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22 January 2022: Death of Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition (Source)

Thich Nhat Hanh in Paris, 2006. – Author: Duc (pixiduc) from Paris, France. (Source)

Thích Nhất Hạnh (/ˈtɪk ˈnjʌt ˈhʌn/; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (audio speaker iconlisten); born as Nguyễn Đình Lang and later known by the name Nguyễn Xuân Bảo;[2] 11 October 1926 – 22 January 2022[3][4]) was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism.[5]

Nhất Hạnh spent most of his later life at the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France near Thénac,[6] travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term “Engaged Buddhism” in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.[7] After a 39-year exile, he was permitted to visit Vietnam in 2005.[8] In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his “root temple”, Từ Hiếu Temple, near Huế,[9] where he died on 22 January 2022 at the age of 95.[10]

Nhất Hạnh was active in the peace movement and deep ecology, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and raising awareness of the interconnectedness of all elements in nature.[11] He was the founder of the largest monastic order in the West. He also refrained from consuming animal products, as a means of nonviolence toward animals. (Source)

Volker

I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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