You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

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9781590307274: You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment

In our daily lives we are often lost in thought—we lose ourselves in our plans, in our anger, in our worries. Here, Thich Nhat Hanh presents Buddhist techniques we can use to cut through the mental busyness and anxiety of daily life in order to discover the clear happiness that comes from living in the present moment.

Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, this audiobook offers a treasury of simple, effective practices for cultivating mindfulness— You Are Here also offers guidance on healing emotional pain and manifesting real love and compassion in our relationships with others.

You Are Here has been translated from the French by Sherab Chödzin Kohn and edited by Melvin McLeod.

3 CDs; 3 hours 45 minutes; unabridged.

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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 is the leader of monastic communities in New York, California, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Vietnam, and his teachings inspire several hundred local groups of lay practitioners across the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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The heart of Buddhist practice is to generate our own presence in such a way that we can touch deeply the life that is here and available in every moment. We have to be here for ourselves, we have to be here for the people we love, we have to be here for life with all its wonders. The message of our Buddhist practice is simple and clear: “I am here for you.”
In our daily life, we are often lost in thoughts. We get lost in regrets about the past and fears about the future. We get lost in our plans, our anger, and our anxiety. At such moments, we cannot really be here for ourselves. We are not really here for life.
Practice makes it possible for us to be free—to rid ourselves of these obstacles and establish ourselves firmly in the present moment. Practice gives us methods we can use to help us be here in the present moment. Practice makes it possible for us to say “I am here for you.”
The Buddha said, “The past no longer exists, and the future is not here yet.” There is only a single moment in which we can truly be alive, and that is the present moment. Being present in the here and now is our practice.

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