Starting June 13, 2011, there’s an on-line movie featuring Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist Monk who was exiled from Vietnam many decades ago. I have attended three of his presentations in Pasadena, CA. In fact, he is due for another U.S. tour soon, so please be on the lookout for his schedule.
I found him to be one of the most humble of human beings, quiet in his delivery, yet straighforward in his words. When he was invited back to Vietnam several years ago, his disciples did not want him to go, for fear of his life. He decided to go anyway. Here is what I remember of his words about that trip: The first presentation had only a few in the audience, most of them Communist officials. He started the presentation with saying that Buddhists don’t own property, they share everything in their community – THEY ARE TRUE COMMUNISTS! By the time his talks came to an end several weeks later, there were thousands in the audience.
This quiet monk, in his 80’s (I believe), sitting on the cushions on stage, lights lowered, is one of the most powerful teachers I have yet to encounter. Above all, he showed me that power does not have to brash and aggressive, something that survivors of abuse, like myself, have encountered much of our lives.
Power can be just as impactful, if not more so, in quiet subtle ways!
Please watch this movie and share this message with all you know: http://www.tricycle.com/buddhafest/colors-compassion.