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Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, dies at 95

Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, dies at 95

Hanoi, Jan 22 (UNI) Thich Nhat Hanh, a prominent Vietnamese Buddhist monk, has died at the age of 95.
Plum Village, a monastic organisation founded by Hanh, said the monk "passed away peacefully" at the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam on Saturday.
"We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts," the organisation said on Hanh’s Twitter account.
A prolific author and peace activist who rose to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam war, Thich Nhat Hanh, is often referred to as the "father of mindfulness".
Hanh, born in 1926, was exiled from Vietnam in the 1960s after opposing the war.
In 1967, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize, calling him "an Apostle of peace and nonviolence".
After being exiled, the monk spent decades in France and went on to establish monasteries and meditation centers around the world, known as the Plum Village Tradition, reports BBC.
During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 books that were translated into more than 40 languages. His last book was published in October 2021.

According to the report, he returned to Vietnam in 2018 and was permitted by authorities to spend his final days at the Tu Hieu temple.

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