Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise

HarperOne. 2015. 208p. ISBN 9780062224699. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062224712. REL
This offering is the latest from popular and beloved Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and writer Hanh (Peace Is Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness). Here he acknowledges the buzz of noise, internal and external, that fills our lives, interfering with mindfulness and insight. He offers numerous techniques and meditations that aim to cultivate silence and stillness, even in the most chaotic settings. This silence, he says, will help seekers to hear the "true sounds" that come from the Bodhisattva (one who is on the path to enlightenment) trait of deep listening, bringing personal freedom and truer connection with others.
VERDICT While not intended to be a reader's first guide to Buddhism, Hanh's newest title is a graceful contribution to contemporary Buddhist literature and one of the author's finest works.
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