By Thich Nhat Hanh

Top identified for his Buddhist teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh has lived in exile from his local Vietnam seeing that 1966. those notable early journals show not just a gorgeous portrait of the Zen grasp as a tender guy, however the emergence of an outstanding poet and literary voice of Vietnam. From his years as a scholar and educating assistant at Princeton and Columbia, to his efforts to barter peace and a greater lifestyles for the Vietnamese, Fragrant Palm Leaves deals a sublime and profound glimpse into the center and brain of 1 of the world's such a lot loved non secular lecturers.

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