Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review: Path of Compassion

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh brings his intelligence and gentleness to the telling of the story of Siddhartha awakening into the Buddha in his book, Path Of Compassion. He presents the Buddha’s life from the awareness that The Awakened One was a human who realized his true nature through his own exploration, a journey that was guided from within and without. While telling the Buddha’s life in the light of a man already endowed with an inner awareness that led and informed him,  Thich Nhat Hanh allows us to appreciate our own inner qualities and yearnings that lead us, and shows us how life presents to us that which moves us forward. From this very personal perspective of storytelling, The Path Of Compassion introduces the teachings and practices of Buddhism in a softer and more natural light, which gives them a more understandable and approachable place in our own lives. It opens the door wide for us to honor our own journey of discovery of who we are as the One Consciousness, not separate from, but interconnected to this story of awakening.

Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.

Path of Compassion is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.

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