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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.

Meditation

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

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.

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.

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.

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. He communicates the life and teachings of the Buddha in engaging, simple and profound ways.

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 extraordinary life and the lessons from it.

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.

Relationships

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

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.

Buddhism and Christianity

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

Poetry

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

For children

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

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