A Zen Monk’s Letter to Adam Lanza

Calligraphy : Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Reader —————What if you wrote a letter to Adam Lanza : what might you say ?Here's one, from a young man who grew up at 22 Lake Road, Newtown, Connecticut. Born Douglas Bachman, he's now a Buddhist monk, named Phap Luu, teaching applied ethics and the art of mindful living to students and school teachers. He lives in Plum Village Monastery, in Thenac, France.   Dear Adam,Let me start by saying that I wish for you to find peace. It would be easy just to call … [Read more...]

ALL LIVES ARE SACRED : A plea for peace & reconciliation in Bangkok

Thailand (formerly "Siam") is the only country to declare in its constitution that Buddhism is its national religion.  (It is commonplace for boys there to ordain as monks as their rite of passage into manhood.)  Little wonder the monastics are concerned with the unrest in  their land. I cannot speak first-hand.  I've read The New York Times' backgrounder and reports.  This week, Agence France-Presse (AFP) published a moving piece featuring the monks' prayer for peace. Today, the International Ne … [Read more...]


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