Talk:Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Having started this page, I have lots of quotes from my notebook that are not attributed yet. I'll start hunting down the sources and change those as I get them. Looking forward to seeing more contributions here. Nightngle 16:47, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

Clean up[edit]

I deleted the "clean up" tag. I sincerely believe that I've cleaned up the issues noted. However, if any issues remain, please help me by letting me know what those are specifically so I can fix them. Thanks! :) Nightngle 15:35, 24 July 2006 (UTC)

Image attribution[edit]

The image used is a press release photo from the Plum Village website, they ask that any use of the image be accompanied by the phrase "Courtesy of Plum Village Practice Center, France". If this is not acceptable on Wikiquote, then the image will need to be removed. Thank you. Nightngle 20:58, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

This is fine to have, but it doesn't mean we can't also include a quote in the caption, along with the citation. ~ UDScott 21:01, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
No problem, you and the other person had deleted the attribution. Having both is fine, but it has to have the attribution. Also, the title of the page is "Nhat Hanh" (as is the wikipedia page), not "Thich Nhat Hanh". His religious "title" does not need to be in the title. Nightngle 21:19, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
I think you're missing something with how the link works -- when it is posted as [[w:Nhat Hanh|Thich Nhat Hanh]], the first part (Nhat Hanh) is what links to the Wikipedia page, and the second part (Thich Nhat Hanh) is just what is displayed. Usually we display more of a person's name (for example if someone is named John Jacob Smith, we would set it up as [[w:John Smith|John Jacob Smith]]) ~ UDScott 21:26, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
Do you commonly display a person's religious title? I've been told this is a no-no on Wikipedia, maybe it's different here. It also strikes me as looking inconsistant to have the title be "Nhat Hanh", then the first line be "Thich Nhat Hanh". While he is commonly referred to as Thich Nhat Hanh, he even signs his name "Nhat Hanh", which is why I started the page as "Nhat Hanh" and the Wikipedia article is also "Nhat Hanh" Thanks Nightngle 21:49, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
In the end, I don't have a preference one way or the other. I was just assuming that since Wikipedia used the full "Thich Nhat Hanh" in its introduction to him (its introductory text, not the title of the article), we would too (which is the usual way we list people). But you make a good point that this isn't really his full name, but rather it is a religious title. I would say that it should be whatever he is best known as, but since you probably know more about him than I do, I will defer to your judgment. Good dialogue -- I just wanted to ensure that this page was done just as others have been. ~ UDScott 22:10, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks for the info, Scott - I think I've looked at the Wikipedia site so many times, it didn't register that that page had "Thich Nhat Hanh" in the first line (there was some controversy about using the title ages ago). I've changed the Wikipedia article and will go ahead and change this too for consistency sake. I think the comment about him being commonly known as Thich Nhat Hanh takes care of the issue with the explaination that Thich is essentially a religious title. I've noticed that other religious leaders (like Rick Warren and Martin Luther King, Jr don't use their religious title in the fist line, either, so I don't want to have an inconsistency that seems to favor non-Christian religious leaders. Thanks again for the dialogue, it's good to be sure the pages are as good as they can be. :) Nightngle 22:56, 7 February 2007 (UTC)


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to Nhat Hanh. --Antiquary 18:21, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

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