One long listening: a memoir of grief, friendship, and spiritual care

**** excellent Chen0king Tan. 2023. North Atlantic Books A poetic and introspective memoir of a Chinese American hospital chaplain’s experiences in an oncology ward and stay in a Buddhist Monastery in Thailand to learn about meditation and giving spiritual care.

Places that scare you

By Pema Chodron. Shambala publications. 2001. 209 pages. A guide to fearlessness in difficult times. Discusses the Buddhist concept of boddhichitta, the ability to feel pain with others. Describes the practices to increase boddhichitta: accepting egolessness, impermanence and suffering sitting meditation, slogans, four limitless qualities chant, loving-kindness (maitri), tonglen, the five strengths, the sun bodhisattvaContinue reading “Places that scare you”

Peace in every step

By Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam books. 1991 ***** Excellent This Buddhist clasicis a guidebook for peace, both in oneself and the world. Thich Nhat Hahn begins by teaching mindful breathing and being aware of the acts of our daily life, such as washing the dishes and making our beds, then show the relation between innerContinue reading “Peace in every step”

Awakening loving-kindness

By Pema Chodron. Shambala publications. 1996. 172 pages ***** excellent This Buddhist classic consist of talks at a one month retreat in the spring of 1989. They were intended to inspire the participants to train wholeheartedly awake to everything that occurred and to use the abundance of daily as a primary guide and teaching. ThisContinue reading “Awakening loving-kindness”

How to Focus

By Thich Nhat Hahn. Parallax Press. 2022 This classic of Buddhist literature discusses developing mindfulness. In the state of mindful concentration, you keep your focus steady, even and intent. When mindfulness and concentration are powerful, we can make a breakthrough and get an insight. Discusses five universal formations, the three Dharma seals and the sixteenContinue reading “How to Focus”