Cultivating the Mind of Love: The Practice of Looking Deeply the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition by Thich Nhat Hanh
"I am continually amazed at how Thich Nhat Hanh is able to translate the Buddhist tradition into everyday life and make it relevant and helpful for so many people. Cultivating the Mind of Love just might be my favorite book of his." - From the Foreword by Natalie Goldberg. In Cultivating the Mind of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh shares heartfelt moments in his own formation - drinking the clear water of a hermit's well; seeing a drawing of the Buddha on the cover of a magazine; becoming a monk to practice for his generation, his society and the world; and falling in love. Interweaving these episodes with a close examination of key Mahayana Buddhist texts, including the Diamond, Lotus and Avatamsaka Sutras, Thich Nhat Hanh helps the reader understand the "interbeing and interpenetrating" nature of all that is, overcome the notions that stand in the way of direct experience and enter the "Avatamsaka realm of ultimate reality." With masterful simplicity and clarity, he shows us ways to ourselves and many others.