Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I recieved the following email about this new book.

Dear Sangha,

I offer you a lotus flower on this day.

As some of you know, over the last year Thay and I have worked together to write Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. The book is being released today by HarperOne. Our intention is to raise awareness of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption and to provide the tools to transform suffering into well-being.

As a complement to the book, we have built a website with resources and a space to further cultivate mindfulness practice in our daily lives. In particular, we hope the website will provide an online Sangha to share and support mindful living and eating.

We invite you to visit and share this site with your Sangha, friends and greater community:


The website includes:

· Savor Community: A forum for sharing our experiences with mindful eating and living. Post recipes, videos, share thoughts on practice.
· Resources: Download printable content such as Five Mindfulness and Five Contemplations.
· Links: Discover a library of over 100+ websites related to mindfulness, nutrition, and healthy living.

We hope that this is a space to connect all of us to explore our practice and plant seeds of compassionate living. Please join us in establishing a Savor community to look deeply at the benefits of mindful eating and living in ourselves and others.

Peace in oneself, peace in the world.

With a smile and great compassion,

Dr. Lilian Cheung

Editorial Reviews from Amazon
“Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” (New York Times )

“Authored by an eminent spiritual leader and a renowned nutritionist, this work infuses science into wisdom and wisdom into science. It is a practical guide to eating mindfully and points the way to attain a healthier weight and a more satisfying life.” (From the foreword by Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D. President, Institute of Medicine )

“Hanh and Cheung explore the convergence of nutritional science with Buddhist teaching and find complementary insights. Together, they provide approaches that help to heal both the individual and societal illness that is being manifested as an epidemic of obesity. Everyone can learn from this book.” (Walter Willett, M.D., author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy and Chair, Department of Nutrition Harvard School of Public Health )
Product Description
Common sense tells us that to lose weight, we must eat less and exercise more. But somehow we get stalled. We start on a weight-loss program with good intentions but cannot stay on track. Neither the countless fad diets, nor the annual spending of $50 billion on weight loss helps us feel better or lose weight.

Too many of us are in a cycle of shame and guilt. We spend countless hours worrying about what we ate or if we exercised enough, blaming ourselves for actions that we can't undo. We are stuck in the past and unable to live in the present—that moment in which we do have the power to make changes in our lives.

With Savor, world-renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and Harvard nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung show us how to end our struggles with weight once and for all.

Offering practical tools, including personalized goal setting, a detailed nutrition guide, and a mindful living plan, the authors help us to uncover the roots of our habits and then guide us as we transform our actions. Savor teaches us how to easily adopt the practice of mindfulness and integrate it into eating, exercise, and all facets of our daily life, so that being conscious and present becomes a core part of our being.

It is the awareness of the present moment, the realization of why we do what we do, that enables us to stop feeling bad and start changing our behavior. Savor not only helps us achieve the healthy weight and well-being we seek, but it also brings to the surface the rich abundance of life available to us in every moment.

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