Category: Selected Interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh has, on a few rare occasions, accepted invitations to be interviewed. Here you will find a selection of exclusive interviews with Thich Nhat Hanh that have appeared in print, video and audio since the late 1990s (most recent first).

Thich Nhat Hanh’s final mindfulness lesson: how to die peacefully

Vox interviews Brother Phap Dung on how Thay is living his days: “Letting go is also the practice of letting in, letting your teacher be alive in you”

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Thay and the Sangha preparing for Lunar New Year

An update on how our Beloved Teacher is doing as we enjoy preparing for the Lunar New Year.

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“Where is Thay?” A Christmas message from Plum Village

A message for our global community for the holiday season.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Closing the Door

This is the first in a series of memories written by Thay, based on his time at Tu Hieu Temple, Vietnam (his root temple), to which he has recently returned to live.

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Thay’s 92nd Birthday

As we celebrate Thay’s 92nd continuation day on 11th October, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you how our beloved Teacher has been doing.

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An Interview with Sr. True Virtue

An interview with Sister True Virtue (Chan Duc). She tells us how she has stayed on the path and shares some stories about Thay.

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BBC Radio 4 Visits Plum Village

Listen to the BBC’s thoughtful reflections on touching true happiness in Plum Village.

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“Mindfulness: Be Happy Now!” Documentary

Interview with Larry Kasanoff, producer and filmmaker about the documentary-making process with Thich Nhat Hanh   How did you get into mindfulness? I read one of Thay’s books, loved it, and contacted him to meet because I thought he would be great inspiration for one of the characters in a series of very successful action

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La Stampa (Italy): 10 September 2014

Today, 10th September 2014 one of Italy’s biggest newspapers, La Stampa, published a wonderful interview with Thay. The paper’s Culture Editor joined the entire Italian Retreat here at Plum Village in the last week of August, and experienced for himself that “Happiness is Now”. See below for the English translation.    Happiness is now An

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La Contra (Spain): 28 June, 2014

  Translation: Thich Nhat Hanh, a quien Luther King propuso para el Nobel de la Paz Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Martin Luther King nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize “La falta de comprensión nos convierte en víctimas” “Lack of understanding makes us victims” Tengo 88 años. Soy maestro zen. A los 16 ingresé en un monasterio.

The Guardian (UK): 28 March 2014

Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance? The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world by Jo Confino | Friday 28 March 2014 Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic among business leaders, with several key executives speaking publicly in

Pyschologies Magazine (France): March 2014

“An encounter with the greatest master of Buddhism” – an exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh by Anne Laure Gannac

Shambhala Sun: January 2014

You Have the Buddha in You: An Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh BY ANDREA MILLER | NOVEMBER 13, 2013 Throughout my retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, I was curious about the quaint little brown house, which the monastics referred to as Thay’s hut. Finally, on the last day, I was invited inside and saw a cozy

The Guardian (UK): 5 September 2013

Google seeks out wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh by Jo Confino | Thursday 5 September 2013 Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who’s visiting the Google campus this month, says we need to foster aimlessness rather than seeking to be number one. Why on earth are many of the world’s most powerful technology companies, including Google,

Interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

This article was published in the Southern German Newspaper, the Suddeutsche Zeitung, for the weekend Saturday-Sunday 1st-2nd June 2013. It was based on an interview given in August 2012 at the EIAB, and has been translated from the German. The Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh on suffering, hope and good business Interview by Malte Conradi and Sarah

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Bangkok Post (Thailand): May 7, 2013

This article appeared in the Bangkok Post on May 7, 2013 © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved. Peace and reconciliation are possible if Thai citizens and politicians renew and apply engaged Buddhism in their lives and political activities WRITER: KARNJARIYA SUKRUNG | 7 May 2013 The interview with Zen master and Buddhist icon Thich Nhat

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The Guardian (UK) : 21 January 2013

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: only love can save us from climate change Leading spiritual teacher warns that if people cannot save themselves from their own suffering, how can they be expected to worry about the plight of Mother Earth by Jo Confino | Monday 21 January 2013 Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s

The Guardian (UK): 8 January 2013

How a sense of sacred can help sustainable business Sustainability leaders could learn from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who believes in a deeper human connection with nature and looking beyond purely material consumption by Jo Confino | Tuesday 8 January 2013 There is a saying from a famous Buddhist master that the miracle of life

Shambhala Sun, November 2012: Thich Nhat Hanh on the Five Mindfulness Trainings

This interview was published in two parts, in November 2012, and January 2013. You Don’t Need to Be Buddhist BY ANDREA MILLER | NOVEMBER 15, 2012 Thich Nhat Hanh tells Andrea Miller that anyone can use the five mindfulness trainings to lead a life of understanding and compassion. Why do you say that you don’t need to

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The Ecologist (UK): 22 March 2012 – Part 2

Happiness is possible without simply consuming all the time In the second part of his interview, Thich Nhat Hanh explains why you don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to give up an addiction to a high-consumption lifestyle Most of us in the West are still attached to a high-consumption lifestyle. We like to buy

The Ecologist (UK): 22 March 2012 – Part 1

“Thich Nhat Hanh: in 100 years there may be no more humans on planet earth” by Tom Levitt. The acclaimed buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks to the Ecologist about the loss of biodiversity and why human vulnerability is not something we should despair about Do you believe humans can avoid a global ecological collapse,

The Guardian (UK): 20 February 2012

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth by Jo Confino | Monday 20 February 2012 “Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.” Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has been practising meditation and mindfulness for 70 years and

Shambhala Sun: January 2012

Be Beautiful, Be Yourself BY ANDREA MILLER | NOVEMBER 29, 2011 Andrea Miller’s exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. After Thay’ s 2011 Vancouver retreat wrapped up, two nuns ushered me into the kitchen/living room portion of a student residence at the University of British Columbia. Through the windows I saw the radiant blue of

The Times (UK): 10 August 2010

The Other Dalai Lama Roger Tagholm | Thursday, August 10, 2010 This Zen Buddhist monk has helped millions to live a more mindful life. He is the most famous Zen Buddhist you’ve never heard of. The 84-year-old Vietnamese monk and meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh is the author of more than 100 books, has spoken to world

The Independent (UK): Monk on a Mission, 10 August 2010

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet An Exclusive Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh by Nick Harding | Tuesday 10 August, 2010 Monk on a Mission He has set up an eco-friendly village and he is a best-selling author. Tomorrow this green crusader will fill the Hammersmith Apollo with fans. But Thich Nhat Hanh is

Shambhala Sun: Thich Nhat Hanh special issue, July 2010

Love & Liberation An exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh BY MELVIN MCLEOD | APRIL 26, 2010   Thich Nhat Hanh on true love, the benefits of suffering, and the insight that will set you free. He says that he teaches original Buddhism with a Mahayana spirit. I say that no one else today presents

Exclusive interview with Oprah, May 2010

The Oprah Winfrey Network aired her interview with Thich Nhat Hanh on Sunday, May 6, 2010, as part of her “Super Soul Sunday” series. On the show, Thay leads Oprah through a tea meditation, explaining how the simple act of sipping tea can be an exercise in being more present in the moment. Below you can read

Huffington Post: 21 May 2010

Exclusive Interview With Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh by Marianne Schnall | 05/21/2010 9:52 am EDT In the following interview, Nhat Hanh shares valuable insights, advice and wisdom on how we can use our downtime to truly nourish ourselves (he says, “we humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing”), how even a busy

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Right Kind of Power (July 2008)

Thich Nhat Hanh gave the following interview to coincide with the publication of his book The Art of Power in July 2008. What led you to choose power as the subject for your latest book? TNH: Seeing more and more the suffering caused by misuse of power by people at every level of society —

Thich Nhat Hanh on Tibet (27 March, 2008)

When the Plum Village delegation led by Thich Nhat Hanh landed in Rome in March 2008 for fourteen days of public talks, retreats, and other events, the demonstration by 600 Tibetan monks on the occasion of the forty-ninth year of the movement to oppose the yoke of Chinese rule was in its eighth day. The capital of Tibet, Lhasa,