Thay travels to Bangkok for health check-ups

1st December, 2019

Dear Beloved Community,

We’re happy to announce that on Thursday 28th November, Thay traveled from Huế, Vietnam to Bangkok, Thailand for a full medical check-up in Bangkok. The trip and hospital visit went smoothly.

Yesterday morning, Thay decided to travel on to visit our community at Thai Plum Village in Pak Chong, a few hours’ drive north of Bangkok. At this point, we anticipate that Thay will stay at Thai Plum Village for a short while, before returning again to Từ Hiếu Root Temple in Huế ahead of the Lunar New Year.

Thay arriving at Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, on November 28, 2019 PHOTO: courtesy PVCEB

Since his 93rd birthday last month, with the cold and rains in Huế, Thay’s health has been somewhat weaker, and he caught pneumonia. In order to have check-ups with specialists, which were difficult to organise in Vietnam, last week Thay chose to go to Bangkok, where he received treatment last year.

On 28th November, Thay arrived in Thailand accompanied by a doctor, a nurse, and five monastics. The doctor remarked that Thay seemed to be “doing even better in the air.” Rather than lying down, Thay sat upright and alert, and spent most of the journey contemplating the beautiful landscape below. Thay was met at the airport by fifty monastic and lay students, before going directly to the hospital.

Thay had a check-up and a new set of blood tests—his first since traveling to Huế this time last year—and the results were very promising. As soon as Thay had rested, he was ready to leave the hospital right away, and decided to travel up to Thai Plum Village in Pak Chong, on the edge of the Khao Yai National Park, arriving yesterday morning (30th November).

Thay is very comfortable in the clear air of Khao Yai, and the weather is sunny and dry. Both Thay and the whole attendant team have been resting and eating well, surrounded by the joyful young community.

We will wait to see how long Thay chooses to spend in Thai Plum Village; he may stay on to support the upcoming ordination of novice monks and nuns in two weeks’ time. We have the impression Thay will want to return to Vietnam soon, where he has been enjoying spending time, and has been eagerly following the renovation of the Từ Hiếu shrine hall.

We are grateful that Thay is so clear and engaged with respect to his medical care, which helps us make decisions to support his needs. We are learning from Thay’s grace and dignity as he rides the waves of physical fragility. We are investing all our hearts in nurturing Thay’s spiritual community, continuing his teachings and aspiration in the world. 

With love and trust,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village

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  • Thank you for the update. I wish Thay all the best and that he enjoy his visit to Thailand. I am so grateful for his teachings, I practise and learn more every day. Namaste!

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters thank you so much for this detailed update on Thay. It is a blessing and a comfort to know he is so strong in spirit and mind and continues to be such a graceful and bountiful teacher for us about living in the moment . A deep bow of gratitude to you all for all you are doing to support him and all of us 🙏

  • Thank You for Master Thay’s update !

    So pleased to know all is well, smooth, happy and blessed to Master himself, all care-givers, professionals to lay, and everyone following.

    With Metta..Sadhu…Sadhu… Sadhu ..

  • Dear Thay, my heart is with you always, I admire you so much and I hope your health keeps getting better and better!!!


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