Thich Nhat Hanh;Debbie Berne
Release Date: 01 September 2008
Category: Zen Buddhism
Publisher: Parallax Press
This finely crafted card-and-book set makes it easy for even busy readers to incorporate prayer and mindfulness practices into their daily lives. In the book, "The Energy of Prayer," noted teacher Thich Nhat Hanh addresses the question Why do we pray? and explores the applications and effectiveness of chanting, meditation, and invocations in Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions.
He introduces readers to several meditation methods that re-envision prayer as an open, inclusive, and accessible practice that helps create healthy lives through the power of awareness and intention. Written by Hanh and designed by artist Debbie Berne, the full-color cards are organized into four categories -- Invocations, Chants, Meditations, and Sayings -- and each offers a thoughtful image to accompany the prayer, chant, saying, or invocation.
Selected to help direct readers' thoughts and intentions toward mindfulness, the cards are equally suitable for special occasions or everyday life. Detailed instructions explain the use and origin of each card.
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The Vietnam War confronted the monasteries with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation of the war.
Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the "engaged Buddhism" movement. His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.
Thich Nhat Hanh continues to live in Plum Village in the meditation community he founded, where he teaches, writes, and gardens; and he leads retreats worldwide on "the art of mindful living."
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