No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering by Thich Nhat Hahn

“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering

is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow.

There can be no lotus flower without the mud.”

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

In this short but profound book, the late Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Zen Master, poet, peace activist, and one of the most revered and influential spiritual teachers in the world, shares practices and inspiration on how the secret to happiness lies in our ability to acknowledge and transform suffering rather than avoiding it. At its core, the book is a reminder that joy can be experienced by a change of attitude and little fundamental daily practices.

The first part of the book explains the nature of suffering, ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it, and how to overcome suffering by developing compassion, mindfulness, and communication. The second part of the book contains practices for transforming suffering and attaining happiness. It consists of life mantras, breathing exercises, meditations, and relaxation techniques that help you achieve mindfulness.

Regardless of what spiritual or religious beliefs you might hold, this little book holds the promise that we can blossom as human beings if we recognize the growth that can come from the “mud” in our lives.

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