Lion’s Roar editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod recounts this story of his meeting with Thich Nhat Hanh and the "Mindfulness is a source of happiness" calligraphy:
"When Thich Nhat Hanh agreed to be interviewed in the summer of 2009, his indispensable lieutenant, Sister Chan Khong, suggested I attend the entire five-day program he was giving at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. I didn't realize how lucky I was. This was the major retreat for Thich Nhat Hanh's East Coast sangha, held every two years, and it was a transformative experience to join with his community and hear him teach. It was simply the best and most effective presentation of the basic principles of Buddhism that I have ever heard. As I listened to his first talk I thought to myself, This message about mindful living is so powerful and undeniable that millions of people should and could hear it. As he said in our interview he was presenting original Buddhism with a Mahayana view. Thich Nhat Hanh was clearly tired when we spoke, and after the retreat he had to go into hospital for two weeks. But he was kind enough to spend an hour with me, and to offer these calligraphies to Lion’s Roar Foundation. We are deeply honored by his support for our work."
Thich Nhat Hanh is a renowned Zen Master and poet, and founder of the Engaged Buddhist movement. He is the author of over a hundred books which have sold millions of copies worldwide. His most recent books are Inside the Now and No Mud, No Lotus. Thich Nhat Hanh lives at Plum Village practice center in France.
Learn more about Thich Nhat Hanh’s poems, calligraphy and life at: www.plumvillage.org
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