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In this sequel to Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how mindful awareness can help us see the roots of war, violence, substance abuse, and social alienation. Touching Peace offers a compelling vision for rebuilding society.


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In this sequel to Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how mindful awareness can help us see the roots of war, violence, substance abuse, and social alienation. Touching Peace offers a compelling vision for rebuilding society.

30 review for Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living

  1. 4 out of 5

    A.H. Haar

    Things find their way into my life at the most perfect times. This book made its way to me, traveling seven hundred and some odd miles from central CA to Northern Oregon, on the very day that I was ready for it. In the middle of a snow storm at that! The perfect time to stay in and reflect. I didn't get far. I've read the first chapter three times. I'm drinking it in, letting it soak and reach the roots of my heart. The first chapter is called Life is a Miracle, and in it Thich Nhat Hahn talks a Things find their way into my life at the most perfect times. This book made its way to me, traveling seven hundred and some odd miles from central CA to Northern Oregon, on the very day that I was ready for it. In the middle of a snow storm at that! The perfect time to stay in and reflect. I didn't get far. I've read the first chapter three times. I'm drinking it in, letting it soak and reach the roots of my heart. The first chapter is called Life is a Miracle, and in it Thich Nhat Hahn talks about how this moment *this moment* is our true home. Having just uprooted my whole life and left behind everything I've known and loved for a new place of possibility, this first message touched me right where I was hurting. I spent a few days on that idea. He then goes on to describe some meditations one can do to touch the peace within each of us, teaching us how to touch ourselves with love and compassion, how to appreciate our hearts, our eyes, our liver, our non-toothache. We spend so much time focusing on all the wrong things, its good to take some time throughout the day and smile at the things that are beautiful and wonderful, in ourselves, in nature, in our friends. "The miracle is to walk on the Earth." This is how we find heaven on earth.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    Although the book is rather thin compared to the name "Touching Peace", it's thickness completely covered what the author wanted to say. I just gave a few hours for this book but it's very worthy to read. Finding peace in oneself is very important and the book is all about peace. Read it and be peaceful. Although the book is rather thin compared to the name "Touching Peace", it's thickness completely covered what the author wanted to say. I just gave a few hours for this book but it's very worthy to read. Finding peace in oneself is very important and the book is all about peace. Read it and be peaceful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erica Clou

    Some good stuff in here. Some of the usual mindfulness stuff. A lot of it is anti the second Iraq war, which most people now agree was not a good idea. He’s surprisingly nonjudgmental towards both President Bush and Saddam Hussein. Overall, not a book I’d recommend. There’s a lot of better material out there on any of the topics covered.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bowdoin

    Reader in group - Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I've been awed by the fact that I could check out library books for free. Reading (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction alike) has always been a great source of joy for me. In Touching Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh shares the wisdom of his Vietnamese Zen Buddhist tradition by offering instructions on how to practice mindfulness and meditation. He likens people to flowers, acknowledging the ways in which we are each full of beauty, joy, and peace. Reader in group - Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I've been awed by the fact that I could check out library books for free. Reading (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction alike) has always been a great source of joy for me. In Touching Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh shares the wisdom of his Vietnamese Zen Buddhist tradition by offering instructions on how to practice mindfulness and meditation. He likens people to flowers, acknowledging the ways in which we are each full of beauty, joy, and peace. However, he also posits that to be so lovely, we must become aware of the fact that we're made from compost and are becoming compost. Nhat Hanh carries out the metaphor to suggest that through meditation, we can choose to mindfully sow the seeds of compassion and happiness. Some of this text challenged me to keep an open mind, while other parts truly resonated with my beliefs. If you're interested in similar works, I recommend a compilation by Jack Kornfield called The Buddha is Still Teaching.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve H

    A recorded talk from the mid-1990s takes on our inner and outer natures, finding peace, avoiding anger. A significant section addresses the effects of a nationalist and militarist mindset in the wake of the first gulf war. As relevant today as it was 20+ years ago. The peace movement (then and now) knows how to write a protest letter, but it needs to learn how to write a love letter.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Braun

    “You are a free person; you are alive. Open your eyes and enjoy the sunshine, the beautiful shot, and the wonderful children all around you become your best- call, fresh, solid, clear, and free, able to enjoy the present moment of your life.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andjelka Jankovic

    I will read anything by Thich Nhat Hanh. The “Mountain/Still” meditation may have saved my life. Truly simple, wonderful and profound perspectives on living life with mindfulness.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David K. Glidden

    A companion classic for “Being Peace”

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nora Alshareef

    As with every other book I’ve read by Thich Nhat Hanh, amazing. I especially loved the part about Buddha’s Five Mindfulness Teachings. This book was quite healing for my soul

  10. 5 out of 5

    Honglin Xia

    Naval General Library Program

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    The language and topics here were very accessible, and used language that can help to break down internal barriers in a very productive, practical way. I think the only qualm (which isn't quite the right word, but the closest I can find right now), I might have with the book as a whole is a sense of "Grounded idealism." The truth of the compact and insights within the pages is that it takes people collectively adjusting, and collectively working on both their own, and one another's, "highest goo The language and topics here were very accessible, and used language that can help to break down internal barriers in a very productive, practical way. I think the only qualm (which isn't quite the right word, but the closest I can find right now), I might have with the book as a whole is a sense of "Grounded idealism." The truth of the compact and insights within the pages is that it takes people collectively adjusting, and collectively working on both their own, and one another's, "highest good". Hanh writes this as a universal concept, and I have little doubt he truly believes it is possible (You do not write such things without faith in humanity, even while looking at all the troubles humanity faces, both in the large and small scale.) While I believe such work is possible in a small scale way, I am hesitant to believe in a grand romanticism (And I can also see, readily, how some of the things covered might put people off. Though if they are truly mindful, they will take the truth within the book as it touches them.) I would still recommend reading it to anyone who might happen across it, it is more beneficial than anything people might have qualms themselves with, and the smallest act formed from the insight between the pages might still have a strong ripple effect, or echo, in time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nais

    an easy 'simple' read if you find yourself, frustrated-feeling stuck in life-can't seem to find some peace-soul constantly seeking answers- worried- flustered-feeling negative- wanting to find some clarity and peace of mind, then this is good for you. a jist of what you would be reading: there's a chapter in the book about him discussing how he sits in front of a tree and talks to it. its simple stuff, but deep in it's value and substance. I find this to be a good book to read any time you need to " an easy 'simple' read if you find yourself, frustrated-feeling stuck in life-can't seem to find some peace-soul constantly seeking answers- worried- flustered-feeling negative- wanting to find some clarity and peace of mind, then this is good for you. a jist of what you would be reading: there's a chapter in the book about him discussing how he sits in front of a tree and talks to it. its simple stuff, but deep in it's value and substance. I find this to be a good book to read any time you need to "re-ground" yourself and return to the natural, original self without the ego and materialism that you think you are/can be.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katina

    A lovely, and yes, peaceful book on mindfulness. I enjoyed reading it before bed and will seek out more of Thich Nhat Hanh's writing. Some of his anecdotes are very poignant and I think they will stay with me and, hopefully, transform my mindset and thoughts. At other times, some illustrations about how things work in his community were a little over the top for me and unrealistic. That said, I am inspired to do some more research and God willing, actually become adept at mediation at some point A lovely, and yes, peaceful book on mindfulness. I enjoyed reading it before bed and will seek out more of Thich Nhat Hanh's writing. Some of his anecdotes are very poignant and I think they will stay with me and, hopefully, transform my mindset and thoughts. At other times, some illustrations about how things work in his community were a little over the top for me and unrealistic. That said, I am inspired to do some more research and God willing, actually become adept at mediation at some point...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura Tropman

    I really liked the beginning chapters that teach mindful practices. "Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart." I loved his description of his hugging meditation practice. A beautiful man who teaches us how to touch peace. "The miracle is not to walk on this air or water, but to walk on earth. The earth is so beautiful. We are beautiful also." A short book, but should be read slowly as to absorb the teachings and meditations. I really liked the beginning chapters that teach mindful practices. "Breathing in, I am aware of my heart. Breathing out, I smile to my heart." I loved his description of his hugging meditation practice. A beautiful man who teaches us how to touch peace. "The miracle is not to walk on this air or water, but to walk on earth. The earth is so beautiful. We are beautiful also." A short book, but should be read slowly as to absorb the teachings and meditations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I read this book more than 10 years ago for a social psychology class and based on a variety of factors in my life at the moment determined it was about time to pick it back up again. "Life is found only in the present moment." Certainly not remarkable or poetic writing, but simple and profound teaching. I read this book more than 10 years ago for a social psychology class and based on a variety of factors in my life at the moment determined it was about time to pick it back up again. "Life is found only in the present moment." Certainly not remarkable or poetic writing, but simple and profound teaching.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Don

    how to bring love, compassion, and inner peace into your daily life by Thich Nhat Hanh: Buddha one who is awake, happiness peace joy in present moment, enter Kingdom of God, forgetfulness and guilt, cycles of suffering and abuse, what have you done with your flower, love and understanding to relieve suffering, consciousness, calm telephone meditation, about being present for the journey.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Myridian

    This is the first book of Thich Nhat Hanh's that I ever read and I fell in love. I don't remember how old I was (I think I was in high school). What I do remember is feeling as if my view of my life and the world had shifted and slowed down in a way that allowed me to really see things. It was a profound experience and one for which I will forever be grateful. This is the first book of Thich Nhat Hanh's that I ever read and I fell in love. I don't remember how old I was (I think I was in high school). What I do remember is feeling as if my view of my life and the world had shifted and slowed down in a way that allowed me to really see things. It was a profound experience and one for which I will forever be grateful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    HA. I finally finished this book. This is the kind of book that you need to read slowly and thoughtfully . . . and I'm just not good at that. So I think it took me like half a year to read. LOL. HA. I finally finished this book. This is the kind of book that you need to read slowly and thoughtfully . . . and I'm just not good at that. So I think it took me like half a year to read. LOL.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elsa

    Thich Nhat Hanh is my favorite gentle monk from Vietnam. If you ever need a Zen master, he is your man. He shares important lessons about living mindfully, very useful ideas to think about if you live in a busy city or frequently experience stress.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aleisha

    Extraordinary! It may sound dramatic to say "This book changed my life"....but it did. The principles taught are meaningful and wise. Hanh helped shift my perspective to important things, like compassion and gratitude. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has a beautiful soul. Extraordinary! It may sound dramatic to say "This book changed my life"....but it did. The principles taught are meaningful and wise. Hanh helped shift my perspective to important things, like compassion and gratitude. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has a beautiful soul.

  21. 4 out of 5

    brown_bear

    My third book adventure with Thich Nhah Hanh and he never gets old to me. Especially loved his thoughts on mindfulness trainings, sangha/community building, and our ultimate reality. Highly recommend!

  22. 4 out of 5

    zenbren

    Beautiful sentiments and a recipe for a fulfilling, mindful and enriched life. I admire the Buddhist philosophy and believe that this Zen Master is truly inspired in his teachings. This book will leave you smiling,with a lighter heart and a desire to make your life matter in the right ways.

  23. 4 out of 5

    J

    I highly recommend listening to this because Thich Nhat Hanh's voice is almost the best part of the experience; both words and voice are calming, soothing, relaxing, and keep bringing you back to mindfulness. Would be very relaxing to put on before you go to sleep..... I highly recommend listening to this because Thich Nhat Hanh's voice is almost the best part of the experience; both words and voice are calming, soothing, relaxing, and keep bringing you back to mindfulness. Would be very relaxing to put on before you go to sleep.....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    This recording was not a reading of the book, but a recording of presentations to a group. It was about 2 hours long. I enjoyed the topic and what was said, but it was not a book as I had expected. I

  25. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Its short and clear. Its a great work to start off the new years.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    Ah you are here now love it, it is all that we have

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    When the darkness of this world threatens to overwhelm you, this beautiful book by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk is the antidote.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Celest

    I always come back to this book for focus

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    "read" this years ago. one of my crazy exes stole it. may she be reincarnated as a hippopatamus boil. "read" this years ago. one of my crazy exes stole it. may she be reincarnated as a hippopatamus boil.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    A wonderful, practical guidebook to living by TNH. Love it.

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