Bhikkhu Thich Nhat Hanh, Born 1926,(88 years old) Brain Hemmorhage on November 11, 2014 — 11/15/2014

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“Bhikkhu Thích Nhất Hạnh (/ˈtɪk ˈnjʌt ˈhʌn/Vietnamese: [tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ] ( ); born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum VillageMonastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France, travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term Engaged Buddhism in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire. A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.“”

“Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. Nhat Hanh is active in the peace movement, promoting non-violent solutions to conflict  and he also refrains from animal product consumption as a means of non-violence towards non-human animals.”

“On 11 November 2014, Nhất Hạnh experienced a severe brain hemorrhage and was brought to hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

“Nhat Hanh’s approach has been to combine a variety of traditional Zen teachings with insights from other MahayanaBuddhist traditions, methods from Theravada Buddhism, and ideas from Western psychology—to offer a modern light on meditation practice. Hanh’s presentation of the Prajñāpāramitā in terms of “interbeing” has doctrinal antecedents in the Huayan school of thought,  which “is often said to provide a philosophical foundation” for Zen.”

“Nhat Hanh has also been a leader in the Engaged Buddhism movement (he coined the term), promoting the individual’s active role in creating change. He cites the 13th-century Vietnamese King Trần Nhân Tông with the origination of the concept. Trần Nhân Tông abdicated his throne to become a monk, and founded the Vietnamese Buddhist school in the Bamboo Forest tradition.””

“The Vietnamese name Thích () is from “Thích Ca” or “Thích Già” (釋迦), means “of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan.” All Buddhist monks and nuns within the East Asian tradition of Mahayana and Zen adopt this name as their “family” name or surname implying that their first family is the Buddhist community. In many Buddhist traditions, there is a progression of names that a person can receive. The first, the lineage name, is given when a person takes refuge in the Three Jewels. Thich Nhat Hanh’s lineage name is Trừng Quang. The next is a Dharma name, given when a person, lay or monastic, takes additional vows or when one is ordained as a monastic. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Dharma name is Phung Xuan. Additionally, Dharma titles are sometimes given, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Dharma title is “Nhat Hanh”.”

“Neither Nhất () nor Hạnh ()—which approximate the roles of middle name or intercalary name and given name, respectively, when referring to him in English—was part of his name at birth. Nhất (一) means “one”, implying “first-class”, or “of best quality”, in English; Hạnh (行) means “move”, implying “right conduct” or “good nature.” Thích Nhất Hạnh has translated his Dharma names as Nhất = One, and Hạnh = Action. Vietnamese names follow this naming convention, placing the family or surname first, then the middle or intercalary name which often refers to the person’s position in the family or generation, followed by the given name.”

“Thich Nhat Hanh is often referred to as “Thay” (VietnameseThầy, “master; teacher”) or Thay Nhat Hanh by his followers. On the Vietnamese version of the Plum Village website, he is also referred to as Thiền Sư Nhất Hạnh which can be translated as “Zen Master”, or “Dhyana Master”. Any Vietnamese monk or nun in the Mahayana tradition can be addressed as “Thầy” (“teacher”). Vietnamese Buddhist monks are addressed “Thầy tu” (“monk”) and nuns are addressed “Sư Cô” (“Sister”) or “Sư Bà” (“Elder Sister”).”

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/vietnamese-zen-master-thich-nhat-hanh-hospitalized-for-brain-hemorrhage-33957.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nh%E1%BA%A5t_H%E1%BA%A1nh
http://plumvillage.org/about/thich-nhat-hanh/
http://plumvillage.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhikkhu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%B2a_H%E1%BA%A3o
http://www.vietspring.org/religion/hoahao.html

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