Thich Nhat Hanh on Engaged Buddhism

Renowned Buddhist peace activist & teacher Thich Nhat Hanh talks about Burma, Iraq and “engaged buddhism,” which he has advocated since the war in Vietnam. Interviewed by TIME religion correspondent David Van Biema; produced by Asia Society.

7 Responses

  1. D Nelson says:

    Thich Nhat Hanh offers us practical example and lessons for finding the peace in ourselves and the world. I have found that if I really put my full attention into breathing, walking, eating, then I instantly feel more connection to these basic activities. I feel a lot of gratitude that he continues to offer retreats, books, videos… well into his 80’s. It’s refreshing that other utube videos can be found at youtube/user/rezdoglatte , among many other places.

  2. Redroom Studios says:

    thankyou for introducing me to this man… he is certainly enligtened though not nearly as animated as the Dalai Lama.

    his hopes that spiritual leaders in the U.S. will speak out against the continuation of the war in Iraq seem unlikely to be fulfilled. Infact I see just the opposite happening where church leaders are very pro war and infact have framed it as a battle over religion that must be won.

  3. shapeshift says:

    D Nelson – Thanks for leaving the comment and link to similar videos.

    Redroom – Yes, since the US is a fundamentalist Christian country according to Noam Chomsky, many religious leaders are pulling for the End Times which is apocalyptic… so no peace in that scenario. You can see a good glimpse of it in the documentary, The Doomsday Code

  4. ann says:

    awww, he is one of my faves…he has so many great quotes, but one I really like is: “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

  5. shapeshift says:

    Oh, my… You just happen to know this quote, heh? It’s wonderful and so true. We often under-appreciate what we have or can do. If we could walk on water, we would think walking on land is a miracle that it is. I will try to keep that as my meditation for the day. Thanks Ann.

    And I am truly amazed that he is in his 80’s. He is still so lucid and vibrant.

  6. Redroom Studios says:

    love that quote Ann supplied… very much my argument against the high tech, virtual reality type of stuff. The older I get, the less I need to escape from reality and the more I enjoy the simple moments of daily life.

  7. Ann says:

    Thanks guys…I knew the quote but not word for word…I did leverage google for that…
    he has so many inspirational quotes…many are related to being in the present…which is what meditation is all about… :-)

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