Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022) was a renowned Zen teacher and poet, the founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement, and the founder of nine monastic communities, including Plum Village Monastery in France. He was also the author of At Home in the World, The Other Shore, and more than a hundred other books that have sold millions of copies worldwide.

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Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Heal Your Inner Child

Healing the pain of our wounded child within, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is key.

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How to Eat an Apple

Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Lilian Cheung on how the simple act of mindfully eating an apple can bring you many delights.

How to Practice Hugging Meditation

Nothing warms the heart like a loving hug. To make the experience even deeper and more healing, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us this practice of hugging meditation he created.

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How to Work Together for Real Change

Ethics was deeply important to the late Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. (In fact, “An Ancient Path for Modern Times: Applied Ethics” is the theme of his Plum Village community’s retreat for experienced practitioners this year.) Here he explains how we can awaken together through our work—and why we must.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Walking Meditation

The late Thich Nhat Hanh emphasized the practice of mindful walking as a profound way to deepen our connection with our body and the earth. Read on and learn how to breathe, take a mindful step, and come back to your true home.

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3 Mindful Movement Exercises

Thich Nhat Hanh offers three mindful movement exercises for well-being, "a wonderful way of connecting your mind and body in mindfulness."

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New York City Hall illuminated in Buddhist colors for Vesak

This week, New York City Hall and other municipal buildings were illuminated with the colors of the international Buddhist flag to celebrate Vesak. President of the Buddhist Council of New York Doyeon Park reflects on what this means to New York's Buddhist community.

To Practice Mindfulness Is to Return to Life

Thich Nhat Hanh says that mindfulness shows us the suffering of life and connects us with compassion.

5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness

“The essence of our practice can be described as transforming suffering into happiness,” says Thich Nhat Hanh.

How to Be a Bodhisattva

It may seem like an unattainable ideal, but you can start right now as a bodhisattva-in-training. All you need is the aspiration to put others first.

Loosening the Knots of Anger

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves.

The Fourfold Grace of Won Buddhism

Won Buddhism teaches that we can develop a sense of gratitude for everything — good and bad — by studying the interconnected nature of life. This is the teaching of the Fourfold Grace.

See the Universe in a Sunflower

In this teaching from the late Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, he explores how looking deeply at a sunflower can help us discover the reality of interbeing.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Love Letter to the Earth

The earth is you. You are the earth. When you realize there is no separation, says the late Thich Nhat Hanh, you fall completely in love with this beautiful planet.

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The Sunlight of Awareness

Shine the warm light of awareness on your thoughts and feelings, says Thich Nhat Hanh.

Growing Together

To commit to another person is to embark on an adventurous journey, writes Thich Nhat Hanh. You must be wise and patient to keep your love alive so it will last for a long time.

Thich Nhat Hanh on The Practice of Mindfulness

The late Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh teaches five simple exercises to help you live with joy.

Beginning Anew

A meditation instruction by the late Thich Nhat Hanh on starting over.

How to Water the Seeds of Happiness

Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings were always profound and practical, showing us effective ways to apply Buddhism’s deepest insights in our own lives. Here he draws on Buddhist and modern psychology to teach us how to cultivate the habit of happiness.

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Earth Gathas

These short verses bring awareness, peace, and joy to simple activities, and remind us that Earth provides us with precious gifts every day.

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The Heart Sutra: the Fullness of Emptiness

Emptiness is not something to be afraid of, says Thich Nhat Hanh. The Heart Sutra teaches us that form may be empty of self but it’s full of everything else.

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The Miracle of Daily Mindfulness

When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we open to the wonders of life and allow the world to heal and nourish us.

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The Doors of Liberation

No self, no form, no goal: Thich Nhat Hanh on the truth we’re distracting ourselves from.

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Listening Deeply for Peace

Peace will only become a reality when world leaders come to negotiations with the ability to hear the suffering at the root of all conflicts.

Las puertas de la liberación

No yo, no forma, no meta: Thich Nhat Hanh habla acerca de la verdad de la cual nos estamos distrayendo.

Imagine a Pine Tree

Thich Nhat Hanh answers a retreatant’s question on what to do in the face of suffering. "Anything you do for yourself, you do for the world."

Pouring Tea

Thich Nhat Hanh shares how to transform your afternoon cup of tea into a series of mindful actions.

Breathing

A poem by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Looking Deeply into Impermanence, No-self, and Nirvana

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that by looking deeply we develop insight into impermanence and no self. These are the keys to the door of reality.

This Moment is Perfect

There is only one moment for you to be alive, and that is the present moment. Go back to the present moment and live this moment deeply, and you’ll be free.

How to Sit

Thich Nhat Hanh shares gentle guidance for beginning your meditation practice.