Our own life has to be our message.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Our Mission

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation works to continue the mindful teachings and practice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, support our mindfulness practice centers around the world, and engage in Sangha (community) building in order to foster peace and transform suffering in all people, animals, plants, and our planet.

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is a division of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Inc. (formerly known as the Unified Buddhist Church). The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Inc. is a US nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

Our Foundation Family

Formed in the Fall of 2011, the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is nurtured by a Working Board of Directors comprised of lay practitioners and monastics, four staff members, and dozens of volunteer practitioners who desire deeply to be of service.

The Foundation is unique in that our board, staff, and volunteers engage in their work with mindfulness and equanimity. In the spirit and applied practice of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings, we understand the ultimate purpose of the Foundation’s activities is to embody and create peace to help end suffering in the world. As Thay teaches us, “peace in oneself, peace in the world.”

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