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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 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 peacefulness.


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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 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 peacefulness.

30 review for The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation

  1. 5 out of 5

    stephanie

    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 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 get moved around so often . . . but seriously, this book is incredible. it has changed many a person's life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Harmonybites)

    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 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 from its Buddhist context. There's a lot about Buddhist philosophy here--even a discussion about such issues at the "naive" depiction of the faith in Hesse's Siddharta. The last chapter consists of a "Selection of Buddhist Sutras" (which I found impenetrable). The writing is lucid, but even though written in deceptively simple language, a lot of the concepts are pretty sophisticated and I think take repeated reading to really understand. Mind you, this isn't an introduction to Buddhism per se. This isn't the place to find an overview of the religion and the focus is on meditation and "mindfulness." Hanh's concept of meditation and mindfulness doesn't necessarily mean what you do in a lotus position while going "ohm." He means by it living in the moment and fully alert even as you drink tea or wash dishes. "Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life." Not that he doesn't see a place for more formal meditation, and he provides several practical exercises, particularly focusing on the breath. "Our breath is the bridge from out body to our mind... it alone is the tool which can bring them both together." My introduction to meditation actually was in the mandatory Religion class in my Catholic high school. I remember feeling silly as we were directed to go "ohm." Later I'd be reintroduced to the practice when I took Yoga classes. I remember feeling frustrated as I was told to clear my mind of all thought--which I thought impossible. So it was interesting and useful that it's not what Hanh directs. He says rather when you have thoughts during meditation, you acknowledge the thought--or feeling. "The essential thing is not to let any feeling or thought arise without recognizing it in mindfulness, like a palace guard who is aware of every face that passes in the front corridor." It's an interesting and useful book if you're curious about meditation and Buddhism, written clearly and succinctly--the main text of the book is only about a hundred pages. Although to get much out of it means reading with mindfulness--repeatedly, slowly, taking notes--and practicing the exercises. And in that regard, I think it does help to do it with others rather than just try to work through the book by yourself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark Robison

    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 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 ought to eat the tangerine. “It was as if he hadn’t been eating the tangerine at all. If he had been eating anything, he was ‘eating’ his future plans.” There’s also this: “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.” My other favorite part is his retelling of a Tolstoy story (he made me a fan of Tolstoy, for which I'll be forever grateful) about when is the best time to do each thing, who are the most important people to work with and what is the important thing to do in any moment. The only part I don’t care for in the book are the very repetitive translations of sutras in the appendix, but they are easily skipped and do show the millennia-old basis for his teachings. Grade: A

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    I am trying to find ways to deal with my anxiety and depression and all the rest, now that I am (once again, and for the final time I think) coming off another failed attempt to go on antidepressants. Mindfulness and meditation have been helping a great deal, though it is still early days for me, and I have to undo a lot of prejudice on my part with respect to the “new age” and “self help” baggage that comes with it. This book was a perfect example of the kind of thing I am looking for. Clear, p I am trying to find ways to deal with my anxiety and depression and all the rest, now that I am (once again, and for the final time I think) coming off another failed attempt to go on antidepressants. Mindfulness and meditation have been helping a great deal, though it is still early days for me, and I have to undo a lot of prejudice on my part with respect to the “new age” and “self help” baggage that comes with it. This book was a perfect example of the kind of thing I am looking for. Clear, practical, and written from a position of experience and hard-won insight. Includes simple exercises (such as washing the dishes being mindful of the act itself for itself, rather than rushing to get on to the next thing you want to do) that are very helpful for a beginner like me. Highly recommended

  5. 4 out of 5

    Raul Bimenyimana

    A few weeks ago a friend shared a meditation app. These times have been depressing for me and I found myself more anxious than I normally am, which says a lot, and so after years of uncertainty and suspicion about meditation, I began using the app. There are three reasons why I looked at meditation distrustfully, the first one being the commercialisation of the practice. The second being that ever since I gave up on religion I avoid a lot of things that would be labelled spiritual. The third bein A few weeks ago a friend shared a meditation app. These times have been depressing for me and I found myself more anxious than I normally am, which says a lot, and so after years of uncertainty and suspicion about meditation, I began using the app. There are three reasons why I looked at meditation distrustfully, the first one being the commercialisation of the practice. The second being that ever since I gave up on religion I avoid a lot of things that would be labelled spiritual. The third being my (rightful?) association of meditation with monks; the first time I saw a monk was in an Encyclopedia and it was the famous picture of the burning monk Thich Quang Duc whose protest was frightening for a nine year old boy, and like in many scenarios where we don't understand, I was fascinated and scared of these people who could endure flames to call attention to and denounce injustice and persecution. All this is to say and explain that I held prejudices against this wonderful practice before I encountered it. There was little asked of me physically and financially so I went for it, the app helped, I could focus better, things were less scattered, but it felt incomplete. And then I remembered the name of a famous Vietnamese monk who wrote about meditation and this led me to the first Thich Nhat Hahn book that I've read. This book has been helpful. I believe the teachings here of interdependence, empathy, understanding of the world around us, pacifism, paying attention to our well being are/should be universal. With remarkable gentleness, grief, death, life, community and more aspects of the human experience are delved into and in such a way that any person of any religion or even irreligious, can find useful. Then the learning and practice of mindfulness in itself is so incredible that no review could do justice to this ancient and wise way of living.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred. (c)

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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. For thought is immaterial, invisible, nonresisting, inconceivable, unsupported and homeless. Thought has never been seen by any of the Buddhas, nor do they see it, nor will they see it. And what the Buddhas never see, how can that be an observable process, except in the sense that dharmas proceed by the way of mistaken perception? Thought is like a magical illusion; by an imagination of what is actually unreal [uneigentlich?] it takes hold of a manifold variety of rebirths. A thought is like the stream of a river, without any staying power; as soon as it is produced it breaks up and disappears. A thought is like the flame of a lamp, and it proceeds through causes and conditions. A thought is like lightning, it breaks up in a moment and does not stay on... "Searching for thought all around, he does not see it within or without. He does not see it in the skandhas [kategorien?], or in the elements, or in the sense-fields. Unable to see thought, he seeks to find the trend of thought and asks himself: whence is the genesis of thought? And it occurs to him that "where there is an object, there thought arises." [Intentionalität]. Is then the thought one thing, and the object another? No, what is the object, just that is the thought. If the object were one thing and the thought another, then there would be a double state of thought. So the object itself is just thought. [Epoché; Einklammerung]. Can then thought review thought? No, thought cannot review thought. As the blade of a sword cannot cut itself, so a thought cannot see itself. Moreover, vexed and pressed hard on all sides, thought proceeds, without any staying power, like a monkey or like the wind. It ranges far, bodiless, easily changing, agitated by the objects of sense, with the six sense-fields for its sphere, connected with one thing after another. The stability of thought, its one-pointedness, its immobility, its undistraughtness [Gelassenheit], its one-pointed calm, its nondistraction, that is on the other hand called mindfulness as to thought." -from Śikṣāsamuccaya

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    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. Diamond 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. Diamond

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert Julius

    I'll never wash the dishes the same way again. I'll never wash the dishes the same way again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vikkat

    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 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 was the most important job of his day. My best friend (who recommended this book to me) shares her kitchen with so many people that washing dishes indeed becomes a time-consuming chore, yet she always does it gracefully and with full attention, and that's probably the reason why I can visit her and drink out of the same mug as I did many years ago without it being broken somewhere along the way. For me it's especially hard to be mindful, and take it slow, because I was taught that no matter what I do, I could always put this one hour to a better use. I mean, sometimes I catch myself regretting the fact that I cannot watch a movie, read a book, do pushups and knit at the same time. I spend so much time planning and scolding myself that in the end nothing much gets done. But, thanks to this book, I might be on my way to recovery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    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 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 laundry? The only thing that was a bit "strange" for me with the book was some of the ideas for meditation on death, on dead bodies. That seemed a little "out there" for me, so I am not going to go that far, but for the general idea, I found this great! I am going to investigate this idea of mindfulness further. For anyone curious on what "mindfulness" is, this book seems to be an excellent introduction to the topic. The author is a Buddhist monk, but he is very open to and accepting of all religions, and doesn't just focus on Buddhism. Thank you Sapfo for the recommendation!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary Wilson

    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 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 minfulness in daily life is more important than the actual sitting meditation! Buy this book and become a 16-hour a day meditator. Doing "TV meditation", "conversation meditation", "telephone meditation", "cooking meditation". you name it. Nhat Hanh gives a variety of sitting meditations. Pick the one that feels right. Then do the meditation in daily life. Right now, I am doing "write a review meditation". I wasn't at first. But I am presently. The feel of everything that is happening in the present. Good luck.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gearóid

    Very chilled nice book to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sadia Nahreen

    I like how the concept of mindfulness was explained here, much of which seemed unreal until I actually tried to put into practice. The first half of the book was a great read, but I found the second half, especially the last few chapters very repetitive. Primary takeaway - mindfulness while doing (or not doing) practically anything, and the concept of Nonpursuit.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Reese

    In 1974 Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a personal letter of encouragement to Brother Quang and the student workers in the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam. The Miracle of Mindfulness is that letter. The tone is very soothing, wise, and loving, and now that I have been practicing meditation for a few years, I feel even more receptive to his words. I’ve chosen to keep The Miracle of Mindfulness by my bedside, to read from it often, on any day, at any time of day. This first encounter has In 1974 Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a personal letter of encouragement to Brother Quang and the student workers in the School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam. The Miracle of Mindfulness is that letter. The tone is very soothing, wise, and loving, and now that I have been practicing meditation for a few years, I feel even more receptive to his words. I’ve chosen to keep The Miracle of Mindfulness by my bedside, to read from it often, on any day, at any time of day. This first encounter has made me more aware of myself often being in a hurry and caught up in distractions: the way I’ve often eaten an apple, taking its smell, taste, and texture for granted while multi-tasking, as if my world might collapse if I were to stop and focus on the joy, blessing, and nourishment of eating an apple. Because the edition I read is the Gift Edition, it also includes Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy, several pages of “exercises in mindfulness;” a tribute by Jim Forest titled “Seeing With The Eyes of Compassion,” a “Selection of Buddhist Sutras,” photographs, and a chronology of Thich Nhat Han’s life. “For beginners, I recommend the method of pure recognition: recognition without judgement. Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. the tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” (from page 61)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dubzor

    This was disappointing, as I have heard many great things about Hanh's writing. This book however is a mix of many things, and not all of it is terribly accessible to beginners, which is what the book is supposed to be about. The first half of the book is a collections of letters, expanded upon, discussing Mindfulness but also talking a great deal about the importance of the breath and breathing in mindfulness. This portion of the book is the most useful, the approach of capturing ones breath and This was disappointing, as I have heard many great things about Hanh's writing. This book however is a mix of many things, and not all of it is terribly accessible to beginners, which is what the book is supposed to be about. The first half of the book is a collections of letters, expanded upon, discussing Mindfulness but also talking a great deal about the importance of the breath and breathing in mindfulness. This portion of the book is the most useful, the approach of capturing ones breath and it's important part in meditation and mindfulness is something that I haven not yet read thus far. That being said, it's not terribly deep, it's all very matter of fact and offers no real analysis of it to be had. After this, it's a collection of anecdotes and scripture translations. These are painfully repetitive, dense, and offer no practical interpretation, just straight translations. This portion of the book is incredibly frustrating. So, sadly I cannot say this I would recommend this book for beginners of the subject. His Holiness has released several books of in introductory manner that are far more concise and clear on the subject.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pammu

    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 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 Hanh is the only thing available for me to read. My delight blossomed in the first few pages as I discover that the way I think is written in this book. It's a simple read, it's simplicity provoking its readers to take pause and think about the present moment. To think about what's here and what's now. I'm in the middle of developing my own yoga practice and struggling to develop my own daily rituals. This book reminds me to start somewhere vital: breathing. I needed this book. Everyone should read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh reading

    A wonderful and insightful read by Thich Nhat Hanh on the foundations of mindfulness and meditation. Such a peaceful and gently wise book, one that could offer the reader a richer understanding of mindfulness each time they delve into these pages. Absolutely worth your time, quietude indeed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ladan

    "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 "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 will not be bound to these achievements. Only when you can relinquish them can you really be free and no longer assailed by them. Recall the bitterest failures in your life and examine each of them. Examine your talent, your virtue, your capacity, and the absence of favorable conditions that led to the failures. Examine to see all the complexes that have arisen within you from the feeling that you are not capable of realizing success. Shed the light of interdependence on the whole matter to see that failures cannot be accounted for by your inabilities but rather by the lack of favorable conditions. See that you have no strength to shoulder these failures, that these failures are not your own self. See to it that you are free from them. Only when you can relinquish them can you really be free and no longer assailed by them." -p. 97

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christina Bouwens

    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 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 the world -- but often we forget that it is the very people around us that we must live for first of all. If you cannot serve your wife or husband or child or parent -- how are you going to serve society?. . . . [I]f we want to put it into practice we must use the methods of mindfulness in order to seek and find the way." (p. 116 - 118) Now, on to practice the mindfulness meditations in the back of the book. Suggested companion peace: Jon Kabat-Zinn's "Coming to Our Senses"!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    I read over half of this before deciding it wasn't for me. He spends a lot of time talking about very little. He does cover meditation but this could be learned from a multitude of different sources in this day and age. I read over half of this before deciding it wasn't for me. He spends a lot of time talking about very little. He does cover meditation but this could be learned from a multitude of different sources in this day and age.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    Very practical applications about mindfulness. Each daily task can be a door that leads to mindfulness. A good book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    The Miracle of Mindfulness is a series of stories and exercises about the practice of mindfulness, originally written by the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and translated by Mobi Ho. The Miracle of Mindfulness is rich, gentle guide with suggestions and reflections that are both practical and transcendent.

  24. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    I wish I had read Thây (Thích) long time ago! The only reason I didn't read him is because I was afraid of his Buddhist views while claiming to be open-minded,etc. This book is a gem and is a book to keep and refer to over and over again. It begins where one is, with basically very little knowledge of how to "breathe" and be mindful. These breathing techniques are currently being used as excellent tools by doctors and are proven to work very well in lowering blood pressure, etc. Take a look here I wish I had read Thây (Thích) long time ago! The only reason I didn't read him is because I was afraid of his Buddhist views while claiming to be open-minded,etc. This book is a gem and is a book to keep and refer to over and over again. It begins where one is, with basically very little knowledge of how to "breathe" and be mindful. These breathing techniques are currently being used as excellent tools by doctors and are proven to work very well in lowering blood pressure, etc. Take a look here for instance: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08... You read the book and you come to discover that the book is so easy and it reads by itself and, most importantly, it is practical manual for daily living: learning to watch, to follow one's breath and be a master of one's one mind instead of being passively resigned to negative emotions that might assail us from time to time. We learn to enjoy what we are doing for its own sake, not as a "means" but it is both a subject and an object at the same time. For instance, I don't wash the dishes and get done so I could do something else more fun but I will enjoy what I am doing in the present moment for what it is, and so I will be washing the dishes just to wash the dishes and I will be aware of myself and what I am doing as if it is the only things in my entire life. Chapter 2 is really excellent and I read it several times because it gives gradual, basic and advanced breathing exercises. Anybody can do these exercises anytime they want and not be intimidated. He explains all that as if he is talking to you and speaking to your heart. Towards the end of the book, it has many exercises in mindfulness and a selection of Buddhist sutras so we get to taste their own texts in their own context and in the original Eastern ancient spirit. A pdf copy of this book is available for free download on https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Thic...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erik Dabel

    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 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 something we can all benefit from. But this book goes beyond just that, and is a great introduction to ideas surrounding meditation, even for the non meditater.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Neeraj Adhikari

    A short and good introduction to mindfulness meditation. A little to short than I had hoped it would be. I couldn't understand the Buddhist sutras towards the end of the book, but probably they are venerable sutras because beginners like me cannot understand them. After reading three books by Thich Nhat Hanh, what I realized is that reading about mindfulness is way, way, way easier than actually cultivating it. (That seems so obvious in retrospect). But reading and re-rereading the books is a goo A short and good introduction to mindfulness meditation. A little to short than I had hoped it would be. I couldn't understand the Buddhist sutras towards the end of the book, but probably they are venerable sutras because beginners like me cannot understand them. After reading three books by Thich Nhat Hanh, what I realized is that reading about mindfulness is way, way, way easier than actually cultivating it. (That seems so obvious in retrospect). But reading and re-rereading the books is a good way to push yourself to keep trying and keep practicing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    December

    Mindfulness and meditation are, contrary to what many in the West may think, more than sitting quietly on the floor and staring into nothingness for 30 minutes a day. They are a way of life, a way of framing and contextualizing yourself, your actions and existence in a different way. Since this was originally a letter from one Buddhist monk to another, many of the things described are not viable for a Western 40+ hour workday and lifestyle. However, the principles and foundations are still valua Mindfulness and meditation are, contrary to what many in the West may think, more than sitting quietly on the floor and staring into nothingness for 30 minutes a day. They are a way of life, a way of framing and contextualizing yourself, your actions and existence in a different way. Since this was originally a letter from one Buddhist monk to another, many of the things described are not viable for a Western 40+ hour workday and lifestyle. However, the principles and foundations are still valuable resources for everyone interested in the topic, and even small changes can make a big difference in a hectic, aggressive lifestyle. The simple language betrays the depths of its content. Just like the allegorical story included in later chapters, most paragraphs are invitations to dwell on their meaning for much longer than it takes to process the mere words. I am neither a religious nor a spiritual person, but I find a deep, calming value in many of the teaching and exercises described in this book and can easily appropriate them to enrich my own mindset.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nanette

    So I enjoyed the first half of the book but began hearing an echo in the second half. Obviously the repetitive chants are mantras for meditation but it made for tedious reading. Definitely gonna apply a lot of what is here. Speaking of echoes, these thoughts are found throughout all religious disciplines and philosophies—they’re not new today nor were they new in 300 BC. What would be new is for the world to embrace the ideas and usher in peace—the Millennium. We can only try.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gideon Yutzy

    -simple but memorable language -based on meditation and mindfulness practices that Nhat Hanh had actually implemented -gave me, as a Western Christian, a better understanding into Buddhism -helped me see that sometimes Buddhist practice and thought is not antithetical to the Jesus movement, but actually closer to the essence than that of much lived Christianity today (Fun fact: Jesus was not a Westerner). -lots of helpful advice for calming the galloping stallion that is the human mind and also brea -simple but memorable language -based on meditation and mindfulness practices that Nhat Hanh had actually implemented -gave me, as a Western Christian, a better understanding into Buddhism -helped me see that sometimes Buddhist practice and thought is not antithetical to the Jesus movement, but actually closer to the essence than that of much lived Christianity today (Fun fact: Jesus was not a Westerner). -lots of helpful advice for calming the galloping stallion that is the human mind and also breathing techniques and why breathing matters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sivaprasad Haridas

    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 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 examples at the end. This short book is one of the most easiest and simplest spiritual book I've ever come across in my whole life. With huge love and respect, I'm recommending this to everyone who likes reading spiritual or Buddhist books.

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