Gratitude for Thich Nhat Hanh

Please post below your memories of hearing Thay’s teachings, attending his retreats, or simply how his teachings and writings have impacted your life.

Have you been able to reconcile a relationship or transform a difficulty? Has he inspired you to action in peace work, social justice, ecology, education, community-building or other kinds of engaged service? How do you aspire to continue his message in your own life?

Plum Village and the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is collecting an archive of memories of Thay. We invite you to share a photo or video of Thay, or a high-resolution photograph of one of his calligraphies. Please upload them here.

If you have something that you would like to share with us, but prefer not to post publicly, please send it to:

You may enjoy reading tributes to our teacher by some notable figures here.

It is not an exaggeration to say Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings saved my life and continue to beautify it.

Victoria Schafer

I cannot begin to express how deeply this man has moved me and shaken my understanding of the world to its core. … My life is infinitely clearer, more grounded, joyful, calmer, more spacious, more filled with appreciation and gratitude.

Tanya Meyer

May we all continue to live as he showed us in peace and nonviolence that we too might spread the light of peace throughout the world.

Father John Dear

I’m just a regular guy from Texas. I read about Thay and ordered ‘The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh.’ It completely changed my life. I stopped rushing and seeking. I learned to be still and enjoy each moment.

Dan Watson

While my root teacher is Jesus, the practices of Thay and the dharma of Plum Village have shown me the path to joy. The present moment is the only eternity we will ever know.


I met this loving man in 2008 in the desert … he spoke to a small group of us veterans who were struggling to adapt to our new lives back in the civilian society. What he taught me saved my life … for that I am eternally grateful.

Mateo Hevezi

I will see you everywhere, always, as my breath beside me.

Terrence Geary

I cannot begin to tell you how much your teachings have helped me and how much you mean to me. You gave me the tools to transform difficult emotions by shining the light of mindfulness on them. You showed me how to find peace with my father


I worked in a prison and used Thay’s teachings to help and guide the men in my unit. The simplicity of it all makes it easy to demonstrate and teach. Thank you.


I drove almost 1000 miles to see you and I am holding to my heart those few moments that I met you. You are a great teacher and a beautiful soul. 

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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