Love might not be what we think it is. We all seek the happiness that comes from loving and being loved, yet we often find ourselves dissatisfied in our relationships and unable to grasp the cause. Thich Nhat Hanh here shows the way to overcome our recurrent obstacles to love—by learning to be mindful, open, and present with ourselves and others. As he explains, “training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love.”
This quintessential guide to loving also introduces the four key aspects of love described in the Buddhist tradition—loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom—and describes many simple and direct ways in which we can practice authentic love in our everyday lives.
About the Author
A Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is an internationally known author, poet, scholar, and peace activist, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ; Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames; Peace Is Every Step; and The Miracle of Mindfulness. He has founded monastic communities in France, Vermont, and California and teaches actively around the world.
Praise for True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart…
"Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama."—New York Times
"A simplicity and directness that brings true love within reach."—Dragonfly Review
"Recommended reading for anyone who loves."—Ascent Magazine
"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."—the Dalai Lama