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Book Review: Peace Is Every Breath

July 2, 2011

“Peace Is Every Breath”
Written by Thich Nhat Hanh
Published by HarperOne

When I first started studying/ reading about Buddhism, I read “The Miracle Of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hahn. It was eye opening to say the least. As a matter of act, some of the stuff he was talking about in the book I put into play on one particular occasion and the results of the incident were awe inspiring to myself. I’m not sure why I haven’t read any other books of his, but was excited when I opened the mailbox and saw this book.

“Peace Is Every Breath” is as simple as simple comes. Thay (Thich Nhat Hahn’s nickname) does not candy coat things. His words may be simple but they cut swiftly like a ginsu knife. At the same time, they are poetic and truly beautiful.

His advice, again simple, comes from the heart of a man who has seen it all. He’s witnessed war in his homeland, he’s been persecuted by the rulers of his country, etc. But in the face of all of that, Thay has always risen above and has written numerous books outlining his experiences and how we can adapt them into our own lives.

“Peace Is Every Breath” is broken down into chapters/ sections that advise on every aspect of our daily lives. Whether it’s showering, driving, etc his wisdom challenges us to slow down, see things as they truly are and to just carry that awareness throughout our lives.

He writes, and teaches, from a Zen perspective but I never feel like that is where he is coming from or steering us toward. His words are not divisive, they are true and lifelike. He is coming from a true human experience, that may be Zen, yet it is not Zen.

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  1. July 3, 2011 1:07 am

    I’ve not read this one yet, but need to. Good review.
    Having had the great fortune to have attended a talk he gave, I have to say; listening to him, watching his every movement, it is as though you are watching & listening to the definition of mindfulness.

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