The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

"Power is sweet for something merely: to extend our happiness and the happiness of others. Being peaceable and satisfied is crucial factor in our lives and but more often than not we endure, we run after our cravings, we glance to the previous or the long run for our happiness."

Turning our traditional realizing of energy on its head, world-renowned Zen grasp, religious chief, and nationwide bestselling writer Thich Nhat Hanh unearths how precise energy comes from inside. What we search, we have already got. even if we'd like it or no longer, energy is still one of many primary concerns in all of our lives. each day, each one folks routines energy in lots of methods, and our each act subtly impacts the realm we are living in. This fight for regulate and authority permeates each element of our deepest and public lives, fighting us from reaching precise happiness. The me-first mentality in our tradition seeps not noted into our judgements and offerings. Our bottom-line method of getting forward can be so much obvious within the company global, however the tension, worry, and anxiousness it motives are being felt via humans in all walks of life.

With colourful anecdotes, designated language, and urban practices, Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how the present figuring out of strength leads us on a endless look for exterior markers like activity identify or wage. The artwork of Power boldly demanding situations our assumptions and teaches every one people how one can entry the real strength that's inside our take hold of.

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1 Piety with regard to the dead: to do everything for what does not exist. The suffering caused by the death of others is due to this pain of a void and of lost equilibrium. Efforts henceforward follow without an object and therefore without a reward. If the imagination makes good this void—debasement. ’ And as to our own death, is it not the same? The object and the reward are in the future. Deprivation of the future—void, loss of equilibrium. That is why ‘to philosophise is to learn to die’. That is why ‘to pray is like a death’.

To conceive of them and feel them as conducive to spiritual well-being (for example: hunger, fatigue and humiliation cloud the mind and hinder meditation) and yet to renounce them. detachment Only the second kind of renunciation means nakedness of spirit. Furthermore, material goods would scarcely be dangerous if they were seen in isolation and not bound up with spiritual advantage. We must give up everything which is not grace and not even desire grace. The extinction of desire (Buddhism)—or detachment—or amor fati—or desire for the absolute good—these all amount to the same: to empty desire, finality of all content, to desire in the void, to desire without any wishes.

To know this is forgiveness. 9 TO ACCEPT THE VOID ‘Tradition teaches us as touching the gods and experience shows us as regards men that, by a necessity of nature, every being invariably exercises all the power of which it is capable’ (Thucydides). Like a gas, the soul tends to fill the entire space which is given it. A gas which contracted leaving a vacuum—this would be contrary to the law of entropy. It is not so with the God of the Christians. He is a supernatural God, whereas Jehovah is a natural God.

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