Peace Is Every Step
Gaetano Kazuo Maida

Peace Is Every Step

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PEACE IS EVERY STEP: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh

A documentary film by Gaetano Kazuo Maida
52 minutes, 1998. NTSC DVD

English, French, Vietnamese with subtitles. USA

“You get out of the meditation hall in order to help people. And that is called meditation in action. Deep looking is meditation, and deep acting is also meditation.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Author of many books (including the bestsellers Being Peace, Living Buddha/Living Christ, The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace Is Every Step), Thich Nhat Hanh has had a profound impact on contemporary thinking and, importantly, social action. His efforts to achieve an early peaceful end to the American war in Vietnam earned him a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a forty year exile from his homeland. His ongoing work teaching reconciliation and meditation with war veterans, widows, orphans, refugees, therapists, activists, and ecumenical groups has gained him a large and respectful following around the world.

Peace is Every Step Meditation In Action - Official Trailer from California Film Institute on Vimeo.


“Thich Nhat Hanh’s ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to world brotherhood, to humanity.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Wisely centered around the quiet words and serene presence of Thich Nhat Hanh himself. His words resonate long after the film stops.” – Yoga Journal

“Resounding intimacy…conveys Thich Nhat Hanh’s soft-spoken message artfully…lends dignity and power to what he has to say. Peace Is Every Step is an homage to one of the great peace activists and Buddhists. It tells his story accessibly, lyrically, and simply.” – Tricycle


  • Filmed on location in Plum Village, France; Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC; and at retreats around the US
  • Plus: rare archival footage from Vietnam detailing the work of his School of Youth for Social Service in the 1960s
  • Appearances by Peter Matthiessen, Maxine Hong Kingston, Stephen Batchelor, Joan Halifax and other writers and activists
  • Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Ben Kingsley


Touching Peace—An Evening With Thich Nhat Hanh
Introduced by Joanna Macy (90 minutes)

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