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For a Future to Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings

For a Future to Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Five Mindfulness Trainings — protecting life, acting with generosity, behaving responsibly in sexual relationships, speaking and listening deeply and mindfully, and avoiding substance abuse - are the basic statement of ethics and morality in Buddhism.

In For a Future to be Possible, Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and fourteen prominent co-authors discuss these Five Mindfulness Trainings and offer insights and challenges for how they might play an important role in our personal lives and in society.


Reader ReviewsExcellent guide to implement precepts into daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh has updated the traditional Buddhist precepts in this book. His version goes beyond "do not kill," for example, to be mindful of that we might be killing inadvertently. He makes us aware of the broadness of the precepts and thus encourages us to be more mindful. If we are not mindful, we break the precepts. Therefore, he calls them Mindfulness Trainings. Thay's approach Reader Reviewsframes the precepts in a way that is helpful in our daily life. He makes them relevant. -- "rabe2" (Chicago, IL USA)

Reader ReviewsIn a world of deceit, excess, killing, lying and stealing, the present moment works with faith FOR A FUTURE TO BE POSSIBLE by enlightenment from the Buddha, the practice of love and understanding, and ever bigger and greater numbers of communities seeking wisdom, harmony and awareness. Art and meditation send energy into cell nutrition and nervous system health. Mindfulness teaches respect for all life, generosity, responsibility, careful speech and healthy diet for concentration and insight.

Nobel Prize winner Thich Nhat Hanh's book is a beautifully reader-friendly steppingstone to THE GOOD HEART by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Reader ReviewsAWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART by Lama Surya Das, and LOVINGKINDNESS by Sharon Salzberg. -- A reader



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ruleIt is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” -- Bertrand Russell
Author Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher Parallax Press
Published Sept 2005
Pages 282
ISBN 1888375078
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Buddhist monk, peace activist, scholar, and poet.

He is the founder of the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne, and now lives in southern France, where he gardens, works to help those in need, and travels internationally teaching "the art of mindful living.''

Martin Luther King, Jr., nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, saying, "I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle monk from Vietnam.''