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The Blooming of a Lotus: Guided Meditations for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  32 reviews
One of the world's great meditation teachers offers thirty-four guided exercises that will bring both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their bodies, their inner selves, their families, and the world. Compassionate and wise, Thich Nhat Hanh's healing words help us acknowledge and dissolve anger and separation by illuminating the way toward the ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 10th 1999 by Beacon Press (first published September 1st 1993)
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Mark Robison
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book took me 20 years to read. It’s a compilation of guided meditations — thoughts to focus the mind on while meditating. It’s not meant to be read, but tried as part of a meditation practice. For years, I never made it past “Exercise Four” because it’s so profound — I still use it regularly, including today. But now I’ve done them all. What makes the book so useful is that Nhat Hanh explains each line of the meditations so you know their purpose and what they’re trying to evoke. More than ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
A super-straightforward guide to meditation that ought to be useful to just about everyone (level 5 monks, maybe not so much). Some of these exercises (I breathe in, being in the present moment; I breathe out, knowing it is a wonderful moment) are lovely and can be done anywhere or anytime. Some others are a little more intense (I breathe in, seeing my grey dead body lying on the bed; I breathe out AAAUUUGGHHHHHHHHHHHH). I like all the "smiling to" that goes on in here and I always feel better a ...more
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is saving my life.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thich Nhat Hanh and his brother and sister Vietnamese monks have been an inspiration to me since the 1960's. This is a very focused book with many guided meditations. ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
The blooming of the lotus and how wonderful it is if I myself become that lotus that blooms. You never see a lotus frowning; it always smiles, so should we also in giving smiles to people every moment we make eye contact with them. It is the lotus smiling hope, penetrating understating and there profound compassionate. How many books can you read by Thich (Thây) and what he has to say on breathing and meditation? personally I think seventy times seven. We were never taught how to breathe or how ...more
Sep 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spazzes
Shelves: holier-than-thou
And by currently reading I mean: Barely Gotten Through 3 Meditations. Still, I like the: I smile at my hair.

This is all due to Eat Pray Love. Also, ODing on meditation books is not taking the middle path. Thank you.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious-life
All the guided meditations you'll ever need. ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whether you believe in meditation or not, I think this is the consummate book for anyone searching for peace. A person of any religion can explore meditative practices through this book. I have given a copy to over ten of my friends and acquaintances. The exercises are trans formative to say the least.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tool book. It helps me ease into meditation during my normal daily activities. It is nice to have specific words to think when my mind is noisy.

This is a favorite:

Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.
Breathing out, I feel fresh.

And there are other more serious meditations useful for breaking through barriers of addition, craving, anger, and other negative thoughts.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book introduced me into practising mindfulness throughout the day. I can say that it is definitely a solid stepping stone for those who won't to delve more into it. simple topics such as washing dishes and be mindful and present within the moment are often forgotten. really puts things into perspective, whereby being in the present moment, is really everything. ...more
Geri Degruy
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Thich Nhat Hanh offers a series of guided meditations that take you into important heart and life territory. I'm a meditator but these are different from sitting and breathing. These get into acceptance of ourselves, our pain, our joy, our life and death. ...more
Tammy Sadorus
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who meditate or practice yoga
Beautiful book :) I used excerpts from his meditations for savasana in my yoga classes. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Jun 17, 2010 is currently reading it
Breathe in, breathe out, precious moment, wonderful moment!
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Welp, I guess I'm a master of mindfulness now. ...more
Great meditations, but it is hard to read them and use them at the same time. An accompanying CD would be a great asset when going through this book.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too repetitive and slow moving for my taste. I like my meditation to be active, so I'll continue knitting mindfully. ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book to read and re-read. The exercises are helpful and can lead to great depth.
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice and easy read... helpful....
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing book, but not for someone who is just looking into meditation.
Inspiring and soothing.
Jef Sneider
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, meditation
This is not a book to be read, like a story. It is intended as a guide to meditation. I did not have the opportunity to use it for guided meditation for a group, but it gave me some interesting ideas for my own meditations. The approach is different from Zen, or empty mind, meditation and still not as structured as a Tibetan meditation guide. I like the imagery which That Hanh uses and the focus on the breath. Each breath has meaning, bringing joy or peace, images of life and death, growth and d ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Some of the meditations didn't really resonate with me at this part of the journey, but to my surprise I actually learned quite some things about buddhist thinking that I didn't know before. Very enjoyable.
And, actually, I'm hoping that at some point I will be "ready" to be open for these meditations, because I can see how life-changing they can be!
Rebecca (Beckee)
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that can be used over and over in your spiritual/meditation practice.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started off slow for me, but as I progressed, the book become more and more profound. The affect of impermanence was particularly touching for me.
Juliane Roell
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love, buddhism, poetry
Nothing new here: It is a collection of Sutras, teaching texts and poems by Thich Nhat Hanh. However, the selection and composition is beautiful and I enjoyed coming back to familiar, yet always new texts in this way. Recommended.
Nikki Coffelt
Thich Nhat Hanh is incredible... in my own meditation practice, though, I am starting to veer away from the use of mantras... an inspiring book to pick up every now and then, nonetheless...
Sep 29, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
You may laugh at this book, at its title, what have you; you may take it seriously if you want to meditate. I fell somewhere in the middle, protesting the laughter.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found it too hard to read the meditations then try to do them--I think an audio or video of the guided meditation would be much more useful to me. I also found this a little foreign or implementable--probably because I am new to the study of Buddhism and can't connect very well with Hanh's particular slant. ...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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