Thich Nhat Hanh Will Hold NYC Calligraphy Exhibit and Talk in September 2013

Internationally respected peace activist, author, and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, will be exhibiting his calligraphy at ABC Home Deepak HomeBase, 888 Broadway, New York, from September 7-December 31, 2013, and it will be free and open to the public. This will be the first time Thich Nhat Hanh’s calligraphy will be on display in the United States. The exhibit has been shown in France, Germany, South Korea, Thailand, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

He has produced many beautiful and meaningful calligraphies—including Peace is Every Step; Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World; Be Still and Know; Be Free Where You Are—to remind people of the practice of mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful eating and mindful living.

The exhibition Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art Of Thich Nhat Hanh is a collection of calligraphic expressions as a work of art, and is also a living meditative experience for those who attend. The central theme is the Art of Mindfulness, which visitors will be invited to explore through reflecting first on the exquisite artwork and then on the selected excerpts from the Zen Master’s writing as an inspiration to practice the art of mindful living themselves.

Additionally, Thich Nhat Hanh will give a public talk – the second to last stop on the ‘Nourishing Great Togetherness Tour, The Present Moment: Wisdom for Global Peace and Happiness.” It will take place at the Beacon Theatre on Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

He will speak about how mindfulness can save us from personal suffering, war and global warming, and will teach how people can use mindfulness to bring peace and happiness to themselves, those around them and the world.

Eighty monks and nuns from his monasteries in Europe, Asia, and North America, including Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York, will be present and participating in mindfulness activities.

Tickets for the talk are available via or at the Beacon Theatre Box office in person.


New 99-Cent E-Books from Thich Nhat Hanh & More

In July 2012, Parallax Press introduced its first 99 cents eBook short, Thich Nhat Hanh’s, “A Love Letter to the Planet.” Due to its popularity, the company created the imprint “Parallax Press Moments,” offering chapter-length eBooks drawn from the best-loved teachings of mindfulness teachers.

They offer the most popular passages, most frequently requested chapters, and most essential teachings in a quick-to-read format. This year, the company will introduce six new titles, which can be purchased and downloaded at the Google Play store, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo Web sites.

Currently available is:

“A Love Letter to the Planet,” by Thich Nhat Hanh – This is written as a letter to Mother Earth, and is an appeal for ecological mindfulness and strengthening our relationship with the planet. Drawn from an impassioned Dharma talk Thich Nhat Hanh gave during the Winter 2011 retreat at Plum Village, his monastery in France, the material is published here for the first time.

“The Bells of Mindfulness,” by Thich Nhat Hanh – Selected from his best-selling title, “The World We Have,” is Thich Nhat Hanh’s dramatic vision of our planet’s future and a call for environmental awareness. He presents Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness and the impermanence of all things to illustrate the role each of us plays in caretaking the earth.


“Greening of the Self,” by Joanna Macy – The premise of this book is we are not individuals separate from the world. Instead we are always “co-arising” or co-creating the world, and we cannot escape the consequence of what we do to the environment. Macy’s writing demonstrates that by broadening our view of what constitutes “self” we can cut through our dualistic views and bring about the emergence of the “ecological self” that realizes every object, feeling, emotion and action is influenced by a huge, all-inclusive web of factors. 

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Best-selling author, Thich Nhat Hanh, uses a pebble meditation to introduce children to the practice of meditating in his new book, “A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles.”

The book contains complete instructions on how to do a pebble meditation in order to get children involved and help them realize their connection to nature. And it’s great for adults too! This type of meditation can decrease stress, increase concentration, cultivate gratitude, and help children (and adults) work through difficult emotions. The book also includes meditation cards!

HarperOne Announces HarperOne Selects, Digital Books for $1.99

HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers launched HarperOne Selects, a new series of digital selections featuring essential wisdom from bestselling and beloved authors, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Barbara Brown Taylor and Mariel Hemingway, for $1.99.

These books will allow readers to explore HarperOne titles in healthy living, spirituality, parenting and more. Titles include “Mindful Eating” by Thich Nhat Hanh; “Eating with Peace and Moderation” by Mariel Hemingway; “The Practice of Saying No” by Barbara Brown Taylor and “Zap Proof Your Home” by Ann Louise Gittleman.

“We are always looking for fresh ways to bring our authors’ expertise to the reader,” said Mark Tauber, senior vice president and publisher of HarperOne. “In this short form, readers can access a selection of our vast wealth of titles at an unprecedented low price.”

The ten initial titles released as HarperOne Selects are:

“How Adults are Hijacking Childhood” by Carl Honore

“The Beauty of Slowing Down” by Carl Honore

“Breaking Free from Sloth” by Donna Farhi

“Preventing Damage to Children During Divorce” by Michele Lowrance

“The Art of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindful Eating” by Thich Nhat Hanh and Lilian Cheung

“Eating with Peace and Moderation” by Mariel Hemingway

“The Practice of Saying No” by Barbara Brown Taylor

“Zap Proof Your Home” by Ann Louise Gittleman

“Skinny Bitch Try Me Vegan Weekend” by Kim Barnouin

Thich Nhat Hanh Talks Mindfulness to NY Crowd

The Manhattan Center in New York City is known for hosting a variety of events, including music concerts with artists such as Jay-Z, Bob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz. But on Friday night, Oct. 14, 2011, it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

On the stage, Buddhist monks and nuns sat in meditation, and behind them a banner hung with the words “Open Mind, Open Heart,” as the audience awaited the arrival of Buddhist monk, teacher, poet and best-selling author Thich Nhat Hanh, who spoke about global ethics for the future to kickoff a weekend event by the Omega Institute, which included a Dharma Talk on Friday night and a full Day of Mindfulness on Saturday.

“Our suffering inside reflects the suffering of the world,” Hanh said addressing the audience at the beginning of the evening. “Many of us don’t want to go home with ourselves because we don’t want to get in touch with stuff inside of us. We block it with music, magazines and television so we can’t get in touch with the nature of our suffering to understand it. But with understanding, compassion will arise, and compassion has the power to heal and transform.”

After the audience relaxed and practiced mindful breathing while listening to the monks and nuns on stage as they chanted, Hanh spoke of their work teaching parents and school teachers techniques of Applied Ethics, as well as how to breath mindfully and release the tension in the body to remove pain and generate a feeling of joy and happiness; how to handle a painful feeling coming from the body; how to handle strong emotions; and how to practice loving compassion, and kind and loving speech.

“Young people don’t know how to handle strong emotions,” Hanh noted. “You hear of them killing themselves. Why do we have to die because of one emotion? There is a practice that can help us handle strong emotions.”

Hanh spoke about the 5 Mindfulness Trainings, which he believes can help us heal and transform ourselves and our society. They can be practiced whether someone is a Buddhist or non-Buddhist (for the full list and explanations visit the Plum Village Web site here):

  1. Reverence for Life
  2. True Happiness
  3. True Love
  4. Loving Speech and Deep Listening
  5. Nourishment and Healing

Additionally, Hanh explained the Diamond Sutra, a popular text in the Zen tradition, to communicate the essence of Buddhist ethics. “It advises us to remove four ideas or notions from our lives,” he said. “Then we can be free of discrimination, and without discrimination there is no longer any fear or violence.”

First Notion Remove the notion of ‘self.’ Hanh explained that many of us believe we have a separate self, but if we look deeply enough, we realize we are actually made up of non-self elements, and are all inter-connected.

“To believe we can exist by ourselves is not true,” he said. “We have to inter-be with everything in the cosmos. To be is actually to inter-be. When a father looks at his son, he can see the nature of inter-be. When you look at the son, you also see the father and the mother. The son is made up of non-son elements. The suffering of the father is the suffering of the son, and the happiness of the father is the happiness of the son.”

Hanh also used the example of the flower to illustrate this concept. “Without a cloud to produce the rain, a flower cannot grow. You can’t see the cloud or even the sunshine when you look at a flower, but we know these non-flower elements are there,” he said.

Second Notion Remove the notion of ‘man.’ “When you look into the creature of man, you see only non-man elements. We have human ancestors but also animal and mineral. In order to protect man, we have to learn how to protect non-man elements,” Hanh said.

Third Notion Remove the notion of living being. We need to remove the notion of mortals versus God or Buddha, or whatever we refer to as our higher power, Hanh explained. We have a tendency to compare ourselves to God or Buddha, thinking we are suffering beings, and they have no suffering in them.

“We think we are nothing, and God or Buddha is everything, but this notion should be removed,” he told the audience, relaying a story from when he was a 16-year-old monk. “My teacher gave me a verse to memorize and say before bowing to the Buddha. ‘The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both by nature empty,’” he said. “Before you bow to the Buddha, you have to look inside him and see he is made of non-Buddha elements, including suffering despair, anger and hate. A Buddha is someone who is able to handle the suffering. When you look at a Buddha and don’t see the suffering in him, you
have not seen a true Buddha.”

Fourth Notion – Remove the notion of lifespan. We believe we are on earth for a short time, but this notion should be removed, said Hanh. Our true nature is of no birth
and no death. “To die according to our thinking is to pass from being to non-being, but science says you cannot create or destroy energy,” Hanh noted. “You can transfer it, but nothing is born and nothing dies. There is only continuation into another form.”

Return to the Present
Before ending the night, Hanh spoke about the importance of bringing the mind home to the body through mindfulness and mindful breathing. In fact, throughout the talk, one of the nuns on stage, Sister Pine, would ring a bell periodically to signal the audience to take a few silent, mindful breaths.

“By concentrating on your breath, in three or four seconds you can bring your mind home to your body in the present moment,” said Hanh. Our civilization is organized where the mind spends more time in the past and future then the present moment. We think we will finally find happiness at some point in the future, but we can be happy in the here and now, he said.

“Establish yourself in the here and now with mindfulness,” Hanh explained. “If we were to write down all of the conditions we need for happiness, we will soon find that one, two, three pages and more are not enough to fit them. But mindfulness helps us realize what there is to be happy about in the now.”

Something as small as focusing on our eyes and being grateful for our ability to open them and see all the colors of the paradise surrounding us can bring happiness, he said. Many do not have this ability.

“There are many conditions of happiness around us, yet many of us believe there are no conditions to be happy about in the now. We run away from the present moment, but that is all there is.”

Thich Nhat Hanh’s New Book “The Novice”

Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book “The Novice: A Story of True Love” takes an ancient Vietnamese legend and transforms it into a parable filled with thought-provoking lessons. The book follows, Kinh Tam, who is born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam and who possesses uncommon beauty and intelligence. From an early age she is drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agrees to walk the traditional path of marriage.

However, all Kinh Tam truly desires is to become a monk. Taking a path that will forever change her life, she leaves town disguised as a man – since temples only accept men for ordination – to join a monastery as a novice.

Despite the many challenges of living as a man, Kinh Tam thrives and becomes a beloved member of the community … until the day a local woman accuses the novice of fathering her unborn child. Should she keep her secret and endure brutal punishment, or reveal the truth that will prove her innocence, but put an end to her spiritual path?

Her choice forever changes her life, her country, and her faith.

This parable by Thich Nhat Hanh is meant to remind us that we all face injustices and suffering. However, by connecting with love as Kinh Tam does, we can discover a mind and heart that are peaceful, happy and free.