About My Teacher

Thich Nhat Hanh, also called Thay (a Vietnamese term for teacher), is an internationally recognized and loved Zen master best known for his key teaching 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.

His simple, practical teachings can be found on twitter, facebook, youtube, and through his books such as “How to Relax,” “How to Eat,” “How to Fight,” “The Mindfulness Survival Kit,” and many more.

Plum Village, his original western practice center located near Bordeaux in southwest France, is where Thay realized his dream of building a Beloved Community: creating a healthy, nourishing environment where people can learn the art of living in harmony with one another and with the Earth. You can attend retreats based on Thay’s teachings at Plum Village, as well as many practice centers in the Plum Village tradition located throughout the world. If you are interested in Thay’s teachings, you can visit the international sangha directory to find a community of practitioners (sangha) near you. I practice with a sangha in the Portland, Oregon area. We have a website called the Portland Community of Mindful Living.

I have studied and practiced in the Plum Village tradition with Thay since early 2000. I find his teachings and practices to be simple and yet deep. There is always more to learn, step-by-step, breath-by-breath _/\_