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Wisdom for Cooling the Flames

Thich Nhat Hanh

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today's leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

It was under the bodhi tree in India twenty-five centuries ago that Buddha achieved the insight that three states of mind were the source of all our unhappiness: wrong knowing, obsessive desire, and anger. All are difficult, but in one instant of anger--one of the most powerful emotions--lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed.

With exquisite simplicity, Buddhist monk and Vietnam refugee Thich Nhat Hanh gives tools and advice for transforming relationships, focusing energy, and rejuvenating those parts of ourselves that have been laid waste by anger. His extraordinary wisdom can transform your life and the lives of the people you love, and in the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, can give each reader the power "to change everything."


Table of Contents:

  • Introduction 
  • Consuming Anger
  • Putting Out the Fire of Anger
  • The Language of True Love
  • Transformation
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Your Heart Sutra
  • No Enemies
  • David and Angelina: the Habit Energy of Anger
  • Embracing Anger With Mindfulness
  • Mindful Breathing
  • Restoring the Pure Land
  • Appendix A: Peace Treaty
  • Appendix B: The Five Mindfulness Trainings
  • Appendix C: Guided Meditations for Looking Deeply and Releasing Anger
  • Appendix D: Deep Relaxation


Thich Nhat Hanh was a world-renowned spiritual teacher and peace activist. Born in Vietnam in 1926, he became a Zen Buddhist monk at the age of sixteen. Over seven decades of teaching, he published more than 100 books, which have sold more than four million copies in the United States alone. Exiled from Vietnam in 1966 for promoting peace, his teachings on Buddhism as a path to social and political transformation are responsible for bringing the mindfulness movement to Western culture. He established the international Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism in France, now the largest Buddhist monastery in Europe and the heart of a growing community of mindfulness practice centers around the world. He passed away in 2022 at the age of 95 at his root temple, Tu Hieu, in Hue, Vietnam.

  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1573229377
  • ISBN-13: 9781573229371
  • Item Weight:  6.2 ounces
  • Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 8 inches