I am so happy that you are better! I, too, was quite ill. During this summer I spent 4 months in hospital and in the end of struggle my right foot was amputated. During that time I had a lot of time to contemplate and to read. Your books were beside me and when I survived complications and returned home your videos continue to teach me. Because of my illness I found a fuller path. You brought me blessings- Thank You.
With Love, Jann
What matters? Thay keeps bringing us back to what really matters, what is truly fundamental in our view and practice every moment, in every circumstance, at every stage and way of being. Whether in a smile or laugh, in sadness or anger, in direct honesty, humor, tenderness, determination, longing, or in patient, grueling work, Thay’s vision, inspiration and actions return us to clarity. Whether by example or in stories, analysis, poetry, gathas, visual creations, movement, stillness or silence, he reaches out to the depths of our potential, lovingly and strongly calling for — and calling forth — our disciplined and loving commitment, again and again, to a wise and loving realism in and beyond our grasping selves. We can respond.
I have read quite few books written by Thich Nhat Hanh, not this one, well not yet, and I have loved all of them. They have helped me and inspired me a lot, I am so grateful for that. Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thanks Buddha for Thay’s recovery. Please be stronger. I need to keep hearing your voice. I started and ended my day with your teaching. Please be strong and teach me more and more to live better for myself and everyone around me. I gave up my bad spending habit due to your teaching of breathing, Thay. Thank you so much for your help.
Thank you for being my teacher. Thank you that being a teacher is not only about words, it is also (and maybe even more so) about being. You are my role-model for mindfulness, compassion, loving-speech. You have taught me to hold my anger with care and understanding, even if I haven’t grasped that fully yet. You are my companion, when I sit on my meditation cushion, and my mentor when I need to connect back to my breath.
Thank you for being you. You have made my life so much more wonderful.
Thay taught me to listen deeply. This has given me life as I had never imagined. I know Thay is listening deeply every day. Holding up a flower is a dharma talk. Holding up our beloved Thay is a dharma talk. Let us speak in the requested way. Our opportunity for unity on his behalf is his current gift to us. It is a joy to send help along with all who can. Thay changed the world and he changed me. Yesterday I sat in the shade to meditate, and to avoid the direct light, and the sun moved until it found me. I retreated and it found me again. Like Thay, it refuses to leave me in darkness. And we are all with our teacher in our hearts seeing with the eyes he gives us. Our love to you dear Thay.
I am happy you are still here and improving . You have taught me so much ! Thank You ! Enjoy your summer ! -Doug
Thay… I am tempted to say you will never know the joy and beauty your words have brought to my life, but of course you do… I have had a life of inner turmoil and suffering coming through drug abuse, alcoholism, and a strong feeling of rejection from a very traumatic child hood…
Growing I struggled… Now a man of 32 years, your words bring me inner peace and a feeling of vibrant, powerful love… you are a beautiful being…
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blessings xxx
hello. on first reading, an idea was arising as such. like one writer did, trying to stay open. deeply believing that Thay, the most empowered as possible, has the most impacting energy possible.
there are so many issues, just today. economic, consumer society. refugees .. not sure it’s a ‘need’ to ‘have’ this issue at all. if there was peace. or better, if there was a just distribution of goods, land, etc. not e.g. oil and the most powerful with the biggest tanks gets it .. maybe one of the biggest issues.
i firmly believe that people like Thay, the most in strength as possible; are able to stand for the switch – the switch of hearts. that, the most important, are other people and their wellbeing and joy .. insights to give, that’s fine, surely good. however, standing for a world that does not stand on economic power or better: consumer wishes .. that’s worth everything.
wishing all the best, and taking him in the heart and thoughts .. and actions. may he be back as strong as possible, as soon as possible.
so grateful that somebody like him, decided to go his way.
Your deep inner strength, inspirational.
Healing thoughts, prayers and meditations are for you.
In Deep Gratitude
Thank you venerable Master. I understand that it’s dhamma that is important. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that the world will be a little less brighter, a little less tender if you were to go.
With metta from Reston, VA USA
Thank you for sharing!! Much respect to the Buddha!
Happiness and unhappiness are not in the field of Bliss. It is everyone’s desire to be happy and contented. To be truly blissful is to go beyond happiness and unhappiness.
Thank you for sharing this.
Much Respect to you!
Namaste, Thich Nhat Hanh, healing abounds in your favor.
God Bless Thay
Thank you for posting this most wonderful SUTTA. I have the book. But reading it today on the go on my ipad is such a gift! Long live Thay. Wonderful Teacher.
I do not know any mantras or words to help Thay, but wish to express my gratitude to a man I have never met but whose writings have changed my life and how I see each moment with wonder and a smile. Thank you for caring for such an important man with such love and compassion. I send loving energy to Thay and wish you all strength and love. Thank you Thay.
Thay we have never met, Thay we have never spoken, but, Thay you are always with me.
thank you for every present moment, every wonderful moment.
Dear Dennis and all within,
thank you for transmission.
With sunny regards
So very true…. Thank you
P.S. Here’s the lesson I get from this: Go watch the Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart. Thay, as part of a Global community needs our help. It’s simple.
Thay is trying to heal, so let’s help him do that and not second guess why – it’s enough to know he is making tremendous progress and feels he can do much more. I’m inspired, personally, by his ability to take the present moment and make it a work of art. I’m learning how to heal my own back injury by watching Thay work through this. Because of Thay’s example, I suffer much less.
Thank you for posting a link to make donations – it’s really nice to be able to give back to Thay! Thank you for being strong and for having the collective courage to reach out – we all walk with you in support.
We’re here for you! You’re doing beautifully – keep going!
Dear all Thay and Su co,
I have some medication that I belief will help Thay Nhat Hanh recover inner strengths and also helps circulate oxygen in blood. My father has been taking this medication for many years, and it also prevents strokes, should you try this medication called Concord Sunchih Premium GPSP, made in Australia. Thank you and hope Thay get well soon. Nam mo a di da Phat.
May we all do our best to generate love, joy and happiness to nourish Thay and ourselves.
I raised my children with this breathing exercise he taught in Berkeley years ago:
With Love and Gratitude,
Blessings to Thay for his work and life
Dear Thay –
It was short of a miracle that I chanced upon an older taping of your interview with Oprah on youtube about 2 + months ago in 2015. Along with less than a handful of teachers / mentors across all faiths, your gift to me with your lectures on youtube are beyond words to convey. There’s so much more I want to ask or have you validate for me about life. I understand you’re going through therapy and may need to rest. But I’m very hopeful that when you recover, please allow me to just be in your presence meditating, if I am unable to ask a question before returning to France. I pray you a speedy recovery. I’ll be sure to send you healing light through intent from meditations and whenever I’m able to remember to do so during my waking hours. Cam on thay – Allen
this is to say i’m here fo you dear thay
The letter is long, and on first reading, I missed part of the message. I wanted to help in whatever way I could, but the answer was in the letter:
“Let us renew our efforts to practice and connect with our Sangha, whether locally or at mindfulness retreats in practice centers around the world. Let us open our hearts and reach out to our loved ones and to those who are suffering and need a little kindness. We know that with every mindful step and breath, our collective energy of practice and togetherness is supporting our Teacher’s healing.”
Thank you so much for keeping those of us who are and have been so extremely positively impacted by Thay’s teaching, as many of us, such as myself, have derived so much benefit from his strength, his kindness, and his conviction on Dharma. Of course some may not understand that although yes everything is indeed impermanent, and we all should try to keep our overhead as low as possible, there is absolutely nothing wrong about wanting to fully recover from a health crisis or extend your life to continue helping people for as long as possible. It is in fact the right choice. On that note, I would like to offer any assistance in his recovery that I can provide, at no charge. I have a background in nutrition, traditional herbs, massage and yoga, and I would very much like to contribute in any way to his recovery that I am able. I am in Scottsdale AZ and could provide hands on therapy as well as review his diet, physical therapy regimen, and supplemental nutrition. I feel my comprehensive, as well as its simplicity, approach to health could be of help, and I extend that for any time, so please do not hesitate to contact me if interested. I am deeply grateful for Thay’s work and anything I can do to give back, I would.
should Thay try stem cells therapy?
On behalf of Jikoji Zen Temple in Los Gatos California I would like to extend our home, sangha and support to Thay. We’re close. Waves of prayers. Waves of healing. And so it is… Gassho.
Can Thay’s friends here in San Francisco be of any help/support?
Continuing Hope Healing and Love to Thay ,I am not a buddhist but often wish i were !Broke my arm recently and reached out to the invisable sangha that i know is there ,I derived much comfort knowing there are people of Good will and kindness everywhere.if you send details of how to send a small amount through snail mail.i would be gratefull.
we will send you details
Like some others who have written here, I too was confused when I first heard this news, wondering why Thay would request this option, which he surely knew was very expensive and difficult to carry out. The confusion caused me pain, but I tried to keep my mind and heart open to understand some of the things that might motivate him, and these thoughts came to me:
I’ve seen the way Thay has lived his life up till now, so I have confidence that he wouldn’t take any action just to get some small, passing satisfaction for himself on a personal level. Since the update tells us that “Thay is very determined to do everything possible to recover both his physical movement and speech” that must mean that he feels it would benefit not only himself but all of us, his students and friends, and that it could also benefit others who don’t yet know the teachings.
It might be that during his stroke and recovery Thay has learned things that he wants to share with us directly, in spoken or written words. Right now he is able to communicate with those who come into contact with him, and they can tell us how his actions and way of being inspire them. He teaches us all without words, and will keep on doing so. But that’s not the same as if he could express for himself what he wants to tell us.
I know from reading books like Jill Bolte Taylor’s “My Stroke of Insight”, that people who undergo a stroke can have deep and beautiful experiences that give them insights into the nature of reality. Maybe Thay has things like this to tell us, and maybe he knows that if he shared those experiences with the world, it would relieve the suffering of many other people.
Of course I don’t know any of this for sure – maybe his reasons are completely different! But I do have confidence that his choices are based on compassion for all beings. So, though I still don’t understand completely, I’ll support him as much as I can. And I’ll try to follow his example of working to improve my ability to communicate love and compassion to others.
Gratitude to all who are assisting Thay on this path of healing, which is also the heaing and strengthening of the sangha body!
Beautifully put. I too wondered why he would agree to an expensive treatment, but also thought that perhaps he has a great insight that has come since the stroke, which would be of benefit to many. I don’t believe that he is just doing this for a personal, short-term extension of life. I hope he succeeds in recovering, and that his battle to get well is an inspiration to all those struggling with major illnesses.
I’m picturing you with your beautiful smile. Sparkling, dazzling healing energy flowing all through your being. So many beautiful healers focusing their love on you right now
It is so touching, reassuring, and amazing to see all of us students coming together and expressing our well wishes for Thay’s recovery. As I’ve seen others say, he truly is the Buddha of our time and has given us an abundance of peace and happiness, and most importantly, has made Buddhism more accessible & comprehensive. It is a beautiful and rare thing to see the legacy & impact you have created while you are still on this Earth. Sending healing energy to our Beloved Thay. I have never felt so connected with a group of people as I do now reading everyone’s well wishes. Namaste.
I hope each day of his life continues to encourage others along their path.
I am so glad to hear this good news. Gratitude to Thay for the love and light he has shed on so many lives and for his ongoing work to heal the Earth. Wishing Thay love and support for this new step in his journey. I hope the new doctors will be successful in bringing him a full recovery.
Ein Mantra für Thay
Tag für Tag möge es Dir, lieber Thay, in jeder Hinsicht immer besser und besser gehen.
(Vielleicht mag jemand dieses Mantra in anderen Sprachen übersetzen)
Mit der Sonne im Herzen
und vielen lieben Grüßen an die Shanga und Allen die bei und mit Dir sind,
You have THE most famous stroke doctor (acupuncturist) in the world on the West coast. Dr. Zhu Ming. He has literally performed miracles on people with strokes. You should absolutely take Thay there! http://www.scalpacupuncture.org/clinic/our-staff/ming-qing-zhu-l-ac/
I’m am so happy to hear that Thay’s trip was smooth and that he arrived here in my home state safely! He is a treasure to me and I hold him in great honor and respect. I wish him all the best! Namaste, dearest Thay _/|\_
Thay has been my living inspiration of spirituality since the day I began my search for my beloved dad, when I lost him nearly thirty years ago. Today, I am healed knowing that both my precious parents along with all of our ancestors are wth me and all others – through every breath and every step! Thay, you have expounded the Buddha Dharma do succinctly. I am eternally grateful to you! You are the living Buddha of our time!
Great lesson for all of us. We will keep sending healing vibes. Blessings Thay!
Prayers and blessings for a positive recovery.
Are the therapists helping Thay to crawl? Hand chakra contact to earth should stimulate speech.
Namaste to all the staff of Plum Village and the Sanga,
I amo really happy to hear this wonderful news about Tha’s Health. I was a little worried to read that he wonted really go to the USA for more rehabilitation because it’s not a simple journey, but I am released now to read that everything went ok and I am shure he will be in good hands and he has also the spiritual support of his Monks and Nuns but also our prayers. We love him so much and would like to hear his lovely voice again. Please let me know how to send you some money on line, but not with Credit cards. You should please let me know your IBAN and Bic Nr., the name of the Bank and the name of a responsable Person there at Plum Village, with the address, so that everything will go easly . Send you all my love and best wishes. Namaste.
Thank you Cloris, we will be in touch with details of how you can make a direct bank transfer. A lotus for you.
Me alegra enormemente que Thay esté mejor. Personas como el hacen mucha falta. No dispongo dinero en absoluto, vivo de una pequeña pensión.. sALUD, tHAY. Un abrazo con mucho cariño.
Prayers for his continued recovery!
I never met the master but His name alone brought grace and blessings in great tides. He arrived last weekend in CA and I had been feeling His love for few days but I just read the news about Him,
At your feets master,
I have to confess I am a bit confused with such news. I do not mean to judge. I have myself just been injured after falling from a tree. I know how it feels to be scared to lose one of the body’s ability – as my hip is damaged and I may develop arthrosis anytime now. I am very grateful to receive free medical care in one of the best hospitals in France thanks to the French social security system. I cannot imagine how strong the desire to recover must be when it is a brain function that is threatening to disappear. I cannot but admire Thay’s resilience in overcoming this challenge.
But what about the teaching of the Buddha that Thay’s conveys to us all ? Isn’t it about learning to accept life’s impermanence, and to live happily with what the universe gives us ? I’m very happy to know that someone is generous enough to offer to fly Thay to a more advanced facility, and I support people to give whatever they want in order to support Thay’s recovery, if that is their wish. But I am still confused. Would we do the same for anyone in the Sangha ? Isn’t flying a private jet across the planet an extremely heavy cost to add to the environment’s already huge toll ? Every day at lunch, Thay invites us to eat in a way that is beneficial to life on this planet. How can this teaching cohabit with such a huge spending we are making, to prolonge a life that is intresically impermanent ?
I wish all of you to be well and happy.
Accepting the truth of impermanence doesn’t mean not doing what is reasonable and within ones power or means to continue living. Accepting impermanence means letting go of attachment that causes suffering and using our lives for what is meaningful and of benefit to others. Though Thay’s students likely have attachment to him and thus want him to continue to live, they also probably recognize how precious and important he is to the ultimate happiness of others and themselves. To find a teacher like Thay and have a wish to study and practice under him and to be able to develop his qualities of love and compassion is difficult. Also Thay’s desire to continue to live doesn’t likely come out of attachment but likely out of a recognition of the value of a rare and precious human life, and a wish to continue helping others develop love and compassion and attain a state of unchanging happiness. While Thay’s trip and continued care may come at some financial cost and cost to the environment, so does every other human beings life come at a cost. Many beings die for our clothes, meals (even if it is vegetarian) etc. A lot of suffering is experienced by others just so we can live. It can’t be avoided. This cost to others could be seen as part of the reason why we need to use our lives to benefit others. thus if anybody’s life is worth a jet trip and a few hundred thousand dollars it would be somebody like Thay’s, a teacher who is always showing others the way to happiness.
People have offered to incur the travel and health expenses to one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time. I would hope that it would do more damage to man’s spiritual growth, not to accept the offer, than harm the environment. Our hearts and minds yearn for wisdom daily and it spreads contagiously and is desperately needed in a hurting world. The gift from God through Thay’s teaching on how to love the earth will allow us to provide better care of the earth hopefully thereby mitigating and surpassing the extent of environmental harm. God makes no mistakes. This care for him is intended for continued growth and nurturing of the spirit of man. Peace and love to the earth and mankind.
A very religious man was in a ship that sank. He grabbed onto a piece of wood and prayed. A dolphin swam up to him and tried to take him on its back, but he pushed it away, saying to himself, “God will save me. I must have faith.” A ship came by and dropped a lifeboat, but he pushed it away, saying, “God will save me. My faith is strong.” A helicopter flew over and dropped a rope, but he pushed it away saying, “God will save me. Only my faith will carry me through.”
Then he drowned. When he got to heaven, he went to God and said, “God, I believed in you, and you betrayed me!” And God said, “What do you mean? I sent a dolphin; I sent a ship; and I sent a helicopter!”
So, this is a long way to say that we don’t have to refuse help when it is offered, and I sense that Thay has much more that he wishes to communicate, and part of that may be that we don’t have to feel sorry for ourselves and give up when faced with tough times. _/\_
Well said, Ms. Alexander.
Your recovery has a special place in the chamber of my heart.
God hold you in his protective embrace,comfort and strengthen you.
Thay continues to teach me without words. Thank you so much for this detailed update. Tears of joy are streaming down my face! What an example he sets for us. My career as a social worker lead me to work with many stroke survivors, mostly in Canada, where they have universal healthcare and also some in the U.S. where they do not. He is truly an inspiration. I wish all people could have access to such great health care and loving attention. Namaste and blessed be. Thank you Master Thay!
I offer my prayers and wish for Thay’s recovery and healing, his teachings are just amazing, teachings on mindfulness, what more could he offer to the world than this priceless teachings, he is a true bodhisattva showing us the ways and means for the journey to city of liberation….I sincerely wish for his recovery soon!
I am so happy for Thay’s continuing recovery and healing. Very good news indeed!
This are good news! My best wishes and healing thoughts to Thay!
Sending healing vibes your way,on your next page of your journey, live the love,& light your were given, because you inspire so many of us to be better humans on this planet!
Thank you all @ Plum Village for your wonderful care of Thay.
I have read so many of his books & must try much harder to walk the walk.
It is indeed such good news to hear of his progress.
My love & light to you all.Jean
Thank you for taking time to give us such wonderful updates on Thay’s miraculous recovery. Thank you, Thay for showing us the way..again and again.
So happy to read this update. It appears that peace really is every step.
I was delighted and encouraged to read this most recent update on Thay’s health. Such a wonderful example he is – still doing walking meditation, enjoying the lotus flower, savoring his food – reminding me to really notice the beauty in the present. He is such an inspiration for me. Thank you all at Plum Village for providing this update. Namaste.
with my wife we daily join our teacher mighty presence. We are not surprised, only joyfully
pleased. Though the body is still crippled the mind is lumminous like a towering lighhouse
spreading loving rays over us…
As a distance healer I would suggest Phosphorous 30ch granules 5 daily to treat the imbalance.
Continual love surrounding you, thank you for you presence, may your healing be joyous
I am very happy with the news about Thay. Thanks to the sangha for the beautiful description. Love to you all.
just watched a dvd on facing death and dying well with the dalai lama [meridian trust]
went to the site of plum village for news of thich nat hahn
what a great surprise to read the wonderful post
i remember being at spirit rock in northern california with 1000 people in silence with thich nat hahn
i shall remember that always
blessings to him and all
Thank you so much for all the wonderful books and talks. Thank you most of all for the example of how to be happy in life. I look at the nice picture and we are one together, all of us and everything beyond forever! Unborn, indestructible, beyond infinity and eternity… with only love remaining, everlasting.
Dear Thay and the comunity of Plum Village:
It was so wonderful to read about how Thay is being able to recovery. Thay and all the community not only in Plum Village but in every center you have all over the world are a lamps who guide us in the path of mindfulness. Thaks so mucho to Thay and to all the community’s. “A lotus for all of you, a buda yo be” Claudette Jacques from Mexico. I love you all.
Thank you for your wisdom Thay! How strange it may seam that many people miss the most obvious. How great that you could put into words guidance for us to be able to perceive and practice the basic things for making life enjoyable. I hope for a soon recovery for you!
Sending hugs and love to Thay and the people of Plum village from South Africa – very happy to see him improving <3
Wondrous teaching. Thank you.
Very beautiful and inspiring! Thank you
Thankyou for the news, for the miracles, that flow from and through this great Love of this Master and Teacher Thay. You are blessing us all with each New step you of your Renewal – In the Light and Love of a New Time and a New Earth Namaste
Thanks for update the great news, and thanks for taking care of Thay. May Thay have good health to continue the spreading of the Dharma of Wisdom and Compassion to all sentinent beings.
Beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving. I feel grateful for the Sangha.
We’re all walking with you! Delighted you are doing so well – this update was a precious gift for my heart on my “continuation day”! Thank you, dear Sangha, for sharing with us all such a beautiful description of Thay’s healing and his spirit in living the practice; inclusive of the conditions. We are all very grateful for the good news, and what a lovely picture of Thay enjoying the beautiful lotus flower! Plum Village is, as Thay is, a true example of the art of living mindfully and supporting one another as a Sangha in the knowlege that none of us is separate. Thank you deeply. Palms pressed, with gratitude and joy,
My Heart was filled with joy at the news of dear Thays continued recovery I send Love and Many Blessings to Thay and all Sangha at Plum Village.kay
Dear precious Thay thank you for transforming my life and opening my heart to love and the beauty and miracle of walking on this planet Earth.
May you be peaceful and happy and may I always find you in my lives.
With deep love
Thank you so much for painting such a fresh and rejuvenating snapshot of Thay’s inspiring steps and the days preceding summer retreat.
It warms my heart and connects me again to Thay, the monastics and the beautiful nature of Plum Village…Thank You Thank You……So happy that Thay is back home amongst his loving Plum Village family. Lots of love to you all.
Sitting by the river
Never the same river
Never the same me,
New Me arises.
I read Thay’s story
I rejoice. His fight like a river.
Never the same Thay,
A new Thay arises.
New Me rests in Mindfulness
Hears the roar of the river,
Feels the strength of Thay.
With the compassion of Avalokita
I know he will win the battle
I know with great joy
I will win mine
Om Mani Padme Hum
Everything is possible. Enjoy the present moment. Joy comes from what we can do – sitting, eating, walking, seeing, listening mindfully. Example is leadership.
Thanks Thay for inspiring us to learn more, do more and become more through your living. Hopeffully Thay’ll be fully recovered and able to give dharma talk once again – so that more people can be inspired by your message.
Thay geht es gut, das macht mich so glücklich.
Thay soll 1000 Leben haben zusammen mit unserer wunderbaren Gemeinschaft.
So viel Liebe und so viel Freude wünsche ich Dir, geliebter Thay
Today i wish to sing amazing grace for Thich Nath Han.
Love to you Thay and the Plum Cottage Community XXXXX <3 <3
Please try homeopathy for Thay. It is amazing X
Thanks For The Great News … Namaste !
First of all, thank you, sangha, for your patient loving description of Thay’s progress, happiness and guidance. I saw Thay only once. A last minute ticket ended up in the 2nd row in Denver. Through the entire event, I was touched beyond words. I saw his lineage present, and bathed in the light of his presence. I wished to come to Plum Garden, but have not had the means. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for the master’s time here with us all.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You………………
Feliz por saber de você. Feliz ao saber que você está superando a limitação.
Obrigada pelos ensinamentos, pela sintonia, pela proteção contida na leitura de seus livros .
Gratdão. Paz. Harminia, Thay.
I send respect and loving thoughts.
belles nouvelles que voilà . Thaï est toujours dans nos cœurs , puissions nous lui donner autant qu il nous a donné et qu il nous offre encore d amour et de courage .
I must be a very poor Buddhist because I read this with tears in my eyes. (Attachment? Absolutely.)
Thank you for such a beautiful post.
I suspect that Thay has had tears in his eyes on more than one occasion. Didn’t they pour from your open heart in the present moment while you were reading? Sounds to me like you’re living the path, even if not conforming to an idea of Buddhism — even your own. I bow to your love for Thay with the Heart Sutra mantra: Gate gate paragate parasmagate. Bohdi. Svaha!
Cuánto me alegran las noticias de los progresos en salud de Thai. Aunque no lo conozco personalmente, lo conozco a traves de sus hermosas y valiosas enseñanzas. ¡ Larga vida, querido Maestro !
Master Thay has taught so much to me through books, transcripts, and mostly how he lives moment by moment. He reappears driving this message home. Am overwhelmed with gratitude. Those here who dedicate their merit to That are my inspiration. They know the profundity of his mission in ways I am still learning. May we all look deeply at the luminosity of mind which is Thay’s wisdom, abandon self-clinging, completely realize that the only cause for happiness is love, pray for one another and all countries, and each take a personal vow to truly identify pride and jealousy as it arises so frequently and subtly in the mind leading to aversion for people and objects and experiences. Let us guard our mindfulness and realizes the afflictions as the arise in their most subtle forms. Let is correct those things for I am really no one at all but am seeing that jealousy and pride are continuous. Please watch your mind streams and stamp them out. Our greatest offering has to be to realize our essential nature is Thay’s wisdom mind and practice as dilligently as we can to benefit all beings all the time of our lives.
Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhisattva Svaha.
I learned this from Thay. He will never leave us because he is the kindness of us. He is a great Bodhisattva. His life example is a real gift for the whole of the six realms. Lets use the devotion he kindles in us to see what has been with us all the time: Buddha mind and abandon all samsaric thinking, with our minds resting in the natural state thinking always of how to help one another with loving compassion. Let is never think we have done enough but do more for one another as Thay is setting this example for is now. Let us offer Thay our enlightenment. He has done so much. Please pray for an end of jealousy and hatred… it is time we address it pointedly.
Miraculous recovery by a wonderful man! Thay is such an inspiration. I find such joy, peace, and happiness in his words and take great comfort in knowing he is healing well.
We thank God with deep gratitude for Thay’s continuous healing. We thank Thay for his gift of magnificent inspiration.
Heartfelt Love & Prayers
I burst into tears of joy as I read the happy news about Thay’s continued recovery. What a privilege to be his student!
Thank you for this update, it’s a joyful day! Keep on!
Thank you dear sangha for this truly inspirational and upbuilding update. I vow to continue my practice each day. I have arrived, I am home. Yes anybody who has been touched by Thay’s teachings will always have him as a teacher.
This is very good news. I wish you full recovery.
Thank you all brothers and sisters from Plum Village for telling us these wonderful news!!! THANK YOU!!!
What a good new. And what a great inspiration for me. Everything is possible and Thay demonstrate that day after day. I sincerely hope that our Great Master will continue to get a better health on the next months and continue to enjoy the beautiful seasons in Plum Village. Blessings
Tears of joy and recognition formed while I was reading the wonderful news of Thay’s life example and miraculous recovery, despite his advanced age. Shine on, zen master, your life is the most beautiful example you could offer the world <3
Dear Thay, may you have many moments of happiness in your hammock and sitting by the river. This message of you today is one of your greatest lessons. I will practice living my life smiling with you: “Teaching is done not only by talking, but also by living your own life. Your life is the teaching, is the message.” Peace and love
PS. I continue to teach mindfulness and self-reflection in schools and invite all people to wonder anew. I post the positive changes people are making or want to make on my blog Wonder Anew. I created this project in October 2013 after a retreat at Magnolia Monastery when you asked me to share what change I made in my life in honor of your birthday. I carry your question to others. May we heal ourselves to heal the world.
Dearest Thay, may you be well, may the sangha be well! Your entire life is a teaching, pointing to us the way …
In deep gratitude for these news,
Anne (Joie fleurissante du coeur)
How fortunate Thay is to have such wonderful brings attending to his needs.
I am so looking forward to Thay’s next book !!!
After a long silent on Thay’s health since April 6 2015, I was keeping checking on Thay’s health almost everyday. And after several repeating requests to update Thay’s health, I am overwhelmed and delightful at his latest update health that has been greatly improved. I am so happy now and whishing Thay’s more speedy recovery. Thanks.
Thank you very much
What a wonderful present moment reading the progress of dear Thay. In gratitude I bow to my teacher. In gratitude I bow to the Sangha.
So very happy to read this today. Thay is INSPIRING in every sense of that beautiful word. Thay is beautiful. Sending a heartfelt thank you to this incredible man who shows us how life can be extraordinary with mindfulness.
What a blessing to read this beautiful news! There is so much to appreciate and learn from in Thây’s wonderful recovery and his gently persistent example. Thank you, and may all be happy, be well, and at ease in their lives.
Thank you for The beautiful update! I’m delighted to hear the happy news of such a beloved teacher.
Glad to hear the progress of Thay I pray and pass merit to him may he be well happy and peaceful and live a long time
Merci pour ces bonnes nouvelles tant attendues!
good news …..stay strong…
blessed Thay. your strength and resolve to stay with sangha and lead by example is filled with honour and love and compassion. Blessed be you and the sangha at Plum village.
Wonderful news of your continuing health….may you continue to flourish……
Que alegria saber que se recupera momento a momento!!!
Thank you,thank you, thank you, Thay. For without words you are teaching us the greatest lesson of all…”our life is our path”. Humble I say Namaste.
I am Venerable Dr. K. Dhammadinna of the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am glad that Venerable Thay is back at the Plum Village Hermitage. Wishing Venerable Thay a fully and speedy recovery.
May the Noble Triple Gem, Buddha, the Dhmmma and the Sangha, bless and protect Venerable always.
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
I am deeply touch by this news. I’ve been seerching for so long to have news for this great master. Thank all of you to get the informations of the health of this precious being.
I would love to visit you in Plum Village but I live in Australia and am not able to leave my disabled sister Catherine who I help to support in a nursing home. Catherine is only 60 and she is totally disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. I am 71 and am not very good at keeping to a good meditation routine but I have many wonderful books on Buddhism that help me. I am reading your book called “The Sun My Heart” which is very beautiful and I shall read it to Catherine also. Thank you for your inspiration and teaching. It is wonderful to read that you are enjoying better health. Namaste
Wonderful news. Remembering ‘The Power of Prayer’, praying for Thay’s further improvement. He continues to inspire all those whose lives he has touched.
Have Thay’s health care providers suggested neurofeedback training as a part of his recovery treatment?
What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing. It made my day. Thay, I wish for your continued progress and comfort, for you to continue to teach for a long time, and for those who care for and support you to be ever strong, mindful, and filled to overflowing with loving kindness. I love you.
Truly wonderful news – much love xx
All healing reiki energy to you for you are brother/sister to me these thoughts I had months ago
in meditation I touched your head
I greatly enjoyd reading you are full of strengh and walking on the healing path on more intense knowledge about yourself and so for all.
Thank you for the inspiring and hopeful update. Thay is a true bodhisattva.
More love, more power, speedy recovery to Master Thay. Praying for him.
wishing Thay wellness
Those are very good news!
I’m happy Thay “continue to practice no matter what the conditions”.
I read with great happiness Thay’s progress ! Thank you so very much for taking the time to keep us posted!! Thay is quite an example for all of us!! I send him many kind Healing thoughts and much Love!!! And lots of warm smiles and Blessings!!!:O)) Namaste!! ♥ஜJ☼Yஜ♥
Namaste and Blessings, Thay!
From America with Humility & Love,
Thank you for sharing and may Thay continue to be the the guiding light we all need on this earth. Blessings to Thay and all his wonderful team and helpers. 💜
Learned a lot from Mr.Hanh.
I’m nearly finished with the Body And Mind Are One online course and it has taught me so much. Sitting here in my garden in Nashville, I’m inspired and charmed reading this description of Thay and his beautiful determination. All the love in the world to him and to Plum Village in your upcoming events. Thank you all for your teachings.
Praying for you!
Meditated with you in Boston several years ago!
Tears in the corner of my eyes. Thank you all for this beautiful update. I am busy working on a 5-minute sharing as part of an Interfaith panel this week discussing the Pope’s Encyclical from our Tradition’s perspective. Pleased to say this is organized by the Thomas Merton Center. Struggling, I think I will follow Thay’s lead – I’ll let the Buddha write. I’ll let Thay write. Indeed, he has already said it so well. _()_
Great teacher, love him dearly, my living Buddha.
I love Thay and hope for his full recovery. His teachings are transforming my way of looking at the world and my inter connectedness to all things!
Much love to Thay and the sisters and brothers caring for him. Blessed be to you all and for your examples of true love and compassion. Thank you.
Thank you for publishing the Letter from Thay.
It would be great if the Vietnamese version is published too so I can share with my parents.
You can read the Vietnamese version on the Lang Mai website: http://langmai.org/da-ve-da-toi/cong-tam-quan/thu-thay/tinh-day-di-thoi-cac-ban-xuat-gia-tre
I have only encountered this great teacher through his writings and video dharma talks but love him profoundly.
I start my day and practice mindfulness and it helps me to think more clearly
And lessons my pain and anxiety. Thank you Thay. I pray for your continued healing.
This world is a better place because of your presence and special gifts.
Thank you from my heart.
our thoughts and minds continue to be with you, teacher, and with those who care for your well-being. thank you for the gift of mindfulness.
Please give us a new update about Thay. God’s willing, no news is good news!
I would love to volunteer at Plum Village for the whole duration.
Please you you contact me I would be happy to postpone my trip to Bali till later.
Dear Thay. I am very sorry to hear you have not been well.
I send you love and prayers for a speedy recovery to full health.
I am glad to hear you are back home in your community.
Lots + lots of love. Margaret
Please correct set-up ( arriving on July, 26th ) to “arriving on June, 26th”.
Thank you everyone for your sangha eye: yes, it should read “26 June”.
Hi, are those dates correct? It says from 3rd to the 31st but then says set up is to arrive on 26th. I am confused, sorry.
Dear Janet, yes the dates are correct. We request all volunteers to arrive a week early, on the 26th, to help set up. The retreat will start on the 3rd.
Dear Sister True Dedication,
I wonder if confusion may come from this part of the post above: “The retreat is from July 3rd – 31st, and we are looking for volunteers who can be present for the whole retreat, including set-up (arriving on July 26) and a brief clean-up at the end (leaving on 2nd August).”
If this is so, should the reference to July 26 in fact be to *June* 26, which is one week from now?
Thank you Ken
Arriving on July 26th does not seem accurate for set up ?Blessings
fixed, thank you
Dear sister, I guess it is 26th of June*?
Yes, thank you
Will we able to be close of Thay?
Thay is still recovering at his hermitage and there are not yet any plans for him to appear during the Summer Retreat. The teachings will be given by senior dharma teachers.
Hello, I’m very interested in volunteering, but my computer can’t open/ doesn´t find the way to get in touch with the lower hamlet registration team.
Dear Valeria – ooops! you can email them at: email@example.com Good luck!
i am a vietnam veteran … so fortunate to have found Thay and read much of his writing. Today I am reading the Sun my Heart p 131 “Why do you cry, Sister?”
Nếu bạn muốn hòa bình, hòa bình có với bạn ngay lập tức
With peace to Thay, My stepfather recently had a stroke and left us for the next part of his journey. Your teachings from your books which I have read have helped me to deal with this and allowed me to be calmer while being with my family in the hospital. Also I was able to connect with calm and kindness, with my stepfather while he was still with us, when his mind was wandering.
Be strong and keep striving. A stroke is quite the ultimate in the road of life, the hardest road I believe. Thank you for your selfless work which nourishes others and keeps on.
Dear Sangha, dear Thay — very happy to know you are home… the insight, love, and compassion emanating from Plum Village and your teachings is sorely needed in our world today. Hope to be there in just a few days for the upcoming retreat.
Just looking at the visit to Japan and I really think this is something I would have great pleasure in attending.. Have you any scheduled?
I am glad you are on way to better health. Like Buddha says, life is suffering. Our temporary life gives us a chance to improve our spiritual life. Pure mind leads to Buddha path, wandering mind leads to reincarnations. Hope future generations with many more teachers like you to spread Buddha teachings.
After my study of zen, my definition of zen: “A state of mindful awareness without opinions, attachments or fixations”. Now I just walk on the path and determined to become the path eventually.
I thank you for your compassion to teach the world Zen Buddhism.
I am so happy that you are on the road to recovery and back home. Your contribution to the world has brought , and thankfully continues to bring such peace and hope. I’m extremely grateful that you are able to continue with your generous work and so happy that you get to enjoy more of what the world has to offer.
My love and best wishes to you
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
All my gratitude to you Thai, a small man with a giant heart!
The humankind has a chance thank You Thai that guided many to the light!
Your recover is one of the most beautiful teachings!
Long and Happy life!
My lovely energy for you!
Leandro (from Brazil)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Rejoicing in this very good news in Indonesia for the brothers and sisters and our beloved community. Congratulations and Anumodana!
Will any of you be joining the Sakyadhita conference in Yogyakarta?
Hope I will not be the only PV friend there!
I am happy, knowing that Thay gets the best support one can think of, the support of his powerful sangha.
Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
So very glad to know, Thay, that you are back home, enjoying the nourishment of the beauty that is Plum Village! We are all deeply grateful to the medical staff for taking such good and skillful care of you along side your attendants, for you are deeply loved and precious in this world. You have made the teachings a fresh joy and your life’s example is the embodiment of the Way. Thank you for everything you are and for everything you do! Thank you for creating such beautiful and shining Sanghas! Such elegant and loving fingers all pointing to the moon!
In gratitude and with respect,
I am recovering from a recent episode of severe depression in which I felt extreme hopelessness and despair. I went to a therapy program whose basic tenets were mindfulness and enjoying the present moment. I was immediately reminded of Buddhism (the program uses “dialectical behavior therapy”… in fact, one of our worksheets cited one of Thay’s works!). I finished reading “No Mud, No Lotus” a few days ago and look forward to my next read. Reconnecting with this beautiful practice has given me great joy and inspiration and meaning to my life and my suffering. THANK YOU for sharing your wisdom with the world. Reading about Thay enjoying the flowers and birds brought tears to my eyes. I send my love and best wishes!!!
Thank you,my perfect teacher.
I am very happy to see Thay will come back PlumVilage with good healthy. I always pray for your health with my love
Amado Maestro, tu vida entera ha consistido en dar. Recibe ahora nuestro amor mas puro. Gracias compartir tu sabiduría con nosotros. Bendiciones!!
Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and beautiful way of looking at the world.
I am from Ireland and had the pleasure of attending your retreat in Killarney a couple of years ago. Your message touched me deeply and I have tried to be as fresh as a flower everyday since! May you feel the peace and love that you have shared with so many across the world now as you recover.
May All creature live Happily
Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
The deepest gratitude for your teachings and blessed presence in a world so full of pain and confusion.
Being Peace , Chad
Thank you very much for being in this world and showing us through your wonderful teachings a way to awaken. May your healing process continue to proceed well. Many blessings, much love and strength to you!
With gratitude and love,
I am from Chile..and now here living in Canada. Your life and teachings have touched my life deeply in very difficult moments. You have had strong committment with the world..now We are with you in this stage you are living. I am glad to know that you are back to your home, in your community.
What a great song. Could you please provide a link to download the mp3? Thank you.
Dear Thay I continue to pray and send Love and Blessings for your recovery,you have given me so much joy and inspiration.
Thank You. Much Love and Many Blessings. kay
I have been following your progress through your wonderful staff at Plum Village. It is a gift to hear about any progress you are making. I know from having cared for my dear mother after a devastating stroke, the path back can be long, slow and arduous. And you are truly given this time to live in every moment as you continue to improve. You are not alone in your journey as I’m sure you see daily…and you have the knowledge that others who experienced this before you, such as my mother and Ram Das, were able to find life after stroke and truly understand how the Devine can present itself to us on this earthly plane. Much love and continued healing and peace. Namaste Jane
Dear Thay, I had the gift of going to Deer Park Monastery yesterday & hearing you speak via a taped message from 2006. To hear your words, your wisdom. I so appreciate your teachings and am thankful to read your books. You have done so much to help create peace in this world. What a gift you’ve given us. Praying for healing and wellness for you.
I know Thay has taught that we shouldn’t attach ourselves to his teachings and that they are merely a means to the final destination … I will still struggle to dettach myself from all of Thay’s teachings….it is so much a part of who I am.
The Blessed One has protected you mind stream dearest Thay. My the clear light continue to shine within you. The world has been blessed by your recovery.
Есть ли возможность обучения у Тхить Нят Хана на русском языке?
I live in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, which is the home of Northern Arizona University, from which Kayla graduated in 2009. I thought you might appreciate the following articles and photos, from Flagstaff’s newspaper, the Arizona Daily Sun, about the candlelight vigils for Kayla held at the university, as well as in Prescott, Kayla’s hometown:
I did not know Kayla, but the people who spoke at the vigil made it very clear that she was a truly remarkable person and was deeply loved by many.
Be well dear Thay, we love you so very much.
Great thanks to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for Thay’s Recovering.I wish Thay full recovering very soon.May Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help him to continue his career of teaching Buddhism all over the world and building a peaceful and non-violent World.
Great news that Thay continues to gain strength and heal. Sending love and prayers from Washington state, USA. Bless you dear Thay.
Sending love and gratitude to Thay, and indeed to all, from Sandy Hook, CT USA.
you connected every piece of organism in this universe and made everyone happy. You see everyone’ happiness in you as you contain the multitudes of this vast expansive screen of the universe. Long live Thy!
I have a postcard of you resting in a place of honor on my meditation table, as you have been and are an inspiration for me to breathe into my heart, where I feel peace and love for myself and for all of my brothers and sisters. I am so grateful to know that you are recovering well, and grateful to have been in your presence at Plum Village, in Vietnam, and at Blue Cliff Monastery.
When I enjoy the moon at night, I always think of you.
Dear Thay, dear Sangha,
I am here in New Zealand and there with you. Sending love, smiles, healing energy and warm wishes to dear Thay and all of you. It is wonderful to see on Facebook, the daffodil next to the Buddha – green and yellow on black – solidity and peace. Thay is surrounded with love and peace at home, this is very good. I am sitting quietly breathing in and out as the bell outside chimes in the night breeze and my puppy sleeps by my side. Good night dear friends.
Stepping with compassion
In the midst of suffering
Of loving kindness,
Mindfulness and insight.
Hear our suffering
And our grief!
May Kayla’s life
Heal the suffering
And bring peace.
May her captors
Awaken from fear
Bring the diamond
That cuts through
May the rememberance
Be as the Great Bell
Peace, love, respect and
tenderness to all.
Thay, Sending healing blessings of energy, strength, peace, light and love… Remembering your beautiful presence, soul– the community of mindfullness created– sitting, breathing, walking, listening to your stories, especially
“There’s a cloud in my tea” at Blue Cliff 2013
You are remembered with love and appreciation here in Mt. Shasta. Sending love to you and the whole Community,
I live just down the road from the former Green Mountain Dharma Center which I attended regularly and sorely miss… I was a beautiful thing… many of the former GMDC members still live here…
I have skills in the construction and maintenance fields having earned my living employing those skills for most of my life to date… I would love to come an use my skills to in small measure repay the peace that your Dharms brought to my life…
If this is of interest to you, please advise…
yours in peace
Please do get in touch with the monks and nuns at Blue Cliff Monastery – it’s some distance, but perhaps worth it: http://www.bluecliffmonastery.org/contact-us/ . I’m sure they would be more than happy to see you. There may even be some familiar faces from GMDC. If you’re considering a visit across the ocean, feel free to get in touch with the Upper Hamlet – which has also inherited some GMDC monastics
So beautiful that your international teaching groups spring out of the earth as all the plants and flowers do at this time of year. It has a beautiful naturalness to it. Like the earth itself breathing out health and goodness to all who live on, in, and over it.
I am so glad and grateful for knowing those wonderful news , Thay’s health recovery is a great motivation for every one who wants to live in enlightenment to follow his steps ,read his books and benefit from this reservoir of wisdom and love
Thanks for publishing this update
I am happy to be walking on the last stage of the Camino de Santiago starting in a few days, and will carry prayers for you on the journey, and offer them at the shrine at the journey’s end.
Spring reminds me of inner truth and life. Roslyn Fassett
Wonderful news. My best wishes to Thay. Mindfulness, impermanace, and interbeing.
Peace is Every Step, dear Thay. You came to London some years ago, and I was fortunate enough to hear your words. Blessings on you and your dear community of nuns and monks.
Thank you so much for this update & even more so for all of the love & light that Thay & each of you continue to put out into this world… I am honored & humbled to join you in doing the same thing from my home in Port Orchard, Washington… So much love & gratitude to all of you & happy healing Master Thay <3 James
Most serene and venerable Thay…thank you so much for enriching my life and in doing so, reaching to all of my circle of friends. Stay safe and know that I am having a mindful bank holiday here in the UK in your honour….much prayer and love, light and a bright mind with positive thoughts, followed by altruistic speech and rightful action….I promise XX love to all and keep enjoying the tea
The Stars, the Moon and the Sun are accompanying you with all their loves. Your unceasing love is warming us even in your most critical moment, we love you.
We send you our love and wish you a smooth recovery.
Thank you for opening our eyes to the deep and wonderful teachings of the Buddha.
The teachings on inter-being, mindfulness and living in the present moment have been life transforming. Through the practice we have learnt to be peace.
You changed my life by offering the Retreat in Chennai in March, 1997. Since then you have never left my consciousness. Your physical presence on this earth is still very important to me. My gratitude to all who are caring for you.
Thay: A Christ in the midst of a challenging world. A True Being in the midst of human error. All love you, Thay. I pray that for any who do not know of you may tune in to your compassionate words. May recovery be swift.
Dear Thay and Community,
I am so glad to learn that Thay is well enough to return to Plum Village and the loving care of you all during this beautiful season of buds and flowers. May this delightful Qi flow gently in you bringing healing and joy.
Your neighbour, Tony
Today I saw your wellness in a flower and I took a mindful breath for you.
Love to you my Brother.
I am so happy that you have gone home. I know you will continue to heal in such a loving environment. You have helped so many of us, this is now your time.
..no death no fear.
I have never seen you dear master,but you are always in my life for a couple of months and you will never be away from me ever.
I have never learned a lesson so profound deep and simple as mindfulness.it has taught me living.it has taught me to stop smile breath rest and love unconditionally.
Like me I suppose there will thousands of lives be touched with your love.what you are doing for the humanity is ..magnificent
From all the love welling up in my heart I pray for you,for your health,for your recovery..
Deepest wishes from a humble discipl from far across the globe
Dear Thay, dear Medical team and all who are helping in Thay’s healing,
It was such a relief to read that Thay has been able to leave the stroke rehab unit in Bordeaux and return home to his beloved Plum Village. I have held you in my prayers, Thay, and imagined doing walking meditation with you and breathing for you and with you. To read that you are well enough to return to more familiar and less clinical surroundings raised my spirits. May you be free of all physical and mental health problems, and continue on your way to complete healing surrounded by the love of all of us AND your team!
At times, it seems there is so much to learn and so many words to read in order to understand the teachings of Buddha. Yet, the most important teaching I have learned comes from the man I know through his books as Thich Nhat Hanh; being aware of my breath and thinking little comments along the way. The exercises are so simple and therefore the most useful to me because I can remember them and use them any time, in any situation I find myself.
“Breathing in, I am aware of breathing in.
Breathing out, I am aware of breathing out.”
“Breathing in, I feel happy.
Breathing out, I feel peaceful.”
I’m happy to hear the good news that his health improving.
I am happy that you are recovering and relaxing in your Physical and Spiritual Garden.
:The bird sings,
A leaf flutters,
That is wonderful news!! Thank you for keeping the community updated on his miraculous progress. with much love!
I wish Thay well. I am glad he is recovering fast because the world needs evolved souls like him for guidance. I have taken on Thay as my Spirit Father and he has stood by me during many of my hardships. I know Thay will always be with me and with the people who need him with his spiritual support, during good times and bad, no matter what.
Dear Thay and Plum Village Sangha,
Our family is so happy to hear that Thay has been able to return to Plum Village and view the beautiful sights of spring. We send all of you our greetings and our wishes that Thay will experience the healing that comes from being in one’s beloved community. We think of you all each day with so much gratitude.
Our dear Thay, you are in my thought and prayers. Please recode
Although I don’t know you personally, I consider you as one of my most inspirational spiritual teachers and mentors. I am very pleased to hear you’re on the mend, back home again. Sending you healing energy, much love and my eternal gratitude. Get well soon beautiful soul!
You´ll always in my heart and mind. I´m so happy to hear that you are back home enjoying the spring.
Dearest and most Beloved Thay,
We Love you so much. Thank you for your beautiful presence in this world, you are truly a living Buddha, a Prophet, we are so blessed to be touched by your beautiful teachings of the Dhamma.
We are praying for your full recovery and healing,and we are both so happy to hear you are mindfully drinking tea again!
We just wanted to share that we both work with herbal medicine and have found TUMERIC to be a powerful spice that helps to bring a swift recovery from stroke, it can be taken in capsules or in food or both! We have seen miracles with this herb. We pray that if this information is helpful to you that it will find its way to you.
May Peace and wellbeing be with you Beloved Thay, you are always in our hearts.
Penny and Tucker
Thanjs for educating on Turmeric, i will myself take it with milk.It woupd be better if you email your info to the contact person at plum village or phone them. Thank you.
Dear Thay, Dear Sangha
May you be at perfect ease, wrapped in the heart of understanding and love at your beloved Village des Pruniers. So pleased you are home!
With love and gratitude
Dear Thay, dear Medical team, dear brothers and sisters at Plum Village monestry,
I am happy to here that, however Thay is in the autumn of his live, he is recovering step by step and regains his basic health. Very nice also that he is now back in his spiritual home, where he can recover steadily with the nourishment of the sanga. Thay, I send you all my positive cosmic energy to enjoy each day, breathe out and breathe in deeply and slowly, and simply catch the greatness of each moment in the present. All the best!
YOU HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT ON THE WORLD
YOUR EXAMPLE EXUDES PEACE AND COMPASSION FOR ALL
YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS FOR RECEOVERY.
THE GREAT SPIRIT OF GOD WILL PROTECT YOU AND ALL
AT PLUM VILLAGE…
fR jAMES bARRY CP
CHAPLAIN ,lUTHERAN GENERAL HOSPITAL
PARK RIDGE, ILL 60068
so happy Thay is home with you all at Plum Village. Warm Spring love and thanks Linda joy
I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best.
You have been a light shining in the darkest of times for so many. May the Sangha now bring you the same comfort and peace.
Thank you for being my teacher ,
for sharing your life and insight with the world . I think of you and what you have taught me, every day . I send you my deepest love and healing prayers . I hope to see you again, if only to give you a big hug .
I send my love to all the Brothers and Sisters, and to all the Sangha.
Much love to.you,
Awakening Path of the Heart
Our second trip to Plum village for a family retreat this July will be all the more wonderful if we know that Thay is at home and getting better. Maura
I hope you are feeling better every day and that the Spring flowers smile at you and the sun shines it’s warmth on you and that the nuns and monks bring your favourite tea to you and it heals you.
Sending all my best wishes
Om mani pedme hum Thai
Because you are still with us, Thay, the waters still run clearer and the leaves are still greener. Thank you for your inspiration. Please heal well.
Delighted to hear the positive news. Many thanks to the medical team. Thay, sending you loving kindness and mindful, healing energy as you continue your recovery surrounded by the sangha.
I am singing this song for you… here are the words: Blessed, truly blessed in the season of the spring, when all of creation is radiating. Thanks be to Earth for her bountiful display, reflecting the rainbow as it smiles across her face.
On my rides to work I often look at a picture of you and it brings me peace. Your words have helped me center in many a storm. I am smiling now thinking of you back at Plum Village enjoying spring.
I work with children and young people with eating disorders as a recreational therapist. We are going to paint on a wall in my movement room one of your quotes: Dear body, I am here for you. Thank you for this sweet reminder. I know your body right now is unfamiliar, responding in ways you are not used to. Please know that your life speaks volumes and so many of us are touched just knowing your feet touch this Earth and your breath is a part of our atmosphere.
Sending Love and deepest of gratitude,
So delighted to hear you are back home in Plum Village what better healing environment could you be in. Continued good wishes
I love you with my heart.
Thank you for your beauty in this world.
You are a true living angel who has brought
so much beauty and love into this world.
Surely your Dharma light will shine for all
of time. May you be well, and be healed as you
have worked so tirelessly to heal all of us.
May all of your great wishes and that of the Sangha
be thoroughly granted. May your great compassionate
will be done. Thank you Dear Thay with all of my heart
and from the depths of my being, a gratitude which can
never be repaid. That someone as beautiful as you would
take time to love us all and shine your love and light in
our very hearts and souls. You have infused us with hope, and
because of that we can go on. Please know that you are infinitely
loved. Because you are here the world has a bright light. There
are not words enough to tell you how thankful we are or how much
we need you, or how much we love you. May we show you our gratitude
and love by practicing truly what you have worked so hard to teach
us. Please be well.
I love you Thay.
Dear Thay – How wonderful to be back home surrounded by the familiar that supports us and bring smiles from the heart.
There are no words of gratitude large enough for a lifetime of giving, teaching and leadership. For the many windows you have opened to the spirit of love I can only say thank you. I wish each of your days to be filled with quiet joy and wellness.
Sending You a warm hug with caring. Joanne Wilson
I am so happy to hear that you have returned home to Plum Village. You remain in my prayers for your recovery.
Your teachings have completely changed my life. With deepest gratitude and love, Sloane
Dear beloved teacher and Sangha. A smile manifested on my face when reading this. You and the Sangha continue to inspire me on a daily basis in so many ways. And I just became grateful for the miracle of swallowing myself again. Thank you for the reminder. So many conditions for happiness…Sending peaceful and healing vibrations.
I am so grateful that you are recovering in your beautiful village. Sending love and prayers your way.
Dear Thay – I am so glad to hear of your continuing recovery. I hope now after so many years of giving will you be given the chance to rest at least for a little. – Not good for you or me I know, but I have to confess my grief should you pass. – I pray for peace and warmth to you.
Len of Wales – Plentyn y mynydd
Dear Thay I am delighted that you are getting better so you can enjoy all the things you have opened all our eyes to. Please get better for you, not for us, please rest no pressure , the labourer deserves his rest and goodness knows you have laboured for us all good luck with the path to recovery whatever that will be and thank you for all the hard work. So put up you feet take it easy let down the load mindfully of course need it be said, and the world will still be here. thanks for all you insights I know there will be more form you as you say there is no coming or going.
Dear Thay, I was delighted to hear that you are back in your beloved home, which will nourish and heal you. I send you my love and gratitude, Margo
Sending prayers for healing with love from the heart to all around you.
Para empezar, hay que mirar la capacidad de carga de
la batería que adquirimos, que se mide por su desempeño en miliamperios
por hora mAh.
My family and myself we are extremely happy to know of Thay recovery, we will continue to pray so that his health improves day by day..
dear thay, we are so pleased for your homecoming and so grateful to all the drs and nurses,with much love for your ongoing recovery and love to all at plum village xx
I am so happy to hear that you are back at Plum Village dear Thay, I continue to pray and send healing thoughts to you.
With Love And Many Blessings. kay maughan.
Great news. God’s blessing and peace always be with you.
whenever we drink tea, we smile to the cloud in tea and pray that Thay will recover. We’re happy that Thay returned home.
Deep gratitude to all doctors, beloved Brothers and Sister, friends for support Thay’s recovery. We are with you through the long journey.
Con có 1 bài thơ ngắn xin tặng Thầy, bài này có hát theo điệu nhạc được đó ạ
“Thầy con có một cốc trà
Thân tâm an trú bây giờ nơi đây
Lòng con gió bụi mưa trần
Quay về nương tựa nơi Thầy an vui”
With lots of love, Thao Huynh
Thay has been one of the most influential people in my life, when I first read “living Buddha Living Christ” it started a transformation of my Spiritual perception. Reading the words of Jesus and the Buddha Combined with meditation and allowing the bell to (as Thay puts it), “bring me back to my true self”. I became open to the reality that it is possible to focus on only the beautiful similarity’s in all Spiritual traditions and let go of the differences. Today I try to share that spirit of open-mindedness with men and women trying to recover from addiction. As an intern at a treatment center in Minnesota that works with clients who have suffered a serious brain injury and have turned to drugs and alcohol for relief, I have been given the opportunity to facilitate a mindfulness class and practice coming back to the breath. Without Thay’s inspirational and compassionate teachings I would never have been able to free myself-self from constant mental suffering, and try to help others do same. For that I want to say THANK YOU THAY, I have much love for you and the Plum Village Community. I don’t know if I will ever have the resources to visit their in person, but I can always be there in Spirit. Peace 2 U all !! Mick McClellan
warm and happy wishes and prayers for Thay’s continued enjoyment of the spring and of being back in his hermitage. Thanks and love to him and to all who have cared for him in the past months and those who continue to do so. And thankyou for the continued updates on his health and well-being. ruth
My heart overflows with joy as much as my eyes with tears to hear such beautiful news of Thay’s improvment…my love and meditations continue for all of you….with much metta…. richard (Ontario, Canada)
To Thay, With much love, prayers from the heart and warm wishes of prompt recovery.
I am filled with joy to learn that Dear Thay is back at Plum village. What an inspiration you have been and continue to be. Much love and warm wishes.
Simply a miracle!And acomplisht by the true heart of countless people
I am smiling!
Wonderful news that Thay is home at Plum Villiage, enjoying the magnolia trees.
Con tham cam on But To da dua Thay tro ve voi chung con. Cau nguyen cho Thay som binh phuc voi nhung phep la dang dien ra hang ngay trong co the Thay – vi Thay gia o nguong tuoi 90, nhung luon tre mai trong long chung con.
Vo van tri an Thay _()_
My gratitude for your perseverance, and the wonderful news of your improved health! May you continue to find joy and peace.
Thank you for the post and to all who have cared for Thay over the recent past, I have nursed patients such as Thay and watched remarkable recoveries. A big thank you to Thay, his walking mediation ‘I have arrived I am home’ has given me great strength to naviagate the many experiences greeting me on my path. I have had many wonderful moments in my meditations where Thay has felt present and in connection. Even though I try to practise non attachment, I am so happy that he is in recovery. Om
I am so overwhelmed with joy and gratefuoness fo hear that Thich Nah than can enjoy Spring time in Plum village.
Viviane Brachet from Mexico where the magnolias also bloom
Welcome home Dear Thay. We look forward to hearing your beautiful voice again. Marie
I wasnot your time to leave this earth.I hope you continued recovery.
(Inspiro e espiro) Inhale and exhale i feel happy and the good news of Thai make me smile, I can feel energy growing, I thank for my tiny mindfulness. Et je recommence.
I have learned so much from you. Although I am still living at the same place and with the same people, my thoughts and my feelings are different. For more than 20 years, I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I don’t do that anymore. Because of you, I have arrived. I am home.
Please, Thay, please breathe in and receive the healing powers of the universe…
I am breathing with you, with gratitude and healing blessings…
Thank you to all who have the privilege to help Thay with his recovery to health. Thank you, thank you so much.
may his strength and patient endurance be an example to all as his love has always been.
So happy to hear of your healing and return home!
Your teachings have been an inspiration. Sending metta from the UK, Nuwan
Welcome home Thay to familiar surroundings, to colleagues and friends and family. May this spring heat and sun bring you renewed strength and healing. With every breath I am with you, cleansing and energizing our bodies as the synapses re-connect and you find new movement and expression. In love, always, Roger thank you Master.
Welcome back home, Thay! We are so glad that you are back home. Our hearts are with you, recover soon Thay!
I feel grateful for you to share this beautiful news.
very pleased to hear this excellent news
So happy to read the Update about Thay’s recovering and the good news that he is able enjoying the springtime.
I am so appreciative to those who are dedicating themselves to Thays recovery and are keeping us updated. Breathing for you
Sending love and blessings and joy. What happiness that you are able to return to Plum Village.
As I begin my eighth decade of life, I reflect on the fact that, as a late-life baby, I had no elders in my family. Since I discovered his teachings, I have looked on Thay as a wise, compassionate, and loving uncle. I have learned, and passed on so much from his example, his parables, his love for all things. I cannot say that I walk the path as well, because old negative habit energies are hard to change, but I’m trying, and each day I get a little better. I’m so happy that his recovery is going so well, and even happier to have him back in his adopted home. My uncle, my brother, myself…bless you, and may your message of peace invest us all.
Heart warming news
Breathing with Thay.
Grateful for your devotion to his wellness.
Grateful for his teachings.
Thank you for letting us learn with him during this process.
Thank you for nice song.
Wonderful news! so glad Thay is recovering well with tender care in the scent of magnolia blossoms, as we are blessed with his light as it shines around the globe. Love to him in his healing.
I am so happy to hear of his progress, and learning that he is now back home where he is comfortable. Thank you for taking such good care of such a wonderful inspiring man, whomever you are, Doctors, nurses, aids, and of course the monks, & nuns!
Merci pour tout le travail que vous faites et les soins prodigués au Maître Thay
longue vie au grand sage Maître thay
mes prières vont vers lui et a vous tous
You mean so much Thay to so many people throughout the world, may you receive the healing blessings you deserve..
I wish you peace and contentment back where you belong.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Much love to you precious one. XXXXX
Good news. Long may Thay live happily in recovering his health. Bless his heart. So grateful to him.
such wonderful news!! I think of Thay often & send my best for his full recovery and good spirits. So happy he is home, finally! He has made tremendous progress!! I feel very happy today 😀
Wonderful news! Thank you for posting updates. How joyful you must all be to have his beautiful light back in your midst.
Thank you so much for the update,… we appreciate hearing of Thay’s progress. Thank you all once more.
I’ve been checking for any news on my dear mentor and friend.
This is a very difficult time for me with much suffering, but both Thay and this (online) sangha have steered me through it. You taught me to let my insight grow and to get stronger every day.
So even when ill, just drinking a cup of tea, Thay’s compassion and clarity is of as great a use to me. I hear him as clearly as ever. Even though we never met and we’re miles apart. That is why he is one of my best friends.
Thank you Thay and Plum Village!
May Thay soon again enjoy his health, strength and wellbeing.
I am so glad to hear that Thay is at home now. I wish him so much love and peace and everyone at Plum Village. I met them all here in St Catherine’s on a retreat and it was a blessing and a joy to be part of it. Much love, lee
Prayers, as always, have been answered.
Continue your healing Thay, with the loving support of your world wide sangha.
Happy teachers will change the world. Indeed you have, Thay! You are in my thoughts daily.
Thank you for keeping us updated on Thay´s wellbeing! So good to know that he is strong enough to return home and that he is enjoying spring. I am very grateful for Thay´s ongoing inspiration to practise every day and every moment. Every time I do I feel very much connected to Thay and the whole sangha.
Thich Nhat hahn I’ve always learned from your teachings even if I don’t belong to your community. I continue to pray for you. Please be well.
Thay quel homme magnifique, une Lumière du monde qui en a tant besoin, j’ai si souvent prié pour lui durant ces derniers mois que ces nouvelles me réjouissent
quelle joie va l’envahir quand il va arriver dans son village des Pruniers
je lui envoie mes plus tendres pensées d’amour…..
Gracias Thay, en este tiempo de su hospitalización cuando he estado pasando por alguna situacion he escuchado su voz aconsejandome. Ya su energia esta en mis celulas y se que que esta conmigo donde quiera que voy. Hoy estoy super contento de que este de regreso con tu comunidad. Que sigas mejorando cada vez más y gracias por tus enseñanzas
Grateful Loving happy feeling the joy of spring rebirth in and around Thay as the tree bones become green flourishing before blooming in the season of Healing
Blessing & Complete Healing for Our Dearest One
Thay, a graceful and kindred spirit, I thank you for your dedication and relentless love for inspiring others to be mindful and thankful for each awakening moment. Many blessings to you, my Thay.
Wonderful news that thay is going home! Blessings…
Thank you so much for keeping us updated about Thay’s well being. It is wonderful to know that he is back with the sangha. It also touches my heart to know that he is there enjoying the birdsong and all the wonders that spring brings. Yesterday, I was sitting outside listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine, and watching the bees and butterflies. I was practicing for Thay.
You have given me the greatest gifts of my life, dearest Thay. Dear one, I know you are there and I am here for you. Sending all my love, compassion and healing energy to you and to all beings. x
Delighted that dear Thay is doing well xxxx
May Thay’s health improve from strength to strength. It is so good to know his health has progressed far enough for him to be able to go back to his Hermitage at Plum Village, where he will be surrounded by love from the Sangha and from all the trees and plants and nature. May his health grow each moment stronger and stronger. May he progress to be able to swallow his food and to be able to use his voice even in a simple way. May he be well, happy and at peace in his spiritual home surrounded by love and care. Peace +Metta, Simona
The news that Thay has returned to his spiritual home, Plum, makes me very happy. I wish him further recovery and I am sure the sound of birds singing, the blossom of the trees and the sound of the bell will help him and heal him. As I sit and breathe mindfully, Thay is always a part of me and I am a part of Thay. Inter-being whereever we are.
Very happy to know that Thay is back home & that he is recovering & is in good health & spirits. One thing I have learnt from Thay’s illness is that we humans have the power to heal our inner self if we have the will & the faith. With deepest gratitude to all who looked after & cared fro Thay & continue to do so. From Nairobi, Kenya With Metta, atula shah
Welcome home, Thay! Kihelakayo:”keep going!” in Lakota/Sioux
in mindfulnees of Spring, best wishes
Excellent news, Thay is back home..
We have had him in our daily service since November and will continue to do so.
Blessings to him, and the team who is looking after him!!
Yozen and Kakua
From my heart I send Thay love and health. as well to the Plumvillage community. I am deeply thankful for so many of Thay’s words and books which have been reassuring and soothing for me. Bless. Love.
Wonderful news. So glat Thay will be able to enjoy each spring day with all nature’s wonders opening.
I am so glad Thay is doing better. I wish him a speedy recovery and I look forward listening to his live lectures soon. Thay, once you’ve said that “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today,” and today I am practicing it with love and compassion.
So the body nor the form is neither empty. Only our mental image or the illness is empty.
Many healing blessings for dearest Thay and all those healing from strokes. Breathe in healing, breathe out gratitude.
I’m so blessed to have Thay in my life. Thank you dear friend. And so happy to know that you are recovering. Lots of loves and best wishes.
Merci pour en haut les dates sur le Maître Thay. Je suis heureux qu’il progresse. Dites-lui s’il vous plaît accueillent à la maison de moi.
I am so happy he is able to be home. May the peace of the place help him heal.
I have been Sitting, Walking daily since reading the news of Thay’s medical condition back in November.
My heart & face smile deeply with this latest update!!
I am so happy to know that this beautiful teacher is doing this well, able to breathe in the beautiful spring air, and hear the birds singing and the sound of the bell.
My heart is so full at reading this blessed news of this Sacred Master!
MY GOD!!!!!!! So glad of hearing this!!!!! We hope a soon recovery in his home so loved by all Plum Village and By us! THANK YOU NUNS AND MONKS of Plum Village for writing about Thay’s health!
Thay was instrumental in opening my heart to my spiritual path. I was so blessed many years ago to have been able to do a silent meditation walk, have dinner and a lecture in Providence RI, with sister Chang and the many others supporting Thay on this trip. I remember it everyday and send blessings to Thay and the monks and sisters daily since than. Thank you for lovingly taking care of Thay and continuing his mission.
This is indeed wonderful news, many of us feel a great sense of relief. All best wishes for a peaceful and happy recovery.
Metta & Blessings to Thay & to the worldwide Sangha from Gabriel Craft (Iwate, Japan)
We love you Thay,
Wishing all blessings for
Steady recovery we need your presence always !
Que alegría tan grande, que el gran ser humano que es continúe con nosotros un tiempo más.
Gracias por compartir tan hermosas noticias y plegarias para su total recuperación.
Saludos desde Mexico con amor, admiración y devoción.
What wonderful news to hear that you are home again my friend!
I was just a small town girl, existing in a life so disconnected from the world.
On April 27, 2013, I had the good fortune of experiencing ‘ TOUCHING PEACE ‘
Your beauty and loving, soothing speech spoke to me from a clear and honest heart space which entrusted me to become one of your students.
Merci pour tout tes enseignements, ta paix et ton amour! Prends soins! Je t’aime mon amie!!!
My heart is singing uncontrollably !!!
God Bless him. Thank you for the report! I smile when I think of Thay…
So good to hear the good news of your progress . Blessings for your continued progress to a complete recovery . May your spoken teachings , be forth coming in the near future . Love and healing to you Thay!
I listen to Thay chanting “The End of Suffering” to Gary Malkin’s evocative music on the CD Namasté and it soothes my soul.
Thay for you I practice smiling and gratitude so I might live up to the name you so wisely gave a cloudy me–
Happy Sunshine of the Heart
Thay has been an inspiration to me since the 1970s. His deep gentle compassion for former U.S. soldiers suffering post traumatic stress astounded me. I am so grateful for his healing and I pray his recovery continues in the safety, security and love of his devotees at Plum Village.
This is joyful news.
I am so happy that Thay continues to recover. He has brought so much peace to so many and continues to do so as he heals and demonstrates healing to the world. You are love, Thay. Thank you
This is wonderful news!! Thank you all for supporting him !!
So happy to hear this latest up date, thank you. Sending out more loving, healing energy, and stand in awe at what the power of love can do and has done for Thay. Sending you love and light and joy and peace. ~”Darling, we are here for you”~
Thank you for recovering. This great news! Forever grateful for your wisdom, love, and compassion.
Precious Thay, Welcome home; Two precious words that mean so much to us your followers. We are but flowers blooming along the shore to support you on your journey. You have continued to teach us through your illness and adjustment period to a new wholeness. Thank you, Precious Teacher.
I am so happy to hear the news of Thay’s recovery process. I pray for continued recovery and his improvement.
Sending love and best wishes for your complete recovery xx
Healing moves through many chapters and now this new chapter back home at Plum Village will strengthen and bring peace to Thay just as his presence strengthens the community and those everywhere who love him.
Beloved Thay, thank you so much for offering your teachings, presence, and smile to me. My life has changed so much. I honor G*d with my practice, my Sangha is my true church. I love you with all my heart, and dedicate my life to the practices and insights that you have offered and continue to offer. Love, Elly.
Wonderful wonderful news. This is a happy moment.
The tea tastes wonderful!
May we all in deep gratitude enjoy this present moment.
Sending Thay much Love and deepest gratitude
So glad to read he’s now home
My Tea is tasting ever more wonderful this morning.
God bless him………!
So grateful that Thay is at home and improving steadily with the love and support of all.
I have just read a book by Norman Doidge called “The Brain’s Way of Healing” that has many different non-invasive healing practices (many based on eastern medicine philosophy) that use different forms of energy to change/stimulate the brain to heal itself and physical manifestations….based on neuroplasticity and the mind (body) connection. There may be a therapy or therapies that would benefit Thay or others.
Blessings to Thay! Sending him lots of Love from Northern Pennsylvania.
Compassion is widening throughout the world.
Wide grins to you all!
Keep your keen humor, my Friend!
Merci pour ces belles nouvelles !!
I’m so grateful that Thay is covering so well. These updates lift my heart! Thank you. I will remember to smile at the cloud in my tea.
Peace be with all who suffer.
Namaste and love!
We love Thay and would like to continue to hear about his health and the progress he is making. Thanks. John.
How is Thay now? Warm wishes
Each and every day I pray for Thich Nhat Hanh; that he may reach his destiny for all of us, and I’m thinking and sending good thoughts that he will be with us in health, once again, but, happy he is with us still as we are with him, in spirit and mind!
With love and appreciation,
Retired, Burlingame Ca, Police Commander, Brad Floyd
Blessings upon blessings to dear Thay… When I breath I feel him breathing too So much love and healing to you
I have been very deeply touched by Thay’s wisdom, gentleness and messages of love, compassion and understanding. Such an immense and beloved being. I am praying for Thay’s health and wellbeing.
A dear healer you have been to me for many decades. I am now 11 years post major paralyzing stroke and surprised & grateful for each new day as I still improve. Please keep on keeping on, dear Thay. I learned to sing again, walk again, read & write again. So much help, even tho’ my husband of 40 years filed for divorce, doubting I would recover.
Kayla clearly practiced compassion in action and was very brave putting those enduring terrible suffering concerns for her own wellbeing. Have a joyous rebirth.
Namaste Dear teacher. Your current journey is a teaching example of wonder, joy and patience. You continue to lead by example. With Love Honor and respect. Thankfully, Veronica
Let your light be ever brighter for many years to come.
Reading Your last update About Thay drinking his first cup of tea, and watching the moon rise, I felt connected and Present in the room with him and his beloved attendants. I just finished reading his joUrnal from 1962-1966 “Fragrant Palm Leaves “. I understand more deeply now what made him who he is. I understand more deeply what it means to be a mother, and what Buddhism and compassion mean. What a gift Thay Is to humanity. Thank you so for the updateS. Any news to share ?
When I awake Every Day I Pray For Thays recovery,He has given so much love to the world and taught us so much.Love and Many Blessings kay
Dear Thay, Con cau mong Phat Bao Gia ho cho suc khoe cua Thay som binh phuc de tiep tuc giao hoa do chung. God Bless You My Dear Master. Tam Dat.
We are all grateful for Thay’s continued healing. He has taught us so much about love, and it is a joy to pray for his recovery.
Thank you Kayla,
Your light continues to shine in the midst of darkness. It is an impo thread of our sangha.
You live in our hearts and our aspirations for a peaceful and just world.
I wish a soon recovery keep us updated please! he is a wonderful teacher and human being I will come to visit soon the Plum village in France I’m so interested in the monastic life
I keep Thay’s comments on the heart sutra with me always. I am so deeply happy that he is still with us, in body. His joy has always been an inspiration. It still is. Sending love and gratitude for each minute he shares, and for your updates.
I keep Thay’s comments on the heart sutra with me always. I am so deeply happy that he is still with us, in body. His joy has always been an inspiration. It still is. Sending love and gratitude for each minute he shares.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Peace is Every Breath” is my constant companion. I’ve read it numerous times and each time I am touched anew and learn something that I missed previously. His teachings have changed my life and helped me find peace and joy. I wish him much love and a speedy recovery.
I am breathing in to Thank you very much for the 100% health recovery of the Lord Thay!
We are one heartbeat , we are one smile, we are One for you, Thay!
My sincerest wishes for a continued recovery and increased strength and wellness, dear teacher.
My great teacher, My dear thay!
Thank you so much! thank you very much!
I want to meet you! I want to visit in the plum village.
Your’s student send my mind to my dear thay in Seoul, Korea
I have been reciting poems from Thay’s collection, Please Call Me By Real Name, at coffee shops in order to express my thanks for the solace I have received from his poetry. My time in Vietnam and in the US during the 60s has always weighed heavily on me. May we all continue to know comfort and joy even in our watchfulness.
How about Thay’s health now,March 11,2015 ? Thank you so much.
Namaste! I wanted to send my heart felt love to ‘Thay’ my prayers and love for this Beautiful soul….merely allows for immense humility and a Wonderous Connection of stillness where the very idea of any comlaints about anything atal….Is none existant! I love you ‘Thay’ and I love myself in a manner I have seeked for years! Thank You! I stand as a Testiment for all your Teachings! May, Peace Be with You and all who are by your side and all others who continue to support your life’s work…If, i am a quarter of who you are….I will be Happy..Though, naturally, I aspire more from myself..whilst loving being Nothing! Namaste and My Love Sallyxxx
The last news was so positive, thank you for such a wonderful insight into how Thay is progressing. I continue to wish him wellness and strength in every breath and love in every moment ♥
I have benefitted greatly from reading Thich Naht Hanh’s books for several years now as a part of my Buddhist studies. His wisdom and gentleness have made such a huge impression on me. I just learned today of his stroke. He is always in my daily prayers and my prayers now will be stronger for his recovery. He is an international treasure.
Thank you for the updates on his recovery.
Thank you, thank you, to the friends of Plum Village for keeping us updated on Thay’s recovery. So often the thought of him gives great light to my day and I hope all of our thoughts also bring him great light. This is truly wonderful news~
Kayla, you are a beautiful soul. Your eyes and smile says it all: you are a peaceful, compassionate and a wonderful human being. Sad to see you depart so young. Your compassion and giving will inspire many of us to do even more good in this bitter and violent world. May you rest in peace and may your family cherish your memories and find peace and strength in their lives.
This is most heart warming news!
May one and all be well, happy, safe and peaceful
I have been a great admirer of Thay since I first began practing Buddhism. I was saddened to hear of his illness but his recovery and knowing he is doing better brings me joy and happiness. I draw strength every day from his words and teachings I love U Thay!!!
Thank you for sharing Karen. I suffer from physical and mental health issues as well, and Thay’s books, words and guidance have been a tremendous amount of support over many years. For that, I am deeply grateful. I hope to join the community in France for retreat during the month of June.
Thay is with us as we are with him.
Peace, joy and happiness.
a beautiful flower and many other flowers have been stepped on and withered by bitterness and violence. Such a big pity for human in the 21st century!
Thay is such an inspiration to me. I am so happy that he is making a nice recovery
Listening to Thay’s teachings everyday, his presence is vivid and vibrant in my heart but even then, I am caught in worries for his health. I hope the absence of updates only mirrors the fact that he is doing well. I owe many many thank you’s to dear Thay and his wise guidance. Sending loving thoughts everyday.
Wow, our hearts are full of joys to know that Thay is making good progress and is able to drink tea after a long time and serious illness!We have been checking plump village website almost everyday for news on Thay’s condition, the last news was already in 3rd January.
Thank you so much for all of the loves and supports of everyone out there and everywhere have given to Thay.
I am so grateful to hear of Thay’s progress. What an inspiration he is to all of us who have benefited from his teachings, and learn by his example. I hope to visit Plum Village someday, and to meet him so I can tell him what he has done for me by being on this earth. I am chronically ill and suffer daily, but in reading his wise words today, my pain begins to lift and I am filled with joy to be here in this moment. With him. With all of you.
Love and blessings to Thay and all,
I am new to mindfulness. I so enjoy the peace and calm I receive when opening myself to the spiritual. I so feel God when reading about the Master
I am grateful for her compassionate and courageous life and thoughts. At the end of the following homepage, she beautifully explains TNHs influence on her dealing with despair: .
More on her thoughts: forkayla.org
I am grateful for her life and thoughts. At the end of the following homepage, she beautifully explains TNHs influence on her dealing with despair: .
more on her thoughts: forkayla.org
Our dear Thay,
Thank you for your teachings, and thank you to all those who help spread mindfulness across the universe. It was five years ago that I discovered your loving teachings by reading one your books, and have since read several more. Your gentle patient heart spills out with each word. The wisdom you so generously share, enriches our lives. Thank you for guiding us toward mindfulness, and an increased understanding of being present in the moment. I am confident that each of us, practicing mindful lives, will help this universe become a better place, one moment at a time.
I send you my love, profound gratitude, and healing thoughts.
I feel such love and gratitude in reading your detailed and positive update. I am grateful for Thay’s life, for his continuation body at Plum Village and for the love and connectedness I feel between all of us. Love and compassion and healing, Kaeli
Thank You Dear Thay, with Respect and deep Love,
Helga Ruschka from Graz, Austria
Very sad as she was there for the right reasons and not for just a money making/seeking fame reason.
I’m curious why the recognition of one of Kayla’s peaceful & loving Journies was referred to as Palestine then recounted she was in Tel Aviv which is in Israel. Thank you Kayla for your brave actions in the world.
In loving truth.
Thay teaches us with the cup of his favorite tea.
Thay is always teaching us.
Our love surrounds him.
Our devotion to him never fades.
Friends may be interested in reading this article: http://thefederalist.com/2015/02/25/kayla-mueller-is-not-our-helen-of-troy/, which says of Kayla: “Mueller was not a woman who inspired wars. She inspired peace.”
Many blessings on a graceful and speedy recovery, thank you for Being you, an inspiration and gift.
I can only guess the tremendous amount of courage, strength,
Commitment and surrender of Thay and all of you who help him to recover
in tiny little steps. It made me very happy to read he could have a cup
of the again. Thank you so much for sharing! In my thoughts and prayers I am with him and with you. With love, gratitude and deep respect,
this is wonderful news to hear. Mindfully hoping the progress continues!
Peace to you Thay. In this moment Peace to you.
It’s a lovely song, and a sweet lullaby to sing to a sleeping baby/child. I would also like to have the lyrics, so since I don’t see them here, I thought I’d give them a try in english and french. Please make any corrections if you see fit, as sometimes it’s hard to decipher the right word from the song.
The red sun going down
At the dark onlook
A little star is twinkling
Is the gate of the Heaven
If we trust what one said
This wonderful kingdom
Is just risen for the very little one
The red sun going down
At the dark onlook
A little star is twinkling
Is the gate of the Heaven
If we trust what one said
This wonderful kingdom
Is just risen for the very little one
Le soilel c’est enfuit
Mais dans l’hombre regarde
Chaque etoile de la nuit
Est un coin du paradis
Si l’on croit ce qu’on dit
Ce royaume enchante
Le peut etre habite
Que par les tout petits
Bonne nuit mon amour
Que les anges te gardent
Et t’emportent juste au bout
Du pays de reves et de fleurs
Et demain si tu veux
En ouvrant tes rideaux
Ta maman de nouveau
Surira dans tes yeux
Go to sleep little darling
May the angles behold you
And carry you to the land
Of peace, of love and joy
Tomorrow, your mother
Will smile sweetly to you
And will ask
‘Little darling, do you know I love you?’
Dear Thay, I wish you continued bodily strength, and a ocean of love daily.
May my heart stretch to epic proportions to truly love as you do.
Che gioia! Il tuo insegnamento continua anche nella malattia, oltre la malattia. Un abbraccio!
Deep thanks to Buddha for Thay’s recovery.I wish Thay would fully recover soon to continue his unreplacable teaching of Buddha’s Way of True Wisdom and Liberation.Teacher like him is very rare now and on.
My thoughts and prayers are with Thầy in wishing him a speedy recovery. Thanks for posting the update.
Thanks for the update! And thank you, Thay, for give us lessons still at this very important moment.
I’m filled with joy from this news.
From my (re)discovery of Mindfulness and Thay since 2015, I felt great personal support from him and everyone at Plum Village, during heavy suffering. Even though we have never met, I know I’m not imagining that and I’m touched. So both Thay’s and everyone else’s warmth and compassion span continents: it has reached me!
So a warm greeting back: may Thay and everyone both close and far from him be healthy, contented, happy and well. I hope I may join you at Plum Village one day. I’ll make sure to tell you this in person!
I spent the day in Plum Village on 8th Feb. It was such a privalege to be with such beautiful people. Thay’s presence is everywhere. May he continue to recover and feel the collective love and energy from all around the world. His presence and teachings are everlasting
So sorry to hear of Thay’s stroke. Thinking of you now, and all of your family/friend/colleague
Wishing you much healing and including you in prayer. It seems you are making amazing progress, I hope this continues to the best health now. You are such a kind and gentle, wonderful person. I can not even imagine how many people’s lives and situation you have changed. I have only looked on a small number of articles and it has already help refresh me such a positive and straight forward help you offer, I really do respect your effort to spread such a peaceful beautiful message and theory to life. I wish everybody could take the time to read up on your teaching’s in this entire Universe because sometimes it might just take someone like in my own case, to stumble upon your name and life work, in just a few days I feel much better about myself when I felt quite upset a week ago. It helped me re-connect with my conscious.
Really hoping for your full recovery, wishing you every single happiness and health. Best wishes, Aoife Kelly – London
I spent the day in Plum Village on 8th Feb. Such a privelege to spend time with such beautiful people. Thay’s presence is everywhere. He has transformed mine and so many other’s lives. May his recovery continue and may he feel the collective love and energy created all around the world for him. His presence and teachings are everlasting.
I’m a very new in mindfulness learning…by your teaching…..I’m so Greatful I found your you tube, “refreshing your heart” and from the moment I watch it….I keep watching and listening …and I found a new light on my path…after my challenging of life almost knock me down…now it’s a time to go home…my mind, myself, my body…To get joy in the heart…and compassion….
Get well soon..see you in my prayer…
Thank you Thank you Thank you for your so very many gifts of insight, mercy, patience and Great Love. We have never met face to face in this lifetime but you are with me every day nonetheless. Thank you one more time — and another and another. . .
Please keep me posted on all future events…
In the NOW & future moments of the moment & another NOW
Wishing Thay well in his health for the new year. What an amazing person. I will say a special prayer now. And I will smile, hoping he can see it here in England for him.
Very best wishes to you all. Blessings. Love & Light
Thank you for offering this email service to learn more about Thay’s recovery and to participate in distance meditations.
I was so blessed to hear Thay speak in Trafalgar Square, London. He talked about each of us being our Mother; it deeply resonated within me.
I felt truly moved to read of Thay’s continuing peace and happiness in the midst of his severe stroke. Thank you Thay for the learning, peace and inspriration you have brought into my life.
I was introduced to you some 24 years ago from an audio tape which a dear friend gave to me from one of your talks. I immediately became aware of your capacity for peace and understanding not just through your spoken words, but also through your the gentle-strength that resonated through your voice. In those moments of listening to you I felt my heart and mind were being watered and this feeling inspired me to bring this feeling into my life through further practise. Your spoken and written words have been a blessing, helping me move through life with openness and awareness ; I thank-you deeply for this.You have taught me so much. I am so glad to hear that you are supported by love and kindness as you now move through this healing process. Please know that my heart stands with yours as you heal and always.
I’m so happy to hear Thai’s conditions are improving!
Dear Thay, very glad to hear you are enjoying tea again.
The Love that wells from the depths of my heart joins our beloved Thay and embraces him. I Am with You, beloved Thay, Always.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Dear Thay
Thank you for showing us what courage, grace, and love as a practice looks like. May we all aspire to do the same in our daily lives.
hearing this news, I smile. Breathing in, Thay teaches me about my body, breathing out I know a great listening of the heart
Thank you dear Thay in health and in illness
I have arrived! I am home!
I hope you will recover and get well soon. You help me out of the difficulties for many times in my life, i believed and know that a lot of people are waiting for your guidances and help, recover soon. Nowadays, I feel lost as the society, community and even the world are getting worst and ugly, people have a lot of angers, me too sometimes, luckily I got your teaching from my heart, i can calm sometimes, still feel a lot of people are suffering under poverty, unfairness, they are not living, they are suffering, when i am looking at those pain, i feel frustrated, feeling human beings are so little, fortunately, life is still amazing and precious I know
Dear Thay, dear sangha, I too am so grateful for all Thay is teaching us as he shows us the way through these experiences. And I’m so thankful to all who have been sharing these days and months with him and who then transmit to us what they see and learn. It was so moving to read about Thay’s enjoying the full moon earlier this month. When I saw that moon at my home in Alaska, I thought of him and wondered if he would someday be in a place and a condition to enjoy it again. Often when I see the moon I remember hearing him say that the mantra ”Darling, I know you are here and I am so happy!” isn’t just something we can say to other humans – we can use it to greet the moon, or a flower, or any other “thing” that we recognize and relate to. It makes me so happy to hear that he can again greet the moon as a friend! Thank you again to Thay and to all for living life so beautifully and showing us how to appreciate every moment!
I check everyday to see how Thay is doing. Thank you, my family can always count on you for inspiration and compassion, even at this challenging time you continue to work magic. WOW!
Thay continues to live by example that every day is precious and to be cherished! Bowing humbly.
I’d love to have the new years gatha in a larger format to print if possible, such as just two diamonds per page, or even one.
May all who are caring for Thầy be happy, be free from ill-being, and be bleesed by the work you do.
And may I be *blessed* with more mindfulness to my typos before clicking “Post”
Thank you for being a continuing source of inspiration and love. I’m so grateful to have learned from you. Namovalokiteshvaraya!
I am praying daily for Thay. I am so happy that I was allowed to know his books, and I do my best to applicate what I read. I am going on praying for his healt.
wonderful news… was honoured to meet him a few years ago and he is an incredible example of peace.
Wonderful to hear such good news!
I am so happy to read this wonderful news. Thay is strong in spirit and love. Peace to all.
Daily we hold Thay in our hearts and prayers. He is living what we all seek to obtain, and in his immediate suffering continues to show us how to live with compassion. Much love and healing, The Foxx Family
My best wishes for further recovery to Thay. I have been to Plum Village in 2007 and will never forget this deep and beautiful experience. It was just today that I read about Thay’s health issues and slow recovery. Get well soon!
Our Sangha in
Karlsruhe/Ger sits for Thays recovery breathes mindfully and sends positive Energy for Thich Nhat Hanh.
We are thankful to have net hin in the retreats, to hear the dharma lectures ans Tod have the Meditation with him.
Please can You send us the Dates of the Bank to make a donation forThays recovery?
It is fantastic that Thay is gaining strength day by day. Thank you for keeping us informed of his remarkable progress and for reminding us to take every moment and use it with joy and the preciousness it deserves. Sending love and prayers to the most special man.
Dear Thay, Even in your darkest hours, you were and are continuing to ‘teach those of us who are watching and listening'; And, I am one of those. If such a stroke would attempt to destroy my body, by your model, I now know how to deal in peaceful thanksgiving with illness. I am so thankful to gain this powerful wisdom. I humbly bow to You, Thay. May you feel, this day, the power of ‘love’ and ‘support’ I am sending to you.
WHAT A WONDERFUL NEW!!!!! We are very happy in hearing it! We love Thay and our prayers are always with him!!! Best wishes
Blessing to a wonderful soul..
Blessings upon dear Thay, and prayers for continued healing.
My wishes of a soon recovery for Thay. I admire his strength and capacity to enjoy life. Dear friends, take good care of him.
I ma so glad to hear of Thay’s progress. He has been in my heart and prayers everyday. His teachings have been such an encouragement to me! may he continue to gain strength and may is spirit be strong.
It brings me great joy to know that Thay’s condition continues to improve. The sun shines a little brighter each day that he continues to be with us here on earth.
Fabulous news and very inspiring. Another set of great teachings by Thay, without him saying a word. And thanks so much for sharing the printable “Look deeply to understand clearly and Listen deeply to truly love.” I appreciate the generous sharing and will make good use of it.
My first encounter with this wonderful and wise soul was through the website “Beliefnet.com” in “The Great Bell Chant”. The first time I listened to it I was brought to tears from the cleansing I experienced. From that moment I have striven to learn as much from this Master of peace as I could. He is truly a Mentor for me and I am forever grateful for his presence, if only through my computer contact.
I am so happy to hear you are still with us. I send my love.
I say a big thank to Thai for its valuable lessons! I hope he can recover fully, the world needs his wisdom and compassions.
Inhaling I smile to Thai exhaling I say thank you!
Thank you Thay for your indispensable teachings. This world is a better place because of your kindness and deep wisdom. Get well soon.
My darling fellow Buddhists and lovers of peace.
It is Valentine’s Night in New York City a place that is sometimes associated
But, in the hearts of many New Yorkers, like me, there is a feeling of serenity and peace.
We send our deepest love and metta to all of you, as well as Thay.
Your love is strong and is felt around the world.
With deepest gratitude, Brigid
Greetings from San Antonio, Texas.
I see in another post that there is a Dharma Center in San Diego. Are ther other US locations that I could visit? Of course, I hope to eventually make my way to Plum Village as well.
We have three centers in America: Deer Park Monastery in Southern California, Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi, and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York. You are warmly welcome to visit any of these centers to enjoy a retreat or Day of Mindfulness.
Can you kindly update on Thay’s health progress.
Sending him life, light, love and looking forward seeing him upon his recovery.
Looking forward hearing from you,
How are you, our teacher? Are you feeling better? You’re helping me so much right now in this moment. My heart is being healed because of your wise teaching. My prayers go out to you. Please get well soon and show us your beautiful smile again, forever. Thank you, Thay.
good day! i wish to know the state of health of dear Thay. I have not seen any update after January 3. Thank you.
Sending beautiful and loving thoughts from Australia.
Thank you for posting this, it was wonderful. Sending Prayers and thoughts of wellness and continued healing for Thich Naht Hanh.
Love and light,
Sending loving energy to all of you in this time of healing and recovery.
My great loving teacher,
Wishing you healing wishes and thoughts of peace. I do so hope you heal from your present medical situation. But if it is your time to leave this world, leave in peace. I want to thank you for sharing your beautiful caring message. I know I am a better person for meeting you, my first Buddist teacher, through your books. In love and peace. Marie Dochnahl
I have love, compassion, and gratitude for Thay. He is the perfect manifestation of Buddha’s teachings.
you have shown me the way to transformation . I pray for your good health. the world needs you. I am sure you will be back soon
We would like to hear more about Thay’s health after 3rd january2015,please.
It has been a month since your last update. Please update us about the status of our beloved teacher Thay…Thank You!
Please give us an update on Thay’s health.
As a novice, I send you my love, and pray that you will recover soon.
With deepest respect,
When I meet a pretty flower walking in the forest, I greet Thay with joining my palms.
Today in Korea I read the New about Thay’s Health.
Starting 108 bows for Thay’s quite well again and Thay’s teachings.
When I meet a pretty flower walking in the forest, I greet Thay with joining my palms.
Today in Korea, I’ve read the News about Thay’s health.
Starting every day 108 bows for Thay’s quite well again and Thay’s teaching.
This is a precious moment
I breath in for Thay’s health and my out breath for his full recovery. He is in my meditation at all times. Metta.
One mind, one heart….may love and blessings surround you Thay.
All out love and gratitude for Thay, hope to have an update of his health soon
The very best wishes for the recovery of Thay! The world has a lot to thank him, we all have that. May he be back soon be healthy and able to enjoy walking and breathing!
Thay is a living Buddha.Thay’s books and his peacefull aura tell us about Shakyamuni’s teaching in a pure and clear way.Thay will definitely recover.
Thay is a living Buddha.Thay’s books and his peacefull aura tells us about Shakyamuni’s teaching in a pure and clear way.Thay will definitely recover.
my heart is aglo . with the news , amen . with ut most compassion ,, onshin
would you please mail me the postal address of the Lower Hamlet. My daughter Floortje is staying there and I would like to write her a letter.
thanks a lot,
In the midst of a blizzard here the falling snow reminds me to be still. I am so glad to hear you are able to smile again. Your gentle smile and words have been an example for me many times. Peace to you during your recovery.
-olivia from NY
Dear Thay, you gave me so much, maybe even saved my life. Now I hope that people like me can return the energy you shared with us with good profit to you.
All the best dear Friend.
We have enjoyed your teachings and have gained much benefit. Prayers for your rapid recovery.
Dear Thay, You are in our hearts. We are happy you are recovering. Namaste
Listening to your song made me calm and happy and peaceful.
Thay s message and work may still speak through us. We are his voice.
I am so glad to hear you are recovering!
Even in this difficult time in your personal life, you are an example of patience and acceptance. For me the smiling is a sign!
Thank you for being you, and for sharing your wisdom with us, in your books and through positive messages.
Much Peace and Love!
Sending all the love I can muster along with much tonglen practice. It is not an exaggeration to say Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings saved my life and continue to beautify it.
I don’t think you need to change anything apart from when you do working meditation outside. You clothes may be inconvenient even a hazards for that. In other traditions i.e benedictine or soto zen for example, I have seen the monastics changing into plain clothes for outdoor work but you can keep the color brown if needed, but that’s common sense really to be practical when working. Some gets scared about a ‘westernization’ being too attached to exotism which is common in Western buddhism is also to bear in mind. At the end of the day, is it about being attached to appearance or is it about practicality?
i am happy to read that you can smile
that is a good sign, a good sign from above
i hope you get to your legs slowly but certainly but certainly slow… thx for helping me with your books to save my divorce, thich
love you peter from belgium
We are sharing the snow falling, softly, so peacefully, with you, dear Thay.
I have learned a great deal of knowledge about how to practice through Thay.
I am blessed to find out about him and try to spread his basic teachings to whomever is ready for holistic health and fitness.
That has been ill is a reminder for impermanence. Thay still alive or passes away is not important,o show our love and respect to That,keep practicing what That has taught us. Let the law of nature does its course, accept that That will be gone one day. The Buddha taught us not to attach to emotion no matter who with.
Sorry to hear of the teachers stroke he had a good heart and I was blessed to meet him:) om a hum, om bekenze bekenze bekenze maha bekenze bekenze ranza samungati soha om mani pema hum.
The most importance is keep practising . No matter what happen. Thay has been ill is a real lesson about impermanent. Thay still alive or passes away is not important, importance is practising what Thay has taught us.
We need to understand that sooner or later Thay will be gone ( and we will too).
Showing our love and respect Thay by practising.
The Buddha teaches us NOT to attach to feeling, remember that.
Thay, I’m praying for you. Sending love and light towards you. Here’s for a speedy recovery!! ❤️❤️❤️
Dear Thay I’m wishing you a speedy recovery back to full health & peace again . Sending unlimited love to you always <3 _()_
Dear. We all are energy. Simple and powerful energy. I desire health for all. Peace and Love.
I am so happy to hear Thay is doing better. I am so grateful for his writing and all he has taught. May he continue to recover and bring peace and happiness to many people.
I am so sorry to hear of the suffering you have been enduring. I wish I had known earlier so I could have prayed more for you but please, know that you are now in my prayers and will be always. You have been my mentor and teacher for many years. Meeting you and walking with you and your monks at the retreat held at Ascutney Mt. in Vermont years ago was a life-changing experience for me! I pray for your full recovery and that many more years of teaching are ahead for you. The world so needs the loving kindness,compassion and true understanding that you manifest!Thank you from the bottom of my heart for walking awhile along my path with me.
Love and Peace!
Donna Martin, Chittenden, VT
How he continues? Is he better? Greetings from argntine
To the Sangha all around the world. May we all continue to walk together with Thay. May we all breathe in mindfulness with him and to cultivate love and compassion with every step we take in our daily lives. Love, peace and joy to you all…Namaste!
I am sending love and best wishes for Thay´s recovery.
Dear Thay and loving Sanga. Nowhere on earth have I experienced the kindness of Plum Village. I learned support for taking good care of myself. I have taken my students on walking meditations that I learned at Plum Village.
When I read that Thay smiled and chuckled, I will redouble my Metta Meditation. There is nothing as sweet as the thought of Thay chuckling. May you all be well May you all be happy. May you all live in peace with ease of heart. May you be free from suffering.
Dear Thay, I am very happy to know that you are smiling. You have taught me how to find the joy of life in the present moment, this wonderful moment. The complexities of life, all melt and disappear magically when I live in mindfulness. Thank you my wonderful teacher. May you find peace, renewal and joy with each breath. Sending you loving kindness, healing chi and peace.
You have been a guiding light and inspiration for so many!!
Cannot repay all your kindness except by putting all your words into practice…everything you tirelessly taught!!!!wishing you a speedy recovery.. _/\_
I had just sent a request for your village. To arrive. For a retreat. And so to also meet Thay in this life time. I was very sorry to hear. He went under health difficulties. I hope by March he is allright. I send him Much Love and healing blessings.
For his highest atmost best.
Much Love. Peace. And Health.
I was so relieved to hear Thich Nhat Hanh is out of a coma. When I read that he smiled, I cried happy tears. May he make good progress while in rehabilitation. Thank you!
News of relief and joy. May Thay stay with us for as long as possible, all of us together peaceful, happy and light in body and mind.
Thank you Thich Nhat Hanh ! You have been a beacon and guiding light.
This beautiful man lights up the world with his smile, he has taught me so much. Sending love and best wishes for his recovery.
I am a practioner, looking and listening video tapes of Thay.
Thanks to the teaching of Thay,I was able to see the shadow of Buddhism, after more than 50years of studies by Buddhist scriptures.
I think Thay is staying with us forever.
Che le mie preghiere e mantra possano attraversare il tuo cuore, come i tuoi discorsi hanno fatto in me!!! Grazie maestro
Very very happy to hear the good news.
He will speak too:
You please advise when I can visit him.
15 of us formed part of the larger Fall Retreat group at Deer Park Monastery beginning November 7. Since then we’ve maintained some communication through emails as we watch for a sangha to join, as advised. Part of our email group practice was to hold 3 days of meditation on January 3, 4, and 5 focusing our attention on the energy field around Thich Naht Hanh. Thank you for the wonderful news of recovery and awakening.
“Present moment, wonderful moment”
Coyote Sangha Email Group
My best wishes go out to one of the greatest teachers among us. Interbeing, mindfulness, and impermanence. Be well Thay.
Thank you for your updates and please keep the good news. I pray to God that our beloved teacher Thay completely heals and someday he will be able to read the wonderful comments people are leaving for him. It is amazing to see someone like Thay loved by millions who brings joy to us when he is healthy and also when he is healing. Dear Thay, I have nothing but love, appreciation and gratitude toward you; you are an amazing person. May you heal soon.
PLEASE read and be advised by Diane Ackerman’s non-fiction memoir, One Hundred Names for Love. Several years ago, her husband suffered a stroke, and was subsequently aphasic. In her book Ackerman describes the methods she employed above and beyond those administered by her husband’s caretakers that lead him back recovery. I cannot recommend this book enough as a resource where you might find potential remedies for Thay’s aphasia. I am praying for Thay and for his caretakers. –Sincerely, Suzanne
The teachings clouds will penetrate deeply in the Cosmo and transform into the watering seeds. One compassionated drop re-awakens the mountains and rivers to nourish the healing blossomed refreshing Spring Lotus from non-lotus elements in Thay’s beautiful garden of heart. The mindfulness chanting bell rings each breath with the heart of Tu Niem Xu that Thay paved in the safe island of mindfulness, the heart of Vo Nga, and will shine through the sufferings from the sorrows by contemplating of impermanence of the eyes and ears to generate the Dharma smiles of reality with liberation.
Thank you Karen.
Wishing and Praying for the calm peace and awareness for our dearest brother, Thay’ With Devotion to a beloved. WH
Thay’s teachings and presence have helped millions of people around the world awaken from the ‘coma’ of illusion and misunderstanding. As he recovers, may we send him our loving care and attention through our prayers and by our compassionate actions to others as he has taught and shown us.
My best wishes and love for Thay;s quick and complete recovery. Happy New Year!
Love and more love to Thay, and to the community. So very happy to hear he is healing. <3 <3 <3
What wonderful news, Dear Thay! We are so happy to be able to learn from you and your peaceful strength and determination, each and every day. Just this week, my 10 year old daughter has finally begun to sit and practice with me, after many years of witnessing and being gently encouraged by you, the brothers and sisters and our sangha community. We both share a deep love and respect for you, and are grateful to have such a warrior of peace as our spiritual guide. Just seeing your smile reminds us to smile, and to enjoy our breath more. May you feel more strength and joy every day!
It is with gratitude that I write to you dear Thay. Your and the sangas’ teachings and examples of mindfulness have meant so much to me. Your generosity of sharing so much on You Tube is a blessing to me and to the world. When I go to the woods or walk across the Delaware River I bring you with me. I play the 33 minute bell meditation and am thankful. I pray for your every breath.
Yes, yes. Thank you, thank you.
Listening to Sister sing I felt as a child at rest on a mothers breast. Her voice is soothing and gentle. Thankyou Sister for lending your voice to the air of my heart
May GOD Bless Thay–He is still sharing His Grace upon others. I adore this soul, He is precious.
Good Morning, I am interested in attending your spring retreat beginning in June with a friend we are from Argentina´s Sangha del Buen Ayre. Can you pls send information? Peace with each breath Thanks
I arrived back from a wonderful sangha evening where we shared from the heart our thoughts of Thay, to find the post on Thay’s continued improvement and smiles. How wonderful!
I constantly spent my half an hour to read this webpage’s posts
every day along with a cup of coffee.
Toda mi energía y amor para Thay.
My prayers and love are with all of you during this time of challenge for Thay and this time of growth for the extended Plum Village Sangha.
May we continue to grow in trust and the knowing that Thay’s journey is unfolding in perfection.
May all beings be happy and free!
I am sorry that he is unable to speak, make no mistake. Having said that, his radiant love is beyond words.
Though I have not had the pleasure to meet him, I need only look into his eyes and am filled with love and am inspired to continue on my spiritual path. There is no greater gift one can give another.
I pray him a full recovery.
Stimulation of SPLEEN 21 AND STRONG FASCIA STIMULATION OF BELOVED TEACHER’S Ren and Du Meridians, I declare to be my blessing on to him.
Nam Mo Bo Tat Quan The Am! Nam Mo Bo Tat Quan The Am! I am soo happy to hear this news, it’s the greatest gift to me at the start of the New Year! He’s again truly amazing!
This talk of Thay is so wonderful and very meaningful guidelines for the New Year! Nevertheless, the sound quality is badly effected by noise (coughing, blowing nose etc.) in the background. If there is a way to filter/reduce the noise, it’s great!
Nam Mo Bo Tat Quan The Am! Nam Mo Bo Tat Quan The Am! I am so so happy to hear this news!
A blossom is not totally bloomed until ones eyes are closed then re-open. My heartfelt love and blessing I send to you and to all always all ways.
May Teacher Thay continue in his recovery
Please his soul for world peace and happiness.
dear thay, dear community
your teaching – mindfullness, concentration and insight, understanding is love- continues forever. strongest power in the universe. with or without words
Sending love and strength <3
If the world community that Loves,respects and knows the goodness Thich Nhat Hanh brings to Everyone,and if it is true that only love heals Thay will be Healed through our Love,Love Hugs and Healing Wishes X ioma
Como hago pra participar de los retiros soy del Peru.
Thank you Thay,I have recently begun to read your your teachings and already I have noticed myself changing. Let it continue into all areas of my life.
May the colletive energy of the whole Sangha help venerable Thay to recover and to continue sharing His Great Wisdom with whole world.
I bow with gratitude to venerable Thay, everlasting in His Teachings and Sangha.
TNH has been a significant contributor and cornerstone in my Spiritual Growth and Journey! Continuing to pray for his health and continued Positive Effects in this sorely troubled world.
Love, Iadora U!!!
We are so happy to hear that Thay is doing better. We had such a wonderful family retreat in Plum Village in Summer 2014. My husband and I and our 4 children very much look forward to returning again this summer. Sending Thay and the entire Plum Village Community warm and loving wishes.
dear Plum Village, thankyou for sending health updates, I’m happy to hear you’re better. keep up the good work.!!!!:):):):):)
A New Year. A New Me … I promise
Happy new year to the sangha and best wishes for Thay’s recovering ! He’s been doing so much for peace on earth through zen practice !
Dear Venerable Thay, Words cannot express how joyful we are to hear that you are now aware of your friends and surroundings. We will continue to radiate metta and compassion for your speedy recovery. I want to express my gratitude to you for showing us how to love one another, irrespective of race, religion and gender. I was very fortunate to be able to attend your retreats in Chiangmai, Thailand and in Malaysia where I am from. With me were 4 Catholic friends. They have great respect for you and benefitted a great deal from your teachings. Your Dhamma talks were very inspiring and wonderful.
One morning, during Thay’s retreat in Chiangmai (forgot the year), we took a walking meditation to a large field nearby. We then sat on the grass while Thay sat on a simple seat slightly higher than us. I was in the front row and we kept a respectful distance. Thay gave me a kindly smile. Seeing the great divide, he gently beckoned us to come closer, and we moved 2 inches nearer. When the distance was still formidable, he beckoned again and we moved another 2 inches. It was so funny. I think Thay just gave up!
We settled to enjoy the silence although there were a few hundred of us. His presence was electrifying. We could feel great, positive energy all around us. We were so connected, with each other and with the universe and very peaceful.
All my good wishes go to Thay.
Plum Village is an amazing place filled with wonderful loving people. I stayed over Christmas into the New Year at Lower Hamlet. My daughter Kristine was ordained at Upper Hamlet on the 18th/12/2014 and received the beautiful name of Trăng Chánh Niệm. I am so happy that I could witness this event.
Thay’s progress sure brings joy to us!
I am so pleased to hear that Thay is continuing to make a recovery. Testament to his strength and resilience. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all of the monks and nuns at Plum Village and related monasteries.
Such a great news! I keep praying for Thay!
My deepest prayers are for your full recovery….
I am so happy to read this news.
Much love to you and continued healing. Thank you for being you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us!
such heartwarming news thank you so much for the updates
This is a moment of great relief.
Na mo Gwan Shr Yin Pu Sa
Con thương thầy nhiều lắm,nguyện mãi mãi là một học trò biết vâng lời Thầy dạy.Mô Phật !
So happy to hear this news. Praying for his further recovery. What a great man.
I am so pleased to receive the news of Thays progres, his comfort and loving support of his community. I am forever grateful for having crossed his path. With love and peace in my heart I pray for namo avalokiteshvara.
Dear Thay, Dear Sangha, what wonderful news! Such love, effort and energy directed towards Thay and to his caregivers is nurturing the amazing spark of life within him. I am so grateful for these updates and learning of his progress. Bows, Sunny
Thank you for the updates. Thay’s ease of wellbeing is included in the intentions I offer each day at meditation. Positive energies for continued improvement by him.
My dear mother went through a series of strokes which left her in a similar condition. It took my sister 18 months to get her walking and talking again. I pray the same recovery from our dearest That. Worldwide energy and strength is with you.
All blessings and love to you, Dear Teacher!
Love and peace to you dear friend .
Dearest Thây, I am praying for you. It touches my heart to know that you are smiling. Sending you peace and so much love, dear one. x
I am so thankful that Thay is on the road to recovery. Prayers daily for a full recovery. So thankful for your teachings.
Beloved Thay and Sanga,
We are all with you, we are all healing together in joy and love and compassion! We make this journey together and give each other hope and healing. We are learning and growing together.
With gratitude, love and joy,
PEACE HAPPINESS AND LOVE TO BELOVED THAY MAY YOU CONTINUE TO GET WELL.
MANY BLESSINGS KAY
Thank you for sharing Thai’s updates. I am glad to hear he is doing well. At the same time, it is a reminder that Thai, as we all are, is mortal, and at some point, will leave us in his present form. I am grateful for what his teachings have given me in this life. I have made a commitment to carry his teachings forward by living them in my life, and by sharing them with other people as I can. Thai, thank you for being. May your being continue to be joyful and meaningful, not only to you, but to those around you, including all of us whose lives have been transformed by your example.
All my love to Thay
I, too, would greatly appreciate the lyrics to this beautiful song.
It is wonderful to Reed some good news about Thay’s recovery. May he geht well step by step and hopefully recover completely. May my wishes and all your wishes become true.
I’m also very glad to read about plumvillage’s New Year retreat. It Shows that the Sangha is active and Alive, although Thay’s not physically there. I’m sure, Thay would be glad about that too.
Best wishes to all of you
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the peace and joy you have given me over the years through the best and the most challenging times of my life. I pray for your continued recovery. This troubled world needs your wisdom and peace.
I wish for Thay a full recovery. He is a dear soul and I love him. All the best to the Plum Village community also.
What joyful & inspirational news. Thay is a shining light, one which will not dim. Peace & strength to him and all his friends.
Sending healing energy and thankfulness your way. I pray for continued healing and positive thoughts.
I will continue to pray for the peaceful care and comfort of our beloved teacher. Thank you for this encouraging message.peace and joy for the coming year.
I am thrilled with the good news on Thay’s health. Lots of love healing energy to Thay and the wonderful sangha he created.
Je garde Thay dans mon coeur avec amour et respet. Je prie pour sa récupération et lui envoi énergie et douceur.
Wow! Never been so happy to hear this…
so good to hear that Thay is recovering well. Like many others, I know that he has brought so much love, joy, peace and kindness to so many. I believe, the most amazing and wonderfull gift from Thay is that he gives people a tool which they can take with them any where ever they go. This tool is used to bring awareness of the power of the mind and then to learn how to slow it down completely and then see behond it and what we really are. What a gift to bring to the world! Thay is loved by so many of us all over the world. I too pray for his recovery and thank those who are caring for him so lovingly. Much love and blessings to all, Susan. Xx
What wonderful news!!! Many thanks to all at Plum Village for the updates:
A humble suggestion: could it be considered to give Thay back his voice through the medium of computer assisted eye-movement technology (eg. http://www.eyegaze.com/eye-tracking-assistive-technology-device/)?
Thank you for the update and your attending care…To
our loving teacher and to you all I humbly offer healing prayers… and dedicated meditations.
Yesterdays I´ve been sitting an my spinning-wheel while listening to Thays teachings on CD. It was wonderful and nourishing. I feel very greateful to met Thay a few times and to hear that his health is gettin better. May it improve step by step by step…
Yesterday I´ve been sitting at my spinning-wheel while listening to Thays Dharma teachings. It was so great and nourishing an I feel so greateful for that. May your health be improve and get better.
Thank you for this update. Continued prayers and healing energy is being sent for Thay’s complete recovery. Namaste
Thank you very much for the updates, I’m happy thay is improving and he is always with me and making me smile. Happy new year lovely people xx
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Thank you so much for giving us these precious updates. May our beloved teacher, Thay continue to heal.
I’m so happy to hear about Thays remarkable recovery.
Prayers and blessings for the Master.
Thank you They for changing my life and helping me connect to peace in every step and every thought, in the here and the now. Every day, I can stop and be in the here and now when I want to be at peace
Thank you for keeping me in touch, much strength in healing to our teacher, Thay
Dear Beloved Teacher Thay,
I pray that your health improves soon, and your amazing smile shines again. I’ve walked with you in the US, I’ve read your books, I’ve listened to your CD’s, and I’ve watched your YouTube videos. You bring joy and comfort to so many unhappy and wounded souls. You are the most peaceful and non-judgmental person that I have ever came across in my life. Your words have touched me in so many ways. May you heal soon, may the world continue to benefit because of your existence. I am, like so many followers, are forever grateful to you for helping us look deep within ourselves and in transforming the present moment into a “wonderful moment.” You are a blessing and an inspiration for this world. With all my love, and sincere gratitude I say, Thank You!
I’ve wanted to post something since Thay became sick and did not know what to say. Now it has been said for me. My thoughts have been expressed by Abdullah Muhammad very effectively. The great teacher is in my thoughts.
I continue to pray for Thay’s recovery and it’s working. I carry him in my heart.
even now in this moment of physical challenges you continue to be an example of dignity and fighter in the noblest sense of the word. my deep admiration and strongest and humble wishes for your prompt restablishment
Wonderful to know that Thay is doing much better! May he continue to heal day by day…
As Thay said: every step is healing, every breath is healing.
Yesterday I´ve been sitting with my spinning-wheel while listening to Thays teachings and I felt very greateful to have met him a few times and that I´ve learned so much from him. May his health get better step by step by step…
I am so very happy to receive the wonderful news in the begining of the new year of Thay’s steady recovery & now that he is out of coma. I continue sharing my merits for Thay’s recovery.
Dearest Thay, I hold you in my heart and am sending you all my love.
Dear Master Thay, I’ll be forever thankful for your loving words and Spirit. May your health be restored as mine is everytime I listen to your voice and the voice of one of the nuns at Plum Village who teaches us to be aware of our body and smile to every part of our body. May the Universe grant us with your presence and your guidance. Respectfully. Martha Sanchez – Mexico City
I am a Christian with a Buddhist heart and that heart was helped to expand by Thay. I am keeping him in thought and prayer while hoping for whatever his body and spirit most need. May you all find peace and may Thay continue as is best for him.
I along with all those who Love him, pray for Thich Nhat Hanh’s full recovery and that he may continue God’s work. In His Love, Barb
I have in my heart nothing but love for you. Your tender tone of voice, your simple teaching, your uplifting word, and your delightful smile have changed my life. You were there for me when my father was not, you were near me when my mother was so far a way, you were comforting me when my brothers and sisters abandoned me. Although most of my encounter with you was in books, CD’s, and YouTube Videos, nevertheless, you were there. I am forever a changed man because of you; and I am forever grateful that you are part of life.
May you heal, may peace surround you, and if its your time to leave this world, may you depart in peace!
Sending love and light and gratitude for your teachings.
Get well soon Thay.
Mindfulness is all the rage now which is a good thing but it was from Thay that I first learned about it many years ago and for that I will be eternally grateful as well as for Peace is Every Step and Present Moment Wonderful Moment. Thank you. Btw any update on his condition?
I feel you are teaching that you will always be with us in the body of the Sangha.
I love you, “Father”.
Dear Thay, your compassionate, open heart and the wisdom of your dharma talks continue to support me in each moment of my day – thank you. May you continue peacefully. With deep affection and gratitude…Jeannette (Walking in Peace Sangha)
our prayers are with our teacher, god be with you. Wishing you a speedy recovery,.
I am interested in attending your spring retreat beginning in March. I see that on the retreat webpage you are inviting people for 1-2 week stays. Is it possible to be granted a stay for the entire spring? Thanks, -Albert
Yes you can stay longer than 2 week, please read about extended stay here
For more details, please write to Upper Hamlet by using a form via contact us.
I hope this helps.
A lotus for you,
Web Team of Plum Village
Wonderfully and powerfully inspirational words from Thay. My thoughts and prayers are with him and all his friends…a candle will burn for him until some news of his health. Joy, peace and light to all for 2015.
Please tell me about Thay’s health today 1-1 2015 ! I’m so worried.I pray for his full recovery every day.
My best regards
Dear Thay, you have been in my thoughts and heart recently. You bring me strength and piece of mind in times of change. I wish to give you strength and comfort and hope you find what it takes to continue to walk this miraculous life with us.
Thank you, Karen, for your sincere and beautiful words of poem that helps me being ‘true self’.
Thank you with all my heart.
Many years ago Thay’s book Peace is Every Step opened the door for me to a much better view on life and a deeper understanding. Thay gave me the tools to transform difficult emotions by shining the light of mindness on them. He taught me trees are cathedrals. That the earth and the sky are always my home no matter where I go. He showed me how to find peace with my father. And most recently his sangha on no birth no death that is recorded on the Life without Stress or Fear CD enabled me to be a source of light, love and peace as my beloved mother transitioned from her earthly manifestation to her heavenly one.
Dear Thay, I cannot begin to tell you how much your teachings have helped me and how much you mean to me. Though we never met in person I hold you very dear and cherished. Your wisdom and compassion has shown me and many others a better way. Your light and love are treasured by many. My peace, love and healing energy flow to you my dear friend as your travel this unchartered journey. We all are with you in spirit. Please know that. I am so grateful that you are in good hands. Peace be with you. And many blessings to all who care and attend for you during this time. Love, in spirit, Tree.
I have truly appreciated Thay’s thoughts and words of his talk 29/ 12/13 as we enter the year 2015.. Thankyou.
Thank you very much for sharing to those who posted this video.
And thank you for the comment. I feel in a comparable way: This is a very precious video, and I very much recommend to listen to this talk of Thich Nhat Hanh at any 31.12. to come (or may be better any 29.12,… this gives a little more time before the next 1.1., …to be prepared a little better for the truely new in every moment, every here and now…so, may be the best would be:… listen to it again at any time you like ((-:,….)
Dear Thich Nhat Hanh, hope so much and wish so much:
MAY YOU BE WELL.
MAY YOU WITHOUT PAIN.
MAY YOU BE PEACEFUL.
And wonna say: THANK YOU.
Benno Hennrich, Sylt, Germany
It would be a gift to view the written words of Sister Chan Khong’s beautiful song while listening. I find viewing the written words while listening enables deeper understanding. Would it be possible to post them below the interactive link on the website?
Breathing with Thay as one. With deep blessings, Robert
This poem touches me as I continue to search for identity of myself and also a faith community. Thank you! Sandy
Thought you might enjoy this – keeping up with my friend Thich Nhat Hanh
Peace out Dude!
Thought you might enjoy this prospective.
I had the pleasure of visiting Thay’s monastery in Hue and bring them books, at his request. They are such joyous and hard working people.
I think of Master Thay often and want to hear news.
Dear Thich Nhat Hanh lives forever in our hearts, so do not worry. There is no going or coming. Thi gs are just the way they are.
I am a Vietnam Veteran and became a Quaker after returning fm Vietnam. I have read many of Thay’s books.
I am ‘holding Thay’ in the Light. Daily meditation/prayer for his presence.
What will the world do without such a light ? I for one will never forget him.
Met him only once in CO retreat … spoke a few words of Vietnamese with him.
Sorry I think Thay has got this one wrong..
Incluyan a Guatemala en el calendario de 2015! Gracias! Respira y sonríe…
You do not know me personally, but your tinder and compassionate words have touch me during my sad and down days. I’ve spent 100’s of hours listening to your dharma talk; your wisdom is unique and your smile is a source of joy.
May you feel our love, appreciation and gratitude. May you heal and be the Lotus that you were!
Here in Norway and generally in Scandinavia the climate is colder and the terrain is wild and rugged. As yet we have no resident monastics. However, when monastics do establish themselves here they will definately need to review their clothing. It is very reassuring to see that Thay sees the practical need for appropriate clothing. I have faith that traditions and identity will enjoy a refreshing continuation in this context
I had the great opportunity to see the great teacher Thay last Summer in plum village and it has been an important deep experience that has touched my heart; his lessons and teachings were so simple and so profound that mooved me deeply. I understood to take more care of myself amd my loved ones. I thank heaven for this incredible chance amd now pray for Thay and would like to be of support for his healing.
Thank you Thay for all you continue to do for people.
Dear Thay, Dear Sangh, dear brothers & sisters,
Every day I touch the seeds of Thay in me, his teachings are alive, aqnd are the best present I ever got. Thank you dear Thay, you are my teacher.
Thay’s continuation in each and every one of us.
May Thay recover & continue to contribute to each and everyone of us all over the world.
With Respectת honor & love
May one and all be at ease..
I was so saddened to learn of Thay’s illness. A peaceful walk in the snow tonight, Christmas Eve, will be dedicated to the healing and full reoovery of Thay. Sending love, strength and support to all in the community as well. Merry Christmas.
We have never met Thay, but we feel he has touched our hearts, our souls. His teachings of staying in the present moment, of mindfulness have given us comfort and strength as we face the challenge of choosing to holistically heal my husbands cancer.
We both feel blessed as we listen to the soft, soothing voice of Thay as he guides us through meditation practices. His practice of minfulness helps to keep fear at bay, encourages us to stay emotionally strong and remain connected to spirit.
Sending much love, light and healing prayers on your recovery back to health.
Thank you for everything Thay.
Nik & Ros
Nik and Ros, i join with all the community and send my prayers of healing strength and peace for you.
I pray for wellness, Thay. I am sorry for your illness and know with your mastery of all things, strength and healing will be yours!
I have always wanted just to see you in person, as I believe my eyes would forever change for such good and show my body and soul such peacefulness….. My prays will continue to be with you! Jennifer……Mandeville, Louisiana.
James and I are traveling thru San Diego area and would like to visit Plum Village and stay for 2 nights,if possible,in early January.Please respond and let us know !
Namaste,Rich and James
Dear Rich and James,
Greetings from Plum Village.
If you travelling through San Diego, then probably you would like to visit our center there, Deer Park Monastery, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026, United States.
I hope this helps.
A lotus for you,
Yee we are almost in the year 2015, but, we need to stay as authentic as the original Buddha. When McDonald’s starts to sell Pizza, it is not be the same McDonald’s that everyone loves. When you change your outside, eventually, your inside as a beloved Sangha will change. The idea of Westernizing your cloths is making me worried that in a few years, the Sangha, the Sutras, and the traditions will be Westernized.
C. G. Jung once said, “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” and if I may add to it, “and to stay truly who you are.”
Please forget about Monastic Fashion. You do not need to westernize your robes, unisex your shoes, and look into swimwear for the monks and nuns. Just stay the same; simple and compassionate beautiful souls.
Let us (laymen and laywomen) imitate you and not you imitate the west. Thank you!
Continuing to send, many times each day, lots and lots of love and peaceful positive energy to dear Thay, and to your attendants, all who are caring for you at the hospital, your sangha and Sister Chan Khong, still hoping you may be able to come back to us, may you be peaceful and free from suffering, much gratitude to you all, love always, Trish
There are people that one knows all his/her life but are not missed for years; and there are people who you met for a few moments and you do not want those moments to last eternities; Thay is the later. Teacher, I send you my love and smiles. I drove almost 1000 miles to see you and I am holding to my heart those few moments that I met you. You are a great teacher and a beautiful soul. May the Creator God have mercy with you as you lay down on your hospital bed and in God we trust!
Thay, has taught us the principals of interdependent. As “You” are “I” am.Your
teaching teaches us, observe your feelings, even it is sad,dull or nervous.Observe Your feeling and smile, be in present moment.It will be wonderful moment. When there is wonderful moments, there will be healing.When there will be plentiful wonderful moments of plentiful people there can be miracle.
Amazing teacher Thay I have never met, but now through your great teachings I am learning to look deeply enough to be with you even now. Greatest blessings that you and your Sangha bring to the World may they be returned to you a thousand times richer. May you be well.
May Thay know eternal peace and happiness in the Heaven within.
Your teachings and stories provided the foundation for the meditations I have been offering as a new meditation teacher. They soothe everyone in the group and bring healing. Thank you.
Dear Thay , Isend my love to you. You have guided me through these years of fear and considerable pain. You have brought me to my Sangha for healing. May you continue in your recovery. I love you very much! Marie Downer Organic Garden Sangha Culver City, California
Returning to Thay the energy of his warm, strong, clear and honest teachings and intentions, and ongoingly grateful for those teachings he continues to give through his current process.
Beautiful Thay and the sacred sanga throughout the cosmos, I am truly humbled to be writing in this very moment. I wish to present my sincerest thanks for the past 30 years of my exposure to reading and practicing, the compassionate and present moment simple philosophy of living, which has been the vital source of my life. My prayers are with you all. May love, light and brightness permieat all at Plum Village and throughout the universe. X
As I don’t have a sangha near me, Thay’s writings and talks have been the major guiding force in my practice of mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist teachings. I am glad to hear that he is stable and appears to be improving. My energy goes out to help him heal. Thay’s energy has improved my life, and now I hope that I can do the same in turn. Namaste! _/|\_
Thank you for every word that came out of your mouth. Breath In, I know I am breathing in, Breath Out, I am grateful to my beloved teacher Thay.
Few years ago, I did a walk meditation with Thay. I cherish those moment of noble silence. May God heal you and may your loving, tender, passionate, and compassionate words touch the world. Knowing that everyone has an expiration date; if this is your time, may you go in peace and rest in peace! You’ve have touched me in so many ways and helped me be a better person, and for that I am grateful.
Thank you for the wonderful smile Thay!
As I begin to step out into the world,
I ask others to Please Call Me By My True Name.
I begin with your teaching that connects me to all of Life.
As you dwell in the world of InterBeing, your own life focused into its healing,
your power to inspire me to live deeply in each present moment continues.
You cannot leave me, for your words are etched into my body
as a living teaching.
I cannot leave you, for your work has brought me to this moment, awake.
I send you my love and appreciation.
I cannot return your gifts, except to pass them on.
I bow to you, my Teacher. I am grateful.
Thank you for the updates on the health of Thay. Wishing love and peace to him and all of you taking care of him, we will keep on breathing in and out, walking the mindful way.
Through your writings and the kindness you have shown the world, I have learned so much. Please be well.
Your’s In Mindfulness.
I hold him in my prayers.
Rise thich nhat Hahn. Sending a core of Orange glow engery to meld the molecules and heal the pathways.x
Holding That in the Light of all being…
Smile, breathe, go slowly. Thay years ago I received horrible news and the next day you were on the front page of the newspaper. I remembered just the relaxation and peaceful picture of your face and it immediately gave me hope. I bought Peace is Evers top that day and have many books and think of you often when I get tense, angry, etc. You have taught me much about myself and life. Thank you for being an inspiration for me. I am truly grateful and praying for you. I am #ThichNhatHanhSTRONG! I also am wearing a bracelet that says LIFESTRENTGH! A Reminder that life is precious. Thank you again THAY!
I wish for constant light and love surrounding Thay may he recover. with all my heart and blessings
Thankyou Honourable Thay for all the truth and beauty you have offered us by opening our eyes and mind. The Sanghas here the country of Mexico send you our love and gratitude and peace for your recovery.
I’ve gained some understanding in mindful living, compassion, and suffering. Since then I continue to return to this site in hope of hearing more on the teacher’s progress. I continue to send my love and peace.
Blessed Thay and Sangha, Deep love and gratitude for those who are giving Thay their heart of loving care. My prayers are for those that support Thay: the nurses, doctors, aides, Nuns, and Monks. May the world wide Sangha’s loving kindness buoy you and Thay through Thay’s healing. The best gift that I know of to give is to continue Thay’s work by being present in each and every moment, with each gentle step on this earth, paying Thay’s work forward.
A blossom for you,
May Thay be recovered soon, that will be my only wish for the Christmas and New Year.
May Thay be peaceful,
May Thay be restful,
May Thay be in balance,
Mentally and physically,
May Thay be at Home.
Mong thay mau hoi phuc
Con xin goi positive healing den thay.
Love, in action, love in presence; sometimes a person exemplifies what our hearts want and our spirits aspire too. Our hearts go out to meet the gentle strength of his example.
Thank you for the inspiration and vision.
Dear Beloved Thay, may you know that wherever you are, you are surrounded with the same love you have sent out to all those who are familiar with you. May you feel our love surrounding you while you are in the place that welcomes you home. I will continue to send my love and energy to comfort and support you. Bless you Beloved Thay…your student, Terry, _/\_ Namaste’
Thank you for posting this letter. My heart is smiing after reading it. May Thay continue to recover.
I believe that many people all over the world are sending him healing energy.
I just learned of Thay’s medical condition. I am extremely concerned and hope for his speedy recovery. May I please offer prayers, heartfelt concern and love to Thay and our Sangha as we (all) pray for his recovery and ease of any physical pain. Always in our prayers and thought.
May you be safe, dear Thay, may you be happy.
Gracias por informar acerca de la salud de Thay.
Gracias por vuestros buenos deseos.
Desde el sur del mundo les envío mis saludos y gratitud.
What a blessing to care for Thay and also a blessing to be cared for by those who love & respect him. I continue to send prayers & loving positive energy to Thay.
Blessings to you all. Thank you for the updates as to how Thay is doing.
With love and respect, I highly recommend to have Thay touched by as many people as their energy will transfer to him. Also, if an option, a shaman healer can assist with bringing him back into his body 100% as comas are due to this.
I hope you are open to the suggestions as many people have been brought out of comas due to being touched and guided back by a shaman.
I would like to have an update on Thich Nhat Hanhs health thank you Margot Quinn
May Thay recover and continue his mission
My heart brims as I read this post. Thank you for the news and these sentiments, continuing Thay’s good work. I am honoring him by practicing. Bless!
Dear Thay my prayers pujas and meditation I dedicate to you may you come back to us soon the world needs you Many Many Blessings Kay maughan ( Kagyu Practitsioner )
Dear Thay. Con khong biet lam cach nao de goi Thay Essential Natural Oil
de guip Thay khoe lai. Nguoi minh thuong noi con nuoc con tat.
Con biet la Essential Dau Thien Nhien lam Tai My nay da guip rat nhieu nguoi benh Nan Y song them vai nam kheo manh.
Xin ai do neu co doc email nay. Xin lien lac voi De Tu de goi Dau nay cho Thay dum
website http://www.mydoterra.com/maiscafe xin vao trang web nay de tim hieu them
Thank you for giving us news. Thank you for supporting Thay.
your teachings will always remain with us, peace and love to you, we are eternally grateful, you have given us everthing
Thay & helpers, please accept my most heartfelt loving wishes for a brilliant transformation, be it back to health or to your return to stardust. The mountains & trees are attentive & grateful.
Blessings be, dear Thay. I know you are healing yourself. Prayers for a lovely recovery. To the care givers of Thay, Please read the book by Dr. Jill Bolte-Taylor. She suffered a massive stroke back in the late 1990s. She recovered to become the PhD she was. She is a lovely person and has even answered my emails. From personal experience, speaking is a difficult task to do when you have anything on a neurological level. It takes great energy, however it doesn’t mean the neurons are firing the thoughts with complete and rapid ability. We can understand everything completely and want to express ourselves but to get it out on the lips is difficult. Sometimes I find it easier to sing than to speak. Here is a link for you to explore. I think Dr. Jill’s book will speak volumes to you now. http://mystrokeofinsight.com/
Love and Kindness,
Dear Thay ,
We breathe joyfully each moment of a great miracle and continue on with you dear friend and wonder teacher. Always Inter being.
I don’t have the eloquent words to express the love, light and healing I send to Thay, but knowing they can be felt and sent from my heart is my prayer to Thay.
Thank you for this wonderful message. It is an act of kindness to share the updates and also the guiding words. You have made me feel a welcome part of an extended Sangha of all who hold Thay in our hearts.
I am a portuguese teacher of Mindfulness and I love so much Plum Vilage and your work. Kindness Vanda.
Thank you for these updates on Thay’s health and breath. Here in Prescott, Arizona, USA, meditations and prayers of gratitude and love- joining the river of Love flowing to the ocean of Thay- are frequent in many circles. Warm blessings to Plum Village and all of Thay’s sanghas across the world. May the miracle of mindfulness increase and expand. Eternal Love – Liz Faller
May the power of love, witnessed by all those who are aware, thinking and praying for this wonderful person, provide a peaceful and comfortable respite for Thay and those caring for him and concerned about him. Life is a mystery,which we are not able to completely understand but can feel to the depth of our being. He has suffered a great injury to his physical body, but his mental and emotion life remain present but not easily accessible. Thay is at the boundary between life and death. This is were the deepest mystery exists for those of us bound to the present.
Every day I send Thay healing thoughts–breathing and smiling–from the Redwoods in California ..with love and hope, Louise
Thank you so much for the all the updates dear Monks and Nuns of Plum Village. Thay is such an inspiration, the world is a better place for him.
Dear Thay and Plum Village Community–Our Sangha in Geneva, Illinois, USA continues to remember you in our meditations, especially when we gather in community on Wednesday evenings. Our best wishes for strength and patience.
Prayers for Zen Master Thay
Thay has said we are his continuation. I looked deeply at this today, and that is a “tall order” to fill, since I have nowhere near the inner peace he does. But, I appreciate the sentiment, and I will do my best. Love, Vivian Taube
The moment I die,
I will try to come back to you
as quickly as possible.
I promise it will not take long.
Isn’t it true
I am already with you
in every moment?
I come back to you
in every moment.
feel my presence.
If you want to cry,
that I will cry with you.
The tears you shed
will heal us both.
Your tears are mine.
The earth I tread this morning
Spring and Winter are both present in the moment.
The young leaf and the dead leaf are really one.
My feet touch deathlessness,
and my feet are yours.
Walk with me now.
Let us enter the dimension of oneness
and see the cherry tree blossom in Winter.
Why should we talk about death?
I don’t need to die
to be back with you.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
We Love Thay!
I treasure thay and all his teachings
Dear Thay, Please remain to help relieve the suffering in this world and in your loving friend, Debbie.
With great love and kindness, Debbie
From far away in Africa we send love and blessings that you are comfortable and as we can see well looked after. Our great teachers teach us ever day how to be in the present and to care for those around us.Nothing else matters.We pray for you and your community.
Luckily, Thay is still with us. Understanding his teaching, also means understanding that the human body is the cloud and enjoying that which
Is. Thay is at the beginning, in the muddle and at the end, always here
and now within one’s inner most. His beauty, is each ones beauty waiting
to blossom upon understanding that love is everything and wisdom is nothingness
and between the two, truth is ever lasting.
Dear Thay, dear brothers, dear sisters, thank you, cám ơn, for such an apt, monumental silhouette. Here’s my much smaller (but unwavering) candl for an altar of light & love, in life.
As Thay says…”The greatest gift you can give anyone is your
attention”. Thay you have my attention. “I am here for you.” I offer
you my love, peace, compassion, and prayers. Be well.
It is so difficult at this time to practice detachment .The greatest teaching on breathing ,the reality of birth and death is happening as I write .My thoughts and prayers are with all the devotees at Plum Village and around the World .
Dear Anna-To suffer from an attachment to Thay, if he continues on in another form at this time, would be something he might shake his head at, and smile indulgently. He would know we’ve not been paying attention to his teachings. It’s not wrong to grieve when someone we love dies…and it’s an illusion that we can only love a few people, and that something real is lost when they die. Practicing detachment is the key to happiness – ours and everyone’s.
“I first thought to post something for Thay to water his seed of
happiness. After reflecting and meditating I thought such a great
master would probably want me to focus my energy of compassion to all
his followers, students, and friends who might be suffering during
this time. We have never met before but I felt part of your Sangha
with your online presence. Thank you for teaching me one more time to
let go, and if the condition are still sufficient for your
manifestation to remain with us I’m looking forward to a great
teaching on going back to the unmanifested. A Lotus for you Buddha to
As Thay says…”The greatest gift you can give anyone is your
attention”. Thay you have my attention. “I am here for you.” I offer
you my love, peace, compassion, and prayers.
Dear friends at plum village I am very happy that Thay is stable and making progress I pray and breath love and many blessings for Him i also do Tonglen and Green Tara.
Many blessings to all Kay
thank you so much for this information. I am so happy to hear, that Thay is on a good way. I was in Waldbröl and I could hear an watch all his words and
giving us so good information for breathing and walking meditation.I hope
and for him and send him every day my energie and good wishes. I send also
to all of you my best wishes.
that is a very good news, that munks and nons from plumvillage are now in Rom in the vatikan and the can pry together for thay, our dear friend and teacher. all the best wishes to all of you
May you be peaceful
May you be happy
May you be free from pain
May you be free from fear
Peace and healing to you my teacher. As you continue to teach us and urges to love and support all, living a lifetime in every breath and every moment.
Peace, Peace, Peace, Namaste
I am thinking a lot of thays healing. i try to draw on and share the notions which he has brought to us. I am grateful in my heart for his presence among us. Thay has brought me closer to bhuddism and my practice of peace. my heart is warm. –
Thay has changed my life. Because of his teaching I savour every moment of this previous life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I will keep Thay’s healing process in my prayers
Praying for Thays’ full recovery. Please keep me posted
Desde Chile, mis plegarias y profunda respiración consciente para mi maestro. Tengo sólo gratitud en mi corazón por sus enseñanzas y profundo amor entregado a la humanidad completa.
Sanación y recuperación completa para Thay.
Mis pensamientos y oraciones están contigo.
#Thichnhathanh in #hospital
SENDING SO MANY LOVE AND PRAYERS AND HEALING LIGHT.
Greatly respect this amazing being!
Strokes (and heart attacks) happen so often to our highly evolved teachers.
My spirit guides have told me it is because of the high energy that is ‘run’ through their bodies.
The analogy they gave me is that our bodies are ”wired” for 110, but working with the spirit world is like plugging into a 220 outlet and running that 220 energy through our human bodies.
That is why they have told me that for every hour I spend working in the spirit realm (especially the channeling work) that I need to spend about 3-4 hours ”resting” in the physical world. By resting they don’t mean necessarily sleeping, but being peaceful, quiet, being quiet in nature and other peaceful, nurturing things. Washing dishes, mopping floors (working with water) are also some of those restful, restorative activities.
Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh,
My Metta is beaming from my heart directly to yours. Thank you for lighting up this world through every thought, word, and action on your behalf. I bow my head three times to you.
With Unlimited Metta,
May Thay be free from suffering <3
Much love and positive energy directed to you, my teacher. Namasté
Sending love and prayers for comfort and healing. May you be free from suffering, and know the joy, peace, and wholeness that your spirit and your wisdom have brought to our world. With deepest gratitude.
My father had a brain aneurysm 16 years ago, and made a very good recovery. I offer the merit and light of our family’s healing path to beloved Thich Nhat Hanh’s complete recovery. May our footsteps through that path ease his journey through it. May all who attend to him rest aware within their own infinite wealth, extending support for his healing from these depths. May all the world Sanghas be a calm field of merit and sustenance for Thay’s recovery and continued sharing of this great inner wealth!
Please accept my deepest wishes for healing and peace. Strength is difficult when there is great suffering, so it is a strengthening energy that I am sending to you all. With gratitude and love may my energy pass through your pain.
….sending love and gratitude….
I will send loving healing to our teacher who started me on my spiritual path many years ago.
Dear Thay, dear Sangha, our thoughts, our hearts and our entire beings are with you now. If it be possible, we hope for our beloved teacher’s recovery. Every moment may you be at ease, may you be safe and may you be free from suffering. May you be happy.
Sad news…healing thoughts and prayers are sent with hopes of a full recovery.
Such sad news.
I need to practice dharma.I like plumvillage to practice dharma
I need to practice dharma. I like plum village
I am interested attending the autumn retreat….have been introduced to Thich Nhat Hahn mindfullness training only a few month ago in Australia and find it very inspiring…
I will be in Europe during Septmber until beginning of October and wonder if I could attend your autmn retreat for 4-5 days ? If yes please let me know how to book and make arrangements to attend and how much it would cost wnd how best to get to plum village. I look forward hearing from you
Warm regards Heike
Very Quality techniques are used here for meoitatidn. I like these techniques even I tried these techniques and found lot of benefits. During my meoitatidn experience, I felt myself in a totally different world.Really very effective techniques..
I am interested in attending the Italian Retreat called “The mind of love transforms all difficulties” on Aug. 26-31. Is this open for Americans?
I would be so very grateful for information.
With kind blessings,
I am free, I am free, I am free!
Too many people believe that interbeing means we are all one, and we must be together even in opression and injustice. This is nonsense. Please read Thay’s books properly and read the Buddhist scriptures of any tradition and you will understand this is not so. There is a lot of misunderstanding about Buddhism here in the West, and it’s not Thay’s fault, it is common ignorance (avidyā). When are you going to learn to think by yourselves and see things and they are? Or do you prefer to just do prostrations and repeat words that you do not understand?
I am a teacher interested in attending the October mindfulness retreat for educators. Where do I go to register? Thank you!
Please check this link
I’m in France for 6 weeks and would like to visit your retreat center. Please let me know you SIMM ear schedule.
Every step I take
With mindfulness I rake
Wondrous positive progress
Soon I regress
Till I yearn no more
The real progress in store
Being able to watch and listen to Thay’s talks this way is a great help. Thank you.
The world we live in is impermanent
I am leaving this message in hopes of finding a nun. I don’t know her Dharma name but her name was Stephanie before she became a Buddhist nun. She is a Korean by birth but she was adapted by American Parents. I met her when she was visiting Sambosa, a Korean Buddhist temple in Carmel, CA, about 3 years ago. I am desperately looking to reconnect with her. I have some information that she has been seeking. Please help.
Must be the moment…mesmerized by this: “I have almost no self-conﬁdence, but I have total conﬁdence in my non-self elements; clearly I do because I haven’t been the least bit anxious, and so I think I am experiencing non-self conﬁdence.” Where can I find more about the non-self (besides in myself) 😉
Peace is the only credible lasting option and with every passing day we get just a little closer. Our biggest obstacle to peace is a lack of understanding. Once we both sides of a disagreement understand each other, peace is obtainable.
What a peaceful looking Master! His appearance proves that he has developed compassion to the maximum level. Yes, we have to reduce, delete anger for us to gain more compassion. Thank you.
There are no words of justice and injustice if we can give unconditional love to all. Because judgement and criticism are not necessary in order to separate oneself and others. If oneself is accepted unconditionally, oneself can accept oneself and others unconditionally at the same time.
Source of stress is human ego. If friction occurs between your ego and someone’s ego, stress occurs. Therefore, if either of you release your own ego, stress does not occur. In other words, if you release your own ego, stress will never occur between you and any counterparts. That’s because we can accept any counterparts in spite of their attitudes if we can accept just the way we are.
If you release your ego, stress will never occur between any counterparts. However, problems won’t be solved if your counterparts don’t release their ego. Problems will be solved only if both sides release own ego.
What we need is unconditional acceptance of all. We must not separate ourselves with others because we are interdependent.
I want to add one more thing to my previous comment.
I want to recommend all parents on this planet to accept their children just the way they are, especially in babyhood. Because that is the way to enable children to love themselves. If parents manipulate their children consciously or unconsciously, they will suffer their whole life and may commit suicide in the worst case. That is a tragedy for both children and parents. Instead, if children are accepted just the way they are, self-love overflows themselves and enables them to love others. As a result, they will be loved by others and be happy to love themselves. This is the good circulation of unconditional love. This is the best way how to make everyone happy because “Loving oneself is the foundation of loving the other person” as Thay says.
Thank you very much for sharing your detailed experience of healing your inner child. I had a similar experience as yours and have just overcome the suffering of my inner child. I believe that the degree may be different but most of the people who were not given unconditional love by parents in babyhood must have inner child in subconscious. And I am convinced that this inner child creates one’s ego (distorted view that is I am special, separate) for self-protection. And ego (distorted view or separate self) is the source of sufferings because it causes self-centered attachment, greed, arrogance and destructive emotions such as fear, insecurity, anger, hatred, despair. Therefore, Healing the Inner Child is the common theme for all human beings.
I recognized the lack of self-love when my very painful ego appeared all of a sudden unconsciously and repeatedly. Even though I am aware that ego is the source of sufferings and that unconditional love and compassion is the source of happiness, ego appeared. I looked deeply into myself and found out that self-love was lacking in me. I was very afraid of my ego. I was trying to give unconditional love and compassion to others without self-love. But I failed because I had nothing to offer. I asked myself, “How can I stop rejecting myself? How can I love myself?” I had two versions of myself, so I had to collapse duality.
First of all, I tried to attain self-love by loving-kindness meditation but it didn’t work. Then I looked deeply into myself again to find out why self-love was lacking in me. I finally met my inner child who was frightened at parents who didn’t accept just the way I was. So, I had to be nothing but their puppet for self-protection. My parents are very old and I know I can’t expect their unconditional love now. Therefore, I decided to heal my inner child by giving unconditional love by myself. Within a week, I succeeded in healing my inner child and could release my ego with pleasure. Then my true self was back finally. My method is not Mindfulness but is very effective to save time and energy.
I would be nourished by a high quality recording of this song for download/purchase. Thank you for this. It brings peace instantly.
Is a high quality recording of this song available for purchase?
I’d like to receive all notices about gratitude and happiness
Thank you very much for posting so many valuable audio/video’s and transcripts on your website. I benefit a lot from these and pass them on to others regularly.
I can easily guess that Thay is very happy to have heard from you to let him know your actual story. The most beautiful fruit you got was self-love, or self-acceptance through mindfulness. It is very hard for people who have self-hatred to love themselves. But your story is a proof that mindfulness was effective for transforming yourself from self-hatred to self-love. I am sure that you will make a great contribution in the future because “Loving oneself is the foundation of loving the other person” as Thay says.
I accidentally found the practice when I was trying to find an elective for school. I was running in all ways trying to emancipate myself from my suffering. This practice has deeply affected my entire life. I have learned how to make friends. I have stopped being fearful that everyone would hurt me. I learned how to love myself. I learned that love is not what I thought it was. Now as a social worker in the homeless shelters I take the practice there too. It has healed so many on a deep level, staff and clients alike. I didn’t know how to enjoy my life and I had pretty much given up that the world was a good place. I am pretty sure you saved my life.
I was very moved by your story, probably because I can recognize, in a way, my own suffering. You ware able to stand up and fight with big courage and honor, regardless. You are an inspiration for me. I hope you continue your ‘journey into the depth of kindness’, as someone important said it to me once. May you be happy…
I would dearly like to get to know more about Plum Village .
Hello, i just read the story abuot anger and how to not react with it, but the story is all abuot not reacting to other people with anger. I often get angry with myself for mistakes, how can i not do that?
How about treating yourself as they treat others in this story ?
I assume that if you look deep inside, you will find some parts of yourself that are wonderful and not filled with anger. Considering these parts, you can have forgiveness and compassion for the angry part inside you, because the wonderful part deserve your love.
And anyway, as a being, you deserve forgiveness and compassion, but that’s my personal point of view. 😉
A Lotus for you, Buddha-to-be
Dear Thay, Dear Sangah. “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar to them.” I have started to approach the unknown and now I have no fear. Each day is a blessing, each breath nourishing. I no longer get it’s as I’ve now learned the way home.
Love and respect to my great teacher.
Excellent to hear! I hope to visit soon.
I am ever thankful for your teachings of surrounding others with love and compassion. As an antiracist activist, I employ this practice and just watch and listen as hate is unraveled. Thank you!
Gratidão e amor sempre !
I met you right after 9/11 through your quote about learning compassion through your actual experience of suffering. I still have that quote pinned up on my board. As a sexual abuse survivor you spoke my language of what I’ve experienced through my on going healing process. Many times when the young scared child part of my me is reexperiencing the trauma, I see you and the adult me walking her back home from the rapes. You are her safe male she feels calm with. Also that sweet young girl really appreciates your mindfulness training that speaks to protecting children from sexual abuse at all cost. The adult me along with all of my younger parts bows deep gratitude for you.
dear Thay, dear Sangha, i feel greatful and honoured to be mentioned in the one million buddhas to be article. till the dutch reatreat i will keep on breathing , drawing your gathas and watching your dharma talks. from my hospitalbed a fragrant rose for all, Michèle Negele “true arising equanimity”
je souhaiterai avoir les textes traduit en français es ce possible ?
Vous en remerciant à l’avance.
My 31 yr old daughter passed on 3 years ago and my world collapsed. I am grateful to Dharmacharya Shantum Seth for giving me Thay’s book ” No death no grief” ….I live day to day with the support of Thay’s readings and thank the Sangha in New Delhi for their kindness and love.
I love this song. Is there some way to download it on to my computer or iphone? I’ll gladly pay for this because i would like to use it in my meditation practice. thank you for such a beautiful song.
Thank you for impacting my life in so many ways through your books – some of which I have re-read. I am a 15 year survivor of stage three breast cancer and I have lupus, yet everyday holds blessings for me. You have taught me so much about how to see my blessings and how to enjoy them. Again, thank you.
So happy to be part of this beautiful Sangha.
I came onto this post and didnt know Thich NhatHanh, but I want to ESP. After reading how people are finding peace..I believe it will help me with not only my chronic pain, but also all the sad and hurtful things going on right now in my life and the world! Thank you!
I just took the Membership survey and said I did not get enough information from you, but then I was taken directly to your website where I realized there is much you do that I had not noticed. This Audio Morning Chant is wonderful. Please know, you are doing a better job communicating than I indicated in the survey! I would welcome daily emails from you with a link to audio chants, guided meditation, etc. Another Mindfulness Center does that and it prompts me every day to meditate as soon as I wake up–or anytime. Thank you and peace.
Thay is Great! awesome realizations!!! Thay I honor you!
I wonder if there is Any room left for THE program?
You can try to contact the organizing team by using this page
Thank you so much for that beautiful testimony. What an incredible path! Congratulations on taking the choice of living. You’re right when you say that after meeting Thay, his voice and his words are printed in us and it is such help. Your story will be printed in me too. Thank you for writing it for us. Hope to meet you one day at plum village! I am so lucky I live in france, not far away from that peaceful and regenerating place and people of course.
good day, i wish to receive information about italian retreat in August from 26 to 31 August.
I need to be informed about a location for me and 3 children (6 and 11 years)and also other friends could be interested.
Thanks a lot for your help.
Thank you for contacting us, you can contact the hamlet directly via this page
Please choose the relevant hamlet and I hope they can share more with you about the Italian Retreat, location, etc.
I hope that while there, Thich Nhat Hanh will address the problem of racism brought to public opinion last week during a Barcelona’s match at Villarreal when a banana was thrown to Brazilian Dani Alves in the field in a clear “monkey” reference because the color of his skin. It’s just the latest in a series of taunts by a people with a long history of prejudice.
I love what you have done with your life and I hope to follow in your footsteps.
Dear brothers and sisters: The meditation in Barcelona will take place in Arc de Triomf, Passeig Lluís Companys, written in the Catalan language. Let me ask you to be sensitive to the language of Catalonia, very specially at this time when we are peacefully walking together towards our country’s freedom. The place has been well chosen, considering it bears the name of one of our Presidents, Lluís Companys, who was killed in 1940 by the Spanish Franco-ist regime, and it has the Arch of Triumph as its main monument. Thank you for coming to Catalonia. I will be there too!
Thank you for this detail. We have updated it with the Catalan name. We hope you will enjoy the event.
Do nationalism and self-hype have something to do with peace and meditation?
Let me kindly ask you to think about the place nationalisms have in history. In Spain, it is being disguised with a non-violence framework.
Remember the concept interbeing: we are all related, and you are trying to place a wall between you and your spanish brothers…
It doesn’t sound peaceful to me…
Cheers from Ireland
Never better said Michael!!
Me myself I am a Spaniard with Galician roots, but in my opinion someone is Spanish whatever the region in Spain your roots lie. To mix nationalistic ideals with such a beautiful thing as interbeing, and buddhism is like mixing water with oil. It don’t mix!!!
I am sorry, but you obviously are misinformed about the issue. Catalonia is an opressed nation, just like many others in the world, whose fight for independence you would surely endorse (let me name Tibet, for example). Our “nationalism”, as you call it, is not exclusive, but self-defensive. Come to Catalonia and see the happiness of a nation about to become free. This is ehipassika like the dhamma, man!
Con chúc Thầy cùng Tăng thân một chuyến đi bình an vô sự.
Nam Mô A Di Đà Phật
Sorry, but some of us do not understand Vietnamese, here. I wish I had time to learn it! Could you please translate your words into a European language (English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian…? Thanks.
Me and my team want to thank you all for this great effort. We feel blessed with the presence of the great master here. We will take good care of him, because we will like to repeat this experiencie several other times in the future. See you soon, dear shanga! Congratulations for your exceptional work in all the world.
Timely reminder for me. Living alone and getting older its helpful to remember to stay present and aware.
I come in Peace
Such a lovely reminder. Thank you!
Many thanks for the timely perspective. It has reminded me.
Wish to know more about Thich Nath than programmes in India or South East Asia
you can find lots of information and inspiration on the website of the Practice Center that you can visit also to be with Thich Nath Hanh: http://plumvillage.org/ Have a nice day.
Beautiful heart felt story. Makes me feel it is safe to express sadness , and i shouldn’t be ashamed of my depression
How do I connect with Daniel?
Through Thay I see that compassion is already in us. It seems very easy…
Loved your work and inspiration to us all !
Breate and smile
We do not know one another, but now in my heart, I do.
I was moved to tears.
As a mother whose children do not time it call , please continue to call your
Father if he is still alive.
His soul was splintered when in ignorance, he beat you and your mother.
He needs your forgiveness in order to heal.
May you be well. May you be happy . May you be safe.
i think the men like your father are like the kalahari desert men………they are so important to ireland and so encroached upon in the trauma and buying up of land space time and so on that is our new ireland our eurpoean ireland……..this is a beautiful story – thankyou
Thank you so much for sharing your very inspiring story. It is so good to hear that you are practising mindful breathing. I have never met Thay in person but I have read a lot of Thay’s books and now I watch Thay’s dharma talks on YouTube whenever I get a chance. I aspire to practise compassionate listening.
Warmest regards and best of wishes to you and your uncle
Joanne, Sydney, Australia
All is well. You did this because you are richer than all the mines in all the world. All you ever needed was love.
Thank you so much for sharing you incredible story. Your words have given my heart strength. We can transform our suffering. We can learn to direct love, joy, compassion and equinamity towards ourselves, and others. Thank you friend. With
Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring story.
Hello, Friends. Happy Farm caught my attention because I had been told that Plum Village now served vegan food only. I see mention of animals and in the video, glimpsed eggs, if quickly. If animals or their products are used, then more peace and more happiness are possible. If vegan farming has been tried and didn’t work for you who want peace and happiness so much, will you please say why?
A lotus for you as well.
Thank you deeply for your sharing. You are a beautiful human being!
Thank you. I look forward to meeting you and your uncle in Summer
Thank you very much for sharing your painful but inspiring and beautiful story. I admire your inner strength and perseverance. May you find peace and happiness always in the here and now.
Would be very interested to work a bit on that farm – I´m a permaculture teacher & practitioner, and passionate about growing food & vegetables – we live in mexico, but maybe come to europe this summer
Beautiful, peaceful, soothing.
Hey, That’s a wonderful story. I just lost the love of my life suddenly and untimely and am struggling with a lot of fear, saddness, pain and deep despair. It brings me ray of hope on this Sunday morning.
I am very sorry about your loss.
May you find the Sun under the Clouds.
What a beautiful and inspiring story… Thank you for sharing with us…
How kind of you to write your story. You are an inspiration. I too am from the West of Ireland and just logged on to plum village to plan a summer retreat for my family. I have just been meditating and am thankful to you for sharing your story. Wishing you and your uncle joy and peace.
Thank you for sharing Go raibh mile menth agat to the writer of this beautiful poetry. <3
Thank you for deeply sharing your courageous journey. You are an inspiration.
May you receive my deepest respect and gratefulness for being so open and letting us all feel your moving development. I myself had the great opportunity to receive the love of Thay and his sangha at Plumvillage and go for lovely walks with you during the health retreat 2013: we walked, we sat, I cried, we laughed, worked and shared a nearly silent van ride.
Keep well and maybe contact me if you wish!
a lotus to you!!
You story is most inspirational me toward my dream, dream of what are possible, thanks to you, thanks so much to Thay and Plum Village Monastic to make my Future to be Possible.
Thank you so much for what you guys are doing at Plum Village. I hope we can build on this and incorporate permaculture methods in all of our farms, gardens, and living spaces. Check out some of Geoff Lawton’s incredible videos: geofflawton.com
Thanks Chris for mentionig Geoff Lawton’s video. I am currently studying permaculture and these videos are a mine of info for all. Geoff is such an inspiring guy. That would be great if Plum village could start a forest garden. Forest garden are vital for the future…
Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your struggles, hardship as well as your triumphs has touched me deeply and has given me strength, inspiration and hope for life.
Thank you, thank you Thay, and thank you to the monks and nuns for reminding me and others that anything is POSSIBLE.
Sending you and your uncle and everyone lots of love.
What a moving account of one mans life when touched by Thay;s teachings. What an amazing soul he and his uncle is and how resilient human life can be if given the rigth conditions to heal. A very heartwarming account that I am grateful the writer has share with us
Wow. Thank you so much for this. A few hours ago I thought I was going to die. I read this and cried, especially when you said that St. Therese would rather spend her heaven doing good on earth… Very touching. I’m very happy for you and your uncle. You seem like an amazing person.
Again, thank you for sharing. YOUR words were like nectar.
Very touching and inspirational. Wishing you Much Joy and Happiness. May you and your uncle be blessed with many years of Good Health and Love.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful letter. Your story resonates deeply with me, and it’s so great to see that other people’s lives have changed as much as my own because of these incredible monks and nuns. My gratitude grows every day.
thank you very much for the beautiful sharing. you deserve the change, deserve to be better. all the best to you and your uncle!
Your letter made me cry and cry. I am so happy for you that you found Thay and his teaching. I wish you all the best in your own teaching/helping to others who truly need it.
To say that this is beautiful and moving and will remain part of me forever is an understatement. To say that Thay and his work is a vital, beautiful part of me as well, is a gross understatement. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for coming to this world, brothers and sisters. Thank you for your work.
This is so wonderful. I believe I have been present in spirit during this manifestation.
The proliferation of biological and nutrient dense farming practices is my current professional focus.
As I expect you are well aware ;Soil balance and proper mineralization is key to elevating the nutrient density of our foods.
Please inform if there is any way I may be able to further support your efforts.
With deep gratitude and blessings on your good work, Robert
where is you farm?
kind regards, Bonnie Holmes
Our farm is located near our monastery, Upper Hamlet southern of France.
a lotus for you,
muchas gracias , maestro hace 4 años estube combosotros ,megustaria saber los cursos que im partireis en agosto y septiembre que es cuando dispongo de tiempo ,.ruego me deis informacion de curso mas instancia ,por favor .tambien me gustaria saber , si ay en Malaga ,,de españa ,¡¡grupo de meditacion ,,, muchas gracias
y larga bida al ‘ MAESTRO ”
Gracias por el video.
Gracias por hacer y transmitir belleza.
Hello Plum Village friends,
Hope all is well with you and thank you for the lovely video. ~cheers
Thank you dear Thay, Bothers & Sisters. No words for such beauty.
Drear Thay, Dear sangha,
This is a lovely song! We have a sangha in Oceanside called “the Rising Tide”. It’s about a year old. We plan to learn this song as soon as our brothers and sisters return from Vietnam!
So deeply moved by the beauty of the song, both music and lyrics. Thank you so much, dear Thay and Brothers and Sisters!
I am 68 years old and also a parent. Your note brings great tears to my heart. Please know that there are many who feel your sorrow, but of course we do not feel it as deeply as you do.
Please allow me to say this: the idea of letting go is often misunderstood. It does not mean you should stop loving your son, or missing him. It means please do your best to continue your mindful breathing practice, and your mindful living, the best way you know how at this time, and allow your love to find a way to honour him and you and all of life. At least in this way, your love can be ‘let go into the world.’ Grief can really become nourishing of life when we have a way for it to transform and practice that way in the name of loving. I know. It is so hard. But it can be done.
I don’t say this is the only way, but it is one way for your son’s life, and your love for him, to help bring life to a larger world.
I don’t know you, but I sign this with love
The other singer is Thay Phap Do! …..
Thank you my dear brothers!!!!
What a lovely song to hear in the peace of an early morning and how well sung.
I am interested to learn about Mindfulness
I met you Thay at Plum Village in Mississippi. Thank you.
Hi Krishan, thank you for this post I enjoyed it very much, I particularly enjoyed your honesty when talking about your irritation. Isn’t this what mindfulness is? It’s not all about being happy all of the time, but acknowledging such emotions as irritation and bringing awareness to it. I certainly feel my share of irritation raising three young children but through mindfulness I am much more aware of it when it does arise and then I can try to do something about it, like breathe! You paint a very attractive picture of your time on retreat I would love to attend one day too,
Many thanks, Michala.
Dear Thay Phap Y!
Only some very short encounters with you and a few of your powerful sentences changed my life deeply. I felt so connected to you after one of your powerful, angry dharma-talks. Yes, i appreciated this energy of anger about the unjustice in the world, after all that smiling!
You encouraged me to leave my Japanes Zen-Tradition without feeling gulity. You encouraged me to take the 14 mindfulness trainings and to join the Order of Interbeing – and to let go of all my doubts! And you encouraged me to teach the dharma at my university, despite not being a dharma teacher. “You can teach the dharma without being a dharma teacher”, you said, “but be careful that it is the living dharma.” A bow in deep gratitude, dear Thay Phap Y! Uli, True Deep Meaning
Ho conosciuto Thay Phap y durante il ritiro estivo 2013,guidava il gruppo italiano.Sono colpita dalla notizia. Una bella figura di italiano.
I have sent my Love Letter to Vietnam. May the compassionate hearts of all Vietnamese breathe the truth of the need for Mindfulness, everywhere.
nice one! would love to experience one.
A LOVELY SONG. THANK YOU.
Such a beautiful song. Thank you my dear friends.
“calling out to Amida is calling your own heart
the heart is Buddha
no place else.
look to the forests, the pools, the ponds
let day and night sing Dharma’s song.” (Tai An, d. 1403)
This is truly “Dharma’s song” this beautiful Sangha is singing.
A bow of thenks to all
A beautiful song indeed. Thank you. I will pass this on far and wide…
After seeing the cover of this book I decided to pose a similar question to my class of 7-9 year olds. I wrote on the board ‘is there any such thing as nothing?’ and opened up the discussion. I had some fascinating responses including a 7 year old who said ‘nothing must be something because it has a name’, and an 8 year old girl who said ‘nothing is the opposite of something and if it is an opposite it must be a thing’. We had a great discussion that inspired us all so thanks for the idea! Last term we discussed ‘is there more future or more past?’. I’m always looking for similar questions that to discuss if you have any?
lovely note. One thing I do with the kids is have them bring in something they really care about and then I ask them “What is it?” Of course, they start with the name, but then I ask them to keep looking to see how it came to be that ‘thing’. It leads them right into the teaching on impermanence and inter-being, and they realize they are holding everything right there in their favourite thing. Maybe your kids will like this. I hope so.
I have no words to express my feeling to hear this song. Thank you very much!!!
Thank you. Let´s always look for beauty and love.
I have decades in the field of environmental science and engineering. While I applaud every effort made to make positive changes for our environment, I can tell you that going vegetarian or vegan will not make any significant impact on the state of our environment as it stands. A more proactive approach is needed, we must actively work to reverse the damage that has been done. Simply stopping more damage from being done will not be enough. We must clean up the mess that has been made. A great place for the average person to start is to lessen their dependence on fossil fuels and their byproducts, plastics, corporate farming, household chemicals, and industrial products whose companies pollute the environment. Lessen the demand for these products, lessen their production. For those of us who can, we should use for clean and renewable energy. I realize it is not economical in most parts of the world, but every dime we take away from the corporations that are destroying our planet, the better off we will be. For those of us who can, we should develop ways to reverse the damage that has been done, the most important at this time is a way to clean up our oceans, which sustain and regulate much of our planet’s atmosphere, and ecological balance. We must stop deforestation, which also regulates our planet’s balance. These things will make MUCH more difference than going vegetarian.
I agree with being mindful of what we eat and where it comes from. I don’t agree that vegetarianism is going to save the planet, or that it will make much of a difference in the long run. I majored in environmental science and engineering, and have decades in the field. I can tell you that just changing how we live now will not be enough. Simply stopping more damage from being done is not going to be enough. We must take a more proactive approach. What people eat is not as much of a threat as our dependance on fossil fuels and their byproducts. Clean and renewable energy is the first step to making a change. We must start focusing on how to clean up the pollution, on ACTIVELY reversing the damage. Lessening our dependence on plastics, fossil fuels, corporate farming, and household chemicals is a great place for the average person to start. We can refuse to give our business to those industrial corporations that destroy our planet. For those of us who can, we can start developing ways to reverse the damages, on environmental cleanup. I’ve been working on several projects with little funding, if I can do it, anyone can.
While I applaud every effort to make a change that will positively impact our environment, I can tell you that it is far too late to just make simple changes. It is time for the world to take responsibility for the damage that has been done, and work to fix it.
I hope that all who read this will be willing to step forward and make these changes.
Such beautiful remembrances! I am moved emotionally and did not even know Thay Phap Y!
Thank you for the wonderful gifts of the couplets!
Dear Thay Phap Y
I’m still so young to think about DEAD. It’s hard for me to really understand that.
Today I read about you and I begin to understand a little bit more about DEAD. Thanks for reminding me that I will die one day.
Thanks for giving me more belief in the practice.
One day I die, I wish I could die like you did :).
Seeing you always in the present moment
Toi rất thường xuyên vào website Langmai.org và luôn theo dõi các chương trình hoằng pháp của Thiền Sư THÍCH NHẤT HẠNH.Tôi hiệp ý cùng Quý Vị mong mỏi chính quyền Viet Nam (nay đã là thanh viên Hội Đồng Nhân Quyền LHQ) chứng tỏ thực thi tự do tôn giáo cũng như các nhân quyền và dân quyền khác.Rất cám ơn Quý Vị và cầu chúc mọi người “thân tâm thường an lạc”.
Dear people of Plum Village, Thay Phap Y gave me my Dharma name at Ein Dor last spring. So, part of him lives in me as Living Peace of the Heart. His presence, compassionate, humorous and wise, along with the others from Plum Village, was transformational. On the last day in our last gathering together, he said briefly, quietly, but with deep feeling to all the Israelis present, who included many activists for reparative justice, human rights, and peace: “Think of the suffering of the other.” He meant Palestinians, of course. Or maybe he said “Feel the suffering of the other.” Certainly he felt it, himself. Yet he loved us. And we loved him. Now he smiles that smile at us every moment as we walk our path. Thank you, Elder Brother.
Dear Spiritual Family,
Our friend has gone away and I am remembering Thay Phap Y’s warm smile, wonderful laugh and bear hug welcoming me to PV. The love and friendship runs deep between us. He is free now and smiling at us.
Let us celebrate his life, and that of our other loved ones, every day.
Bowing deeply, Rochelle
Thanks for your sharing and teaching us how to live with death as part of life.
Thankyou for bearing witness to all our transitions – moment by moment – in your beautiful words and love for your brother. In your living dharma you have rendered your brother’s passing a gift to the world sangha. A deep bow in three directions. Love. Peter (Belfast)
Nam Mô A Di Đà Phật. Mong Thầy Pháp Ý an lạc trong niết bàn.
Much gratitude for these beautiful, tender and touching tributes to Thay Phay Y. Although I did not know him in the flesh, through your eloquent and deeply felt writings, I am able to understand who he was, what he meant to those who knew and cared for and about him, and who he remains to be. How you care for one & other is a testimony to how we need to go about regarding all others with equanimity, gentleness and compassion. My heart grieves with you.
om mani peme hung
I join the all Sanga in this moment of emotion and I know that Brother PAPI will allways be there with us with his nice and strong smile! Hope i could be there with yoiu! Love for all of you Guida
beautiful poem. thanks for sharing it.
It warms my heart to read your sharings. Thank you!
I remember you dear Thay Phay Y with a smile and I loved your authenticity. I was there when you just arrived in Plum Village and when you decided to stay. I am here now witnessing your dance in the skies. Happy trails.
Very beautiful article. I did not know Thay Phay Y, but I feel he is in my heart, after reading your sharings. Thank you.
Sometimes I have some food that I think to share. Then I think “oh, I want to share this but I don’t want to be around or talk to anybody.” I feel selfish for wanting to be alone and not sharing for want of being alone. Sometimes someone wants to spend time with me, but I’d rather be calm by myself, or just be in my own company. How can I achieve calmness with other people around who are busy? How can I create a space wherein I can invite others or be present with others who are not being peaceful? Is it okay to want to be alone to achieve a peacefulness of mind? Should I try to calm others?
Yes Mother Earth and Father Sun and all my relatives I too stand with Ven Master Thay and will work to serve you all in Love n Truth from the deepest depths of my Heart. Amitabha
Thank you all for everything that you have taught me. May I continue to practice it with the help of the sangha..
I love this explanation about “the Buddha in the car” just to remind us to practice mindful breathing.
I have just returned from Plum village where I spent 10 days there. I would like to say that when we were in the car/van to go from one hamlet to another, we were asked to practice Noble silence for the driver’s sake.
From my experience, may I suggest that the driver explain to the people that “when someone in the car breathes and looks mindfully, the real Buddha will be present”. It is such a nicer way to present it as it benefits everybody and encourages people to remain in a mindful state.
My experience in Plum Village was amazing from lows to highs and left me with a greater understanding of myself and what I can do to help myself and then others. Thank you all at New Hamlet. I will be back.
It seems that anytime someone speaks of alimentation there are “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. To my mind the question need a story context. (See more on my blog #yogainviaggio ).
Is the nowadays world out of mind (is it like to be in hell)? Is vegetarian community really enough to save the world (paradise)? Or Does one need the other?
As far as I know as The introduction of meat, dairy products (even sugar ecc) into the diet is very recent (e.g. 1950, less than 3 generations of human beings), it will last unless 60 years to go back. In the meanwhile freedom to those who want to show the way, and I ask for compassion towards who is not eating like I wish for him, for his family and for his society. Personally I feel lucky to be the child of a open minded vegan father who has given me the possibility to choose. I am so grateful to my husband who is leting me understand what is compassion and mindfulness applicated to alimentation. When I think to all the children who have no choice, I feel to say to you and to tnh:
1- concentrate your forces in giving a chance to our children, eating vegetarian and sugarfree (the diet of the future) during the prenatal period (mother and father).
2- Then fight not to let cinese children (and others children demographic strenght) not to adopt modern diet.
3- Lastly for those people meditating but not eating vegetarian, I would say With great love all is possible.
I really love this article! Have been a vegetarian for 13 years, and I mostly eat vegan food. Mindfulness and nonviolence are important, and these thoughts in this article are worth being contemplated.
Yes, I understand your view Liesel, I see that under extremely cold circumstances – or out in the wilderness – it would be very-very difficult to maintain a veg*an diet. But if and when we can choose – and, I assume, many of us have the opportunity to choose -, it is much better to opt for the less violent choices.
On the idea of eating meat for keeping us warm – I do understand what you mean, but let me add my thoughts and experiences – and I hope my words do not sound offensive!
I live in Middle-Norway. Although -40 grades are not very usual, -15…-20 grades are totally common at wintertime; and now as I am writing this comment, there is +14 grades in the appartment. Yet I never get a cold or a flu.
It is a question of technic and the use of the right ingredients to make “warming” types of food – which might make it unnecessary to use meat for keeping us warm.
I really hope that you do not feel offended, as I did not mean it an arrogant or “preaching” way!
It is so very heartopening to start a day with the beautiful chants and talks- thank you for giving us this present.
Thank you for this wonderful discussion/teaching with Sister Chan Khong. I realized that I hadn’t really listened deeply to Sister’s message before. So empowering, so faith-full also. I was immediately drawn to the story of Sister Chanh Khong’s courage and commitment to peace that I saw in the Secret of the Five Powers comic book. I look forward to sharing the film version soon here in the US.
Last night our President Obama gave his State of the Union speech, which I found very positive. Yet sadly, this morning’s reflections in the media share all manner of debate, some of which is very ugly. So many “little wars” among us. I found my heart this morning getting caught up in that “mess”, that anger. Sister’s words about interbeing, and her clear stand for recognizing All sides – as in her insightful comments about our US view on “terrorists” after 9/11 – is very helpful.
With a deep bow of gratitude,
Thank you for being a dharma flower and for letting me breathe you in and cool you
Chan Khong: Interbeing is like the flower that cannot be by herself without the sunshine, without the rain, without the caring of the gardener, and without so many conditions.
Interbeing indeed. Namaste.
Regarding the Consumption of Meat: To be or not to be a vegetarian. To me the answer also lies with where the person is living, what he or she does and how they treat the meat they eat.
I live in Northern Canada. We eat meat from the forest, raise chickens for meat and have laying hens, too, we eat fish from the rivers, lakes or ocean. A vegetarian diet in the forest would not be natural or in our case easy. When it is minus 40 celcius, meat provides the fuel to be warm.
Yes, I think people should be respectful of what they eat and not waste any food.
I wonder what the Buddha would have eaten if he had lived in the North where there is meat, but no beans and where it’s cold many months of the year?
And yes, we also eat vegetarian and like it. I cook many bean dishes in lieu of meat.
If I was living in a equatorial, or warmer climate my diet would reflect that was well.
Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most compassionate person alive. The Vietnamese government should take this opportunity & allows him to set-up Plum Village Practice Centre in Vietnam. Only good things will come out from this. The mindfulness practices will bring peace, harmony & joy to all, aren’t those the most sought after values in any human life?
Practicing being in the moment is good for the whole world. We can be with ourselves with compassion and care and patience and learn how to be with our neighbors, friends, spouses and the world. It all starts with us. My hope and prayer is that every neighborhood, country could have centers where people could come together and practice mindfulness and breathing.
Beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing.
loving kindness of the heart
I think 15days a month is doable and a good starting point. I hereby commit and thank Thich Nat Hahn for this guidance and all the inspiration I have received from him over the years.
Jessica, thank you for sharing. I have not yet had the opportunity to attend a retreat so I enjoy hearing about them from those who have. I especially appreciated your candor in admitting you often felt impatient, irritated, or angry.
Very pleased to hear this and I agree wholeheartedly. I have been vegan since 2006 ever since I started reading more about the impact of livestock on the environment (not only climate change but eutrophication of seas, phosphorus depletion, biodiversity loss, the list goes on). At first it was a new years resolution but I found it quite easy to continue and never stopped being vegan after that first year. I can assure you that it can be done very easily, healthily and happily. Please remember to take some vitamin B12, that is all you will need. Breathe and smile.
I’m sorry but being a vegetarian is not going to save the world! If anything it’s only going to deplete it and the person who is choosing not to give there body valuable nutrition. Eating a tone of carbs and processed foods qualifies as vegetarian and that is only feeding the people who want control you. Our bodies need protein. Where that protein comes from is another story. Buy eggs from a local farm that has free range chickens or bester yet raise your own chickens. Eat grass feed beef and free range turkey. Being a vegan or vegetarian especially from birth is detrimental to a humans health and causes diabetes late in life as well as bone depletion. I can emphasize enough how much finding a balance for your own individual constitution is essential to thriving in the human form. Not only in the physical aspect but all aspects of human form, metal, emotional and spiritual as well. P.S. Climate change is a bogus scam by the government. Have you heard about the researchers in Antarctica that while trying to prove global warming and that the ice is melting got stuck in the ice for over two weeks. In fact I think they might still be down there.
I would humbly and peacefully offer the thought that although I eat mostly a vegetarian diet human beings are omnivores and meat is not an unnatural part of the diet. Certainly we have appropriated the resources of many creatures for our own use. I am mindful we are creatures of the earth ourselves and the brains we have are also a natural manifestation. Perhaps it is the unbalanced dominance we have achieved over our fellow beings and the mechanistic way we have developed the use of animal products that makes these aspects seem so unnatural. Meat eaters do of course occur greatly elsewhere in the natural world also. Living in harmony with the planet may also mean accepting that predators and prey, competition and survival are a natural part of the planet’s ecosystem balance just as life is both “wonderful and horrible”. The way I hold these things together with Thay’s teachings is through the hope that we are a species on a journey towards greater understanding and hopefully towards greater balance with our environment. I hope also my views do not offend anyone too much. Deep bow.
I really enjoyed this.
Thank you for writing and posting it.
Wishing you the joy of mindfulness!
I enjoy reading these posts about life in Plum Village. Thank you to all who take the time to share. It gives me a taste of what it must be like to live or visit the Buddhist Community at Plum Village.
Jessica, THANK YOU so much for the wonderful account of your amazing and insightful retreat at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village!!! I dream of going there for retreat some day, but not sure it will ever be financially possible; so I IMMENSELY enjoyed and soaked up your every word!! And just hearing you speak of the lullaby-like Namo Avalokiteshvara, brought me to tears (HAPPY TEARS!!) I am now getting ready to play the link for it that you included here. Again, thanks so much for sharing your beautiful time at Plum Village–you made my day!!!
Jessica, This line of your gave me a breath of fresh air: When you are surrounded by those who are patient, you become patient. When you are surrounded by those who are mindful, you become more mindful.
Thank you for sharing.
We may now like to consider making a similar change to the parallel wording in the 5 Mindfulness Trainings and the 14 Mindfulness Trainings.
Dear Sister; I am 49 and live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Last year on Jan. 22 my 19 year old son hung himself in our back yard. Prior to this event I was a very mindful and was able to follow the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Now can not. I think that my main problem is that I am not able to let him (Braeden) go. I miss him more than I can put into words. I am still so sad. It has almost been a year it seems like yesterday. Is there anything you. An suggest that might help me? Many thanks , David
My dear fellow parent, my heart goes out to you. I have an 18 year old daughter who has twice overdosed, she recovered both times. We have gone through a lot of pain and suffering. As a family we are doing better. I have questioned and second guessed myself, my parenting skills and my ability to be a mother many times. I realise I have done the best I could, logically if this were not the case I would have done something else. Please know that I am thinking of you and am sending you my support and strength.
Thank you Meredith for mentioning what you have and also to Robyn. I would suggest that we be mindful of how the food item was produced, how it came to us and on whose backs? I am Vegan myself and am painfully aware of the price (not speaking monetarily) we (the entire planet and all its beings) pay for a banana, rice or fresh snap peas in February in Canada.
The question may be extended, then, to consider what is our relationship to what is consumed? Wild game hunted ethically and with reverence and gratitude may be a wiser choice for ourselves and the planet than consuming monocrop Almonds from California.
I live a long way from a sangha and so very much appreciate the talks and chants that you make available in this way.
Animals were made as part of the world and produce the things they do as an important part of a whole…. Hens were meant to lay eggs, sheep, llamas ans yaks to give wool, cows and goats to give milk. The waste of these natural products is shameful and causes more waste, hungry people, and loss of jobs for many. It seems a very selfish choice to me.
I believe that animals do not live FOR the humans. Cows and goats produce milk to feed their babies – not the humans. Sheep, llamas and yaks do not produce wool for us to knit scarfs but for their own survival in cold winter. Hens are sure meant to lay eggs, but they don’t do it for us, and it’s more natural for other animals to eat these eggs. Not using these eggs, wool or milk is not a waste, because it’s useful to other living beings, which is why using them is a form of theft. Breeding animals to use their milk, their wool, their eggs (or their skin, their meat, etc.) is called exploitation, it’s unnecessary and harms the environnement (there are many more planet-friendly vegan alternatives). Please look more deeply into it, and try to leave this omnipotent-human point of view
The most “selfish” thing about this post is that YOU think these animals are here for YOU! What makes you think you have the right to steal their milk, their fur or their eggs??? You don’t OWN them….get over yourself!
I strongly support Meredith’s suggestion and reasoning.
Thank you for this beautiful reminder. I often begin any journey by car with a deep breath and remind myself to drive gently. It makes all the difference!
Now I will make a sign for my automobile so that everyone can remember to have a driving meditation.
Yes to be a vegatarian is saving The Earth from danger and to become more natural.
Lets practice vikal bhojana veramni sikkha padan samadhani (i will take right non harmful food at proper time)
Metta ( Friendship to all)
I appreciate this update, and while it is focused on the environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet, we should also be mindful of where our plant-based foods are coming from, making choices that allow us to eat local, seasonal fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Foods that are shipped across the world allow us greater variety in our diets, but at the expense of a high carbon footprint. It would be great to see more local, organic produce in our practice centers and fewer foods that have come a long distance (e.g., bananas at our North American practice centers).
Thank you Thay for the new contemplation. I live in N. Alabama and very very few people here are vegan. In fact I don’t know anyone who is. Ive been vegan and encourage veganism on fb and receive ridicule and jokes for my occasional animal compassion posts. It is so sad to see this conditioning! My heart breaks every day. Namaste
A wonderful teaching and sharing from my dear friend and teacher. I really appreciate hearing about the happiness and joy of my monastics siblings in Europe and it does come shining through in this story. I bow to you for taking the time to write this down and share it with the sangha.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the EIAB. I raised up in Waldbröl and the energy in the town was really worse, back then. The EIAB already helped a lot to transform it.
Perhaps you might have heard that there is the so called Hitlermauer, a great wall sitting enthroned above the town.
There have been plans to build a SS Totenkopf Division training center up there during the Third Reich.
It would be really great if we could organize a regular mindfulness peace walk to the Hitlermauer to spread the energy of transformation.
Love the new website and I wonder if it really would be possible to accomodate many of us in Thailand in 2015 for the winter retreat.What a wonderful plan!
I would love to go.
Tashi delek _()_