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Translator's Preface

The Miracle of Mindfulness was originally written in 

Vietnamese as a long letter to Brother Quang, a 

main staff member of the School of Youth for So- 

cial Service in South Vietnam in 1974. Its author, 

the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, had 

founded the School in the 1960s as an outgrowth 

of "engaged Buddhism." It drew young people 

deeply committed to acting in a spirit of compas- 

sion. Upon graduation, the students used the 

training they received to respond to the needs of 

peasants caught in the turmoil of the war. They 

helped rebuild bombed villages, teach children, 

set up medical stations, and organize agricultural 


The workers' methods of reconciliation were 

often misunderstood in the atmosphere of fear 

and mistrust engendered by the war. They per- 

sistently refused to support either armed party


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