am 8. Juni 2000
I have read a number of books by Thich Nhat Hanh--while I enjoy most of them, I find this one most inspiring. His simple but profound introduction to the Four Noble Truths helps us to integrate Buddhist ideas into everyday life. His analysis of life and Buddhism is so rich that Buddhist or not, you can easily relate to the examples he gives or the reflection he makes. As he teaches us how to transform suffering into peace, he also tells us that we can deepen our serenity only by endeavoring to refine our character. I would like to thank him for showing me the way to become a better person, and for bestowing on me so much comfort in the course of my life.
am 9. Juni 2008
Not "just a good read", but it's essential to follow these steps, in order to be able to live our life in peace and happiness, under all circumstances.
I still don't find it easy, but I believe/know (!) it is possible to be happy in every moment. As Thich says: Breathe in (I have arrived), Breathe out (I am home).
I also reccommend the 6cd set "The Present Moment (A Retreat on the Practice of Mindfulness)". Teachings that bring peace to ourself and therefore also to the world. Read and enjoy and integrate these teachings into our daily lives.
am 22. April 2000
Thich Nhat Hanh has written a book on Buddhist thought and practice that will appeal to those who want to gain practical insights from this great religion -- not necessarily a scholarly dissection. And that's the beauty of his work; he does not pick Buddhism apart as an intellectual ego-boosting exercise. Rather, he explains its essence, with clarity and some humor, and offers many sound suggestions for putting Buddhism to daily practice. Isn't this what Buddhism should really be? Moreover, he has such a knack for finding the appropriate metaphors to underscore key points. Example: When explaining the Buddhist principle of acceptance of the inevitability and necessity of suffering for realizing compassion, he likens this to visualizing the flowers that will some day emerge from the center of the compost pile.
Hanh is humble in his approach. Never preachy, he doesn't want the reader to convert to any viewpoint -- only to find in Buddhism some tools for personal spiritual growth. I admire Hanh, a humble Buddhist monk in the Zen tradition. He took great personal risks in preaching peace and reconciliation at a time when his home nation of Vietnam and the United States were embroiled in bitter military conflict. He is not asking us to follow him, but to walk alongside him, and make our own discoveries. What a welcome change of pace from all those "sprirituality" books that push political agendas or become the basis of a commercialized enterprise. This one is genuine. Highly recommended for those of any faith. His other books are very worthwhile, too.
am 11. Dezember 1999
Thich Nhat Hanh is a living realized Buddhist master. His words are not only inspiring, wise, and profound, but scholarly. He takes the myriad Buddhist teachings and refines, translates them into living gospel suitable for todays' world that should be required reading for everyone.
Hinduism (yoga), is the other side of the proverbial spiritual coin, and should be read to integrate it with Buddhism. Sri Chinmoy is the living spiritual master here, and his books ("Commentaries on the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita") and ("Meditation") should also be read by everyone.
Other authors/books; Juan Mascaro ("The Dhammapada" and "The Bhagavad Gita"), and Prem Prakash ("The Yoga of Spiritual Devotion- a modern translation of the Narada Bhakti Sutras").
am 16. März 2000
This book is probably the single best book for those interested in learning the fundamentals of buddhism, as well as for those looking for a guidebook to refine and contemplate their buddhist views. Thich Nhat Hanh is living testimony that Buddhist practice can transform a life of suffering and despair into one of peace and joy. His books were the start of my path and this book is almost like a handbook to the four noble truths and the eightfold path, as well as other fundamental thoughts of buddhists. The language does get somewhat abstract and spiritual and may require some re-reading by some, especially those with no previous exposure to buddhism. Otherwise, the best book covering fundamental buddhism I've ever read.
am 7. September 1998
The best book on Buddhism I have ever read. Thich Nhat Hanh presents the essential teachings of Buddhism in a way that really makes it come alive. The way he presents the four noble truths and eight-fold path are written with a minimum of fuss and jargon. He points out the mutations Buddhism experienced in its oral transmission over the centuries. His argument for critical thinking while reading Buddhist texts is very important reminder that errors in transmission do exist. The material displays not only his intellectual ability as a scholar but also his incredible compassion. He doesn't just write about Buddhism, he lives it.
am 23. Januar 2000
The value of this book is remarkable - not only for it's extensive coverage of Buddhism Sutra - but even more for it's ordered structure and Visual Figures, displaying a more Western perspective to Buddhism elements.
It is without doubt, that this book has been a great value in my Path to learn, enjoy and put Buddhism Wisdom into the practise of daily life.
One minor point would be the more complicated writing style - where I would advice the audience to have been introduced to Buddhism prior to start reading "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching". Nevertheless, well worth a 5-star recommendation.
am 21. April 2000
i checked this particular book out at my local library...i read pieces of it on my break at work and i could not put it down! this book really inspired me. hahn has refreshing views that most of us would have never thought about. for instance, how can i look at my suffering and find the cause and reason for it? he teaches that though unpleasant, let us all face it, suffering is part of life and it leads to brighter ways, days, and understanding. tough times do not last for long. learn from suffering...embrace our suffering...then we can understand it and move on.or we will be trapped by it.
am 5. November 1998
Thich Nhat Hanh's presentation of the "basics" of Buddhism is a first-rate introduction to the essentials of this way of practice and faith. What distinguishes it from similar introductory treatments of Buddhism is its profoundly healing quality. The subtitle, "Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation" could well have been the title. In the Buddhist tradition of both wisdom and compassion, it enlightens the mind and heals the heart. An excellent read for anyone who feels life's difficulty, whether Buddhist or not.
am 25. Dezember 1998
This book reflects the particular views that T.N.H. teaches Westerners about Buddhism. It is a synergistic product of all his previous books. I keep it beside my bed to read periodically in spurts. Each reading sheds new or brighter light on T.N.H.'s Mindfullness Training, the 5 Precepts, the 3 Jewels, the 4 Nobel Truths, the Eightfold Path, etc.
I highly recomment it to anyone who is at least slightly familiar with T.N.H. and his view of Mahayana Buddhism.