Category: Open Letters and Messages

Celebrating the History of Buddhism in Vietnam, and a way forward

THICH NHAT HANH Celebrating 1,000 Years of Hanoi In the year 1010, one thousand years ago, the first king of the Ly dynasty founded Thang Long, the city now known as Hanoi. The Ly dynasty has been described as “the most compassionate, peaceful and harmonious in the history of Vietnam” by the eminent historian Hoang

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English Translation of Thay’s letter to Root Temple Descendants, October 2018

The Times of India, 2 October, 2008: Terrorists are victims who create more victims

‘Terrorists are victims who create more victims’ TNN | Oct 2, 2008, 12.19 AM IST Midway through the news meeting on Wednesday, the grim news came in: Agartala had been rocked by serial blasts. All eyes immediately turned to Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, the Guest Editor for our special Peace Edition. As journalists, what should

The Times of India, 2 October, 2008: Thich Nhat Hanh on the use of force to bring peace

You can use a knife to kill or you can use it to chop vegetables Oct 1, 2008, 07.41 PM IST An Israeli soldier asks about the use of force during a question and answer session with Thich Nhat Hanh on November 29th, 2001. Question: I am from the Israeli-Palestinian group. I want to ask

The Times of India: Editorial by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2 October 2008

Only you can uproot the terror menace Editorial by Thich Nhat Hanh | 2 October, 2008 The roots of war and conflict are in us. There are afflictions in us to be recognised, embraced, and transformed: anger, hatred, discrimination, pride and despair. It is important to look deeply into their roots, to understand them and learn

Embracing our pain: comments on 2005 Asia Tsunami

Paris, France — The whole human race is in mourning … Over the past days I have offered incense and recited Buddha’s name every day to send energy to the victims and their families. The whole world is shaken by the disaster in southeast Asia. Indonesia and Sri Lanka have suffered most of all. The tsunami

Statement in the New York Review of Books, June 9, 1966

The essay and poems that follow are by the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, the Director of the School for Social Studies in Saigon and one of the most popular poets in Vietnam. The poems were translated by Nhat Hanh himself and the essay was written by him when he arrived in New York in