Among many books….

There are many wonderful resources for learning about the practice of mindfulness and meditation in our tradition. You may want to explore the Mindfulness Practice section of the website for Deer Park Monastery to begin. You may also want to subscribe to the Mindfulness Bell at http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/index.php

If you are looking for specific books you may want to consider materials from Parallax Press – the publisher for the Plum Village Sangha and the source of the descriptions below. Bethan recommends the following and we would like to invite other Sangha members to let us know about books you have found particularly nourishing.

The Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh “The Miracle of Mindfulness is universally recognized as one of the classic introductory manuals on meditation, concentration, and relaxation. It is at once practical and inspirational. Originally written as a long letter to a friend, The Miracle of Mindfulness retains an intimate, personal tone.”

Learning True Love
Sister Chan Khong “A testament to the power of tenacity and faith, Learning True Love is also an introduction to the life and mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and an overview of the development of the European and American peace and human rights movement.”

Essential Writings
Thich Nhat Hanh “Drawn from more than twenty of his books, these are the essential writings of one of the most beloved and influential spiritual figures of our day.” (Richard Baker) There is an Introduction by Sister Annabel Laity.

Chanting from the Heart
“The only comprehensive Buddhist chanting book, Chanting From the Heart is a perfect resource for everyday practice, weddings, funerals, and other special ceremonies. Drawn from traditional and ceremonial texts used at Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s, retreat center in France, and originally released as Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book, this new paper back edition has been completely revised and updated with some of the Budhha’s most fundamental teachings. Sheet music for many of the songs is included.”

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
“Thich Nhat Hanh brings his gifts of clarity and poetry to an explication of the basic teachings of Buddhism–the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. These teachings are the time-tested means to transform our suffering into mindfulness and joy. Original and very accessible, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a profound introduction to the practice and insights of Buddhism.”

Together We Are One : Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection by Thich Nhat Hanh.