Vietnamese Zen Master and Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh to Give Public Talk to Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary

PRNewswire, Sept 8, 2005

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (USA) -- With the upcoming four-year anniversary of 9/11 and recent global terrorist attacks, Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh will give a timely talk entitled "Remembrance and Transformation: True Peace and Security for Ourselves and the World" on Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  The victims of Hurricane Katrina will also be remembered at this event.

Nhat Hanh first gained world attention during the Vietnam War as he worked tirelessly for peace and nonviolence.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by Nhat Hanh and his proposals for peace that he nominated him for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize, saying, "I know of no one more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle monk from Vietnam."  Earlier this year, Nhat Hanh was allowed to make a historic, three-month trip to his native Vietnam after nearly forty years of exile for his peacemaking efforts during the war.

Nhat Hanh is no stranger to North America.  The New York Times has written, "Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama."  He is the author of over 100 books on how individuals, families and communities can transform violence and suffering to create peace and joy.  His best-known books include:  "Peace is Every Step"; "Being Peace;" "Living Buddha," "Living Christ" and the New York Times bestseller "Anger."  His recent book, "Peace Begins Here," offers a Buddhist perspective on resolving conflict in the Middle East and is based on an ongoing retreat program for Palestinians and Israelis.  Nhat Hanh's books have sold over a million copies.

WHO:    Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

WHAT:  Public talk entitled "Remembrance and Transformation: True Peace
             and Security for Ourselves and the World"

WHEN:   Saturday, September 10, 2005 at 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Pasadena Civic Auditorium

Tickets for the public talk are available through the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and
admission tickets are $25; student and senior citizen tickets are $18.  The
doors open at 6:15 p.m.  Public accommodation for the hearing impaired
community will be provided.  Call (800) 640-7448 for more information.

To access pictures of Thich Nhat Hanh, visit:

Denise Nguyen, (626) 786-0472