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April 2023



The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Four Stars

Best for:
Those interested in learning more about Buddhism.

In a nutshell:
Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh shares an overview of some of the basic tenets of Buddhism.

Worth quoting:
I underlined and starred so, so much.

Why I chose it:
I’ve read some very basic writings on Buddhism many years ago; I’m not more interested in learning more to see if it is a spiritual path I’d like to learn more about.

What it left me feeling:

I tend to think of Buddhists as people who take things in stride, so it was kind of funny to me that the program I use to write my book reviews kept throwing up error messages when I was trying to write this review. Lessons are available everywhere!

The first half of the book focuses on two major Buddhism teachings – The Four Noble Truths and The Nobel Eightfold Path. The second half looks at a variety of other Buddhist teachings in slightly less detail.

I appreciate Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing style. He takes concepts that are a bit challenging and provides analogies and examples that makes things a bit easier to digest. At the same time, I am definitely still a bit confused about … a lot. It’s clear I need to visit an actual Buddhism center and speak with others and learn from others outside of a book, but I think this book was a good place to start.

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