Engaged Buddhism: Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh’s Life and Teachings (1926-2022)

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Issue Contents

Editor’s Introduction
Ashley Wilson

A Cloud Never Dies: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Community Reflects on the Zen Master’s Continuation in the World
Stephen Pradarelli, Sister Chan Khong, Sister Chan Dieu Nghiem, Brother Phap Dung, Brother Phap Huu

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Poetics of Care
Jesse Curran
In this short essay, I situate the immense value of Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing to social justice ethics. Drawing on my own experience as a student, educator, yoga instructor, and meditation practitioner, I reflect upon how meaningful his language has been to my own growth as an academic and activist. Ultimately, I argue that Nhat Hanh’s literary style embodies a practice of virtuous support for the reader, what I refer to as his “poetics of care.” Keywords: ethics, poetics, virtue, care

Walk with Me
Jason Zevenbergen

In the Symphony of the Storm: Four Phases of Engaged Buddhism in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Life
Kaira Jewel Lingo

Cultivating Fearlessness in the Midst of Suffering: A Conversation with
Sister Dang Nghiem

Here, Because You Are There: After Thich Nhat Hanh
Dolores Walshe

The Three Jewels in Prison
Natascha Bruckner
Taking refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism—Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha—can provide invaluable support for incarcerated people, as it offers sanctuary in awakened presence, practical ways to live peacefully, and compassionate community. Keywords: Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, prison

Silent Illumination in the Virtual World: A Practitioner’s Reflection
Elena Brower

Robert W. Spencer

The Quality of Mercy: Thoughts on Thich Nhat Hanh
Ann Fisher-Wirth
“The Quality of Mercy: Thoughts on Thich Nhat Hanh” is a personal essay ending with a poem, in which I write about the importance that Thich Nhat Hanh, his writings, and Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi have had both for me personally and for my students in environmental studies at the University of Mississippi. Reading and talking about Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The World We Have introduced my students to his deep environmental wisdom, and visiting the monastery enabled them not only to witness a way of life so different from their own but also to experience the healing energy to be found there. Keywords: interbeing, environmental consciousness, college students, Magnolia Grove, centering and healing

True and Luminous Emptiness: What Sister Chan Khong Means to Me
Sister Peace

Honoring the Wisdom and Guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh: A Conversation to Mark the First Anniversary of Thay’s Passing
Brother Phap Huu & Jo Confino

Artwork by Rae Minji Lee