Being Peace is a classic of contemporary religious literature and an excellent introduction to the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh and to engaged Buddhism. Now in its fourteenth printing, with more than 150,000 copies in print, Being Peace continues to be our most widely-read book. Filled with practical suggestions on how to create a more peaceful world “right in the moment we are alive,” this newly revised, beautiful edition is the perfect starting point for those who are getting their first introduction to Buddhism as well as a must-have for those already engaged in the tradition.
The paperback edition contains a new introduction by Jack Kornfield. Illustrated by Mayumi Oda.
This book is a treasure. If you look deeply you will see in it the seeds of all Thich Nhat Hanh’s most important teachings, and the seeds of your awakenings as well. —Jack Kornfield, A Path With Heart
A glass of water in the desert for those interested in both Buddhism and the world. —San Francisco Chronicle
…a jewel of love and wisdom. —Small Press
For engaged spiritual seekers and social activists, this is it, the bible of engaged Buddhism. —Inquiring Mind
Being Peace is one of the most important books ever written. —Pilgrim’s Way
To read this book is to come into living contact with a remarkable teacher of peacemaking spirituality…Thich Nhat Hanh’s style breathes confidence in the ability of his readers to experience peace, not just long for it. —Pax Christi USA
Being Peace is a jewel of love and wisdom, a mirror reflecting our own happy Buddhahood…a recognition that will inspire everyone, regardless of previous religious persuasion, with the unexpected joy of smiling. —East West Journal
An exquisite mediation on being peace in order to make peace. A book for everyone concerned about the state of the world and the quality of our lives. — In Context
Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders, like the blue sky, the sunshine, the eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. They are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.
If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot share peace and happiness with others, even those we love, those who live under the same roof. If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.