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Lions Roar : July 2010
z o C/) ...-1 >L1 Z Q ........ Q >-< C/) o f-< o :r:: p..., He also wrote, however, "We can never really lose Phuong Boi. It is a sacred reality in our hearts:' Finding his true home inside himself is an ability that Nhat Hanh would continue to develop over the years and now he's well known for the meditation, "I have arrived. I am home:' He wrote in his book by that name, "I have arrived in the Pure Land, a real home where I can touch the para- dise of my childhood and all the wonders of life. I am no longer concerned with being and nonbeing, coming and going, being born or dying. In my true home I have no fear, no anxiety. I have peace and liberation. My true home is in the here and the now:' IN 1962 THICH NHAT HANH began a period of introspec- tion, after a deep realization of emptiness sparked by an unlikely source: an old book at the Columbia University library. After completing his studies at Princeton, he had been ap- pointed lecturer in Buddhism at Columbia and he moved to New York, where he shared an apartment with an American graduate student who learned some Vietnamese from him and joined him in eating vegetarian fare. One night in the fall of that year, while he was at the library, he pulled a book off one of the shelves. It had been published in 1892 and donated to the Columbia library that same year, but according to the slip of paper stuck to the back cover, it had only been borrowed twice-once in 1915 and the other time in 1932. Nhat Hanh, deciding to be the third borrower, was overcome by the wish to meet the other two. They had vanished, he realized, and soon he would as well. He wondered what he was beneath his emotions, if he was anything at all. And he felt a glimmer of insight. Later in his journal he explained, "If you beat me, stone me, or even shoot me, everything that is considered to be 'me' will disintegrate. Then, what is actually there will reveal itself- faint as smoke, elusive as emptiness, and yet neither smoke nor emptiness; neither ugly, nor not ugly; beautiful, yet not beauti- ful. .. Like the grasshopper, I had no thoughts of the divine." Ac- cording to Thich Nhat Hanh, he became a monk in Vietnam and taught several generations of Buddhist students there, but it was in the West that he realized the path. Meanwhile, in his home country the situation grew increas- ingly dire. In April, 1963, Ngo Dinh Diem, the Roman Catholic president of South Vietnam, outlawed the display of Buddhist flags on the traditional anniversary of Buddha's birth. Demon- strations ensued and a number of people were killed; others were arrested and tortured. In June, a Buddhist monk burned himself to death in public as a form of protest. It was the first case of self- immolation in Vietnam, but others followed. In the States, Nhat Hanh was worried-plagued with dreams of his noblest efforts causing harm and of corpses snapping in two, as if they were made of porcelain. From June to October 1963, he did frequent interviews with newspapers and televi- sion stations to garner support for the peace movement, and he translated into English the reports of human rights violations he had received from Vietnam, putting together a document he presented to the United Nations. He also undertook a publi- cized five-day fast. Then in November 1963, the Diem regime fell and Diem him- self was assassinated during the coup. Nhat Hanh received a cable from a monk who had been one of the conservative Buddhists who'd opposed his efforts to modernize Vietnamese Buddhism. But now this monk urged Nhat Hanh to return home and help reorganize the religion. Nhat Hanh was thoughtful and moved. How wonderful impermanence is, he told his student Cao N goc Phuong, the later Sister Chan Khong. On December 16, 1963, Thich Nhat Hanh flew to Vietnam and a few weeks later he submitted a three-point proposal to the executive council of the Unified Buddhist Church (UBC) in Vietnam. He asked them to call for a cessation of hostilities Picking plums with students at Plum Village meditation center in southern France. The meditation hall at Deer Park monastery in Escondido, California. SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2010 41