Thích Nhất Hạnh was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. He lived in France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term “engaged Buddhism” in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.
Nhất Hạnh published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He was active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and refrained from animal product consumption as a means of nonviolence towards animals.