At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life

Thich Nhat Hanh. Parallax, $24.95 (187p) ISBN 978-1-941529-42-3
In a collection of previously published works and unpublished talks, Nhat Hanh (The Miracle of Mindfulness) offers readers stories and teachings from his life. Nhat Hanh, known for his simple and tender style of Zen instruction, teaches through short vignettes drawn from multiple periods of his life: his youth in Vietnam, the Vietnam War and his eventual exile, the establishment of the Sweet Potato Community and Plum Village in France, and his teachings abroad. Through these stories, he provides an inspirational and moving example of understanding and compassion constantly at work in the everyday world. Some lessons can be gleaned from his stories: that one should slow down and pay mindful awareness to daily activities; that one should practice nonviolence and compassion in the face of hatred, violence, or intolerance; and that one should cultivate a true home by taking care of the self, caring for one’s feelings, and generating compassionate understanding. For Nhat Hanh, happiness is not to be found by constant pursuit: “There is no way home; home is the way.” Followers and newcomers to Nhat Hanh’s teaching alike will find this collection inspiring for everyday practice and for social engagement in the world. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2016
Release date: 10/25/2016
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