Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known and most-respected Zen masters in the world. A poet, and peace and human rights activist, he has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, he joined monkhood at the age of 16. Among Buddhist leaders, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama. He lives in Plum Village, in the meditation community he founded in France, where he teaches, writes, and gardens. He leads retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.