Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in a walking meditation in 2013 – Photo: Guardian/Zuma Press
According to the newspaper The GuardianNews of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing spread around the world on January 22, leading to a series of leading figures from East to West, in all fields from religion, politics, psychology, social justice. association… expressed their affection and memory for him.
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, praised Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh for living “a truly meaningful life”. “I believe that the best way for us to remember is to continue his journey of promoting peace around the world,” he said.
“Extraordinary life” of Master Thich Nhat Hanh – as called by The Guardian – has left a great legacy to mankind, there are things visible, and there are things that cannot be measured.
Few people know that Zen master has a great influence on clinical psychology research. His book “The Miracle of Mindfulness” (1975) laid the groundwork for a later treatment for depression called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
“He has been there, from the earliest days, bringing mindfulness to the east and west” – professor Mark Williams, a clinical psychologist at the University of Oxford (UK), shared.
Mr. Williams first heard the concept of “mindfulness” from her Marsha Linehan, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Washington (USA). Ms. Linehan told him that she always keeps Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s book in her pocket like a “Bible”.
“I first met her in the late 1980s, and the book was published in 1975, so she has been reading and influenced by it for a long time. It was her research and advice. helped us explore incorporating mindfulness into treatments for depression,” said Professor Williams.
Today mindfulness has become commonplace in modern life, but without the influence of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Professor Williams believes that the practice of mindfulness in the West cannot be achieved today.
He added: “What he does is spread the essence of Buddhist wisdom, make it easy for people around the world to access, and build a bridge between the modern world of psychological science/ advanced health care systems and ancient practices”.
Grandma Marianne Williamson, author and former US presidential candidate, calls Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “a great spiritual teacher who has helped millions of people around the world understand more deeply the principles of Buddhism and apply them to everyday life”.
“His gift to humanity is so great, I don’t think it will diminish even if he’s gone,” she said.