The Hermit and the Well describes the journey of a young boy in Vietnam who climbs a mountain, hoping to meet he famed hermit who lives there. Instead, he discovers a beautiful well and finds the secret to his own happiness.
Based on an actual event in Thich Nhat Hanh’s life, this story is a wonderful reminder for children of all ages of the joys of mindfulness.
The Hermit and the Well earns a round of applesauce—that is the sound of one hand clapping in a circle. —Wavy Gravy, Something good for a change
What a joy to have Thich Nhat Hanh speaking to the children of the world. In The Hermit and the Well his ever gentle voice takes us on an exquisite and wise adventure. The message is clear and refreshing. Vo-Dinh Mai’s illustrations have an authenticity of place which takes us right to the mountain top.” —Jon Muth, Stone Soup
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)
You, too, may have met a 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.