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Vietnamese Zen Master Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is global spiritual leader, poet, peace activist and a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to the West. He revered around the world for his powerful teachings and best-selling writings on mindfulness and peace. The media has called him “The Father of Mindfulness,” “The Other Dalai Lama” and “The Zen Master Who Fills Stadiums.” and he is revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and best-selling 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 built a community of over 600 monks and nuns, and six monasteries and dozens of practice centers in America and Europe.

In recent years Thich Nhat Hanhhas led events for US Congressmen and women, and for parliamentarians in the UK, Ireland, India, and Thailand. He has addressed UNESCO in Paris, calling for specific steps to reverse the cycle of violence, war and global warming, as well as the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne. On a visit to the US in 2013, he led high-profile mindfulness events at Google, The World Bank and the Harvard School of Medicine.
In November 2014, a month after his 89th birthday, and following several months of rapidly declining health, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a severe stroke. Although he is still unable to speak and is mostly paralyzed on the right side, he has no retired in his monastery in France.


More about Thich Nhat Hanh

Born in central Vietnam in 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh entered Tu Hieu Temple, in Hue city, as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. As a young bhikshu in the early 1950s, he was actively engaged in the movement to renew Vietnamese Buddhism. He was one of the first bhikshus to study a secular subject at university in Saigon, and one of the first six monks to ride a bicycle.

When war came to Vietnam, monks and nuns were confronted with the question of whether to adhere to the contemplative life and stay meditating in the monasteries or to help those around them suffering under the bombings and turmoil of war. Thich Nhat Hanh was one of those who chose to do both, and in doing so founded the Engaged Buddhism movement, coining the term in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.

His life has since been dedicated to the work of inner transformation for the benefit of individuals and society.
In 1961 he traveled to the United States to teach Comparative Religion at Princeton University and the following year went on to teach and research Buddhism at Columbia University. In Vietnam in the early 1960s, Thich Nhat Hanh founded the School of Youth and Social Service, a grass-roots relief organization of 10,000 volunteers based on the Buddhist principles of non-violence and compassionate action.


About the Directors

Marc J. Francis' is a director, producer, and documentary cinematographer whose films have been shown throughout the world in cinemas and on television.
He was chosen by Harper’s Bazaar magazine as one of their top “Household names of the future”, and named by the Observer newspaper as one of Britain’s “Rising Stars”.
His current directorial work includes the Benedict Cumberbatch narrated film about Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh entitled 'Walk With Me’, and “Here I Am” a feature documentary about living, loving and dying well.
Marc's early directorial work includes the Sundance hit 'Black Gold', and the award-winning BBC/ARTE feature documentary 'When China Met Africa’.
Marc also produces and amplifies stories of global significance through his production company Speakit Films where he is Creative Director.


Max Pugh is a Franco-British feature documentary and fiction film director who has also gained critical acclaim worldwide for his video art and installation work with the composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman. In 2010, the film NYMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA premiered at Toronto before moving to the Berlin Film Festival, Sydney Opera House and the New York Museum of Modern Art.
As well as writing and directing television drama and short films supported by the UK Film Council, his latest feature documentary THE ROAD TO FREEDOM PEAK, narrated by Djimon Hounsou and made for Fox Studios & Screen Australia was released in Australia to critical acclaim and nationwide press coverage. The film has secured deals with Netflix and National Geographic.
2014 saw the release of WAR WORK, a major new film with Michael Nyman commemorating WW1 which premiered at the Cité de la Musique in Paris before moving on to Berlin, Budapest and the 2015 Sheffield Film Festival.
Max is now in development on several documentary and fiction projects, and an essay film entitled WELCOME TO THE ANTHROPOCENE. His latest film WALK WITH ME, co-directed with Marc J. Francis will be released worldwide in 2017.

Thich Nhat Hanh is an Apostle of peace and nonviolence.

– Martin Luther King

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