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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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Publisher's Summary

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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Simple book, profound knowledge.

Recommend reading by young and old, it's never too early nor too late to understand these hard facts and ways of life. the ways to live and live happily.

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Enriching

This is expectedly a book that goes deep in the depths of mindfulness. Its brilliance lies in the fact that it explores so many difficult areas absolutely effortlessly and generates and infectious confidence in the reader to dig deeper and palpate the solutions here and now. The sentence "you can experience Nirvana here and now" explains everything that this book has to offer.

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loved it

changed my thoughts about life loved it and a really wonderful listen beautiful voice nice work

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the book had healing effect.

loved the book. the book is good for anyone who wants to practice mindfulness. I would definitely re listen to this many more times.

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One of the greatest book I have have listened.

Must listen not only once but many times. True Nirvana will get not avoiding suffering but embracing it. Without experiencing suffering no nirvana is possible.

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This book is enlightening!

The book makes you aware that you are an integral part of the cosmos. It will help one to live in harmony with environment.

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Very soul nourishing

I enjoyed every single word narrated. Edoardo Ballerini did full justice in narrating this book. I’ll be listening to this book again and again to grasp the deeper insight

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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

Really calming. Seeing life in this perspective makes us happier and content. Glad i read.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Aaron P. Schroer
  • 24-06-20

Good intro to Eastern philosophy

This book is pretty intense and not so easy to digest when multitasking. There's a lot of information and philosophies compacted into a short book. I feel like I need to listen to it a few times to better grasp the subject material. very calming and relaxing and the concepts are liberating. Very worthwhile.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-20

A solid and reflective listen

The world can be very hectic and rushed. As a matter of fact, it often times is. This book and its teachings are a reminder to us all to slow things down. Be more reflective of our lives, what it means to be human, and to live well on this Earth. After a long day it is a welcomed reprieve and reminder of these elements. The narrator’s voice is perfectly suited to the topics in this book. It is a relaxing journey from beginning to end. It is probably why I have to keep listening night after night. I usually fall asleep listening to the narrator’s voice soothe me with Thich Nhat Hanh’s words.

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  • Logan
  • 19-03-20

Helped me make sense of the world

As a traditionally non-spiritual person, I am very skeptical of religious believes and institutions. This book somehow managed to connect all of the dots between my logical and scientific beliefs in my personal values that have always guided me. It really helped me feel at ease and make sense of the world in such a anxiety filled time like Covid-19.

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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Kevin Conrad
  • 07-08-20

Fantastic message

o rethink some of the values in my life and some of the falsehoods imposed by society regarding what our aspirations in life should be. Definitely check out this book. Regarding the narrator: ironically, I regarded it is fairly false and in-genuine. It seemed as though he tries to adopt a certain accent so that he is perceived as more cultured or learned. It doesn’t work for him nor does it aid in how one learns the teachings of this book. Perhaps my annoyance with his voice, which did dissipate as the book played on, is one of my own areas to cultivate.

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  • Harvey
  • 12-07-20

an enjoyable listen

has good way of using modern day to day examples of how to live your life peacefully.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-20

Insightful

Great listen easy to understand, well read and full of wonderful insights will listen again.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-20

Beautiful listen

Deep, insightful, rich and beautiful. Just purchased a hardcover copy and about to re-listen🙏

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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