Using Buddhist teachings, recollections of his own mother, and rituals from around the world, Thich Nhat Hanh reveals our deep interconnectedness with our mothers. Full of personal stories of love, struggle, and reconciliation, this celebrates the qualities embodied by motherhood. The first edition sold over 2 million copies around the world and has been translated into several languages; this second edition has three new chapters with meditation practices and ceremonies for reconciliation.
Thich Nhat gives an overview of the book:
The thought "mother" cannot be separated from that of "love". Love is sweet, tender, and delicious. Without love, a child cannot flower, an adult cannot mature. Without love, we weaken, wither.
The day my mother died, I made this entry in my journal: "The greatest misfortune of my life has come!" Even an old person, when he loses his mother, doesn't feel ready. He too has the impression that he is not yet ripe, that he is suddenly alone. He feels as abandoned and unhappy as a young orphan.
About Thich Nhat
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (called Thây by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. The...