“Dear community, when we first came to Plum Village we couldn’t believe it. Plum Village did not look real to us because it is so peaceful. In Plum Village, we did not feel the kind of anger, tension and fear that we feel constantly in the Middle East. People look at each other with kind eyes, they speak to each other lovingly. There is peace, there is communication and there is brotherhood and sisterhood.”
Thich Nhat Hanh says it "didn't take much" to effect this transformation between ancient adversaries. "Honestly, it didn't take much. We just embraced these friends from the Middle East as brothers and sisters."