Book Review: Peace Is Every Breath

“Peace Is Every Breath”
Written by Thich Nhat Hanh
Published by HarperOne

When I first started studying/ reading about Buddhism, I read “The Miracle Of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hahn. It was eye opening to say the least. As a matter of act, some of the stuff he was talking about in the book I put into play on one particular occasion and the results of the incident were awe inspiring to myself. I’m not sure why I haven’t read any other books of his, but was excited when I opened the mailbox and saw this book.

“Peace Is Every Breath” is as simple as simple comes. Thay (Thich Nhat Hahn’s nickname) does not candy coat things. His words may be simple but they cut swiftly like a ginsu knife. At the same time, they are poetic and truly beautiful.

His advice, again simple, comes from the heart of a man who has seen it all. He’s witnessed war in his homeland, he’s been persecuted by the rulers of his country, etc. But in the face of all of that, Thay has always risen above and has written numerous books outlining his experiences and how we can adapt them into our own lives.

“Peace Is Every Breath” is broken down into chapters/ sections that advise on every aspect of our daily lives. Whether it’s showering, driving, etc his wisdom challenges us to slow down, see things as they truly are and to just carry that awareness throughout our lives.

He writes, and teaches, from a Zen perspective but I never feel like that is where he is coming from or steering us toward. His words are not divisive, they are true and lifelike. He is coming from a true human experience, that may be Zen, yet it is not Zen.

Buddhist monks: Vietnam police still harassing us

From The Associated Press

Followers of a world-famous Buddhist teacher who were forced out of a Vietnamese monastery over the weekend have taken refuge at a nearby pagoda, but they say they have once again been surrounded by police.

The monks’ ongoing standoff with Vietnamese authorities has tested the communist country’s sometimes edgy relationship with religion, which the government views as a potential rival power structure. The government closely monitors all churches in the country.

The Buddhists say the police are now pressuring them to leave the Phuoc Hue pagoda in Lam Dong province, even though local officials of the state-sanctioned Buddhist Church of Vietnam have welcomed them to stay.

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DVD Review: Fierce Light

Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action
Fiercelight Films/ Seville Pictures

I believe the director, Velcrow Ripper, had this quote from Gandhi in mind when he started this project, “I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life.”

Velcrow, after the loss of his dear friend Brad Will could have easily changed course, allowed his anger and frustration to wash over him. Instead he let the unfortunate moment inspire him and this film. The cast of characters/ spiritual revolutionaries is large, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Noah Levine, Daryl Hannah, Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker, Van Jones and tons more.

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