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No death, no fear : comforting wisdom for life
Nhất Hạnh, Thích.
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New York: Riverhead Books, [2002]

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xii, 194 pages ; 22 cm
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BQ4302 .N43 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Our biggest fear," says poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "is that we will become nothing when we die. If we think that we cease to exist when we die, we have not looked very deeply at ourselves." It is possible to live every day without being afraid of what will happen when we die. Through a close examination of who we are, how we exist, and how we live, we can conquer our fears to live a freer and happier life. Through stories and lucid teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh brings peace of mind to a difficult subject and shows us how to live a happier life, free of fear.

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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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Zen master Nhat Hanh turns his hard-earned wisdom as a survivor of war, persecution, and exile to the age-old dilemma of what happens when one dies. If the greatest fear is, as he suggests, that one becomes nothing, then how is one to live with this threat of complete annihilation? Using Buddhist parables and anecdotes, Nhat Hanh offers an alternative perspective. Buddhists see birth and death as mere concepts, not manifestations of reality. When someone dies, they are still with us, just in a different form. In this view, a continuation, a connection between people and nature persists because time is understood as being circular: nothing begins; nothing ends; it just is. Nhat Hanh's beliefs are certainly not for everyone, especially those who definitely feel most comfortable within the set rules and established doctrines of the Western traditions. Others may find his perspective on the ultimate mystery of the human condition refreshing, especially when it is expressed as calmly and matter-of-factly as Nhat Hanh expresses it. --June Sawyers

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
1 Where Do We Come From? Where Do We Go?p. 1
2 The Real Fearp. 17
3 The Practice of Looking Deeplyp. 37
4 Transforming Grief and Fearp. 57
5 New Beginningsp. 91
6 The Address of Happinessp. 103
7 Continuing Manifestationsp. 119
8 Fear, Acceptance and Forgiveness: The Practice of Touching the Earthp. 133
9 Accompanying the Dyingp. 173