Thich Nhat Hahn is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and peace activist. During the Vietnam war his work for peace and reconcilliation moved Martin Luther King Jr to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School of Youth for Social Service. He was exiled as a result of his work for peace but continued his activism, rescuing boat people and helping to resettle Vietnamese refugees. He has written more than 100 books, which have sold millions of copies around the world. He now lives in France where he has founded a meditation centre and travels widely, leading retreats and addressing major conferences on the subject of mindful living.