Synopses & Reviews
"Is it the world that's busy, or is it my mind?"
The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this bestselling mindfulness guide — it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a #1 bestseller for forty-one weeks and received multiple Best Book of the Year awards, and it's being published in more than 20 countries — Haemin Sunim (which means "spontaneous wisdom"), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.
By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas--including relationships, love, and spirituality — Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves. The more than twenty full-color illustrations that accompany his teachings serve as calming visual interludes, encouraging us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.
"Ancient Buddhist philosophy for the modern age...Profound but relatable wisdom on coping with the daily grind — and on keeping sight of what really matters. Leave this book on your nightstand to clear your head before bed." Real Simple
"Perfect for readers looking for a respite from busy lives and tumultuous times...Sunim evokes a calm assuredness in his philosophy, reminiscent of Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran." Publishers Weekly
"Wonderful...They read almost like haikus." Lakshmi Singh, NPR’s All Things Considered
About the Author
Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in South Korea, where his books have sold more than three million copies and are popular as guides not only to mediation but also to overcoming the challenges of everyday life. Born in South Korea, he came to the United States to study film, only to find himself pulled into the spiritual life. Educated at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings.