Hermit and the Well
"You, too, may have met your hermit, or perhaps something else equally marvelous. Maybe it was a rock, a tree, a star, or a beautiful sunset. The hermit is the Buddha inside of you."—Thich Nhat Hanh
Based on an actual event in Thich Nhat Hanh's life, this delightful children's book tell the story of a young boy in Vietnam who climbs a mountain, hoping to meet the famed hermit who lives there. Instead, he finds the secret to his own happiness.
Winner of the 2003 Skipping Stones Honor Award. Finalist for the ForeWord 2003 Book of the Year award.
"The Hermit and the Well is a beautiful book. Vo-Dinh Mai's richly textured illustrations, which represent nature in an abstract yet strangely realistic fashion, beautifully fit the text by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. This is particularly true of the double page spreads. This mutual enhancing of text and painting gives the book a dreamy quality that is very hard to pinpoint, yet that is the whole point - the poetry of it all." —Nguyen Ngoc Bich, VICANA (Vietnamese Cultural Association of North America)