We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

Life Story

Our own life has to be our message

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

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Bestselling Author

Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 books including classics like The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace is Every Step. 

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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.

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Global Spiritual Leader

He has applied Buddhist insights to every aspect of society, including education, business, technology, and the environmental crisis.

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Buddhist Scholar

Thich Nhat Hanh has offered modern translations of key Buddhist texts and spoken out on a range of global issues.

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Calligraphy Master

Thich Nhat Hanh’s simple and elegant calligraphies convey powerful teachings, and have been exhibited around the world.

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The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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.

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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.

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