The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In troubled times there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important volume, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh - one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today - reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life's deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire.
Thich Nhat Hanh presents, for the first time, seven transformative meditations that open up new perspectives on our lives, our relationships, and our interconnectedness with the world around us. Based on the last full talks before his sudden hospitalization, and drawing on intimate examples from his own life, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how these seven meditations can free us to live happy, peaceful, and active lives and face ageing and dying with curiosity and joy and without fear.
Containing the essence of the Buddha's teachings and Thich Nhat Hanh's poignant, timeless, and clarifying prose, The Art of Living provides a spiritual dimension to our lives. This is not an effort to escape life or to dwell in a place of bliss outside of this world. Instead this path will allow us to discover where we come from and where we are going. And, most of all, it will generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply in each moment of our lives, right where we are.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 1 minute|
|Author||Thích Nhất Hạnh|
|Narrator||Edoardo Ballerini, Gabra Zackman|
|Audible.in Release Date||06 June 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #493 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#5 in Buddhist Philosophy & Practice
#5 in Eastern Philosophy
#31 in Spirituality (Audible Books & Originals)
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Although I’ve read a good few books on Buddhist teachings and mindfulness over the years, this is the first I’ve read by Thich Nhat Hanh. I soon chose not to read it from cover-to-cover in one or two evenings as I’d planned, but read a chapter, or even just a section, on most days over an extended period. I think this approach worked better for me, and enabled me to gain more from it.
The essential messages are simple (They always were!), but I’ve rarely encountered a book that has made me pay such close attention. One of the main reasons for that is ‘The Art of Living’ is very readable. It also, I have to say, succeeded in making me re-think my interpretation of some of the basic concepts behind Buddhist teachings. 'Emptiness' was, and still is, a real challenge!
Uplifting, questioning, and reaffirming, this book had great relevance. No, I didn’t agree with every word, but then this is not about learning by rote, it’s very much a stimulus that’s pertinent to finding where you ‘fit’ as an individual and as a part of a greater whole…and, I guess that’s as blissfully variable as we all are.
An enlightening book by a truly enlightened being.