Books & Publications

  • Interbeing with Thich Nhat Hanh: An Interview Paid Member

    Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in October 1926 and became a monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he left his monastery and became actively engaged in helping victims of the war and publicly advocating peace. In 1966, he toured the United States at the invitation of the Fellowship of Reconciliation "to describe the aspirations and the agony of the voiceless masses of the Vietnamese people." As a result, he was threatened with arrest in Vietnam and unable to return. He served as the chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the war and in 1967 was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More »
  • Is the Pope Catholic? Paid Member

    During the recent visit of Pope John Paul II to Sri Lanka, representatives of the Buddhist community there boycotted a meeting with the Pontiff in protest over statements about Buddhism in his recent best-selling book, Crossing the Threshold of Hope (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994). The Theravadin elders were particularly concerned about the Pope's charac­terization of Buddhism as "atheis­tic." I will not discuss the charges made by the Sri Lankan monks (who are capable of speaking for themselves), nor do I wish to determine whether or not Buddhism is indeed atheistic. More »