Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh dies, aged 95
The Straits Times|January 23, 2022
Vietnamese monk was a prolific writer who spread messages of mindfulness, compassion

HANOI Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who was one of the world’s most influential Zen masters, spreading messages of mindfulness, compassion and non-violence, died yesterday at his home in the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95.

The death was announced by Plum Village, his organisation of monasteries. He suffered a severe brain haemorrhage in 2014 that left him unable to speak, though he could communicate through gestures.

A prolific author, poet, teacher and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh was exiled from Vietnam after opposing the war in the 1960s and became a leading voice in a movement he called “engaged Buddhism”, the application of Buddhist principles to political and social reform.

Travelling widely on speaking tours in the United States and Europe (he was fluent in English and French), Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced “tik nyaht hahn”) was a major influence on Western practices of Buddhism, urging the embrace of mindfulness, which his website describes as “the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment”.

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