Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on mindfulness, global ethics and peace.
Ordained as monk aged 16 in Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh soon envisioned a kind of engaged Buddhism that could respond directly to the needs of society.
He was a prominent teacher and social activist in his home country before finding himself exiled for calling for peace.
In the West he played a key role in introducing mindfulness and created mindful communities (sanghas) around the world. His teachings have impacted politicians, business leaders, activists, teachers and countless others.
Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 books, including classics like The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step.
Making Buddhism Accessible
Through his simple yet profound teachings, mindfulness has reached a mainstream audience.
With the energy of mindfulness, any action in our daily life—including walking, eating, brushing our teeth, or doing the dishes—can become joyful, relaxed and meaningful. It’s a revolutionary approach that brings peace, clarity and insight.
Global Spiritual Leader
He has applied Buddhist insights to every aspect of society, including education, business, technology, and the environmental crisis.
Thich Nhat Hanh has offered modern translations of key Buddhist texts and spoken out on a range of global issues.
- Happiness is Now
- Lack of understanding makes us victims
- Is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance?
Letters & Public Statements
- Letter after hearing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination
- Letter to Tommy in Prison
- Thay’s letter to Root Temple Descendants, October 2018
Are you a journalist or media organisation? Visit our Press Resources.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple and elegant calligraphies convey powerful teachings, and have been exhibited around the world.
Health & Updates
On 11th November 2014, a month after his 89th birthday, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a severe brain hemorrhage (stroke).
We thank you for continuing to send him energy of compassion and healing to support his recovery.
- Thay returns to Vietnam after health check-ups in Thailand
- Thay travels to Bangkok for health check-ups
- Thich Nhat Hanh turns 93
Experience his teachings
Thich Nhat Hanh’s community is his continuation
Thich Nhat Hanh has offered mindfulness retreats around the world. His monastic and lay students keep his teachings alive and continue to offer life-changing retreats.