Thay’s condition stabilises

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Official Announcement

Plum Village
November 30, 2014

To all Plum Village Practice Centers,
To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide,
To our Dear Beloved Friends,

As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable.

Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store Consciousness, to guide his healing process. Even the doctors have been surprised at the consistent level of oxygen in his blood. Thay is truly the best breather in the world, inspiring us to deepen our full awareness of the breath. Thay continues to remind us that each day we are alive is a miracle, and that simply to breathe is a gift.

The latest scan shows that Thay’s hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size. The edema is still present, but has not worsened. The doctors have met to re-evaluate their approach and review how to nourish Thay’s body more as we enter medium-term treatment. Thay continues to receive 24-hour care from his monastic attendants as well as hospital nurses. We are very grateful for the commitment of the hospital neurologists who are maintaining Thay’s healing process with open hearts and minds.

Earlier this year, Thay accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to go to the Vatican on December 1 & 2 to support a global initiative to end modern slavery. A delegation of 22 monks and nuns, including Sister Chan Khong and Thay Phap An (Director of our European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany) are now in Rome to realise Thay’s wish.

We continue to be grateful for your messages of support and the energy of mindfulness and compassion being generated for Thay. Wherever we are, we know that our practice of nourishing and healing ourselves is the best way we can all take care of Thay, and take care of the present moment.

Because suffering is impermanent, that is why we can transform it.
Because happiness is impermanent, that is why we have to nourish it.

-TNH, 10th June 2014

With trust and love,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village

Future reports on Thay’s condition will be posted officially at plumvillage.org, langmai.org, villagedespruniers.org, and www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh.

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Thay offering the Namovalokiteshvara chant  in Hong Kong, 2013. Photo: Kelvin Cheuk
Thay offering the Namovalokiteshvara chant in Hong Kong, 2013. Photo: Kelvin Cheuk

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  • 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! _/|\_
    Rob Smith

  • 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.

  • “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
    be…”


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    Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store Consciousness, to guide his healing process....

    Thay remains in intensive care

    Thay's blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is still breathing on his own, and he is becoming increasingly peaceful. However, in recent days Thay has been sleeping more deeply and communicating less.

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