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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (606 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781400175109
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In The Art of Power, world-renowned Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers a surprising and radical new understanding of how we attain true power. Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary. This me-first approach to life may have originated in the business world, but the stress, fear, and anxiety it causes are being felt by all of us every day. Turning the conventional understanding on its head, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that true power comes from within and that what we seek we already have. With colorful anecdotes, precise language, and concrete practices, this book will have an important and lasting legacy on how we understand our culture and choose to live our lives. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Lloyd James's narration is calm, steady, and conversational. The simplicity of his style complements the simplicity of the writing. AudioFile
  • “Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.”

    New York Times

  • The Art of Power is a bold and visionary work that reframes power, ambition, success, happiness, love, and peace.”

    Spirituality & Practice

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 2/20/2014

    " life is more than it seem's , i have to catch up.,. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 2/19/2014

    " The image of the handwritten letter to George W. Bush is worth owning a copy of this. One cannot help but wonder what the president thought of it, if he even read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Wainwright | 2/11/2014

    " Good, simple writing that effectively explains where real power comes from (hint: not one's self) and how to take the contrary actions necessary to begin accessing the real deal. Two useful appendices at the end of the book outline a variety of simple, easily-implemented mindfulness practices (spoiler: sitting cross-legged and straight-backed on a small cushion is not one of them), and the story of Patagonia's unusual business practices as told by its unusual founder, Yvon Chouinard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 2/11/2014

    " I find all of Thich Nhat Hahn's offerings are so wonderful. All I can say is I'm thankful someone like this exists in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/5/2014

    " I wasn't sure if I would get anything out of this, because I am not a business person nor do I desire power, however it is Thich Nhat Hanh, and it was wonderful as always, more about Mindfulness than power...with him, you have to let the title go and know that his words are magical no matter what. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/30/2014

    " Buddist principals applied to one's approach to work and guiding your life decisions so you can understand what it means to be powerful. You should read this book when you need some philosophical guidance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Miller | 1/27/2014

    " Thich Nhat Hanh writes the easiest and most inspiring books about liberating our minds from the conventional attachments, to which we all subject ourselves. I've benefited from his insights and walking and breathing meditation techniques many times. At a tumultuous time in my life, this book has helped me remember the benefits of non-attachment and letting go. I can't say I'm dogmatically or institutionally religious, but Hanh, the Dalai Llama, and Lao Tzu continually provide me with ways to attain compassion, insight, and inner peace. In this book, Hahn takes a traditional Buddhist teaching and shows how it leads to power for both the individual, and his or her community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Phelps | 1/19/2014

    " How I yearn to live this way, yet apparently I'm not willing to put in the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/12/2014

    " Thich Nhat Hanh is a personal hero of mine. His books are like reading concentrated wisdom. I plan to re-read this in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishki | 1/6/2014

    " Everything I've read by Thich Nhat Hanh is worthwhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shriram Narayanan | 12/27/2013

    " Like all books by Nhat Hanh, a good read and calms me down. I thought this wasn't his best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia | 12/23/2013

    " An excellent examination and review of Buddhist principles that are easy to lose track of in daily living. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sundry | 12/19/2013

    " Listened to some parts of it twice. Some good insights into mindful living and letting go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyght Jones | 12/17/2013

    " I love this book, beautifully laid out wisdom that changes your thinking gentle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 12/6/2013

    " Good information "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/7/2012

    " A pleasant read. It can sometimes feel repetitive or simple, but I think that's part of "zen". Conveys concrete ideas of zen buddhism well to beginners and gives practical steps for changing everyday life. I would recommend for someone who doesn't understand Buddhism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naja Faysal | 4/30/2011

    " i'm giving this book a try, i hope it would be worth it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suphatra | 8/21/2010

    " Great read. Best was the memo by Yvonne Chouinard of Patagonia. Will definitely read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Frank | 1/11/2010

    " This is a great start into Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness. Reading this book made me happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha | 12/23/2009

    " everything by Thich Nhat Hanh is amazing. This book covers the concept of power from a Buddhist perspective and what exactly power really means and how it manifests in each person's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/30/2009

    " I am listening to this book on CD every day on my way to work. I listen to each CD several times. There is so much to learn from this guy.... He is the real deal - you know, a super-enlightened Buddhist monk and all that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 6/4/2009

    " Don't get confused because of the title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian | 3/11/2009

    " Spiritual counsel to Martin Luther King, and Dalai Lama. Deconstructs the modern definition of power and advances a "new" one - the power to be happy in the present....whatever dude. Ha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nilah | 10/12/2008

    " Good, but a lot of repetition. Good insights about how and why to live more mindfully as an individual.Also has information about businesses being more mindful, which did not pertain to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Mariani | 8/26/2008

    " Awesome. It was very pertinent to my spiritual thoughts and growth lately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 k8~OwLiNaBee | 5/21/2008

    " A newer release of my Teacher. I highly recommend this one, highly. An amazing ascension Buddhist read. "

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About the Author
Author Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of many bestselling books, including the classics The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, Anger, and The Art of Power. Thich Nhat Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, where his monastic and lay disciples assist him in leading retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.