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Title:
Is nothing something? : kids' questions and zen answers about life, death, family, friendship, and everything in between
Author:
Nhất Hạnh, Thích, author.
Publication Information:
Berkeley : Plum Blossom Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, "What is important in life?" and "Why is my brother mean to me?" and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as "How do I know if I really love somebody?", "How long am I going to live?", and "What does God look like?", each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has the first complete children's biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own"--
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781937006655
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Book

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Audubon Library BQ9800.T5392 N45453 2014 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

Summary

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, "What is important in life?" and "Why is my brother mean to me?" and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as "How do I know if I really love somebody?", "How long am I going to live?", and "What does God look like?", each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has the first complete children's biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with basic, kid-friendly instructions for mindful breathing and mindful walking. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own.


Author Notes

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)


Excerpts

Excerpts

How does it feel when you are dead? I don't believe that we die. I believe that each of us just change form, the way a cloud becomes rain, then becomes a puddle. We don't say the cloud is "dead." It just transforms. So I think if you have a feeling when you are a cloud, and there will be feeling when you become the rain. There is feeling when we have this body, and there will be feelings after we take up other bodies, but we don't know what they are yet. If there's no such thing as death, then why is it wrong to kill? Killing is wrong because the desire to kill comes ignorance, anger, and wrong perceptions. The willingness to kill does not have intelligence or compassion in it. it does not have intelligence, wisdom; it has a lot of violence and suffering. Killing is also wrong because it brings about a lot of suffering, not only to the person who died, their loved ones, but to the one who commits the violence as well. Suppose you want to kill a cloud. A cloud can't be killed, it can only become rain or snow. That desire to hurt someone or something else only takes away your time and your own happiness. Your attempt to hurt someone else will only lead to your suffering. Why do people have wars? People fight each other because they haven't taken the time to transform their anger, violence, and misunderstanding in themselves. They want or need more money and resources and they have the wrong idea that they can get more of what they need or want by hurting others. Excerpted from Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers about Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thich Nhat Hanh All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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