Buddhist monk, teacher and peace activist Thich Naht Hanh died tonight at his root temple, Tu Hien Temple, in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95.

His community in Plum Village, France said,

Our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away peacefully. We invite our 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 in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world.

A short teaching from Thay (Vietnamese for teacher) himself,

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.