Thich Nhat Hanh’s books "Under the Banyan Tree" and "The Sun my Heart" release at the French Embassy, 25th September 2008
French Ambassador Jérome Bonnafont welcomed internationally renowned French of Vietnamese origin, Thich Nhat Hanh, by releasing the English edition of his books titled ‘The Sun My Heart’ and ‘Under the Banyan Tree’ at the Alliance Française in Delhi on Thursday.
The books have been published by Full Circle, a Delhi based publishing house that takes pride in having introduced the Indian reading public to Hanh and his philosophy, in 1996. Based in South Western France, Hanh has written more than 85 books.
The 82 year old poet, author, teacher, peace maker and human rights activist, who is on a five week long visit to India as a distinguished visitor at the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR), could not have asked for a more warm-hearted reception on arrival. Hanh is revisiting India after a long gap of 12 years
In his address, the Ambassador said, « Indeed, we are talking about a full circle that began 500 years before the birth of Christ somewhere here in India. Then, the circle went to Asia, to Vietnam- your country of birth. Then the French came to Vietnam. That is how the French were acquainted with what you represent. And now you come to India to complete the circle and give us the fruition of your experience.’’
Mr Bonnafont thanked Hanh for exemplifying the metaphor of the circulation of ideas and knowledge around the world. He said that the Alliance Française is the perfect place to promote peaceful dialogue, exchange of ideas, tolerance and liberty- values that Alliance Française shares with Hanh.
During the interactive session that followed, Hanh drew attention to the challenge posed by global warming and the scourge of terrorism.
The interactive session with the distinguished panelists and the audience, was moderated by Shantum Seth of the Ahimsa Trust.
The panelists included Member of Parliament and former minister Arun Shourie, actress Nandita Das, educator Arun Kapoor and the Chief Executive Officer of Thermax, Anu Agha.
Hanh who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr Martin Luther King Jr., in 1967, said, « We can become victims of anger and violence. It is the lack of communication that brings about misundestanding. »
Prominent among those present at the function were Justice Leila Seth, art curator Alka Pandey, political activist Jaya Jaitley and Hindi writer and poet Gitanjali Shri.
The French Ambassador, H.E. Mr Jérome Bonnafont, welcomed internationally renowned French of Vietnamese origin, Thich Nhat Hanh, on the opening day of his visit to India, by releasing the English edition of his books titled ‘The Sun my Heart’ and ‘Under the Banyan Tree’. The books published by ‘Full Circle’, a Delhi based publishing house, were released at a special function at the Alliance Française de Delhi.
The author , who has written more than 85 books, is visiting India after a long gap of 12 years, this time as a distinguished visitor at the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Research (ICCR).
The Master will travel to Nagpur, Dehradun and Bodh Gaya, during his five week long stay in India beginning today. The theme of his visit to India will be his teaching on the practice of Mindfulness.
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