The Energy of Prayer: How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

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Parallax Press, Mar 10, 2006 - Religion - 120 pages
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In order to understand why people pray, The Energy of Prayer examines the applications and effectiveness of prayer in Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Arguing that prayer is not about asking some external force for what we need, but about creating an internal environment in which it is easier to get what we want, the book introduces several methods of prayer. These methods are meditative in nature and reenvision prayer as an inclusive, accessible practice that is not tied to a particular religious or spiritual affiliation, but rather that can help anyone create a healthy life through the power of awareness and intention. Ultimately, author Thich Nhat Hanh presents prayer as more than just relaxation: is it a way to satisfy the basic human need to make a connection with something larger than our everyday self. Included are visualization and breathing exercises as well as a rich sampling of prayers, chants, and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.

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User Review  - thesmellofbooks - LibraryThing

This small, unassuming book makes clear and grounding sense. Appendices include useful gatthas for rooting prayer in your daily life. I destress just reading it! Read full review

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User Review  - Yulissa - Borders

I like this book very much, very refreshing. Simple reading and cute little prayers. The one think I dislike was the comparison with the Jesus. Read full review

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Thich Nhat Hanh
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, sixty in English, including Being Peace, Old Path White Clouds, Anger, and No Death, No Fear. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”

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