The New York Times has just published an article about Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh after his death. They consider him an influential monk to the global peace movement and a friend of Martin Luther King.
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the world’s most influential meditation masters, spreading the message of mindfulness, compassion and non-violence, died Saturday at Tu Pagoda. Hieu, Hue, Vietnam, 95 years old. The above information was announced by Plum Village, the Zen master’s monastery organization. Zen master suffered a severe brain hemorrhage in 2014 which made him unable to speak but still able to communicate through gestures.
An author, poet, teacher, and peace activist, became a leading voice in what he called “engaged Buddhism,” which advocated the application of Buddhist principles to political reform. political and social.
Having traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe (the Zen master is fluent in English and French), Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is a major influence on Western Buddhist practices, urging the promotion of mindfulness, the concept of Mindfulness is described by the Zen master as “the energy of awareness and awareness”.
In the book “Peace of Every Step: How to Practice Happiness”, Zen master wrote in a general way: “If we are not completely ourselves, really in the present moment, we will miss everything. “.
The Zen master’s following grew as he founded dozens of monasteries and practice centers around the world. The original Plum Village, near Bordeaux, southwestern France, is the largest of the Zen master’s monasteries and welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
In 2018, the Zen master returned to Hue, central Vietnam, to spend his last days at Tu Hieu Pagoda, where he ordained as a young monk.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh rejected the idea of death. He wrote in the book “No death, no fear”. “They’re not real.”
The Zen master added: “The Buddha taught that there is no birth; not die; not come; Do not go; Unlike; not different; no pillar; do not destroy. We only think yes.”
That understanding of “no,” he writes, can free people from fear and allow them to “enjoy life and appreciate life in a new way.”
His association with the United States began in the early 1960s, when he studied at Princeton University and later taught at Cornell and Columbia. The Zen master was influential in the American peace movement, urging Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. protest against the Vietnam War.
Luther King nominated him for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize, but the award was not awarded to anyone that year.
Luther King wrote to the Nobel Institute in Norway: “I personally do not know of anyone more deserving than this gentle monk from Vietnam. His ideas about peace, if applied, will build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh was born as Nguyen Xuan Bao in Hue on October 11, 1926. He joined a Zen monastery at the age of 16 and studied Buddhism there as a novice monk. When he ordained in 1949, he took the dharma name Thich Nhat Hanh.
In the early 1960s, he founded Youth for Social Service, a relief organization in South Vietnam. The organization has rebuilt bombed villages, established schools, established medical centers and reunited families displaced by the war.
Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh began writing and speaking out against the war and in 1964 published his poem “Condemnation” in a Buddhist weekly.