A monk who spread mindfulness in the west dies at the age of 95


Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk who spread mindfulness in the West, died at the age of 95. His Zen Education Agency announced on January 22nd.

According to the Engaged Buddhist Plum Village community, peace activists and meditation masters “died peacefully” at midnight on January 22 at the Temple of Tuhiu in Hue, Vietnam. statement..

“We encourage our beloved global spiritual family to stay still for a moment and return to a heartfelt breath. [teacher] In our hearts “, the organization Said..

Born in Hue as Nguyen Suan Bao in 1926, Nhat Hanh was ordained as a monk at the age of 16. He traveled to the United States in 1961 to teach comparative religion at Princeton University and Columbia University.

According to Plum Village Website, Nhat Hanh has established a grassroots relief organization of 10,000 volunteers based on the principles of nonviolent and compassionate Buddhism. He also founded a Buddhist university, a publisher, and an influential peace activist journal.

He visited the United States and Europe in 1966 and called for the end of hostilities in Vietnam. Meanwhile, he met Martin Luther King, an American citizenship leader. Martin Luther King is a US-backed South Vietnam and Communist North Vietnam.

Following his mission to call for the end of the Vietnam War, Nhat Hanh refused to participate in the conflict and was subsequently expelled from his hometown, forcing Nhat Hanh to live in exile for 39 years.

He was only allowed to return to the country in 2005 when the Communist-controlled government welcomed him at the beginning of several visits. Nhat Hanh remained based in Southern France.

Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke in 2014 and was unable to speak. He returned to Vietnam in October 2018 and spent his last year at Tu Hieu Pagoda, an ordained monastery nearly 80 years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.