Synopses & Reviews
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,
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