Many new religions and practices have evolved in the world today. Engaged Buddhism is a practice brought about by a Vietnamese Buddhist practitioner and peacemaker, Thich Nhat Hanh. This practice involves Buddhist ways of meditation, and mindfulness ways of living. Because of all the suffering Thich Nhat Hanh and his spiritual community saw around them, they decided to act on what they saw. This brought about Engaged Buddhism and a practice that many people find useful in their daily lives.
Thich Nhat Hanh has been a Buddhist practitioner since the age of 16 and has influenced peace in our world today. A Buddha is someone who is awakened. Buddha is a person who has developed all positive qualities and eliminated all negative qualities. Dharmakaya is the teaching of Buddha, and the way to really understand and love. Thich Nhat Hanh lived in Vietnam at the time of the Vietnam War. Chaos and suffering was going on all around him, until one day he realized he needed to act on what he saw. He realizes, if we see something with are own eyes, then we should act on what we see; if we don’t, then what is the point of seeing it at all. When he realizes this, he starts to practice mindfulness; meaning being in touch with your surroundings and acting on them. Thich Nhat Hanh’s plan was to teach the world peace and harmony, and uses fourteen precepts describing how to. He also wrote a famous novel; “Being Peace”, which he talks about having peace with yourself, and those around you. These teachings helped many people in the world to come together and bring about peace in communities. (“A View On Buddhism”, 2/5/06, http://buddhism.kalachakranet.org/buddha.html)
Some say a person can walk into a room and fill that room with peace just with their presence. Thich Nhat Hanh is known for being one of those people. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s novel, “Being Peace”, he describes many techniques for people to be more peaceful in the world. (“Being Peace”, Hanh, Page 9)...