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In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for The Nobel Peace Prize and failed to realize one of his dreams stating,

"I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of this prize than this gentle monk from Vietnam. He is an Apostle of Peace and Nonviolence. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity"- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I agree with Dr. King and ask The Nobel Committee to honor and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,´s memory and dream by Nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

At 87, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) is one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our time. The New York Times says, “Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama;” and His Holiness the Dalai Lama says of Hanh, “He shows us the connection between personal inner peace and peace on Earth.”

Thich Nhat Hanh was born October 11,1926 in Vietnam and was ordained a Buddhist monk at the age of sixteen years old. As a young monk, Thich Nhat Hanh sought to reform Buddhism, calling for monks, nuns and students to be more active and engaged in society. In 1961, Nhat Hanh came to the United States to teach comparative religion at Columbia and Princeton Universities. In 1963, after returning to Vietnam to support student peace efforts, he helped lead one of the greatest nonviolent resistance movements of the century, based entirely on Gandhian principles.

In 1964, along with a group of university professors and students in Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong founded the School of Youth for Social Service, called by the American press the "little Peace Corps,"" in which teams of young people went into the countryside to establish schools and health clinics, and later to rebuild villages that had been bombed. By the time of the fall of Saigon, there were more than 10,000 monks, nuns, and young social workers involved in the work.

In 1966, Thich Nhat Hanh met with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And urged him to publicly denounce the Vietnam War. In 1967, Dr. King gave a famous speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, his first to publicly question U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. was so moved by his proposals for peace that he nominated Thay for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize. After important meetings with Senators Fullbright and Kennedy, Secretary of Defense McNamara, and other political and military leaders in Washington, Nhat Hanh went to Europe, where he met with a number of heads of state and officials of the Catholic Church, including two audiences with Pope Paul VI, urging cooperation between Catholics and Buddhists to help bring peace to Vietnam. Soon after his U.S. and European tour he was banned from returning to Vietnam for his reconciliatory and nonviolent messages.

In 1970, Thay and Alfred Hassler initiated the first large meeting on the environment called Dai Dong, or “Great Togetherness.” Dai Dong was a ground breaking environmental initiative. It produced "The Menton Statement,” linking the environment, poverty and war and calling for global environmental consciousness. It was signed by more than 5,000 scientists globally.

In 1982, Thich Nhat Hanh established Plum Village; a large, thriving retreat center near Bordeaux, France, where he has been living in exile from his native Vietnam. Since 1983, he has continued to travel the world, leading retreats
and giving lectures on nonviolence, mindful living, and social and environmental responsibility to educators, Vietnam veterans, mental health and social workers, prison inmates, ecologists, parents, children, businessmen, police officers, renowned neuro-scientists and members of the United States Congress (2009, 2011).

He was instrumental in initiating the declaration, by the General Assembly of the United Nations, dedicating 2001--2010 as the ""International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World"" (Resolution A/RES/53/2519/111998). He collaborated with Nobel Peace Laureates in drafting the Manifesto 2000, with six points on the Practice of Peace and Nonviolence distributed by UNESCO. In December 2000, he was invited to give a lecture at the White House World Summit Conference on HIV and AIDS. He has also been invited to speak at The Gorbachev World Forum, the World Economic Summit and at the end of 2013, the World Bank, Google and Stanford Univerity.

Today, Thich Nhat Hanh has hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide, from every spiritual tradition or none. HisSpring 2013 Southeast Asia Tour (Apr - May 29) and his fall 2013 North American Tour (Aug - Oct 25) have been resounding successes, delivering his message and methods for inner and outer peace, engaged personal, social and environmental responsibility, mindful living and education to standing room only crowds in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Ontario Canada, Boston, New York, Mississippi, and California.

I agree with Dr. King when he said, "I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam,” and I respectfully nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.


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Qualified Nominators
The right to submit proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize shall, by statute be enjoyed by:

  1. Members of national assemblies and governments of states;

  2. Members of international courts;

  3. University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law, theology, directors of peace research institutes;

  4. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize;

  5. Board members of organizations that have won the Nobel Peace Prize;

  6. Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee; (proposals by members of the Committee to be submitted no later than the first meeting of the Committee after February 1st)

  7. Former advisers appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

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