By Dang Nghiem

ISBN-10: 1937006956

ISBN-13: 9781937006952

Sooner than she turned a Buddhist nun within the culture of Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Dang Nghiem was once a physician. She'd traveled a long way in her forty three years. Born in the course of the Tet Offensive and a part of the amnesty for Amerasian young children of the past due Seventies, Dang Nghiem arrived during this nation nearly penniless and without domestic. She lived with 3 foster households, yet graduated highschool with honors, earned undergraduate levels, and have become a physician. while the fellow she suggestion she'd spend her existence with unexpectedly drowned, Sister Dang Nghiem left drugs and joined the monastic group of Thich Nhat Hanh.
It is from this vantage element that Dang Nghiem writes approximately her trip of therapeutic. Devastated through the analysis and indicators of Lyme, she discovered that she was once additionally reliving a few of the unresolved traumas from prior in her existence. She utilized either her clinical wisdom and her complex realizing and perform of mindfulness to therapeutic. via meditation she ultimately got here to appreciate what it capability to “master" suffering.
In Mindfulness as medication Sister Dang Nghiem leads readers via her profound trip of therapeutic and stocks step by step instructions for the innovations she used to include and rework her suffering.
“Suffering might be remodeled and cured at its roots...Suffering is an artwork that may be discovered and mastered...We don't have to run clear of it anymore...The paintings of affliction can result in deep appreciation for all times in addition to profound peace, pleasure, and love for ourselves and different beings."—Sister Dang Nghiem

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Now you have to keep track of what you said, and to whom, and how the story should progress, and so on. There's no end. Waking up suddenly becomes more difficult. A second factor of right speech is not speaking crudely or rudely. Such speech is unnecessary, undignified, and disturbing. Other aspects of right speech include not speaking ill of others and refraining from gossip and idle talk. Obviously, wallowing in triviality, slander, or fantasy is not conducive to waking up. The fourth aspect of the eightfold path is right action.

Real moral responsibility lies in being awake in each moment. This necessarily leaves hard and fast rules behind. For example, suppose you're harboring a family of Jews in your attic when two Gestapo officers come to your door. They ask you the whereabouts of the family. Do you say they're in your attic? In these circumstances, the wisest and most compassionate course of action will very likely be to lie. " On the other hand, if you're not bound by a rule, you can tell the Gestapo the family has gone to Ontario to visit relatives.

I've never set foot in Norway. " Buddhism Plain and Simple Nowadays, when people learn that I'm an ordained Buddhist priest, they often have some idea about who I must be-even when they have scant knowledge of Buddhism. For example, people often assume I'm a strict vegetarian. And while I never cook and eat meat at home, I have no problem if I'm served meat as a guest. (The Buddha would eat meat if it was served to him. ) Sometimes people tell me "I'm a Buddhist, too," and wait for me to rejoice in that.

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