Silence The power of quiet in a world full of noise

Nĥát Hạnh

Book - 2015

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Published
New York : HarperOne [2015].
Language
English
Physical Description
189 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062224699
0062224697
Main Author
Nĥát Hạnh (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

With his hallmark accessibility, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (Peace Is Every Step, 1991; You Are Here, 2010) guides readers through the attributes and restorative powers of seeking and caring for silence. Brief chapters offer snippets of his daily life in a French monastery and events recalled across a life that goes back to Vietnam along with practical guidance for finding and maintaining daily silence in the contemporary world. In addition to addressing the issues of maintaining online connections, technology's noises, and urban life's demands, he focuses readers on the need for and how to achieve silence in the mind. Practicing mantras in lieu of discursive thinking is described as offering inner peace and a reconnection to the body in its physical engagements, such as walking, eating, and talking. A powerful piece from an insightful and gentle guide who understands how to reach a broad Western audience through social media. Thich Nhat Hanh again shows how his brilliance shines in writing by demonstrating the eloquence of simplicity. For all collections. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

This offering is the latest from popular and beloved Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and writer Hanh (Peace Is Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness). Here he acknowledges the buzz of noise, internal and external, that fills our lives, interfering with mindfulness and insight. He offers numerous techniques and meditations that aim to cultivate silence and stillness, even in the most chaotic settings. This silence, he says, will help seekers to hear the "true sounds" that come from the Bodhisattva (one who is on the path to enlightenment) trait of deep listening, bringing personal freedom and truer connection with others. VERDICT While not intended to be a reader's first guide to Buddhism, Hanh's newest title is a graceful contribution to contemporary Buddhist literature and one of the author's finest works. [Page 64]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Each of Nhat Hanh's many books tweaks his simple but profound message—mindfulness—to address an acutely perceived need in contemporary society. Here the famed Vietnamese Zen master and activist (perhaps best known for Peace Is Every Step) addresses physical and mental noise, fostered in particular by dependence on technology—smartphones, email, video games, television, social media. "Our need to be filled up with one thing or another all the time is the collective disease of human beings in our era," he writes. The alternative of cultivating inner silence addresses the hunger for real connection that electronic devices promise but fail to provide. Nhat Hanh's always inspiring wisdom is conveyed skillfully through clear explanations, stories, and practices. However, he includes a startling four pages on a Vietnamese colleague's self-immolation in the 1960s ("I tell this story not because I think you should do something this drastic, but simply to illustrate the power of silent action") that could be troubling for some who pick up this book for encouragement in the face of suffering or despair. The text's wide spacing and distracting pull quotes set in large type bump up the page count of a very short book. Despite these flaws, the book is a compelling presentation of Nhat Hanh's core teaching. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Each of Nhat Hanh's many books tweaks his simple but profound message—mindfulness—to address an acutely perceived need in contemporary society. Here the famed Vietnamese Zen master and activist (perhaps best known for Peace Is Every Step) addresses physical and mental noise, fostered in particular by dependence on technology—smartphones, email, video games, television, social media. "Our need to be filled up with one thing or another all the time is the collective disease of human beings in our era," he writes. The alternative of cultivating inner silence addresses the hunger for real connection that electronic devices promise but fail to provide. Nhat Hanh's always inspiring wisdom is conveyed skillfully through clear explanations, stories, and practices. However, he includes a startling four pages on a Vietnamese colleague's self-immolation in the 1960s ("I tell this story not because I think you should do something this drastic, but simply to illustrate the power of silent action") that could be troubling for some who pick up this book for encouragement in the face of suffering or despair. The text's wide spacing and distracting pull quotes set in large type bump up the page count of a very short book. Despite these flaws, the book is a compelling presentation of Nhat Hanh's core teaching. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Imparts wisdom on cultivating calm and inner silence, even in the most chaotic situations, through mindfulness and careful breathing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to, when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence.Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn't require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness—and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want, the keys to happiness and well-being.