Understanding Our Mind

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 392 pages
Understanding Our Mind is an accessible guide for anyone who is curious about the inner workings of the mind. Originally released as Transformation at the Base, a finalist for the 2001 Nautilus Award, this seminal work on Buddhist applied psychology features a new introduction by Dharma teacher Reb Anderson. Understanding Our Mind is based on fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu. With compassion and insight, Nhat Hanh reveals how these ancient teachings can be applied to the modern world. Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing and embracing the nature of our feelings and perceptions. The quality of our lives, he says, depends on the quality of the seeds in our minds. Buddhism teaches us how to nourish the seeds of joy and transform the seeds of suffering so that our understanding, love, and compassion can flower....THICH NHAT HANH is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk whose lifelong efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He travels regularly, leading retreats on the art of mindful living. He lives in southwest France, where he teaches, writes, and gardens. He is author of Energy of Prayer, Being Peace, and many other books.
 

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This is a very deep book, and I cannot do it justice here. As always, Thich Nhat Hanh's style is clear and compassionate. If you seriously want to get a clue about nonduality, nonself and impermance, by all means savor this book. Read full review

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Contents

Store Consciousness
1
The Mind Is a Field
5
Every Kind of Seed
7
Nothing Is Lost
15
Transmission
19
Individual and Collective Seeds
28
The Quality of the Seeds
38
Habit Energies
44
Sense Consciousnesses
196
Waves upon the Water
197
Direct Perception
201
Mental Formations
207
The Nature of Reality
210
Subject and Object
212
Perceiver Perceived and Wholeness
224
Birth and Death
230

Fields of Perception
50
Ripening and Emancipation
59
The Five Universals
77
The Three Dharma Seals
82
Seeds and Formations
92
Indras Net
97
True and Not True
102
Great Mirror Wisdom
107
Manas
114
Seeds of Delusion
116
Mentation
121
The Mark of a Self
128
Discrimination
137
Companions of Manas
144
Shadow Follows Form
150
Release
153
Mind Consciousness
160
Sphere of Cognition
162
Perception
164
The Gardener
181
NonPerception
185
States of Mind
190
Continuous Manifestation
234
Consciousness
243
No Coming No Going
249
Causes
254
Conditions
256
True Mind
259
The Realm of Suchness
266
The Path of Practice
268
The Way to Practice
270
Flower and Garbage
283
Interbeing
287
Right View
291
Mindfulness
297
Transformation at the Base
305
The Present Moment
316
Sangha
327
Nothing to Attain
335
No Fear
341
The Sources of the Fifty Verses
345
Other Parallax Press Books By Thich Nhat Hanh
357
Back Cover Material
360
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Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam on October 11, 1926. He entered Tu Hieu Temple as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a movement called "engaged Buddhism", which combines traditional practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. For this, he was exiled by both the Communist and non-Communist governments and was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts to reconcile North and South Vietnam. He is a teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children's stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books include The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction to Buddhism, Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, and Living Buddha, Living Christ. He founded a retreat in France called Plum Village.

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