Is Nothing Something?


Is Nothing Something? : Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything In-between

Is Nothing Something?

Is Nothing Something?

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages.

Beginning with the most basic questions, “What is important in life?” and “Why is my brother mean to me?” and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as “How do I know if I really love somebody?,” “How long am I going to live?,” and “What does God look like?,” each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, and adults wondering how to answer them.

Illustrated with original color artwork by Jessica McClure.

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2 comments on “Is Nothing Something?
  1. Fern says:

    After seeing the cover of this book I decided to pose a similar question to my class of 7-9 year olds. I wrote on the board ‘is there any such thing as nothing?’ and opened up the discussion. I had some fascinating responses including a 7 year old who said ‘nothing must be something because it has a name’, and an 8 year old girl who said ‘nothing is the opposite of something and if it is an opposite it must be a thing’. We had a great discussion that inspired us all so thanks for the idea! Last term we discussed ‘is there more future or more past?’. I’m always looking for similar questions that to discuss if you have any?

    • peter says:

      Dear Fern

      lovely note. One thing I do with the kids is have them bring in something they really care about and then I ask them “What is it?” Of course, they start with the name, but then I ask them to keep looking to see how it came to be that ‘thing’. It leads them right into the teaching on impermanence and inter-being, and they realize they are holding everything right there in their favourite thing. Maybe your kids will like this. I hope so.

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