How to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice
by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Energy of Prayer is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for September 2018.
"The Act of praying is not just an
empty wish, because behind each
prayer there is a practice of
mindfulness and concentration."
—Thich Nhat Hanh from
The Energy of Prayer
In this extraordinary celebration of spirituality, The Energy of Prayer demonstrates the relevance of prayer in our daily lives. Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how the energy of prayer and meditation allow us to reconnect with our higher selves while satisfying our basic need to connect with the world as a whole. With a generous spirit that acknowledges the many different types and functions of prayer, The Energy of Prayer provides a guide for deepening our spiritual practice through the use of prayer.
Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the reader to several meditation methods that re-envision prayer as an open, inclusive, and accessible practice that helps create healthy lives through the power of awareness and intention. This book includes visualization and breathing exercises, as well as a rich sampling of prayers, chants, and invocations from the Buddhist tradition.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than sixty books, including Being Peace, Calming the Fearful Mind, Blooming of the Lotus, Moments of Mindfulness, and Touching the Earth. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels world-wide, leading retreats on the art of mindful living.
"Thich Nhat Hanh has a winning style, nimbly mixing deep philosophy with personal anecdotes and helpful illustrations."
"Thich Nhat Hanh guides us to a deeper understanding of both Buddhist and Christian prayer ... he orients us toward its genuine practice."
—Shambhala Sun Magazine
"Is any human act more mysterious (and more beautiful) than prayer? How good that we have the gentle, wise voice of Thich Nhat Hanh to help us understand the nature and purpose of prayer from a Buddhist perspective. This is a lovely book, a prayer in itself."
—Philip Zaleski, co-author of Prayer: A History and Editor of the Best American Spiritual Writing Series