Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 6, 2003 - Religion - 224 pages
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Creating True Peace is both a profound work of spiritual guidance and a practical blueprint for peaceful inner change and global change. It is the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh's answer to our deep-rooted crisis of violence and our feelings of helplessness, victimization, and fear. As a world-renowned writer, scholar, spiritual leader, and Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most visible, revered activists for peace and Engaged Buddhism -- the practice he created that combines mindful living and social action. Having lived through two wars in his native Vietnam, he works to prevent conflict of all kinds -- from the internal violence of individual thoughts to interpersonal and international aggression.
Now, in this new book, perhaps his most important work to date, Thich Nhat Hanh uses a beautiful blend of visionary insight, inspiring stories of peacemaking, and a combination of meditation practices and instruction to show us how to take Right Action. A book for people of all faiths, it is a magnum opus -- a compendium of peace practices that can help anyone practice nonviolent thought and behavior, even in the midst of world upheaval.
More than any of his previous books, Creating True Peace tells stories of Thich Nhat Hanh and his students practicing peace during wartime. These demonstrate that violence is an outmoded response we can no longer afford. The simple, but powerful daily actions and everyday interactions that Thich Nhat Hanh recommends can root out violence where it lives in our hearts and minds and help us discover the power to create peace at every level of life -- personal, family, neighborhood, community, state, nation, and world.
Whether dealing with extreme emotions and challenging situations or managing interpersonal and international conflicts, Thich Nhat Hanh relies on the 2,600-year-old traditional wisdom and scholarship of the Buddha, as well as other great scriptures. He teaches us to look more deeply into our thoughts and lives so that we can know what to do and what not to do to transform them into something better. With a combination of courage, sweetness, and candor, he tells us that we can make a difference; we are not helpless; we can create peace here and now. Creating True Peace shows us how.
  

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Review: Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Amazing, must read!! Esp during these times. Read full review

Review: Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World

User Review  - Yvonne Jarrett - Goodreads

Fantastic book about embracing the Buddha in your and creating peace in your self so that you can help bring peace to the world. Thich Nhat Hanh does a great job describing ways to be peace through meditation and smiling and embracing the good in yourself and feeding it. Excellent book. Read full review

Contents

What Is True Peace?
1
Turning Arrows into Flowers Practicing Inner Transformation
11
Peace Begins with Us Taking Your Practice into the World
54
Right Action Comes from Right Understanding
85
Reconciliation Peace Practices for Individuals and Partners
110
To Love Means to Be Truly Present Practicing Peace with Your Child
141
Protecting Peace Community and Sangha Practices
168
A Call for Great Compassion
182
A New Global Ethic Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
207
About the Author
211
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Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam on October 11, 1926. He entered Tu Hieu Temple as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a movement called "engaged Buddhism", which combines traditional practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. For this, he was exiled by both the Communist and non-Communist governments and was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts to reconcile North and South Vietnam. He is a teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children's stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books include The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction to Buddhism, Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, and Living Buddha, Living Christ. He founded a retreat in France called Plum Village.

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