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πŸ“š Zen, The Art of Simple Living – by Shunmyo Masuno

To be embarrassingly honest, I was attracted to this book by the picture on the cover. It’s the feeling of simplicity combined with beauty that really did it for me. It made me feel like I could breathe.

Zen, in this case, means the teaching of the Zen masters as expressed through Japanese spirituality. There is the appreciation of simplicity and beauty, and the performing of actions in a way that mirrors the qualities we are trying to cultivate.

Try not to be swayed by the values of others, not to be troubled by unnecessary concerns, but to live an infinitely simple life, stripped of wasteful things. That is ‘Zen style’.

Shunmyo Masuno

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πŸ“š Happiness – by Thich Nhat Hanh

I think this is Thich Nhat Hanh’s best book. It’s a great place to start practicing mindfulness according to his teaching.

“All these practices have the same basic purpose: to bring our minds back to our bodies, to produce our true presence, and to become fully alive so that everything happens in the light of mindfulness.”

Happiness – by Thich Nhat Hanh

The book is short and to the point, but it’s rich with practice tips. It gives a real flavour of the style of practice and what you can expect to get out of it.

“We can recognize that we have a treasure of enlightenment, understanding, love, and joy inside us. It’s time to go back to receive our inheritance. These practices can help us claim it.”

Happiness – by Thich Nhat Hanh

After explaining how to practice as an individual, he covers the group or sangha practices of the Plum Village tradition that he has created.

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