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Thich Naht Hahn and His Life Thich Naht Hahn is wonderful Buddhist monk and a great asset to the Buddhist religion He has had and is having an interesting life He is known for many things These include he talks during the Vietnam War for peace organizing help for villages instituting schools for youths and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr Thich Naht Hahn has one of the most amazing backgrounds that lead up to the legacy of this Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Naht Hahn has been living in exile from his native land of Vietnam since he was forty years old In 1966 he was banned by both the non-Communist and Communist governments for his role in undermining the violence he saw affecting his people He has been a Buddhist monk since he was 16 years old he earned a reputation as a respected writer scholar and leader He is known as Thay Teacher to his followers He has headed a movement known as Engaged Buddhism which involved traditional meditative practices with active nonviolent civil disobedience This movement lays behind the establishment of the most influential center of Buddhist studies in Saigon the An Quang Pagoda He has also set up relief organizations to rebuild destroyed villages instituted the School of Youth for Social Service a Peace Corps of sorts for Buddhists peace makers founded a peace magazine and urged world leaders to use nonviolence as a tool Although his struggle for cooperation meant he had to relinquish a homeland it made him known around the world Jones p262 Thich Nhat Hahn is a Zen Buddhist monk scholar poet and political figure from Vietnam He actively opposed the war in Vietnam Because of this he came to the United States in 1966 as a spokesman for monks who felt that reconciliation was possible in Vietnam if the United States stopped its war effort against Vietnam
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