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  • Published: 8 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241340660
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $30.00

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

How to be Calm in a Busy World

A multimillion-copy bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about slowing down in our fast-paced world

The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim's simple messages - which he first wrote when he responded to requests for advice on social media - speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.

Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religion, borders and ages. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the bestselling monk succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

  • Published: 8 February 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241340660
  • Imprint: Penguin Life
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $30.00

About the author

Haemin Sunim

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter (@haeminsunim) and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings. In Korea, The Things You Can See sold more than three million copies and spent 41 weeks at Number One. Love For Imperfect Things was Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.

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Praise for The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

Full of insightful and practical advice-and wonderfully portable, like a daily guidebook. I read it with great interest

Bhante Gunaratana, author of 'Mindfulness in Plain English'

Universal truths, beautifully expressed, lovingly illustrated

Mark Williams, co-author of 'Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World'

Haemin Sunim has offered us a remarkable gift, a compendium of practical wisdom. It is accessible brilliance

Allan Lokos, founder and guiding teacher, Community Meditation Center, NYC; author of 'Through the Flames', 'Patience', and 'Pocket Peace'

A remarkable guide to how to live a life of unpretentious authenticity and compassionate engagement. In Haemin Sunim's brief essays and aphorisms, the insights of Buddhism have fully become the stuff of life itself

Robert Buswell, Director of Buddhist Studies, UCLA

This book is wonderful-straight from the heart of a wise, kind teacher. Written simply and with gentle humor, it will help you find lasting happiness in a changing world

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of 'Buddha’s Brain' and 'Hardwiring Happiness'

Loving, practical, and kind, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down is a beautiful reminder of the rewards of living wisely

Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of 'A Path with Heart' and 'The Wise Heart'

Filled with gems of wisdom, this book will lift up your heart and enliven your spirit

Tara Brach, author of 'Radical Acceptance' and 'True Refuge'

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down proves what the Wise have always taught: As goes our attention, so comes our experience. The more we attend to living in the present moment, the richer becomes our experience of it . . . and of our own higher possibilities

Guy Finley, bestselling author of 'The Secret of Letting Go'

Perfect for readers looking for a respite from busy lives and tumultuous times . . . Sunim evokes a calm assuredness in his philosophy, reminiscent of Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran

Publishers Weekly

Haemin Sunim's book has a place in my backpack now. When I read it at the coffee shop, my coffee break becomes a meditation break. At bedtime, it brings me peace. And in the morning it inspires me

Joseph Emet, author of 'Finding the Blue Sky' and 'Buddha’s Book of Meditation'

I believe this elegant book will help heal a river of grief that runs through our entire nation, just below the surface, everywhere I go. People ache for time with those they love, with friends and family, with nature. My hope is that everyone who opens this book will immediately find some passage, some way into a secret garden of slow time, where things of great beauty and truth grow, and blossom, in effortless abundance. It is a glorious refuge -- a timely, welcome escape from the pervasive trance of ordinary, relentlessly productive time

Wayne Muller, bestselling author of 'Sabbath' and 'A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough'

Wonderful . . . They read almost like haikus

Lakshmi Singh, All Things Considered (NPR)

Offers practical advice on everything from handling setbacks to relationships. Best for reclaiming your zen


Ingeniously simple tips from a zen monk that'll boost your mood, career - and relationships

Daily Mail

Taking time is Sunim's thing. He's a Buddhist monk who has become internationally famous for it. Written in response to requests for advice on social media, [The Things You Can See] directly addresses problems facing people around the world

John-Paul Flintoff, Guardian

Everyone who wants to thrive more in their life should have it on their nightstand

Arianna Huffington