A World-Renowned Spiritual Leader Passes On

Thich Nhat Hanh, believed spiritual practices culminate into social practice. He became a Zen Buddhist monk at age sixteen. During the Vietnam War, his work for peace and reconciliation moved Dr. Martin Luther King to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

Nhat Hanh brought Zen Buddhism to the West calmly speaking of peace within expressed in its most expansive way, asking people to apply it to their immediate daily life. He asked for a new word to be added to the dictionary. “Inner Being,” meaning a sense of self that expands to include everything living.

He said, “If you don’t practice sitting like a mountain, breathing like a flower, you can’t change a situation.

I read his book, You Are Here, Discovering The Magic of the Present Moment, when I was 22. It helped to create Pasha’s Salons to be a place for finding this peace within and then small, local groups to exercise that peace out into our communities.

You see, Hanh was near death often during the Vietnam War. Once his thatched roof temple was set on fire while he was sleeping in the corner on the floor. Another time a hand grenade was thrown into his sleeping area just to bounce off a curtain and explode in the next room killing five people.

“Peace is the root of your mindfulness practice. Each of us in our present day environment can smile and comfort those around us who are suffering.”

Seems unreal to have such inner peace that you understand violence without retaliation. However, multitudes of people have made this change.

This is my favorite quote:

“It is a miracle to be walking on earth, peace is every step. It turns into the endless path to Joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in 1926, died January 22, 2022 at age 95.

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About Ramona L. Mooney

Full Life Facilitator, Your personal power radiating outward from your heart to others for a stronger community and a fulfilled life. I show people how to connect with themselves through Imagination, Creativity, Awareness and their Intuition for a remarkable, legendary life, using everyday steps and tools.
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