When Giants Meet

Published on Thich  Nhat Hanh Foundation website

Inspired by the great work and intention of “Two Giants,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who together dreamed of building “The Beloved Community,” Valerie has always taken an inclusive and interconnected community-based approach for Miami events.  

These Two Giants first met in 1966 when Thich Nhat Hanh asked Dr. King to help him bring an end to the Vietnam War. Dr. King understood that ending the war was part of the civil rights movement so they agreed to work together. Tragically, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. While they spent little time in each other’s company, their energy and vision took root and has continued to inspire civil rights, peace, and community.  Known as “Apostles of Peace,” their lives were dedicated to awakening us all to the path of compassion and understanding.  

Taken from “When Giants Meet,” Planting Seeds of Compassion, Jan. 11, 2017.  https://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2017/8/9/when-giants-meet

Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance? (The Guardian)

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world

PHOTO: Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has guided CEOs of some of the world’s biggest technology companies in the art of mindfulness. Photograph: AP

BY Jo Confino, Fri 28 Mar 2014 16.26 EDT

Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic among business leaders, with several key executives speaking publicly in recent months about how it helps them improve the bottom line.

Intermix CEO Khajak Keledjian last week shared his secrets to inner peace with The Wall Street Journal. Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the Huffington Post, discussed mindfulness in Thrive, her new book released this week. Other business leaders who meditate include Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh, to name just a few.

In a blog post last month, Huffington wrote that “there’s nothing touchy-feely about increased profits. This is a tough economy. … Stress-reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier, they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one.”

But by focusing on the bottom-line benefits of mindfulness, are business leaders corrupting the core Buddhist practice?

Thich Nhat Hanh, the 87-year-old Zen master considered by many to be the father of mindfulness in the west, says as long as business leaders practice “true” mindfulness, it does not matter if the original intention is triggered by wanting to be more effective at work or to make bigger profits. That is because the practice will fundamentally change their perspective on life as it naturally opens hearts to greater compassion and develops the desire to end the suffering of others.

Sitting in a lotus position on the floor of his monastery at Plum Village near Bordeaux, France, Thay tells the Guardian: “If you know how to practice mindfulness you can generate peace and joy right here, right now. And you’ll appreciate that and it will change you. In the beginning, you believe that if you cannot become number one, you cannot be happy, but if you practice mindfulness you will readily release that kind of idea. We need not fear that mindfulness might become only a means and not an end because in mindfulness the means and the end are the same thing. There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way.”

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