Master Nhat Hanh has become a globally-loved guru for devoting his life to peace with the practical teachings of the Buddha.
Master Nhat Hanh sat on one of the seven fishing boats with a small group of students. The boat was laden with rice, green beans, sugar, milk, new pots and pans, and old clothes that had been washed and ironed. They went upstream of the Thu Bon River, gradually deeper into the mountain. Up there, soldiers from both sides were still fighting and there was a strong smell of corpses. The group did not have a mosquito net and could not bring much drinking water. The wind is as cold as skin. The group slept on the boat and had to cook rice on the boat themselves. Because of such limited sanitation, Thay got cold and dysentery again…
It was 1964 in South Vietnam. After rains and storms throughout the region, the water has risen to cover many provinces, causing more than 4,000 people to be swept away in a few hours and the homes of tens of thousands of people completely swept away by the water. People across the country tried to do many ways to help flood victims, but only in the upper Thu Bon River, no relief team dared to go, because in addition to storms and floods, there was also a clash between the State and the country. Liberate, release, free. Everyone was afraid of being caught between two bullets. Therefore, the delegation led by the Master had to choose a place that no one dared to go.
Poet Tran Dang Khoa talks about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Standing at the forefront of compassionate work in war-torn Vietnam, Master Nhat Hanh became a globally-loved guru for devoting his life to peace with the practical teachings of the Buddha.
For five consecutive days, the group visited, comforted and distributed gifts in many devastated villages. When meeting soldiers, the group also shared their share, regardless of one side or the other. Faced with such a painful scene, which lasted so long, he cut off the tip of his finger and let the blood fall into the river and then prayed: “These drops of blood are to pray for those who died because of the storm. floods and wars. We promise to never forget you.” Engaged Buddhism is to apply the insights gained from meditation and from the teachings of the Buddha to alleviate suffering in society, in the environment and in the political arena.
Master Thich Nhat Hanh He is considered worldwide as the first proponent of this practice, but in private reply to Shambala Sun, he said: “All those who practice according to the Buddha must commit themselves, because when people are suffering, dying because of bombs and bullets, we cannot sit still all day in the meditation hall. Vipassana is being aware of what is happening – not only in our body and sensations, but also in our surroundings.” He continued: “Since we were a young monk in Vietnam, we have witnessed so much suffering caused by war.
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Therefore, we are looking forward to how to apply the Buddha’s teachings so that we can bring those methods into the real life of society. This was not easy to do because the old tradition did not directly teach us committed Buddhism. So we had to tailor our practice to suit the circumstances, so engaged Buddhism was born in the cradle of war, but it was codified and codified in the West.” And today, the Master – the dear calling his disciples often call him – the founder of that committed practice of Buddhism, is one of the most influential teachers in the world. Master Nhat Hanh He is also a writer who writes a lot of works and his works are rich in all aspects.
(Excerpt from the article “Peace at every step” by Andria Miller published in Shambhala Sun newspaper – July 2010; translated from the original English)