Surprising Wisdom in Tales of Emptiness
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  • Author: Thomas Moore
  • Product Code: 88661
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-866-1
  • Pages: 208
  • 1 Paperback / softback
  • Size: 5.25 x 8.00



With compassion and insight, Thomas Moore offers a compelling case for an easier, lighter way of moving through life by experiencing the peace, calm, and openness of emptiness. Through ancient and modern stories, Moore gently shows that our constant multitasking may not be getting us anywhere, and that emptiness is not a lack but an invitation that can be our greatest teacher. A daily awareness and appreciation of the quiet spaciousness in our world and our own lives is not a retreat from reality but a rich and full welcome to all that is most meaningful and real.



The Eloquence of Silence is itself eloquent and quiets the restless mind. The stories and comments point to the spaciousness that is inside everything. This is the understanding that gives life joy. The thing is that Thomas Moore has a lovely, easy style; as you read the book, the world starts to slow down, the stories make a bridge, the silence goes straight into your own heart. This book is delicious. I ate it all in one sitting.”
— John Tarrant, author of The Light Inside the Dark: Zen, Soul, and the Spiritual Life

“This precious book is an extraordinary journey into silence and emptiness, one that touches all aspects of life and is revelatory.”
— Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, abbot at Upaya Zen Center and author of Standing at the Edge

“I have one hand clapping (loudly) for Thomas Moore’s eloquent and epicurean honoring of less, where even nothing can be plenty. This is not just a book but a crystalline conjuring of uncluttered consciousness, a compellingly lucid and often funny meditation on unsuspected portals to magic and freedom.”
— Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and The Journey of Soul Initiation

“I read Thomas Moore’s book on emptiness, and I found it very full. In The Eloquence of Silence, Moore shows us that emptiness doesn’t mean nothing or that nothing matters; rather, it exposes the great expansive significance of everything. I like the effect the book has. It will surely benefit anyone who reads it and pays attention.”
— David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki