Peaceful Action, Open Heart: Lessons from the Lotus Sutra

Peaceful Action, Open Heart: Lessons from the Lotus Sutra

by Thich Nhat Hanh

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A landmark work by Thich Nhat Hanh, this book shines 60 years of study and practice upon one of the crowning scriptures of Buddhism—the Lotus Sutra

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most revered of Mahayana sacred texts and is sometimes called “the king of sutras.” Despite this fact, there are very few commentaries in English available today. In Peaceful Action, Open Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the Sutra’s main theme—that everyone has the capacity to become a Buddha, and that Buddha-nature is inherent in everything—but he also uniquely emphasizes the sutra’s insight that Buddha-nature is the basis for peaceful action. Since we all will one day become a Buddha, he says, we can use mindfulness practices right now to understand and find solutions to current world challenges. In his interpretation of the sutra, he suggests that if the practices, views, and insights of the Lotus Sutra would find application not only by individuals but also by nations, it would offer concrete solutions to transform individual suffering and the global challenges facing the world today.

Stamped with his signature depth of vision, lucidity, and clarity, Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights invoke a wide range of contemporary topics and concerns, such as the Palestinian-Israeli war, the threat of terrorism, and the degradation of our environment. In proposing radical new ways of finding peaceful solutions to universal, contemporary conflicts, he not only challenges the United Nations to change from an organization to a real organism working for peace and harmony in the world, but also encourages all branches of all governments to act as Sangha. In so doing, he demonstrates the practical and direct applicability of this sacred text to today's concerns.

This book has been re-released with a new title. The earlier hardcover edition was entitled Opening the Heart of the Cosmos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935209362
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 01/09/2005
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 108,003
File size: 362 KB

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Peace Is Every Step. In 1967, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living at his meditation and retreat center.

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