born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk and peace activist, founder of the Plum Village Tradition.
Thích Nhất Hạnh spent most of his later life residing in the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France,travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.After a long term of exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005. In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his "root temple," Từ Hiếu Temple near Huế]
Nhất Hạnh has published over 100 books, including more than 70 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict.He also refrains from animal product consumption (Vegetarianism) as a means of nonviolence towards animals.