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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Is Back in Vietnam

World-renowned religious leader Thich Nhat Hanh is currently in Vietnam for a holiday.

Tuoi Tre reports that Thich Nhat Hanh landed at Da Nang International Airport yesterday afternoon, August 29. He boarded a Bangkok Airways flight from Thailand, where he had stayed December last year.

The newspaper added that the monk is back in the country for a three-month vacation, and thus will spend most of his time resting and visiting his hometown in Hue, instead of participating in public events.

Before arriving in Thailand, Hanh had spent years living at Plum Village, a meditation center that he co-founded in the south of France in 1982.

According to VnExpress, Hanh has visited Vietnam three times since his departure in 1966. In 2014, the Zen Master’s health took a turn for the worse after he suffered a stroke and was hospitalized for months. Hanh also had to undergo therapy in the US.

Born in 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at 16 and was based in Hue's Tu Hieu Temple. His teachings revolve around peace and mindfulness. He was close to American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., who nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

"I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of [this prize] than this gentle monk from Vietnam,” King Jr. said of Hanh in his nomination. “His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity."

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