Words of Wisdom for December 28, 2023

Dear Friends:
The Life of Thich Nhat Hanh

In 1926, a boy named Nguyen Xuan Bao was born in the ancient imperial capital of Hu�, Vietnam. He was attracted to Buddhism from an early age. One of his first childhood memories was seeing a captivating picture of a smiling, peaceful Buddha. On a school trip, he was disappointed not to meet a Buddhist hermit, but when he drank from a natural well he felt deeply refreshed. He later described this as his first religious experience.

Nguyen Xuan Bao wanted to ordain as a monk at age 12, following in the footsteps of his older brother. His parents were initially hesitant, as he was so young and they knew monastic life would be challenging. However, by the time he actually ordained as a novice monk and received the novice precepts at age 16, he had their full support. In 1951, he took the full vows of a monk. He received the name Thich Nhat Hanh.

– Lindsay Kyte, Lion’s Roar

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