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  1. 10.6 hrs • 4/26/2016 • Unabridged

    A groundbreaking exploration of the “science of enlightenment,” told through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), by Guardian science editor James Kingsland. In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India—400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece—a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment,” the foundation of Buddhism. Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha’s Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged—or more vital. Siddhartha’s Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

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    Siddhārtha’s Brain by James Kingsland

    Siddhārtha’s Brain

    10.6 hrs • 4/26/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.8 hrs • 12/31/2015 • Unabridged

    “The act of praying is not just an empty wish, because behind each prayer there is a practice of mindfulness and concentration.”—Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Energy of Prayer In this extraordinary celebration of spirituality, The Energy of Prayer demonstrates the relevance of prayer in our daily lives. Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how the energy of prayer and meditation allow us to reconnect with our higher selves while satisfying our basic need to connect with the world as a whole. With a generous spirit that acknowledges the many different types and functions of prayer, The Energy of Prayer provides a guide for deepening our spiritual practice through the use of prayer. Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the reader to several meditation methods that reenvision prayer as an open, inclusive, and accessible practice that helps create healthy lives through the power of awareness and intention. This book includes visualization and breathing exercises, as well as a rich sampling of prayers, chants, and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.

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    The Energy of Prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Energy of Prayer

    2.8 hrs • 12/31/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 4.2 hrs • 11/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teaching is that through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment and develop a sense of peace. Accessible to those new to Buddhist teachings as well as more experienced practitioners, Happiness is the only book that collects all practices adapted and developed by Thich Nhat Hanh in his more than sixty years as a Buddhist monk and teacher. With sections on Daily Practice, Relationships, Physical Practices, Mindful Eating, and Practicing with Children, Happiness is a comprehensive guide to living our daily lives with full awareness, whether we are working, eating, parenting, driving, walking, or simply sitting and breathing. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Enjoy your practice with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and receptive heart…Joy and happiness are available to you in the here and now.”

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    Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Happiness

    4.2 hrs • 11/30/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 4.2 hrs • 10/31/2015 • Unabridged

    Based on Dharma talks by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and insights from participants in retreats for healing the inner child, Reconciliation is an exciting contribution to the growing trend of using Buddhist practices to encourage mental health and wellness. Reconciliation focuses on the mindful awareness of our emotions and the healing of our relationships as well as meditations and exercises to acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us experienced as children. Hanh shows how anger, sadness, and fear can become joy and tranquility by learning to breathe with, explore, meditate, and speak about our strong emotions. Written for a wide audience and accessible to people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions, Reconciliation offers specific practices designed to bring healing and release for people suffering from childhood trauma.

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    Reconciliation by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Reconciliation

    4.2 hrs • 10/31/15 • Unabridged
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    17.7 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    Some twenty-five centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha’s teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age. After Buddhism, the culmination of four decades of study and practice in the Tibetan, Zen, and Theravāda traditions, is his attempt to set the record straight about who the Buddha was and what he was trying to teach. Combining critical readings of the earliest canonical texts with narrative accounts of five members of the Buddha’s inner circle, Batchelor depicts the Buddha as a pragmatic ethicist rather than a dogmatic metaphysician. He envisions Buddhism as a constantly evolving culture of awakening whose perpetual survival is due to its capacity to reinvent itself and interact creatively with each society it encounters. This original and provocative book presents a new framework for understanding the remarkable spread of Buddhism in today’s globalized world. It also reminds us of what was so startling about the Buddha’s vision of human flourishing.

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    After Buddhism by Stephen Batchelor

    After Buddhism

    17.7 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.9 hrs • 9/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Transform any space into a place of peace and calm with this inspiring guide from celebrated Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Designed for those new to mindfulness practices, Making Space offers easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a breathing room; listening to a bell; practicing sitting, breathing, and walking meditations; and cooking and eating. Whether you live alone or with a family, this beautifully written book can help you create a sense of retreat and sanctuary anywhere at home.

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    Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Making Space

    0.9 hrs • 9/30/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 1.2 hrs • 8/31/2015 • Unabridged

    In this modern classic, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh presents a clear, concise translation and commentary of the Heart Sutra—the world’s most popular piece of Buddhist scripture. Comprising only 632 Chinese characters, the Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. Despite its brevity, this powerful work covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and its influence is more profound and wide-reaching than any other text in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary is regarded as the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable available. He describes the sutra as “a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness,” offering subtle and profound teachings on nonduality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, thereby becoming open to all the wonders of our life.

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    The Heart of Understanding, Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Thich Nhat Hanh

    The Heart of Understanding, Twentieth Anniversary Edition

    Edited by Peter Levitt
    1.2 hrs • 8/31/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 2.9 hrs • 7/31/2015 • Unabridged

    An ideal starting point for those interested in Buddhism, Being Peace contains Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings on peace and meditation. Using real examples from his own life, as well as poems and fables, Nhat Hanh explains his key practices for living “right in the moment we are alive.” These lessons are taught with fine writing and sparkling phrases that draw the reader in and make Being Peace an audiobook that encourages multiple listenings. Still as timely as when it was first published over twenty-five years ago, Being Peace is a revelation for anyone concerned with the state of the world and the quality of life.

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    Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Being Peace

    2.9 hrs • 7/31/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 3.5 hrs • 5/12/2015 • Unabridged

    In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. A ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now. Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries, meditations, personal anecdotes, and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage readers to work for peace in the world as they continue to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the “mindless” into the mindful.

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    Peace Is Every Step  by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Peace Is Every Step

    Edited by Arnold Kotler
    Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    3.5 hrs • 5/12/15 • Unabridged
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  10. 3.3 hrs • 4/21/2015 • Unabridged

    The zen master and one of the world’s most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource—silence—to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace. Many people embark on a seemingly futile search for happiness, running as if there is somewhere else to get to when the world they live in is full of wonder. To be alive is a miracle. Beauty calls to us every day, yet we rarely are in the position to listen. To hear the call of beauty and respond to it, we need silence. Silence shows us how to find and maintain our equanimity amid the barrage of noise. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us on a path to cultivate calm even in the most chaotic places. This gift of silence doesn’t require hours upon hours of silent meditation or an existing practice of any kind. Through careful breathing and mindfulness techniques, he teaches us how to become truly present in the moment, to recognize the beauty surrounding us, and to find harmony. With mindfulness comes stillness and the silence we need to come back to ourselves and discover who we are and what we truly want—the keys to happiness and well-being.

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    Silence

    3.3 hrs • 4/21/15 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.3 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work. Narrated by Sean Runnette, this audio program presents readings of carefully chosen selections from Alan Watts’ classic bestseller, illuminated by rare recordings of the author personally commenting and elaborating on the key concepts and ideas of his seminal work, includingthe history of Zen,the principles and practice of Zen,the tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the Koan, andthe integration of Zen into every aspect of life. The Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism—a way of liberation—that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.

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    The Way of Zen

    7.3 hrs • 1/27/15 • Unabridged
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  12. 4.0 hrs • 1/27/2015 • Unabridged

    Alan W. Watts’ “message for an age of anxiety” is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published. We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future; too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our anxious efforts to ensure the next moment is as enjoyable. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Watts argues that it is only by acknowledging what we do not and cannot know, that we can find something truly worth knowing. In order to lead a fulfilling life, one must embrace the present—and live fully in the now. Elegantly reasoned and lucidly written, this philosophical achievement contains all the wisdom and spirit that distinguished Watts’ long career and resonates with us still.

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    The Wisdom of Insecurity

    4.0 hrs • 1/27/15 • Unabridged
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  13. 3.9 hrs • 8/21/2014 • Unabridged

    General interest in Buddhism has never been higher. The story and teachings of a man who lived 2,500 years ago have a special resonance for us today, perhaps because he taught a way of life that was not based on belief in a creator-god but rather on personal experience. “Test my words for yourself,” he said. But what lies behind those distinctive images of the Buddha, seated with unshakable poise, with eyes half-closed and a slight smile? How did Buddhism develop from the austere style which governed the life of the yellow-robed monks in ancient India to the more colorful, even magical expression of Tibet? And where does Zen fit in?  In The Middle Way, Jinananda, a Western-born Buddhist, divides the subject into the Three Jewels: the Buddha (a life of the historical figure), the Dharma (an account of the fundamental teachings), and the Sangha (the disciples, both lay and monastic throughout the world). With extracts from some of main sutras, Jinananda explains the key concepts that lie behind a system of thought and behavior which, like the universe itself, is continuously expanding.

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    The Middle Way

    3.9 hrs • 8/21/14 • Unabridged
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  14. 7.9 hrs • 4/8/2014 • Abridged

    An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard. Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.

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    The Snow Leopard

    Introduction by Pico Iyer
    7.9 hrs • 4/8/14 • Abridged
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  15. 2.3 hrs • 7/15/2012 • Unabridged

    In his travels around the country and the world, Zen Master and international bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh witnessed a growing unhappiness among the many people he encountered. He saw the hectic pace of our day-to-day lives taking a toll on our health and well-being. In response, the renowned teacher sat down to write Peace Is Every Breath, a book that makes the core teachings of Buddha accessible for everyone. In this jewel of a book, Thich Nhat Hanh does not suggest that we escape from reality and put our busy lives on hold. Far from it. Instead, he provides the insight and tools we need to incorporate the practice of mindfulness into our every waking moment. Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can transcend the mad rush of our days and discover within the here and now our own innate ability to experience inner peace and happiness. Offering personal anecdotes, meditations, and advice for mindfully connecting with our present experience, Thich Nhat Hanh guides us around potential pitfalls along the way. We do not need to escape reality to harness the joy and peace that is possible with every breath we take—the power of mindfulness can heal us from the suffering caused by the many stresses that surround us. Peace Is Every Breath is a timely book filled with timeless wisdom and practical advice and is destined to become a classic.

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    Peace Is Every Breath

    2.3 hrs • 7/15/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 3.0 hrs • 7/1/2005 • Abridged

    Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work, now available on CD Narrated by Ralph Blum, this audio program presents readings of carefully chosen selections from Alan Watts’s classic bestseller, illuminated by rare recordings of the author personally commenting and elaborating on the key concepts and ideas of his seminal work including:The history of ZenThe principles and practice of ZenThe tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the KoanThe integration of Zen into every aspect of life The Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism—a way of liberation—that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.

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    The Way of Zen

    3.0 hrs • 7/1/05 • Abridged
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