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Ven. Pomnyun Sunim: Upon Hearing the News of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Passing

The Korean Seon (Zen) master Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님) wears many hats: Buddhist monk, teacher, author, environmentalist, social activist, and podcaster to name a few. As a widely respected Dharma teacher and a tireless socially engaged activist in his native South Korea, Ven. Pomnyun Sunim has founded numerous Dharma-based organizations, initiatives, and projects that are active across the world. Among them, Jungto Society, a volunteer-based community founded on the Buddhist teachings and expressing equality, simple living, and sustainability, is dedicated to addressing modern social issues that lead to suffering, including environmental degradation, poverty, and conflict.

Here Ven. Pomnyun Sunim shares a heartfelt memorial for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. 

Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님). Image courtesy of Jungto Society

Upon Hearing the News of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Passing

Today, in the early morning of 22 January 2022, I heard of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing. May he rest in peace.

May he come to eternal rest from samsara and reach nirvana!

As one who has always had great respect for Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing. I would have liked him to stay with us a little longer for those who are suffering in this world.

Born in Vietnam during the French colonial rule, he experienced the Vietnam War and witnessed the atrocities of mass killing and destruction, which led to a refugee crisis in Vietnam.

Despite all the adversity and danger, he did not hesitate to sacrifice himself in realizing social justice based on the spirit of peace and reconciliation. Furthermore, he spread his philosophy of peace and reconciliation beyond Vietnam to the entire world.

Thich Nhat Hanh, 1926–2022

He led a peace movement based on nonviolence and compassion.

We, the practitioners around the world, regardless of nationality, ideology, and religion, vow to continue the nonviolent peace movement you have led. Please entrust us with the task.
May you rest in eternal peace!

I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Bhikkhu Pomnyun
From South Korea on 22 January 2022

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Pomnyun
Jungto Society
JTS Korea
JTS America
International Network of Engaged Buddhists

Thich Nhat Hanh memorial practice resources (Plum Village)
Thich Nhat Hanh’s full biography (Plum Village)
The essential teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village)
Free mindfulness app with guided meditations by Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village)
The Way Out is In official Plum Village podcast (Plum Village)

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