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To bring awareness to issues that you deem important, sometimes you have to do drastic things.

Thich Quang Duc did just that.

Duc was a Buddhist monk from a small village in central Vietnam. At the age of seven, he left home to study Buddhism. When he turned 15, he took sacred vows; he was ordained at age 20. Duc was passionate about the Buddhist beliefs and wanted to use them to change the world.

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On June 11, 1963, Duc asked his fellow monks to set him on fire while he sat at a busy Saigon intersection. He was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. The photos of his self-immolation caught the attention of the entire world.

It has been more than 40 years since this iconic demonstration, and the image is still powerful today.

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