Living in Rural Communities by Kristin Sterling

By Kristin Sterling

An creation to the typical features of a rural neighborhood.

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O. Box 7355, Berkeley, CA 94707 Tel: (510) 525-0101 Practice Opportunities with Children Individuals, families, and young people are invited to practice the art of mindful living in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh at retreat communities in France and the United States. O.

Born Nguyen Thanh Nam, he was trained as a chemical engineer in Paris before becoming a Buddhist teacher in his homeland of Vietnam. A strong advocate for peace, Dao Dua established a religious community on Phoenix Island in the Mekong River in the early 1960s that drew from Buddhist, Taoist, and Christian traditions. He was imprisoned a number of times by the government for preaching his pacifist beliefs and advocating the peaceful reunification of North and South Vietnam. The “Coconut Monk” attracted thousands of followers and the island became a haven for those attempting to escape the ravages of the war in Vietnam, including Vietnamese peasants and American soldiers.

Cover drawing by Vo Dinh Mai. Cover and text design by Gopa & Ted 2, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Nhât Hânh, Thích. The coconut monk / by Thich Nhat Hanh ; as told to Rachel Neumann ; illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-937006-17-4 1. Buddhism—Juvenile literature. I. Neumann, Rachel. II. Vo- Dinh, Mai, 1933- ill. III. Title. 3’4432—dc22 2005029496 1 2 3 4 5 6 /10 09 08 07 06 05 Contents The Coconut Monk Who Was The Coconut Monk? Who Was The Coconut Monk? -1990) was known as the “Coconut Monk,” because his vegetarian diet consisted largely of coconuts.

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