"This appreciative portrait of a humble, devout leader should hold appeal across spiritual denominations."--Publishers Weekly
"Two of the special qualities of Eyes of Compassion are Jim Forrest's wonderful collection of photographs of Thich Nhat Hahn, members of his communities, as well as reproductions of his calligraphy; they add a fresh dimension to this paperback. The other is the Zen Master's enactment of boundless compassion." --Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
Today, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s most influential and revered spiritual teachers. When Jim Forest met him in the mid-1960s, he was a little-known Vietnamese Zen monk, touring the United States on behalf of the cause of peace in his homeland. Jim, a Catholic peacemaker, was asked to accompany him on his travels and speaking engagements. From that beginning emerged a friendship over many decades, in which Jim learned through conversations and daily life about Nhat Hanh’s spiritual teachings on “mindfulness,” “interbeing,” and the inner peace that is necessary for promoting world peace.
Now 94, “Thay” has returned to his homeland to finish his days. Jim Forest’s intimate portrait, which includes photos and other illustrations, is a unique introduction to the life and teachings of a modern spiritual master.
Jim Forest, who lives in Alkmaar, the Netherlands, is the author of many Orbis books, including All Is Grace, Living with Wisdom, and At Play in the Lions’ Den (his biographies of peacemakers Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Daniel Berrigan). Other bestselling titles include Praying with Icons and Writing Straight with Crooked Lines: A Memoir.