Peace Begins Here: Palestinians and Israelis Listening to Each Other
In this highly anticipated Buddhist perspective on resolving conflict in the Middle East and around the world, Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates how a real peace process is based on spiritual — not political — strength. Peace in oneself is the basis of peace in the family, society, and the world. Based on an ongoing Buddhist retreat project for Israelis and Palestinians, this book suggests practical ways to handle our strong emotions and misperceptions. Peace Begins Here is rich with stories from individual Israelis and Palestinians, as well as examples from Thich Nhat Hanh life, including nonviolent action during the war in Vietnam and its aftermath. Supplemental material consists of personal stories from participants in the peace retreats, and practices on peace: deep listening, walking meditation, Beginning Anew, and Loving Speech.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. He has been a professor at Columbia University in New York and the Sorbonne in Paris, and was founder of Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon. He is author of more than one hundred books, fifty-five in English, including the best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ; Teachings on Love; Present Moment Wonderful Moment; Being Peace; and Anger.
He lives at Plum Village, a meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on "the art of mindful living."