The Miracle of Mindfulness

  • by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.


What the Critics Say

"Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha." (Sogyal Rinpoche)


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It had a big effect on my life

When I read this 20 years ago, it had a big effect on my life. I decided to read it again, and I remembered all the parts that had been so meaningful before but I didn’t love it. In hindsight, I don’t think I read it mindfully. (Irony alert.) So I read it almost immediately again, and absolutely loved it this time. My favorite parts are when he’s traveling across the U.S. and his friend Jim starts popping pieces of a tangerine in his mouth while discussing their plans. He suggests to Jim he ought to eat the tangerine. “It was as if he hadn’t been eating the tangerine at all. If he had been eating anything, he was ‘eating’ his future plans.” There’s also this: “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” My other favorite part is his retelling of a Tolstoy story (he made me a fan of Tolstoy, for which I'll be forever grateful) about when is the best time to do each thing, who are the most important people to work with and what is the important thing to do in any moment. The only part I don’t care for in the book are the very repetitive translations of sutras in the appendix, but they are easily skipped and do show the millennia-old basis for his teachings. Grade: A

As for the narration, it's good, not great. And the appendix with the translations is best skipped on audio. I got the Kindle version, too, so I could highlight my favorite passages.
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- Mark

Excellent all around. Quality content and narratio

What made the experience of listening to The Miracle of Mindfulness the most enjoyable?

The narration was superb. He even brought life to the parts of the book that are rather repetitive.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Everything.He seemed to enjoy reading the book and that came through on the narration. Great intonation, volume, meter and phrasing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


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- Sharon Mai O'Pinyon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio