True Love — A Practice for Awakening the Heart — Thich Nhat Hanh

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[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth.

— the Dalai Lama

Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.

— New York Times 

A simplicity and directness that brings true love within reach.

— Dragonfly Review 
Recommended reading for anyone who loves.

— Ascent Magazine 

In this little treasure, Thich Nhat Hahn, the renowned Zen monk, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love.

With simplicity, warmth and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love as described in the Buddhist tradition: loving - kindness, compassion, joy and freedom — explaining how to experience them in our day-to-day lives.

In True Love — A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hahn also emphasizes that in order to love in a real way, we must first lean how to be fully present in our lives, and he offers simple techniques from the Buddhist tradition that anyone can use to establish the conditions of love.

As he explains, “training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice deep looking directed toward the person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love.” 

In the book's concluding section, he tells how love can help us heal our pain, fear, and habitual negativity.

A gift of love and a keepsake to be cherished, True Love — A Practice for Awakening the Heart is a quintessential guide to loving, and it describes many simple and direct ways in which we can practice authentic love in our everyday lives.

 A very good thing!


  • Condition: New. Trade Paperback.
  • Edition: First Edition - October 11, 2011
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59030-939-1
  • ISBN-10 0-374-12606-2
  • Pages: 128
  • Rating:★★★★1/2 (See FAQs)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, is an internationally known author, poet, scholar and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sherab Chödzin Kohn has been teaching Buddhism and meditation worldwide since 1973. A close student of the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, he has edited several of Trungpa Rinpoche’s books. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.