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Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, dies at 95

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Exiled Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh attends a photocall promoting the film 'Buddha' during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images) HANOI, Vietnam - Thich Nhat Hanh, the revered Zen Buddhist monk who helped spread the practice of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East, has died.

He was 95.The death was confirmed by a monk at Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue, Vietnam who said that Nhat Hanh, known as Thay to his followers, died at midnight on Saturday.

The monk declined to be named because he is not authorized to speak to media.A post on Nhat Hanh's verified Twitter page attributed to The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism also confirmed the news, saying, "We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold Thay in our hearts."RELATED: Pope Francis starts new year with call to protect women, focus on the goodBorn as Nguyen Xuan Bao in 1926 in Hue and ordained at age 16, Nhat Hanh distilled Buddhist teachings on compassion and suffering into easily grasped guidance over a lifetime dedicated to working for peace.

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