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Thich Nhat Hanh

The Shambhala Sun offers the best selection of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings and commentaries available on the web.

Thich Nhat Hanh is the leading proponent of a Buddhist approach to politics and social action. He is a Zen teacher, poet, and the founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement and author of more than forty books.

In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. He conducts meditation retreats throughout the world for American Vietnam War veterans, psychotherapists, artists, environmental activists, and children. In 2005, he made an historic pilgrimage back to Vietnam where he was welcomed by thousands of followers and government officials. The Shambhala Sun is pleased to offer this collection of Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings.

Thich Nhat Hanh in the Shambhala Sun

Interview: Be Beautiful, Be Yourself

Thich Nhat Hanh on why Buddhists don't really believe in reincarnation, why meditation is only worth doing if its enjoyable, and why you don't have to be a Buddhist to be a good Buddhist. A provocative interview with the great Zen teacher, by Andrea Miller.

Awakening My Heart

Andrea Miller attends a transformational six-day retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Peace in Every Step: Thich Nhat Hanh's Life of Courage and Compassion

From the front lines of activism in war-torn Vietnam to worldwide prominence as a Buddhist teacher, Andrea Miller tells Thich Nhat Hanh's extraordinary story.

Love & Liberation: The Shambhala Sun interviews Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh on true love, the benefits of suffering, and the insight that will set you free. An exclusive feature interview with Shambhala Sun editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod.

The Moment is Perfect

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us that there is nothing we experience that can't be approached with mindfulness and compassion. 

Growing Together

In this introduction to the book Love's Garden, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how we can use loving relationships to cultivate the seeds of buddhahood inside us.

The World We Have

Only once we combine our concern for the planet with spiritual practice, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we have the tools needed to transform.

I am Home

Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper reports on Thich Nhat Hanh's historic trip home to Vietnam, where tens of thousands gathered with him to revive Buddhist practice and to heal the wounds of war.

Returning Home

Thich Nhat Hanh offers a guided meditation to relax our body and mind and return to the here and now. Fully present, fully alive, we find we are already home.

This is the Buddha's Love

The great Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh talks about non-self, interdependence, and the love that expands until it has no limit.

Resting in the River

A teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh on allowing ourselves to rest like a stone thrown into a river. Resting on the bottom of the river, it allows the water to pass by.

In Engaged Buddhism, Peace Begins with You

Thich Nhat Hanh, who originated Engaged Buddhism, in an interview with John Malkin.

There is No Path to Peace, The Path is Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh says that only deep listening and gentle communication can remove the wrong perceptions that are the foundation of violence.

Building a Community of Love: bell hooks and Thich Nhat Hanh

bell hooks meets with Thich Nhat Hanh to ask: How do we build a community of love?

More Related Articles:

Earth Gatas, by Thich Nhat Hanh
This Silence is Called Great Joy, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Loosening the Knots of Anger, by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Practice of Looking Deeply Using Three Dharma Seals: Impermanence, No Self and Nirvana, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Listening Deeply for Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness Bell: A Profile of Thich Nhat Hanh, by Trevor Carolan
The Life of a "Lazy Monk," by Arnie Kotler
Ordinary Buddha, by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Four Layers of Consciousness, by Thich Nhat Hanh


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