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29 August 2008


Inner and world peace - preview
Last Friday a packed Large Meeting House at Friends House awaited Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Respected Zen Buddhist monk and founder of the Unified Buddhist Church based in France, his visit was organised by UK followers known as The Community of Interbeing (COI)

  • Speaking of inner and world peace, he explained how this can flow from being ‘mindful’ of each moment, even down to the in-breath and out-breath and to the most ordinary of daily activities, so that spiritual consciousness pervades all words and deeds
  • He spoke of the Kingdom of God as ‘reality’, not ‘idea’
  • Doesn’t this all sound familiar to Quakers? At the end he was asked if he could speak briefly about the Christian God and Jesus, to which he replied very gently: ‘Everything I have said is about God and Jesus’
  • This moved me greatly

  • Alex Melville-Mason

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