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In 1991 Ann Johnston introduced him to the work and thought of the acclaimed scholar, peace activist and Zen Buddhist Master Thich Naht Hanh. Johnston gave Singh several books by Hanh, most notably the well-known Peace is Every Step.

Such was Singh’s enthusiasm and appreciation for Hanh’s work that he would eventually edit several of the scholar’s later books, including Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers (1999); Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames (2001); No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life (2002); Creating True Peace (2003) and Taming the Tiger Within (2005).

In 1997, 600 people from Florida and around the nation gathered at the Key West Golf Club for a silent weeklong retreat hosted by Singh and guided by Thich Naht Hanh.

Philosophy and Interests

Singh is an ordained Minister of the Order of Inter Being of the Unified Buddhist Church in Plum Village, Loube’s - Bernac, France, where Thich Naht Hanh spends much of his time. He also serves as Chairman of the Buddhist Committee on Dialogue and Understanding at the Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California and at the Maple Forest Monastery in South Woodstock, Vermont. Pritam has traveled extensively with Thich Naht Hanh throughout the world.

Singh and his wife, Ann Johnston, live in the Florida Keys and Woodstock, Vermont, and two of Singh’s children work in the family business. They are all heavily involved in philanthropic work. The Singh family has given away millions of dollars to charities. Singh is passionate about the environment and social issues. He is a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and a past member of the Board of Directors for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Closer to home in the Florida Keys, Singh collaborated with The Middle Keys Community Land Trust to renovate and sell housing on a historic site at the Overseas Village in Marathon. This successful public-private partnership between the Land Trust and The Singh Company created the first new affordable housing community in the Middle Keys in a decade.

Also within the Florida Keys, Singh has lent his support to family service organizations, including the Grace Jones Day Care Center in Marathon. Affordable day care and child care as well as a Head Start program are now available in this historically segregated school, which was re-designed by one of Singh’s top architects as a castle - complete with spires and turrets - so that the children who attend will feel like little princes and princesses.

Singh’s lifelong journey of self-discovery has perhaps been the greatest influence on his real estate development approach.

One of the things he sees are neighborhoods where people can live in harmony with their natural environments. “Mine is not a legacy of buildings,” he says, “it is a legacy of neighborhoods.”

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