What is the summary of Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh?

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Noelle Thompson eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Written by a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, this is a collection of ideas and teachings about world peace. The main point is that world peace must begin with the individuals in the world feeling inner peace.

Have we wasted our hours and days? Are we wasting our lives? . . . Practicing Buddhism is to be alive to each moment. 

As you can see, the author believes that Buddhism is the ultimate truth and the way to inner peace. As the book goes further, the author focuses more on meditation as a way to inner peace through Buddhism. Meditation is the way to help society, not to escape society. The author goes further by providing a very good how-to description about meditation in order to help his readers. The author uses many stories from his own life as well as fables in order to prove his point.

In conclusion, this book is often considered a nice starter point for someone considering Buddhism as their religion. It is written in everyday language that everyone can understand. In other words, it's not composed of jargon from an antiquated religious community. The words are so meaningful that Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated the author for the Nobel Peace Prize in the late 1960s.

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