Omega to Host Thich Nhat Hanh, Sep 28, 2009

Thich Nhat Hanh to Appear at the Beacon Theatre

RHINEBECK, NY -- Omega Institute is proud to announce renowned author and spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the most influential Buddhist leaders in the world, will appear at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, 2009.

The theme, "Building a Peaceful and Compassionate Society," is an urgent message for a world filled with persistent violent conflict and human threat to the survival of the Earth.

Thich Nhat Hanh has been working to promote peace since the Vietnam War, when he persuaded Martin Luther King, Jr., to publically oppose the war, which helped galvanize the peace movement. Dr. King nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

"Omega shares Thich Nhat Hanh’s vision and commitment to creating a more compassionate global community that recognizes the interconnectedness of all,” said Robet C. Backus, Chief Executive Officer of Omega. "He helps us understand that every person has a responsibility to end the suffering of others, and to do the hard and deeply personal work of living in a nonviolent way," said Backus.

The New York Times has written, "Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama." He has published more than 100 books, including Peace Is Every Step, Being Peace, Touching Peace, Living Buddha Living Christ, Teachings on Love and Anger.

Omega's weekend event at the Beacon Theatre includes a Friday evening Dharma Talk at 7 p.m., and a Day of Mindfulness beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

A limited number of media passes are available. Please contact Chrissa Pullicino at (845) 266-4444, ext. 233 if you would like to cover the event. Photography and recording restrictions may apply.

About Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh has addressed audiences at the White House World Summit Conference on HIV and AIDS, The Gorbachev World Forum, and the World Economic Summit in Davos,