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Blog Title: True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart Summary
Name: True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
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Book size: 120 pages
Before talking about “True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart Summary” let’s first discuss the book’s author. Thich Nhat Hanh Is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. Thich Nhat Hanh Lives in the PUM VILLAGE MEDIATION CENTRE IN SOUTHWEST FRANCE. He does international traveling to give retreats and talks. He has written more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is also active in the peace movement, promoting a nonviolent solution to the conflict.
In True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart Summary, the author wants to improve readers understanding of love by being present in each moment. In this book, the author focuses on 4 component of love, including compassion, freedom, kindness, and joy. In this book, he also shares several simple techniques from Buddhist tradition that readers can use In their lives to stay in the present moment.
True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart Summary:
Chapter 1: The Four Aspects of Love
In this chapter author says that there are four elements of true love as per Buddhism, first is maître which is also known as loving-kindness and benevolence, here author says that loving-kindness is not only about the desire to make someone happy or to bring joy in the life of your beloved person, loving-kindness is the ability to bring joy and happiness to the person you love. Sometimes we love someone truly but our love can make other people suffer, hence author says we need proper training in order to love properly, the author says in order to give happiness and joy we must practice deep looking directed towards the person you love.
Author says if you can’t understand someone then you can’t love that someone, if you can’t understand you can’t love for example Author says that if a man doesn’t understand his wife deepest sorrows, deepest troubles and her deepest aspiration then he will never able to love her in the right way, similar thing goes with women, if a women can’t understand her man’s deepest sorrows and problem, then she can’t love him in the right way, hence to love someone truly with pure heart always understand that person deeply.
Chapter 2: Love is Being There
In this chapter author says that TO LOVE, In The Context of Buddhism, is all above to be there, Author says but being there is not an easy thing, some training and practices are necessary, if you can’t being there then how can you love? Author says that being there is very much an art, an art of meditation, author says meditation bring your true presence to the here and now.
Author says the question which arises here is DO YOU HAVE TIME TO LOVE?
Sometimes we love someone truly but still relationship love fails because we fail to be there, we fail to be live in the present moment with our loved ones, we fail to stay in the moment with our loved ones, example there was a twelve-year-old boy whose father asked him one day, what present he would like to have on his birthday, listening to this that boy said I want your time I want your presence, that will be the best gift for me, sometimes your time, your presence can give a lot of happiness to your loved ones, hence always be in the moment, always be with them, always give your presence.
Chapter 3: Recognizing the Presence of the Other
In this chapter author talks about the second mantra, second side of the coin, at start author said to be in the moment, to be there with your loved ones and in this author says that when you are really there, you have the ability to recognize the presence of the others, author says to be there is the first step and the second step is to recognize the presence of the others. The author says to love is to recognize and to be loved is to be recognized by others, always appreciate the presence of your loved one, if you ignore the presence of your loved one then you don’t love them truly.
Chapter 4: Being There hen Someone is Suffering
This is the third mantra which is used in the circumstances when your loved ones are suffering, when you live in the present moment when you notice and appreciate the presence of your loved ones only then you will understand and notice the suffering and happiness of your loved ones, when you live in the moment it becomes easy for you to notice the problems of your loved ones, at the time of suffering you must go to your loved ones and should console them, should tell them that you are there for them, no matter what you will stand beside them, this thing will show your true love.
Chapter 5: Overcoming the Pride
Through chapter title, you must have understood what exactly author is trying to say. Author, says that in love there is no place for pride, when you find yourself in any problem you must go to your loved ones and should share your problems, you should go and ask for help, never bring your pride and ego between your love, never allow pride to keep you apart, if your love is true then you will learn to overcome your pride and ego.
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