No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering
Thich Nhat Hanh
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The secret to happiness is to acknowledge and transform suffering, not to run away from it. In No Mud, No Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration transforming suffering and finding true joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh acknowledges that because suffering can feel so bad, we try to run away from it or cover it up by consuming. We find something to eat or turn on the television. But unless we’re able to face our suffering, we can’t be present and available to life, and happiness will continue to elude us.
Nhat Hanh shares how the practices of stopping, mindful breathing, and deep concentration can generate the energy of mindfulness within our daily lives. With that energy, we can embrace pain and calm it down, instantly bringing a measure of freedom and a clearer mind.
No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it. "When we know how to suffer," Nhat Hanh says, "we suffer much, much less." With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us recognize the wonders inside us and around us that we tend to take for granted and teaches us the art of happiness.
statues of me and they stick all their money on my body. When they celebrate my birthday, they put my statue up on top of a car and they drive mindlessly through the city while my body rocks from side to side. I didn’t ever want to be riding on a car. So don’t think that being Buddha is lucky. Do you want to exchange places?” Ananda was terrified that Mara would agree, but luckily, he didn’t. Then the Buddha said, “Mara, you do your job. Do your job the best you can. I’ll do my job. Nothing is
all the items in the store. We only needed a few nails for a project, and we agreed with each other in advance that we wouldn’t buy anything else. We spent over an hour in the store, learning about the origin and the effect of each item sold and not buying anything but a handful of nails. We did that as a special group activity. You don’t have to spend an hour every time you want to buy one item; but you can feel much happier when you know the things in your home are not infused with the pain of
comfort you, you may have the impulse to respond, “Suffer? Why should I suffer?” But that’s not true; you suffer deeply. If she tries to come close and put her hand on your shoulder, you may want to say, “Leave me alone.” Many of us commit this kind of mistake. The practice of the fourth mantra is the opposite. You have to recognize that you suffer. “Darling, I suffer. I want you to know it. Please help.” In fact the formula is really a little bit longer: “Darling, I suffer. I don’t understand
anxiety, craving, greed, and ignorance are the great afflictions of our time. By practicing mindful living, we are able to deal with them, and our love is translated into effective action. This is a love meditation adapted from the Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification) by Buddhaghosa, a fifth-century CE systematization of the Buddha’s teachings. To practice this love meditation, sit still, calm your body and your breathing, and recite it to yourself. The sitting position is wonderful for
that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness. the fifth mindfulness training: nourishment and healing Aware of the