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A pithy guide to the Buddha’s instructions to unlock the powerful insights that make us “great”—by wise, warm, and humorous Brother Phap Hai, the most senior Australian Dharma teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this essential sutra for sincere practitioners, the Buddha says, “If you would like to be enlightened, take on these eight subjects for meditation and apply their corresponding insights to your daily life.” Brother Phap Hai’s lively, down-to-earth explanation of spirituality’s original self-help manual makes this book a must-read for all seeking inspiration on the path of self-realization and compassion. Beginning with a brief historical overview of the sutra’s origins, Brother Phap Hai explores each of the eight realizations and shares a story in each chapter from his own journey to become a monk himself.
Ordaining as a Buddhist monk in 1997 while still in his twenties, Brother Phap Hai has been practicing mindfulness on a daily basis for much of his adult life. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh authorized him to teach in 2003, and since then, he has guided and mentored thousands of students in meditation. Brother Phap Hai calls the Buddha’s Discourse on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings his “‘Desert Island Sutra’ because it distills the essence of the Buddhist path.” In his words, it is everything you need in a practical meditation manual, “a very structured exposition of realizing the entirety of the Buddhist path for yourself.”
About the Author
Brother Phap Hai (Dharma Ocean) is a senior monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He ordained as a monk in 1997 and was formally authorized to teach in January 2003. Originally from Australia, he is an active meditation teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness, and talks throughout the western United States, Australia, South America. and Asia. Much loved for his warm, accessible, and humorous teaching style, Brother Phap Hai's charming blend of Dharma scholarship, sharp social awareness, and application of ancient wisdom to contemporary issues makes him one of the most compelling Buddhist teachers today.
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