Tho Ha Vinh
Head of Training, Learning and Development, International Committee of the Red Cross
"Compassion is not just a feeling, not just an emotion. It can include feeling and emotion but for compassion to be authentic it needs to translate into action so that it becomes a social reality, a reality in daily life."
Ha Vinh Tho comes from a Vietnamese and French background. He is the head of training, learning and development in the International Committee of the Red Cross whose mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. During and after the Vietnam War, many children were victims of Agent Orange and Tho and Lisi created a NGO: “Eurasia Foundation for the development of special education in Vietnam”, to assist and educate these children. Tho is a member the “Order of Interbeing”, an organization in the field of socially engaged Buddhism and is a Dharma teacher (Dharmacharya) in the Vietnamese Tradition of Zen Buddhism of the Venerable Master Thich Nhat Hanh. He has been a member of the executive committee of the International network of engaged Buddhists (INEB). He is actively involved engaged in peace movements, interreligious and intercultural dialogue, reconciliation, mediation and humanitarian action. Tho is the author of many articles and several books in the field of adult education, Buddhist psychology and other related themes.
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