9781937006341

The Mindfulness Survival Kit

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  • ISBN13:

    9781937006341

  • ISBN10:

    1937006344

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
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Summary

The Five Mindfulness Trainings (also referred to as “Precepts”) — not to kill, steal, commit adultery, lie, or take intoxicants — are the basic statement of ethics and morality in Buddhism. In this fully revised edition, Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh argues eloquently for their applicability in our daily lives and on a global scale. Nhat Hanh discusses the value and meaning of each precept, offering insights into the role that it could play in our changing society.

Thich Nhat Hanh calls the trainings a “diet for a mindful society.” With this book he offers a valuable contribution to the debate, on how we can come together to define secular, moral guidelines that will allow us to explore and sustain a sane, compassionate, and healthy way of living. The Five Mindfulness Trainings offer a path to restoring meaning and value in a world marked by moral and spiritual emptiness. Whether called virtues, ethics, moral conduct, or precepts they are guidelines for living without bringing harm to others; they bring sanity and light into the world.

Author Biography

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967 he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, including Being Peace, Happiness, Awakening of the Heart, and Reconciliation. He lives at Plum Village, a meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.” Joan Halifax lives in Santa Fe, NM. Jack Kornfield lives in Woodacre, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Joan Halifax, The Road Is Your Footsteps

Introduction

The Five Mindfulness Trainings
First Mindfulness Training, Reverence for Life
Second Mindfulness Training, Generosity
Third Mindfulness Training, Sexual Responsibility
Fourth Mindfulness Training, Deep Listening and Loving Speech
Fifth Mindfulness Training, Diet for a Mindful Society

The Three Jewels
Commentary on the Three Jewels

Frequently Asked Questions About the Five Mindfulness Trainings and the Three Jewels


Afterword: Jack Kornfield, Happiness Comes from the Heart

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