The new podcast series The Way Out Is In: The Zen Art of Living is inspired by the renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, regarded as one of the greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings have touched the lives of millions of people across the globe and many leading mindfulness teachers, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn, have studied with him.
Known as Thay to his students, Thich Nhat Hanh has written more than 100 books and has created the world’s fastest-growing monastic community, with monasteries in France, Germany, US, Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong.
The podcast series mirrors Thay’s approach which is to translate the deep teachings of Buddhist philosophy into a simple yet profound methodology for dealing with our suffering and creating more happiness and joy in our lives.
People all over the world are currently facing enormous difficulties from issues ranging from climate change and Covid 19 to social and economic injustice and this series seeks to offer solace and advice on how to maintain balance and create wellbeing in the face of such challenges.
It is co-presented by Brother Phap Huu, the personal attendant of Thich Nhat Hanh for 17 years and the Abbot of the Plum Village monastery in South West France, as well as former Guardian executive editor Jo Confino, who works at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change.
Thay’s calligraphy “The Way Out Is In” highlights that the way out of any difficulty is to look deeply within, gain insights and then put them into practice.
The podcast series focuses on a topic each week that helps the audience to deepen their own personal understanding of their place in the world and to give them the tools to navigate this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world with greater confidence and equanimity.
Examples of episodes range from practicing mindfulness in daily life and coming to terms with constant change, to dealing with personal traumas, and not falling prey to the temptations of fame, power and sex.