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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese Zen master, poet, and teacher. He first came to the world’s attention in the 1960s during the war in his native Vietnam, as he forsook monastic isolation to care for the victims of that war and to work for reconciliation among all the warring parties. He called this “engaged Buddhism.” Martin Luther King Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks in 1969. He wrote his classic book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, as a manual for young nuns and monks who were facing death every day during war in his country. He settled in exile in France and there he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community, or Sangha, that has spawned communities of practice and service around the world. Other books among his many beloved include Being Peace and The Long Road Turns to Joy: A Guide to Walking Meditation.


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Editor’s note: This is a transcript of a dharma talk Thich Nhat Hanh gave on the mindfulness of anger meditation session at The Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin in 2003. Who is five years old here? Who are less than five years old, please? How many of…