Thich Nhat Hanh, the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk, led his first21-day retreat in North America in the spring of 1998. Attended by severalhundred followers, the retreat marked an important step on the road to there-establishment of peaceful relations between the United States andVietnam; it was also a seminal spiritual event in its own right. "ThePath of Emancipation" is essentially a transcription of Thich Nhat Hanh'steachings at the retreat, and it is an important and elegant book.Containing talks from the retreat, transcriptions of question and answersessions, and two appendixes on "mindfulness trainings," and how to becomemore deeply aware of one's breathing, each page of "The Path ofEmancipation" is replete with wisdom and insight. What makes this book suchan unusual and important document, however, is its power as a testimonialto the 21-day retreat itself. It captures a unique historical moment inthe development of Buddhism in America--as well as spiritual teachingsthat transcend time.
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