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Nhat Hanh, Thich

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 MLK to the Nobel Institute

Dr. King nominates Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, for the Nobel Peace Prize. He describes Hanh's accomplishments and assures that he is "an apostle of peace and non-violence.

Letter from the Secretary General of the Oversees Vietnamese Buddhist Association

In this correspondence VO VAN AI request assistance in denouncing the massacre at the School of Youth For Social Services in Vietnam.

Letter from Tom Perry to MLK

Tom Perry thanks Dr. King for inspiring him to continue his work in the peace movement in Canada.

School of Youth for Social Service

The School of Youth for Social Service in South Vietnam aided in immediate war relief, as well as a long range of programs such as rural health & sanitation, agriculture, and illiteracy.

Vietnam and Beyond

This program for the Ecumenical and Community Conference held at the Thornfield Conference Center in Cazenovia, New York, highlights leaders from across the globe invited to attend the conference. These leaders were invited to support the efforts in Vietnam and assess policies regarding the country.