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The Art of Living

Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now
Written by: Thich Nhat Hanh
Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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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.

©2017 Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Nicely described how to live freely

Loved it. One must listen this book, it helps to improve our lives and mind.

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Great perspective

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Profound and soulful

Lived it. it was easy listening,breaking many preconceptions . A definitive guide on Art of living.

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most insightful book

The most insightful book I have ever read.The narattion was very clear .This book is a must read for everyone

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  • Eduardo Joffroy Jr.
  • 17-08-17

For the Gentle Revolution

Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh for showing me the path to living a good life. Your teachings will be imprinted inside me and I will transmit them to others through my actions. I hope this book is read or listened by the whole world every year if possible.

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  • scdemark
  • 08-04-18

Affirming and Beautiful

I have made Thich Nhat Hanh's writings and principles on mindfulness and living in the present moment a core of my life for many years. Peace Is Every Step is a life bible to me, and informs my daily living and work. So I turned to this book as a relatively recent one, and it is exquisite.

The key meditations (such as aimlessness, impermanence, and signlessness) are explained so well and beautifully. I sense how truly transformative each is, in terms of aging, appreciating the wonders around us, dealing with feelings of fear, understanding interbeing, and living with true joy and compassion. Life presents challenges, difficulties, and losses, yet these teachings can sustain us, help in dealing with the myriad challenges, and shape our perspectives and experiences.

While it contains the ideas he has shared lifelong, I always find it amazing how Thich Nhat Hanh composes and expresses these teachings in new, brilliant, and fresh ways. The prose is accessible, clear, and inspiring. In the midst of the world's turbulent times, this book brings both deep inner peace and guiding precepts for action in our daily lives. I will turn to this book again and again.

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  • quintiuswalker
  • 08-07-17

A Dharma talk for our time

Once again Master Hanh has blessed us with his ageless wisdom. Namaste. Peace, love, joy!

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  • r roque
  • 09-12-19

Lovely

I've been diagnosed with heart failure, so I've seen some dark times. This book is exactly what I needed to get better perspective of how to live and how live the proper way. obviously keep an opened mind and do what makes you feel right.

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  • ska
  • 18-06-17

Masterpiece of timeless wisdom

Loved it. Best book that I have read with clear simple practical applications
Must listen and read

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26-09-19

Deep

I think this might be still a bit ahead of my time, yet there are powerful lessons in here that can be taken and tried by anyone. The more who take, the better and I'm sure a better world for us to share.

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  • jaizenhom
  • 22-09-17

More mindful now...

Just completed listening to this wonderful audiobook and will come back to it again and again. Thank you. Everyone would enjoy this...everyone needs this... May peace and mindfulness be the key to unlocking all potential within us, and around us, as we are ONE!

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  • SCM
  • 09-04-18

My favorite spiritual author

Thich Nhat Hanh’s books and teachings resonate with me and this specific narrators voice makes the teachings that much more impactful. I’ve collected and relistened to much of Hanh’s books. Looking forward to continuous learning through his writings.

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  • SEED7ROBI
  • 11-07-18

Be present be mindful

This is because this is. This will be exactly what you need. Or will be exactly what you don't either way it's the same. As so enjoy blessings and love. Oneness to all all is one of the source from the Source . Source being self self being source. Source being All.

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  • Ken Beller
  • 22-07-18

Life changing!

This book is well written, well narrated, content rich and it will change your life.

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  • Brother Yonten
  • 11-07-17

Thays insights to guide you...

Thays insights to guide you through the many practices & aids to enjoy modern lifes challenges/sufferings🙏🏻

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-20

this was excellent

this was excellent , as my fiancee passed away a couple of weeks ago the wording & phrasing in this book has seriously helped my mind to get through things

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  • A. L. Root
  • 02-07-19

Profound accessible and helpful

I have listened to this book many times, and each time I gain fresh insights and learn more. It is a gem.

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  • heidi monro
  • 31-08-18

Helpful

A lot of books talk about why it is good to change and all the benefits but this book shows you what to do and think when faced with your demons. I prefer listening to Thich Nhat Hahn’s voice but the reader is very good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-17

OK

I was enjoying it until sympathising with a rapist. I'm sorry. I live in a country filled with rapists and murderers...South Africa of course. As much as I can see we are all connected I can't get my head around senseless acts...we all have a choice. Maybe I should have started off with something lighter and for someone who is not very enlightened as I found it quite difficult to listen to the rape and murder of a child and then to sympathise and connect with the rapist.

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  • Maria M Biniasz
  • 20-05-20

peace of mind

Very good book I highly recommend it to all people with open mind. its full of wise observation about life and teaching to be mindful.

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  • ssb
  • 06-02-20

The best book I have ever read

I loved this book so much. The content is deep and peaceful that can create lasting effects on the reader.

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  • Stephen Pinto
  • 05-01-20

Just what I needed right now

Really needed to listen to that. Going through a really tough time right now.
Amazing NAMASTE

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  • Maria C.
  • 21-11-19

Wise words

informative, easy to listen and understand. gives a sense of hope and peacefulness. would recomend this book to everyone.

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  • hazel Lynch
  • 25-09-19

Inspirational

A clear insight into the true nature of reality and the inter being of life

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  • Vera Gu
  • 18-04-19

Wonderful !

I really like the narrator's voice. He sounds passionate and inspiring. I will listen the book again

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  • chris
  • 24-10-17

Thank you Ti

Thanks also Eduardo and Gabra - beautiful, beautiful book. Life changing in its awn little way, not unlike ourselves:)

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  • fabiola
  • 06-10-18

golden nuggets of mindfulness

i learn new insights about how to have peace everyday.
in fact I'm going to listen to this book again so the insight can solidify into my being