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The Mindfulness Survival Kit: Five Essential Practices


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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.

About the Author

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 is the author of several books including, The Fruitful Darkness and Being with Dying. She is the founder of the Zen Peacemaker community and currently serves as Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is founder of both the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. An influential psychologist, author and teacher, his books, including, A Path with Heart, and Bringing Home the Dharma, which have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. He lives in Woodacre, CA.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Joan Halifax, The Road Is Your Footsteps


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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Five Essential Practices
Nhat Hanh, Thich
Kornfield, Jack
Halifax, Joan
Hanh, Thich Nhat
Parallax Press
Religion-Eastern - General
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6.5 x 4.88 in

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