The Hermit and the Well
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The Hermit and the Well

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The Hermit and the Well is a story is based on an actual event in Thich Nhat Hanh's life.

As a young boy, amidst the suffering and destruction that the war had brought to Vietnam, Hanh had a profound transformative experience after seeing a reproduction of a Buddha statue on the cover of a magazine. Moved by the Buddha's serene expression and peaceful appearance, he decided...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Plum Blossom Books
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Seeing Thich Nhat Hanh in the Children's section of the library surprised me a little. I picked up The Hermit and the Well on a whim without previewing it at all. We read it tonight before bed. Amira & I both loved this book. She sat in a quiet stillness while we read - completely absorbed. At the end, she breathed in deeply and said: "Wow, Mama, that's a wonderful book!"
This is a kids' book -- early to mid primary school, but more than lovely. Surprise ending had me rethinking the nature of buddhism, and gave me a simple way to think about complex issues. This is much of what Thich Nhat Hanh does -- makes things simple and keeps them that way. It's what he's good at.
A boy and his friends want to find and learn from a wise hermit they've heard about. Instead the boy finds the Buddha within himself.

This could be a good book for Dharma School for demonstrating aspiration, and for demonstrating the natural wisdom we can find in ourselves, our buddha nature.
read for Big Read 2010, about the Buddha inside of you.
Use for storytime?????
something that you need to buy for your kid!
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years.

Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary...more
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