Thich Nhat Hanh’s branch of Buddhism?

Thich Nhat Hanh has a Buddhist branch called Order of Interbieng. He has Plum Village and numerous other schools. Do Monks and Nuns, and laypersons in his schools lineage/order use a Buddhist mala or prayer beads?

3 thoughts on “Thich Nhat Hanh’s branch of Buddhism?

  1. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist priest and wrote a fine book about how all religions can be linked to one path

  2. Theravadan, with universalist Western leanings now.

    His sangha is in France.

    They use prayer beads, yes, as well as all the other tools of the trade.



  3. Thich Nhat Hanh is ordained in the Zen Buddhist school of Mahayana Buddhism. He traces his lineage back to the great Chinese Zen master, Linji.

    Mahayana Buddhism is the most prevalent tradition in Vietnam, although much of the teaching has strong overtones of Theravada Buddhism.

    This is true for Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching as well. He emphasizes the importance of mindfulness and his techniques more closely resemble those of the Vipassana teachings of Theravada, than they resemble the Zen teachings of Mahayana.

    He created the Order of Interbeing as the name for his own lineage of monastics and laypeople. The creation of new “schools” is common in the Western Zen tradition (e.g. Kwan Um School of Zen, White Plum Asangha, etc.).

    Practitioners in the Order of Interbeing take precepts, use malas and chant sutras, just as practitioners do in other Zen lineages.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *