The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Art of Communicating

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace is Every Step and one of the most respected and celebrated religious leaders in the world, delivers a powerful path to happiness through mastering life's most important skill.How do we say what we mean in a way that the other person can really hear?How can we listen with compassion and understanding?Communication fuels the ties that bind, whether in relationships, business, or everyday inter...


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TitleThe Art of Communicating
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Release DateAug 13th, 2013
PublisherHarperOne
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Religion, Buddhism, Spirituality, Self Help, Psychology
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  • Tony Jr.
    2015-02-10
    Although I probably won't read this book in its entirety again, I did find value in it. The first few chapters drilled home the idea that I need to communicate ( write, speak, listen) to others out of complete compassion and understanding. It also taught that when I communicate the ultimate goal is to cause the receiver of my communication to experience less suffering, which to me, is a brilliant way of filtering all my communication with others ...
  • Lauren
    2017-10-23
    This is one I'll read again and again: developing, growing, and practicing. A beautiful book on conflict resolution, sharing love and compassion, and learning to ask for help.I especially enjoyed the six mantras:- I am here for you.- I know you are there, and I am very happy.- I know you suffer, and that's why I am here for you.- I suffer. Please help.- This is a happy moment.- You are partly right.
  • Taymara Jagmohan
    2014-08-03
    Excellent! These are not theories written for the wealth of the acquainted population. It taught me a lot!I loved the six mantras.- I am here for you.- I know you are there, and I am very happy.- I know you suffer, and that's why I am here for you.-I suffer. Please help.-This is a happy moment.- You are partly right. Aren't these beautiful? Despite being general, they are entirely relatable. :)I loved it Thich. You are beautiful. :)
  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    2018-01-03
    This is the first book by Thich Nhat Hanh that I read, and I think it is interesting. It is, as one might guess from the title, about the way we communicate with others, and what he has to say about it makes a lot of sense. A man that is very hostile in the way he speaks to others is likely to get the same in return, and vice versa. I think the author is right that we really should try to communicate positively rather than negatively. Call me a t...
  • Vaishali
    2018-06-24
    One of the most important books I've read. Reaches right into how powerful the Hindu-Buddhist recognition of karma is. Our every thought --each one -- is forever released as craft or ruin into the universe. Forever! Repairable, but non-retractable. Notes :———————————————“Toxic conversation can be difficult to avoid, especially at work… You have to have enough mindful awareness not to absorb all these kinds of suf...
  • Katrina Sark
    2014-09-22
    p.4-5 – The energy of mindfulness is a necessary ingredient in healthy communication. Mindfulness requires letting go of judgment, returning to an awareness of the breath and the body, and bringing your full attention to what is in you and around you. This helps you notice whether the thought you just produced is healthy or unhealthy, compassionate or unkind.p.5 – You absorb the thoughts, speech, and actions you produce and those contained in...
  • Rainey
    2016-08-18
    Most of this, including the first 80% of this writing, should be read by everyone once a year. Hanh, as always, reminds us to consider others before expressing ourselves, to consider that just as you are upset or suffering, others are upset or suffering. This should also be part of a Relationships 101 for anyone looking to live together- be it friends, family, or SOs.
  • Ivan
    2018-06-11
    "Želim razumjeti tvoje teškoće i tvoju patnju.Želim te saslušati jer te želim voljeti."Hvala Tićo
  • Diana Bogan
    2014-06-13
    For myself I thought the book was ok. I was hoping for greater insight, hoping to go somehow deeper than what the book offered. I found that a lot of what was mentioned in the book aligns with the way in which I already try to communicate, therefore in terms of finding ways for myself to become more skillful I didn't feel I necessarily got what I went looking for, however, instead I did find a few things I wasn't expecting.My unexpected finds inc...
  • Tanvika
    2017-11-27
    Technology has given us various ways to be connected 24/7. Still it has been unable to eradicate the sense of loneliness and despair. We talk too much, listen very little. There is little understanding and compassion in our speech. This manifests itself in family conflicts and even wars.For better communication thich offers effective solutions. He suggests deep listening where we listen so that others suffer less. We just listen to understand wit...
  • Katie
    2014-09-15
    This is a short, simple, spiritually-sound book based on mindfulness, breath, intention, communication, and compassion. I've read several books on Buddhist philosophy (though these concepts apply to all faiths because they are based on love,) and I always find myself referring to their wisdom. Thich Nhat Hanh thinks directly. He repeats ideas, sometimes, which I find helpful because he reinforces his teachings. He will say, for example, "go to yo...
  • Nadine Jones
    2016-06-19
    Mindfulness requires letting go of judgment, returning to an awareness of the breath and the body, and bringing your full attention to what is in you and around you. I feel like mindfulness is that golden ring on the carousel of life, and I can never quite reach it. Sometimes I'm not even sure if I want to reach it! But most of the time I'm sure that practicing mindfulness will enhance my life. I'm not very good at it. I'm full of judgment, and I...
  • Ying Ying
    2017-10-09
    As with Thich Nhat Hanh's other books, reading "The Art of Communicating" feels like meditating. This book is a guide to deep listening and loving speech.
  • David
    2015-12-19
    Thich Nhat Hanh has written an excellent guide to understanding and practicing what he has dubbed The Art of Communicating. We all benefit from his effort, and I am grateful for the chance to give this a read.The book begins by discussing the concept of absorbing thoughts, speech, and actions we produce ourselves in addition to karmic actions contained in the communications of those around us. Hanh moves on to address ways to effectively and hone...
  • Jared
    2014-03-02
    I loved this book. What wonderful thoughts on how to make a peaceful life, marriage, family, friends and community. I would recommend it for everyone to read. It talks of eternal relationships and how we are all apart of each others happiness.
  • Izabela
    2015-11-14
    Especially for today, but actually for ever and always. Gentle reminder of the most important issues in communicating with oneself and Other. Especially with Oneself...
  • Alison Russell
    2013-09-05
    Great read on healthy communication that relieves suffering from one another and creates peace
  • Phat Duong
    2018-09-04
    Thầy Thích Nhất Hạnh viết rất nhiều sách, trong đó có nhiều quyển quý, nhưng mãi đến gần đây, mình mới đọc sách của thầy. Quyển Đường Xưa Mây Trắng của thầy gợi cảm hứng cho mình đọc tiếp những quyển khác. **The Art of Communicating** là quyển tiếp theo, sách này nói về nghệ thuật giao tiếp trong tỉnh thức, trong chánh niệm. Mình chưa đọc xong, v...
  • Sabrinac
    2018-09-23
    I am the byproduct of a violent upbringing. I really struggle to use language that is kind and inviting. I want to go to war with everyone because for me, life has been a series of battles. This is unfortunate because most of the time people are not trying to go to war with me. I end up hurting people and in turn finding people to hurt me so this can go on forever. And I’m done with it. It’s really powerful to just learn to exist in your feel...
  • Stephen
    2018-06-30
    Your communication in thought, word, and action is food that nourishes others. Be it good or bad. And theirs of course nourishes you. This valuable concept comes early and is the gift of this book. “Nothing can survive without food. Everything we consume acts either to heal us or to poison us. We tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our ...
  • Audrey
    2018-08-06
    Best book I've read all year. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of speaking to my soul and tugging at my heartstrings. So much of what he says resonates with me...it's amazing how he's able to communicate in the language of the world.
  • Jim Talbott
    2017-05-21
    ExcellentI find reading Thich Nhat Hahn to be just as listening to him talk. It is very calming and pleasant and gives me a sense that I can change my life for the better. I have a feeling that I will be returning to this book numerous times to drink from its wisdom and calm.
  • Mehrdad Savar
    2018-07-13
    اولین قدم برای ارتباط مؤثر با دنیای بیرون، شناختن و ارتباط با دنیای درون خودمان است. کتاب مفاهیم زیبایی در این راستا ارائه میکند تا روابط بهتری داشته باشیم. البته اکثر راهکارها بسیار واضح و ساده بودند و کتاب مطلب خاص و جدیدی نداشت. اما توجه به همین ک...
  • Sienna
    2018-07-19
    Really enjoying the simple style in which Thich Nhat Hanh shares strategies for connection. Short, easy to understand, easy to use.
  • Wesley Jackson
    2018-02-09
    Precise, clear, very help. "I am suffering, please help." "I know you suffer, that's why I'm here." Blah blah blah. "This moment with you is a happy moment." Blah blah blah. I read this in the back of my car on a forest service road at night.
  • Byanjana Thapa
    2018-08-11
    Infinitely beautiful. Simple. Kind. Important. Healing
  • Mindy Kannon
    2017-10-29
    What an incredibly insightful book. I have really gained a lot of knowledge as well as ways to communicate in difficult situations from reading this book. It all starts with me!
  • Mairead
    2016-06-27
    Well, that was incredible.Especially notable takeaways:* deep listening and right speech * the fifth mantra: "this is a happy moment"* "You use the sixth mantra when someone praises or criticizes you. You can use it equally well in both cases. The sixth mantra is: “You are partly right.”"* "“Elizabeth,” the sister said, “you just bumped into his sensitivity.”"* "are you sure your perception is right?"* drink your tea!* peace treaty an...
  • Rosemarie
    2014-06-15
    I've seen Thich Nhat Hanh interviewed on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday and thought I've give his book a try. This book is very simple and to the point. All of what he says about making the goal of all your communication to help the other person suffer less is true. I guess I was just hoping for more - something to help me to better do that. Of course we only control ourselves - we cannot control the other person, and I find that often the other perso...