Miracle of Mindfulness
In this beautifully written book, Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to acquire the skills of mindfulness. Once we have these skills, we can slow our lives down and discover how to live in the moment – even simple acts like washing the dishes or drinking a cup of tea may be transformed into acts of meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh’s gentle anecdotes and practical exercises help us to arrive at greater self-understanding and peacefulness, whether we are beginners or advanced students. Irrespective of our particular religious beliefs, we can begin to reap the immense benefits that meditation has been scientifically proven to offer. We can all learn to experience the miracle of mindfulness for ourselves.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist who has spent his long life quietly teaching people the art of peaceful living by means of the practices of meditation and mindfulness. He, together with a group of monks, nuns and laypeople, was very active in helping people in Vietnam whose homes and lives had been ravaged by war. He was invited to the USA by the peace movement there, to speak about how the war was affecting the Vietnamese people, in the hope that this would galvanize support for an end to the war. As a result of his tireless work, Martin Luther King Jnr nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Another result was that he was banned from returning to Vietnam after the war. He went to live in France, creating a community at Plum Village, south-east of Bordeaux. This is a place of peace where Buddhist monks and nuns honour their vows and welcome visitors who come to learn meditation and mindfulness so they too can practise peace in their lives. Thich Nhat Hanh is a great scholar and has written over 100 books about meditation, mindfulness in daily life and the teachings of the Buddha. He has truly practised his own teachings and is revered the world over for his committment to spreading peace and love and for his humble but luminous presence.