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True Virtue

In 1988, Sister Annabel Laity became the first Western person to be ordained as a monastic disciple in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Vietnamese Zen lineage. She was given the Dharma name Chan Duc, which means True Virtue. Thirty years later, Sister Annabel is a much-loved senior Dharma teacher in the...

How to See

How we develop misperceptions, how we can gain insight, and how mindfulness practices can help us see ourselves, each other, and the world around us more clearly are just a few of the topics touched upon in this latest addition to the Mindfulness Essentials Series. In brief meditations accompanied...

How to Fight

Learn how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment, and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves and others. This time Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humour to the ways we act out in anger, frustration, despair, and delusion. The Mindfulness Essentials series introduces beginners and...

Thich Nhat Hanh turns 93

Dear Beloved Community, We are very happy to share that today Thay has been celebrating his 93rd birthday at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, his “Root Temple” where he first entered the monkhood aged sixteen.  Over the last few days, Thay’s monastic students from across Vietnam have been...

True Peace Work

True Peace Work is an anthology of voices from many lineages. Thich Nhat Hanh and many others such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Maha Ghosananda, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Matthieu Ricard are featured in this foundational trove of Buddhist essays, poems, and teachings. The topics covered...

The Other Shore (2016)

Perhaps Thich Nhat Hanh’s most enduring legacy may be his extraordinary contribution to the Buddhist canon. He has offered new translations, modern commentaries, and radical revisions to both ancient sutras and the Buddhist monastic code, making them relevant to the challenges of our times. His English translation of the...

Happy Teachers Change the World (2016)

In the early 2000s Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged mindfulness teachings began to be applied in workplaces, schools, hospitals, town halls – and even prisons, police forces and parliaments. Perhaps the field where his impact has been greatest is in education, where his “applied ethics” have been taken up by...

Love Letter to the Earth (2013)

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneering voice in spiritual ecology since the early 1970s, contributing a new language of “interbeing” vividly articulating the interconnectedness of all that is. In “Love Letter to the Earth” (2013), he called for a radical shift in consciousness to protect the planet. Bringing...

Creating True Peace (2003)

After decades of peace activism, Thich Nhat Hanh realised that there was a lot of anger and violence in the peace movement. “You can send all the bombs to the moon, but the roots of the bombs would still be there in our hearts, and sooner or later, we...

Fragrant Palm Leaves (1998)

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that if we are to sustain ourselves while taking action to relieve suffering in the world, we need to come together in community, close to nature. Plum Village in France was a natural continuation of “Fragrant Palm Leaves” (Phương Bối) a spiritual community he and...

Old Path White Clouds (1987)

As Thich Nhat Hanh’s exile continued, his following also continued to grow. Refugees fleeing Vietnam, and Westerners curious to learn more about Buddhist meditation, sought his teaching and guidance. In 1982 he founded Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center in Southwest France, a rural refuge where he continued his research...

The Miracle of Mindfulness (1975)

In 1966 Thich Nhat Hanh was exiled for daring to travel to the West to call for peace. He was cut off from his community back in Vietnam, unable to return. He wrote “The Miracle of Mindfulness” (“Phép Lạ Của Sự Tỉnh Thức”) in 1975, as a manual for...

Lotus in a Sea of Fire (1967)

As war raged in Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh became a leading figure in the Buddhist peace movement. “Lotus in a Sea of Fire” published in 1967 in the US (and underground in Vietnam as “Hoa Sen Trong Biển Lửa”), was his uncompromising and radical call for peace. It gave...

Buddhism Entering into Society (1964)

In the fifties and sixties Thich Nhat Hanh wrote over 100 articles and published a dozen books on how to renew Buddhism and offer teachings relevant to the situation of political instability, oppression, inequality and violence. Published in 1964, “Đạo Phật Đi Vào Cuộc Đời” literally means “Buddhism Entering...

A Rose for Your Pocket (1962)

Following the death of his mother, and the turmoil of partition in 1956, Thich Nhat Hanh turned his spiritual practice to researching and applying concrete methods to relieve suffering and despair. Written during his time at Princeton in 1962, “A Rose for your Pocket” (Bông Hồng Cài Áo) is...

My Master’s Robe (1950’s)

Thich Nhat Hanh’s memoirs from his time as a young novice at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế (1942-1947), were published in his late twenties (with the title “Tình Người”). “My Master’s Robe” paints a vivid portrait of a Zen temple from a bygone age, without running water, electricity or...

Buddhist Logic (1950)

Thich Nhat Hanh has become a prolific author, publishing over 100 books. His first – a collection of peace poems – came out in Saigon in 1949 when he was 24 years old. A year later he published “Đông Phương Luận Lý Học” (“Oriental Logic” or “Buddhist Logic”). In...

Calligraphy

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen calligraphies have been exhibited in North America, Europe and Asia. These eloquent ink artworks capture his insights, peace, and gentle compassion. In my calligraphy, there is ink, tea, breathing, mindfulness and concentration. This is meditation. This is not work. Suppose I write ‘breathe’; I am...

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 technology supplies us with many ways to help us stay connected – such as the Internet, e-mail, video conferencing, texting,...

Practicalities

Arrival and departure Arrival and departure days vary depending on the season. Please arrive before 6pm so you do not miss the first orientation at 7:30pm. To co-create the calm and stable energy of our retreats, please arrive only on the specified Arrival Day. Departure time is between 7am-12 noon on Departure...

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 trainings a “diet for a mindful society.” With this book he offers a Buddhist contribution to the current thinking on...

Letters from Thich Nhat Hanh

Explore the Zen Master’s open letters on community-building and current affairs, including remarkable messages to Martin Luther King Jr., President G.W. Bush, and to a young man on Death Row in the U.S.

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, much less.” With his signature clarity and sense of joy, Thay helps us recognise the wonders inside us and around...

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...

Belangrijkste lessen

Thich Nhat Hanh’s baanbrekende lessen over mindfulness, ‘interbeing’ en geëngageerde ethiek hebben nieuwe wegen geopend voor beoefenaars van meditatie, vredestichters, activisten, onderwijzers, opvoeders, ondernemers, en politici over de hele wereld. Mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh begon begin jaren zeventig met het onderwijzen van mindfulness in het Westen. In zijn boek...

Pers & Media

Ontdek bronnen over het leven en de invloed van Thich Nhat Hanh, waaronder hoge-resolutiefoto’s, factsheets en briefings voor journalisten, en een archief van interviews en publieke verklaringen. Press contact:USA: Denise Nguyen,Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation+1 (626) 524-0073 Europe: Sister True Dedication,Plum Village+33 7 66 18 88 60 To request an...

Het levensverhaal van Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Meester Thich Nhat Hanh is een wereldwijde spirituele leider, dichter en vredesactivist, bekend om zijn krachtige leerstellingen en populaire geschriften over mindfulness en vrede. Een zachte, bescheiden monnik, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. noemde hem “een apostel van vrede en geweldloosheid” toen hij hem nomineerde voor de Nobelprijs...

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