True Love

Thich Nhat Hanh

True Love



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How do we know if love is true? What characteristics does love need to have for it to be considered true? What does Buddhism teach us about how to practise love towards those around us? In True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Buddhist monkThich Nhat Hanh offers advice, a few short meditations, and a short guide to help us learn to love better, starting with learning to love ourselves.

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Analysis and key concepts


The four components of true love according to Buddhism: kindness, compassion, joy, and freedom


Four mantras to help us practise true love


Deep listening and loving speech are forms of meditation that bring relief and love to those around us


To truly love the person you are with, you must make peace with yourself


You can meditate at any time, anywhere, even while walking or on the phone


If everyone practised mindfulness and meditation, the world would be a better place




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Many useful tips to:

  • Manifest true love by following the teachings of Buddhism.
  • Learn to practise simple meditation and use mantra to be more loving to those around you.
  • Let go of the ties that bind us to pain to reach our Nirvana, the foundation of being.

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in 1926 and died in 2022. He was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peace and human rights activist. He was ordained a monk at the age of 16, and became a teacher and social activist in Vietnam before he was exiled in 1969. Martin Luther King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. In 1982, he founded Plum Village in France, a Buddhist community that helps refugees, political prisoners, and poor families in Vietnam and around the world. He was an advocate of inner transformation through meditation, and published over 100 books, including the bestsellers The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step.

Publishing house:

Shambhala Pubns