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Thich Nhat Hanh

This month we will be reading Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Hnat Hanh. Hanh is a Buddhist monk from VietNam. He was nominated by Dr King for the Nobel Peace Prize and has been recognized as a Dharma Master.

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.

The description from amazon.com states: "Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices? In this classic text for spiritual seekers, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both."

So what does that mean for us Thinkers? Is this just another Budddhist teaching? Are Buddha and Christ similar? If they sat down to tea at the local Starbucks what would they talk about? Are the two religious traditions compatible or too different to have common ground?

You can read the book or head over to youtube to see some of the talks he has given over the years. Hanh's retreat also has a webpage where you can listen or watch some of what he espouses.


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  • Vincent

    Hello everyone. I was supposed to be in Europe but alas I have had to reschedule my study trip for the first week in September. The reasons are three. The Saturday before my scheduled departure my friend Joe called from Miami telling me he was in the hospital for emergency brain surgery. Off to Miami, Joe came through in good shape, back to Cleveland on Tuesday to get ready to leave the following week and my friend and thinkers club regular David Ross had a heart attack and was scheduled for by-pass. These two guys needed me so I was giving it till Monday 6-23 and see if these two guys would be ok while I was gone, to or cancel. Monday morning the decision was made easily when another friend of mine, Joe, David, Karen and a number of others in the club Jill, called to tell me she had been admitted in Hillcrest. So Im here and will hopefully see a good turnout Wednesday.

    June 30, 2014

  • H B.

    Please come and join us; we are all amateurs here.

    June 16, 2014

  • Renee

    Is it ok to come if I've got little experience with philosophy? I want to learn in an accepting forum.

    June 7, 2014

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