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Our own life has to be our message

   — Thich Nhat Hanh

Ordained as a monk aged 16 in Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh soon envisioned a kind of engaged Buddhism that could respond directly to the needs of society.

He was a prominent teacher and social activist in his home country before finding himself exiled for calling for peace.

In the West he played a key role in introducing mindfulness and created mindful communities (sanghas) around the world. His teachings have impacted politicians, business leaders, activists, teachers and countless others.

Learn about Thich Nhat Hanh’s life story