Friday, 24 August 2012

Book Reviw: Breath, You Are Alive

Genre:  Religion & Spirituality
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Those who were interested in Larry Rosenberg's book, "Breath by Breath," on the Anapanasati Sutra, may also be interested on Thich Nhat Hanh's book on the same subject. I thoroughly enjoyed this 20th anniversary reprint of this classic but I recognize that those who are not interested in Buddhism will have no interest in this book at all. as a sutra discourse this is not one of Thay's usual books.

"According to the Buddha’s teaching in the Anapanasati Sutra, maintaining awareness of our breathing is a means of awakening to the true nature of all things and arriving at spiritual liberation. Breathe, You Are Alive outlines 16 exercises of conscious breathing that were taught by the Buddha, together with commentaries and further exercises for practicing them every day and in any situation. Thich Nhat Hanh’s insights and explanation give the reader access to the profound nurturance available when we slow down and get in touch with our in-breath and out-breath. He walks the reader through the progression of exercises — from awareness of the physical plane, to the mental and spiritual planes — in a clear and concise manner that is easy to implement." (Amazon)
(Originally posted to Multiply September 27, 2008)

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