Calming the Fearful Mind

Many of us claim to be disciples of the Buddha, of Jesus Christ, of Mohammed, but we don’t listen to their teachings. Hatred cannot overcome hatred. Violence cannot overcome violence. The Bible, the Koran, the Torah, and the Sutras teach us that. But we don’t always believe in our spiritual path. We must think that our spiritual teachings are not realistic, because we have put so much faith in military and financial power. We think that money and weapons can make us strong. But our country has a lot of weapons and a lot of money and we are still very afraid and insecure. –Thich Nhat Hanh.

That quote comes from a new book I’m reading, “Calming the Fearful Mind: A Zen Response to Terrorism.” I first saw the book upon recently visiting Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Meditation Center website. I recommend this book for everyone, but especially high school seniors and college students. It’s a very practical book. Recently I have discovered that we can listen to some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks on Google Video. Peace.

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