Thich Naht Hanh and Abraham Joshua Heschel

Some very interesting points in this article that brings together Heschel and Thich Nhat Hanh

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How does the contrast between the sacred and the holy, or morality and ethics, appear in Thich Nhat Hanh’s life and thought?

Thich Nhat Hanh appears to move in and out of both realms.  To maintain his roots in his sacred tradition of Buddhism, he shares beliefs in non-dualism and mindfulness.  His expression of omnipartiality can be found in his poem “Call Me By My True Names”.  He rids himself of polarized assumptions and attains an elevated, enlightened perspective.  Fasching and deChant quote Kierkegaard to better explain what enlightenment brings about “a kind of ‘teleological suspension of the ethical’.   The expression of interdependence of all things in the poem conveys the Mahayana Buddhist focus of ‘no self’ or anatman.

But Nhat Hanh’s Bodhisattva abilities are showcased in his ability to pass over to another realm, that of social justice for all.  In an effort to keep thousands of…

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