By Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg
Whilst Thich Nhat Hanh was once a 24-year-old monk, he fell desperately in love with a nun of 20. He couldn’t sleep, and stayed up all evening writing poetry. This e-book faucets that have in an bold double narrative that interweaves his stories of that old flame with the way it used to be transmuted into boddhichitta with a considerate examine of the Mahayana Buddhist sutras. via this strange technique, Nhat Hanh indicates readers the way to nurture their very own "mind of love" and convey pleasure and wish to themselves and people round them.
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Cultivating the Mind of Love by Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg