Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Thich Nhat Hanh, Author, Thich Nhat Hahn, Author, Thich Nat Hanh, Author Bantam Books $17.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-07128-3
``Next time you are caught in a traffic jam . . . sit back and smile . . . a smile of compassion and loving kindness.'' While such sappy Zen advice from a Buddhist monk, a Vietnamese resident in France following his exile in 1966, could send Western seekers of enlightenment into overdrive, fortunately most of the suggestions offered in this slim guidebook are of more substance. In a series of vignettes and short passages, e.g., ``Cooking Our Potatoes,'' Nhat Hanh outlines techniques for living mindfullly, that is, in the present. Emphasizing that all things are interconnected on personal and political levels, he notes, for example, that the wealth of one society is based on the poverty of others. This book of illuminating reminders bids us to reorient the way we look at the world, turning away from a goal-driven, me-first modality toward a humanitarian perspective. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/04/1991
Release date: 02/01/1991
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