A short biography (courtesy of Parallax Press) of Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, Zen master, and human rights activist, followed by his poem "Please Call Me by My True Names," written in 1978 and reprinted here by kind permission from Call Me By My True Names, by Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax Press (Berkeley, CA, 1999). The poem was written following Thich Nhat Hanh's long meditation after reading a letter received from Vietnamese refugees telling the story of a fleeing twelve year old girl who drawned herself after being raped by a Thai pirate on a small boat.



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