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A Way of Life

Zen Monastics at Work and at Play

The beauty and joy of monks and nuns at work and play is captured in this inspiring photobook, with quotes from Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.






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A Way of Life is a coffee table photo book by professional photographer and Thich Nhat Hanh student Paul Davis.

In candid photos from around the world, Davis captures the joy of the present moment experienced by monks and nuns of all ages in traditional and unexpected activities and locations.

A Way of Life contains 50 full-bleed black-and-white and color photographs.

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11" x 9"

ISBN 9781941529768
ISBN 9781941529775

"The photographs are beautiful, catching candid and unguarded beauty in a way I personally have not seen in another photographer's work. I think this would make a great conversational piece on any coffee table."


"Davis...takes beautiful, thought-provoking photographs of his experiences that are mindful of nature, duty, fun (sometimes dutiful fun), darkness, and light."

Kristine Fisher

About Paul Davis

Paul Davis is a retired social worker and a documentary photographer who first began photographing Vietnam as a Marine in 1966. A member of the Order of Interbeing, Davis has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1990. Davis' photos appear regularly in Lion's Roar and The Mindfulness Bell... Read More

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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