An installation that has video and sculptural components, Nguyen’s “A Lotus in a Sea of Fire”—on view online at James Cohan, NYC from February 28 to May 3—opens with the haunting image of the Buddha’s bust (of or another Buddhist figure) on fire, by a seashore at twilight. Relaxing Music - Virtual Boat Journey - Red Lotus Lake at Sunset- Udon Thani - Amazing Thailand 2018 - Duration: 1:04:04. And Donald Harrington. A man who burns himself too much must die. 0000026378 00000 n Ň����bn����Ԃ���>"15�#�h� ����my�#� '�� Having lived in exile since 1966 (he has been allowed to visit Vietnam regularly since negotiations in 2005), he now lives in Plum Village, a Buddhist retreat center he cofounded in southwestern France, and conducts mindfulness retreats in Europe and North America. q��1 endstream endobj 26 0 obj<>stream The characters in the story, as the encounter various artifacts, engage in a dialogue that links the future and the past. This small book was written at the height of the Vietnam war by my Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. We’re glad you found a book that interests you. Thomas Merton forewords this outspoken little book from a Buddhist monk that presents a startling other-view of the war in Vietnam. Though I can only aspire to the wisdom and compassion embodied by the Vietnamese monks mentioned above, I do identify as an engaged Buddhist. One of the most compelling and lucid reads about the Vietnam War or war in general. In the Buddhist belief, life is not confined to a period of 60 or 80 or 100 years: life is eternal. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A good historical and philosophical read. What he really aims at is the expression of his will and determination, not death. Nguyen cast five children from the local fishing village as the main characters of the film. More broadly, it helped crystallize a movement dubbed “engaged Buddhism” by fellow monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who has described self-immolation as a legitimate and selfless form of political protest. He has been a student at Princeton and a professor at Columbia. calm and in full possession of his mental faculties when he burned himself.” Nhat Hanh insists that these acts of self-immolation are not suicide, which, he says, is one of Buddhism’s “most serious crimes.” Nhat Hanh’s letter “In Search of the Enemy of Man” is addressed to Martin Luther King, who nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Thich Nhat Hanh, a scholar in the field of philosophy of religion and an internationally revered figure of Zen Buddhism, was born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo in Vietnam in 1926. In the eerie light of the 1963 self-immolation of Vietnamese monk Thich Quang Duc and the many others who have followed that path of martyrdom, the image of a burning Buddhist is clearly too laden with political significance and emotional charge to be blithely appropriated. The band travels the seas and collects the stories of a world they never knew through objects that have survived over time. Relying on local resources, for example, is simply not an option. Hanh, a leading intellectual and Director of the School of Social Studies at Van Hanh University, Saigon, reviews Vietnamese history in relation to the participation of religious groups; today the Buddhists of Vietnam ""desire to mobilize the force of their religion in order to rebuild their society, and consequently they have carried Buddhism into every domain of life: culture, economics, politics, and social welfare."" I believe with all my heart that the monks who burned themselves did not aim at the death of the oppressors but only at a change in their policy. LOTUS IN A SEA OF FIRE Joan Halifax for Taigen Leighton The Bodhisattvas blossomed like fine and rare flowers in China some two thousand years ago, though their seeds are everywhere in the old Buddhism of India, as we feel their presence in the Four Boundless Abodes of … The letter is intended particularly for Westerners who see these acts as suicides, acts of self-destruction stemming from lack of courage, loss of hope, or the desire for nonexistence. One could argue, however, that this gesture is better understood as a metaphor for 0000026400 00000 n In 1969, Nhat Hanh was the representative for the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation at the Paris peace talks during the Vietnam War; when the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973, he was officially denied reentry into Vietnam. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window). , Nhat-Hanh (Thich.) To burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance. We all live in houses of glass. He does not think that he is destroying himself: he believes in the good fruition of his act of self-sacrifice for the sake of others. In the language of another preeminent engaged Buddhist, Joanna Macy, my primary concern has shifted from the arena of “holding actions” (aka activism) to that of “change in consciousness.” (The third, equally important arena involves creating new sources of energy, new monetary systems, and other structures geared toward sustaining life rather than maximizing industrial growth.) Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Shipping and Refund PolicyCopyright © 2020 Reality Sandwich. NONFICTION. No_Favorite. Be the first to ask a question about Vietnam. It is not even a protest. This August, I will return to the Burn with bells on (securely attached, so that they not wind up as matter-out-of place). Tuan Andrew Nguyen was born in 1976 in Ho Chi Minh City. 0000001907 00000 n And what about the environmental impact of so many loaded-down, gas-guzzling vehicles, tricked-out, fire-breathing art cars, disposable, plastic blinkies and cheap, Chinese-made tchotchkes? India-born, London-educated, a little base in Sydney. Links: Website ( | Instagram ( As a visual thinker, I had even begun imagining a smart-looking logo, until realizing how dumb, as in unthinking, my idea really was.