Thursday, October 20, 2011
Writing about Thich Nhat Hanh (Dr. Elise DeVido)
I have been invited to write a chapter on the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh for the two-volume Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook, part of the Sage Publications Reference Series on Leadership. Thich Nhat Hanh is an internationally-known Zen monk, teacher, and author of many books on Buddhism. During the 1960s in Vietnam, he coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" which involved Buddhists in social work and war relief, and he negotiated for peace in both the U.S. and in Paris. He and Thomas Merton were close friends. Thich Nhat Hanh is now in his late 80s. I have met him twice in Vietnam and once in Hong Kong during his many lecture tours.