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Services at Deer Park

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Day 4 Memorial Service

Novice Ordination – Live from Plum Village

03:30 – Tuesday 25 (US EST / New York, USA)
09:30 – Tuesday 25 (CEST / Paris, France)
15:30 – Tuesday 25 (GMT+7 / Vietnam)

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Publishers Weekly

Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

On Thich Nhat Hanh​ 1926-2022​

    Published on 23 January 2022

The most venerable Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away. What a great loss to this world — a world entangled in both past and future; a world that has almost no interest in dwelling in the present; a world that has forgotten the value of a smile; a world that has forgotten how to really be there when it brushes its teeth.For those who care about the Buddha’s teachings, Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing is an especially heavy loss. In this modern world, an ancient wisdom like Buddhism finds it so difficult to reach out to people that were born into cultures that have no notion of aniccā, duḥkha, anattā and nirvana. How can people today be encouraged, at the very least, to move closer to an appreciation of these ideas, let alone generate the wish to live by them?

Buddhism is perhaps the oldest and most systematic, scientific study of mind and matter ever. Yet it is constantly, almost ruthlessly dismissed as a ‘religion’, a ‘doctrine’ or at best ‘ancient Asian thought’. Even so, Thich Nhat Hanh’s determination to open the door to the Buddha’s teachings never faltered. He consistently made an enormous effort to make the world curious about Buddhadharma. And he succeeded. Hundreds of thousands of people have now not only heard of mindfulness, but they try to practise it. This is an amazing achievement, one that generally takes centuries to accomplish. Thich Nhat Hanh managed it in one short, tumultuous lifetime. As buddhists, we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Looking ahead, those of us who admire Thich Nhat Hanh and those who actively follow him, must remember that while he is best known for his ability to reach a wide audience, especially in his many books — for example, Being Peace, Peace is Every Step, How to Love, The Miracle of Mindfulness — he should never be discounted as just another new age guru. The simple fact that he was a monk for his entire life demonstrates that there was far more to his approach than merely “Smile”. From the time he first saw an image of the Buddha at the age of 7 or 8, Thich Nhat Hahn harboured a strong desire to be like him. At 16 he was ordained in the Tu Hieu Temple in Hue city in Vietnam, and chose to return to die there some seven decades later. If this approach does not demonstrate that his Buddhadharma has both great depth and substance, then nothing will. He shall be remembered by us all as a great victory banner of Dharma.

— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

The Plum Village community chants Listening to the Bell during the Memorial Ceremony Jan 24, 2022.

We have a photo album that will be updated daily, as the community gathers and practices during this week of ceremonies.

Sutra chanting with the traditional fish drum.Memorial Ceremony Jan 24, 2022
Sharing memories of Thay. Our community came together today to share anecdotes and memories, some touching, some humourous to celebrate our teacher’s life. Jan 24 2022.

Buddhist Leaders Respond

Collection of posts from Buddhist leaders around the world in Lions Roar

Buddhist Door Global

唁电 Letter of condolence

Deer Park Schedule

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Day 3 Memorial Schedule

03:30 – Monday 24th (US EDT / New York, USA)
09:30 – Monday 24th (CET / Paris, France)
15:30 – Monday 24th(GMT+7 / Vietnam)

Beginning with a guided meditation, this ceremony to honor our Teacher will include incense offering, chanting, and readings. Most will be in English. The ceremony will last about 1.5 hours. See for details and links to YouTube

Deer Park Monastery Sunday Schedule

Khóa Tu Tâm Tang / Heart of Recollection Retreat

Please see for their complete schedule. Events are live on their YouTube Channel. Please note vaccination requirements for visitation

All times are US Pacific Standard Time

The Plum Village community touches the earth towards Thay during the ceremony of laying the body in the casket 22 Jan 2022.

We have a photo album that will be updated daily, as the community gathers and practices during this week of ceremonies.

Walking to continue Thay. The community gathers for walking meditation after the Memorial Ceremony on Day 1 Jan 21, 2021.

Day 2:

Ceremony for laying Thay’s body in the casket – Live from Vietnam

–US Time Zones: Saturday January 22 at 5:00 PM Pacific, 8:00 PM Eastern

–Central European Time (France): Sunday January 23 at 2:00 AM

–Vietnam time: Sunday January 23 at 8:00 AM

Follow our ceremonies broadcast from Huế, Vietnam and from Plum Village, France. Visit the Plum Village YouTube Page

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Deer Park ceremonies on Jan 22, 2022 (Laying our teacher’s body in the casket).

Incense offering at Deer Park Monastery Jan 22, 2022.

A Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Live in 4 hours: Memorial Ceremony at Plum Village France

Beginning with a guided meditation, this ceremony to honor our teacher will include incense offering, chanting, and readings. It will begin at 9:30AM CEST, and will last about 1.5 hours.

The ceremony will be offered primarily in English. For translation into Japanese, Chinese, and Indonesian (and other languages to be announced) please connect via Zoom, Passcode: TNH2022

Live from Deer Park Monastery Friday, January 21, at 7PM PST: Ceremony for the Transition of Thich Nhat Hanh

CNN’s Kristie Lu Stout takes a look back at the life of monk and spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. Source: CNN

New York Times coverage




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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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