A Buddhist monk' s pithy guide to the Buddha' s instructions for greatness, The Eight Realizations of Great Beings assures us that anyone, anywhere can walk the path of mindfulness, and embody the powerful insights that make us "great. "The Buddha essentially says, "If you would like to be enlightened, take on these eight subjects for meditation and apply their corresponding insights to your daily life. Then you will realize the path for yourself. " Brother Phap Hai' s lively, down-to-earth explanation of spirituality' s original self-help manual makes this an essential read for all seeking to unlock the important things in life. A monk since 1997, Brother Phap Hai has been practicing mindfulness on a daily basis most of his life. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh authorized him to teach in 2003, and since then, he has guided and mentored thousands of students in meditation. Brother Phap Hai calls the Discourse on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings his "Desert Island Sutra" because it distills the essence of the Buddhist path. In his words, it is everything you need in a practical meditation manual, "a very structured exposition of realizing the entirety of the Buddhist path for yourself. "
"Like his teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, not only concerned with how we live, but willing to meet us where we live. . . . Grounded in Buddhist practice and philosophy, the exercises and encouragement here are not highfalutin,' but practical and doable. " -Rod Meade Sperry, editor of LionsRoar. com "We are fortunate to have Brother Phap Hai as a guide . . . Along with his constant encouragement as a good spiritual friend, he embodies the characteristics of a Dharma teacher he so eloquently describes. " -Rebecca Li, PhD, dharma teacher in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen and Gen X Dharma Teachers Conference coorganizer "Playful, accessible commentary that reads like a conversation with a friend, full of unusual candor and ease. " -Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
BROTHER PHAP HAI (Dharma Ocean) is a senior monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He ordained as a monk in 1997 and was formally authorized to teach in January 2003. Originally from Australia, he is an active meditation teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness, and talks throughout the western United States, Australia, South America. and Asia. Much loved for his warm, accessible, and humorous teaching style, Brother Phap Hai' s charming blend of Dharma scholarship, sharp social awareness, and application of ancient wisdom to contemporary issues makes him one of the most compelling Buddhist teachers today.