11 October 1926: Birthday of Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese monk, author, and poet (Source)

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

Thích Nhất Hạnh (/ˈtɪk ˈnjʌt ˈhʌn/; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (About this soundlisten); born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo[2] on October 11, 1926[3]) is a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Plum Village Tradition, historically recognized as the main inspiration for engaged Buddhism.[4]

Nhất Hạnh has spent most of his later life at the Plum Village Monastery in southwest France near Thénac,[5] travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term “Engaged Buddhism” in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.[6] After a 39-year exile, he was permitted to visit Vietnam in 2005.[7] In November 2018, he returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his “root temple”, Từ Hiếu Temple, near Huế.[8]

He is active in the peace movement and deep ecology, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict and raising awareness of the interconnectedness of all elements in nature.[9] He is the founder of the largest monastic order in the West. He also refrains from consuming animal products, as a means of nonviolence toward animals. (Source)

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