Tuesday, February 22, 2011

True Love - Book Review

TRUE LOVE: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
By Thich Nhat Hanh

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This short text by Buddhist monk, activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh offers simple, lyrical meditations on how to open and access the heart. As we enter 2011, emerging out of the frenzy of the holiday season, Thich Nhat Hanh’s words are particularly relevant: the text encourages us to embrace all that this new year might hold.

The essence of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings is that to love, to truly love, is fundamentally to practice presence. Being here, in this moment, we are able to give ourselves fully to our friends, our families, our spouses, even those incite conflict in our lives. This is love. He tells us that to love in this generous self-less way is not easy. Love is a practice that we must learn and return to day after day, just as we do to yoga. Structured in brief, poetically written chapters, True Love incorporates short anecdotes and contemplative exercises that guide the reader in this practice.

This accessible book provides a rich introduction to Thich Nhat Hanh’s vast body of teachings for those unfamiliar with his prose and poetry. Profound and inspiring, it is an ideal gift for yourself or for a loved-one who seeks to deeply engage with the practice of love.

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