Thich Nhat Hanh
(known as “Thay” by his students) is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, author and
peacemaker who was nominated by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel
Peace Prize in 1967. Born in central Vietnam in 1926, he became a monk
at the age of 16. In 1966 at the age of 40, Thay was exiled from Vietnam
because of his commitment to peace. A model of “engaged Buddhism”, he
and the monastic community reside in Plum Village in the south of
Kiss the Earth by Thich Nhat Hanh
Walk and touch peace in every moment. Walk and touch happiness every moment. Each step brings a fresh breeze. Each step makes a flower bloom. Kiss the Earth with your feet. Bring the Earth your love and happiness. The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves.
In the short video below Thay talks about the breath bringing us back to the present moment.
Thay tells the story of the beginnings of the Lieu Quán Dharma Line,
of which Thich Nhat Hanh is the 8th generation of this Vietnamese
branch. Our lineage is also traced to through the Lâm Te Dyana School
(Linji), of which Thich Nhat Hanh is the 42nd generation.
The talk begins with the gatha given to our main root teacher, Zen Master Lieu Quán (1670-1742), by Zen Master Tu Dung in Thuan Hóa, Vietnam in 1702.
All phenomena rely on Oneness, what does Oneness rely on?
Thay then traces all the teachers through the generations and how
they each received their name from a gatha of Zen Master Lieu Quán. The
classical Chinese characters of the gatha represent the name given to
each of the generations.
The English translation of the gatha is as follows:
The great way of Reality,
Is our true nature’s pure ocean.
The source of Mind penetrates everywhere.
From the roots of virtue springs the practice of compassion.
Precepts, concentration and insight -
The nature and function of all three are one.
The fruit of transcendent wisdom,
Can be realized by being wonderfully together.
Maintain and transmit the wonderful principle,
In order to reveal the true teaching!
For the realization of True Emptiness to be possible,
Wisdom and Action must go together.
Students of Thich Nhat Hanh are encouraged to memorize this gatha.