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The Way Out is In

The Zen Calligraphy of the Father of Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Inspiring calligraphies from one of the world’s most revered teachers of Zen Buddhism

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Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is best known as a prolific author, poet, teacher, scholar and peace activist. Yet he is also a master calligrapher, distilling ancient Buddhist teachings into simple phrases that resonate with our modern times, capturing and expressing his lifetime of meditative insight, peace and compassion.

This book offers a rare opportunity to spend time in the presence of his beautiful creations. For Thich Nhat Hanh, creating calligraphy is more than creating art – it is also a meditative practice. He is fully present for every moment, from drinking his tea, to sitting down and taking a brush, and using the tea to make the ink.

Each calligraphy is made of mindful sitting, breathing, walking, smiling – and love.


'Printed on Asian rice paper with black ink brush lettering, this book truly elevates Hanh’s work and the reader’s experience of his art'
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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 19.0 x 18.0 cm

Extent: 116 pp

Publication date: 7 September 2015

ISBN: 9780500110287

Contents List

Chapter 1: Conscious Breathing • Chapter 2: Mindful Walking • Chapter 3: Looking Deeply • Chapter 4: Letting Go • Chapter 5: Being Here

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in Vietnam, but now lives in a monastic community in the south of France: he has also founded communities in New York, California, Mississippi, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam. He is the author of over 100 books, including the bestselling The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace is Every Step and The Art of Power. He is the founder of Plum Village, Europe’s largest Buddhist monastery, near Bordeaux in southwest France.