Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a name that was unknown to me a year ago.
Thich Nhat hanh.
The nobel peace price nominee.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a world renowned buddist monk who has devoted his life to peace. Born in Vietnam in 1926, he was a proponent of peace at a time when speaking of it was illegal. It made him a hero among the peasants but a problem for the military leaders and later caused his 39 year exile from his home country. He continued to travel widely, spreading the message of peace and lobbying western leaders to end the war. He also continued to teach and to write on the art of mindfulness. In 1975 he established the Sweet Potato community, near Paris, that later moved to a larger site outside of Bordeaux, known as Plum Village.
Under his leadership, Plum Village has grown to become the largest Buddhist monastery in the West where people come to learn practices such as walking meditation, sitting meditation, eating meditation, total relaxation, working meditation breathing mindfully. These are all ancient Buddhist practices, the essence of which Thich Nhat Hanh has simplified and developed to be easily applied to the challenges and difficulties of our times.
From what I could gather during my stay at plum Village, the key point of his teachings is that through mindfulness and being present, we can learn to be happy and feel at peace with ourselves and in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh, now 88 years of age, struck me as one of the kindest and calmest should I have had the privilege of meeting. Martin Luther King called him ”An apostle of peace and non violence” while nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize, and the media is known to call him ”The father of mindfullness” and ”The other Dalai Lama”.
Thich nhat Hanh.
While I was at plum village there were four mantras that we’re repeated almost daily by Thay, as he was called there. He claimed, that these four sentences we’re the foundation of all human relationships and connections we make. Darling, I am here for you. Darling, I know you’re there and I’m so happy. Darling, I know you’re suffering, I am here for you. Ant the last one, Darling, I suffer. Please help me.
In my opinion, Thich Nath hanh is part of a type of person extremely rare in this day and age. People who fight for what they truly believe in. People who believe in kindness and peace and truly live their lives accordingly and who want to bring as many people as they can with them. People who can truly inspire you to change your life for the better.
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