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    “In our busy society, it is a great fortune to breathe consciously from time to time”, Thich Nhat Hanh, having the time to relax and concentrate on the present time has eluded society and the depth of spirituality has become diluted as people’s wants are not positive.I am exercising the act of walking meditation, from this, I wish to gain insight on how to not think at every possible moment just as Hahn explains in the excerpt, “Thinking Less” and gain a deeper sense of spirituality as Rolheiser states in the excerpt on defining spirituality. Hanh believes mindfulness is the key to a solid spirituality. Rolheiser states, “spirituality is what you do with desire,” meaning one would collect their emotions and surroundings and directed…

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    Understanding the Heart Sutra is one of the more difficult readings to grasp because the ideas behind the words are not so easy to understand as is. The extrapolation Thich Nhat Hanh presents about this sutra breaks down each idea and expands every thought. Questions contemplating emptiness, oneness, being, and life are explained into depth to help non-Buddhists understanding of the being one with all that surrounds us. It is a prevalent theme throughout the commentary (and Buddhism) that…

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    Thích Nhất Hạnh was born in 1926 in central Vietnam. He was born with the name of Nguyen Xuan Bao. When he was 16, he decided to enter a Zen Buddhist Monastery, changing his name to Thích Nhất Hạnh. He began practicing medication and later founded a voluntary organization named School of Youth for Social Services. This school went around to different areas of Vietnam to help provide necessities like education, health care and improvements on infrastructure. Later, in 1960, he moved to the United…

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    As she gives information of the importance of educators living in the present with their students, the present is stacked to the point where there is no balance—a happy medium— between the present and reality of the future. Yes, “only the present is real and available to us,” (Conklin, 2010, p. 61) but the future is inevitable and fate based. The future is an accumulation of what happens in the present. Between present and future, the latter is progressive; therefore, it is reasonable to…

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    The Sun My Heart Analysis

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    The Sun My Heart: A further analysis of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Environmental Perspectives Within Thich Nhat Hanh’s text, The Sun My Heart, he gives an extraordinary perspective upon his own personal experiences as well as using contemporary science and philosophy to help others receive a greater acknowledgment within our daily reality. His story takes place within his monastery in Plum Village. Here he illuminates how everyday events can lead to a greater insight within. Within his text, he begins…

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    psychology”, but there are several aspects of his argument that are worth discussing. First of all, it seems that Haidt needs to flesh out more what he means by “hive” and the importance of size. Does he mean that the more people who share our vital engagement, the more meaningful our lives are? Then it is arbitrary and even ridiculous why riding with forty-nine other equestrians is less meaningful than riding with fifty other equestrians. Rather than arguing that size and meaningfulness are…

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    viciousness/violence. As the above quote explains, a person should not pull another so low that the other person develops a spark of hatred in his/her heart. This hatred causes humanity to disintegrate into abyss. Man loses control of himself and performs deadly acts unconsciously and unintentionally. This behavior is unacceptable and drags one towards isolation. We have made hatred one of the most common aspects of our lives and the consequences can be witnessed by every living being. The…

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    and biases. The meeting lasted approximately an hour and a half and took place in an old house located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The first five minutes were spent on introductions. Of the nine people present, one was the leader, four were regular attendees, two were returning for their second time and two were there for their first time. The group was friendly and very welcoming. They made me feel comfortable immediately, which surprised me. After introductions were complete, we moved on…

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    Thich Nhat Hanh says love is being there. If you are not there how can you love? He is right. You need to be present in order to love. In fact, your presence is the best gift to the person you love. But, being there is not an easy thing. Training and practice is important. Do you have time to love? Can you always be there? You should to ask like those questions. If your love is true love you have enough time to love. Also your mind have to be there when your body is there. The person…

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    form of public disobedience and nonviolent protest. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. have demonstrated that love and nonviolence can be a powerful tool. King and his followers refused to retaliate as police officers and white bystanders spat, insulted, beat, arrested, and killed black protestors. Though the American Civil Rights Movement presents many great examples of love in action, it is not the only way to act with love. Love can also be present when taking violent action. In order to…

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