Thich Nhat Hanh

 

October 11, 1926 — January 22, 2022

 

Among the most prolific peace advocates of the modern era, Hanh was a Vietnamese monk known as the "father of mindfulness" in the West. He refused to align himself with any belligerent during the Vietnam War, maintaining his commitment to peace, and was thus exiled from Vietnam. Hanh was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

 

Essential Thoughts

 

The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.

 

If you think that peace and happiness are somewhere else and you run after them, you will never arrive.

 

We have a Statue of Liberty on the East Coast. But in the name of freedom, people have done a lot of damage. I think that we have to build a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast in order to counterbalance. Because liberty without responsibility is not true liberty. We are not free to destroy.

 

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.

 

The way we live our daily lives is what most effects the situation of the world. If we can change our daily lives, then we can change our governments and can change the world. Our president and governments are us. They reflect our lifestyle and our way of thinking. The way we hold a cup of tea, pick up the newspaper or even use toilet paper are directly related to peace.