The Joy of Full Consciousness Book
"Because we are trapped in our suffering, we lose the capacity to enjoy the miracles of life. When we tear away the veil of ignorance with deep understanding, we discover the vast realm of peace, freedom, and nirvana, which is the extinction of the illusions born of ignorance."
Thich Nhat Hanh
In this luminous and graceful biography, French journalists Jean-Pierre and Rachel Cartier describe daily life in a typical retreat at Plum Village, a religious community in southwestern France founded by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. The Cartiers also draw from his early journals and the experience of hearing "Thay", as he is called, speak on Buddhism, to fashion the best portrait yet of this spiritual leader.
Known originally in our country as Chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation at the PAris Peace talks during the Vietnam War, Thich Nhat Hanh has always been distinguished as the leader of a Buddhism if social and political involvement. The Cartiers describe practices (The Five Precepts, for example), which will be familiar to Buddhist practitioners, as well as other program (such as "Beginning Anew". designed especially for couples) that are hallmarks of his particular order. The Cartiers' account includes their interviews with high-ranking female monastics from several of the hamlets that make up Plum Village. Translator Joseph Rowe interviews the Cartiers in a preface written especially for this American edition.
Originally published in France, this biographical compendium will interest followers of Thich Nhat Hah and serve as a powerful introduction to those new to his teachings.
Authors: Jean-Pierre & Rachel Cartier
Number of Pages: 153
Book Size: Height - 20.2cm, Width - 12.7cm, Depth: 1.2cm
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