In Thich Nhat Hanh’s latest teachings on applied Buddhism for both the work place and daily life, chapters include dealing with workplace scenarios; dealing with home and family; encounters with strangers and with daily life; transportation; and creating communities wherever you are. This book is designed for adults who are new to meditation as well as those who are more experienced. The emphasis is on how to use applied Buddhism in daily life. Work aims at contributing to new models of leadership and doing business. It is also a book full of life-coaching advice, finding happiness, and positive psychology.
We all need to "Chop Wood and Carry Water". Most of us experience work, hardship, traffic jams, and everything modern, urban life offers. By carefully examining our everyday choices we can move in the direction of right livelihood; we can be a lotus in a muddy world by building mindful communities, learning about compassionate living, or by coming to understand the concept of "Buddha nature." Work also discusses mindful consumption, or the mindful use of limited resources. Instead of Living Large in Lean Times or Ramen to Riches we can learn to appreciate living less large and think about what kind of riches we want for ourselves and others.
With his characteristic gentleness and insight, Vietnamese Zen master Nhat Hanh (Fear) applies his key teachings to the workplace. "f we practice mindfulness in everything we do," he writes, "our work can help us realize our ideal of living in harmony with others and of cultivating understanding and compassion." Taking the reader step-by-step through the workday, Nhat Hanh discusses applying mindfulness to simple activities (eating breakfast, answering the phone), using breathing and walking meditation to promote ease, and resolving negative emotions and workplace conflict. Suggestions and models (such as a "peace treaty") provide tools for change. The book also explores general topics such as right livelihood, happiness, and community. Linking workplace choices with the potential solution of pressing global problems, the famed peace activist calls for a "collective awakening" emphasizing cooperation, "co-responsibility," and interconnectedness. While Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings on mindfulness are universally applicable, examples are primarily drawn from white-collar occupations, with some attention to business leadership issues. Such a limited professional range may not be relevant for many wage earners and potential readers not does it reflect the open-hearted inclusivity for which Nhat Hanh is justly renowned.