Together We Are One offers Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest thinking on what Buddhism and mindfulness practice can teach us about healing individual and collective suffering. Personal stories from people of many colors, backgrounds, and experiences make this an inspirational and practical guide.
With chapters focusing on honoring our ancestors and finding our true identity, Nhat Hanh demonstrates how our different ethnic and cultural backgrounds offer rich resources for creating a sense of wholeness and connection among us. He also shares his own story as an exile and an immigrant and offers thoughtful responses to world events, including the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King and the election of Barack Obama. .
Together We Are One includes teachings on mindful walking and eating, deep looking, and “Touching the Earth” for our ancestors, as well as resources for people of all colors who are interested discovering their spiritual path, finding balance, and making deep connections across differences.
Civilization Means Openness, Tolerance
If you have only one way of thinking, one way of behaving, you are confined to the limits of your culture. With your habitual way of thinking, you imprison yourself, and you cannot understand the suffering, the difficulties, the dreams of people of other races or other nationalities.. You have a view about freedom, about happiness, about the future, and you want to force that view upon other cultures, other nations, other groups of people, and you create suffering for them. You think that everybody has to follow a certain economic model, a certain way of thinking, and only then are they civilized people. When you think in this way, you have tied yourself up with a rope, and you cause danger and suffering for yourself and others.