Hanh’s Concept of Being Peace: The Order of Interbeing

By Alexander Sieber.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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After being nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize, the “gentle and fearless” Vietnamese Buddhism monk Thich Nhat Hanh established a worldwide movement called the Order of Interbeing, which deals with major human conflicts with ancient Buddhist teachings. By drawing from original Buddhist texts, Hanh has created an authentic type of religious activism based on mindfulness of our connectedness that has real potential for peace, because of its twin focus on resolution and prevention. In this paper, I discuss how the Order has come into existence, its framework, its cause, how it educates its members, and how effectively it is creating a culture of peace by examining the history of the Order, reading Hanh’s wisdom books and poetry, analyzing its structure, and interviewing a local Sangha on their mystical experiences. I argue that Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged Buddhism has the potential to make a significant impact on mankind.

Keywords: Thích Nhất Hạnh, Mindfulness, Interbeing

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.295KB).

Alexander Sieber

M.A. Student, Religion, Society and Social Change, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California, USA