Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, photo courtesy of Paul Davis

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, renound throughout the world for his teachings and writings on mindfulness and peace.

His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh has published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. Some of his best-known books include Being PeacePeace Is Every StepThe Miracle of Mindfulness, The Heart of the Buddha’s TeachingTrue Love and Anger.

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West, founding six monasteries and dozens of practice centers in America and Europe, as well as over 1,000 local mindfulness practice communities, known as ‘sanghas’.

How do you pronounce Thich Nhat Hanh?

The English pronunciation is: Tik · N’yat · Hawn
However since Vietnamese is a tonal language, this is only a close approximation for how one would pronounce it in Vietnamese. By his students he is affectionately known as Thay (pronounced “Tay” or “Tie”), which is Vietnamese for “teacher.”

[Adapted from the full biography of Thich Nhat Hanh on the Plum Village Web site]