Thich Nhat Hanh's extraordinary celebration of spirituality, re-envisions prayer as an inclusive, accessible practice that transcends any particular religious or spiritual tradition, and demonstrates the power of prayer in our daily lives.
The Energy of Prayer provides Thich Nhat Hanh with an opportunity to continue his decades-long dialogue between the two great living contemplative traditions, Buddhism and Christianity, which was the central focus of his best-seller, Living Buddha, Living Christ.
The Energy of Prayer introduces five meditation exercises that will bring awareness and intention into your life. Chapters include Does Prayer Work? Two Elements of Effective Prayer, Buddhist and Christian Parallels, Daily Prayers (to be said while washing hands, brushing teeth, gardening, and throwing out the garbage, for example), and others. It also includes breathing practices and visualizations, and a rich sampling of prayers, chants, and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.
"The Vietnamese Zen master and author of more than 60 books asks: 'Why is prayer successful at some times and not at others?' Other questions also animate this brief primer on prayer: How can we pray for healing, say from lung cancer, when that disease is the natural karmic result of our own choices (e.g., smoking)? And to whom do we pray, especially since Buddhism teaches that there is no separate, distinct being called God who exists apart from creation? Hanh has a winning style, nimbly mixing deep philosophy with personal anecdotes and helpful illustrations. He also introduces spiritual practices, including the expected (reciting sutras, bowing, or performing walking and sitting meditation) as well as the unusual and ecumenical (praying to the living as well as the dead.) He also dissects the Lord's Prayer line by line. The book closes with five simple meditation exercises to increase awareness and calm, and some short Buddhist prayers."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"...a lovely book, a prayer in itself."
— Philip Zaleski, co-author of Prayer: A History of Prayer
Thich Nhat Hanh guides us to deeper understanding of both Buddhist and Christian prayer....he orients us towards its genuine practice."— Shambala Sun
I have just completed what has to be one of the best little books I've every read. And I'll go so far to add..."or that I ever will read'. What a powerful message, from and empowered soul."—Rev.Dr. Sandra Gaskin, Spirit-Works
"...has a simplicity that will appeal to beginners and a depth that will please experienced seekers. Feature it with others about prayer, meditation, and healing."—New Age Retailer
"As an exemplar of simplicity, Thich Nhat Hanh is peerless. In more that sixty books, he has guided readers in clear, friendly prose, and this brief work on prayer seems as easy as breath."—Inquiring Mind
"...introduces some very valuable spiritual practices, including chants, visualizations, breathing exercises, and invocations from the Buddhist Tradition."—Lifechallenges