We continue now with a major address at the Riverside Church by Buddhist Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich NhatHanhis a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. During the US war in Vietnam, he worked tirelessly for reconciliation betweenNorth and South Vietnam. He championed a movement known as “engaged Buddhism,” which intertwined traditionalmeditative practices with active nonviolent civil disobedience against the South Vietnamese Government and the US.Martin Luther King, Jr. nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Hanh’s Buddhist delegation to the Parispeace talks resulted in accords between North Vietnam and the United States, but his pacifist efforts did not endwith the war. He also helped organize rescue missions well into the 1970’s for Vietnamese trying to escape frompolitical oppression. He now lives in exile in a small community in France called Plum Village. Thich Nhat Hanh haswritten more than seventy-five books of prose, poetry, and prayers and continues to be banned from his native country of Vietnam. He spoke Tuesday night at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan, where Martin Luther King firstspoke out publicly against against the Vietnam War. The subject of his talk was “Embracing Anger.” We pick up wherehe left off.
- Thich Nhat Hanh, speaking at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan.