Thich Nhat Hanh is a man who knows war and he has a great deal to say about peace. His lessons must be difficult for those who act in anger because what he advocates undermines retaliation and revenge: “All violence is injustice. The fire of hatred and violence cannot be extinguished by adding more hatred and violence to the fire.” At a time when free people cheer assassinations and democratically elected leaders push fear and war as the only solution to everything we may want to stop and listen to some other voices. We may want to start listening to people who have suffered through war, who take no sides, who only want peace. The links below are ten years old and that itself is significant. Notice how far we’ve come in a decade.
- Thich Nhat Hanh: What I Would Say to Osama bin Laden
- A Public Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh at the Riverside Church, New York, September 25, 2001
Image: Zenkō-ji, Nagano, Japan, 2008