Thich Nhat Hanh

A Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and peace activist (b. 1926). He left Vietnam in 1966 after both the North and the South Vietnamese governments banned him. He was nominated for the NobelPrize for peace in 1967, by Martin Luther King, Jr.. He founded the Plum Village monastery in southern France in 1969, and now lives there when he's not teaching.

His name is pronounced tick-naught-han. He is often referred to as Thay (pronounced 'tie' Vietnamese for 'teacher') by his students, and in many online references.

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In the United States, I have a close friend named Jim Forest. When I first met him eight years ago, he was working with the Catholic Peace Fellowship. Last winter, Jim came to visit. I usually wash the dishes after we've finished the evening meal, before sitting down and drinking tea with everyone also. One night, Jim asked if he might do the dishes. I said, "Go ahead, but if you wash the dishes you must know the way to wash them." Jim replied, "Come on, you think I don't know how to wash the dishes?" I answered, "There are two ways to wash the dishes. The first is to wash the dishes in order to have clean dishes and the second is to wash the dishes in order to wash the dishes." Jim was delighted and said, "I choose the second way - to wash the dishes to wash the dishes." From then on, Jim knew how to wash the dishes. I transferred the "responsibility" to him for an entire week.

Last summer I spent a week at Plum Village ( and heard several of his lectures - he is very charismatic person, even if you don't buy everything he is saying.

Plum Village is a nice place for a vacation, if you have EasternWuss tendencies. Not ZenAsJapaneseBootCamp?, but rather BuddismLite?: lots of children around and a schedule that leaves visitors time to reflect. And wash the dishes.

-- JonasBeckman


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