Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022) was born in Vietnam and trained in the Zen tradition. He has written over 100 Dharma books and has opened monasteries around the world. He started the Order of Interbeing which has a special emphasis on social engagement work (charities, environmentalism, anti-war). His tradition blends Zen with Theravada mindfulness and western psychology. He was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his work against wars.

Thích Nhất Hạnh; born as Nguyễn Đình Lang and later known by the name Nguyễn Xuân Bảo; (October 11, 1926 – January 22, 2022) was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, prolific author, poet, teacher, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism. Known as the "father of mindfulness", Nhất Hạnh was a major influence on Western practices of Buddhism.

Nhất Hạnh was exiled from Vietnam in the 1960s after expressing opposition to the war. He established dozens of monasteries and practice centers and spent most of his later life at the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France near Thénac, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. After a 39-year exile, he was permitted to visit Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to his "root temple", Từ Hiếu Temple, near Huế, where he died on January 22, 2022, at the age of 95.

Nhất Hạnh was active in the peace and deep ecology movements, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and raising awareness of the interconnectedness of all elements in nature. He was the founder of the largest monastic order in the West. He was a vegan, refraining from consuming meat or animal products as a means of nonviolence toward animals.


A Pebble for Your Pocket, Full Circle Publishing, 2001

Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames, Riverhead Trade, 2002

At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life, with Jason Deantonis (Illustrator), Parallax Press, 2016

The Moon Bamboo, Parallax Press, 1989

Be Free Where You Are, Parallax Press, 2002

Being Peace, Parallax Press, 1987

Buddha Mind, Buddha Body: Walking Toward Enlightenment, Parallax Press, 2007

Cultivating The Mind Of Love, Full Circle, 1996

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm, HarperOne, 2012

Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals, 1962–1966, Riverhead Trade, 1999

Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, Riverhead Books, 1999

Hermitage Among the Clouds, Parallax Press, 1993

How to Eat, Parallax Press, 2014

How to Fight, Parallax Press, 2017

How to Love, Parallax Press, 2014

How to Relax, Parallax Press, 2015

How to Sit, Parallax Press, 2014

Is nothing something? : Kids' questions and zen answers about life, death, family, friendship, and everything in between, Parallax Press 2014

Living Buddha, Living Christ, Riverhead Trade, 1997

Love Letter to the Earth, Parallax Press, 2012

Mindful Movements: Ten Exercises for Well-Being, Parallax Press 2008

No Death, No Fear, Riverhead Trade reissue, 2003

No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering, Parallax Press, 2014

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha, Parallax Press, 1991

Old Path, White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha Blackstone Audio, Inc.; 2016

Our Appointment with Life: Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone, Parallax Press, 1990

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Bantam reissue, 1992

Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, Parallax Press, 2010

 Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life. HarperOne. 2010

Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise], HarperOne (1705), 2015

Teachings on Love, Full Circle Publishing, 2005

The Art of Communicating, HarperOne, 2013

The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now, HarperOne, 2017

The Art of Power, HarperOne, 2007

The Blooming of a Lotus, Beacon Press, 2009

The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutrs, Parallax Press, 1992

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Broadway Books, 1999

The Heart Of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, Full Circle, 1997, (2005 Edition)

The Miracle of Mindfulness, Rider Books, 1991

The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation, Beacon Press, 1999 (Vietnamese: Phép lạ của sự tỉnh thức).

The Novice: A Story of True Love, HarperCollins, 2011

The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries, Palm Leaves Press, 2017

The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat, Unified Buddhist Church, 2000

The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh, Shambhala Pocket Classics, 2012

The Raft Is Not the Shore: Conversations Toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness, Daniel Berrigan (Co-author), Orbis Books, 2000

The Sun My Heart, Parallax Press, 1988

Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings, Robert Ellsberg (Editor), Orbis Books, 2001

Touching the Earth: Intimate Conversations with the Buddha, Parallax Press, 2004

Transformation and Healing: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, Full Circle, 1997

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart, Shambhala Publications, 1997

Under the Banyan Tree, Full Circle Publishing, 2008

Understanding Our Mind, HarperCollins, 2006

Vietnam: Lotus in a sea of fire. New York, Hill and Wang. 1967.

Works by or about Thích Nhất Hạnh in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, Shambhala Publications, 2010

Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, Shambhala Publications, 2011

Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice, Harmony, 1994

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Harper Collins, 2021

See also: Thich Nhat Hanh quotes