Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926) is a expatriate Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, and prolific author in English. (Thich, meaning "Venerable", is a title, though often mistaken for part of his name; his title and full name are pronounced Tick-Naught-Han.)

He was born in Vietnam, and left home as a teenager to become a Zen monk. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Vietnam.

For his pacifist activism during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize. (Despite King's high praise, the committee decided, that year as in the previous one, not to make any award. King's revealing the nomination for publication was a violation of tradition and the explicit "strong request" (at least as of 2003) of the prize committee.)

In 1982 he founded Plum Village Buddhist Center, a meditation community at Dordogne in the south of France. As of 2002 he heads a monastic community and the lay group Order of Inter-Being, preaching and teaching the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and "Engaged Buddhism".

Selected Works

  • Anger
  • Being Peace
  • Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers
  • Interbeing
  • Living Buddha, Living Christ
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation
  • Peace Is Every Step
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

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