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Thich Nhat Hanh

Those of us attending Sunday mornings at 9AM An Hour with Spirit have been exposing ourselves to living spiritual masters. This morning we watched a wonderful youtube video with Oprah interviewing Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist Monk. The video begins with a brief biography of Thich Nhat Hanh and moves through the interview with Oprah hitting on some particularly interesting points in what must be a full and rich life for the monk. He has touched so many millions of people with his dedication to compassion and non-violent ideas.

Born in 1926 in central Vietnam Thich Nhat Hanh had first hand knowledge to the conflict which grew into a war in his home country. Speaking out on an international platform about the conflict he was banished from his home for decades. At PlumViliage.org it states the Nhat Hanh having been exiled then founded "the Unified Buddhist Church [in 1969], established Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975, Plum Village in 1982, the Dharma Cloud Temple and the Dharma Nectar Temple in 1988, and the Adornment of Loving Kindness Temple in 1995. Thich Nhat Hanh’s sangha (community of practice) in France is usually referred to as the Plum Village Sangha."He used his public persona and his soul's purpose to raise awareness and to encourage peace and reconciliation. However, as you near the end of this 21+ minute video you will see that Thay, as this Zen master is often called by his students, also takes us into a place of peace and conflict resolution within ourselves and our important relationships almost casually and within the course of this conversational interview. Do take the time to watch it to the end.

Nhat Hanh is an accomplished writer  having penned more than 100 books rich with teaching peace and compassion. He speaks of the constant practice which brings his students into a more loving relationship with themselves, their loved ones, all other humans, and the very Earth itself. People feel more safe and intentionally mindful just being in the presence of such a master, whether reading his words, watching him speak, or actually in his presence. We hope you, too, enjoy learning a bit more about this incredible teacher. And please share your thoughts about him or how he has affected you.

 

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