Key Books

Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles in English, ranging from classic manuals on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, to poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. They capture the Zen Master’s lifetime of teaching, scholarship, creativity and spiritual discovery. 

Where to start

Since Thich Nhat Hanh has published so many books, it is hard to know where to start. We are here to help!

These are the books we’d recommend if you haven’t read anything before.

The Miracle of Mindfulness

The Miracle of Mindfulness was written by Thich Nhat Hanh, while he was living in exile from his homeland, as a long letter to Brother Quang, a main staff…

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Peace Is Every Step

In this book Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations in our daily life that usually pressure and antagonise us. The most…

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You Are Here

“Mindfulness is not an evasion or an escape,” he explains. “It means being here, present, and totally alive. It is true freedom—and without this freedom, there is no happiness.”…

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Meditation

A revered Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh has looked deeply into key Buddhist texts and offered practical commentaries and insights.

Making Space

Find peace and calm amid the busyness of your life with this new book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Designed to be both inspiration and guidebook for those…

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Breathe, You Are Alive

Breathe, You Are Alive outlines 16 exercises of conscious breathing that were taught by the Buddha, together with commentaries and further exercises for practicing them in every day life,…

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The Blooming of a Lotus

Thirty-four guided meditation exercises that will bring both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their bodies, their inner selves, their families, and the world. This book is…

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Happiness

All of Thich Nhat Hanh’s key practices are collected in this accessible and easy-to-use book. Happiness is the quintessential resource of mindfulness practices.Happiness is structured to introduce those new…

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Handling suffering and difficulties

Through Mindfulness we can learn to soothe and take care of painful feelings such as anger, fear and despair. We can find freedom from deep psychological wounds and learn to leave with more ease and freedom.

Anger

In one instant of anger (one of the most powerful emotions) lives can be ruined, and health and spiritual development can be destroyed. In this book Thay looks at…

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No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud, No Lotus introduces ways to be in touch with suffering without being overwhelmed by it. “When we know how to suffer,” Nhat Hanh says, “we suffer much,…

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Fear

Fear is destructive, and it’s a pervasive problem we all face. Thich Nhat Hanh has written a powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal…

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Reconciliation

Reconciliation offers specific practices designed to bring healing and release for people suffering from childhood trauma. It focuses on the theme of handling our emotions and healing our relationships, as…

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Going Deeper

While Thich Nhat Hanh has written many simple and accessible books, he has also written books that offer an opportunity to delve deeper into Buddhist teachings.

The Art of Living

In troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously….

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Understanding Our Mind

A profound look at Buddhist psychology with insights into how these ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Based on the fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from…

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The Path of Emancipation

The Path of Emancipation transcribes Thich Nhat Hanh’s first twenty-one day retreat in North America in 1998, when he was joined by 400 practitioners around the world. This book…

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Awakening of the Heart

Awakening of the Heart is a collection of the Buddha’s key sutras with contemporary commentaries and translations by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is an essential complement to Happiness, the…

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Interbeing

“Interbeing” is a word coined by Thich Nhat Hanh to help us understand our deep connection to each other, nature and all things. He teaches that we cannot “be” by ourselves we can only “interbe” with all that is.

The Other Shore

In September, 2014 Thich Nhat Hanh completed a profound, beautiful and radical new English translation of the Prajñaparamita Heart Sutra, one of the most important and well-known sutras in…

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The Sun My Heart

The Sun My Heart is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s most beloved books. It was written as a sequel to Miracle of Mindfulness and contains the journey, on the…

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Zen

In the Zen tradition, it is said that insight can’t be found in the printed word, or after years or study and practice. Insight can be found only in the heart of the present moment, where it’s possible for each one of us to touch true peace, freedom and awakening.

The Buddha’s life and teachings

A scholar of original Buddhist sutra’s, Thich Nhat Hanh has looked deeply into the life of Siddartha Gautaman and the teachings he offered and found ways to communicate both in engaging, simple and proud ways.

Old Path White Clouds

Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his…

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The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable…

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Awakening of the Heart

Awakening of the Heart is a collection of the Buddha’s key sutras with contemporary commentaries and translations by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is an essential complement to Happiness, the…

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His own life

From his early years in Vietnam to teaching and peace work in the U.S.A. and establishing Plum Village in France, Thich Nhat Hanh has written about his own life and the lessons from it.

At Home in the World

This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories from peace activist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is thought provoking, inspiring, and enjoyable to read. Collected here for the first…

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Fragrant Palm Leaves

Thich Nhat Hanh has lived in exile from his native Vietnam since 1966. These remarkable early journals reveal not only an intimate portrait of the Zen master as a…

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My Master’s Robe

Zen Master, poet and peace and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in 1926 and joined the monkhood at the age of sixteen. Written…

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Cultivating the Mind of Love

In Cultivating the Mind of Love, Thich Nhat Hanh shares a most unusual Dharma teaching: the story of his first love. He pairs these heartfelt moments in his own…

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Engaged Ethics

Meditation is not just for the sitting cushion, but rather, the insights from mindfulness can guide the way we act in the world, to create more happiness for ourselves and those around us.

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The Mindfulness Survival Kit

The Five Mindfulness Trainings — not to kill, steal, commit adultery, lie, or take intoxicants—are the basic statement of ethics and morality in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh calls the…

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Good Citizens

In Good Citizens, Thich Nhat Hanh lays out the foundation for an international solidarity movement based on a shared sense of compassion, mindful consumption, and right action. Following these principles,…

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The Art of Power

Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals how true power comes from within. What we seek, we already have. Whether we…

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Creating True Peace

Creating True Peace is both a profound work of spiritual guidance and a practical blueprint for peaceful inner change and global change. It is the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s…

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Relationships

How can we bring mindfulness into our relationships with our friends, family and partners?

Teachings on Love

We all yearn to experience a love that is deeper and more joyful. Teachings on Love provides a time-tested path that anyone can follow to nurture the deepest love…

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True Love

In this little treasure, Thich Nhat Hanh, offers timeless insight into the nature of real love. With simplicity, warmth, and directness, he explores the four key aspects of love…

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Fidelity

What does healthy intimacy look like? How we do we keep the energy and passion alive in long-term relationships? What practices can help us forgive our partner when he…

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The Art of Communicating

Thich Nhat Hanh states: ‘Loneliness is the suffering of our time. Even if we’re surrounded by others, we can feel very alone. We are lonely together.’ He explains how…

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Ecology

These books explore what we do we need to do to heal our relationship with Mother Earth and to preserve and protect our planet.

Love Letter to The Earth

While many experts point to the enormous complexity in addressing issues ranging from the destruction of ecosystems to the loss of millions of species, Thich Nhat Hanh identifies one…

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The World We Have

In this provocative book, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a dramatic vision of the future of a planet overheated by rapidly disappearing fossil fuels, degraded by massive overconsumption, and besieged…

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The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion

The Diamond Sutra, a mainstay of the Mahayana tradition, has fascinated Buddhists for centuries because of its insights into dualism and illusion: the “diamond” can cut through any obstacle…

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Buddhism and Christianity

Thich Nhat Hanh has explored the connections between the great traditions of Buddhism and Christianity.

Going Home

In Going Home Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the relationship between Buddha and Jesus by presenting a conversation between the two. In this unique way we learn how such…

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Living Buddha, Living Christ

When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa.” — Thich Nhat Hanh Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in…

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The Raft is Not the Shore

This book contains a dialogue between the radical Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan and the Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Their conversations cover a wide range of topics relevant to…

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The Energy of Prayer

In The Energy of Prayer Thich Nhat Hanh looks at the applications and effectiveness of prayer in Buddhist and other spiritual traditions and closely examines the question of why…

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Poetry

Thich Nhat Hanh has written beautiful, evocative and powerful poetry.

Call Me By My True Names

“Thich Nhat Hanh’s poems have an almost uncanny power to disarm delusion, awaken compassion, and carry the mind into the immediate presence of meditation. Thich Nhat Hanh writes with…

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Present Moment Wonderful Moment

These gathas, or poetic verses are collected to help practice mindfulness. Reciting these poetic, yet practical verses can help us to slow down and enjoy each moment of our…

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For children

These simple books are much-loved by children and often also by adults too!

A Pebble for Your Pocket

Drawn from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Dharma talks given to children people, A Pebble for Your Pocket presents the basic teachings of the Buddha in accessible and modern language. The…

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Hermit and the Well

The Hermit and the Well is a story from the time the author was a young boy in Vietnam. When his school class goes on a trip to climb…

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A Handful of Quiet

A Handful of Quiet presents one of the best known and most innovative meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as part of the Plum Village community’s practice with…

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