In recent years, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has become one of the world’s most respected spiritual leaders. But his journals of the early 1960s reveal a vulnerable and questioning young man. As a student at Princeton and Columbia Universities, he shares his reflections on the state of humanity as well as the many difficulties he faced at home in trying to make Buddhism relevant to his people’s needs. We see Thich Nhat Hanh as he returns to Vietnam and establishes the movement known as “engaged Buddhism”—starting self-help villages, a new university, a Buddhist order, and many other efforts for peace.
This wonderful book, regarded by Vietnamese readers as Thich Nhat Hanh’s most endearing writing, offers us a glimpse into another time and into the mind of a great thinker and activist. It also offers us a model of how to live fully, with awareness, during a time of challenge and upheaval.
From Riverhead Books.