Thich Nhat Hanh
delivered a message on Leading with Courage and Compassion
Event Date: September 10, 2003
Thich Nhat Hanh spoke at the Library of Congress on September 10, 2003.
The Buddhist spiritual leader delivered a lecture titled Leading with
Courage and Compassion at the Library of Congress in the Coolidge
Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E.,
Washington, D.C. The event, which begun with a reception was open
to Members of Congress, Congressional staff and others by invitation only.
The event was part of the annual Capps-Emerson lecture series organized
by the Faith& Politics Institute to honor the work of Reps. Alter Capps and
ll Emerson, who died while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The event was co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of Congress.
A Zen Master, poet, peace and human rights activist, Hanh was born in
Vietnam in 1926 where he became a monk at the age of 16. During the 1960's
he founded the School of Youth for Social Services, a grass roots relief
organization. Following his exile from Vietnam, he came to the United
States to help galvanize the peace movement. Hanh succeeded in enlisting
the support of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who subsequently nominated him
for the Nobel Peace Prize for his courageous and compassionate leadership
during the Vietnam War. The author of 75 books on literary, spiritual and
historical subjects, Hanh continues to work for world peace.
Founded in 1990, the Faith & Politics Institute
(Faith & Politics Institute)
is an interfaith, non-partisan and non-profit organization that provides
Members of Congress and other political leaders with opportunities for moral
and spiritual reflections.