A Prayer for Peace

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Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh. This prayer was used throughout South Vietnam in 1965 in the “Don’t Shoot Your Own Brother” campaign to rouse the willingness to work for peace. During meetings of young people, we chanted this poem, uniting our hearts and our efforts to continue to work for peace.   In beauty, sitting on a lotus flower, is Lord Buddha, quiet and [...]

Get a look at a new breed of comic-book hero


Look inside the comic book celebrating nonviolent heroes Thich Nhat Hanh, Alfred Hassler, and Sister Chan Khong. After the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh is probably the most famous Buddhist teacher of our time. But what’s this? He’s a superhero now? Well, not quite. But Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as he is affectionately known, is most definitely a hero for peace, as is his [...]

A Future Is Possible

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When we see people living mindfully, smiling and behaving in a loving manner, we gain confidence in our future. There’s a lot of suffering in the world, and it’s important for us to stay in touch with this suffering in order to be compassionate. But to remain strong, we also need to embrace the positive elements. When we see a group of people living mindfully, smiling and [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

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"Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in." It is such a simple practice, but it can transform your life. The great meditation master Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five mindfulness exercises to help you live with happiness and joy. Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and [...]

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness

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The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a serious stroke in November. (You can contribute to his relief effort, here.) We join practitioners around the world in sending our prayers and good wishes for his full recovery. Thich Nhat Hanh’s life is inspiring, his benefit great, and his teaching, like the dharma itself, profound and practical. We all want to be happy [...]

A Buddhist cop’s approach to justice

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Cheri Maples, a student of Thich Nhat Hanh and former police officer, addresses the current crisis in policing and how a Buddhist outlook could help. A cop meets Thich Nhat Hanh I became serious about developing a consistent mindfulness practice when I attended my first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (known affectionately as “Thay”), in 1991, seven years into my twenty-year [...]

Don’t Always Trust Your Perceptions

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Fox Photos/Valueline/Thinkstock Breathing in, I see myself as still water. Breathing out, I reflect things as they are. Near the mountain, there is a lake with clear, still water reflecting the mountain and the sky with pristine clarity. You can do the same. If you are calm and still enough, you can reflect the mountain, the blue sky, and the moon exactly as they are. You [...]

Is Nothing Something?

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Illustration by Jessica McClure. Thich Nhat Hanh answers children’s questions. Children have a special place in the Plum Village tradition of Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. There are special practices, vows, and programs designed especially for children and teens, and Thich Nhat Hanh often fashions the first part of his dharma talks with them in mind. He regularly takes [...]

Earth Gathas

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Gathas help us to practice mindfulness in our daily lives and to look deeply. Reciting these short verses will bring awareness, peace, and joy to the simple activities we may take for granted, like eating a meal, washing our hands, or taking out the garbage. These gathas remind us that Earth provides us with precious gifts every day. Taking the First Step of the Day Walking [...]

Wake Up to the Revolution

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Only when we recognize our connectedness to the earth, says Thich Nhat Hanh, can real change begin. We can all experience a feeling of deep admiration and love when we see the great harmony, elegance, and beauty of the earth. A simple branch of cherry blossom, the shell of a snail, or the wing of a bat—all bear witness to the earth's masterful creativity. Every advance in our [...]