This article was excerpted from For A Future To Be Possible: Commentaries on the Five Wonderful Precepts, by Thich Nhat Hanh. Copyright 1993. Reprinted with permission of Parallax Press, PO Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707.
THICH NHAT HANH is a Zen Buddhist monk, peace activist, scholar, and poet. He is the founder of the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, has taught at Columbia University and the Sorbonne, and now lives in southern France, where he gardens, works to help those in need, and travels internationally teaching "the art of mindful living." Martin Luther King, Jr., nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, saying, "I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle monk from Vietnam."