Vietnam mourns the death of influential Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

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Photo taken on November 15, 2018 shows Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), then 92, in a wheelchair at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam.

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One of the most influential Buddhist monks in the world, Thich Nhat Hanh, and one of the most committed figures of Buddhism with the Dalai Lama, died this Saturday at the age of 95.

In Vietnam, the news spread very quickly, especially on social networks.

Because the one who popularized the concept of "

mindfulness

" still enjoyed great popularity in his country of origin.

The Vietnamese pay homage to him.

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With our correspondent in Ho Chi Minh City,

Frédéric Noir

In Vietnam, the news did not go unnoticed.

The death of the famous monk was widely reported by the official press and on social networks by a crowd of fans who wanted to pay him a last tribute.

Among them, Ha, a thirty-something Vietnamese living in Ho Chi Minh City: “ 

This is really sad news.

Not only for him but also for millions of people in Vietnam and around the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh carried universal values ​​such as humility, generosity and empathy.

Although I never met him, he taught me a lot of things to appreciate every moment, all the little moments in life and especially how to become happy.

»

Seven days of funeral

Thuy, meanwhile, resides in Hanoi.

She was able to meet the Buddhist master three times.

"

This morning, when I woke up and learned of his death, I cried,

" she says.

As a disciple who practices the philosophy of "mindfulness", I would like to thank him for all his teachings and for bringing me serenity.

He is no longer there but his thoughts are immortal and will continue to be followed by several generations.

I promised myself to practice what he taught me: generosity, love of nature and inner peace.

»

The funeral of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh will last seven days in the form of a silent retreat.

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