On The Passing Of Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist has died aged 95 surrounded by his followers in the temple where his spiritual journey began.

Such a truly wonderful guide and teacher, his gentle calming voice was one that I listened to throughout my cancer treatment. I always felt instantly relaxed and at peace listening to him. 

“His particular gift,” in the words of Maria Popova of The Marginalian, was “for simple words strung into a rosary of immense wisdom radiating immense kindness.” Words such as “present moment; wonderful moment” to ground us in the mystery and magic of the now. 

Something as simple as his phrase, “breathing in I know that I am breathing in” has anchored my restless mind when I have sat and struggled to meditate.

Peace is the one word that occurs again and again in his teachings. Martin Luther King called him “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” 

Our true home is in the present moment. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment. Peace is all around us–in the world and in nature–and within us; in our bodies and our spirits. – Thich Nhat Hanh