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Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flamesby Thich Nhat Hanh
Synopses & Reviews
The Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally bestselling author shares the tools and power for overcoming anger.
It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: ignorance, obsessive desire, and anger. All are equally difficult, but in one instant of anger, lives can be ruined, and our spiritual development can be destroyed. Twenty-five hundred years after the Buddha's enlightenment, medical science tells us that the Buddha was right: anger can also ruin our health. It is one of the most powerful emotions and one of the most difficult to change.
Thich Nhat Hanh offers a fresh perspective on taking care of our anger as we would take care of a crying baby picking it up, talking quietly to it, probing for what is making the baby cry. Laced with stories and techniques, Anger offers a wise and loving look at transforming anger into peace and for bringing harmony and healing to all the areas and relationships in our lives that have been affected by anger.
"In an age of road rage, Americans would do well to cool down with prolific Buddhist monk Hanh....Hanh doesn't limit his task to discussing anger between families and friends; he also deals with anger among countries and between citizens and governments. That expansive vision is not surprising (Hanh, after all, is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee) but it is refreshing, lifting this book out of the self-absorbed self-help pile. Like Hanh's other books, this is not weighed down with Buddhist terminology. The appendices, which contain meditations designed to help release anger, give it the specifically Buddhist spice that some readers will appreciate. The meat of the book, however, will be accessible to a broad, ecumenical audience." Publishers Weekly
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." Martin Luther King, Jr., in nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize
"He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth." The Dalai Lama
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a real poet." Robert Lowell
"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." Sogyal Rimpoche, bestselling author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
"Thich Nhat Hanh is more my brother than many who are nearer to me in race and nationality, because he and I see things the exact same way." Thomas Merton
About the Author
Thich Nhat Hanh has lived an extraordinary life in an extraordinary time. Since the age of sixteen he has been a Buddhist monk. He has survived three wars, persecution, and more than thirty years of exile. He is the master of a temple in Vietnam whose lineage goes back over two thousand years and indeed is traceable to the Buddha himself. He is the author of more than one hundred books of poetry, fiction, and philosophy, including the bestselling Living Buddha, Living Christ.
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