• The Miracle of Mindfulness

  • An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (820 ratings)

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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.

©1975 Thich Nhat Hanh (P)2012 Tantor

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"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." (Sogyal Rinpoche)

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It had a big effect on my life

When I read this 20 years ago, it had a big effect on my life. I decided to read it again, and I remembered all the parts that had been so meaningful before but I didn’t love it. In hindsight, I don’t think I read it mindfully. (Irony alert.) So I read it almost immediately again, and absolutely loved it this time. My favorite parts are when he’s traveling across the U.S. and his friend Jim starts popping pieces of a tangerine in his mouth while discussing their plans. He suggests to Jim he ought to eat the tangerine. “It was as if he hadn’t been eating the tangerine at all. If he had been eating anything, he was ‘eating’ his future plans.” There’s also this: “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” My other favorite part is his retelling of a Tolstoy story (he made me a fan of Tolstoy, for which I'll be forever grateful) about when is the best time to do each thing, who are the most important people to work with and what is the important thing to do in any moment. The only part I don’t care for in the book are the very repetitive translations of sutras in the appendix, but they are easily skipped and do show the millennia-old basis for his teachings. Grade: A

As for the narration, it's good, not great. And the appendix with the translations is best skipped on audio. I got the Kindle version, too, so I could highlight my favorite passages.

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A great accumulation of meditation instructions

Here the author talks you through basic and complex meditations. Unlike other books that talk about the meditations, here they are. At the end of the book the author has put a lot of meditation with each one being labeled for use when you need it. I recommend this book just for these meditations along with the wisdom contained with it. I would also recommend that the publisher include a PDF of all meditations be included or people buy the Kindle version to get them rather than searching all over the Internet for them.

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A journey within.

A wonderful listen. It has taken 3 listens to hear and many more to understand what mindfulness means. Learning to breath in a mindful way? I'm still learning. Thank you for the journey.

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Great until chapter 11

Loved the narrative throughout, although perhaps not the best narrator; a bit misaligned for the subject. Not sure if the end is part of the original text but chapter 11 where the narrator repeats every possible combination of words like, "...the monk contemplates objects within objects within internal and external blah blah blah...". Ahhhh I actually screamed out loud "shut up shut up shut up" while driving . It's weird that an audiobook on mindfulness cracked my spirit. Seriously skip chapter 11 but most everything else is wonderful.

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profound, practical, clariity, liberating

A series stories, illustrations, depictions of mindfulness and how to practically achieve mindfulness through meditation in our everyday life. contained the exact description of the book. If you're looking for a an introduction book on mindfulness and meditation, this is the book look no where else. although I finished in three days because I loved the narrator, and it was easily understandable. although just to add a personal breakthrough, couple of years ago I was reading Physics books I was so obsessed with Physics, Universe, matter ad the meaning behind all and the ultimate knowledge, I was experiencing a State of mind which now I realize it was not much different of mindfulness.

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Prefer His Later Writings

I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as later works such as Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, etc. It's understandable, as I'm sure his ability to relate to a Western audience improved over time. The sutra translations at the end have highly repetitive language (...the monk does this, is aware of it, and thus trains himself...) and are frankly exhausting to listen to. Finally, the reader sounded coldly academic, which contrasted with my memory of Nhat Hanh's warm and gentle voice.

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Less guidance than I expected

It is a short book focus on the overall philosophy of mindfulness and contained much from the author history and other Buddhist texts. An ok book, but I was expecting more mindfulness guidance and tactical approaches, what can be found in few passages.

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Half the Time Required

The first hour of this audio book is worth listening to. The second half is mind-numbing with its repetitive translations of Buddhist mantras. Certainly they're helpful to the meditation practitioner, but listening to them is not the way to go, IMO. I'd prefer reading and re-referring to such texts vs. listening to them as they go in one ear and out the other. However, if you were to actually DO it while listening, pausing between instructions, it might be valuable. The reader is highly appealing.

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The voice does not feel anything like the author’s

I have loved reading these books but this particular clipped sharp voice expressing such important, sacred, and gentle topics — it’s just not a fit. Was a terrible let down for me. Same book read is lovely. This way seems to destroy the meaning

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horribly boring and mind numbing

reader was like R2D2 in star wars. impossible to follow the nonsense . too much detail

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