There are people who say that mindfulness is just one thing -breathing in and breathing out. They are right. With mindful breathing, we’re more present for ourselves and for the world and we can live deeply every moment of our daily life.”
-Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, from the Foreword
Glen Schneider has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate happiness and fulfillment in the course of our daily lives. Happiness is far more than a positive feeling that comes and goes, happiness is wired into the physiology of our brains. It is a skill we can all develop through cultivating mindfulness and concentration. In Ten Breaths to Happiness the author presents a series of simple practices and guided meditations that help rewire your neural pathways to experience deeper fulfillment and peace.
Glen Schneider is a Dharma teacher ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and founder of the Buckeye Sangha. He lives in Berkeley, California, where he is a naturalist and gardener.
ISBN:978-1-937006-39-6, Paperback, 96 pages.
“Glen Schneider has created a truly simple set of practices you can actually do anywhere, anytime. They really work!” -MJ Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude
“Schneider show how, in training our mindfulness on beauty for the span of ten breaths (30 seconds), we are actually opening new pathways to happiness, which can–with practice–replace habitual negativity, pain, and even trauma. What a gift.” -Louise Dunlap, author of Undoing the Silence
“Stepping on the land of reality,
Beautiful flowers bloom everywhere.
Only deep mindfulness shines through
And the three realms have been surpassed.
In this land,
Where the moon shines brilliantly
On the glorious Dharma Body Ocean,
The world of Heaven disappears
And the world of Hell dusts off.
Why let birth and death bind us?
We can freely and joyfully travel,
Praising the melody of peace
And playing the music of non-birth
On a holeless flute,
Heading home on the buffalo’s back,
The golden moon arising at the gate top.”
Thich Giac Thanh
This collection of poems by Thay Giac Thanh the much loved senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, explore his journey from young boy in Vietnam to Buddhist monk, to immigrant, and monastic abbot of Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California. While the early poems are full of romantic and poetic imagery, the subsequent ones convey a profound wisdom and spaciousness of heart. As both disciple and Zen master, he was committed to cultivating great compassion and liberation through inner discovery. Light in spirit, loving and wise, sometimes strict, often humorous — his poetry perfectly capture Thay Giac Thanh’s clarity, wisdom, and heart. With beautiful original ink drawings by Orlin Mantchev.
Thay Giac Thanh was born in 1947 in Vietnam and passed away October 2001 at Deer Park monastery in Escondido, CA. Ordained as a monk at age 20, he received the Dharma name Giac Thanh (Awakening Sound). In 1971 he went to Van Hanh University to further his studies in Buddhism. He left Vietnam as a boat person in 1981 and came to the US in 1982. In 1999 he became the first abbot of Deer Park Monastery, and continued writing under his pen name Da Hac.
ISBN:978-1-937006-31-0, Paperback, 144 pages.
“Annabelle Zinser is an excellent dharma teacher. Her teachings are always based on her own living experience.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
Small Bites offers readers meditations and mindfulness practices for a variety of everyday situations. In short chapters Anabelle Zinser demonstrates how to connect our awareness of breath while bringing our focus to a particular topic, such as recognizing negative thoughts and emotions, taking care of our sexuality, or dealing with emotional challenges. Small Bites gives readers a way to be in touch with the healing capacity of the present moment and provides tools to transform and heal even the most difficult aspects of our lives.
Reaching across all faith traditions, Small Bites teaches readers to bring mindfulness practices into daily life.
Annabelle Zinser became a member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s practice community in Germany, and received transmission to become a dharma teacher 2004. The recipient of the United Nation’s Outstanding Women in Buddhism award in 2007, she lives in Berlin.
A heartwarming guidance for absolute beginners as well as for advanced meditators. When you practice these guided meditations you develop the most precious gift you can give to yourself and those you love – peace, joy and equanimity.”—Marie Mannschatz, Best-Selling Author and Vipassana teacher
“Annabelle Zinser is a deeply dedicated and skillfull teacher of mindfulness meditation. This book is full of her wonderful wisdom, understanding, and loving compassion.” —Ruth Dension
ISBN: 978-1-937006-24-2, paperback original, 160 pages.
James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander
In this practical, down-to-earth guide, readers learn how to make happiness a habit by inclining the mind toward states that lead to well-being, finding joy even during difficult times and avoiding the pitfalls that prevent experiencing true happiness. It uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking — to move from distraction toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in everyday life. The principles of the 10 Step course are drawn from the author’s 30 years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual counselor.
“I’ve personally taken the Awakening Joy program and can say this unequivocally: It’s fabulous and it works! This book, filled with moving stories and rich teachings, will give you wonderful tools to experience true happiness and well-being. It’s a gem!”— Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
“Opening to joy takes courage and intention. This book will inspire you to discover genuine happiness, and show you how. Drawing on perennial wisdom and accessible meditative practices, James and Shoshana offer teachings that can awaken your love of life.”— Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
“Awakening Joy is an important guide to transforming our everyday experience into genuine happiness. James and Shoshana’s insight, kindness, and clear and practical language make this a direct, pragmatic and valuable manual for a better life.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
“In this beautiful and heartwarming book, James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander take us on a journey that truly awakens joy. There are stories that bring tears to our eyes and practices that transform our lives. This is a loving, wise, and compassionate testament to what is possible for each one of us. Highly recommended.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace
ISBN: 978-1-937006-22-8, Paperback, 280 pages