Interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh

2014

“Happiness is Now”, La Stampa (Italy), 10 September 2014
Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions about good and evil, life and death – and what Buddhism has to offer to the digital generation.

“Lack of understanding makes us victims”, La Contra (Spain), 28 June, 2014
La Contra’s quick-fire questions to Thich Nhat Hanh on war, peace and being a revolutionary.

“Is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance?”, The Guardian (UK), 28 March 2014
The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world.

“An encounter with the greatest master of Buddhism”, Pyschologies Magazine (France), March 2014
An exclusive long-form interview, following the publication in France of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Reconciliation 

“You have the Buddha in you”, Shambhala Sun, January 2014
An intimate interview during Thich Nhat Hanh’s last Teaching Tour of the United States 

2013

“Google seeks out wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh”, The Guardian (UK), 5 September 2013
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who’s visiting the Google campus this month, says we need to foster aimlessness rather than seeking to be number one.

Interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) June 1-2, 2013,
The Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh on suffering, hope and good business

“Peace and reconciliation are possible if Thai citizens and politicians renew and apply engaged Buddhism in their lives and political activities”,  Bangkok Post, May 7, 2013

“Only love can save us from climate change”, The Guardian (UK), 21 January 2013
Leading spiritual teacher warns that if people cannot save themselves from their own suffering, how can they be expected to worry about the plight of Mother Earth

“How a sense of sacred can help sustainable business”, The Guardian (UK), 8 January 2013
Sustainability leaders could learn from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who believes in a deeper human connection with nature and looking beyond purely material consumption

 

2012

Thich Nhat Hanh on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Shambhala Sun, November 2012
Thich Nhat Hanh tells Andrea Miller that anyone can use the five mindfulness trainings, the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic, to lead a life of understanding and compassion.

“In 100 years there may be no more humans on planet earth”, The Ecologist (UK), 22 March 2012 – Part 2
The acclaimed buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks to the Ecologist about the loss of biodiversity and why human vulnerability is not something we should despair about

“Happiness is possible without simply consuming all the time”, The Ecologist (UK), 22 March 2012 – Part 1
Thich Nhat Hanh explains why you don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to give up an addiction to a high-consumption lifestyle

“Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth”,  The Guardian (UK), 20 February 2012
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.

“Be Beautiful, Be Yourself”, Shambhala Sun, January 2012
Andrea Miller’s exclusive long-form interview with Thich Nhat Hanh

 

2010

“The Other Dalai Lama”, The Times (UK), 10 August 2010
Roger Tagholm visits Thich Nhat Hanh at home in Plum Village

“Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet”,The Independent (UK), 10 August 2010
Exclusive Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. He has set up an eco-friendly village and he is a best-selling author. Tomorrow this green crusader will fill the Hammersmith Apollo with fans. But Thich Nhat Hanh is no rock star – he’s a Zen Master. Nick Harding meets him.

“Love & Liberation”, Shambhala Sun, Thich Nhat Hanh special issue, July 2010
Thich Nhat Hanh on true love, the benefits of suffering, and the insight that will set you free. He says that he teaches original Buddhism with a Mahayana spirit. I say that no one else today presents the Buddha’s central teachings as clearly and powerfully.

Exclusive interview with Oprah, Super Soul Sunday, May 2010 
In this penetrating and intimate long-form interview, Thich Nhat Hanh reflects on the beauty of the present moment, being grateful for every breath, and the freedom and happiness to be found in a simple cup of tea.
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Exclusive interview with Marianne Schall, Huffington Post: 21 May 2010
Thich Nhat Hanh shares valuable insights, advice and wisdom on how we can use our downtime to truly nourish ourselves, how even a busy U.S. Congressman uses walking meditation to de-stress and clear his mind on the way to a floor vote, his concerns about the impact of technology on society and his belief in the power of meditation and mindfulness to produce a more peaceful world and self

2000’s

“The Right Kind of Power”, Beliefnet, July 2008
Thich Nhat Hanh gave the following interview to coincide with the publication of his book The Art of Power.

Thich Nhat Hanh answers questions on Tibet, Italian TV, 27 March, 2008
On the day he gave a press conference to Italian press, during a teaching tour in Italy, the demonstration by 600 Tibetan monks on the occasion of the forty-ninth year of the movement to oppose the yoke of Chinese rule was in its eighth day.

“I am Home”, Shambhala Sun, September 2007
Velcrow Ripper reports on Thich Nhat Hanh’s historic return to Vietnam, where tens of thousands gathered with him to revive Buddhist practice and to heal the wounds of war.

“The Art of Prayer”, interview with Publishers Weekly Magazine March 2006
Upon the publication of his book, “The Energy of Prayer”, Thich Nhat Hanh was asked by Publishers Weekly to answer ten questions about his teachings on prayer.

“This Is the Buddha’s Love”, Shambhala Sun: March 2006
The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh talks about non-self, interdependence, and the love that expands until it has no limit.

“Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism”, Interview with Krista Tippet for NPR (USA), October 2003
We visited the Buddhist monk at a Christian conference center in a lakeside setting of rural Wisconsin. Here, Thich Nhat Hanh offers stark, gentle wisdom for living in a world of anger and violence. He discusses the concepts of “engaged Buddhism,” “being peace,” and “mindfulness.” This interview was aired again on 4 June 2009 and in 2013.

Interview with Bob Abernathy for PBS (USA), September 19, 2003
Thich Nhat Hanh has been on a U.S. tour, ended this past week — speaking, leading retreats, and promoting his latest of more than 75 books, Creating True Peace. We caught up with Thich Nhat Hanh during late afternoon rush hour on Capitol Hill, in Washington, on his way to the Library of Congress to talk to Members of Congress, and others, about peace in a world of terrorism.

“Buddhism and the Badge”, USA Today, August 20, 2003
Thich Nhat Hanh was interviewed in Madison, Wis. during a five-day retreat for police officers and public service workers and their families. A live web chat accompanied the article (transcript available).

“An advocate for peace starts with listening”, Christian Science Monitor, April 4, 2002

“Thich Nhat Hanh’s Message to Osama bin Laden”, in From the Ashes: a spiritual response to the attacks on America, October 2001
Thich Nhat Hanh shares his thoughts on how America should respond to the terrorist attacks.

“Buddhist Balm” Publishers Weekly (USA), October 8, 2001
Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, was published the same week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ten days later Publisher’s Weekly caught up with him at Columbia University, NY.

“Building a Community of Love”, Shambhala Sun, January 1, 2000
In this remarkable exchange, bell hooks interviews Thich Nhat Hanh on the theme of “Beloved Community” and realising Martin Luther King’s dream.

1990’s

“A Monk in Exile Dreams of Return to Vietnam”, New York Times, October 16, 1999

“Stop Running, Start Being”, Sunday Interview for the San Francisco Chronicle, October 12, 1997

Interview with Ram Dass, at the “State of the World Forum,” San Francisco, October 1995