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Nhat Hahn, Thich

b. 1926

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, writer and peace activist. Born Nguyen Xuan Bao, in Vietnam, he has lived in France since his exile in 1973. He led monks in direct service to the victims of the Vietnam War, where both sides condemned him for refusing to take a side. He is one of the founders of “socially engaged Buddhism,” a movement that combines a contemplative lifestyle with work for social change. Nhat Hanh urged Dr. King to take a public stand against the Vietnam War. In 1967 King nominated Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. To his sorrow, some of Nhat Hanh’s monastic brothers self-immolated as a protest against the war; King turned to Nhat Hanh to understand the meaning of this practice.

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Letter from Raphael Gould to Dora McDonald Re Thich Nhat Hanh

Raphael Gould, of The Fellowship of Reconciliation, writes to Miss McDonald requesting a letter from Dr. King nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Mr. Gould calls attention to the approaching deadline and the extensive documentation that must accompany the letter.

Letter from Rev. Harvey H. Batos, Jr. to MLK

Rev. Batos Jr. expresses his support of Dr. King's political involvement despite the critisim by the New York Times.

Telegram from Thich Nhat Hanh to MLK

Thich Nhat Hanh expresses his support for Dr. King and conveys his desire to meet with Dr. King during his upcoming visit to Atlanta.

Telegram from Thich Nhat Hanh to MLK

Thich Nhat Hanh informs Dr. King that he will be in Atlanta from February 24th to February 29th.