Thích Nhất Hạnh and Martin Luther King Jr. 

Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. was one of the most prominent leaders in the civil rights movement. King participated in and led marches for the right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and other civil rights.

In 1965 Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh wrote a letter asking Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for his support to end the war in Vietnam. They met twice to discuss Black and Asian solidarity before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. 

Monument & MONASTERY 

Plan a visit to the Magnolia Grove Monastery.

"Magnolia Grove Monastery is a place to practice meditation and mindfulness. It is where every breath we take reminds us of the wonders of life. A place to sit and relax. A place to walk and kiss the earth beneath our feet. A place to rest under a willow tree on an island in a lotus pond. A place to eat together and savor every bite. A place to listen deeply to the sounds of life and the sound of our hearts. A place to work together to build a community of love and understanding. Magnolia Grove is a place where we can stop running, and discover peace with every step we take. A place to remind each one of us that the present moment is a wonderful moment." Visit website 


Grace Lee Boggs is regarded as a key figure in the Asian American, Black Power, and Civil Rights movements. Her Chinese given name was Yu Ping (玉平), meaning "Jade Peace". In 1953 she married James Boggs, an American political activist and auto worker. Interracial marriage in the United States would not become fully legal until 1967. Boggs engaged in a combination of theorizing and protesting, writing, meeting and organizing with leaders such as Malcolm X, and mentoring young radicals.