Think Not Hanh: Present Moment Profitable Moment

Present Moment Profitable Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Day Trading

by Think Not Hanh
198 pages

Present Moment Profitable Moment is an inspiring handbook of “mindfulness poems” or gathas. Reading these poetic yet practical verses can help day traders and other white-collar workers enjoy each moment of their lives while making it more profitable. There are verses for waking up to “24 brand new opportunities,” “Taking your Xanax,” and “Contrarian Investing”. With a gentle voice and penetrating insight, Think Not Hanh offers reflections on and insights into the issues of our day.



  1. Waking Up
  2. Taking your Xanax
  3. Looking in the Mirror
  4. Getting Dressed
  5. Finding a Seat on the Subway
  6. Ignoring the Beggars
  7. Buying a Latte
  8. Turning on the Computer
  9. Writing a Status Update
  10. Turning on your Meditation App
  11. Praising your Spiritual Teacher
  12. Making a Tax-Deductibe Donation
  13. Praising Buddha


  1. Entering the Office
  2. Sitting Down
  3. Having another Coffee
  4. Praising Buddha
  5. Finding a Stable Sitting Position
  6. Adjusting a Meditation Posture
  7. Logging On
  8. Checking the Market
  9. Tuning In to the Financial Flows
  10. Fine-Tuning your Financial Instruments
  11. Buying Stock
  12. Selling Stock
  13. Contrarian Investing
  14. Trend Following
  15. Range Trading
  16. Rebate Trading
  17. Scalping
  18. News Playing
  19. Price Action
  20. Dealing with Authomatic Algorithms


  1. Looking at The Menu
  2. Ordering Drinks
  3. Ordering Food
  4. Contemplating Your Food
  5. Beginning to Eat
  6. Finishing Your Meal
  7. Ordering an Espresso
  8. Contemplating the Size of the Tip
  9. Paying the Bill


  1. Getting Laid
  2. Choosing a Movie
  3. Surfing the Internet
  4. Trying New Antidepressants
  5. Recreational Drug Use
  6. Recreational Sex
  7. Getting In Shape
  8. Staying In Shape
  9. Buying a New Kitchen
  10. Metrosexuality
  11. Hair Issues 1:To Dye or Not to Dye
  12. Hair Issues 2: Dealing With Baldness

Sample Chapter

Contrarian Investing

Investing against conventional wisdom
is like facing your koan
The unknown is the gate to success
Everyday mind is Buddha’s mind.

To my mind, the idea that contrarian investing is a dangerous strategy can occur to us only when we are not doing it. Once we are sitting in front of our computer with our sleeves rolled up, having thousands of dollars to our disposal, it is really not bad at all. I enjoy taking my time with each investment, being fully aware of the flows of the market and each movement of my hands. I know that if I play it safe in order to cover all bases, I will give in to my loser’s mind, and my life is not worth living. That would be a pity, for every cent is a miracle. The flow of money itself, and the fact that I am here directing it, is truly a miracle!

Each dollar and each investment in the sunlight of awareness becomes sacred. In this light, no boundary exists between Market and Mind, and both are sacred. With mindful and bold trading, it may take a bit longer to close the deal, but we can live fully, happily, in every moment.

If I am incapable of bold investmens, if I want to finish them quickly so I can go and have lunch and a glass of wine, I will be equally incapable of doing these things joyfully. With the glass in my hand, I will be thinking about what to do next, and the bouquet of the wine, together with the pleasure of alcohol, will be lost. I will always be dragged into the future, never able to live in the present moment. The time of mindful, contrarian investmens is as important as the time of formal meditation. That is why the everyday mind is called the Buddha’s mind.

About the author
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and transintegral theorist Think Not Hanh (called Toy by his students) has led an extraordinary life. Zen Master Think Not Hanh is perhaps most known for his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and creative anti-intellectualism He has published over 100 titles of translations and commentaries, mindfulness manuals, poems, prose, and children’s stories, including numerous bestsellers. He is the founder of Dumb Village on Long Island

Master Think Not’s key teaching is that, through mindfulness and no-thinking, we can learn to live happily and profitably in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace and realize the unity of Mind and Market.

In 1995, at the beginning of his career, Think Not Hanh established the Sweet Pot community near Taos, and in 2005 the community moved to Long Island and established Dumb Village Retreat Center. Under the spiritual leadership of Zen Master Think Not Hanh, Dumb Village has grown from a small rural farmstead to become one of the most successful  Buddhist monasteries in the USA with associated centers in four continents and lay sanghas in over forty countries worldwide. Zen Master Think Not Hanh continues to lead meditation retreats on the art of mindful living across the world, including special retreats for psychotherapists, military officers, businessmen, politicians, scientists, police, and, more recently, for private security services providers.



3 thoughts on “Think Not Hanh: Present Moment Profitable Moment

  1. Praise the MOney. I worked several years under the guidance of Think Not Hanh to perfect my trading. As an accomplished hedge fund manager with literally billions at my disposal Think Not Hanh led me to new horizons. When meting Think Not after working in The MArkets for several decades it was a revelation. After just one meditation session with Think Not it came upon my like pure value. I realized how to maximize my investment style with Think Not’s advice: I am data. I am the expression of pure data and as such I am nothing but data – which is money. Now if I walk into my office and sit down at my personal trading desk – overseeing hundreds of highly skilled mathematicians at their computers being busy developing algorithms data-mining the MArkets – I merge with data instantly. That’s what Think Not taught me. To be data. Nothing but another data point. But, of course, one which is a money magnet. Present Moment Profitable Moment will teach you how to become data and forget your self.

  2. The unenlightened see only the money, the seer realizes the interdependence of all things. A gentle rain nourishes the soil of the denuded forest where the tree once grew, Brother tree, now pulp, is worked on by the temporary, hourly laborers, often contributing fingers, hands and the occasional eye to provide the the paper necessary to print the currency which is the lifeblood of the body politic
    Just as a body needs a brain to direct it’s energy, the body politic needs you, day trader, to pick the winners and the losers in the great samsaric game of life. Who will be crushed by the Dharmic Wheel? To the winners perhaps a penthouse in New York,, a villa in Spain or maybe a small island? To the losers a life of scarcity and contemplation the opportunity to be born in a more affluent zip code.

  3. come on.. Some of TNH’s western “students” may have developed kinda clutish behahior (which is unfortunate and creepy actually..), though he has not even sex with them (hope so). But he is not after money.

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