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Abstract for Online Program Book (maximum 150 words)
In 2014 Thich Nhat Hanh spoke about the shock he felt upon learning of Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. In that statement, Nhat Hanh said that he made a “deep vow” to continue what Martin called “the Beloved Community.” Thich Nhat Hanh first heard the term “Beloved Community,” and the related concept at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, from King, in 1967. After relating the above I will outline how King’s Beloved Community compares to a Buddhist world view, exemplified in the Indra’s Net metaphor, held by Nhat Hanh. I will also cover the main contributions Nhat Hanh made to the understanding of the Beloved Community.