the vietnamese & american conscience



Previously in one of my post, I’d mentioned about Nẻo về của ý – a writing of Thích Nhất Hạnh. The monk has become a big figure in Buddhism community, at least as seen by Westerner. He is now considered to be one of the two most influential leaders of Buddhism, beside the famous Dalai Lama.

…I think we have the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast, but in the name of freedom, people have done a lot of damage. I think we have to build a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast in order to counter-balance…

Originated from Từ Hiếu, the most ancient pagoda in Huế, his life has been a realization of what had been fore-told as a kind of prophecy in the hand-down poem from his own master (the last two lines on the right – which could be literally translated as: If the lamp of our mind shines light on its own nature, Then the wonderful transmission of the Dharma will be realized in both East and West. Recently, he gave this interesting talk at the (US) Congress: