by Paul Lenda
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist
Thich Nhat Hanh (known also as
Thay - teacher) was a global spiritual leader, poet and peace
activist, revered around the world for his pioneering teachings on
mindfulness, global ethics and peace.
Whether we have encountered him on retreats, at public talks, or through his books and online teachings - or simply through the story of his incredible life - we can see that Thay has been a true bodhisattva, an immense force for peace and healing in the world.
Thay has been a
revolutionary, a renewer of Buddhism, never diluting and always
digging deep into the roots of Buddhism to bring out its authentic
As Thay would say,
We know our direction in
life, we know what to do, and what not to do to relieve suffering in
ourselves, in others, and in the world; and we know the art of
stopping, looking deeply, and generating true joy and happiness.
It is a moment to take
refuge in our spiritual friends, our local
sanghas and community, and each