This documentary directed by Gaetano Kazuo Maida and narrated by Ben Kingsley profiles the life and work of the world-renowned Buddhist monk, scholar, peace activist, and poet. Thich Nhat Hanh grew up in Vietnam during times of resistance to the French and civil war, only narrowly escaping death several times. He became known for his pioneer work promoting "engaged" Buddhism, social action on behalf of the poor and the refugees. He also served as chair of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks during the Vietnam War.
The film follows Thich Nhat Hanh on a busy schedule as an international workshop leader and lecturer. Talking to a group of Vietnam veterans, he counsels them to defuse the bombs in their souls and to practice looking deeply. Various environmental activists and writers including Stephen Batchelor, Joan Halifax, and Maxine Hong Kingston share their responses to his teachings on interbeing and lovingkindness.
A segment of the film was shot at Plum Village, his meditation center in France where Vietnam refugees are introduced to their culture and heritage. This retreat center also serves as a resource center for Buddhist practitioners from around the world and families who are searching for peace and happiness. Peace Is Every Step presents an inspiring portrait of Thich Nhat Hanh and the fruits of his practice of mindfulness.
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