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Understanding Our Mind : Fifty Verses on Buddhist Psychology - Thich Nhat Hanh

Understanding Our Mind

Fifty Verses on Buddhist Psychology

Paperback Published: 15th February 2006
ISBN: 9781888375305
Number Of Pages: 250

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A finalist for the 2001 Nautilus Award, Understanding Our Mind, is Thich Nhat Hanh's profound look at Buddhist psychology with insights into how these ancient teachings apply to the modern world.

Based on the fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognising, embracing, and looking deeply into the nature of our feelings and perceptions. Presenting the basic teachings of Buddhist applied psychology, Understanding Our Mind shows us how our mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted:seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, and peace.

The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds in our mind. If we know how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, then understanding, love, and compassion will flower. Vietnamese Zen Master Thuong Chieu said, "When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy."

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Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living.

Introductionp. 9
Welcomep. 11
Fifty Verses on the Nature of Consciousnessp. 13
Commentaries
Store Consciousnessp. 23
The Mind Is a Fieldp. 25
Every Kind of Seedp. 26
Nothing Is Lostp. 31
Transmissionp. 34
Individual and Collective Seedsp. 39
The Quality of the Seedsp. 45
Habit Energiesp. 49
Fields of Perceptionp. 53
Ripening and Emancipationp. 58
The Five Universalsp. 69
The Three Dharma Sealsp. 72
Seeds and Formationsp. 78
Indra's Netp. 81
True and Not Truep. 84
Great Mirror Wisdomp. 87
Manasp. 91
Seeds of Delusionp. 93
Mentationp. 96
The Mark of a Selfp. 100
Discriminationp. 105
Companions of Manasp. 109
Shadow Follows Formp. 113
Releasep. 115
Mind Consciousnessp. 121
Sphere of Cognitionp. 123
Perceptionp. 125
The Gardenerp. 135
Non-Perceptionp. 138
States of Mindp. 141
Sense Consciousnessesp. 145
Waves upon the Waterp. 147
Direct Perceptionp. 150
Mental Formationsp. 154
The Nature of Realityp. 157
Subject and Objectp. 159
Perceiver, Perceived, and Wholenessp. 166
Birth and Deathp. 170
Continuous Manifestationp. 173
Consciousnessp. 179
No Coming, No Goingp. 183
Causesp. 186
Conditionsp. 188
True Mindp. 190
The Realm of Suchnessp. 195
The Path of Practicep. 197
The Way to Practicep. 199
Flower and Garbagep. 207
Interbeingp. 210
Right Viewp. 213
Mindfulnessp. 217
Transformation at the Basep. 222
The Present Momentp. 229
Sanghap. 236
Nothing to Attainp. 241
No Fearp. 245
Afterword: The Sources of the Fifty Versesp. 247
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ISBN: 9781888375305
ISBN-10: 1888375302
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 15th February 2006
Publisher: Parallax Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.4

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Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist.

He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness. Thích Nhat Hanh lives in the Plum Village meditation center in southwest France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.

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