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The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulne ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Beacon Press (first published 1975)
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probably the best book on mindfulness meditation out there. thich naht hahn is a bloody genius, and this book isn't even my favorite of his. but really, the one-thing-in-the-moment meditation has helped me a lot. we joke about it - going to wash one dish when we are upset - but it's surprisingly useful. my favorite thing to do is go through my books/papers/etc. - a tactic i learned from this book. it's wildly relaxing, and i feel like i've accomplished something. this is also the reason my books ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
The subtitle is "an introduction to the practice of meditation." That's a bit misleading. This is a lot more than a value-free manual. The introduction tells us this the main text was originally a long letter from Thich Nhat Hanh to a fellow Buddhist monk in Vietnam in the midst of the war in 1975. Hanh, exiled from Vietnam, worked against the war and was nominated by Martin Luther King for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Translated into English under his supervision by a friend, you can't sever this fro
Diamond Cowboy
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very good and therough book on the practice of meditation. It is written by a Budist but any one of any mindset or religion can use this book's practices.
I found it informative and I believe I shall reread it and try the practice out.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Mark Robison
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I read this 20 years ago, it had a big effect on my life. I decided to read it again, and I remembered all the parts that had been so meaningful before but I didn’t love it. In hindsight, I don’t think I read it mindfully. (Irony alert.) So I read it almost immediately again, and absolutely loved it this time. My favorite parts are when he’s traveling across the U.S. and his friend Jim starts popping pieces of a tangerine in his mouth while discussing their plans. He suggests to Jim he ough ...more
howl of minerva
A practical phenomenology of Zen consciousness (genetivus subjectivus and genetivus objectivus).

"He searches all around for his thought. But what thought? It is either passionate, or hateful, or confused [i.e. is bestimmt by a Grundstimmung]. What about the past, future, or present? [Zeitlichkeit/Temporalität]. What is past that is extinct, what is future that has not yet arrived and the present has no stability. For thought, Kasyapa, cannot be apprehended, inside, or outside, or in between both
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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What a fascinating, thought provoking book. I am very interested in this idea of "mindfulness" and am now trying to put into practice many of the ideas the author of this book suggests. I am finding doing this helps my stress too. If I can focus on the moment, if I can control my mind and just enjoy the moment, the present, what I am actually doing, it does make me calmer and less frazzled. It is a great idea! Who would have thought that it could be calming to wash the dishes, or fold the laundr ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very chilled nice book to read.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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While I was reading this (excellent) book, it struck me how much of it recognize from, well, life. Some of the most composed and peaceful people I know already seem to be following TNH's directions, altough they wouldn't call it zen or meditation. This might sound funny, but the most vivid example is washing dishes, brought up by author so often. My stepfather, who is a very wise man, would never go to sleep when there's dishes in the sink, and always takes his sweet time washing them, as if it ...more
 Lisa A. ✿
This wasn't originally written with the intention of being published but instead was an lengthy letter written by Thich Nhat Hanh to another Buddhist monk during 1974. There are some incredibly thoughtful insights concerning the importance of "Mindfulness of Breathing" and specific examples of how to be mindful. Having said that, I don't know if I would recommend this book as a beginner's guide to meditation and mindfulness, as it wasn't specifically written with that purpose in mind. Some of th ...more
Mary Wilson
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember when I was a student. The rules were to simply meditate and that was it! The same with Hindu Yoga. The same with all Eastern paths. Then I stumbled on this book. It was wonderful. Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to "washing the dishes"? Later, apply mindfulness (being aware) to taking a bath. To eating. Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day. In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minful ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm in the middle of reading this. This is milestone book for me because It's the first book I borrowed from the public library. I'm such a slow a reader: I borrowed this last month and I'm just about to approach the 90-page mark. This book is barely 100 pages.

I picked up this book because last month, I was going through a phase, or a refining fire, or a test. Someone I've known for quite some time and only recently became a friend pointed me to Pema Chondron's thoughts on shenpa and Thich Nhat
Christina Bouwens
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Who knew Thich Nhat Hanh would be so brilliant, philosophical while also writing at the Everyman level? A book to savor and apply. Drawing on Tolstoy, "there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person who you are with, who is right before you'. . . . We talk about social service, service to the people, service to humanity, service for others who are far away, helping to bring peace to ...more
Mai Anh
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Có nhiều cuốn dài ơi là dài, đọc xong chỉ nhận ra được 1 cái message (nhiều khi còn ko có gì), còn cuốn này mỏng mà lấy được nhiều ý, dùng được cho c/s thực tế. Sư cô cũng giới thiệu đây là cuốn cơ bản về thiền, kết hợp cả việc tham gia khóa tu nên học được nhiều cái. Message lớn nhất mà mình học được từ cuốn này: yêu thương bản thân, sống cho hiện tại. Và bằng cách nào ta làm được điều đó? Thiền tập, chánh niệm. Đơn giản là tập trung vào hiện tại, biết mình đang làm gì thì mới tự control c/s củ ...more
Erik Dabel
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the great Buddhist masters of our time, but his work, and his writing, go such much farther than one religion or way of thought.

This book introduces methods and thoughts on meditation, and how to transfer those methods and thoughts to our everyday lives, not only when meditating, but when doing pretty much anything.

The idea of slowing down, and simply paying attention to, ones breathing while being aware of what you are doing at any given moment is somethin
Siva Prasad. H
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miracle of mindfulness is a book which comes under one of my favourite genre, spirituality/Buddhism. And I loved it so much. It's such a short'n sweet book. It's not a complicated one, or it's not teaching us anything which is hard to digest for the normal people and for the beginners too. It's all about controlling our mind to lead a peaceful life. They're teaching how to control our mind, how to live happily, how to stay peaceful every time step by step with their personal and real life exampl ...more
Adam McNamara
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Miracle of Mindfulness is a fantastic introduction to mindfulness. It's extremely approachable, using plain language to explain how and why to integrate mindfulness into life.

Exerises in Mindfulness was my favorite chapter. I had a more difficult time with the Selected Buddhist Sutras, but perhaps I wasn't yet ready for those.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
"Recall the most significant achievements in your life and examine each of them. Examine your talent, your virtue, your capacity, the convergence of favorable conditions that have led to success. Examine the complacency and the arrogance that have arisen from the feeling that you are the main cause for such success. Shed the light of interdependence on the whole matter to see that the achievement is not really yours but the convergence of various conditions beyond your reach. See to it that you ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had read this book on my own in 2010 either just before or just after I started to regularly attend the UU meditation circle on Saturdays. This time I read it with the group. I had previously heavily underlined passages and this time I could now see those marks in three ways; as something I'd never heard of regarding meditation or Buddhism, something actually important to recall and clear signs that wielding my pencil was just an exercise in slowing down my mind. This time through I found the ...more
Vaibhav Dixit
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thích Nhất Hạnh is famous for using simple examples to explain difficult concepts of spirituality and philosophy. It is very often that we go through phases of anxieties and distractions. Out mind become a wild horse, out of control and ready to wander away. Hanh explains the Buddhist methodology of using breath as a steering wheel on keeping our mind on track in a lucid manner, he explains how such mindfulness can be used in carrying out seemingly mundane tasks. Few sentences and thoughts of H ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you are with, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making the person standing at your side happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life."

This clear, simply written book is a good supplement to or beginner's volume for the pursui
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was super informative, practical, and very interesting! Some of the ideas presented in it were a little different and I honestly found them strange, but it's probably just a cultural thing so I'm not letting that affect my rating.

If anyone is interested in learning about mindfulness, I would recommend this book. It's a great introduction to the subject!
Phạm Ngọc Hà
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Thiều ơi! Có người nói nhìn thực tại với con mắt phật tử thì sẽ thấy bi quan. Thực ra bi quan hay lạc quan là những gì quá dễ dãi. Vấn đề là nhìn thấy thực tại một cách thấu đáo. Một tâm trạng bi quan chẳng bao giờ đưa tới được nụ cười trầm tĩnh mà ta thấy nở trên môi các vị Bồ Tát và những người đạt đạo."
Ross Cohen
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his quiet way, Thich Nhat Hanh writes with great strength.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick read! Very great introduction to not only mindfulness and meditation, but also to the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Can't wait to read some more in the future.
Dina Rahajaharison
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
'The mind is like a monkey swinging from branch to branch through a forest, says the Sutra.'
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The three questions the Emperor asked:
- What is the best time to do something?
- Who are the most important people to work with?
- What is the most important thing to do at all times?
(pg.69) See the story

Re: Questions
"Remember that there is only one important time and that is now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person you h, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the f
Ericka Clou
Even though this covers basic mindfulness and meditation really well, it's not a good starting place for the average American. It is a great book to revisit if you're already acquainted with the scientific evidence that mindfulness and meditation work, and can even be used in your meditations by following along the text.

As a starting point, I recommend The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzburg
Pranjali Deshpande
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found excellent meditation mantras through this book. I keep returning to it over and over as bedtime reading to soothe my mind. Confession : I do skip the later chapters of the book especially if I am reading the book frequently .
The day of mindfulness although slightly impractical for our living has some parts I could borrow for certain short periods of my day such as when am making tea or working.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This includes a really handy chapter on various methods to try meditating or focusing on being mindful. I would recommend Thich Nhat Hanh's "True Love" book over this one for people just getting into his work; this seemed both less coherent and less applicable.

3.5/5 stars
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I imagine that this will need to be a book I reread annually as I search for internal peace.
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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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“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” 828 likes
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