Thich Nhat Hanh, one of our Living Spiritual Teachers, is a world renowned writer, spiritual leader, scholar, poet, peace activist, and Buddhist monk. Born in Vietnam, he became a monk at age 16. He came to America in the 1960s to study and teach but returned to his homeland during the Vietnam War and became a pioneer of "engaged Buddhism," which blends meditation with active nonviolent civil disobedience. His many good works inspired Martin Luther King. Jr., to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1982, he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist retreat center and monastic community where he teaches the art of attentive living and staying in the present moment.
Thich Nhat Hanh writes often about spiritual practices that help us deal with our anger and violence. He shows us how to "be peace" in the context of our families and communities. His instructions in the practice of mindfulness have enriched the daily lives of millions of people around the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh speaks to people of all religious backgrounds. There is a simple elegance to his spiritual teachings that brings to mind the spare and yet profound teachings of both Jesus and Lao Tzu. He helps us recognize the connections — the interbeing — of all life on Earth. This understanding engenders a sense of unity and harmony with the world and its abundant wonders. "To take good care of yourself and to take good care of living beings and of the environment," he writes, "is the best way to love God."
"Practicing Spirituality with Thich Nhat Hanh" is a 40-part course delivered by email. Each email contains a brief quotation from Thich Nhat Hanh's prolific writings (thanks to the cooperation of Parallax Press, his premier publisher) and a practice suggestion based on this teaching.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
(choose your own start date and frequency)