I adore books that can live alongside me, that I can savor in small pieces across long periods of time, that calm and restore me and make me think about who I truly want to be. From the press founded by renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, this treasure of a collection collects the thoughts and writings from a powerful grouping of Buddhist practitioners and peace activists does exactly that. Each essay focuses on the idea of Engaged Buddhism—how we actively practice Buddhism to promote healing and peace in the world—and its many applications: in how we savor our individuality, in how we think about war, in how we treat each other. Even if you don't consider yourself a Buddhist, you'll be inspired by the intentions and compassion coursing through each of these writers and their pieces.
Thich Nhat Hanh, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, bell hooks, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, Maha Ghosananda, Charles Johnson, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Matthieu Ricard, and many others are featured alongside each other in this foundational trove of Buddhist essays, poems, and teachings.
Now a modern classic, True Peace Work is the premier collection of writings on the practice of Engaged Buddhism, a term that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh coined in the 1960s as part of his peace work in Vietnam that has grown to become a worldwide movement. The topics covered here are especially relevant in today's world: from creating nonviolent social change, to raising climate awareness, to simply learning how to walk (and enjoy it). This is not purely an activist's manual, however. True Peace Work is a spiritual bedrock that is as timeless as it is timely, one that insists on the connection between peace in oneself and peace in the world.
Originally published in 1996 as Engaged Buddhist Reader, this revised edition has been expanded for our current time with a new introduction and additional contributors.
About the Author
Parallax Press is a nonprofit publisher founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose mission is to publish books and media on the art of mindful living and Engaged Buddhism. Parallax is based in Berkeley, California.