Thich Nhat Hanh

Many of us are interested in making meditation, mindfulness, and peace a part of our lives. 

One of the most well-known proponents of mindfulness in the world today is Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He is 93 years old and lives in Plum Village, in Southwestern France. He was born in Vietnam and became a novice monk at age 16. Thich Nhat Hanh has spent his life teaching, writing, and giving talks about mindfulness. 

Thich Nhat Hanh is pronounced "Tik · N'yat · Hawn" (but because Vietnamese is a tonal language, this is only a close approximation to an English pronounciation). His students call him Thay (pronounced "Tay" or "Tie").

Thich Nhat Hanh and his practitioners at Plum Village have published more than 100 books and audiobooks. We compiled a list of St. Tammany Parish Library items and external websites by and about Thich Nhat Hanh. Please contact a St. Tammany Parish Library reference librarian, opens a new window if you need help getting any of the items on the list:

Thich Nhat Hanh

"Takes viewers into the monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, where monks and nuns have given up all their possessions to practice the art of mindfulness."

"This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories span the author's life and they are used to enrich and teach the Dharma. There are stories from his childhood and the traditions of rural Vietnam, stories from his years as a teenaged novice and as a young teacher and writer in war torn Vietnam. He also shares from his travels around the world to teach mindfulness, make pilgrimages to sacred sites, and influence world leaders."

"Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages . . . Beginning with the most basic questions, 'What is important in life?' and 'Why is my brother mean to me?' and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as 'How do I know if I really love somebody?,' 'How long am I going to live?,' and 'What does God look like?,' each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own." Illustrated by Jessica McClure.

"A fun, unique, and innovative method of introducing children to the practice of meditation."

"From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and more often than not prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness . . . Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary . . . Turning the conventional understanding on its head, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that true power comes from within, and that what we seek we already have." This title is also available as an audiobook (read by Lloyd James) from St. Tammany Parish Library's Hoopla service.

"Thich Nhat Hanh uses a beautiful blend of visionary insight, inspiring stories of peacemaking, and a combination of meditation practices and instruction to show us how to take Right Action. A book for people of all faiths, it is a magnum opus - a compendium of peace practices that can help anyone practice nonviolent thought and behavior, even in the midst of world upheaval . . . With a combination of courage, sweetness, and candor, he tells us that we can make a difference; we are not helpless; we can create peace here and now."

"both a political and spiritual handbook which encompasses all of Thich Nhat Hanh's major themes--mindfulness, love, truth, compassion, and peace on earth . . . his experiences during the Vietnam War and excerpts from his journals . . . a range of other highlights, such as his advice for those entering into meditation practice and his unique insights into Buddhist and Christian theology . . . a timely and thought-provoking examination of the nature of peace - both as an inner state of being and as a real condition in the world."

"'Our biggest fear,' says poet and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, 'is that we will become nothing when we die. If we think that we cease to exist when we die, we have not looked very deeply at ourselves.' It is possible to live every day without being afraid of what will happen when we die. Through a close examination of who we are, how we exist, and how we live, we can conquer our fears to live a freer and happier life. Through stories and lucid teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh brings peace of mind to a difficult subject and shows us how to live a happier life, free of fear."

"Beginning with a discussion of daily life in a Zen monastery, [the author] illustrates the character of Zen as practiced in Vietnam, and gives the reader clear explanations of the central elements of Zen practice and philosophy. Thorough attention is given to concepts such as Awareness and Impermanence, and to contemporary issues such as the conflicts between modern technology and spirituality. The final section includes a set of 43 koans from the 13th century Vietnamese master, Tran Thai Tong, which are translated here for the first time into English."

"In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to mindfulness - the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now."

"offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercises as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness - being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness." This title is also available as an audiobook (2012; read by John Lee) from St. Tammany Parish Library's Hoopla service.

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