“People think that engaged Buddhism is only social work, only stopping the war,” Chan Khong says. “But, in fact, at the same time you stop the war outside, you have to stop the war inside yourself.”
Over her lifetime, Sister Chan Khong has learned the importance of not making peace, but rather being peace, being understanding, being love—and to embody this way of being twenty four hours a day. The key, she tells the Shambhala Sun, is to practice mindfulness. “When your body and mind are not one, you do not see deeply,” she says.
Originally posted by Shambhala SunSpace.
“But, in fact, at the same time you stop the war outside, you have to stop the war inside yourself.”
Sister Chan Khong is best known as Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator, but she’s also a dedicated activist and gifted teacher in her own right. Andrea Miller profiled her in the May 2012 Shambhala Sun magazine, and the entire piece is now online here.
Read the rest of “Path of Peace: The Life and Teachings of Sister Chan Khong” here. And browse our entire May 2012 issue online here.
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