Category: Open Letters, Public Statements and Messages from Thay

Here you will find a collection of Thich Nhat Hanh’s open letters, public statements, speeches and messages. They are posted chronologically (most recent first).

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

PBS (USA): Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh, September 19, 2003

BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: In the U.S. and Europe, the other best-known Buddhist leader, besides the Dalai Lama, is the renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. He, too, has been on a U.S. tour, ended this past week — speaking, leading retreats, and promoting his latest of more than 75 books, Creating True Peace. Many

Thich Nhat Hanh address to US Congress, September 10, 2003

Thich Nhat Hanh gave a lecture titled Leading with Courage and Compassion at the Library of Congress on September 10, 2003. It took place in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. The event was part of the annual Capps-Emerson lecture series organized by the Faith & Politics Institute, and was co-sponsored

Message to Osama bin Laden: interview with Thich Nhat Hanh

Thay shares his thoughts on how America should respond to the terrorist attacks. This interview was published in From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America (Rodale Press, Oct. 2001) What I Would Say to Osama bin Laden Thich Nhat Hanh – Interview by Anne A. Simpkinson   If you could speak

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Address to the World Summit on HIV & AIDS at The White House, December 1, 2000

On December 1, 2000, Thich Nhat Hanh gave this Dharma talk at the White House in Washington, D.C., during a conference on AIDS. Thay is deeply aware of the suffering caused by AIDS, and offered teachings to encourage those present to respond to that suffering and to conduct themselves in ways that would bring relief

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

A Proposal for Peace: 1 June, 1966

Published in Thich Nhat Hanh, Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change (1993) This statement was read at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 1966, and reprinted in the Congressional Record the next day.   Just this morning, the U.S. Consulate in Hue was destroyed by angry Vietnamese youths. In the past

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