- Taschenbuch: 260 Seiten
- Verlag: Parallax Press (1. Oktober 1993)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0938077503
- ISBN-13: 978-0938077503
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15,5 x 2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.927.872 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Learning True Love: How I Learned and Practiced Social Change in Vietnam (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Oktober 1993
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This is the story of war in Vietnam from the inside. Cao Ngoc Phuong beganworking in the slums of Saigon in 1954, and during the American war she joinedThich Nhat Hanh in founding the School of Youth for Social Service, anorganisation that grew out of a dedication to social change into a body of10,000 young people who helped to set up medical, educational and agriculturalfacilities in the bombed villages and backwaters of rural Vietnam. Her memoirreflects her spiritual growth against a backdrop of war and suffering, andoffers many inspiring examples of how to live a life of service.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
SISTER CHAN KHONG was born in a village on the Mekong River Delta in 1938. As a teenager propelled by her passionate dedication to social change, she began working in the slums of Saigon distributing food, helping the sick, and teaching children. At the age of 21, she joined Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in founding the School of Youth for Social Service, which grew to an organization of over 10,000 young people organizing medical, educational, and agricultural facilities in rural Vietnam, and rebuilding villages destroyed by the war. Sister Chan Khong became well known in the anti-war and peace community for her work promoting human rights and protesting repression and violence, often at risk of her own life. Sister Chan Khong continues to work closely with Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnam and in Plum Village, his retreat center and community-in-exile in France. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
I do not agree that this book does not reveal much of Sister Chan Khong's Buddhist views. Sister Chan Khong has a unique way to teach Buddhist understanding through sharing the experiences that form her life. Possibly we Westerners tend to forget that the study of the texts and sitting meditation is not the most essential, the deepest part of the path. For me the deepest understanding of the teachings I read always happens as I try to live my life in the best way I can. If read "deeply", Sister Chan Khong's book can be seen to include a profound interpretation of the Diamond Sutra: The depth of giving is not measured in form, in how much money one has been able to collect for the good cause, but in the compassion and understanding that one has been able to evoke in oneself and others - transcending the perception of a self. Sister Chan Khong expresses this in the most beautiful way in various parts of the book, for instance in her "rice project" in the early days, for which she collected rice for the poor from a number of wealthy people, invoking compassion in them and in that way also addressing and healing the suffering that consists in a lack of love and care for others. In the Diamond Sutra, such work - living the teaching and sharing it with others - is said to create more merit and happiness than giving "as many precious jewels as the number of grains of sand in the Ganges".
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There is no broken English in this book, I don't know what the review is talking about. There's only one typo that I found in the entire book, and it was typing error, not a grammatical one. This book should be on your priority list: if you give it a try, you'll find that you want to keep it in your collection forever. It's a priceless concentration of thoughts that move and inspire you, both to touch suffering and not to despair when faced with challenges.
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