EFEHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Revered Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh died on Saturday at the age of 95 in his home city of Hue, Vietnam.

"Our beloved teacher Thich Nhat Hanh passed away peacefully at Tu Hieu Temple ... at 00:00hrs on 22nd January," announced his Zen teaching organization, the International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.

"We invite our beloved global spiritual family to take a few moments to be still, to come back to our mindful breathing, as we together hold [him] in our hearts in peace and loving gratitude for all he has offered the world," the organization said.

Thich Nhat Hanh was considered the most influential Buddhist figure in the world after the Dalai Lama, and authored some 70 books on Zen teachings, sold throughout the world.