Our Teacher and Practice

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây) is a Buddhist monk, poet, and peace and human rights activist. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, he joined the monkhood at the age of sixteen. When the Vietnam War confronted monastics with the question of whether to remain meditating in the monasteries, or to help the villagers suffering under bombings and other devastation, Thây was one of those who chose to do both, helping to found the “engaged Buddhism” movement. From that time, his life has been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society. Thây currently resides in Plum Village, a mindfulness practice center in France. For more information about our tradition and practices, please visit http://plumvillage.org.

Mindfulness is being truly aware of what is going on in our body, our feelings, our mind, and in the world. Through mindfulness, we are really present for ourselves, for others, and for life. We are nourished by the peace and joy that are available within and around us, in the here and now. With continued practice over time, mindfulness enables us to touch the roots of the pain that lies deep within us, such as fear, anger, and despair, and to embrace them and see deeply into them, making transformation and healing possible. Made of understanding and compassion, mindfulness relieves suffering, transforming our hearts, our relationships and our society. The practice of mindfulness is the practice of love.