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Thay emerges into wakefulness


Official Announcement

Plum Village, France
January 3, 2015

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

Happy New Year! May you and your loved ones enjoy a truly New Year, blossoming with health, happiness and peace. We would like to thank everyone for continuing to generate the energy of healing and compassion for our Beloved Teacher.

In the last three weeks Thay has gradually emerged into wakefulness, and has his eyes open for much of the day, to the point where the doctors can now say that he is no longer in a coma.

In his current state, Thay is able to recognize familiar faces. He is very responsive to verbal stimuli and has brought everyone great joy by starting to smile in the last few days. One of Thay’s close attendants recounted some shared memories from being on Tour with Thay. There was a particularly humorous story which, to his astonishment, even made Thay smile and chuckle.

However at the present time Thay is not yet able to speak. This indicates some degree of aphasia, which is being monitored closely and may evolve favourably in response to therapy.

Thay’s physical condition remains stable, and thanks to the excellent care Thay has received from the medical staff, he is able to enjoy being comfortable and at ease. Thay is investing great effort in his physiotherapy sessions. He is making daily progress, and the attendants are learning from his mind of determination, as they witness him practising the exercises from time to time throughout the day.

There are plans for Thay to be transferred to a specialist Stroke Rehabilitation Clinic soon. In the Rehab Clinic he will get the best possible care and training in order to regain as much as he can in his speech ability and movements.

Today in Plum Village we concluded our special Christmas and New Year Retreat. Nine hundred people, including many friends from near and far, participated in our New Year’s Celebrations on the 31st. We practised walking meditation together along Upper Hamlet’s legendary paths, burned New Year Resolutions in a bonfire, listened to a nourishing Dharma Talk from a senior Dharma Teacher, and enjoyed a festive meal and lively performances, ranging from jazz to rap, kung fu and an in-house skit of “The Goodfather”. Sister Chan Khong offered a Total Relaxation and Touching of the Earth, and the whole community sat in meditation as midnight arrived, signalled by the giant temple drum and bell.

Thay has built a beautiful community for us all to take refuge in, and we know the peace and joy of our spiritual family is Thay’s peace and joy.

A real sangha always carries within itself the energy of love, the energy of brotherhood and sisterhood, hope and compassion.
Our sangha is our home. Our sangha is our hope.

TNH, December 24, 2010

With trust and love,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village

Future reports on Thay’s recovery will be posted officially at, and

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  • good day! i wish to know the state of health of dear Thay. I have not seen any update after January 3. Thank 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.

  • 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,

  • My darling fellow Buddhists and lovers of peace.

    It is Valentine’s Night in New York City a place that is sometimes associated
    with violence.

    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

  • Thank you Thay for your indispensable teachings. This world is a better place because of your kindness and deep wisdom. Get well soon.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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