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On behalf of the American people, we express our sincere condolences on the passing of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, a Buddhist monk, peace activist, and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement and the Plum Village Tradition, a monastic practice centered on mindfulness.

A world-renowned and beloved teacher and spiritual leader who reached people of all faiths, Thích Nhất Hạnh spent more than 60 years championing religious freedom, human rights, non-violence, and love to all.  His life’s work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and many other commendations.

He was a prominent presence far beyond the spiritual community, and the world will sorely miss Thích Nhất Hạnh’s thoughtful voice.  As we reflect on his life, we remember his lasting legacy and the profound mark he left on humanity.  Our thoughts are with the people of Vietnam, where he was born and passed away, and also those around the world inspired by his gentle spirit.

U.S. Department of State

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