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The courage of monks in Burma October 21, 2007

Posted by Georgete in Life, People, Point of view, Thoughts.

I’m a big fan of Thich Nhat Hanh for his leadership and amazing books about Buddhism. He became famous worldwide in the early 1960s when he led monks in Vietnam to oppose the prosecution of the war there by either side.

I recently learned that, after being exiled to the U.S., Nhat Hanh joined forces with Martin Luther King Jr. to create a collective consciousness aimed at stopping the war in Vietnam.

Last week, during an interview with Time.com, Nhat Hanh shared his thoughts about the courage of monks in Burma and their fight for democracy (watch video below). It’s incredible how the monks are showing to the rest of the world that people’s life and dignity are worthy every single action.

I don’t know how many times Nhat Hanh mentioned the word “compassion” in this interview. But it was a good reminder for me. Hope he is right and the answer for the challenges we face as a global society is “compassion.”

Meanwhile, let’s help increase awareness about what human beings are going through in Burma, a situation considered as one of the most distressing in the world.



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