I’ve decided to run free monthly giveaways for the loyal readers out there. This month I will be giving away 1 paperback copy of The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation” by Thich Nhat Hanh to a randomly picked individual that joins my monthly newsletter. See terms and conditions further below.
This is an amazing book, written by one of the most respected spiritual leaders in the world. It will transform your way of thinking and being. It will make you humble, open your eyes, and shift the way you view life.
There is a discussion around 4 Noble Truths or 4 Holy Truths. The first is suffering, meaning we all suffer to an extent. The second is the origin (or root) of suffering. Once we identify the suffering, we need to understand how it happened in the first place. The third truth is the cessation of suffering by refraining from doing the things that make us suffer. And the last, fourth truth is the path that leads to refraining from doing the things that cause us to suffer. Each of these truths is delved into deeper and contains steps on how to accomplish.
The book also talks about some other basic Buddha teachings including The Two Truths, The Three Jewels, The Three Doors of Liberation, and The Five Powers among others. Here are my favourite quotes:
Without suffering you cannot grow. Without suffering, you cannot get the peace and joy you deserve. Please don’t run away from your suffering. Embrace it and cherish it.
Every day our thoughts, words, and actions flow into the sea of our consciousness and create our body, mind, and world. We can nourish our consciousness by practicing love, compassion, joy, and equanimity, or we can feed our consciousness with greed, hatred, ignorance, suspicion, and pride. We have to be very careful which nutriments we ingest.
Liberation is the ability to go from the world of signs to the world of true nature. We need the relative world of the wave, but we also need to touch the water, the ground of our being, to have real peace and joy.
You can learn more about the book and read reviews on Goodreads.
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