Friday, 14 June 2013

Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

Title: Old Path White Clouds
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Number of Pages: 599
Cover Price: Rs. 395
Rating: 5/5

Get this from (298)


Thich Nhat Hanh (born in 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
He is the founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, and taught at Columbia University. He is the author of Being Peace, Under the Banyan Tree and other 85 books.

About this book:

Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself.

Old Path White Clouds is a classic of religious literature.

Below are some lines from the book:
Learn from the Earth. Whether people spread pure and fragrant flowers, perfume, or fresh milk on it, or discard filthy and foul smelling feces, urine, blood, mucus and spit on it, the Earth receives it all equally without clinging or aversion. When pleasant or unpleasant thoughts arise, don't let them entangle or enslave you.
Learn from water. When people wash dirty things in it, the water is not sad or disdainful. Learn from fire. Fire burns all things without discrimination  It is not ashamed to burn impure substances. Learn from air. The air carries all fragrances whether sweet or foul.
The teaching is like a raft that carries you to the other shore. The raft is needed but raft is not the other shore. An intelligent person would not carry the raft around on his head after making across to the other shore. Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go.
This is a beautiful book having poetic description. The book gives excellent introduction to the Buddha. It may seems to be voluminous but still you want more of it.
A must read for every person.