|Classic and essential, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching provides everything you need to study the dharma. The subtitle reads: “Transforming suffering into peace, joy and liberation.”
In the book, Thich Nhat Hanh explains the basic teachings in a clear and poetic style, covering the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path, before taking you through other essential Buddhist teachings, including:
Some of these subjects can get quite abstract, but Thich Nhat Hanh explains every point with such clarity and day-to-day relevance that it really brings the teachings down to earth. He then goes on to give sensitive guidance on how to practise the dharma and meditation.
Finally, there are three discourses to take you deeper: Turning the Wheel of the Dharma; The Great Forty; and Right View.
This book can be read straight through or used as reference if you need to check up on one of the specific areas of the dharma. But I would really recommend spending time with this book, study it closely and, most importantly, put the lessons into practise.
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