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Sep 28, 2021 | ISBN 9781946764867

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“We are fortunate to have Brother Phap Hai as a guide … a good spiritual friend.… He embodies the characteristics of a Dharma teacher.” —from the foreword by Rebecca Li, PhD, dharma teacher in the lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen

“The Eight Realizations of Great Beings is the user manual for understanding how to navigate our lives in the continual churn of the pressure-packed, noisy, and often cruel modern world. Brother Phap Hai has made accessible  the ancient wisdom of Buddhism, shedding a bright light on the truth of our existence that we so easily overlook. Explored gradually and patiently in small measures, this book helps our mind move towards the enlightenment that is inherent in all things.”
Les Kaye, abbot, Kannon Do Zen Center in Mountain View, California, and author of Zen at Work and A Sense of Something Greater

“Brother Phap Hai invites the reader along on his own journey through the Eight Realizations of Great Beings—from his initial resistance to the sutra’s seeming simplicity to his discovery of its profound beauty. It is an invitation to keep exploring for a lifetime, to ground ourselves in ordinary truths, to allow ourselves to wake up to something new.” —Tracy Franz, Lion’s Roar magazine and author of My Year of Dirt and Water: The Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan

“Brother Phap’s authorship and stories make this sutra’s relevance alive for this moment in history. His heart at the center of the work shines with the brilliance of practice and study well lived and well shared. A must-read for practitioners and scholars alike.”—Larry Ward, PhD, author of America’s Racial Karma

“Thich Nhat Hanh loved the Eight Realizations of Great Beings. Brother Phap Hai has been living these teachings and his deep practice is evident in his reflections and insights. I appreciate his use of story and of humor; this to me is a sign of a great teacher.”—Peggy Rowe Ward, author of Love’s Garden

“A student of Thich Nhat Hanh, Brother Phap Hai exudes an utterly contagious sense of calm, one that knows no boundaries of time or space.… I have long wondered how this ‘miracle of calm’ comes about, and am deeply grateful that he has written this book. Brother Phap Hai illuminates a road toward calm that each of us can travel—so, so necessary now, on this storm-tossed boat of ours.”—Joel ben Izzy. storyteller and author of The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness

“Brother Phap Hai’s down-to-earth approach and kindly humor make him the ideal guide to the profound teachings of the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of Great Beings and to help us find answers to the question, ‘How do I apply the Dharma in my daily life?’”—Bodhipaksa, author of This Difficult Thing of Being Human

“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

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