Revered Thich Nhat Hanh passed away at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam on January 22. Throughout his life, Thich Nhat Hanh was a teacher of mindfulness and one of the people to bring Buddhism to the west. In 1963 he joined several monks to speak out against the US-Vietnam War in his home country. Martin Luther King Jr. regarded him as an "apostle of peace and non-violence." Suffering from a stroke in 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to the city of Hue where he would spend the last years of his life. He was like a large pine tree," said Haenim Sunim, a translator for Thich Nhat Hanh, "allowing many people to rest under his branches with his wonderful teaching of mindfulness and compassion.

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