In January 2024, Thay’s monastics and lay disciples from around the world are gathering in Vietnam to honor our beloved teacher as he becomes an ancestor in our lineage.
“I can see very clearly that wherever you are, you are my continuation, and in one way or another, you are carrying me into the future. We, teacher and student, will continue to climb the hill of the century, offering our love, understanding, freedom and solidity to the world, today and ever after. And, do you know? When our mahasangha climbs the hill of the century, the scenery is truly spectacular.” - "Climbing together the hill of the century"
On this solemn and joyful occasion, we would like to invite our sangha friends around the world to gather and practice together. You may wish to join us in-person or online for the formal Ceremony of Transformation to Ancestor from Vietnam, the 2-Year Memorial Ceremony from Plum Village France, Deer Park Monastery, and Blue Cliff Monastery. Or come to one of our centers below and be a part of the memorial events there.
- Retreat in Memory of Thay at EIAB, Germany (Jan. 25-28)
- Memorial Ceremony at Magnolia Grove Monastery, Mississippi (Jan. 28)
- Memorial Day at Mountain Spring Monastery, NSW, Australia (Jan. 28)
- Ceremony to Honour our Ancestor Teacher, Stream Entering Monastery, Victoria, Australia (Jan. 28)
The Ceremony of Transformation to Ancestor marks the end of the International Plum Village Community’s two-year mourning period, known as Đại Tường in Vietnamese (大祥 in Chinese). And it recognizes Thay as the fifth patriarch of Từ Hiếu Temple – his root temple – and the founder of the Plum Village Sangha.
Connecting with spiritual roots
This moment of honoring Thay as an ancestral teacher is an opportunity to connect with our spiritual roots. The teachings and practices of Thay and the Plum Village Sangha are part of an unending flow from the time of the Buddha Shakyamuni.
Each generation of teachers and practitioners have kept the Dharma and Mindfulness Trainings alive through their lived experiences, insights, and continual response to the needs of their times.
An ancestral status was usually made by direct transmission, via speech or in writing, by the previous ancestor to the next one. Thay received his ancestral status by writing in his teacher’s will, appointing him as the next abbot of Tu Hieu’s Root temple.
Resources for local sanghas
Composed by Dharmacharya Jack Lawlor (True Direction)
Books about Thay’s life
My Master’s Robe
Zen Master, poet and peace and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam in 1926 and joined the monkhood at the age of sixteen. Written…
Fragrant Palm Leaves
Thich Nhat Hanh has lived in exile from his native Vietnam since 1966. These remarkable early journals reveal not only an intimate portrait of the Zen master as a…