Friday, August 12, 2011

Thich Nhat Hanh Offers Path To End Pain,Anger

One of the world's most famous Buddhists on August 9, 2011 led about 1,500 people on a walking meditation across the expansive University of B.C. campus.

Thich Nhat Hanh, a tiny 84-year-old Zen monk who was exiled from his native Vietnam for four decades, was wearing a brown monk's robe and toque as he headed the slow parade of silent walkers.

Earlier, the noted Vietnam War protester told an enraptured audience inside the War Memorial Gym that happiness can be found through the popular meditation technique called "mindfulness," which he said will help people overcome their pain, anger and suicidal tendencies.

The monk's one-hour morning "dharma talk" was the public part of a six-day meditation retreat Hanh is leading at UBC for more than 800 people.