The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh

By Thich Nhat Hanh

"Power is sweet for something simply: to extend our happiness and the happiness of others. Being peaceable and satisfied is crucial factor in our lives and but as a rule we endure, we run after our cravings, we glance to the previous or the long run for our happiness."

Turning our traditional knowing of strength on its head, world-renowned Zen grasp, non secular chief, and nationwide bestselling writer Thich Nhat Hanh unearths how precise strength comes from inside of. What we search, we have already got. even if we need it or now not, energy is still one of many primary matters in all of our lives. on a daily basis, every one folks routines strength in lots of methods, and our each act subtly impacts the realm we are living in. This fight for regulate and authority permeates each element of our deepest and public lives, fighting us from achieving real happiness. The me-first mentality in our tradition seeps left out into our judgements and offerings. Our bottom-line method of getting forward should be such a lot seen within the enterprise global, however the pressure, worry, and anxiousness it reasons are being felt by way of humans in all walks of life.

With colourful anecdotes, particular language, and urban practices, Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how the present figuring out of energy leads us on a endless look for exterior markers like activity name or wage. The paintings of Power boldly demanding situations our assumptions and teaches each one folks how one can entry the genuine energy that's inside of our seize.

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Nyozen’s lay name was Takihime (or Takino according to the account in the Buked¯i o¯shinshu¯ – Imai), and she had been of the household of O [ 60 ] J I Z O¯ STANDS UP Toshiharu, a retainer of the Uesugi family. She trained under Geno¯, the founder of Kaizo¯ji temple, and in 1313 she grasped the essence of Zen, presenting this poem to her teacher: The bottom fell out of the bucket of that woman of humble birth; The pale moon of dawn is caught in the rain-puddles  (1) What does the poem about the water from the waterpipe caught in the bucket really mean?

Ichinyo (Miyata Chu¯yu¯), Ryu¯mon (Hirata Yasumaru) and others examined the records of Zen at the palace; Mumon ¯ i Kiyomichi), Rakuzan (Suzuki Yoshitaka) and others took (O the documents on sho¯gun Zen; Ryo¯zen (Ishii Tokihisa), Katei (Yamada Toshiaki) and others studied warrior Zen; Daian and Kido¯ worked solely on Kamakura Zen. But many of them had official duties and little time for the research, and if they were sent abroad it had to be set aside. Moreover those officials in the ministries of Education and the Army who had given support round about 1878, were completely occupied with their political responsibilities when the Satsuma rebellion broke out, and had no opportunity for anything else.

What would you be wanting with a word or half a word? The old master Daikaku went deep into the forest and put one word down there, and now the whole Zen world is tearing itself to pieces on the thorns, trying to find it. If the reverend Ryo¯-A before me wishes to grasp that one word, then without opening the mouth, do you recite the su¯tra of noword. If you fail in your awareness of the no-word, you will at once lose the one word. Displayed, the one word is [ 54 ] DAIKAKU’S ONE-ROBE ZEN set above the thirty-three heavens; buried, it is at the bottom of the eighth great hell.

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