teachings of Buddhism and how to use these teachings and guidelines in our daily lives. He educates us on how to be more peaceful and work for peace in order to make our society more li
Jun 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, recommended by my then therapist, skewed my vision for the better. Instead of seeing black & white, I started seeing and understanding all the shades of grey. The Middle Way. A little hokey, but whatever, it works if you want it to. ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a quintessential 'good book' - in the sense that it has nothing that you can disapprove of, but again, nothing that you don't know already. Yeah, one must be good, the book says. But how, the book doesn't talk more about that. Yeah, you shouldn't get angry and value others' opinion as much as yours, the book says. But what if you are dealing with a certified moron and unarguably and irrefutably absurd opinions, the book err.. doesn't talk about that.
At times, I felt like the author start
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
I've spent the last 3 days listening to the audio version of this book and felt peaceful and calm ever since. Some of my most favourite quotes from the book:

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

“Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow because even today I still arrive.”

“We have to be in the present time, because only the present is real, only in the present can we be alive. We do not practice for the sake of the future, to be reborn in a par
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1st Read: Worth reading several times over. I have direction on how to deepen my Buddha practice. I will need to read this book numerous times. Fortunately, such a short book, only 115 pages.

2nd Read: I will read this book repeatedly and practice a bit here and a bit here my Buddha nature until it becomes my usual nature.

Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddhism
Like most Thich Nhat Hanh books, this is a very sweet and very simple book. Good advice. Not complicated. Just clear and direct. Maybe too simple on a couple of points -- not sure. He seems to say that we won't change things by demonstrating. Not sure about that. But being peaceful, clearheaded and calm while planning and participating in a demonstration seems like a good idea.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
In which I learned that Thich Nhat Hanh's way of offering Buddhism to westerners is one of those simple-but-difficult, deep ideas. Just breathe and smile.
Peter Upton
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Over the years I have read many spiritual books that are all very similar and generally manage to annoy me by telling me that if I were truly advanced in understanding and in meditation practices I should be detached enough and wise enough not to mourn for the loss of those I love. Yet elsewhere I have read psychologists warning that one of the dangers of meditation is the risk of depersonalization. A state of flattened emotions where you are no longer able to empathize with others. So what to o ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: living-now
A treasure trove beyond any stars.
Being peace is as the name suggests about creating a peaceful, caring, joyous,compassionate,humane individuals, society and world.
A synopsis of the essential rubies in the chapter will be quite useful for the aspiring reader and practitioner:
1. 'suffering is enough '
Life has joys and sorrows. We look generally in a skewed manner to the dark. There is also a tendency to escape by TV , telephone etc.Thict suggests being present in the moment while drinking tea,
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Everyday life is at times filled with stress, confusion, worrying and even suffering. People tend to live their lives in a rush; going for one place to another without ever truly noticing or appreciating the world around them. Thich Nhat Hanh’s book "Being Peace" is all about the importance of being in synch with the wonders of the world, living in the moment, and most of all the effect of being happy and at peace with oneself and how this affects the lives of the people around us.

Thich Nhat Han
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Beautiful poem that has greatly impacted my own life: "Please Call Me By My True Names"

Do not say that I'll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.
The rhythm of my heart is the bir
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
Not as much of a favorite as Mindfulness in Plain English or Full Catastrophe Living, but still very good (and no doubt this is the direction those other books would take if they hadn't been so Westernized). This book is more what I would describe as an introduction to radical Buddhism. I agree with a lot of what Hanh says in terms of making mindfulness and loving compassion part of a daily practice that's not confined to a meditation space, and also what he says about the interconnectedness of ...more
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
What a beautiful, quiet, insightful and enlightening book. As soon as I finished this book I wanted to read it again immediately. I got so much out of it the first time through, and I have a feeling I will get more out of every re-read.

I haven't read much about Buddhism, so I didn't start this book with a lot of preconceived notions or expectations. However, I did read this book in the middle of taking an extended yoga workshop, and reading about meditation really helped my yoga practice, and m
Laurie Buchanan
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I recommend it on my top-ten list of Peace resources. In order to achieve peace, we must be peace. This simple truth is the theme of this inspiring collection of lectures, given by Buddhist monk, scholar, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. If we are to change the world, he explains, we need to begin with ourselves, and awaken that eternal part of us where true peace resides - our own Buddha nature.

His straight forward writing style helps a person to realise how easy this awakening can act
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
If the meek really do inherit the earth, many will owe their inheritance to the gentle teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay (as he's called by those who love him) lovingly reminds us not to make ourselves battlefields upon which we wage war against our own anger. Instead, we should recognize the anger as a manifestation of suffering. Be gentle with ourselves and let our own compassionate awareness of our feelings transform our anger into peace and acceptance. The beautiful flower and the compost that ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Thich Nhat Hanh's "Being Peace" is an excellent book. It contains a collection of teachings written by Nhat Hanh that cover typical Buddhist topics including (but not limited to) peace, consciousness, interbeing, meditation, love, understanding, and mindfulness. The wisdom found throughout the book has the potential to awaken readers that have an open mind. There is something about his writing style that makes for easy reading and his message seems to be absorbed subconsciously in my mind. Havin ...more
Jan 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, "let peace begin with me" and "let me begin with peace." I always find Thitch Nhat Hanh's writings to be simple, inspiring and refreshing. His messages are so powerful that they stay with me, and I find myself coming back to them or realizing them in my daily life. While he often references Buddhist teachings, his writings are about life, about love, about understanding. The teachings and stories transcend Buddhism and offer simple ways that everyone in the world can find peace in th ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great book! It's a collection of Thich Nhat Hanh's lectures that he gave to peaceworkers and meditation students during his tour of Buddhist centers in 1985. Among many things, he talks about walking meditation, sitting meditation, how our environment affects us and the manner in which we handle situations affects not only us, but those around us. Definitely a book that should be read several times throughout a lifetime...and should be given as a gift to others.
Grace Sanchez
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017-books
This book is about the practice of mindfulness and meditation to help oneself be in the world with understanding and compassion for self and others. I first read it in 1988 and it is just as cogent and helpful today as ever.
Jenna Monaco
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, easy to understand reminder of the road to peace and what we can do to get there. Would recommend to anyone.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago when I took a grad school class on Buddhist meditation practices. I liked it then. I liked it even more this time around, 15 years later. Thich Nhat Hanh is often quoted, because he's pithy and truly excellent as a teacher. However, in larger doses...he's even better. I'm coming to this book as a traditionally observant Jewish yeshivah/rabbinical student. I think, along with Thomas Merton and several other teachers from a variety of religions, that Thich Nhat Hanh's te ...more
Indran Fernando
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Can't quite give this a 3. Found it to have fewer ideas than I expected. Some things in this book are debatable but they are presented with what I took as an almost smug matter-of-factness. In general, it's a book that could resonate more or less depending on one's mood, and right now my mood is more of a no-BS one. For example I noticed Hanh likes to use the mystical-sounding construction "A is B. And so to we may recognize that B... is A!" Or something like, 'we need to not just sit in silence ...more
Rob Baker
"Learn to look at other beings with the eyes of compassion." Hanh's meditations (it's actually, according to the introduction, a series of talks he gave) include many such helpful ideas about how to integrate peace and awareness into one's life. Meditation, he reminds us, is not about withdrawing from the world but about bringing one's most reflective and present self into the world.

The Buddhist monk method of dealing with interpersonal conflicts that he outlines in the chapter titled "Interbein
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Hmm. It's funny to only give three stars to a book by someone who I think deserves 5+ stars for his actual work in the world...but I think I like Pema Chodron better, at least for easily accessible writings about embodying Buddhist ideals out in the messy real world. It's not that this wasn't easy to read--it was--but felt a little toooooo easy at points. Like, if you've never read anything about engaged Buddhism, here's a good starting point. I still found it a thoughtful and warm review/introd ...more
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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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