In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us.
Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles in English, ranging from classic manuals on meditation, mindfulness and “Engaged Buddhism,” to poems, children’s stories and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. Engaged Buddhism, which has its roots in Nhat Hanh’s writings, applies the teachings of the Buddha to social life in order to bring about social change. Engaged Buddhists hope to connect traditional Buddhist beliefs to protest and social action.
“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living.” – Thich Nhat Hann, Peace Is Every Step
In Peace Is Every Step, he relates that a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness” – the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.
Read to Understand: Peace & Trust is a yearlong series in recognition of the International Year of Peace & Trust as designated by the United Nations. Art by Dawn Schreiner.
The Complete Peace & Trust Reading List
Read to Understand: Peace & Trust has been a yearlong series in recognition of the International Year of Peace & Trust as designated by the United Nations. The listed titles were curated by library staff to reflect both that theme and the rich diversity of our global community.