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  1. David Steinberg, Compassionate Presence of the Heart says:

    My heart is filled with joy when I read how many events are planned to share dear Thay’s teachings. Please take care of your health and energy. Yours is voice of the Buddha the world will hear.

  2. Sue Lowell says:

    Sister Elisabeth has such a gracious, gentle, and generous spirit. Her wise words warm my heart. Merci mille fois.

  3. Yvonne says:

    Oh, this makes me feel so tender and loving! How I wish I could be in this space no matter who I am around!

  4. Deardra says:

    Dear Sister Chan Khong,
    I am a 54 year old “infant”, just begining my journey in Mindfullness Meditation. I read your letter and my heart is full!
    I thank you my Sister for teaching me the ways of Truth, Love, Compassion and Peace, even in such challenging situations.
    May you always be Blessed, may all Beings be Blessed, May we all discover our true Buddha Nature.

  5. charlie says:

    can we get a dvd, we are in Cascabel, AZ far from the madding city

    ( I am a Vietnam Veteran, Quaker follower of the writings and teachings of Thay, …) tiep tuc hien nay …

    chien tranh khong lanh manh cho tre con va lai sinh vien khach

  6. Mindfully Yours says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

    It has been 4 months since your last update on the health of our beloved Thay.

    We are awaiting eagerly to your update.

    Lotus to dear one.

  7. Annabelle Zinser says:

    Dear friends,

    How can we get to the film for our Berlin center “Quelle des Mitgefühls”, Heidenheimerstr. 27, 13467 Berlin?

    a Lotos for you
    Annabelle Zinser, True Fragrance of the Mindfulness Trainings, Berlin

  8. Sarah says:


    Yes, I live in London. Will we get a chance to see the film?

    And if so when…..if not now…..when……


    • We hope that the film will be shown in London & the UK from October. Please “like” (follow) the “Walk With Me” Facebook page for more info and announcements of release dates:

  9. Sue Rempel says:

    Dear Beloved Thay,
    Your teachings have been the boat that has carried me through the past 20 some years of my wonderful life. I continue to study and practice with you each day. These past many years I have had a nerve injury and have spent much time in bed, but through your teachings I have been able to look out my window and smile to the blue sky and the clouds floating by and remember how truly blessed I am to listen to the birds singing and enjoy the breeze as it gently blows the branches on the trees outside. I have sat with your beautiful photograph and your calligraphy “be still and heal” by my bed – this stillness has been one of the many gifts you have given me. Now I am better… and I walk for you.
    I hope you find healing in beautiful Thai Plum Village. I imagine you healing day by day… In my dreams, I imagine you have found a healer there who can reverse strokes and allow you to speak again and practice calligraphy again and walk again. I wish so much I could send Dr Jason Hao to you, but I am sure there are others there who can perform miracles, too. Every time I see him reverse a stroke in just a few treatments, I imagine it is you and I smile. Sending you a beautiful sunset from Santa Fe, New Mexico

  10. Annette Peizer says:

    I am reading your book, “At Home in the World” now, and I feel like you are a close friend to me. The book is greatly helping me think about how to respond to my 21 year old daughter who is going through a difficult time now. Reading your book is preparing me to listen, love, and be an emotional support for her when we meet.
    I’ve read many of your other books,and hope to get more into mindfulness. You have touched me and millions of others like me who haven’t even been actively involved in mindfulness, but read your books and think about what you write–a lot. Thank you so much. Just like you told Martin Luther King, Jr he was a Bodhisattva, so are you! We are all blessed by your presence. Thank you so, so very much!

  11. Mindfully Yours says:

    Dear Sangha,

    It has been a long time since your last update on the health and well-being of our loved one, Thay.

    We are awaiting for your update with at most love, respect, and compassion.

    Lotus to you dear one

  12. Caroline Beer says:

    Dear Thich Nhat Hanh 🌞
    You are love ❤ You plants some smiles 😊 I will always plant some smiles 😊
    I will thank you for all what you have done for us and our earth 🌱🌻🍀❤
    I want to visit Plum Village in Germany or in France with my children. I hope so much that I can meet you there some time.
    I wish best health and love for you – dear Thich Nhat Hanh 💛❤💚💙🍀🌠
    …and peace and love for all human on our wonderful planet in this great mystic universe. 💚🍀💝✨🌠
    Aloha – in deep admiration
    yours Caroline

  13. Chantal lassier says:

    Thanks so much for your involvement into this painful situation and for sharing your mindful message of peace. I bow to you respectfully , sister .

  14. Laurie says:

    Bless you, your teaching and the inspiration from Plum Village. Be well dear ❤️ heart.

  15. June says:

    Please post update of how our inspiring and gentle teacher is doing. It is a few months since the last one posted here.

  16. Cathel Hutchison says:

    Very powerful.

  17. Pia Das says:

    I’m very happy to see us taking action to remind the world and ourselves about the forgotten issue of Rohingya refugees. I met my husband 24 years ago in Bangladesh and he had been working as a doctor in the Rohingya refugee camp by the border of Myanmar and took me to see it as I was a young medical student. During the years I have been sad to see no progress in their situation, altough the situation in Myanmar has changed and become more hopeful in general. Thank you our elders for this decision to take action.

    • Farronato Simone says:

      Chère soeur Chân Không,

      toujour de nouveau je suis trés touché par votre engagement trés humain, toute de la votre vie pour des homme désavantagé, comme par exemple maintenant avec cette lettre du coeur…
      Vous êtes une vrai exemple humain pour moi, merci merci beaucoup 🙂 Thaî et vous et tout les soeurs et frères pratiquante de plum village et dans tout les autres centres sur le monde, ça me donne toujour de nouveau la force et le foi, que ce peut donner plus de l’amour peu à peu de notre terre mère… et pour moi de fair jour par jour ma travaille avec des jeunes hommes désavantagé dans notre foyer, merci beaucoup.

      Une embrasse de la coeur en reconnaissance

  18. Marielle says:

    Thanks to you sister for sharing .
    I will keep in heart.

  19. Melissa Deacon says:

    Thank you for writing such an impotant letter Sister Chan Khong.

  20. sabine says:

    I got in touch with THAY´s teaching and books when I was sick. – You gave me so much hope and peace, THAY. Thank you so much. – I wish you all the best in the world !!! Sabine from Germany

  21. Sarah says:

    Just started reading Thichs books. Very inspirational man.

    May he be surrounded with love and peace.


  22. Richard Morrissey says:

    Please asking for retreat info. For July in france

  23. Kristin Johnstad says:

    Such joy and happiness. Sending love to brothers and sisters around the world

  24. Jessica Morton says:

    Fresh as a flower – So happy for your journey to Thailand. May all go beautifully for you.
    So very grateful for your deep, pragmatic and accessible teachings and your life, Dear Thay.

  25. Ray Hood says:

    For a long time I’ve yearned to go to Plum Village. It hasn’t happened yet but I hope one day it will be possible. I send my love and regards to Thay and the Sangha. Thank you for your work. Peace and Love to all beings.

  26. Caitlin Bush - True Emerald Lake, Aotearoa - New Zealand says:

    Thank you for sharing the Novice Ordination Ceremony through pictures. It is a heartfelt joy to see our brother Rowan and all of his ordination family, the aspirants whom I met at Blue Cliff in September, and all those who were part of the ceremony.

  27. Jim says:

    I was so fortunate to be in the room the night of this photo.

    Jim Ward
    Volunteer English Teacher
    Plum Village Thailand

  28. Tasos Alafakis says:

    even through the photos you can experience the powerfull energy of transformation. Thank you.
    Greetings from Greece.

  29. Dulal Dasgupta says:

    I am very lucky because I got the opportunity for reading some life changing text and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

    My deepest love for everybody, every thing of this universe.

  30. Robin Dolsky Bach says:

    Namaste wonderful people, may you all be well in the year to come. It is so wonderful to know that Beloved Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is with us in this these trying times. I never met our beloved teacher, but know him through his books and talks, and read from Peace Is Every Step, and give it as a a gift often. I wish one day day to be blessed to be able to come to Plum Village. Let’s all pray for peace.
    Robin DB
    New York City

  31. Simon says:

    Dear family @plumvillage,

    Thank you for the wonderful photographs in the gallery. In this way I was able to witness the beautiful transformation of my dear friend Jona in a few images (:
    We wish you a happy new year from the border of the German Alps,
    Cheers and blessings,

  32. Miho Naito says:

    A Happy New Year to you !!

  33. Sinh says:

    My heart is singing knowing that Thay is closer to our homeland. I already feel stronger this way. Hope the warm weather here will make Thay feel better. We all love you, dearest Thay.

  34. Alice thi Nguyen says:

    nearly a few weeks ago, some friends told me about thien su thinh nhat Hanh. I went to his web site and listened on his teachings about But (Budda) and many more about how to love myself, be truth to myself, and compassion toward mankind. I am so happy to learn so much about Vietnamese Buddism, the truth culture and philosophy of Vienamese Buddism. I am a Vietnamese,went to high school in Vietnam and grow up in America. I wish good health for him and I wish to tell him now is the time for him to practicing his teaching for himself. Just simply eat well, sleep good, exercise breathing, do not work hard, and allow someone to take care him.

  35. Phil says:

    Wishing Thay and the Thai Sangha lots of legendary mindful moments together.

  36. Sue Rempel says:

    what a beautiful photograph of our dear beloved Thay. My heart is so grateful to see these photographs of Thay and the monastics. I feel so much happiness to know you are there for me and I am there in you… no separation .
    Sending love and gratitude to Thay and to all the monastics who are there.
    s u e

  37. Many thanks, all so lovely, what a gift! Trish

  38. Alex says:

    Flower fresh

  39. Joy Fickett says:

    I have a print of a painting of a Lotus that I painted. I began painting it right after his stroke and listened to many of his talks while painting it. I wound like to give this archival reproduction to Thich Nhat Hanh. Where should I mail it?

    I wish him continued success in his recovery.

    With Love and Gratitude for his teachings,

    • Dear Joy, You are welcome to send it to Thay here at Plum Village, France. Please send it:
      Attn Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh)
      c/o Upper Hamlet
      Village des Pruniers
      Le Pey
      24240 FRANCE

  40. Kimberli says:

    Overjoyed to read all the good news. Thay’s teachings have touched me deeply and transformed my life as he has so many others. A living example of how much impact one life can have on the world.

  41. Beloved and Venerable Thay. From Greece we wish you to be well in Thailand. I keep your presence in my mind and in my heart, always.

  42. Dear Thay,

    thank you for your lessons until today.

    Learn more and more from you.

    Enjoy your journey with happiness.

  43. Michael says:

    Happiness is here and now 🙂
    Hope to one day see you in Germany (eiab)
    Best wishes for Thay and you all.


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  45. Jill Parsonson says:

    Thay thank you for being in this world 🙂

  46. Jarvis says:

    As I scrole down thruogh all the wonderful heart felt comments everyone has sent, I realise all of you are my dear friends scattered throughout the world. Tears come to my eyes. I feel the love we have for our teacher the Dharma and the Sangha we also have for each other. Thankyou thankyou thankyou.

  47. Sarah Quilter, Innate Beauty of the Heart says:

    God speed, my great teacher!

  48. Michelle Pantano says:

    Wonderful news! Enjoy!

  49. Rev. Karen Harrison says:

    Metis Love from Canada Dear Thay

    Happy Journey

    I love your smile

    Friend Karen

  50. Mehdi Mohammadi says:

    What a wonderful news! Best wishes for Thay and you all.

  51. Amazing Thay,
    You change lives and let nothing stop you. Enjoy your trip and come back to us. I know you are there and I am glad.

  52. How beautiful life is with with a teacher like you Thay ?
    Have a safe journey ! ❤️

  53. Maryann says:

    Wishing you wellness and a safe and pleasant journey. So happy to see you again in this picture, miss you. I saw you in New York and have many of your books and I want to thank you for bringing your message of peace to me and the world. Hope to one day see you again. Love and blessings❤️

  54. Jessica Brown says:

    Much love dear Thay.

  55. Karen says:

    This makes my <3 happy. Blessings and peace to you Thay, from Michigan-

  56. Mark says:

    Is Thay heading to Vietnam as well?

  57. Beverly Alexander says:

    Boundless spirit.
    Endless love.

  58. Hang says:

    Hope Thay will stay until Feb for the Vietnamese retreat I’m taking my dad to <3

  59. Thank you so much for this lovely photo of dear Thay, and the wonderful news, so happy that he is able to do this, Trish

  60. What wonderful news of dear Thay, and such a lovely photo, many thanks, Trish

  61. Lorena says:

    Thay it is my sincerest wish to meet you one day: a dream come true. Your teachings have been my savior in my lowest low. I wish you well and wish to the universe to see you in my lifetime.

  62. Joann Trinh says:

    Safe and happy journey dear Thay, brothers and sisters. It is truly wonderful to hear Thay’s wishes fulfilled!

  63. Safe travels my friend.

  64. Charles Joseph says:

    G-d bless Thay!

  65. Happy, Singing Rain of Heart says:

    Knowing Thay flies to this far, makes me so …inspired. Yes, “You are such an inspiration to us all. “

  66. Vivian Taube says:

    Good travels, Thay!

  67. Uyen-Nghi Phan says:

    I know you are there, I am happy.
    Chúc mừng Thầy vui với đàn con, huynh đệ và phật tử bên Làng Mai Thái Lan.
    Tâm Lạc Trú (Phan Uyển Nghi)

  68. Theresa Domingues says:

    Thank you, teacher. I’m breathing and walking with you.

  69. Rosa Emilia Hernández says:

    Que gusto verte,Querido Thay!!

    Desde tierras muy lejanas, CD de México, te envió un cariñoso abrazo u deseo que tengas un buen viaje a Taylandia. Gracias por tu presencia y tu palabra, que me acompaña.
    También muchos abrazos a las monjas y monjes que te acompañan y que son discípulos de tu trabajo. Especialmente a quienes tuve el gusto de conocer cuando vinieron a Cuernavaca,México.
    Felices Fiestas y un buen año nuevo.

    Rosa Emilia Hernández. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

  70. Margaret Alexander True Autumn Lake says:

    This is such a precious treasurer!!

  71. Vivien Eliades, True Valuable Flower says:

    Dearest teacher. Go well. You are such an inspiration to us all. ?

  72. Roberto Magdaleno says:

    Que Felicidad volver a ver a El Maestro Thay, si vien es cierto no totalmente sano de su cuerpo. Su sola presencia nos inspira a nunca dejar de buscar el Camino
    Soy un Cristiano con costantes búsquedas Espirituales y que en una conferencia Budista
    Supe por 1a vez de Thay, busque sus libros y me encanto su gran Corazón, me enseñó que para alcanzar el Sendero no existe un solo camino , puedes tener diferente creencia de Dios pero para alcanzar la Luz. Solo hay una Forma y es Tener un Gan Corazón,
    Thay ha sido un Ser de Luz que no se ha cansado de decirnos lo importante que es servir a todos los Seres , Un gran Ser Humano con un fuerte sentido de Compasión y de Bondad.
    Dios le de una pronta y total recuperación y a nosotros la Sabiduría para poder seguir sus Pasos .

  73. Beverly says:

    Every day I voice Thay’s name in my meditations and prayers to Divine Consciousness. May Thay’s health get better and better so we’ll see him again on Walking Meditations. I know Thay is vegetarian. May I suggest you feed him quinoa instead of white rice. Spelt and kamut pastas are also good. Potatoes are too starchy to eat on a regular basis. Please eat chickpeas instead. Be well Thay.

  74. Timothy Alan Marlin says:

    Many of day me and Brother Phap De would be in the Kitchen together at Dear Park. I would make Coffee and he would give me insight about the bridge between Jesus and Buddha. I will miss him Roller skating. I know nothing is permanent. Parts of Brother Phap De continue in me and much like him Jesus and Buddha.

  75. Mary Prada Vaiani says:

    It is so uplifting to see dear Thay back with the Sangha.
    I have done a day of mindfulness with Thay in Boston a few years ago.
    I thank Thay and the Sangha for the lessons I continue to work on as I move forward.
    I will always remember the deep sense of peace I felt while we sat in silence in the Boston Public Garden and hope, through mindfulness, I will continue to feel that peace.

  76. Judith says:

    Dear one I would like to go on retreat is it possible to go for a shorter time 7-10 days?

  77. Coelia says:

    Impossible to download /purchase the movie from France.
    Can anyone help please?

  78. Lotta says:

    I found it for sale on Amazon but only to United States. When will the whole movie be available in Sweden, Europe?

  79. Lotta says:

    When will the whole movie, not just the trailer, be available?

  80. Dan says:

    Thay looks older than my parents now. I met him a few years back and he looked almost sixteen. I don’t care for mindfulness, but I love his poetry. His poems will always make me feel sixteen. I am sorry if I don’t have the reverence of others here, but I take joy from our impermanence thanks to Thich.

    Leonard Cohen used to sign autographs “All good things”. I am dense so it took me decades to realise that it was short for “All good things come to an end”. Yet nothing truly ends. My nephew just had a daughter, and I will give her all of Thay’s books. He is a ripple, not a pebble.

    • It's My Inner Child says:

      Dear Dan,

      I hear anger in your tone of voice. This is a great Sangha and a caring community. May you find peace, contentment, and wisdom!

      • Padma says:

        Anger is more often masked in sweet words. Dan is simply speaking his own truth and in this I see wisdom, not anger.

  81. Inge says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
    thanks for sharing the photos. Blessings to you all.

  82. sagi ayalon says:

    I was trying to find wards to express. Feeling of great love and appreciation for the kind teacher and the beautifully written books he gift us .
    Even do we have never met there is great respect and admiration may he live her after full of joy and light that shines upon the world compassionate one.may I have the Merit and great honor to serve you in this life or any other one.??

  83. Thank you so much for practicing on our behalf. I take refuge in the stability, compassion, and generosity you create.

  84. QN says:

    Rest in peace, thay Phap De. I will miss you, your Chi Gong guidance, and your beautiful voice singing Amazing Grace on early mornings at Deer Park for us. Although it was short, but it is wonderful to have a retreat with you.

  85. Georgiana K. Birch says:

    Dearest Thay, Dear Sangha,

    My mother had a stroke ten years ago, and is nearing her end in this life. The Practice has given me the strength to be there for her, in the moment, and cope with her suffering, and mine. Thank you for your dedication to sharing your wisdom and the Practice with the world. Your presence and the Sangha is beyond beautiful and I am so grateful.

    Georgie Birch

  86. Jim Henry says:

    Wonderful to see Thay in the meditation hall with this large Sangha present. His smile this fall was very loving.

  87. Deepa says:

    Dear Sangha,

    Thank you for sharing this post and these pictures of Thay. They moved me to tears ( I don’t know why). Will look up the online retreat mentioned in one of the posts and participate from India this time. One day in the future, hope to be there in person with my young son. May you all grow well in steadfastness and clarity during the retreat. With Love,

  88. Alice Huang Yuling says:

    Dear Thay
    Dear Sangha

    Thank you for sharing this precious moment and beautiful photos.
    May all of you have a fruitful winter retreat.

    My gratitude to Thay for his profound teachings. I wish you excellent health, peace and happiness always.

    LOVE from Singapore ?☘️?
    Alice Huang Yuling

  89. Susan Patrick says:

    Peace to you all in this Winter Retreat.

  90. Susan Buckser says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! What a beautiful time for the sangha, and we are all so, so happy to see dear Thay amongst the many practitioners!

    Happy winter, and a beautiful retreat to you all.

  91. Rev. Moonhawk River Stone says:

    Dear Thay and Sangha,

    Many blessings to you and much gratitude to you all. To see Thay again joining the community in ceremony and
    practice lifts my spirits immeasurably. As one who himself dwells in the moment to moment presence of my own
    terminal illnesses, your practice and presence bring me both hope and peace. May your retreat be beautiful and
    peaceful and filled with love. Namaste.

  92. Tim Holbert says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Four Fold Sangha,

    It brings such a smile to my eyes to see pictures of Thay back in the community. Thank you all for your practice. My heart is with you all on this retreat. May we all be able to walk the path of presence and peace in this turbulent time.

    with a bow,
    Tim (True Precious Insight)

  93. lou Kearney says:

    Thank you for the post. Very uplifting.

  94. Maire O'Sullivan says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha

    I take courage from your wonderful teachings which support me every day. So very grateful to know you are there so solid and peaceful for the planet and all of us. Thank you for sharing these photos and account of the Winter Retreat Opening Ceremony

    With deep gratitude and respect

  95. Thao says:

    The movie should load on YouTube please! So we can learn together

  96. Pat Maslowski says:

    Thank you. Dear Thay and Sangha, I think of you daily. You have been inspiration, hope, a refuge, and acceptance for my life. I am grateful each day.

  97. Rebecca Smith says:

    What a great day for the sangha. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ceremony.

  98. Franco Tiscareño says:

    Qué alegría. Bien por usted maestro. Dios siga sacándolo.

  99. Peter Mirchandani says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

    I wish you all be best for the Winter Retreat.

    Thank you for sharing the pictures. They are very nice.

    I am very happy to learn that Thay is feeling better and is now strong enough to attend. I am sure his presence will help and inspire all attending the retreat. I hope that his health continues to improve.

    A Lotus For You,

  100. Judi Axelrod says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha,

    I am truly grateful for the pictures you just posted. The power of Thay’s teachings vibrate and resonate in many many places in the world, including my country, Israel, and I was filled with joy to see him looking so much better. With thanks, gratitude and love.
    Judi True Joyful Water

  101. sue rempel says:

    Dear beautiful and beloved Thay… dear Sangha,
    What a gift to see you together at the winter retreat. I wanted very much to be with you in Plum Village for the winter retreat this year, but I am still healing, and unable to travel. These photos remind me that I am there in you. Thank-you for posting these and sharing the beginning of the winter retreat.
    I know you are there and I am very happy.
    with gratitude,
    s u e

  102. Altaa says:

    Thank you for this wonderful news and pictures of Thay. Long and peaceful life for Thay!

  103. Carol Pringle says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha, Wishing you all many Blessings and sharing much sunshine from Down Under ( Australia ) with you all during your winter retreat……In Gratitude with much love Carol

  104. Plum Village seminars with Thich Nhat Hanh has transformed how I see myself today on earth and in the cosmos.
    I am so grateful to be able to listen to most of the lectures. It has been beneficial to my mental and physical health.
    With heart felt appreciation thank you. May Thich Nhat Hanh be with us for many more seasons.

  105. Nadene says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful news and beautiful pictures. Many blessings on your winter retreat.

  106. Julie Tran says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all photos. I was so touch and emotion by look at Thay. I would love to meet Thay one day.
    If anyone know his next year retreat schedule, please let me know. I would greatly appreciated.

  107. Bernadette Dunne says:

    Thank you for posting these pictures and words. They help me to feel connected to Thay and the Sangha as unfortunately I cannot go to the Winter retreat.

  108. marilee pittman says:

    So happy to see Thay. much love and wish I could join you one day.

  109. Michael Adams says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha
    Breathing and smiling With deep gratitude.

  110. Evelym says:

    Thank You for the photos just looking at them brought me to a feeling of peace ??

  111. Juanita Galaz says:

    Muchas gracias por compartir las fotos, ha sido una gran felicidad ver a Thay.

  112. Daniel says:

    It’s always a blessing to know that the sanga at plum village is practicing in the spirit and integrity of Thays example, he has been a true light in my life and i have so much gratitude for his teachings. Om Ah Hum

  113. Beverly says:

    Dear Thây, Dear Sangha,
    It is so wonderful to see you all together. I am grateful to whoever posted this. ?♥️?♥️?

  114. Chrissi says:

    Dear Thay,dear Sangha. I shall be thinking of you all and sending my love. Peace and light too you also. Xxx

  115. This is fantastic! so pleased to see that dear Thay is able to be physically with the Sangha this 90 day retreat. I am not able to attend but would love to one year, instead I will be joining the 90 day lay winter retreat (online via FaceBook) _/l\_

  116. Tina says:

    Blessings to all. May your 90 day walk of peace and presence bring loving wisdom and support to one another.

    I begin a 90 day walk with you.

  117. Rose says:

    I would love to meet Thich nhat hanh how can this

  118. Fabio says:


  119. Jason Gerhardt says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
    I wish you all the solidest winter retreat yet.
    Thank you for sharing these photos and words,

  120. Thank you for your quick response, Sister True Dedication. Now I can watch this video and am very happy. I wish i could watch the whole film soon.

  121. Why is this video not available? This kind of movie can not be for the business, or the money. So, nothing should not be kept in secret and everything should be open. I don’t know who wants to stop sharing this video but it is certain that Plum Village wants to share this video to everyone because this video is still shown in this post. Please stop making this video unavailable to watch. I am asking to someone who deleted this video. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. This is very important.

  122. Tripti Lapham says:


    I would like to attend the wake up retreat 2017 for me and my two daughters. I have a disability and my oldest daughter is my carer.

  123. Jason Gerhardt says:

    Rest easy, Phap De. I haven’t forgot you since our days aspiring together at PV.

    With a bow,

  124. Kate Hyett says:

    Brother Phap De was very special to me, his presence and guidance was deeply felt and appreciated. Phap De’s spirit still lives strong within the Deer Park community and in my heart.

  125. Dianne Cajimat says:

    Will there also be an internship for 2017-2018? I would love to apply for that when the time comes.
    Thank you.

  126. Jett Keyser says:

    Young brother was very kind to me…


    At the gate of kindness,
    a smile appears.

    To respect all life
    and be of service,
    I will sustain
    the following intentions:

    May I be awake,
    sensing clearly what is given,
    here and now.

    Into all these relations…
    may I bring
    the energy of loving kindness.

    The wish to be happy,
    free from suffering
    is universal…
    may I understand
    what is present for others…
    and never forget…
    this moment is infinite.

    Smiling, at ease,
    my heart is lifted
    as gratitude quiets fear.

  127. Michelle says:

    Have you already selected your I tern’s?
    Is it too late to apply?
    I very much would like to be an intern this year…

  128. Trang Nguyen says:

    Xin cho con hoi, con muon dang ky khoa hoc winter retreat 2016-2017, 1 tuan new year. Khoa hoc nay co phai o ben Phap? neu nhu con o ben My thi phi truong nao thi gan voi Tu Vien nhat.

    Con cam on

  129. Amalia Kauth says:

    Dear Friends, I want to share my thoughts about Jesus and Buddhism with you.
    I was brought up in a very strict Christian family. I do not feel satisfied in this religion. I found Buddhism and I am very happy with.
    Because I know Christianity well I noticed rituals and basic settings which do not come from Judaism. Much more they are shared with Buddhism. The complete nonviolence of Jesus, the chain (rosary) that 49 days celebration after death (6 weeks celebration in Christianity) meditation (as Jesus was 40 days in the desert). There are many such examples which do not come from Judaism but it is practiced in Buddhism . Then I found this movie and I was very surprised because it confirmed my guess. Jesus was a Buddhist monk. A (BBC Documentary)get to the subject of the title of the video at 39:45.

  130. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Mile buiochas, many thanks for this generous sharing, Mary Elizabeth

  131. Christine Laubin says:

    Thank you so much for this posting.

  132. May our brother always rest peacefully.

  133. Dallas Singh says:

    Greetings from SriLanka.

    What a beautiful concept – a beautiful manifestation of Cosmic Intelligence.
    Can you start this in Sri Lanka ?
    SriLanka is already a good tourist destination and we have one of the most fertile land areas on the planet. There are beautifully scenic areas where “Happy Farms” can be set up.
    Politically our current president (a Buddhist and from an agricultural background) will be very happy to support the setting up of these farms.
    I am a engineer (now retired) in very good physical and mental health and involved in esoteric studies – and will be glad to play an active roll. Also, I have good contacts with the local agricultural and scientific community.
    Please give serious considerations to this proposal.
    Wish you blessing and peace profound.

  134. Jamie Hoey says:

    I know the deadline was the 3rd of sept but is there any chance you would still accept an application?

  135. Dave Troupe says:

    Thanks Sister for the message of love without raising any hostility towards anyone who has caused this issue. A true Buddhist call.

  136. Uyen Nguyen says:

    I’ve already booked a ticket to visit my family from end of Dec to end of Jan.
    Will there be an exception if I can start the retreat by early Feb?

  137. Vivian Taube says:

    Yes, I would be interested in this, too, but I am 55, and I think this would be too rigorous for me, physically.

  138. Thank you for all your mindful work. Just beautiful! With a bow and a smile…

  139. A Bronzini says:

    Jane, we are never too old! I too, am thinking of how I would love to do this. Age does not hold me back, all of the other ‘life stuff’ seems to.
    I think it is time for some deep prayer and planning for this. It is time for a change

  140. Hieu says:


    I’m wondering when does the Winter Retreat start?


  141. Jane Tansley says:

    I would so love to do this it would be so fabulous and deeply enriching, but you need youngsters and I’m 59. Blessings on your amazing vision.

  142. Gordon Walters says:

    A sangha is needed
    Understanding is needed
    Thays influence runs deep in me
    I will do what I can

    • Gloria Seidler says:

      A thank you to Gordon Walters.
      I, too, will continue to do what I can.

      Is there some way all of us can create a sanga together without bounds of country, race, age, etc..
      To help the knowledge touch each heart and promote right action?

      It’s one thing to talk, and of course to pray. Right action in a massively large group can create momentum and change.

      Is there a way we all can connect more than through words? It can be easy for some to look away when someone or something is suffering. It isn’t easy to look away from thousands with an authentic presence and message.

      Asking with great love and respect. Glo

  143. Donal says:

    Greetings from the emerald isle. Very interested in internship idea.

  144. Hanna Ngo says:

    Thanks so much for your information.
    I am a Vietnamese and studying in Australia.
    I don’t know how to apply visa and health insurance in France for 1 year of Happy farm internship. Is this same or different from travelling visa? Has been anyone there done this before? Could I have advice from them?

  145. enrico mainato chiesa says:

    Mother Earth is a living creature whose buhaviour is difficult to analize. Even through the recent past movements and changes in the climate have occured, causing deep impact over living beings. This
    has occured infinite times and will probably happen again. this has nothing to do with the will of
    human beings.We should be humbler and free of fear, which is the real disease of our times.
    As our teacher taugth “Fear makes you see real whar is unreal and believe that lies are truths”
    In the present days liars have got lots of credit thanks to super development of so called science,
    technology, mostly in the field of communication. Yes our species is overgrowing and eating off
    nature with its resources, but historical experience says that when a givem species overgrows, then
    a severe halt measure will come..Vegetarianism is to be fostered, but firstly for hetical purpose.
    We are what we eat and if we continue to eat meat, a nature of ferocious beast will appear. All
    beings shyould live in peace with no fear, yet this is far to come. That is why our species
    should be an example to others. Thus Mother Earth will rejoice and relax-
    I wish that our teacher to be always present to guide us as his task seens not finished yet.

    Enrico Mainato Chiesa from Lucca, Italy

    • Lynn says:

      Wonderful thoughts but having a background in holistic nutrition (and much more) would like to say we are much more then what we eat. Digestion, metabolism, the soils on which the food is grown, “acid rain” (or not)and so much more. All truly is connected. As well those who lived in Arctic lands could never survive on a vegetarian diet, at least not when living off of the land as was prior to electricity and modern technology. (Whale blubber provided much needed fat for warmth).

      I think what you are referring to is the “bell curve” – when any species populations explodes then a force (disease so on) enters in to put it in harmony or balance). Our technology overrides that innate balancing system, yet always there is something that evolves to do it’s task (on a individual scale painful, on the larger scale a balancing). And yes climate does change, perhaps we are accelerating these natural occurrences.

      That said having raised aquarium fish since a small child, Co2
      is absorbed into water systems and our oceans are a “sink” which means eventually it acidifies the water and although their are species that evolved for differing Ph conditions most fish in the ocean have not. The oceans are acidifying (a dream I had as a small child mid 50’s – the oceans were dying, now I know it to mean acidifying and other pollution causing destruction). Ditto for air, land, river systems. What is often not mentioned with regard to climate change discussions is the pollution and toxicity involved due to our “modern” technology.

      As you can see I have a background in science, along with the esoteric sciences – ideally we question all sources, lol.

  146. Antony Smith says:

    This is all very inspiring. It is good too see such inspirational people giving a strong lead.
    I am pleased that there is now a strong movement in making these changes.

    Antony Smith

  147. Ever Sylvan says:

    much wisdom here, from all replies too, but the one concern I have is the depiction of wind and solar Sadly it is NOT free and comes with great consumption of natural resources and destruction of invironment wildlife undergound water systems not to mention human health. We have a huge challenge ahead of us.. but I am optimistic when I read the comments above There are a lot of good people out there we just have to wake up

    • Lynn says:

      As well some of the components are highly toxic “rare earth metals” and many environmental consequence for those that produce and work with these toxins (China, other countries).

      Mother Earth, Father Sun, Brother Wind, Little Sister (wild flowers not weeds, lol!) Quote from “Touch the Earth” original peoples on what is now called America.

  148. Manu Farenzena says:

    Saving the earth is about paying attention to minor actions of daily life. Eg. the drain of my shower is blocked. It is very inconvenient. This product was recommended to me. It unblocks drains… in the package it says – that the product is toxic to all life forms and has a long term toxic effect for life, fish, plants, water. It is written in the package! For convenience, I used it anyway and it did unblock my drain. However, the drain is now blocked again and I’m resisting the ‘convenience’ of short term to think of the intoxicating power this product has on me, and everyone/everything around me really. It is in the small, tiny things that we do everything that we have to concentrate… Lets find alternatives, I’m sure they exist.

    • Susan says:

      Yes, take your drain apart and clean it out. Why have we lost the ability to do the simple tasks? Instead of throwing our toys out, get off your machines and manually fix your toys. Grow your garden, sew your clothes, cook your food.

    • WitchettyGrub says:

      To unblock your drain, try bicarbonate soda. Add household vinegar and it will bubble up. Let it bubble away, adding more of each if you need it. Then wash away with water. Much better for the environment!

    • Deepa says:

      Dear Manu,

      To unclog a drain you can pour a handful of baking soda into the drain and add one half cup of white vinegar. Rinse with hot water. There are many alternatives to using chemical toxic cleaners in our homes. Pl refer to ‘Clean’ by Michael Dejong, it shows how to use baking soda, borax, lemon salt and vinegar to clean just about anything at home. Cleaning this way may need more awareness and a willingness to work a bit more but it causes no harm to anyone .. all the best.

    • Lynn says:

      Not to mention all of these toxic chemicals are tested on animals. ALL repeatedly due to the billions gained by doing so. The pharmaceuticals for the most part make them (think Bayer Aspirin Bayer pesticide) then more toxic Rx to “cure” when the toxicity of many modern *synthetic chemicals are used (not side but toxic effects in research literature. *most perfumes, colognes “fragrance” products are made from left over petro sludge – the companies fight hard to keep the label from stating that (easily online search now – toxins in your perfume for starters).

      Rabbit eyes, draize test(vocal cords cut so lab workers can not hear them scream, they often break their necks trying to escape the pain. Beagle – 50/50 chemicals pumped down tubes into stomachs until 50% die. And more horrors. It was my research paper and multi millions are experiencing such horrors due to our “better living through chemistry – NOT” (synthetic of course)

      You can google for the images and perhaps put one near your sink – then true “Love is Action based on compassion” and imagine it in your eye.

  149. Martina says:

    Thank you sister Chang for your beautiful thoughts and words. If we could all make even a little effort to be kinder and gentler to our selfs, our fellow human beings, the animals and our beautiful earth. Thick nhat hanh and sister Chang have done so much to try make us too become more aware,also the sisters and brothers of plumvillage.

  150. Gloria Seidler says:

    Thank you Sister Chan. Your words and the energy behind them are so important. May the message reach all our hearts and motivate right action.

    I am searching for a Sanga both to bring forth the message and to find a place where I belong.
    I hear the Earth and teach others to listen (as my work). However here in Vermont I have not found connection with others. I reach out and respectfully ask for healthy community.
    Blessings to all.

  151. Monica says:

    Peace & Love ???

  152. Jonah Sky says:

    Thank you friends for sharing this story of your experience.
    I have been struggling to find equilibrium in myself and this is
    a very inspiring essay.

    ~ With gratitude and hope

  153. sister chan. so well written. so perfectly said. thank you

  154. sangsuan.gam says:

    peace in every step …

    deliberately …

  155. Arlene says:

    I respect the sentiment here but can we please not associate it all as “mother” earth / “mother” nature?

    • Dear Arlene,
      Thank you for raising this point. Perhaps Thay, and Sister Chan Khong, use the word “mother” in order to remind us to see our profound connection with the Earth, and to see the Earth as more than just inert matter, and to recognize that the Earth is as much (if not more) our mother than our biological immediate mother in this lifetime. We don’t need to be caught in the terminology; it is just a skilful way to remind us of something deeper. If you’d like to read more about Thay’s vision of the Earth as mother, you can read his book: “Love Letters to the Earth”.

    • but it is mother earth. a mother nourishes and feeds her chidren. such has mother earth since the beginning of life

  156. Juan Carlos Sanguino says:

    Thank you very much Sister. I can hear yours

  157. Brian Horrigan says:

    It’s never too late to start living! Insurance companies stops our generation from running through the fields! People should STOP! And have a good look at what greed has done and is doing! All PEOPLE! Are to blame every human being is RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAMAGE! Now PEOPLE SHOULD GET RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAIRING THE DAMAGE! And NURTURE AND LOVE WHAT YOU CALL MOTHER EARTH! Thee ONE AND ONLY PLANET WITH LIFE IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE! START NOW EVERYBODY! HARMONISE WITH NATURE!

  158. Lyell says:

    I am the change we want to see in the world I am vegan ???

  159. BRIAN GROGAN SJ says:

    Thank you so much. It encourages me to keep going in my small efforts!

  160. Raja jaber says:

    Thank you sister Chan Khong for this poignant and beautiful message.
    When I hear fracking..I hear the cries of a mother that is being raped by her children.
    Gratitude and love to you.

  161. Thank you Sister Chân for your work and insight and for mentioning the biggest enemy to Mother Earth, animal agriculture. We need to walk away from the murder of other sentient beings and start living compassionate lives, in harmony with nature, mindfully.
    May we, ALL living beings live in peace.

  162. Brenda says:

    Thank you

  163. Tanya Dieu Thanh says:

    Thank you so much Sister Chan Khong for your profound, beautiful, and practical message! “The Earth is us. We inter-are with all other species in Earth.” May all beings respect and love our Mother Earth to the fullest ❤️?❤️

  164. Elizabeth Gibbens says:

    Thank you, Sister Chan.

  165. Serena Long says:

    Thank you so much Sister Chan Khong. It’s a passionate call for our dear Mother Earth. I will never ever stop practicing the Five Mindfulness Trainings.

    With joint palms, respectfully.
    Joyful Presence of the Heart.

  166. Gregoa says:

    We should leave (capitalism) the old system behind and resuscitate Homa-Therapy in our daily actions as expected by the old Gautama. Om Shree. Make a proof 1. and 2. The most efficient ways to heal the earth and get health as wealth.

  167. Amalie Kauth says:

    Thank you Sister Chan for your beautiful letter.
    To all Sangha.
    When you go for a walk, please take a bag with you and collect all plastic garbage you find on your way else the next big rain will wash this into the rivers. With this action rivers and oceans can be protected. Our water and all beings who live in it thank you very much for this.
    It’s just a little help but if many people do that it is a great benefit.
    May all beings be happy

  168. Maxim says:

    Go vegan for total Freedom ❤️❤️❤️

  169. Yu Yin says:

    Thank you Sister Chan! It is a very inspiring message! Can I translate it into Chinese and share to my friends?

  170. adriana rocco says:

    as promised we are translating it just now and trying to spread as much as possible (not only through ecology magazine)

    we keep you informed

  171. A passionate call for our dear Mother Earth. I’d like to share on Facebook but for some reason your website won’t let me.

  172. Vivian Taube says:

    Thank you, Sister Chan Khong. Personally, I am mostly vegetarian, but I admit, sometimes, I still eat meat. I do like dairy and egg–especially cheese, which I have pretty much daily, I admit. But, I “offset” my carbon emissions, using this site: It is run by indigenous people in the US. I like using their site to do the actual offsetting, each year. However, I use this site, which has a very accurate calculator, to figure out my carbon emissions, each year. I also opt, as a Marin County, CA, resident, for all green energy, when buying my energy from the local company, PG&E. It costs a bit more, but I would rather not create the pollution in the first place, to then, later offset it. I am considering giving up dairy, as well as meat, for 6 weeks, as part of a program I read about in a book, “The UltraMind Solution,” by Mark Hyman. If it turns out that I am allergic to dairy, as apparently many people are, I might continue to be dairy and meat free, then. We shall see. I have tried going vegan, in the past, and unless I have the support of a community, doing it with me, that is very hard for me. Love, Vivian 🙂

    • Beverly says:

      Dear Vivian, I am just north of you in Sonoma County. I struggled wth this all my life until about 8 years ago. The book that helped me most was Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn. It has many creative, simple, quick, and delicious recipes in the second part of the book. There is also a MeetUp group that meets at Gaia’s Garden (mostly vegan) restaurant on Tuesday nights in Santa Rosa. Wishing you…and everyone… happiness at the table!

  173. Carolyn Swindlehurst says:

    Thank you for everything you do to save our beloved earth.

  174. Jill H Cooper says:

    Thank you Sister Chan for your beautiful letter to us all. It was a warm way to wake up the day, and gave me an added boost of mindfullness to start the day. in agreement with you, and am sure many others, may we all take a mindfullness day to remind ourselves what is truly important for our Earth. May your day be blessed for sharing your thouights with us.


    • Claudia says:

      Gratidão,Sister Chan!
      Li sua carta e posso lhe dizer: sim, eu ouço nossa Mãe Terra chorar há anos. E percebo que o sofrimento só aumentou nas últimas décadas.Todos estamos doentes depois que tão graves feridas foram por nós provocadas no coração de nossa Mãe. Querida Irmã Chan, a Terra ainda pode ser salva? Ou já chegamos a um ponto onde não há volta? Vamos nos unir para promover a cura de nossa Divina Mãe. Vamos criar um grupo e dividí-lo planeta afora, para salvar nossa Mãe.
      Abençoados sejam, Irmã Chan, você e todos que lutam para curar o planeta!

  175. Julie says:

    Thay’s lamp will burn bright forever in my heart.

  176. Barbara Bishop says:

    I was my privilege to study Buddhist psychology with Thich Naht Hanh years ago. Everyday I find myself transmitting aspects of his teaching to friends and to those who consult with me. I am grateful for Thay’s peaceful teaching and presence.

  177. Diana P Unruh says:

    I am so grateful to be learning from Thay’s words. They are precious to my day.

  178. I Love This Songha says:

    Dear True Dedication,

    I love Plum Village songs, especially “Breathing in, Breathing out”.

    Can you please tell us where we can find the Chords and Tabs for these beautiful songs. I would love to learn how to play them on an Acoustic Guitar.

    Thank you

  179. martha neumann says:

    Thanks for this beautiful gift! Could you tell us the name of the cello piece that is the theme of the documentary?
    We send prayers for good health for you all, and especially Thich Nhat Hanh.
    martha neumann in michigan, usa.

  180. Thay's Follower says:

    Dear Sangha,

    I am full with joy and happiness that our beloved teacher Thay is doing well. Please give us a more current update on his health. Also, as you know, passing away and leaving this physical body is part of life. May Thay be with us for a very long time so we can learn from and enjoy his wisdom, compassion and love.

    Could you please explain to us the process of selecting a new teacher and who he or she -(if it possible)- might be.

    With love and gratitude I will be waiting for your reply…Thank you!

  181. Sol Riou says:

    If we do not all take individual responsibly who will take responsibility? And if we are not mindful how can we act wisely? With gratitude for Thay’s continuation body.

  182. Jane Siebel says:

    With gratitude and praise, I listen with my heart and I am moved to walk in mindfulness.

  183. J. Carreon says:

    Is it possible to join the monastery in France and be a monk? Please reply.

  184. Carol Pringle says:

    Thank you for producing this wonderful film and sharing it allowing all who encounter it to be filled with Peace Joy and Hope. I live in Australia and a so very grateful to be able to share this way so many of the questions I have had in the past have now been answered in loving kindness…..May you all be Blessed for the Loving Work you so….

  185. Thay's Follower says:

    Dear all,

    Please give us an update on the health of our beloved teacher, Thay…thank you!

  186. Pam says:

    Thank you, Thay.



  188. Thx for giving people all over the world the opportunity to be mindful and listen to Thich Nhat Hanh in person.

  189. Linda K says:

    Beautiful that Thay was there in physical presence…..I pray that we may we all stay in the love and light of the bright, cascading worldwide light of the truthful Dharma. Humbly, I give thanks to all involved, in what was quite obviously a spectacularly powerful ceremony and happy day ???

  190. Joyce says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I live in Singapore and unfortunately, when I hit “Play”, an error message comes up to say “This video contains content from Hong Kong Media Production Company, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.”. I wonder how to resolve this so that the video can be viewed by an audience living in Singapore?

  191. Beverly Alexander says:

    This post brings joy to my heart. This is a new spring in the Plum Village tradition, Vibrant young sprouts are growing with the nourishment of the sunshine of the teachings. The sangha is an ocean of hope.

    With gratitude for those who composed this message and took the photos.

  192. Thay's Student says:

    Dear Sangha,

    We are due for an update on our beloved Thay’s health status.

    Thank you!

  193. Parris Kidd says:

    I attended one retreat with Thay and it changed my life. His compassion, his gentleness, and his obvious love for all of us will stay with me forever. I also enjoyed the presence and the dedication of all the other members of the Sangha who were with him. We do need at least a thousand more at Plum Village and all its affiliated sanghas. We really need millions more, billions more. Until all the world is one great, wonderful, loving, compassionate, nirvana sangha.

  194. Bianca D says:


  195. Martha Otis says:


  196. Dearest Thay and Plum Village Sangha:

    The unimpeded flow of compassion, lovingkindness, equanimity and joy that spreads through the world by way of your open hearts brings the beautiful possibility of peace for all mankind.

    Thank you for being like hollow bamboo and still waters, vessels of awakening for your brothers and sisters everywhere.

    Wishing your hearts peace during this time of transition for Thay.

    Lisa Zalovick

  197. Akber Ayub says:

    Such a wonderful and very useful gathering of ideas, people, philosophy and…spiritualism! Here’s wishing you all the very best for your future, nay, for our future, and for the future of the planet.

  198. Liz Willis says:

    This was so beautiful and so helpful. My daughter passed just 4 months ago from a very aggressive illness. My 4 year old granddaughter is trying to make sense of this and speaks to me about her Mom/my daughter. The cello brings forth my Dad, who had played cello. Thank you.

  199. Doris Krusch says:

    wir haben uns nie in die Augen gesehen
    wir werden niemals getrennt sein



  200. Laurie L. says:

    Bless your homecoming Thay and bless everyone embracing you and your recovery!! I love the posted picture♥♥ Peace, health, and happiness.

  201. Please Update says:

    Dear Sangha,

    It has been a while since your last update on how our beloved teacher Thay is doing. We are eagerly waiting for a new one.

    Thank you!

  202. Maria says:

    Welcome back to your Plum Village home! Thank you for your wonderful books which have helped me so much. They are written with eloquence and simplicity. I have shared with people who are receptive some of your deep, deep wisdom about love, breathing, and mindfulness. Thank you, Ven Thich Nhat Hanh! May you be well, happy, at peace!

  203. Such a wonderful story. It is so true as you write that ‘we have divided ourselves and nature, discriminating between humans and other beings and the entire planet.’ Yes, we cannot just sit by and wait for world leaders. Thanks so much for sharing this. Very inspiring for all of us.

  204. Anne Johansson Hjälmås says:

    Thank You Thay, Thank you ancestors, Thank you Nuns and Munks of Plum Village.
    I think MAHA SANGHA, coming together by leaving the wrong conception of a separate self.
    Rising together.
    Thank you all for giving me hope and curage to keep the heart open.

  205. Diana P Unruh says:

    Breathing In — You are Home
    Breathing Out — I am Happy for You
    Breathing In — Wishing you continued improved health
    Breathing Out — So You may stay with us awhile longer.

  206. Dear Mr, Hanh

    Your book ´Das Herz von Buddhas lehre´ is very imposing, but

    is is it the truth that Buddha spoke about six Elements then the Translation from Buddhism in the german speaking lands from Karl Eugen Neumann will not be the truth

  207. Mindfullator says:

    Dear Sangha,

    Please give us an update on the health of our beloved teacher Thay.

    With compassion, love, joy and happiness we shall receive his news.

    Thank you for everything!

  208. Asti Hagenbach says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this announcement with us. I wish you that you can enjoy every second caring for this most beautiful teacher. Thanx, warmly — Asti

  209. George Hoguet says:

    Thanks you for this wonderful article. When we can all recognize living mindfully and lightly on the Earth to be as joyful, Happy and fresh as this Farm, we will flock to this this way of being together. Thanks for nourishing the soil of our smiles 🙂

  210. TEMEKA GRAYSON says:


  211. De says:

    My heart smiles knowing you have returned “home.” I am certain you are exactly where you are suppose to be; surrounded by the love and light of the many beloved’s who reside at Plum Village.

    May this year bring you more healing, health and vitality. You are an inspiration. A man with a BIG HEART and message. I will always remember sitting in the front row of a small gathering in Northern Vermont, years ago (1997-98?) as I listening to you speak, but more so experienced the energetic power of your presence. What a gift.

    Much love and blessings to you.


  212. Dear Thay,

    You are the greatest influence on my life. I would not be a yoga teacher today without you. I have never stopped thinking about you since reading the book Touching Peace twenty years ago, especially those first words “Life is a miracle.”

    I share your teachings regularly with my students in Shanghai. You are a great inspiration to many of us here. Bless your heart.


  213. Shannon McKee says:

    I would love to receive updates about possible retreats and teachings. Thank you

  214. Phil DeVault says:

    Thay, You are in my prayers and thoughts throughout every day. With love and dedication, Phil

  215. Ross Hoffman says:

    Dear Thay – Thank you for your teachings. You have helped me and you are an inspiration

    Please have a look at the work of French physician Dr J Bloch. I do not know the status of her research, but the work is exciting and may be transformative. I suggest speaking with your physicians and assessing whether you might be a candidate for an academic therapeutic trial. Sending love and healing, Ross Hoffman, MD

  216. Thank Thay and the whole Sangha. Wishing Thay quick recovery.

  217. Elisabeth Cazer says:

    Dear Thay,

    I am very happy to hear that you are back in Plum Village. Many thanks to the Sangha who is taking care of you.

    Thank you so much for your teachings. They bring me relief and joy. It is a joy also to share them with others.

    Here in Yangmingshan, Taipei, where I live, wild cherry trees are blossoming all over in the cold mountain. Their deep, dark pink color is wonderful to see, on the background of the lush green tropical forest.
    The plum trees, with their tiny white flowers and their subtle fragrance of vanilla, have almost finished to blossom, and small green leaves have appeared on their twigs.
    It is a joy to see the endless cycle of seasons.

    May you be well, dear Thay,
    Our love from Taiwan

  218. Sandra Lodin says:

    I feel joy and my heart is full of compassion for you .
    I just Reading your book and I am so happy I can
    take part of your life and teachings.
    Thanks so mutch. Happy you are with your
    sangha again healthy. You learn me to be fully present
    here and know. I am so thankful. Thanks for your compassion towards all life you learning me how to be happy now.

  219. Marianna Roccia says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha, I never stop thinking about you. Your great love is in every cell of my body..We love you!????

  220. Marianna Roccia says:

    I’m really moved from this great energy of love, which goes beyond time and space. Dear Thay, Dear Mike, thank you for the infinite Love you give us!????????

  221. Lucy Kendall says:

    Dear Thay,
    we wish you well. May your days be filled with joy and happiness. My son and I stayed at Plum Village for 6 weeks during the winter of 2004/2005. It set me on a joyful path and I am so grateful for your wonderful teachings. My son who was ten years old at the time was transformed from a child with many problems to a happy smiling boy, although he cried for many days after we had to return to the UK. He stills treasures the lotus seed pod you kindly gave him while walking hand in hand around Plum Village.
    Much love to you from us both,
    Lucy and Luke.

  222. Geertjan says:

    Dear Thay.

    I,M very happy you are back home.
    Thank you very much for everything you have learned to me.

    Kind regards,

    Geertjan ????

  223. sylvie says:

    Thank you

  224. Happy Lunar Monkey year dear Thay, Aldea del Ciruelo and sanghas worldwide 🙂
    togetherness beyond borders, ages, genders, languages… nurturing each other in the womb of the Pachamama (Mother Earth); specially the children and elderly.
    We keep walking for you, practicing for you, breathing for you…

    Cristina and Tamara
    Sangha de la Yerba Mate – Mindfulnessnoa

  225. Lin Rongxiang says:

    Happy Lunar New Year Thay, and Plum Village.

    As my family gather for Lunar New Year, the consumption patterns make me feel upset even though I smile as always. I wish for mindful living and mindful consumption, instead of all the goodies that are needed to drive an economy that is heading towards recession. All the food that will go to waste because of over-production is awful, the news in Singapore today alone reported a huge pricetag for certain edible fishes – I can barely bring myself to finish mock fish because when it tastes like real fish, and I know that this way of consumption simply is both wasteful and delusive.

    I miss the days when I used to hide in my dormitory room alone and study transcripts of Thay’s teachings. It was suffering, yet Thay’s teachings made every single bit of sense when I was only a youth.

  226. Peter says:

    Dear Thay, I have just discovered “living Buddha, living Christ.” Amazing, it’s saving my life, thank you, God bless yours. Pete. Uk

  227. Rex Bruce says:

    I have never had the privilege of meeting you, but have read many of your books starting in 1992 and seen you speak publicly twice including your recent visit to Pasadena. It is uncanny how much affection I have for you and how deeply I love you dearest teacher. I am forever grateful for everything you have taught me. I feel like we are old friends. You have my deepest and warmest wishes for recovering in the comfort of Plum Village, should I have the fortune to one day be in your company I will be a happy man indeed. But, I know a person like you dwells everywhere. I will do my best to remember that every day, to know your heart of unfathomable warmth dwells in mine, old friend, and your shining light is one in the same as mine as well.

  228. Laurel Wolfe Surles says:

    Happy New Mindful Precious Now Year! Thank you for these my Global Sangha & Thay Phap Huu for manifesting our verses to skillfully practice.
    I have a new song to share, for my Teacher Thay. I’m posting a YouTube video link. The teachings inspire me. Thay, your calligraphy hangs upon my office wall, clearly seen here. May you enjoy~

  229. Christine Laubin says:

    Thank you for this beautiful New Year gift.

  230. Matty J says:

    Happy Groundhogs Day, Thay and Plum Village!!
    Peace and Joy and Thanks for all your wonderful work. You have touched so many lives all over the World!
    Matty J

  231. Asha Singh says:

    Dear Thay,

    You blessed and inspired my life many years ago in London, I think. I have never forgotten your kindness and warmth, as we all walked together. Wishing you health and peace.

    This is it!


  232. Dear sisters & brothers thank you so much for the beautiful prayer.
    I will try to translate for our little shanga here .
    As a few people joined this year. So we are hoping to get a space for regular
    practice weekly together.
    I had a dream last night with Thich Nhat Hanh and i am delighted
    to read his wish to be back in plum village!
    i hope to be joining again soon.

    A smile,

  233. Zenni says:

    Dearest Thay <3
    I so happy you're recovering well and getting stronger,
    and now back at your beloved Plum Village 🙂
    You've arrived 🙂
    You're home 🙂
    So rejoiceful!
    Thank you so much for your teachings.
    Sending you the energy of love, warmth and healing…

    • Eric Lanng says:

      Dear Friends,

      The following I wrote inspired by this poetic update…

      Thay beloved buddhist teacher, stroke, health, awakening, and the inevitable golden age coming to earth…

      By Eric Lang​

      “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thay

      “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today” – Thay

      With calm and a small glimpse of timelessness in the present moment, hope and faith and knowledge of a better tomorrow I share the following on this social medium… With a grokking of health and longevity, as a beginner of the path, starting in this first moment again, with no role as a spiritual teacher, just a perhaps helpful brother to you on our journey together I channel the following through the grace of my guru, Shri Neem Karoli Maharaj-ji​ I pour the following out of my heart to you here and now… Let these words point you to the concept and word free truth, look between the words, let them move through you, and use them as you will. Dedicated to Thay or Thich Nhat Hanh

      One of my favorite Buddhists teachers, that taught nirvana is by simply being in the moment, had a major stroke years ago. When it first happened I was shocked, Ram Dass stroked, Thay stroked, why did these peaceful healthy spiritual people suffer such major health issues in their golden years… logic would say they should me more healthy and live past even 100. This was of course my logical mind, as I followed Thay’s health, I saw the same courageous simple nirvana living man in the process of recovery from a stroke. I saw how the global community rallied around helping Thay’s issues in a dharmic way that is in the spirit of relieving the suffering of all beings. I saw how indeed a major health issue can be used as grist for the mill of awakening many beings to their buddha or divine nature of being here now as ONE. I cried when I first read that Thay’s first word he uttered since the stroke was simply “OMMMM” He still can’t be the eloquent speaker that he was, and he apparently mostly is silent and smiles and hums. He has returned home to his beloved community in france. I don’t know about you but being a human being I will certainly at the least have minor physical and mental health issues, in my case I had a serious case of bipolar disorder, that is now managed through various medicinal means and spiritual practices, eating habits and so on. Thay has become inspiration for turning this mental health issues as well as attachments, desires and bad habits, as the fuel for me to recognize when I am lost in drama, and through practice pull back into my soul that is love, and loves it all as it merges into the great One, what he would call Buddha nature. Yeah, I am no spiritual teacher like Thay, I consider myself just another bozo on the bus where it’s all us, heading home to final liberation. Yet for my family, friends, facebook friends, youtube followers and others I have become in essence a living teaching of simply being in the moment as best I can, channeling a deeper wisdom higher then my attainment and presenting it in a way that helps others. Look at this picture of Thay in the center, surrounded by his community, feel his deep powerful God teaching… He is the buddhist, but he has achieved the same realization that theists also get, that all is interconnected, One and ultimately beyond duality. He is definately not a fundie religious dogmatic literalist buddhist, but rather a spiritual being that practices and teaches from a specific buddhist tradition while incorporating others traditions and honoring them. The following article is poetic update of Thay’s health, moving and inspiring. I have finally let go of my disappointment, feeling of betrayal, and fear surrounding Thay’s stroke. It also shows the cosmic wierdness of a person that say eats meant smokes ciggs, doesn’t exercise much, doesn’t do any spiritual practices… living relatively healthy with no major stroke for a long life dying peacefully in their sleep, and returning to soul land. Why Thay have a stroke and not this person with all these issues…? Isn’t there some set of logical rules and habits we can follow to assure good health and longevity dying peacefully with dignity? What is the secret to health and a long life? I feel there is One, it has to do with a personal relationship with the higher power along with many factors involving habits, behaviors and karmic situations… But Thay shows that superb health is not the best in all situations. that people needs courageous spiritual beings, that have disabled, sickly, ill health and human weakness using their stuff so to speak as a method of spreading awakening. As Martin Luther King, who died early for love, said, “Longevity has it’s place” so does being in good health, so does seeking good health.. Yoga teacher and aunt Diane Hulse-Hiller​ I feel used health centered yoga and seeking, hatha yoga, as a spiritual awakening practice and teaching… People like her are more common these days.. But it is not the whole story for sure. For example, Ramana Maharshi a realized being, totally aware, passed on from a physical disease, he said, “this body is just used up” when he was dying, those around him cried out, “Don’t leave us” He said, “Don’t be silly, where could I go?” So there are 2000 year old yogis like Babaji that live in secret in the mountains of India, with perfect healthy youthful bodies defeating aging, disappearing and reappearing the body at will… There is a place, for that, the fountain of youth is possible, that is what Maha avatar Babaji shows those that tune in his existence… There is also a place from Ramakrishna who had health problems and died young, but achieved the same state of consciousness as Babaji. We have to face the higher power, relate with it, listen to it from the heart… and work out what we basically want out of our life… Do we want the longevity and good health, or do we want the best for the awakening of all beings that may included health issues and a shorter life span. With the higher power’s power through a spiritual relationship, we can be at peace forever, we can achieve all our worldly dreams, and we can even bring peace to this planet, a lasting new golden age of humanity with collective awareness and symbiosis with earth and sustainable abundant technology. I faced my higher self in all it’s glory, and asked that I first be protected in my spiritual journey home so my personal suffering is never too much. The higher power promised me this through a synchronistic miracle, in which a buddhist friend, without knowing I had prayed for the first time in my life for four hours for “protection” privately telling no one, handed me as soon as he saw me after leaving the dorm area and walking in the college lunch hall. He told me later he got an intuition to do this,thus handing me a pure land buddhist protection card, with the three sages of the pure land, an astral plane, and protection mantras in Chinese on the back, saying “This will protect you for life” and life is eternal right?. I have come to fully accept this gift given to me for eternity until my final arrival home forever, even though I gave the card away seeing that the physical object was just to make my faith strong until I would pass it along, which I did to a dear friend Scott Alloway​. But I have come to ask for more from my higher power, I have asked for the earth within my human lifetime soon as possible, to have a lasting peace and golden age. Many in the spiritual community have told me that this is too much to ask, many doubt humanity will survive, and some have even come to strongly be attached to doom and gloom of humanity’s collective death. Recently I spoke with a new friend I met in the Neem Karoli Baba satsang Ram Om​ that hoped I was right about the future, but didn’t know and feel it in his heart enough to be assured of a peaceful planet’s inevitability. But my higher power over the years, has given me the knowledge that earth and humanity’s harmony is inevitable, in fact. Strangely enough ETs (whose ships I have witnessed) realized in the oneness of their being, use their advanced technology fused with consciousness to prevent humans from destroying themselves whenever needed. My relationship and grokking of the so called “Aliens” is based in experience, inner knowledge, searching the evidence slowly being disclosed by governments around the world. Although I begged and begged to know the date of this destined leap of humanity, the higher power inspired me to use evernew bliss and the newness of each moment, to cultivate a change in destiny that undoes the karmic web and brings collective peace to the earth NOW. As Neem Karoli Baba said, “I can change destiny” Although some in spiritual community think the ET issues is unimporant or strange, who are more attached in the I don’t know realm of humanity’s future. I met Carl Haridas Thompson​ who also sees the importance of these issues and is a devotee of the same guru… Others following the same guru like Raghu Markus​ were dismissive of the importance of the ET issue and the future of humanity, although he strongly agree and relate with a so called “dead” saint… we do agree of practice and making spirituality practical in our daily life. My major spiritual teacher Ram Dass who wrote my bible “Remember Be Here Now” talked with me on skype about the ET issue and the future of humanity, and to my delight, we seeed eye to eye of these issues, yet I strongly sensed ram dass had little if any attachment to these understandings, so it gave me the power to let go, giving up knowing and knowing that I know, and simply be in the knowledge. As Krishna Das told me in a personal communication, just bask more in baba’s love and don’t try to figure so much out even though we can figure some of the mystery out. So I don’t know the date of earth and humanity’s inevitable transformation, and those beings that know the exact day have never publically revealed it. Also the prophecy of 2012 being either the end of the world or a new age of peace was a big disappointment for me, as I realized I attempted to use the date of Dec 21 2012 to create along with many others a massive awakening. We wonder in certain communities did we fail, or did we plant a seed that will soon burst through the dirt to bask in the sun. DrRam Sharma​ a friend who reminds me to say my mantra Ram, reminded me in his poems to balance the certainty of humanity’s future with a deep sense of patience and humility. . I sense it will be within the next ten years, this sooness I feeling I cannot shake, and Thay and his community will play a part of course…. call me an optimist or crazy dreamer, call me ignorant about science or health even though quantum sciences have in essence proven some sort of spiritual dimension to existence… call me a polyannish shelteredd man that tried to make the best of things that essentially are pointless and horrible…, whatever, but I will do everything I can to bring peace to myself to the earth to humanity and to all beings everywhere, with every karmic situation, human drama, human weakness, health issue and so on…

      “We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thay

      These are ideals, intentions and promises, but I must walk the walk. I must develop more balance in my spirituality rather then the ups and downs that can be too extreme. Develop the simplicity and humility that Thay exemplifies.

      If anything Thay’s greatest teaching is bringing peace to earth and awakening humanity with our present centered practice. Congratulations if you made it this far, don’t be shy if you made it this far a like or small comment would be honored by me but not expected of course. I hope these heart felt words that used Thay’s health issues to communicate on many important topics. I really hope helped you in some way, even if very subtle and only for a moment. And please I don’t expect or even desire anything in return. I pray that my words don’t confuse or hurt anyone, but I know some will misunderstand them.

      Being Here Now

      A soul on a roll.

      PS: This article was helped by interactions with Bruce Hulse​, a devoted buddhist uncle and upa guru Greg Carpenter​ Aimee Mishkovsky​ Joby Bishop​ fellow satsang members that facebook communications inspire me and the great friendship of Tom D. Smith​ Also April Hulse Lang​ who has always supported so much my attempts to share consciousness on facebook.

      To my cynical or doubtful or pessimistic or judgemental friends… Hey look you read this far, so there must be some reason why you think this section addresses you right?

      • Sylvia Clements says:

        Universal Blessings to you, dear spiritual brother, Eric. Your heartfelt sharing is enjoyed by myself and the friends I forwarded it to. Thay is loved and remembered. Peace, harmony, love, spiritual energy. Find bliss in the process……’s “contagious”.

  234. The Weston Family says:

    Dear Thay,
    Welcome back to Plum village. We are so happy to know your health has improved enough for you to get back ‘home’. WE wish you a wonderful peaceful and joyful new year and send you all our best wishes for your continued recovery. Thank you for having inspired our family so many times in person and through your teachings and books.
    Kindest regards et bienvenu de nouveau au village des pruniers.
    A bientot,
    Peter Valerie Max et Lucie

  235. Teresa López & Pedro Aguilar says:

    Dear friends,

    my name is Pedro Aguilar
    and I was in Upper Hamlet with my wife from 27 th December to 4 th January.
    I send you a video I recorded during our stay

    I hope you enjoy it,

    Please let Françoise know about it

    with joined palms

  236. Adriene Anderson says:

    The message and photo were approp for the holiday season and for life. I will incorporate the teachings and teach others. Thank you for sharing . Continued Blessings and Peace

  237. A belated happy New Year to all of you reading this and for plum village residents, Thay included, returned with joy, to his “home” , if I’m right. Since the end of last year 2015, Thay’s often present in my awareness with my respect for his work, his being, reminding me of the center within me, where the root of my reality’s manifestation resides. It’s becoming a truth to me, outgrowing my mind’s concept of it. To me, Thay’s the living presence of that truth and an inspiration to me more than ever before. Thank you.

  238. Debbie says:

    I am not a scholar, but I think the offerings are something a traveler needs as they embark on a journey (nothing dies….)

  239. Anna Nguyenova says:

    Sending you love and light! Very happy to hear you are doing well, may you recover fast and continue to feel the love and gratitude we are sending your way xx

  240. Onggreny Wangsa says:

    So happy????
    Love u Thay????

  241. Makoto Ueda says:

    I deeply admire both of them from bottom of my heart , soul and mind .

    I appreciate you … ☆彡

  242. Onggreny says:

    So happy ????
    Love you Thay????

  243. Patricia says:

    I am so happy to know Thich Nhat Hanh has safely returned to Plum village!

  244. Jessica says:

    So very glad to know he has returned home! Much love and healing energy being sent to him from around the world! May he continue to grow healthier and stronger!
    Many Blessings

    • Jorge Amy says:

      Dear Thay, God bless you, many times over!. I have read many of your great books, so full of wisdom, mindfulness and so well written. I spent an unforgettable time (on the day I turned 50 over thirteen years ago!) in one of your retreats in Deer Park, San Diego CA. You are a great teacher and Zen Master. I cannot tell you how happy I am that you are back in Plum Village surrounded by all your beloved monks, nuns and disciples. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time in your presence. Thank you! thank you! and may God bless you always!!. Love, Jorge A. Amy From Maryland, USA

  245. Jitu Jhaveri says:

    Dear Thay, so glad and over joyed by your return to your home. May you be well and safe and wish you speedy recovery. I am tremendously grateful for your teachings and I have listen to them on you tube again and again while going to work. You have been a real source of inspiration to me and to lots of brothers and sisters.

    May we hear your inner journey throughout this ordeal in your own words soon? It will guide us in our spiritual journey.

    May we hear your sweet voice soon. Best wishes from bottom of my heart.


  246. Suranaganie says:

    I am glad, happy, and able to smile, after seeing Thay back safely. Master, by sincere blessings and prayers will continue and I am sure you will be able to move with the devotees just as earlier.
    May you be well and happy!

    Thousand Sadhus to you dear.


  247. Kirk Gresham says:

    Blessings, Joy and Congratulations our beloved Thay on your return to your home at Plum Village. I have practiced Vipassana since I was lucky enough to meet Stephen Levine in 1978. I have known about Thay for many years, and read some of his works, heard his Dhamma talks, was impressed but for some reason, not so deeply connected. Then, on January 12th I had a very vivid and dramatic dream in which, they was alive but hanging on a cross. I was standing in front of him shocked and feeling his suffering, and not knowing how to help him. He only smiled back at me with his cute little grin, as though even then, wanting to assure and relieve me he was absolutely free, even there, still the Bhodisatva that he has always been. I embraced him, trying unsuccessfully to lift him off the cross, but we both held each other sobbing and laughing then with profound joy, willing to feel and carry the suffering of the world, just as Jesus, and all the Bhodisatvas of the world have done. There was then a huge celebration in his honor and I was so confused and honored to have been invited somehow to attend and help in this small and unexpected way. I’d heard months ago of his stroke (I should add that I myself survived a small stoke some 20 years ago, in which I was also very near death) but I was too lost in my own self-centeredness at that time to check on his well being or recovery. As a result of this seemingly prophetic dream, I immediately checked on his health the next day, and was so glad to see and hear of his amazing progress and his return home. I also have pulled his book out again and have been watching his dharma talks on You Tube every day since as an added part of my Vipassana practice. But now I am deeply sobbing, feeling the deep suffering in our current war torn world and laughing from profound hope and magnificent joy offered by Thay’s presence, wisdom and love for us all. Over the past year I have been deeply troubled, by the greed, hatred and war, being peddled by our politician’s here in American. I have felt so powerless to do anything to change it. All I could think to do was to light incense and a candle during my morning meditations and send out my metta for all the spiritual practitioners around the world (of all faiths)who might be, at that very moment, striving to live and do something to bring forward the real wisdom, healing, sanity and peace, for all, that seems so needed now for the very survival of our planet. I’ve felt certain that no political leader will turn this around, and certainly no war. I have prayed daily for a great spiritual leader, a new Buddha, or Christ, or Mohammed like being to come and lead us powerfully in the correct direction….Now, I feel hope, that at least for now, Thay has been here all along, and that for now, he can provide myself and us all, in the direction I was praying for. I’m also praying to know how, as I was in my dream, how I can participate and help, Thay and his followers, or any other new living Bhodisatva or Buddha who I may yet discover. Please let me know, if you have some ideas for me how I can be more active in such a movement. In the meantime, Thay’s appearance in my life has also inspired me to join a 12 mile Buddhist lead Peace March, that I’ve discovered, will be walking to my small town, tomorrow morning……Much love and gratitude to you all, and to my new teacher, and much loved Master Thay!

  248. Brij Puri says:

    He is a DIVINE BEING BLESSED to our PLANET to Raise our INNER SPIRITS {{“Atma”}to elevate us as spiritual Beings to learn LIFE‘s greatest Lessons of LOVE & COMPASSION.
    \Deepest LOVE & REGARDS to ALL in HIS ASHRAM at Plum Village.

  249. Cheryl says:

    Dear Thay, I wish you peace, joy, and ease in the new year. The teachings continue beautifully, as you intended. I send heartfelt gratitude and love as you settle back into your hermitage, surrounded by the Plum Village Sangha. You are held in in the hearts of your students in the worldwide sangha.

  250. Nuno Cativo says:

    Dear Thay, thank you for all the teachings.

    Hope you get better and stay with us for a long time.

    I am very happy to see you surrounded by love and care.

    From Portugal,

  251. Jerry says:

    Wonderful news of Thay’s return to Plum Village. I am inspired by his courage and fortitude. His teachings have guided me greatly over the years and I was so privileged to meet him in person at the monastery in MS, USA. Deep bows, jerry yahkov

  252. Be well dear guru Thay. Be well. May the Creator, Divine Consciousness bless you with a peaceful and speedy return to a healthy life, a healthy and peaceful day to day existence. We love you. The world needs and loves your energy. Be well, be safe, be strong and may God, Divine Consciousness bless you, always. I am a much better person because of your teachings Thay and the teachings of blessed Buddha. Thank you.

  253. Mehdi says:

    Thay you that light that shines and shows the way in the midst of every day life’s confusion and struggles.
    Thank you for being there for us.

  254. Jason Pugliese says:

    Dear Thay,

    I am so happy to hear the wonderful news of your return back to Plum Village.

    I want to thank you – your teachings have changed my life, which has had great positive effects on my family, friends,and community. Based on your teachings, I have also started a successful business that helps people build businesses in a mindful way.

    I have been on your retreats a few times, and am so grateful for your life’s work and your teaching.

    I am wishing you the best in your recovery.

    With Great Love, Respect, and Gratitude,

    Jason Pugliese

  255. Catherine Whitaker says:

    This news moved me greatly. It brings me much joy to know that Thay is back in Plum Village, surrounded by the healing and nourishing love of his Sangha, and able to breathe, and walk, and sit, in peace. Thank you for your presence Thay, and for being present, and in full acceptance, of your present condition. You touch and heal so many with your humility, love and understanding. Thank you too to your monastic brothers and sisters, and the wider community, who have loved and supported you so deeply.

  256. Lorenzo Ward says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha:

    Thank you

  257. Vos Julie says:

    Mijn beste vriend’k Ben heel blij te horen dat je terug thuis is in je geliefde Plume Village.
    Altijd met jou verbonden door je woorden je eenvoud en je licht.
    Altijd in onze meditatie aanwezig.
    IK wens je veel healing op je verdere weg.
    Namaste XXX

  258. Amalie Kauth says:

    Dear Thay,
    I’m so happy to see your smile.
    I am so grateful for your help it has changed a lot in my life. I also thank our brothers and sisters who have represented you wonderfully with very deep Dharmatalks.
    We are very happy that now Thay can again celebrate with us.
    I love you Thay and Plum Village Community
    Thay is looking wonderful

  259. Deb says:

    Dear Thay & Sangha,
    What joyous news, your picture lifted my heart & spirit, thank you for keeping us informed. Thay’s words have changed my life & strengthened so many, reminding us of the essential in life. Love & Blessings

  260. veronica coughlan says:

    “The dandelion” held your smile Thay Nahat Hanh for a while. Happy you are back in your beloved Plume Village though your spirit is everywhere. Thank you for inspiring me towards a better way of living.

    Veronica Coughlan

  261. Mary Theisen says:

    Dear Thay I want to say thank you for your help!
    Summer 2014 I was in Waldbröl to hear your speech. Two years long I had no contact with my son (33 years old). He had accused me of being guilty for his problems in life and avoided contact since then. At the beginning of summer 2014 he wrote me a letter full of accusations. I was totally shocked and sad because after the separation from my husband, his father, I had tried to do the best for my children who I loved so much. And I suffered so much . So I did not know how to react and how to come into contact with my son again.
    Then I heard you, Thay. The first sentences: you talked about a father and his sons who hadn´t have contact to each other for a long time. Then your advice: Listen, listen carefully. This I did. I went to a therapy with my son and listened. We had quite a number of therapy lessons and more and more I understood my son better and he me.
    Since then we see each other regularly and have good talks. It gave me back my happiness. I feel so much obliged to you, dear Thay, and can´t thank you enough. I wish you all the best for your recreation and thank you for being there.

  262. Samer says:

    Dear Thay & Sangha,

    I am filled with joy and extremely happy to hear the wonderful news about Thay.

    It is an amazing thing to witness a person like Thay; a true inspirational role model in health and in sickness. May you heal soon dear Thay, and may you recover your ability to talk.

    Finally, congratulations to you Thay for a life well lived. Millions of people’s lives (including mine) are better off today because of you. We love you and grateful for your compassion and wisdom that touched us and helped heal our wounded souls. When I grow up, I wanna be just like you. (I am 50+)…lol

  263. Ian says:

    All of the meditations that we’ve all done has helped to bring a union of our spiritual belief in healing the world and all living things that we take care of on a daily basis. I wept with this recent news that Thay had gone home………………but then home is within the heart and mind of all beings.
    I wish you all Peace, Joy, Love and Happiness…. NAMSTE

  264. mina says:

    and what about the treatments he has to do to be better?

  265. Lee Slaff says:

    Such great love! Many Blessings.

  266. Faye Harasack says:

    Dear Thay, I’m glad you were able to go to San Francisco and take advantage of the skill of the doctors and therapists there, and I send my gratitude to them and to the monastic caregivers who accompanied you during your stay Now, I’m so happy to think of you in Plum Village, contributing to and benefiting from the powerful collective energy generated by so many friends living and practicing together! May you enjoy the blooming daffodils this spring, and the beautiful plum blossoms on the trees you planted. I am so grateful for your teachings, and for the example and energy of the sangha, showing me the way to breathe and enjoy the cold and sparkling snow here in Alaska! My life and the lives of those around me are so much happier because of meeting you and learning the practice. Thank you to all, with a deep bow of love and respect.

  267. I am very happy to learn venerable master Thay is recovering rapidly. His Teachings are an inspiration to many of us fellow Buddhist practitioners (although in my case, with a different Master and Sangha) I wish him the very best.

  268. Michelle Pantano says:

    Best news I have had today and I have had lots of good news! So Happy ????

  269. Wally Conger says:

    Dear Thay, noble sangha, I Shared this photo yesterday with the comment that I was saddened to see the effects of the stroke in Thay’s face – and I cried. Later, I read another comment from a woman who remarked how “she was happy to see the beautiful smile on Thay’s face;” I was immediately surprised by my dissonance with her experience, I have contemplated on it and believe that it is a core teaching coming to me; when I looked at his face the first time, I was saddened; happy to see him, but feeling my own feelings – internal, self-directed, selfish…not deeply looking at Thay, and thinking only of him.

    Isn’t that fundamental to what he teaches us?…to be more aware of and have concern more for others, and less for ourselves? I looked at the picture again, several times, and I am amazed at how clear I see his smile. It feels like a lesson for me in true compassion…of refraining from judging or reacting emotionally or creating stories about what I see – and feel. Instead, seeing, observing, breathing, accepting, loving “the other,” and breathing.

    I looked for the woman who posted her observation that triggered these awarenesses in me – I wanted to thank her, but I could not find her in the outpouring of loving comments…I would not be surprised if she comes across this…if so, thank you for your being, for you loving heart, and your noble observation of Thay, and expressing such unselfish joy at his happiness. Thank you, thank you _/\_

  270. Jeannette Adair says:


    This morning I opened my email and discovered that dear Thay had returned to Plum Village. It’s my 72nd birthday today and this has been the most wonderful gift I could have possibly received. Warm gratitude and loving wishes to all of you at Plum Village.

    Jeannette (Walking in Peace Sangha)

  271. Atula Shah says:

    Happy New Year to Thay & the wonderful Plum village Sangha. So very happy to hear that Thay has returned back home to Plum Village & is on path of recovery. He looks so glowing & can feel his blessings. With deep gratitude to all who cared for him & continuing in doing so daily. With Metta.

  272. Vân Nguyễn says:

    So glad to see Thầy’s picture, may you feel better everyday ????. Con xin kính chúc Thầy thân tâm an lạc và sức khoẻ của Thầy được viên mãn ạ! ????

  273. Sharry says:

    Dear beloved Thay ,you brought me joyful tear again and again.what wonderful New Year gift to know You came back to the community, The Plum Village.
    Prayers with you always .
    Breathe and Smile

  274. Michael says:

    Happy that Thay is home at Plum Village. His books and podcasts saved my life after I lost so much in 2012. Thanks to all. Peace.

  275. Jane Nosan says:

    Back to Plum Village for 2016, such a wonderful homecoming, dear Thay and sangha. I heard Thay in person at Estes Park seminar, such a lovely time, and pure wisdom of his words. Thank you for that gift, Thay, may you be comfortable back in your home.

  276. Scott Cutshall says:

    Such amazing and heartwarming news…

    Namaste-Om, All is Bliss, All is Bliss


  277. Rich Porta says:

    It sure lifted my spirits to see the photo of Thay with his smiling attendants. Continued healing and blessings to Thay and us all. Thank you all for taking such wonderful care of Thay.

  278. Arhia says:

    Blessings, dear Thay. Your words, your energy, your teachings continue to have a profound effect on my life. The people around me are happier because I learn from you. Again and again, I find new truth in all you have practiced so hard to show us. I think of you every day. Each moment now is a miracle; I know you will be with me always.

  279. Please e.
    Am interested in buddhism and teachings.i feel my journey is just beginning.
    Get well and peace.

  280. Steve Brasch says:

    Thay has had such a positive influence in my life and everything has changed so much for me ! This news brings unspeakable joy to me and those i know, here in Ottawa Wisconsin.

  281. Anneke Breukel says:

    Love to you all

  282. Cath Figge says:

    My heart is filled with joy and gratitude to hear this wonderful news.

  283. Thank you Teacher for the many lessons and gifts. You have been an inspiration to me through your books and online lectures and interviews for many years. To celebrate the opening of the Magnolia Grove Monastery with you and the beautiful brothers and sisters in this community was a pivotal moment on my spiritual path.

    Please know that your lessons are now being shared, through my heart’s work, with Veterans, and they are gaining tremendous value from these enlightened perspectives. The Mindful Eating Meditation has been a powerful tool we use to help them become more focused, calm and aware of their inner world.

    My heart is full of love and light which I gratefully share with you on your healing journey.

  284. marilyn goodrich says:

    Dear Thay
    i am very happy you are back home.
    your life has made mine happier. i am sending you a smile from my peaceful island in the atlantic ocean. In this smile is gratitude for your tireless teaching, your great insight, your generosity and love for all. in this smile is my love which you helped me find.

  285. Marta Helena Henao Aristizábal says:

    Thay, take care, you know how as the most, peace and Love

  286. Caz Pattinson-Phillips says:

    It lifts my heart to know Thay is back home. Sending you all much joy and love. Thay teachings are so gentle but deeply powerful. One day soon we will come to Plum village I hope xxxx

  287. Katherine Dowding says:

    What happy news, grateful that he is home amongst friends and family. Wishing him continued health and happiness in this part of his journey.

  288. Milly Jo says:

    Thay has changed my life for the better. I pray for him and all he loves every time he comes into my thoughts. I do not know where I would be in life had I not come across his teachings. Thank you for the love and light you have brought not only to me but the world. I am grateful for your existence. Thank you for showing me a cloud in a flower. Thank you for helping me forgive my father, it allowed me to move on with my life, to have a child and know that I can love them. It has given me back the good that my father had given me. I am a better person because of your teachings, and I have in turn effected others in a far more positive way and will continue to do so for as long as my spirit remains in this body. God bless you and your blessed peaceful steps on this earth.

  289. Maire nic giolla bhride says:

    A very special day here in Ireland too. Made my day to learn that Thay was due home in Plum Village . Showered by beautiful blossoms.

  290. Regan Heavey says:

    Bless you Thay – you have had the most wonderful effect on my life – I find I can continue because of your teaching – it is immeasurable how much I have achieved with your help – everyday your teachings makes me stronger – and now I can help others.

    Bless all the Sangha who have been so great and your carers in LA – may your recovery be comfortable in France again – please stay with us long and be healthy.

  291. What wonderful news, and what a special photograph. I am so grateful for the teachings of peace that Thich Nhat Hanh has taught throughout his thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and mindful life, and am so fortunate to have heard about and benefitted from all that I have learnt, and continue to learn, from him. Thay is in my prayers too. Blessings and love to you all x

  292. Elizabeth Kaplan says:

    I am so pleased to hear that you are able to return to Plum Village. Prayers are with you everyday. This is joyful news!

  293. Diana says:

    As a cell in your sangha body, I will cultivate love and health. May you be free of suffering and it’s root causes. Emancipating Joy Of The Source

  294. So nice to see Dear Thay in the photo. Wishing you continued healing and happiness. You have given us all so very much love and happiness.
    Love from your yoga Hmmm friends in Houston, Texas.

  295. Seeing Thay surrounded by joyful loving monks and nuns was a perfect way to start this new year. Thank you so much for sharing the photo with us, and for taking good care of our beloved teacher.
    With much gratitude, I bow deeply,
    Maryanne (Great Action of the Heart)

  296. daniel scalvini says:

    living buddha, living christ. living thay nhat hanh.

  297. Vivian Taube says:

    I love this prayer. I wanted to do the winter retreat at Deer Park, but a spinal injury kept me from it at this time. Maybe later on this year, I can do it. Reading this helps me feel more like I am a part of the retreat, which I participate in as a lay person on Facebook.

  298. Melody Peters says:

    thank you and blessing for all this new year

  299. James says:

    Thank you for updating us on Thay’s health. I greatly appreciate his teachings, and want to thank him for helping me to find compassion, practice awareness and remember breathing. I wish him continuing recovery. Thank you.

  300. Awesome Sangha says:

    Thank you for the very beautiful prayer.

    Would you please explain to us what do you mean by “offerings of fruit and tea.” Dead people don’t eat or drink, Is it an offering to the poor? When and how? I am confused. Thank you!

    • eaglestare says:

      I believe it is symbolic in meaning. I cannot elaborate, since I am not speaking for the monks and nuns, but my thoughts are based on what my family has done.

  301. Laurel says:

    The seeds of renewal have been watered wonderfully, & I feel refreshed. Thank you for your skillful & heartfelt words that refresh us all~ A reverent bow to Mother Earth, to my beloved Ancestors, to my dear teacher Thay, to the monks & nuns who lovingly carry & share Thay’s continuation, to my Sangha coming into being, & to my internet Sangha. Blessings to us all~

  302. Tani says:

    Beautiful thank you for the reminder, for sharing and the opportunity to renew with the Sangha. Not able to be at plum village this helps me connect with pure energy of love created there. Deepest and sincerest thanks to sisters and brothers of plum village and our teacher Thay. Wishing you all much love and light and a wonderful New Year’s celebration. Rani

    • Thanks for the Beautiful Pray and for teaching People to Love Our Mother Earth GOD BLESS YOU All.

      • Richa kumar says:

        I had tears in my eyes while reading the poem, don’t know why? I thank for sharing the prayer with people like me who cannot be at the plum village.wishing you all a very happy new year 2016

  303. Patricia says:

    Thank you so much for posting updated information about Thay. It was such a great relief to see the photo, and it brought a smile to my face. I am glad you reminded us of our interconnectedness.

  304. Kristi Anderson says:

    I am sorry to hear of Thay’s stroke but I can tell from your post that he is being well cared for by all of you. He was a wonderful teacher for my mother and has my admiration as well as a fellow Buddhist. I will keep him in my practice and send love to him and to all of you.
    Kristi Anderson, student of Chogyam Trungpa

  305. Man Ninh says:

    A beautiful picture with your loved one as a million words…. Pray for your health, Thầy!
    Happy New Year 2016… 🙂

  306. Refreshing Tune of the Heart says:

    Dear Thay, May your every precious moment be filled with more love, joy, and peace than you ever dreamed possible.

    Bowing Deeply,
    Refreshing Tune of the Heart

  307. I am grateful that you have provided Buddhist guidance to groups planning the protection of our earth. In all small ways I endeavour to honour these conserving commitments and pray that all I touch be inspired to do so likewise.

  308. kay maughan says:

    Dear Sangha friends thank you so much for the update on Thays health,I am happy to hear he is doing so well. I continue to dedicate and pray for Thay and all at Plum village I hope 2016 is a good happy and healthy year for you all. MANY BLESSINGS kay maughan

  309. Cathrene says:

    Sending the greatest respect, gratitude, healing, love, and light.

  310. Jan J. R. Toussaint says:

    May you recover to the extend possible, following the news update there’s so much heartfelt care around you, equal to to the tremendous love and happiness you shared with me through your books, so I wish you well for the years to come.

  311. Melanie Vesser says:

    Dear Sangha at Plum Village and Deer Park, I am so happy to have an update on Thay’s recovery in San Francisco. I wonder if it would be possible to visit? I do not live to far away. Or where to send a card?

    I have been twice to Plum Village and studied twice with Thay here in California. So much kindness I experienced from the monks and nuns in Plum village.I have shared walking meditation with many yoga students.My husband and I were in Plum Village in the summer together 12 years ago and often enjoy walking meditation together. Thank you Thay for all you have done for all of us and thank you to the sangha who are caretakers of Thay.

    I wish Thay a continued recovery

    • Dear Melanie,
      We are sorry but it is not possible to visit Thay during this time of treatment and recovery. We hope you will be able to visit us in Deer Park instead 🙂 A lotus for you.

  312. martha neumann says:

    “Apparently, there is nothing that cannot happen today.” Mark Twain

    I can see you healing today.

    your student,
    martha in michigan

  313. Pam Murnane says:

    Thank you for this update and photo. I think of Thay often and have been reading some of his books. I was reintroduced to him in the middle of the night when I discovered a Dharma talk on youtube and listened to the beautiful compassion song by all the monastics. Thay makes me think of what Jesus(someone more familiar to me) must have really been like. I look forward to evolving with both of them in my 71st year Thank you Thay, Pam

  314. Pam Murnane says:

    Thank you for this update and photo. I think of Thay often and have been reading some of his books. I was reintroduced to him in the middle of the night when I discovered a Dharma talk on youtube and listened to the beautiful compassion song by all the monastics. Thay makes me think of what Jesus must have been like. I look forward to evolving with both of them in my 71st year Thank you Thay

  315. enrico mainato chiesa says:

    Phosphorus 30ch five granules/day. Please let our theacher take it for six weeks.

    Thank you all for assisting with compassionate love.


  316. Debbie says:

    Beautifully written, Brother! Although you are missed at Deer Park, it is clear that you are doing wonderful work at Plum Village. We are happily “holding down the fort”.

  317. Kimberly Elliott says:

    Very moving and informational post! I am very happy to see this and hope to see many more green Santas in years to come.

  318. Holly says:

    A little note to let you know that I have briefly mentioned this thought provoking piece in a recent blog post of my own, with the link to Thay Phap Dung’s article included in my final paragraph. My blog post is called “A Moment Before Christmas” and can be found at “A Moment Before Christmas” has also been posted on LinkedIn, with the link to this article included there as well.

    A link to this mindful article has been posted on Towards Greener Borders’ page at, in a separate post there too.

    This is a wonderful message to share widely.

    Kind regards,
    Holly Maxwell Boydell

  319. liz says:

    It is so good to get this update, and a picture! Each morning, when I wake up, I recite Thay’s morning gata…and I often breathe and smile and think of him, and see him in my tea. Love to him, and to all of you…we continue on…

  320. Dear Thay, dear Sangha Family, thanks for the encouraging update and happiness shared so freely. From all of us in the St. Louis area, a lotus breaks through the mud of winter this solstice, a lotus for each of you. Peace, Daniel

  321. kamala Fernando says:

    I am a fan of Thay. I greatly admire him and wanted to see him at least one time in my life. If I am in San Francisco is there any way I can come visit him for a few minutes.

  322. ani says:

    Happy Christmas to dear Thay and all of our beautiful Sangha. Thank you for telling us how Thay is and give him my love.
    I am doing the lovely chant to Avolokiteshvara each day since your stroke and next term I am taking your beautiful teachings into my school, I am so grateful _()_

    (Beautiful Practice of the Heart)

  323. Thank you dear Friends, best greetings for THAY, let us go on practicing BuddhaDharmaSangha to benefit everybeing everywhere everytime.

  324. Rossco says:

    You are very, Very Loved.

  325. Eric Schneider says:

    “move toward a plant-based diet, ” is okay, but weak. If we’re serious abut halting the climate chaos we’ve created – as well as ending cruelty – let’s end the Animal Holocaust. As we can see in the documentary “Cowspiracy,” THAT is the number one source of the destruction of Earth.

  326. Anna says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful text.

  327. Jane says:

    Greetings dear ones,
    A delight to see the picture of Thay and all the beloved helpers. Great energy and blessings to you all.

    • Susanne says:


      I have been following Thay’s teachings among other Tibetan Buddhist lamas as well. I first got in contact with Thay’s teachings in 1980’s, through books and his tapes. I also attended a teaching in US once.
      Through the years I have been listening to his teachings on youtube and continued to read his books. My family also enjoy very much,his books… He has meant a lot for me, my family and friends…

      So, I just remembered a friend of mine who also had a stroke some years ago…he told me what really helped him, was some special Thai chi movements that someone taught him…He has regained his speech and pretty much his movements…

      If he not already are doing thai Chi, maybe someone could help him with that…?
      Much Love and many, many soon-get-well-wishes from Sweden, from all of us!

  328. EU says:

    Merry Christmas Thich Nhat Hanh and everyone. Peace.

  329. Dear friends,
    thank you for your wonderful and nourishing words.
    All of us cells of the body of Thay of the Sangha, of the World.

  330. Andrew Burgess says:


    You have been an inspiration to me for a long time. May you continue healing in a positive direction. Your message is always in my heart, and I hope to visit Plum village this year to honor your leadership.

    In Peace – Andrew

  331. Steve Mitchell says:

    As a fellow stroke survivor, i connect directly with Thay’s struggles. I also have great admiration for his hard work in recovery. He is a shining light or me to follow in every way possible.

  332. Faye Harasack says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha, Thank you to each one – to Thay and to each of those accompanying him during this time. Every day, I recognize with gratitude how my life has changed since I met Thay and began to try to practice the teachings. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this sangha body, and your example inspires me to open my mind/heart wide enough to encompass these two aspects of experience: the knowledge that “this is it” and we are enough, and the desire to meet challenges and to grow in order to be of greater benefit to all beings. A lotus to each one, sending energy of peace and deep happiness –
    Faye H, Still Pond of the Heart

  333. Anne Steyaert says:

    Thank you very much for being such a wonderful teacher. I wish you a full recovery very soon! From my heart to your heart. I shin den shin.

  334. Adriene Anderson says:

    Dear Thay and Sangha,
    Thank you for letting me and others know how Thay is doing. I am interfaith and a Buddhist novice. I am encouraged and healing by mindfulness practice. Thank you Thay. All is well in the here and now.

  335. Juliper says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write an update. I was hoping there would be one today. Many best wishes to Thay and the monks and nuns at plum village and at deer park monastery!

  336. Becky says:

    Thay was beautiful in wellness and is beautiful in sickness.

  337. katherine rivera says:

    thank you for this beautiful update and my Thay health continue to improve Love and Peace
    Katherine Rivera

  338. Vivian Taube says:

    So good to hear this update on Christmas Eve! I like that where Thay stays now is called Healing Hamlet. I like the part about what he has being “enough,” but everyone’s diligence towards his recovery, too. That makes me happy.

  339. Amy Issenberg says:

    We love you Thay!

  340. Since Thay is responding well to music, you might want to consider getting a certified music therapist to work with him. I have friends who may be able to recommend someone in SF, if you like.

  341. Thank you for this. Thay is such an inspiration to humanity. May we deserve him.

  342. Robin says:

    Thank you for this beautiful update. I keep Thay in my heart and in my prayers. He is a blessing for always.

  343. Don Kelly Cordero says:

    Like the flower, Thay remains and shall always be a wonder. He is the Dharmakaya, ever present in the Kingdom of God….

  344. petri tirkkonen says:

    dear teacher Thay thankfully :petri in finland

  345. Lou Therrell says:

    Thank you for all you do.

  346. minna says:

    i’m so happy Thay is recovering. is he in hospital?

  347. Lynda Bidlake says:

    Thank you so much for the update on Thay’s health. And thank you for the lessons you gave us in this article. I especially appreciate your comments on “This is it.” We have this calligraphy of Thay’s on our bedroom wall, so it is one of the first things we see when we wake up. You have reminded me to really notice it and take it in, to remember that what we have is enough. Thank you again, Thay, for this and all your teachings.

    May you and all beings be well and happy.

  348. Mariette Murphy says:

    Deeply grateful for all Thay’s teachings. I am building a new sangha to continue his work. Thanks for being a blessing to so many all over the world.

  349. I love the idea of green Santa and hope this message spreads and inspires people to leave behind materiality and embrace one another in love and compassion. Thank you for this post and message!

  350. Sherry Cash says:

    We practice together.♡♡♡♡
    My grandmother had great results with the Feldenkrais Method®. 5here are many practitioners in your area. I hope it helps.

  351. Christopher Budny says:

    What a beautiful picture. 🙂
    Thank you so much for the update.
    Wonderful to see so many familiar faces from Magnolia Grove there with Thay at the Healing Hamlet.
    Wishing you many happy moments in the winter retreat.
    ~peace and deep bow

  352. Kathleen Sullivan says:

    Thank you for your loving and mindful devotion to him and his healing and recovery. There are nuggets of wisdom in this update that can definitely be helpful for those of us who provide care for those with similar conditions. Thank you again.

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  354. Romina Strigencz says:

    My best wishes for Thay’s recovery. I am learning so much From his words in his talks and books. When I first saw him on a talk given at Google, he gave so much peace.

    My regards and season’s greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Romina Strigencz

  355. Ann Murtha says:

    Thay has been my heart’s love over many years as I have followed his teachings, writings, and the evolution of Plum Village and other teaching centers in the USA. I attended the 2 or 3 events in Boulder, close to home, during his visits but never able to leave my ailing husband for longer periods of time. I feel I am a spiritual friend to your Sangha from afar, so I appreciate remaining close through the internet. When I heard of his stroke, in my imagination I lay down beside him in the hospital and imagined our breathing was synchronized as a possible way of healing energy for him and comfort for me, of being near to one whom I dearly love.
    Thank you for keeping me on your internet list and deep gratitude for all you are doing to coordinate his treatment processes and seek new possibilities for his partial recovery. Namaste, Ann

  356. Roberto Cogo says:

    il passato non è più,
    il futuro non è ancora – solo qui, ora

    A little homage to Thich Nhat Hanh

  357. Dear Sangha:

    Thank you very much for the update, here in northern wisconsin we greatly appreciate words from the sangha and updates on our teachers well being. May your efforts be as rewarding there as we feel them here.

    Thank you once more.


  358. carol montgomery says:

    Deeply grateful for Thay and all those who practice with him. We are truly all one.

  359. Pat Maslowski says:

    Thank you. Courage, kindness, thoughtfulness appreciated. Thay is in my heart.

  360. Tu says:

    Please let us know if we can visit Thay in SF with my almost 3 year old daughter Zoey and/or where to drop off letters/gifts.

    Kind thoughts, gestures from others are great for healing.

    Thank you.

  361. Inspired by Thay says:

    Dear Sangha,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been cheching the website daily for an update and for a very long time.

    I am so happy that Thay’s health has stabilized and he is enjoying his activities in San Francisco.

    Please let him know on my behalf and others that he is dear to our hearts, that we love him and send him our gratitude and appreciation, and that he is an inspiration to all of us.

    May Thay soon recover his health and his speech, and may we all find peace, joy and happiness!

    • Chan Lien Tam/Elaine Sparrow, Colorado, USA says:

      Dear Thay,

      With deep appreciation for you & the day you came into my life those many years ago, I bow to you. May your health continue to improve as you teach & show us all how to live each moment, each day with joy & happiness.

      I send love & gratitude with a smile & a hug to you across the miles.
      Chan Lien Tam

      • Raja jaber says:

        Dear healing sangha.
        Norman Doidge wrote the book ; the brain that heals itself. He may be a good person to contact for ideas re helping Thay with speech recovery
        Love and peace and gratitude to Thay and all of the healing sangha

  362. Vijay v says:

    Thank you very much. It’s a wonderful and insightful post. I will keep this in mind everytime i want to buy something

  363. Francis says:

    Thanks alot for your article, Brother Phap Dung 🙂
    I really appreciate the fact that there are people outthere that have hope and trust that humanity can do better, that the responsibility wheather or not we engage in destructive or loving activities is our choice. Everyone has the choice to change, even if it might seem impossible in the shortterm, there will be a way in the longterm, if we keep praticing with faith and patience. Thank you for your work and kimdness !

  364. Cold Bird says:

    Dear Sangha,

    I hope and pray that our beloved teacher,Thay, is recovering and doing well. I think of him daily and I send him and you my love, gratitude, and appreciation.

    It has been a very very long time since your last updated. Please update us on his health conditions and help us eliminate and lessen our worries about him. ..Thank you!

  365. PhuongThao Le says:

    Thank you so so much brother Phap Dung, for your brave to swim up the stream to share LOVE for everyone on the Earth, as our Thay did, since the last centurery. I am very touched.

  366. Jan and Carol says:

    This is so beautifully written and so absolutely true. Thank you for sharing and we will pass it on.

    In Peace,


  367. Thank you for this uplifting and inspiring message. I love the idea of a Green Santa!

  368. Bernadette Cowen says:

    Thanks for the above post. I have put it on my Sangha Facebook page, but some don’t have Facebook. It would be really good to have an email option so I can forward it to them. Thanks.

    • For Bernadette Cowen:

      There are two ways to email this.

      1) Copy the link and paste it into the body of your email message.
      2) Select the whole message, copy it, and paste it into the body of your email message.

  369. Anahit says:

    A really wonderful idea! I DO love it. Am I allowed to translate and publish this post on my Norwegian and Hungarian sites?

  370. Rachel Peru says:

    Beloved Thay,

    I hope you are well and on your way to recovery. Everyday I am blessed by your teachings and forever grateful. I continue to learn and grow as do my loved ones.

    Is there any update on his progress?

  371. Kevin Flood says:

    Love is the only answer to all of our sinful doings. Thank you for what you do.

  372. Metta says:

    Greetings From California,
    Will this internship be offered next year as well?
    I missed this years opportunity, but I would like to apply for any future opportunities.

  373. Margaret says:

    This is such a beautiful practice! Just what I needed to find today. Many thanks and blessings!

  374. Linda K says:

    So personal and genuinely speaks to the heart…..Beautiful and thank you so very much????

    • Mirjam says:

      Thank you for your touching letter.

      It reminded me of a song written by a wonderful singer who touches beauty deeply.
      Especially in her songs about love.
      I am very thankful to her for bringing such beauty into the world.
      I would like to share this song, which is of course at its best with the music alongside with the lyrics. Her voice adds so much depth to it. It took my mind along a certain path, from thinking in terms of despair, towards a glimpse of the insight of interbeing. Maybe it is of some inspiration for others too.
      Sister Mai Nghiem, Thank you for inspiring with your letter, it is very moving to read about your love.

      Love, Mirjam

      Song: every soldier is a mother’s son by Heather Nova

      I keep a light in the window
      Dark band on my heart
      Some days are better than others
      Mostly I’m falling apart

      I keep his picture beside me
      I see the dream in his eyes
      I watch the light disappearing
      Into unsettled skies

      You say the world will be a better place
      After this war is won
      You say no sacrifice too great
      But every soldier is a mother’s son

      I know he can’t take the killing
      And how it messes with his soul
      I know the days are unending
      When you’re so far from home

      You say the world will be a better place
      After this war is won
      You say no sacrifice too great
      But every soldier is a mother’s son

      You say the world will be a better place
      After this war is won
      You say no sacrifice too great
      But every soldier is a mother’s son

      No war that can be won
      When every soldier is a mother’s son
      No war that can be won
      When every soldier is a mother’s son

      I keep a light in the window
      I keep a vigil inside
      I say a prayer for those mothers
      Across the enemy lines

      You say the world will be a better place
      After this war is won
      You say no sacrifice too great
      But every soldier is a mother’s son

      You say the world will be a better place
      After this war is won
      You say no sacrifice too great
      But every soldier is a mother’s son

      Every soldier is a mother’s son
      Every soldier is a mother’s son

  375. Healing Smile of the Heart says:

    Earth Song Sangha, of Benzie County, Michigan, in response to “Plum Village Climate Talks Call to Action People’s Climate Prayer November 29th – December 11th, 2015”:

    1. held a symbolic march of shoes in solidarity with demonstrators in Paris to urge action to reduce climate change and posted its photograph on the social media sangha page ;
    2. committed to raising awareness of the impact of animal agriculture and to reducing our consumption of animal products;
    3. displayed the green ribbon with #ClimatePrayer from the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective social media on the social media sangha page;
    4. gathered together, and read from and held Dharma sharing on Thich Nhat Hanh’s books Love Letter to the Earth and from The World We Have, as well as agreed to continue in study of these texts for the duration of the COP21;
    5. committed to taking personal responsibility seeking to live energetically with renewable energy.

  376. JF says:

    I just came here to check in and see how Thay is. Much love to Thay and those at Plum Village. I also have been reading lately what he has shared about fear, and it has helped bring my awareness to the present and to more deeply see the roots of fear in both myself and those who I do fear. I just wanted to say thank you to Thay for this help.

    I wish Thay continued recovery. Love you all.

  377. Claudia Nicole says:

    I understand the logistical boundaries to offering the internship to both men and women, but I was wondering if there are any plans for this to change in the future. Would it be impractical for a woman to commute between the two places? Are there any plans to start a farm close to where women in the community live?

    • Yes, there are many long-term opportunities to stay in both the New Hamlet and Lower Hamlet with the nuns and sisters. We are looking for young women with experience to help us develop our kitchen gardens into larger organic vegetable plots. We are sure that with mindful and joyful girl-power and woman-power we can do it!

  378. Susan goldman says:

    Thank always these insights are deep and wide. I will share them.

  379. Dear Thay,

    You matter.

    Get well soon, or come back soon perhaps.

  380. Phoenician says:

    Please, please, please, give us an update on our beloved teacher, Thay. It has been two months and 20 days since your last update.

    Sending you and Thay love and gratitude.

  381. Trang says:

    Kính Thầy Thích Nhất Hạnh,

    Kính chúc Thầy sớm bình phục, sớm vượt qua cơn bệnh này, Impermanent Changing Phenomenon.
    Thầy đã dạy “There is no life; There is no death. There is only Transformation”. Con thấm thía lời dạy của Thầy.
    Je vous remercie profondément. 心から本当にありがとうございました。体に気をつけてください。

    Kính Thầy,


    Nha Trang, Việt Nam
    Paris, France
    Brisbane, Australia
    California, USA

    • Pham says:

      Dear Miss/Mis Trang,
      Thầy dạy: no life, no death, only Transformation: Impermanence!
      Don’t worry about Thầy. He can take care of himself. He is in VIRTUAL NIRVANA already. Let’s try to do as Thầy has told us to do: Being mindful! A corpse, a tree, a worm, etc… all are the same.
      Thầy said: Buddha and Jesus are Brothers. Jesus said: God is Love. Jesus is God. He loves everyone of us and his commandment for us is “love one another.”Instead of Nirvana, He promises Paradise and happiness and love. We can find his Teaching in the Gospel. You know Buddha’s Teaching. Since Buddha and Jesus are Brothers, try to learn about Jesus’s Teaching as well. You may find good way from it.
      Au revoir et see you au Paradis

  382. Dear Thay, Dear Sangha, Dawning Light Sangha in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada is wearing green ribbons, practicing Sitting and Walking Meditation for Mother Earth, and reading your beautiful Love Letters to the Earth. Inspired by these practices and your teachings, we vow to make small but lasting changes in our individual lives to create a collective awakening for ourselves and our beautiful Mother Earth. With love and gratitude, Divine Oneness of the Heart.

  383. Petar says:

    Medicine Buddha Mantra: Tayata Om Bekandze Bekandze Maha Bekandze Radza Samudgate Soha

  384. Maureen Lancaster says:

    Thank you for these wonderful earth touching practices for Bodhisattva Gaia. We will know you are with us when we walk in silence and with love on Nov 29th…supporting success for the Paris Talks, supporting the healing and happiness of all beings including ourselves and Mother Earth, not separate but the same.

  385. Irene Biffar says:

    Beautifully written, Sister!

  386. Sarah Knorr says:

    With deepest gratitude for your community, Thay’s and the community’s teachings and healing work, and for the refuge of sanity and possibility a visit to your website always gives me.

    With great honor and love,
    Sarah from Virginia in the USA

  387. Jennifer Seitzer says:

    Dear Sister,
    Thank you for your insightful wisdom in reminding us to consider our past — in reminding us that often violent retaliation, in a subtle, paradoxical way, can serve to justify the heinous crimes rather than abating the conflict, and rather than fostering healthy grieving, healing, and peace. Your courage is a light to us all.

  388. khema says:

    I need the alagaddupama sutta in short. majjhimaniya

  389. Laura Hunter says:

    Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Community,
    Thank you for this wonderful Call to Action! Our Really Beneficial Sangha read the communication at our last meeting and made commitments to each other and the earth. We practiced the 3 Earth Touchings. We intend to hold a Vegan potluck and recipe sharing during the Paris Talks and to watch the film, Cowspiracy together. We also see that climate crisis and the violence around the world are not separate events. We are looking for new ways to cultivate peace in ourselves and in the world. Thank you for your spiritual guidance.

  390. 주대진 says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

    Thay has been the most influential human that has ever entered my life. My only wish is to meet him in person. I wish him the best recovery.
    Thank you Thay for changing my life.

  391. Kathleen says:

    Dear Sister, Thank you for your deep practice. Your letter is a light in a dark world. May your letter water the seeds of understanding and love. Thank you.

  392. Emilia says:

    Thank you for expressing wishes of so many!
    I do hope peace and compassionate dialogue will be the future of mankind instead of war and hatred.
    I do wish all people would be able to look deply into their hearts and see that there can be no real happiness on Earth with a sigle creature suffering from terrorism and war.
    Breathing in I’m inviting peace into my heart, breathing out I see all people as my brothers and sisters.

  393. True walk with spring says:

    I am translating your letter into Thai and hope to post it on Thai PV website soon. May the letter water the seeds of peace, love and compassion in the heart of all those who get to read it.

  394. Katharina says:

    Your letter touched my heart.

  395. Jenny Chan says:

    Dear Sr. Mai,

    Thank you for your deep teaching of loving speech.

    May the world be at peace.

    : ) Jenny (Lotus Pond Temple)

  396. Patty Cargille says:

    Mille mercis. Breathing in, breathing out.

  397. qssdrc says:

    May your letter help to bring clarity in this time of anger

  398. Evelyn Greenfield says:

    Thank You

  399. Franny says:

    Did you want “as the shepherd who know how to take care of his sheep beyond the borders of his fields.” to say “knew”?

      • Raphaëlle, Joyful light of the Heart says:

        Dearest Sister, I have just read your letter. I have been so sad at the events in Paris last Friday evening. I have family and close friends living in Paris and all of them have shown real compassion for the situation. It makes me even sadder when I hear that the response from the French government has been to respond with fighter jets.

        Thank you so much for your skilful letter. Thank you for your practice and the wonderful presence of the whole Plum Village community.

  400. Jerôme says:

    So beautiful and so very true. Thank you for posting this. It is my wish that this medicine for the illness of fear, anger and terrorism will reach everyone in this world.

  401. Franny says:

    Dear Thay, Dear True Dedication, Thank you for giving these words to help us keep communication going!

  402. Tanya says:

    Deep thanks for this reminder at this time, after the bombings in Paris, to look beyond fear and anger to the suffering of the perpetrators, to interrupt the cycle of violence.

  403. Margaret Vrana says:

    I am grateful to receive posts concerning Thich Nhat Hanh and all who work with him for peace on our planet.

  404. Michael Nadeau says:

    I am so happy happy to see this collective effort on behalf of spiritually minded communities! Hope and optimism is what we need more of, will and courage is the result; and with the will & courage to act now, we will all benefit from hope and optimism!

    Our Sangha meets every Monday, and we will be discussing this tonight. May all beings be happy & may all beings be cared for.

  405. Bill says:

    FYI, there is a typo: “It is not our intention to i-eject your spiritual values.”

  406. I was blessed to have spent a day in your company during a walking meditation at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, many years ago. I learned at that gathering that peace and mindfulness and compassion are contagious. The more we spread, the more comes back to us. Thank you, teacher, for your life of service in the cause of peace.

  407. Madeline Parsons says:

    We read passages from Thay’s Love Letter to the Earth at our Sangha this morning and resolved to take actions communally as indicated in the email above. We also thought with love of our brothers and sisters suffering in Paris today. May all beings live in peace.

  408. Richard Koontz says:

    Wonderful loving and necessary thoughts on climate.

  409. Jim yoder says:

    Please make the temperature where I live 10 degrees warmer… It is too cold here otherwise

  410. Terry Leoni says:

    I feel a shift in Mother Earth & her need to be noticed, loved & cared for. Everyone is hurrying nowhere, stop & take care of our planet. It’s not too late.

  411. Pauline Leboeuf says:

    Even if I’m in Québec Canada, I join my participation in this meditation. Have a good retreat. Pauline Leboeuf, Québec, Canada.

  412. Rachel Peru says:

    Congratulation Thay, you are more than deserving of this award. In your teachings I have learned to be at peace with myself, others and in life. You are a wonderful blessing to us all. I hope his award gives you strength, peace and courage in your recovery.



  413. Edit says:

    Dear Tahy thank you for changing my life ????

    • Kahue says:

      Dear brother Thay,

      We have never met in this physical journey – yet we are forever together in the present.

      Some physical signs of our connection include:
      *several of your books within our library; and
      *an array/lots of plum trees growing within our New Zealand/Heartland garden of eden – which sometimes I jokingly refer to as a mini Plum Village; and
      *the times when I smile, and think of your encouragement of the smile, such a simple and effective wave, which, even when sightless, moves across beings and earth.

      Through bio-rapport, I send to you some of my body flow/movement, so that your body might make use of this, if it chooses.

      Through this post I ask those closest to you to check the hospital has the most alive and pure spring water available to drink, to help rebuild the parts of brain (about 80% water) now damaged. A specific water might also assist, one changed/charged using instruments created by John Ellis ( ).

      Certain music, as we all can feel, is another great healer. Both the music already loved and embedded in your mind (as described by another person posting here), and the music of the universal mind, represented by several composers. Examples include the slow Baroque music Bach composed, played at a tempo of about 60 beats per second (proven to expand memory and accelerate mind-cell re-learning); and Igor Stravinsky’d Rite of Spring; and Alexander Scriabin’s music and colours and smells; and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music.

      Most of all I feel free, for you to do exactly what you seek. Setting-up and co-running any organisation like you have co-created Plum Village uses energy and matter. Now it is for others to contribute more of each. It seems from reading Plum Village web site the intent of your wonderful self is in good hands and minds and hearts.

      I represent many who will never meet you hand to hand/eye to eye. We send blessings to your spirit and soul: us each being positively re-directed back to ourselves, so we can take our place in the oneness of the ever turning wheel of life. Your ability to assist us in this re-direction is at the same time timeless and infinite: by your sharing the experience of your own journey, by our reading your words, by us seeing your smile, and feeling your unconditional love. You show us, by example, that once the ‘oneness’ can be seen by many, there will be peace.

      Kahue, New Zealand.

  414. Meribeth Zane says:

    In 2009, a dead tree fell on me striking me in the head and causing fractures in my legs and back. I believe what healed my brain and gave me back my life the most besides God’s amazing spirit was the hyperbaric oxygen sessions I underwent twice a day for wound healing. Please, if this wonderful man is not getting hyperbaric oxygen, I hope someone will suggest this to his physicians!! It works for old strokes and head injuries as well as recent ones.

  415. Sam says:

    Thank you

  416. Isabel Marie says:

    From my heart Thank you for all goodness and compassion you spread around the world, my being is free and I have found happiness through your teachings and my dream now is to help cause a ripple effect of mindfulness and compassion in the world ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  417. Sweet One, Dearest Teacher,
    I hold you in my heart with love. I am a practitioner trained in Feldenkrais, cranial-sacral, interactive guided imagery and mindfulness. I have been in practice for over 25 years. I have been able to help people with strokes, to regain their ability to walk and in some cases to speak although speech is not my forte. If I can be of service I am more than willing to come to you and give you my hands.
    You can contact me if you want through my website.
    In the mean time I send only healing light and love. Namaste, Donna

  418. M.Murray says:

    “Life bursts with miracles”


  419. M.Murray says:

    “You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.”

    ~Thich Nhat Hanh

  420. selva says:

    Dear Thay, I am a ‘healer’ I wish for you to be healed, and able to be present in this challenging current world. You are a light and a song which is so beautiful and healing that we really do need you here , please keep the faith that there are countless beings working for the same dream to be realised, together, in harmony, all across the world, in every nation and smallest or largest space. The energy is always strong and being reborn, it is working in even the most difficult forms and it will be realised. Do you know this dream? I love you.

    Please , please please, can you read my message to Thay?, thank you so much, I love you all, I wish you all a wonderful life and the very same best wishes and love and radiance, x

  421. selva says:

    Hello there. Please may you tell me how to send a letter to Thay? I wish to send him a card with my love and a message to him that comes from deep within me. thank you

  422. Tim Beechinor says:

    Let us all acknowledge the issue, our collective roles in our planets recovery and continued health. C
    We can do this

  423. Congratulations Thay and all Plumvillage monastics around the world! Thay will be happier and healthier!

  424. An impressive document to be sure, and I concur 100% with its aspirations as will all persons who value the great Mother Earth. I say with some irony however that of the list of names of the signatories I was impressed by the numbers of women there. O So in the Buddhist world as with the mains stream Christina world women are the second class citizens. Until humanity gets this right we are on a path to destruction.

  425. Nature is our belief,
    Earth is our sanctuary.

    La nature est notre croyance,
    La terre est notre sanctuaire.

  426. Elaine Piedra says:

    I want to save our earth and all her interdependent living things.

  427. Emily stewart says:

    We are greater than this century.


    Hermano Thich Nhat Hanh:
    Os soy bendecida por saber que en este planeta existen seres iluminados como Usted;Luz,Fuerza y Fortaleza para su espíritu y materia. El bálsamo y la unción que Usted necesita esta en vuestro PADRE UNIVERAL (DOCTOR de los Doctores- FUERZA y SABIDURIA de todos los tiempos) en QUIEN amo y creo.El DIOS VIVO que mora en vuestros corazones que atraves del Amor,la Fe y Esperanza se manifiesta en cada uno de sus hijos; como familia universal estamos con usted espiritualmente.La Paz del Señor Sea con Usted y mis Hermanos de Sangha.

  429. Pru Grand says:

    i am sending healing thoughts to thay.
    i am going to blue cliff for some of the winter retreat.
    enjoy the fall air.
    be with winter.
    embody healing.
    love and gratitude,

  430. Kim Fessenden says:

    I know the 2015-2016 internship is very close to starting, earlier in the year I could not find the application information.. Are there still openings? Is it possible to submit a late application?

  431. I’m here for you, Thay.

  432. Claudette Jacques Blanca says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha:
    Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, for your presence in my life and the life’s of so many people.
    “A lotus for you all, Buddha’s to be”
    Claudette Jacques from Mexico.

  433. Ben Willis says:

    I met Thay in the late 60’s in Ft. Worth when I was in Seminary. That sharing and meeting has stayed with me all my life. I reach out to you, Thay, that I may share something with you that will grant you even greater courage, and strength, and peace for you and your message have meant, and mean so much. Namaste. Ben

  434. Thuy Nguyen says:

    Dear Plum Village Sangha,

    Thank you for your update on Thay’s health. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also a native Vietnamese speaker. Please let me know how I can get involved and help with Thay’s speech therapy.

    Best regards,


  435. Roseli says:

    That’s really great all the love Thay is receiving from everyone closely involved with his recovery.
    Months ago I watched this speech on TED from this phenomenal complete recovered doctor from her stroke.
    I know she is available for her cause in neuroscience. Please get in touch with her and see how she could help with Thay’s recovery.

    Love and Peace and Health for all of you!

  436. I don't know says:

    Is there a reason why the internship doesn’t alternate between being all male one year and all female the next?

  437. Lin says:

    Dear Thai, we are sending prayers for your recovery. With love, Alina and Octavian

  438. Necta says:

    John,Thank you for your joyful ctnmiomemt to practice and to the dharma and sangha. You have inspired me to practice, and, as your recent post suggests, I, myself, as a result, have gained freedom, vibrancy, gratitude by applying these practices in my life. Through practice, following my breath, my body has become more tranquil and hence my mind clear, spacious and blissful. I feel more myself, more alive and as a result, more happy. I have learned to have a joyful engagement in my life and have great faith in and awe, enthusiasm and wonder of the precious 3 jewels and realize just that I am truly part of an ever changing sea of change and beauty. The gradual relinquishing of my self-centered likes and dislikes has made it ever more possible to move through my life as an enlightened being would . With deep gratitude, I bow.

  439. Jerry Rossman says:

    I am so happy to know that Thay is alive, awake and mindful of the beauty that surrounds us all.

  440. I am so grateful for Thay in the world. I am grateful for all the words that he has spoken and written that have carved permanent beauty and peace into the universe. Let us recognize that his very being speaks more loudly than words itself, and that his very being is a profoundly full and complete gift to the world, lacking nothing. He has delivered bountiful and boundless words to the world as a field of flowers has spread it’s seeds around the world. Let us focus on his recovering the groundwork of his strength and vitality, joy and happiness, daily.

    I am a 40 year holistic practitioner in SF area and want to share that there is a branch of acupuncture specializing in recovery of stroke and paralysis and I hope you are availing yourself of the best experts the SF Bay Area has to offer. The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in SF is a renowned resource and has worked in conjunction with California Pacific Medical Center in SF. Although Western science has much to offer, I know from direct experience that the ancient healing wisdom of acupuncture can heal beyond where limited Western science cannot. I have written to the contact form on the Plum Village website, please contact me so that I may offer assistance in this area.
    With devotion.

  441. Susanne says:

    Dear Thai and Dear Sangha,

    Even though I practice mostly Tibetan buddhism, Thay has been the most deep inspiration for me the last thirty years or so.
    Also many of my friends and family, we are all so inspired deep in our hearts of Thai. When I read this announcement about Thay’s current health, tears were flowing down my cheeks like rain…So much love and beauty…
    I want to thank Thay for all his beautiful written books and all his beautiful teachings…opening our hearts and freeing us to life as it is here and now…

    Much love and forever thanks from the depth of my heart,

  442. Maggie Mae says:

    Dwelling in my gratitude for you, Thay! Taking comfort in the words of Truth you have shared with so many minds on this Earth. Maybe…just maybe…you are not speaking now so that your words can come from our mouths…and maybe we can’t see your body so that we can practice seeing you elsewhere. You have been a good and faithful teacher of The Truth, may you rest now in simply being…less doing. Peace be with you Thay!

  443. kay maughan says:

    Dear Thay I continue to do mindful meditations and try to enjoy every mindful moment and dedicate my practice for you, I am so happy every time I hear your health is improving
    I send you love and Many Blessings kay maughan

  444. Margaret says:

    Everyday I find a moment to say in Thay’s words, which heard him say years ago, ” to be alive is a miracle.”
    Praying for Thay…

  445. Barbara Miyamoto says:

    Dear Beloved Teacher Thay,
    It has been almost twenty years since I had my stroke. I had physical and speech therapy for two and a half years. I was in a wheelchair for several months and when I tried to walk I had to drag my left leg by using my hip to move it and then lo one day my knee bent and I could lift my leg slightly. I exercised every day. While I sat to rest, I tried to lift my leg o strengthen the. Muscle and make my leg muscles listen to my brain. My speech therapist had me read the newspaper “out loud” every day and read books to try to improve comprehension and retention. She made me sing songs to help me pronounce words correctly and increase volume.
    Now, I walk everywhere with a cane and even belong to a bookclub.i go to the gym to exercise and even take Chair Yoga class. I am able to drive a car and came to see you in Pasadena last year and what a blessing that was to see my beloved teacher in person to receive your joy. Do not give up hope. Continue working hard every day. Your brain must heal and build new pathways to retrieve mobility and comprehension.
    We all love you and pray for your full recovery. Bless you.

  446. Ferenz Kallos says:

    Thay, You are alive forever in Countless people’s consciousness ! I send love and prayers to You !

  447. Carol River says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,

    Thay, thank you for continuing to practice and to teach through your practice and for the way you are. You are so beautiful and have touched my heart deeply.

    I was at the 2009 retreat in Colorado, and feel so blessed to have practiced during such a powerful time. I felt Thay’s presence so profoundly–just as much if not more than I had experienced his physical presence the first time I sat with him and the sangha in Estes Park in 2007. I have not been to any large retreats since the 2009 retreat in Colorado. I aspire to share to join the sangha in a retreat again one day and to bring my daughter, who is now 11.

    Much love and peaceful breaths,

  448. Susan says:

    Thank you so much for posting this beautiful update. In our home we continue to send all the positive energy we can for Thay’s continued happiness. Even when he cannot speak, he is still always a teacher of how to practice.

    Please may we send also our tremendous gratitude to all the monastics who continue to teach and give dharma talks and keep the sangha growing. Thay always says the Buddha is still here with us; we always see the Buddha in Thay and Thay in all of you. Thank you for having the kindness to continue his work which helps us all so much.

  449. Lynne Owen says:

    Thay has been great teacher over many years and I hope he makes as great a recovery as is possible with help from the specialists in his treatment in San Francisco

  450. Gerrit Schaap says:

    Thay, your light is shining so bright on Earth. Thank you!

  451. james says:

    Thay, I can’t thank you enough for your teachings and your life. May you and all beings be happy and free from suffering. Mother Earth smiles on you Thay. I love you dearly my brother.


  452. khadijah kelly says:

    I am so thankful that my beloved Thay is recovering, peace and continued blessings to him.

  453. Michaela Höfenstock says:

    My heart is light as the air about your news. I never forget Thai saying in a retreat that when we are smiling thousands of people all over the world will smile with us. We all need this smiling we have learned from Thai. Lots of smiles to the world and for Thai. Namasté with love Mi/Vienna

  454. Many thanks for these updates about Thay’s recovery process.
    Please also try Music Therapy as it can be a wonderfully effective way for Stroke recovery.
    Here is a link to a short video to show how this can work (re: recovery of speech and movement after stroke):

    TV Story on Music Therapy for Stroke Recovery:

  455. Jeanne Sutton says:

    Most dear and precious Thay and sangha,

    Your open heart, like a window flung wide open
    Blesses me here in my retreat cabin. Thank you for your teaching which arises in every moment as the freedom and vast heartedness of your being. I am forever grateful.
    May you be well always in all ways. Thank you for teaching us directly and fearlessly about aging and sickness at this time. May we all follow in your footsteps.

    San Francisco is so blessed by your presence.

    Thank you,

    Jeanne Peri Sutton

    • Mary says:

      I have been thinking of you.I am thinking of you when I walk along the beach and look at the birds.I light a candle for you. Autumn is arriving now.
      I was reading your book “The Art of Communication” I so enjoyed it. I came to see you in Plum Village a few years ago… how special that was. I will always cherish this and the lovely walks past the fields of Sunflowers thankyou. I hope one day I can be more mindful and a better person in this world. Thankyou so much for your writing and presence in this world. Xx

  456. Kim says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha,

    Such a beautiful update and reminder of the practice, thank you. Today I was reading an article that mentioned the therapeutic use of singing to restore speech after stroke and other brain injuries, and it reminded me of the story told by another person in these comments. I thought I would share a link to the article and to the lab that specializes in this work, in case it is of benefit:

    Singing is such a beautiful part of the Plum Village tradition, and must be such an intimate part of Thay’s being…perhaps this may be another way home for Thay.

    Blessings and gratitude to all.

  457. Johan says:

    Namaste. Wishing him all the best and sending all my blessings.

  458. sharyn says:

    continue to enjoy the blue sky
    the ocean
    the breezes
    the love of those around you

  459. carolyn says:

    Get well soon…
    His a superhuman…
    His life journey and pure kind and spirit as human being has touch the people around the world….

    one of it..Its me…
    thank you.. so much..

  460. Phyllis Stevens says:

    Wishing the highest and best

  461. Margaret says:

    How beautiful this update is!!! To have Thay being able to initiate movement in his leg! To have him speek those beautiful words! Oh, Thay, you are nothing short of miraculous! Blessings For Thay and for Sangha! This is a process of mindfulness and healing. Setbacks come and go, so don’t be discouraged.

    Dear Thay, you are making great strides – we are all with you – those you know and those you have yet to meet. Please enjoy this time of healing and know you are loved deeply. I love your way of teaching the doctors – healers need to be reminded that healing is about rejuvenating the connectionwith life. Tea meditation is the perfect way to do it! I have been savoring my food and doing walking meditation in honor of your teachings on the present moment – because of you and sangha, I suffer much less; thank you and bless you!

  462. Thank you. In out happy smile thank you blue sky sangha

  463. Martine Larrieu says:

    Merci merci de nous faire vivre le moment présent avec THAY par ces bulletins de santé . Chaque jour depuis la rencontre de THAY est un jour d éblouissement a la vie .chaque minute est pleine … THAY merci mille fois pour ta sage présence lumineuse ,tu es dans nos cœurs pour toujours chaque minute . Amour amour toujours

  464. Artemis says:

    I hope that Thay has the chance to enjoy the beautiful fog of the wintertime in San Francisco as well. In the winter, Golden Gate Park’s tourists leave, and the place becomes a delightful, and wheelchair accessible, place to connect with nature and delight in contemplation. I love to hear about the love and care that you are giving him. Thank you so much for the update.

  465. Zoya Zeman says:

    Thank you, Thay.

  466. Theadora Davitt-Cornyn says:

    First met Thay in 1997 at UCSB – he led a 6-day retreat, and each morning at 6, we’d gather at the campanile to walk in silent meditation down to the beach below the cliffs.

    A group of American military had asked for a ceremony of forgiveness. It was a powerful event to witness.

    I remain so grateful for these teachings, and add my blessings for Thay’s continuing recovery…

  467. Andre Fleet says:

    Thank you Master Thay. Smiling.

  468. pat johnson says:

    my mother had a stroke at age 85; initially she had no speech at all. she began speech therapy with little success but while still in the very beginning phase a woman came who encouraged her to try and sing! the woman knew old favorite hymns that my mother had sung all her life, albeit not recently, and began by singing them to her and asking her to sing along. within minutes! i heard my mom singing entire verses with no hesitation. it was truly astounding. alas, she was not able to continue with this therapist, and subsequent efforts were same old. i was not able to be with her for long stretches of her recovery but she did regain minimal speech, and being a good communicator used it to best advantage. i had never heard of this being tried, nor have i since, but it is clear to me that being able to recapture these familiar words in **song, words so ingrained in her psyche, along with the rhythmic aspect was a powerful trigger which, had it continued, would have yielded great success where by rote exercises did not. you probably see where i am going with this. it takes someone who knows these songs to be there and facilitate and it takes that deep connection to the words and the feeling on the part of the “receiver”. i hope that this may be of service. i just have to add: my mom was never a singer, could barely carry a “tune” and was always a little uncomfortable trying, but she put her all into it this time around.

  469. Pete Loane says:

    Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile, dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.

  470. Kate Jones says:

    With gratitude for That’s life and teaching. Sending healing and love

  471. Auma Arunachala says:

    Thay is teaching us many very, very important lessons. One in particular is how, when an elderly human being has practiced so sincerely that they have preserved their mental health and can share the deep wisdom from the practice, the younger generation recognizes the offering and will protect them and respect the wisdom of the elderly. If we practice and care for our mind, body and spirit when we are younger, we are not destined to become part of a cycle where the elderly are ignored and abandoned. I believe that it is not cruelty or ignorance that results in this type of paralysis, but rather we do not know how to help and relate when chronic illnesses like dementia have manifested due to a lifetime of inattention to our health. Thay’s teachings since his brain hemorrhage have been a beautiful, happy unfolding for me. I work as a health partner with people in memory care facilities. I can show their children, who are now in their 50-60’s, Thay’s journey and what they can do right now for our own future. This is the smartest way to love our own children, in preserving our health and the possibility of sharing our lifelong wisdom with them. I am most grateful to the Plum Village sangha for sharing so openly and lovingly with all of us and for your absolute determination in manifesting Thay’s continuation. In, Out & Thank you!

  472. Thank you for your thoughtful, beautifully written, and tear-bringing post. It seems the doctors and therapists truly understand whose presence they’re in. Indeed, at the Blue Cliff Retreat, as every statement began with, “Dear Thây, dear Sangha,” we all enjoyed a subtle reminder that all of us are the continuation of our beloved Thây, and that without him, we would not be present.

    Thank you Thây, thank you Sangha!

  473. Lora Graham says:

    From the time I first heard him read a poem, years ago in Berkeley CA, I knew he was my spiritual teacher. The sound of his voice has brought me peace through the years.

  474. Thank you for allowing us to partecipate. Feeling connected in this way brings great feelings of gratitude.

  475. Thay's student says:

    Thank you for the update.

    I hope and pray to God for Thay’s speedy recovery and to prolong our “bonus” time with Thay. I cherish the Mindful Walk that I did with him in Escondido, California few years ago and may he heal soon so he can touch more wounded souls with his compassion, wisdom and beautiful smile.

  476. Diana Viola says:

    We may regret Thay’s speech difficulties, but Thay has spoken. There are books, and generously given videos. It is our turn to listen. Thank you, beloved Thay.

  477. Joann Malone "True Collective Practice" says:

    What joyful news of Thay’s first words in months! He teaches us in his every word, action and breath.
    So important for us to listen to his teachings and BE THAY to our friends and communities.

    With great love and gratitude,
    “True Collective Practice”
    Takoma Park, MD

  478. Victoria Marcelis says:

    Thank you for sharing this touching personal update. Many blessings of love, light and healing for the highest good for Thay, and All,

  479. Thank you for your beautiful & honest letter sharing Thay’s progress towards health.

  480. Lorrin Phuntsog Dronma says:

    Thank you.

  481. Mitzi Trostle says:

    May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May all beings be peaceful. May all beings be safe. May all beings be happy. May all beings awaken to the light of their own True Nature. May all beings be free. ❤️❤️

  482. Norma Espinosa says:

    Thank you so much for these updates on our beloved Thay! I am new to meditation, yet I breathe in and out and I imagine Thay sitting next to me and I feel his love and compassion. Thank you Thay for all your courage and encouragement you give us all by simply Being!!!

  483. John McClafferty says:

    I have only known Thay from his books and through the devotion of members of my Sanghas. I do not remember feeling to close to anyone I have never met. His continuation is assured and becomes more personal with each sitting and discussion of Thay’s guide to the Buddhist ethic.
    I am grateful to have known this man so well.

  484. Debbie Sterling says:

    Abundant blessings

  485. Cynthia Soltani says:

    Every day I make a prayer for Thay to enjoy a wonderful cup of tea.

  486. Paul says:

    Thank you Thay! Vui qua’. I look forward to updates on Thay’s health. I am inspired by his ability to find peace and happiness in the little things. Keep your shoshin alive!

  487. Chris says:

    Thanks for sharing a status update. I am on the west coast too and though I have read books by Thay over the years have only recently felt close to him after taking the video course on the body and the self. This whole summer after major surgery has been an eye opening experience and the words Thay speaks have helps give me some perspective. Thanks Thay.

  488. says:

    blessings to Thay and all who help him recover . I hope the perfect so each therapist is found . Hyperbaric oxygen is very miraculous for stroke recovery . Hope you can research and utilize this . Also for speech .. There are many resources available for speech rehab for specialists for kids with C.p . …. These same specialists would have a lot of k owl edge about speech therapists and who to contact . All my love and faith . Aloha , Tama

  489. Sandra says:

    Much metta. Xx

  490. Pamela Coleman says:

    I’m so happy and at peace for Thay. May he continue to be blessed as he truly blesses us all. May his health continue to improve.
    Thank you for reminding us to look at God’s beautiful blue sky, or share a cup of tea in mindfulness and thanksgiving.

  491. TJ Branham says:

    Be here, now.

  492. Marina says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Thank you for this touching update. It is so hartwarming, to imagine Thay being able to pronounce those very special words again!
    I wonder whether you are aquainted with Ms. Anat Baniel’s work ( in San Rafael (CA).
    I have heard dr. Rick Hanson (author of The practical neuroscience of Buddha’s Brain) speak with great admiration about her, during an interview.

    She seems to have developed an own soft, gentle and very effective approach.

    In gratitude,
    Beautiful Respect of the Heart

  493. Cheryl Dockery says:

    Amazing lengths the soul takes the body to continue to teach, so grateful to his soul and body.

  494. Rata says:

    Mira que lindo lo de Thay !

  495. Teresa Buchanan says:

    Thank you for the update. Much love and thanks to the sangha, especially those who are caring for him.
    I hope someone is giving him a nice foot massage sometimes, so his feet can remember the touch of the earth.

  496. My Beloved Teacher, Thay,

    Enjoy the Pacific Ocean air, breathe deeply….

    Feel ‘my smiles surrounding you.’

    With Love and Deep Gratitude, my heart is with You.

    • Ian & Jenny says:

      Master Thay,

      May you be filled with a Golden healing Light that has the brightness of a thousand suns

      Blessings my brother
      From Glastonbury England

      • jane Rhys says:

        Dear Thay,
        You are with me every day. Your gentle presence has helped so many. You will heal because you are needed and
        loved. I send you warmest wishes.

  497. Christian Gasior says:

    I am very pleased to hear that the venerable master Thay has improved and continues to teach us all how to live simply by example. Great thanks to Thay and his caretakers!

  498. Arturo Maximiliano Jeger says:

    El Zen llegó a la vida del que escribe hace no muchos años. Las enseñanzas del Maestro Thay han tocado profundamente en mi corazón.
    Que la Existencia dé fortaleza y salud al Maestro para que pueda seguir sembrando las semillas de la Paz de los budas.

  499. Tamara Soltysik says:

    Dear Thay, thank you for the love, hapiness and joy , you bring to the world, I am thankfull that your health is progressing.
    Get well soon. I send endless Flowers to you.

  500. Jann Sparks says:

    I am so happy that you are better! I, too, was quite ill. During this summer I spent 4 months in hospital and in the end of struggle my right foot was amputated. During that time I had a lot of time to contemplate and to read. Your books were beside me and when I survived complications and returned home your videos continue to teach me. Because of my illness I found a fuller path. You brought me blessings- Thank You.
    With Love, Jann

  501. Margaret St John says:

    What matters? Thay keeps bringing us back to what really matters, what is truly fundamental in our view and practice every moment, in every circumstance, at every stage and way of being. Whether in a smile or laugh, in sadness or anger, in direct honesty, humor, tenderness, determination, longing, or in patient, grueling work, Thay’s vision, inspiration and actions return us to clarity. Whether by example or in stories, analysis, poetry, gathas, visual creations, movement, stillness or silence, he reaches out to the depths of our potential, lovingly and strongly calling for — and calling forth — our disciplined and loving commitment, again and again, to a wise and loving realism in and beyond our grasping selves. We can respond.

  502. Hi
    I have read quite few books written by Thich Nhat Hanh, not this one, well not yet, and I have loved all of them. They have helped me and inspired me a lot, I am so grateful for that. Thank you, Thich Nhat Hanh.

  503. Tran Minh Nguyen says:

    Thanks Buddha for Thay’s recovery. Please be stronger. I need to keep hearing your voice. I started and ended my day with your teaching. Please be strong and teach me more and more to live better for myself and everyone around me. I gave up my bad spending habit due to your teaching of breathing, Thay. Thank you so much for your help.

  504. Dear Thay,

    Thank you for being my teacher. Thank you that being a teacher is not only about words, it is also (and maybe even more so) about being. You are my role-model for mindfulness, compassion, loving-speech. You have taught me to hold my anger with care and understanding, even if I haven’t grasped that fully yet. You are my companion, when I sit on my meditation cushion, and my mentor when I need to connect back to my breath.

    Thank you for being you. You have made my life so much more wonderful.

  505. Cameron Green says:

    Thay taught me to listen deeply. This has given me life as I had never imagined. I know Thay is listening deeply every day. Holding up a flower is a dharma talk. Holding up our beloved Thay is a dharma talk. Let us speak in the requested way. Our opportunity for unity on his behalf is his current gift to us. It is a joy to send help along with all who can. Thay changed the world and he changed me. Yesterday I sat in the shade to meditate, and to avoid the direct light, and the sun moved until it found me. I retreated and it found me again. Like Thay, it refuses to leave me in darkness. And we are all with our teacher in our hearts seeing with the eyes he gives us. Our love to you dear Thay.

  506. Douglas Miller says:

    I am happy you are still here and improving . You have taught me so much ! Thank You ! Enjoy your summer ! -Doug

  507. Louis Doughty says:

    Thay… I am tempted to say you will never know the joy and beauty your words have brought to my life, but of course you do… I have had a life of inner turmoil and suffering coming through drug abuse, alcoholism, and a strong feeling of rejection from a very traumatic child hood…

    Growing I struggled… Now a man of 32 years, your words bring me inner peace and a feeling of vibrant, powerful love… you are a beautiful being…

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blessings xxx

  508. modesty says:

    hello. on first reading, an idea was arising as such. like one writer did, trying to stay open. deeply believing that Thay, the most empowered as possible, has the most impacting energy possible.
    there are so many issues, just today. economic, consumer society. refugees .. not sure it’s a ‘need’ to ‘have’ this issue at all. if there was peace. or better, if there was a just distribution of goods, land, etc. not e.g. oil and the most powerful with the biggest tanks gets it .. maybe one of the biggest issues.
    i firmly believe that people like Thay, the most in strength as possible; are able to stand for the switch – the switch of hearts. that, the most important, are other people and their wellbeing and joy .. insights to give, that’s fine, surely good. however, standing for a world that does not stand on economic power or better: consumer wishes .. that’s worth everything.
    wishing all the best, and taking him in the heart and thoughts .. and actions. may he be back as strong as possible, as soon as possible.
    so grateful that somebody like him, decided to go his way.

    • Nancy Perrone says:

      Your deep inner strength, inspirational.
      Healing thoughts, prayers and meditations are for you.
      In Deep Gratitude

  509. Trng says:

    Thank you venerable Master. I understand that it’s dhamma that is important. Nonetheless, I have no doubt that the world will be a little less brighter, a little less tender if you were to go.

    With metta from Reston, VA USA

  510. Ankush says:

    Thank you for sharing!! Much respect to the Buddha!

  511. Ankush says:

    Happiness and unhappiness are not in the field of Bliss. It is everyone’s desire to be happy and contented. To be truly blissful is to go beyond happiness and unhappiness.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    Much Respect to you!

  512. Kimberly Feffer says:

    Namaste, Thich Nhat Hanh, healing abounds in your favor.

  513. Sig Schwarz says:

    God Bless Thay

  514. Fabiola says:

    Thank you for posting this most wonderful SUTTA. I have the book. But reading it today on the go on my ipad is such a gift! Long live Thay. Wonderful Teacher.

  515. Cath Jack says:

    I do not know any mantras or words to help Thay, but wish to express my gratitude to a man I have never met but whose writings have changed my life and how I see each moment with wonder and a smile. Thank you for caring for such an important man with such love and compassion. I send loving energy to Thay and wish you all strength and love. Thank you Thay.

    • A Dennis says:

      Thay we have never met, Thay we have never spoken, but, Thay you are always with me.
      thank you for every present moment, every wonderful moment.

  516. Cory Bennett says:

    So very true…. Thank you

  517. Margaret says:

    P.S. Here’s the lesson I get from this: Go watch the Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with James Stewart. Thay, as part of a Global community needs our help. It’s simple.

  518. Margaret says:

    Thay is trying to heal, so let’s help him do that and not second guess why – it’s enough to know he is making tremendous progress and feels he can do much more. I’m inspired, personally, by his ability to take the present moment and make it a work of art. I’m learning how to heal my own back injury by watching Thay work through this. Because of Thay’s example, I suffer much less.

    Dear Sangha,
    Thank you for posting a link to make donations – it’s really nice to be able to give back to Thay! Thank you for being strong and for having the collective courage to reach out – we all walk with you in support.

    Dear Thay,
    We’re here for you! You’re doing beautifully – keep going!

  519. Hoa Tang says:

    Dear all Thay and Su co,
    I have some medication that I belief will help Thay Nhat Hanh recover inner strengths and also helps circulate oxygen in blood. My father has been taking this medication for many years, and it also prevents strokes, should you try this medication called Concord Sunchih Premium GPSP, made in Australia. Thank you and hope Thay get well soon. Nam mo a di da Phat.

  520. Lisa says:

    May we all do our best to generate love, joy and happiness to nourish Thay and ourselves.

    I raised my children with this breathing exercise he taught in Berkeley years ago:

    in -out
    mountain -solid

    With Love and Gratitude,

  521. Lynne Owen says:

    Blessings to Thay for his work and life

  522. Tin 'Allen' Pham says:

    Dear Thay –

    It was short of a miracle that I chanced upon an older taping of your interview with Oprah on youtube about 2 + months ago in 2015. Along with less than a handful of teachers / mentors across all faiths, your gift to me with your lectures on youtube are beyond words to convey. There’s so much more I want to ask or have you validate for me about life. I understand you’re going through therapy and may need to rest. But I’m very hopeful that when you recover, please allow me to just be in your presence meditating, if I am unable to ask a question before returning to France. I pray you a speedy recovery. I’ll be sure to send you healing light through intent from meditations and whenever I’m able to remember to do so during my waking hours. Cam on thay – Allen

  523. david olguisser llanos says:

    this is to say i’m here fo you dear thay

  524. The letter is long, and on first reading, I missed part of the message. I wanted to help in whatever way I could, but the answer was in the letter:

    “Let us renew our efforts to practice and connect with our Sangha, whether locally or at mindfulness retreats in practice centers around the world. Let us open our hearts and reach out to our loved ones and to those who are suffering and need a little kindness. We know that with every mindful step and breath, our collective energy of practice and togetherness is supporting our Teacher’s healing.”

  525. Michelle Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for keeping those of us who are and have been so extremely positively impacted by Thay’s teaching, as many of us, such as myself, have derived so much benefit from his strength, his kindness, and his conviction on Dharma. Of course some may not understand that although yes everything is indeed impermanent, and we all should try to keep our overhead as low as possible, there is absolutely nothing wrong about wanting to fully recover from a health crisis or extend your life to continue helping people for as long as possible. It is in fact the right choice. On that note, I would like to offer any assistance in his recovery that I can provide, at no charge. I have a background in nutrition, traditional herbs, massage and yoga, and I would very much like to contribute in any way to his recovery that I am able. I am in Scottsdale AZ and could provide hands on therapy as well as review his diet, physical therapy regimen, and supplemental nutrition. I feel my comprehensive, as well as its simplicity, approach to health could be of help, and I extend that for any time, so please do not hesitate to contact me if interested. I am deeply grateful for Thay’s work and anything I can do to give back, I would.

  526. PAM TRAN says:

    should Thay try stem cells therapy?

  527. On behalf of Jikoji Zen Temple in Los Gatos California I would like to extend our home, sangha and support to Thay. We’re close. Waves of prayers. Waves of healing. And so it is… Gassho.

  528. Michael B. says:

    Can Thay’s friends here in San Francisco be of any help/support?

  529. ioma jones says:

    Continuing Hope Healing and Love to Thay ,I am not a buddhist but often wish i were !Broke my arm recently and reached out to the invisable sangha that i know is there ,I derived much comfort knowing there are people of Good will and kindness everywhere.if you send details of how to send a small amount through snail mail.i would be gratefull.

  530. Faye Harasack says:

    Like some others who have written here, I too was confused when I first heard this news, wondering why Thay would request this option, which he surely knew was very expensive and difficult to carry out. The confusion caused me pain, but I tried to keep my mind and heart open to understand some of the things that might motivate him, and these thoughts came to me:
    I’ve seen the way Thay has lived his life up till now, so I have confidence that he wouldn’t take any action just to get some small, passing satisfaction for himself on a personal level. Since the update tells us that “Thay is very determined to do everything possible to recover both his physical movement and speech” that must mean that he feels it would benefit not only himself but all of us, his students and friends, and that it could also benefit others who don’t yet know the teachings.
    It might be that during his stroke and recovery Thay has learned things that he wants to share with us directly, in spoken or written words. Right now he is able to communicate with those who come into contact with him, and they can tell us how his actions and way of being inspire them. He teaches us all without words, and will keep on doing so. But that’s not the same as if he could express for himself what he wants to tell us.
    I know from reading books like Jill Bolte Taylor’s “My Stroke of Insight”, that people who undergo a stroke can have deep and beautiful experiences that give them insights into the nature of reality. Maybe Thay has things like this to tell us, and maybe he knows that if he shared those experiences with the world, it would relieve the suffering of many other people.
    Of course I don’t know any of this for sure – maybe his reasons are completely different! But I do have confidence that his choices are based on compassion for all beings. So, though I still don’t understand completely, I’ll support him as much as I can. And I’ll try to follow his example of working to improve my ability to communicate love and compassion to others.
    Gratitude to all who are assisting Thay on this path of healing, which is also the heaing and strengthening of the sangha body!

    • Julie Roberts says:

      Beautifully put. I too wondered why he would agree to an expensive treatment, but also thought that perhaps he has a great insight that has come since the stroke, which would be of benefit to many. I don’t believe that he is just doing this for a personal, short-term extension of life. I hope he succeeds in recovering, and that his battle to get well is an inspiration to all those struggling with major illnesses.

  531. Erica Solano Plummer says:

    I’m picturing you with your beautiful smile. Sparkling, dazzling healing energy flowing all through your being. So many beautiful healers focusing their love on you right now 🙂

  532. Wajeedah says:

    It is so touching, reassuring, and amazing to see all of us students coming together and expressing our well wishes for Thay’s recovery. As I’ve seen others say, he truly is the Buddha of our time and has given us an abundance of peace and happiness, and most importantly, has made Buddhism more accessible & comprehensive. It is a beautiful and rare thing to see the legacy & impact you have created while you are still on this Earth. Sending healing energy to our Beloved Thay. I have never felt so connected with a group of people as I do now reading everyone’s well wishes. Namaste.

  533. Thomas Voelker says:

    I hope each day of his life continues to encourage others along their path.

  534. Maria says:

    I am so glad to hear this good news. Gratitude to Thay for the love and light he has shed on so many lives and for his ongoing work to heal the Earth. Wishing Thay love and support for this new step in his journey. I hope the new doctors will be successful in bringing him a full recovery.

  535. Inge Gans says:

    Ein Mantra für Thay

    Tag für Tag möge es Dir, lieber Thay, in jeder Hinsicht immer besser und besser gehen.

    (Vielleicht mag jemand dieses Mantra in anderen Sprachen übersetzen)

    Mit der Sonne im Herzen
    und vielen lieben Grüßen an die Shanga und Allen die bei und mit Dir sind,

  536. George Bush says:

    You have THE most famous stroke doctor (acupuncturist) in the world on the West coast. Dr. Zhu Ming. He has literally performed miracles on people with strokes. You should absolutely take Thay there!

  537. Mary T. says:

    I’m am so happy to hear that Thay’s trip was smooth and that he arrived here in my home state safely! He is a treasure to me and I hold him in great honor and respect. I wish him all the best! Namaste, dearest Thay _/|\_

  538. Nelunika Gunawardena Rajapakse says:

    Thay has been my living inspiration of spirituality since the day I began my search for my beloved dad, when I lost him nearly thirty years ago. Today, I am healed knowing that both my precious parents along with all of our ancestors are wth me and all others – through every breath and every step! Thay, you have expounded the Buddha Dharma do succinctly. I am eternally grateful to you! You are the living Buddha of our time!

  539. Shelle says:

    Great lesson for all of us. We will keep sending healing vibes. Blessings Thay!

  540. Constancia Bonak says:

    Prayers and blessings for a positive recovery.

  541. Kathleen says:

    Are the therapists helping Thay to crawl? Hand chakra contact to earth should stimulate speech.

  542. Cloris Sciaroni says:

    Namaste to all the staff of Plum Village and the Sanga,
    I amo really happy to hear this wonderful news about Tha’s Health. I was a little worried to read that he wonted really go to the USA for more rehabilitation because it’s not a simple journey, but I am released now to read that everything went ok and I am shure he will be in good hands and he has also the spiritual support of his Monks and Nuns but also our prayers. We love him so much and would like to hear his lovely voice again. Please let me know how to send you some money on line, but not with Credit cards. You should please let me know your IBAN and Bic Nr., the name of the Bank and the name of a responsable Person there at Plum Village, with the address, so that everything will go easly . Send you all my love and best wishes. Namaste.

  543. Carlos Poblete says:

    Me alegra enormemente que Thay esté mejor. Personas como el hacen mucha falta. No dispongo dinero en absoluto, vivo de una pequeña pensión.. sALUD, tHAY. Un abrazo con mucho cariño.

  544. greta says:

    Prayers for his continued recovery!

  545. Dilip Ekanath says:

    I never met the master but His name alone brought grace and blessings in great tides. He arrived last weekend in CA and I had been feeling His love for few days but I just read the news about Him,

    At your feets master,

  546. Georges says:

    I have to confess I am a bit confused with such news. I do not mean to judge. I have myself just been injured after falling from a tree. I know how it feels to be scared to lose one of the body’s ability – as my hip is damaged and I may develop arthrosis anytime now. I am very grateful to receive free medical care in one of the best hospitals in France thanks to the French social security system. I cannot imagine how strong the desire to recover must be when it is a brain function that is threatening to disappear. I cannot but admire Thay’s resilience in overcoming this challenge.
    But what about the teaching of the Buddha that Thay’s conveys to us all ? Isn’t it about learning to accept life’s impermanence, and to live happily with what the universe gives us ? I’m very happy to know that someone is generous enough to offer to fly Thay to a more advanced facility, and I support people to give whatever they want in order to support Thay’s recovery, if that is their wish. But I am still confused. Would we do the same for anyone in the Sangha ? Isn’t flying a private jet across the planet an extremely heavy cost to add to the environment’s already huge toll ? Every day at lunch, Thay invites us to eat in a way that is beneficial to life on this planet. How can this teaching cohabit with such a huge spending we are making, to prolonge a life that is intresically impermanent ?
    I wish all of you to be well and happy.

    • Dave says:

      Accepting the truth of impermanence doesn’t mean not doing what is reasonable and within ones power or means to continue living. Accepting impermanence means letting go of attachment that causes suffering and using our lives for what is meaningful and of benefit to others. Though Thay’s students likely have attachment to him and thus want him to continue to live, they also probably recognize how precious and important he is to the ultimate happiness of others and themselves. To find a teacher like Thay and have a wish to study and practice under him and to be able to develop his qualities of love and compassion is difficult. Also Thay’s desire to continue to live doesn’t likely come out of attachment but likely out of a recognition of the value of a rare and precious human life, and a wish to continue helping others develop love and compassion and attain a state of unchanging happiness. While Thay’s trip and continued care may come at some financial cost and cost to the environment, so does every other human beings life come at a cost. Many beings die for our clothes, meals (even if it is vegetarian) etc. A lot of suffering is experienced by others just so we can live. It can’t be avoided. This cost to others could be seen as part of the reason why we need to use our lives to benefit others. thus if anybody’s life is worth a jet trip and a few hundred thousand dollars it would be somebody like Thay’s, a teacher who is always showing others the way to happiness.

    • KM says:

      People have offered to incur the travel and health expenses to one of the greatest spiritual leaders of all time. I would hope that it would do more damage to man’s spiritual growth, not to accept the offer, than harm the environment. Our hearts and minds yearn for wisdom daily and it spreads contagiously and is desperately needed in a hurting world. The gift from God through Thay’s teaching on how to love the earth will allow us to provide better care of the earth hopefully thereby mitigating and surpassing the extent of environmental harm. God makes no mistakes. This care for him is intended for continued growth and nurturing of the spirit of man. Peace and love to the earth and mankind.

    • A very religious man was in a ship that sank. He grabbed onto a piece of wood and prayed. A dolphin swam up to him and tried to take him on its back, but he pushed it away, saying to himself, “God will save me. I must have faith.” A ship came by and dropped a lifeboat, but he pushed it away, saying, “God will save me. My faith is strong.” A helicopter flew over and dropped a rope, but he pushed it away saying, “God will save me. Only my faith will carry me through.”

      Then he drowned. When he got to heaven, he went to God and said, “God, I believed in you, and you betrayed me!” And God said, “What do you mean? I sent a dolphin; I sent a ship; and I sent a helicopter!”

      So, this is a long way to say that we don’t have to refuse help when it is offered, and I sense that Thay has much more that he wishes to communicate, and part of that may be that we don’t have to feel sorry for ourselves and give up when faced with tough times. _/\_

    • Lauren says:

      Dear Georges, a lot of time has passed, but I want to share that I think your questioning is appropriate — the Buddha encourages us to examine all things. Such questioning may make others uncomfortable, as can be seen below. My thought on this news has been that those closest to Thay can’t possibly share all the factors that went into these decisions, thus we on the other end of this letter don’t have enough information to be able to make a discernment. Also, through the progression of update letters about Thay’s health, it’s clear that there is concern to present the most positive picture possible, in order to water seeds of hope and joy, and to help us all cope with our encroaching sense of deep loss. The monastics are showing us utmost compassion in this way. My aim is to hold all my inner responses with equanimity — I want to know more about how the decision was made, and how Thay is really doing, and on and on, but this is not mine to know right now. I wish dear Thay joy and ease in his ongoing recovery, and a beautiful continuation, moment by moment, starting with me.

  547. martine kerr says:

    Your recovery has a special place in the chamber of my heart.
    God hold you in his protective embrace,comfort and strengthen you.

  548. Claudia Stone says:

    Thay continues to teach me without words. Thank you so much for this detailed update. Tears of joy are streaming down my face! What an example he sets for us. My career as a social worker lead me to work with many stroke survivors, mostly in Canada, where they have universal healthcare and also some in the U.S. where they do not. He is truly an inspiration. I wish all people could have access to such great health care and loving attention. Namaste and blessed be. Thank you Master Thay!

    • samten Lhendup says:

      I offer my prayers and wish for Thay’s recovery and healing, his teachings are just amazing, teachings on mindfulness, what more could he offer to the world than this priceless teachings, he is a true bodhisattva showing us the ways and means for the journey to city of liberation….I sincerely wish for his recovery soon!

  549. Sherry Thompson says:

    I am so happy for Thay’s continuing recovery and healing. Very good news indeed!

  550. Fatima says:

    This are good news! My best wishes and healing thoughts to Thay!

    • Margie Smith says:

      Sending healing vibes your way,on your next page of your journey, live the love,& light your were given, because you inspire so many of us to be better humans on this planet!

  551. Jean Gustavson says:

    Thank you all @ Plum Village for your wonderful care of Thay.
    I have read so many of his books & must try much harder to walk the walk.
    It is indeed such good news to hear of his progress.
    My love & light to you all.Jean

  552. Sophatai Kanthatham says:

    Thank you for taking time to give us such wonderful updates on Thay’s miraculous recovery. Thank you, Thay for showing us the way..again and again.

  553. Joan says:

    So happy to read this update. It appears that peace really is every step.

  554. I was delighted and encouraged to read this most recent update on Thay’s health. Such a wonderful example he is – still doing walking meditation, enjoying the lotus flower, savoring his food – reminding me to really notice the beauty in the present. He is such an inspiration for me. Thank you all at Plum Village for providing this update. Namaste.

  555. Barry Basham says:

    Semper fi….

  556. enrico mainato chiesa says:

    with my wife we daily join our teacher mighty presence. We are not surprised, only joyfully
    pleased. Though the body is still crippled the mind is lumminous like a towering lighhouse
    spreading loving rays over us…
    As a distance healer I would suggest Phosphorous 30ch granules 5 daily to treat the imbalance.

    Enrico (Mainato)

  557. Satya Sullivan says:

    Continual love surrounding you, thank you for you presence, may your healing be joyous

  558. Vera Souza says:

    I am very happy with the news about Thay. Thanks to the sangha for the beautiful description. Love to you all.

  559. just watched a dvd on facing death and dying well with the dalai lama [meridian trust]
    went to the site of plum village for news of thich nat hahn
    what a great surprise to read the wonderful post
    i remember being at spirit rock in northern california with 1000 people in silence with thich nat hahn
    i shall remember that always
    blessings to him and all

  560. William Seng says:

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful books and talks. Thank you most of all for the example of how to be happy in life. I look at the nice picture and we are one together, all of us and everything beyond forever! Unborn, indestructible, beyond infinity and eternity… with only love remaining, everlasting.

  561. Claudette Jacques Blanca says:

    Dear Thay and the comunity of Plum Village:

    It was so wonderful to read about how Thay is being able to recovery. Thay and all the community not only in Plum Village but in every center you have all over the world are a lamps who guide us in the path of mindfulness. Thaks so mucho to Thay and to all the community’s. “A lotus for all of you, a buda yo be” Claudette Jacques from Mexico. I love you all.

  562. Thank you for your wisdom Thay! How strange it may seam that many people miss the most obvious. How great that you could put into words guidance for us to be able to perceive and practice the basic things for making life enjoyable. I hope for a soon recovery for you!

  563. Anna says:

    Sending hugs and love to Thay and the people of Plum village from South Africa – very happy to see him improving <3

  564. Mike Oliver says:

    Wondrous teaching. Thank you.

  565. Sam says:

    Very beautiful and inspiring! Thank you 🙂

    • Deborah says:

      Dear Ones

      Thankyou for the news, for the miracles, that flow from and through this great Love of this Master and Teacher Thay. You are blessing us all with each New step you of your Renewal – In the Light and Love of a New Time and a New Earth Namaste

  566. Dave Troupe says:

    Thanks for update the great news, and thanks for taking care of Thay. May Thay have good health to continue the spreading of the Dharma of Wisdom and Compassion to all sentinent beings.

  567. Gaston Schmitz says:

    Beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving. I feel grateful for the Sangha.

  568. Margaret says:

    Dear Thay,
    We’re all walking with you! Delighted you are doing so well – this update was a precious gift for my heart on my “continuation day”! Thank you, dear Sangha, for sharing with us all such a beautiful description of Thay’s healing and his spirit in living the practice; inclusive of the conditions. We are all very grateful for the good news, and what a lovely picture of Thay enjoying the beautiful lotus flower! Plum Village is, as Thay is, a true example of the art of living mindfully and supporting one another as a Sangha in the knowlege that none of us is separate. Thank you deeply. Palms pressed, with gratitude and joy,


  569. kay Maughan says:

    My Heart was filled with joy at the news of dear Thays continued recovery I send Love and Many Blessings to Thay and all Sangha at Plum Village.kay

  570. Lecia Sinclair says:

    Dear precious Thay thank you for transforming my life and opening my heart to love and the beauty and miracle of walking on this planet Earth.
    May you be peaceful and happy and may I always find you in my lives.
    With deep love

  571. Kate Preston says:

    Thank you so much for painting such a fresh and rejuvenating snapshot of Thay’s inspiring steps and the days preceding summer retreat.
    It warms my heart and connects me again to Thay, the monastics and the beautiful nature of Plum Village…Thank You Thank You……So happy that Thay is back home amongst his loving Plum Village family. Lots of love to you all.

  572. Sitting by the river
    I contemplate.
    Never the same river
    Never the same me,
    New Me arises.

    I read Thay’s story
    I rejoice. His fight like a river.
    Never the same Thay,
    A new Thay arises.

    New Me rests in Mindfulness
    Hears the roar of the river,
    Feels the strength of Thay.
    With the compassion of Avalokita
    I know he will win the battle

    I know with great joy
    I will win mine

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  573. Meant to be met says:

    Everything is possible. Enjoy the present moment. Joy comes from what we can do – sitting, eating, walking, seeing, listening mindfully. Example is leadership.

    Thanks Thay for inspiring us to learn more, do more and become more through your living. Hopeffully Thay’ll be fully recovered and able to give dharma talk once again – so that more people can be inspired by your message.

  574. Hildegard Amalie Kauth says:

    Thay geht es gut, das macht mich so glücklich.
    Thay soll 1000 Leben haben zusammen mit unserer wunderbaren Gemeinschaft.
    So viel Liebe und so viel Freude wünsche ich Dir, geliebter Thay

  575. Today i wish to sing amazing grace for Thich Nath Han.

  576. Lis says:

    Love to you Thay and the Plum Cottage Community XXXXX <3 <3

    Please try homeopathy for Thay. It is amazing 🙂 X

  577. David Lam says:

    Thanks For The Great News … Namaste !

  578. Raka Satori says:

    First of all, thank you, sangha, for your patient loving description of Thay’s progress, happiness and guidance. I saw Thay only once. A last minute ticket ended up in the 2nd row in Denver. Through the entire event, I was touched beyond words. I saw his lineage present, and bathed in the light of his presence. I wished to come to Plum Garden, but have not had the means. Nevertheless, I am very grateful for the master’s time here with us all.

  579. LIli says:

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You………………

  580. Corina says:

    Feliz por saber de você. Feliz ao saber que você está superando a limitação.
    Obrigada pelos ensinamentos, pela sintonia, pela proteção contida na leitura de seus livros .
    Gratdão. Paz. Harminia, Thay.

  581. June Davis says:

    I send respect and loving thoughts.

  582. Martine says:

    belles nouvelles que voilà . Thaï est toujours dans nos cœurs , puissions nous lui donner autant qu il nous a donné et qu il nous offre encore d amour et de courage .

  583. Matthew Wild says:

    I must be a very poor Buddhist because I read this with tears in my eyes. (Attachment? Absolutely.)

    Thank you for such a beautiful post.

    • I suspect that Thay has had tears in his eyes on more than one occasion. Didn’t they pour from your open heart in the present moment while you were reading? Sounds to me like you’re living the path, even if not conforming to an idea of Buddhism — even your own. I bow to your love for Thay with the Heart Sutra mantra: Gate gate paragate parasmagate. Bohdi. Svaha!

  584. silvia del pino says:

    Cuánto me alegran las noticias de los progresos en salud de Thai. Aunque no lo conozco personalmente, lo conozco a traves de sus hermosas y valiosas enseñanzas. ¡ Larga vida, querido Maestro !

    • Learning Student says:

      Master Thay has taught so much to me through books, transcripts, and mostly how he lives moment by moment. He reappears driving this message home. Am overwhelmed with gratitude. Those here who dedicate their merit to That are my inspiration. They know the profundity of his mission in ways I am still learning. May we all look deeply at the luminosity of mind which is Thay’s wisdom, abandon self-clinging, completely realize that the only cause for happiness is love, pray for one another and all countries, and each take a personal vow to truly identify pride and jealousy as it arises so frequently and subtly in the mind leading to aversion for people and objects and experiences. Let us guard our mindfulness and realizes the afflictions as the arise in their most subtle forms. Let is correct those things for I am really no one at all but am seeing that jealousy and pride are continuous. Please watch your mind streams and stamp them out. Our greatest offering has to be to realize our essential nature is Thay’s wisdom mind and practice as dilligently as we can to benefit all beings all the time of our lives.
      Om Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhisattva Svaha.
      I learned this from Thay. He will never leave us because he is the kindness of us. He is a great Bodhisattva. His life example is a real gift for the whole of the six realms. Lets use the devotion he kindles in us to see what has been with us all the time: Buddha mind and abandon all samsaric thinking, with our minds resting in the natural state thinking always of how to help one another with loving compassion. Let is never think we have done enough but do more for one another as Thay is setting this example for is now. Let us offer Thay our enlightenment. He has done so much. Please pray for an end of jealousy and hatred… it is time we address it pointedly.

  585. Kristie says:

    Miraculous recovery by a wonderful man! Thay is such an inspiration. I find such joy, peace, and happiness in his words and take great comfort in knowing he is healing well.

  586. Sherry S says:

    We thank God with deep gratitude for Thay’s continuous healing. We thank Thay for his gift of magnificent inspiration.
    Heartfelt Love & Prayers

  587. Emily Whittle says:

    I burst into tears of joy as I read the happy news about Thay’s continued recovery. What a privilege to be his student!

  588. isis says:

    Thank you for this update, it’s a joyful day! Keep on!

  589. Dave Lavis says:

    Thank you dear sangha for this truly inspirational and upbuilding update. I vow to continue my practice each day. I have arrived, I am home. Yes anybody who has been touched by Thay’s teachings will always have him as a teacher.

  590. Maria says:

    This is very good news. I wish you full recovery.

  591. Minna says:

    Thank you all brothers and sisters from Plum Village for telling us these wonderful news!!! THANK YOU!!!

  592. Kerry says:

    What a good new. And what a great inspiration for me. Everything is possible and Thay demonstrate that day after day. I sincerely hope that our Great Master will continue to get a better health on the next months and continue to enjoy the beautiful seasons in Plum Village. Blessings

  593. Manuel Trindade says:

    Tears of joy and recognition formed while I was reading the wonderful news of Thay’s life example and miraculous recovery, despite his advanced age. Shine on, zen master, your life is the most beautiful example you could offer the world 🙂 <3

  594. Dear Thay, may you have many moments of happiness in your hammock and sitting by the river. This message of you today is one of your greatest lessons. I will practice living my life smiling with you: “Teaching is done not only by talking, but also by living your own life. Your life is the teaching, is the message.” Peace and love

    PS. I continue to teach mindfulness and self-reflection in schools and invite all people to wonder anew. I post the positive changes people are making or want to make on my blog Wonder Anew. I created this project in October 2013 after a retreat at Magnolia Monastery when you asked me to share what change I made in my life in honor of your birthday. I carry your question to others. May we heal ourselves to heal the world.

  595. Anne says:

    Dearest Thay, may you be well, may the sangha be well! Your entire life is a teaching, pointing to us the way …
    In deep gratitude for these news,
    Anne (Joie fleurissante du coeur)

  596. Evelyn Greenfield says:

    How fortunate Thay is to have such wonderful brings attending to his needs.
    I am so looking forward to Thay’s next book !!!

  597. Tony Nguyen says:

    After a long silent on Thay’s health since April 6 2015, I was keeping checking on Thay’s health almost everyday. And after several repeating requests to update Thay’s health, I am overwhelmed and delightful at his latest update health that has been greatly improved. I am so happy now and whishing Thay’s more speedy recovery. Thanks.

  598. Miquelis says:

    Thank you very much

  599. Helen says:

    What a wonderful present moment reading the progress of dear Thay. In gratitude I bow to my teacher. In gratitude I bow to the Sangha.

  600. So very happy to read this today. Thay is INSPIRING in every sense of that beautiful word. Thay is beautiful. Sending a heartfelt thank you to this incredible man who shows us how life can be extraordinary with mindfulness.

  601. Jessica Morton says:

    What a blessing to read this beautiful news! There is so much to appreciate and learn from in Thây’s wonderful recovery and his gently persistent example. Thank you, and may all be happy, be well, and at ease in their lives.

  602. Yetty says:

    Thank you for The beautiful update! I’m delighted to hear the happy news of such a beloved teacher.

  603. sean fernando says:

    Glad to hear the progress of Thay I pray and pass merit to him may he be well happy and peaceful and live a long time

  604. forest says:

    Thank you

  605. Françoise says:

    Merci pour ces bonnes nouvelles tant attendues!

  606. Donna nist says:


  607. blessed Thay. your strength and resolve to stay with sangha and lead by example is filled with honour and love and compassion. Blessed be you and the sangha at Plum village.

  608. Wonderful news of your continuing health….may you continue to flourish……

  609. Que alegria saber que se recupera momento a momento!!!

  610. Janet says:

    Thank you,thank you, thank you, Thay. For without words you are teaching us the greatest lesson of all…”our life is our path”. Humble I say Namaste.


    I am Venerable Dr. K. Dhammadinna of the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am glad that Venerable Thay is back at the Plum Village Hermitage. Wishing Venerable Thay a fully and speedy recovery.

    May the Noble Triple Gem, Buddha, the Dhmmma and the Sangha, bless and protect Venerable always.

    Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

  612. sylvie bousquet says:

    I am deeply touch by this news. I’ve been seerching for so long to have news for this great master. Thank all of you to get the informations of the health of this precious being.

  613. Jean McAlister says:

    I would love to visit you in Plum Village but I live in Australia and am not able to leave my disabled sister Catherine who I help to support in a nursing home. Catherine is only 60 and she is totally disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. I am 71 and am not very good at keeping to a good meditation routine but I have many wonderful books on Buddhism that help me. I am reading your book called “The Sun My Heart” which is very beautiful and I shall read it to Catherine also. Thank you for your inspiration and teaching. It is wonderful to read that you are enjoying better health. Namaste

  614. Wonderful news. Remembering ‘The Power of Prayer’, praying for Thay’s further improvement. He continues to inspire all those whose lives he has touched.

  615. Debbie says:

    What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing. It made my day. Thay, I wish for your continued progress and comfort, for you to continue to teach for a long time, and for those who care for and support you to be ever strong, mindful, and filled to overflowing with loving kindness. I love you.

  616. Lyndsey Summer says:

    Truly wonderful news – much love xx

  617. G.LLewellyn says:

    All healing reiki energy to you for you are brother/sister to me these thoughts I had months ago
    in meditation I touched your head
    I greatly enjoyd reading you are full of strengh and walking on the healing path on more intense knowledge about yourself and so for all.

  618. Rebecca Hall says:

    Thank you for the inspiring and hopeful update. Thay is a true bodhisattva.

  619. amit says:

    More love, more power, speedy recovery to Master Thay. Praying for him.

  620. Donna M Reitano says:

    wishing Thay wellness

  621. Maria das Graças Sales says:

    Those are very good news!
    I’m happy Thay “continue to practice no matter what the conditions”.

  622. Suzanne says:

    I read with great happiness Thay’s progress ! Thank you so very much for taking the time to keep us posted!! Thay is quite an example for all of us!! I send him many kind Healing thoughts and much Love!!! And lots of warm smiles and Blessings!!!:O)) Namaste!! ♥ஜJ☼Yஜ♥

  623. Scott says:

    Namaste and Blessings, Thay!

    From America with Humility & Love,


    • Margaret says:

      Thank you for sharing and may Thay continue to be the the guiding light we all need on this earth. Blessings to Thay and all his wonderful team and helpers. ????

  624. Stephen Haygreen says:

    Learned a lot from Mr.Hanh.

  625. Eileen says:

    I’m nearly finished with the Body And Mind Are One online course and it has taught me so much. Sitting here in my garden in Nashville, I’m inspired and charmed reading this description of Thay and his beautiful determination. All the love in the world to him and to Plum Village in your upcoming events. Thank you all for your teachings.

  626. Praying for you!
    Meditated with you in Boston several years ago!
    Thank You!

    • George Hoguet says:

      Tears in the corner of my eyes. Thank you all for this beautiful update. I am busy working on a 5-minute sharing as part of an Interfaith panel this week discussing the Pope’s Encyclical from our Tradition’s perspective. Pleased to say this is organized by the Thomas Merton Center. Struggling, I think I will follow Thay’s lead – I’ll let the Buddha write. I’ll let Thay write. Indeed, he has already said it so well. _()_

  627. D Toniolo says:

    Great teacher, love him dearly, my living Buddha.

    • Hedy says:

      I love Thay and hope for his full recovery. His teachings are transforming my way of looking at the world and my inter connectedness to all things!

  628. Laurie says:

    Much love to Thay and the sisters and brothers caring for him. Blessed be to you all and for your examples of true love and compassion. Thank you.

  629. Khoa says:

    Thank you for publishing the Letter from Thay.
    It would be great if the Vietnamese version is published too so I can share with my parents.

  630. John Lucia says:

    I have only encountered this great teacher through his writings and video dharma talks but love him profoundly.

  631. Melanie Gallo says:

    I start my day and practice mindfulness and it helps me to think more clearly
    And lessons my pain and anxiety. Thank you Thay. I pray for your continued healing.

    This world is a better place because of your presence and special gifts.

    Thank you from my heart.

  632. our thoughts and minds continue to be with you, teacher, and with those who care for your well-being. thank you for the gift of mindfulness.

  633. FastingDude says:

    Please give us a new update about Thay. God’s willing, no news is good news!

  634. Rozalin Kovacs says:

    I would love to volunteer at Plum Village for the whole duration.
    Please you you contact me I would be happy to postpone my trip to Bali till later.
    Roz kovacs

  635. Margaret macken says:

    Dear Thay. I am very sorry to hear you have not been well.

    I send you love and prayers for a speedy recovery to full health.

    I am glad to hear you are back home in your community.

    Lots + lots of love. Margaret

  636. chris says:

    Please correct set-up ( arriving on July, 26th ) to “arriving on June, 26th”.

  637. Janet says:

    Hi, are those dates correct? It says from 3rd to the 31st but then says set up is to arrive on 26th. I am confused, sorry.

  638. Lourdes says:

    Will we able to be close of Thay?

    • Dear Lourdes,
      Thay is still recovering at his hermitage and there are not yet any plans for him to appear during the Summer Retreat. The teachings will be given by senior dharma teachers.

  639. Valeria Labró says:

    Hello, I’m very interested in volunteering, but my computer can’t open/ doesn´t find the way to get in touch with the lower hamlet registration team.

  640. charlie thomas says:

    i am a vietnam veteran … so fortunate to have found Thay and read much of his writing. Today I am reading the Sun my Heart p 131 “Why do you cry, Sister?”

    Nếu bạn muốn hòa bình, hòa bình có với bạn ngay lập tức

  641. Merrily says:

    With peace to Thay, My stepfather recently had a stroke and left us for the next part of his journey. Your teachings from your books which I have read have helped me to deal with this and allowed me to be calmer while being with my family in the hospital. Also I was able to connect with calm and kindness, with my stepfather while he was still with us, when his mind was wandering.
    Be strong and keep striving. A stroke is quite the ultimate in the road of life, the hardest road I believe. Thank you for your selfless work which nourishes others and keeps on.

  642. Leon says:

    Dear Sangha, dear Thay — very happy to know you are home… the insight, love, and compassion emanating from Plum Village and your teachings is sorely needed in our world today. Hope to be there in just a few days for the upcoming retreat.

  643. Jenny says:

    Just looking at the visit to Japan and I really think this is something I would have great pleasure in attending.. Have you any scheduled?
    Kind regards
    Jenny 🙂

  644. Viet Do says:

    Dear Thay,

    I am glad you are on way to better health. Like Buddha says, life is suffering. Our temporary life gives us a chance to improve our spiritual life. Pure mind leads to Buddha path, wandering mind leads to reincarnations. Hope future generations with many more teachers like you to spread Buddha teachings.

    After my study of zen, my definition of zen: “A state of mindful awareness without opinions, attachments or fixations”. Now I just walk on the path and determined to become the path eventually.

    I thank you for your compassion to teach the world Zen Buddhism.

  645. Natalie Keen says:

    Dear Thay

    I am so happy that you are on the road to recovery and back home. Your contribution to the world has brought , and thankfully continues to bring such peace and hope. I’m extremely grateful that you are able to continue with your generous work and so happy that you get to enjoy more of what the world has to offer.

    My love and best wishes to you
    From Natalie

  646. leandro mottin says:

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    All my gratitude to you Thai, a small man with a giant heart!
    The humankind has a chance thank You Thai that guided many to the light!
    Your recover is one of the most beautiful teachings!
    Long and Happy life!
    My lovely energy for you!
    Leandro (from Brazil)

  647. Lisa (Sister True Collective Compassion) says:

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,
    Rejoicing in this very good news in Indonesia for the brothers and sisters and our beloved community. Congratulations and Anumodana!
    Will any of you be joining the Sakyadhita conference in Yogyakarta?
    Hope I will not be the only PV friend there!

  648. Jürgen Votteler says:

    I am happy, knowing that Thay gets the best support one can think of, the support of his powerful sangha.

  649. Margaret says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
    So very glad to know, Thay, that you are back home, enjoying the nourishment of the beauty that is Plum Village! We are all deeply grateful to the medical staff for taking such good and skillful care of you along side your attendants, for you are deeply loved and precious in this world. You have made the teachings a fresh joy and your life’s example is the embodiment of the Way. Thank you for everything you are and for everything you do! Thank you for creating such beautiful and shining Sanghas! Such elegant and loving fingers all pointing to the moon!

    In gratitude and with respect,

  650. Amanda says:

    I am recovering from a recent episode of severe depression in which I felt extreme hopelessness and despair. I went to a therapy program whose basic tenets were mindfulness and enjoying the present moment. I was immediately reminded of Buddhism (the program uses “dialectical behavior therapy”… in fact, one of our worksheets cited one of Thay’s works!). I finished reading “No Mud, No Lotus” a few days ago and look forward to my next read. Reconnecting with this beautiful practice has given me great joy and inspiration and meaning to my life and my suffering. THANK YOU for sharing your wisdom with the world. Reading about Thay enjoying the flowers and birds brought tears to my eyes. I send my love and best wishes!!!

  651. Domeico Maurizio Monetti says:

    Thank you.

  652. YuanZhi says:

    Thank you,my perfect teacher.

  653. Chan Y Nghiem says:

    Dear Thay
    I am very happy to see Thay will come back PlumVilage with good healthy. I always pray for your health with my love

  654. rodrigo alen says:

    Amado Maestro, tu vida entera ha consistido en dar. Recibe ahora nuestro amor mas puro. Gracias compartir tu sabiduría con nosotros. Bendiciones!!

  655. Jane Christie says:

    Dear Thay,
    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and beautiful way of looking at the world.
    I am from Ireland and had the pleasure of attending your retreat in Killarney a couple of years ago. Your message touched me deeply and I have tried to be as fresh as a flower everyday since! May you feel the peace and love that you have shared with so many across the world now as you recover.
    Much love,

  656. Nice news…
    May All creature live Happily

  657. chad clark says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha,
    The deepest gratitude for your teachings and blessed presence in a world so full of pain and confusion.

    Being Peace , Chad

  658. Larissa says:

    Beloved Thay,

    Thank you very much for being in this world and showing us through your wonderful teachings a way to awaken. May your healing process continue to proceed well. Many blessings, much love and strength to you!

    With gratitude and love,

  659. Andrea Oliveri says:

    Dear Thay,
    I am from Chile..and now here living in Canada. Your life and teachings have touched my life deeply in very difficult moments. You have had strong committment with the We are with you in this stage you are living. I am glad to know that you are back to your home, in your community.

  660. Hai says:

    What a great song. Could you please provide a link to download the mp3? Thank you.

  661. kay Maughan says:

    Dear Thay I continue to pray and send Love and Blessings for your recovery,you have given me so much joy and inspiration.
    Thank You. Much Love and Many Blessings. kay

  662. Jane says:

    Dearest Thay,
    I have been following your progress through your wonderful staff at Plum Village. It is a gift to hear about any progress you are making. I know from having cared for my dear mother after a devastating stroke, the path back can be long, slow and arduous. And you are truly given this time to live in every moment as you continue to improve. You are not alone in your journey as I’m sure you see daily…and you have the knowledge that others who experienced this before you, such as my mother and Ram Das, were able to find life after stroke and truly understand how the Devine can present itself to us on this earthly plane. Much love and continued healing and peace. Namaste Jane

  663. Jewel says:

    Dear Thay, I had the gift of going to Deer Park Monastery yesterday & hearing you speak via a taped message from 2006. To hear your words, your wisdom. I so appreciate your teachings and am thankful to read your books. You have done so much to help create peace in this world. What a gift you’ve given us. Praying for healing and wellness for you.

  664. thanh says:

    I know Thay has taught that we shouldn’t attach ourselves to his teachings and that they are merely a means to the final destination … I will still struggle to dettach myself from all of Thay’s teachings….it is so much a part of who I am.

  665. Amanda Sturman says:

    The Blessed One has protected you mind stream dearest Thay. My the clear light continue to shine within you. The world has been blessed by your recovery.

  666. Алмагуль (Республика Казахстан) says:

    Есть ли возможность обучения у Тхить Нят Хана на русском языке?

  667. Paul says:

    Dear Friends,

    I live in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, which is the home of Northern Arizona University, from which Kayla graduated in 2009. I thought you might appreciate the following articles and photos, from Flagstaff’s newspaper, the Arizona Daily Sun, about the candlelight vigils for Kayla held at the university, as well as in Prescott, Kayla’s hometown:

    I did not know Kayla, but the people who spoke at the vigil made it very clear that she was a truly remarkable person and was deeply loved by many.

  668. Tracy White says:

    Be well dear Thay, we love you so very much. 🙂

  669. Nguyen Ngoc Bach says:

    Great thanks to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for Thay’s Recovering.I wish Thay full recovering very soon.May Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help him to continue his career of teaching Buddhism all over the world and building a peaceful and non-violent World.

  670. Lynda Lien says:

    Great news that Thay continues to gain strength and heal. Sending love and prayers from Washington state, USA. Bless you dear Thay.

  671. Jenny Casey says:

    Sending love and gratitude to Thay, and indeed to all, from Sandy Hook, CT USA.

  672. venu BONDALAPATI says:

    you connected every piece of organism in this universe and made everyone happy. You see everyone’ happiness in you as you contain the multitudes of this vast expansive screen of the universe. Long live Thy!
    with love,
    Venu,ON, Canada

  673. Annie says:

    Dearest Thay,

    I have a postcard of you resting in a place of honor on my meditation table, as you have been and are an inspiration for me to breathe into my heart, where I feel peace and love for myself and for all of my brothers and sisters. I am so grateful to know that you are recovering well, and grateful to have been in your presence at Plum Village, in Vietnam, and at Blue Cliff Monastery.

    When I enjoy the moon at night, I always think of you.


  674. Ellen says:

    Dear Thay, dear Sangha,

    I am here in New Zealand and there with you. Sending love, smiles, healing energy and warm wishes to dear Thay and all of you. It is wonderful to see on Facebook, the daffodil next to the Buddha – green and yellow on black – solidity and peace. Thay is surrounded with love and peace at home, this is very good. I am sitting quietly breathing in and out as the bell outside chimes in the night breeze and my puppy sleeps by my side. Good night dear friends. 🙂

  675. Margaret says:

    Stepping with compassion
    In the midst of suffering
    Offering completely
    A heart
    Of loving kindness,
    Courage, gentleness,
    Mindfulness and insight.
    May Avalokitesvara
    Hear our suffering
    And our grief!
    May Kayla’s life
    Heal the suffering
    And bring peace.
    May her captors
    Awaken from fear
    From violence.
    May understanding
    Bring the diamond
    That cuts through
    May the rememberance
    Of Kayla
    Be as the Great Bell
    Of Interbeing.

    Peace, love, respect and
    tenderness to all.

  676. path to heal says:

    Thay, Sending healing blessings of energy, strength, peace, light and love… Remembering your beautiful presence, soul– the community of mindfullness created– sitting, breathing, walking, listening to your stories, especially
    “There’s a cloud in my tea” at Blue Cliff 2013

  677. maria says:

    Dear Thay,
    You are remembered with love and appreciation here in Mt. Shasta. Sending love to you and the whole Community,

  678. John Casey says:

    I live just down the road from the former Green Mountain Dharma Center which I attended regularly and sorely miss… I was a beautiful thing… many of the former GMDC members still live here…

    I have skills in the construction and maintenance fields having earned my living employing those skills for most of my life to date… I would love to come an use my skills to in small measure repay the peace that your Dharms brought to my life…

    If this is of interest to you, please advise…

    yours in peace


    • Dear John,
      Please do get in touch with the monks and nuns at Blue Cliff Monastery – it’s some distance, but perhaps worth it: . I’m sure they would be more than happy to see you. There may even be some familiar faces from GMDC. If you’re considering a visit across the ocean, feel free to get in touch with the Upper Hamlet – which has also inherited some GMDC monastics 🙂

  679. Christine Laubin says:

    So beautiful that your international teaching groups spring out of the earth as all the plants and flowers do at this time of year. It has a beautiful naturalness to it. Like the earth itself breathing out health and goodness to all who live on, in, and over it.

  680. Usama says:

    I am so glad and grateful for knowing those wonderful news , Thay’s health recovery is a great motivation for every one who wants to live in enlightenment to follow his steps ,read his books and benefit from this reservoir of wisdom and love

    Thanks for publishing this update

  681. Greg scott says:

    I am happy to be walking on the last stage of the Camino de Santiago starting in a few days, and will carry prayers for you on the journey, and offer them at the shrine at the journey’s end.

    With love

  682. Roslyn Fassett says:

    Spring reminds me of inner truth and life. Roslyn Fassett

  683. Chris Cashiola says:

    Wonderful news. My best wishes to Thay. Mindfulness, impermanace, and interbeing.

  684. Lita says:

    Peace is Every Step, dear Thay. You came to London some years ago, and I was fortunate enough to hear your words. Blessings on you and your dear community of nuns and monks.

  685. Thank you so much for this update & even more so for all of the love & light that Thay & each of you continue to put out into this world… I am honored & humbled to join you in doing the same thing from my home in Port Orchard, Washington… So much love & gratitude to all of you & happy healing Master Thay <3 James

  686. Linda Kelly says:

    Most serene and venerable Thay…thank you so much for enriching my life and in doing so, reaching to all of my circle of friends. Stay safe and know that I am having a mindful bank holiday here in the UK in your honour….much prayer and love, light and a bright mind with positive thoughts, followed by altruistic speech and rightful action….I promise XX love to all and keep enjoying the tea

  687. jjkklau says:

    Dear Thay,

    The Stars, the Moon and the Sun are accompanying you with all their loves. Your unceasing love is warming us even in your most critical moment, we love you.

  688. Louis says:

    Dear Thay,

    We send you our love and wish you a smooth recovery.

    Thank you for opening our eyes to the deep and wonderful teachings of the Buddha.

    The teachings on inter-being, mindfulness and living in the present moment have been life transforming. Through the practice we have learnt to be peace.

  689. T K Gopalan says:

    Respected Thay,

    You changed my life by offering the Retreat in Chennai in March, 1997. Since then you have never left my consciousness. Your physical presence on this earth is still very important to me. My gratitude to all who are caring for you.

  690. carol pedigree says:

    Thay: A Christ in the midst of a challenging world. A True Being in the midst of human error. All love you, Thay. I pray that for any who do not know of you may tune in to your compassionate words. May recovery be swift.

  691. Tony O'Mara says:

    Dear Thay and Community,

    I am so glad to learn that Thay is well enough to return to Plum Village and the loving care of you all during this beautiful season of buds and flowers. May this delightful Qi flow gently in you bringing healing and joy.

    Your neighbour, Tony

  692. marian ring says:

    Dear Thay,
    Today I saw your wellness in a flower and I took a mindful breath for you.

  693. Vickie Caskey says:

    Love to you my Brother.

  694. Marianne Michaels says:

    I am so happy that you have gone home. I know you will continue to heal in such a loving environment. You have helped so many of us, this is now your time.

  695. sarath says: death no fear.

    I have never seen you dear master,but you are always in my life for a couple of months and you will never be away from me ever.

    I have never learned a lesson so profound deep and simple as has taught me has taught me to stop smile breath rest and love unconditionally.

    Like me I suppose there will thousands of lives be touched with your love.what you are doing for the humanity is ..magnificent

    From all the love welling up in my heart I pray for you,for your health,for your recovery..

    Deepest wishes from a humble discipl from far across the globe


  696. Jacqueline Woodland says:

    Dear Thay, dear Medical team and all who are helping in Thay’s healing,
    It was such a relief to read that Thay has been able to leave the stroke rehab unit in Bordeaux and return home to his beloved Plum Village. I have held you in my prayers, Thay, and imagined doing walking meditation with you and breathing for you and with you. To read that you are well enough to return to more familiar and less clinical surroundings raised my spirits. May you be free of all physical and mental health problems, and continue on your way to complete healing surrounded by the love of all of us AND your team!

  697. Jerry Leventer says:

    At times, it seems there is so much to learn and so many words to read in order to understand the teachings of Buddha. Yet, the most important teaching I have learned comes from the man I know through his books as Thich Nhat Hanh; being aware of my breath and thinking little comments along the way. The exercises are so simple and therefore the most useful to me because I can remember them and use them any time, in any situation I find myself.

    “Breathing in, I am aware of breathing in.
    Breathing out, I am aware of breathing out.”

    “Breathing in, I feel happy.
    Breathing out, I feel peaceful.”

    I’m happy to hear the good news that his health improving.

  698. Michael Meenaghan says:


    I am happy that you are recovering and relaxing in your Physical and Spiritual Garden.

    :The bird sings,
    A leaf flutters,
    Life lives.

  699. Hilary Vander Veer says:

    That is wonderful news!! Thank you for keeping the community updated on his miraculous progress. with much love!

  700. Vasantha Karan says:

    I wish Thay well. I am glad he is recovering fast because the world needs evolved souls like him for guidance. I have taken on Thay as my Spirit Father and he has stood by me during many of my hardships. I know Thay will always be with me and with the people who need him with his spiritual support, during good times and bad, no matter what.

  701. Bhakti says:

    Dear Thay and Plum Village Sangha,

    Our family is so happy to hear that Thay has been able to return to Plum Village and view the beautiful sights of spring. We send all of you our greetings and our wishes that Thay will experience the healing that comes from being in one’s beloved community. We think of you all each day with so much gratitude.

  702. Fr Robert Herrell says:

    Our dear Thay, you are in my thought and prayers. Please recode

  703. Patrice Anthonio says:

    Dear Thay,

    Although I don’t know you personally, I consider you as one of my most inspirational spiritual teachers and mentors. I am very pleased to hear you’re on the mend, back home again. Sending you healing energy, much love and my eternal gratitude. Get well soon beautiful soul!

  704. Git Bengtsson says:

    Dear Thay

    You´ll always in my heart and mind. I´m so happy to hear that you are back home enjoying the spring.

    With Love.

  705. Penny H. Soteriou says:

    Dearest and most Beloved Thay,
    We Love you so much. Thank you for your beautiful presence in this world, you are truly a living Buddha, a Prophet, we are so blessed to be touched by your beautiful teachings of the Dhamma.
    We are praying for your full recovery and healing,and we are both so happy to hear you are mindfully drinking tea again!
    We just wanted to share that we both work with herbal medicine and have found TUMERIC to be a powerful spice that helps to bring a swift recovery from stroke, it can be taken in capsules or in food or both! We have seen miracles with this herb. We pray that if this information is helpful to you that it will find its way to you.

    May Peace and wellbeing be with you Beloved Thay, you are always in our hearts.

    with Metta,
    Penny and Tucker

    • Chaitanya says:

      Thanjs for educating on Turmeric, i will myself take it with milk.It woupd be better if you email your info to the contact person at plum village or phone them. Thank you.

  706. Ruth Thomas says:

    Dear Thay, Dear Sangha

    May you be at perfect ease, wrapped in the heart of understanding and love at your beloved Village des Pruniers. So pleased you are home!

    With love and gratitude


  707. Remko says:

    Dear Thay, dear Medical team, dear brothers and sisters at Plum Village monestry,
    I am happy to here that, however Thay is in the autumn of his live, he is recovering step by step and regains his basic health. Very nice also that he is now back in his spiritual home, where he can recover steadily with the nourishment of the sanga. Thay, I send you all my positive cosmic energy to enjoy each day, breathe out and breathe in deeply and slowly, and simply catch the greatness of each moment in the present. All the best!

  708. Martha Clunie says:

    Wonderful news!

  709. Rev James Barry CP says:




    PARK RIDGE, ILL 60068

  710. Linda Joy says:

    so happy Thay is home with you all at Plum Village. Warm Spring love and thanks Linda joy

  711. Justin says:

    Dear Thay,
    I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best.
    You have been a light shining in the darkest of times for so many. May the Sangha now bring you the same comfort and peace.
    Best wishes

  712. Barbara Whipple says:

    Dearest Thay,
    Thank you for being my teacher ,
    for sharing your life and insight with the world . I think of you and what you have taught me, every day . I send you my deepest love and healing prayers . I hope to see you again, if only to give you a big hug .

    I send my love to all the Brothers and Sisters, and to all the Sangha.

    Much love,

    Awakening Path of the Heart

  713. maura says:

    Our second trip to Plum village for a family retreat this July will be all the more wonderful if we know that Thay is at home and getting better. Maura

  714. Jon Hughes says:

    Dear Thay,

    I hope you are feeling better every day and that the Spring flowers smile at you and the sun shines it’s warmth on you and that the nuns and monks bring your favourite tea to you and it heals you.

    Sending all my best wishes


  715. vic blommerde says:

    Om mani pedme hum Thai

  716. Wolf Tytschkowski says:

    Because you are still with us, Thay, the waters still run clearer and the leaves are still greener. Thank you for your inspiration. Please heal well.

  717. Sunny Lee says:

    Delighted to hear the positive news. Many thanks to the medical team. Thay, sending you loving kindness and mindful, healing energy as you continue your recovery surrounded by the sangha.

  718. Dena says:

    I am singing this song for you… here are the words: Blessed, truly blessed in the season of the spring, when all of creation is radiating. Thanks be to Earth for her bountiful display, reflecting the rainbow as it smiles across her face.

    On my rides to work I often look at a picture of you and it brings me peace. Your words have helped me center in many a storm. I am smiling now thinking of you back at Plum Village enjoying spring.

    I work with children and young people with eating disorders as a recreational therapist. We are going to paint on a wall in my movement room one of your quotes: Dear body, I am here for you. Thank you for this sweet reminder. I know your body right now is unfamiliar, responding in ways you are not used to. Please know that your life speaks volumes and so many of us are touched just knowing your feet touch this Earth and your breath is a part of our atmosphere.
    Sending Love and deepest of gratitude,
    Dena Wilder

  719. Rose Marie and Gerry Murphy says:

    So delighted to hear you are back home in Plum Village what better healing environment could you be in. Continued good wishes

  720. Lili says:

    Dear Thay,
    I love you with my heart.
    Thank you for your beauty in this world.
    You are a true living angel who has brought
    so much beauty and love into this world.
    Surely your Dharma light will shine for all
    of time. May you be well, and be healed as you
    have worked so tirelessly to heal all of us.
    May all of your great wishes and that of the Sangha
    be thoroughly granted. May your great compassionate
    will be done. Thank you Dear Thay with all of my heart
    and from the depths of my being, a gratitude which can
    never be repaid. That someone as beautiful as you would
    take time to love us all and shine your love and light in
    our very hearts and souls. You have infused us with hope, and
    because of that we can go on. Please know that you are infinitely
    loved. Because you are here the world has a bright light. There
    are not words enough to tell you how thankful we are or how much
    we need you, or how much we love you. May we show you our gratitude
    and love by practicing truly what you have worked so hard to teach
    us. Please be well.
    I love you Thay.

  721. Joanne Wilson says:

    Dear Thay – How wonderful to be back home surrounded by the familiar that supports us and bring smiles from the heart.
    There are no words of gratitude large enough for a lifetime of giving, teaching and leadership. For the many windows you have opened to the spirit of love I can only say thank you. I wish each of your days to be filled with quiet joy and wellness.
    Sending You a warm hug with caring. Joanne Wilson

  722. Sloane says:

    Dear Thay,

    I am so happy to hear that you have returned home to Plum Village. You remain in my prayers for your recovery.

    Your teachings have completely changed my life. With deepest gratitude and love, Sloane

  723. Gaston says:

    Dear beloved teacher and Sangha. A smile manifested on my face when reading this. You and the Sangha continue to inspire me on a daily basis in so many ways. And I just became grateful for the miracle of swallowing myself again. Thank you for the reminder. So many conditions for happiness…Sending peaceful and healing vibrations.

  724. Pam says:

    Dear Thay,
    I am so grateful that you are recovering in your beautiful village. Sending love and prayers your way.

  725. Len ap Wales says:

    Dear Thay – I am so glad to hear of your continuing recovery. I hope now after so many years of giving will you be given the chance to rest at least for a little. – Not good for you or me I know, but I have to confess my grief should you pass. – I pray for peace and warmth to you.

    Kindest regards

    Len of Wales – Plentyn y mynydd

  726. Noel McEvoy says:

    Dear Thay I am delighted that you are getting better so you can enjoy all the things you have opened all our eyes to. Please get better for you, not for us, please rest no pressure , the labourer deserves his rest and goodness knows you have laboured for us all good luck with the path to recovery whatever that will be and thank you for all the hard work. So put up you feet take it easy let down the load mindfully of course need it be said, and the world will still be here. thanks for all you insights I know there will be more form you as you say there is no coming or going.

  727. Margo McGeeney says:

    Dear Thay, I was delighted to hear that you are back in your beloved home, which will nourish and heal you. I send you my love and gratitude, Margo

  728. Martha Dickinson says:

    Sending prayers for healing with love from the heart to all around you.

  729. Warren says:

    Para empezar, hay que mirar la capacidad de carga de
    la batería que adquirimos, que se mide por su desempeño en miliamperios
    por hora mAh.

  730. Rosa Casado says:

    My family and myself we are extremely happy to know of Thay recovery, we will continue to pray so that his health improves day by day..

  731. teresa neil and edie mae says:

    dear thay, we are so pleased for your homecoming and so grateful to all the drs and nurses,with much love for your ongoing recovery and love to all at plum village xx

  732. kay Maughan says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are back at Plum Village dear Thay, I continue to pray and send healing thoughts to you.
    With Love And Many Blessings. kay maughan.

  733. Tony says:

    Great news. God’s blessing and peace always be with you.

  734. Thao Huynh says:

    whenever we drink tea, we smile to the cloud in tea and pray that Thay will recover. We’re happy that Thay returned home.
    Deep gratitude to all doctors, beloved Brothers and Sister, friends for support Thay’s recovery. We are with you through the long journey.

    Con có 1 bài thơ ngắn xin tặng Thầy, bài này có hát theo điệu nhạc được đó ạ
    “Thầy con có một cốc trà
    Thân tâm an trú bây giờ nơi đây
    Lòng con gió bụi mưa trần
    Quay về nương tựa nơi Thầy an vui”

    With lots of love, Thao Huynh

  735. mick mcclellan says:

    Thay has been one of the most influential people in my life, when I first read “living Buddha Living Christ” it started a transformation of my Spiritual perception. Reading the words of Jesus and the Buddha Combined with meditation and allowing the bell to (as Thay puts it), “bring me back to my true self”. I became open to the reality that it is possible to focus on only the beautiful similarity’s in all Spiritual traditions and let go of the differences. Today I try to share that spirit of open-mindedness with men and women trying to recover from addiction. As an intern at a treatment center in Minnesota that works with clients who have suffered a serious brain injury and have turned to drugs and alcohol for relief, I have been given the opportunity to facilitate a mindfulness class and practice coming back to the breath. Without Thay’s inspirational and compassionate teachings I would never have been able to free myself-self from constant mental suffering, and try to help others do same. For that I want to say THANK YOU THAY, I have much love for you and the Plum Village Community. I don’t know if I will ever have the resources to visit their in person, but I can always be there in Spirit. Peace 2 U all !! Mick McClellan

  736. ruth carter says:

    warm and happy wishes and prayers for Thay’s continued enjoyment of the spring and of being back in his hermitage. Thanks and love to him and to all who have cared for him in the past months and those who continue to do so. And thankyou for the continued updates on his health and well-being. ruth

  737. Richard Howard says:

    My heart overflows with joy as much as my eyes with tears to hear such beautiful news of Thay’s improvment…my love and meditations continue for all of you….with much metta…. richard (Ontario, Canada)

  738. Philippe says:

    To Thay, With much love, prayers from the heart and warm wishes of prompt recovery.

    • Deborah says:

      I am filled with joy to learn that Dear Thay is back at Plum village. What an inspiration you have been and continue to be. Much love and warm wishes.

  739. Willy De Jongh says:

    Simply a miracle!And acomplisht by the true heart of countless people

  740. Dianne Howard says:

    I am smiling!

    Wonderful news that Thay is home at Plum Villiage, enjoying the magnolia trees.

  741. con Thay says:

    Con tham cam on But To da dua Thay tro ve voi chung con. Cau nguyen cho Thay som binh phuc voi nhung phep la dang dien ra hang ngay trong co the Thay – vi Thay gia o nguong tuoi 90, nhung luon tre mai trong long chung con.
    Vo van tri an Thay _()_

  742. Jimyo says:

    My gratitude for your perseverance, and the wonderful news of your improved health! May you continue to find joy and peace.

  743. donna kammoora says:

    Thank you for the post and to all who have cared for Thay over the recent past, I have nursed patients such as Thay and watched remarkable recoveries. A big thank you to Thay, his walking mediation ‘I have arrived I am home’ has given me great strength to naviagate the many experiences greeting me on my path. I have had many wonderful moments in my meditations where Thay has felt present and in connection. Even though I try to practise non attachment, I am so happy that he is in recovery. Om

  744. Viviane Brachet says:

    I am so overwhelmed with joy and gratefuoness fo hear that Thich Nah than can enjoy Spring time in Plum village.
    Viviane Brachet from Mexico where the magnolias also bloom

  745. Marie O'Kelly says:

    Welcome home Dear Thay. We look forward to hearing your beautiful voice again. Marie

  746. I wasnot your time to leave this earth.I hope you continued recovery.

  747. Benedetta says:

    (Inspiro e espiro) Inhale and exhale i feel happy and the good news of Thai make me smile, I can feel energy growing, I thank for my tiny mindfulness. Et je recommence.

  748. Zenni says:

    Dearest Thay
    I have learned so much from you. Although I am still living at the same place and with the same people, my thoughts and my feelings are different. For more than 20 years, I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I don’t do that anymore. Because of you, I have arrived. I am home.
    Please, Thay, please breathe in and receive the healing powers of the universe…
    I am breathing with you, with gratitude and healing blessings…
    Thank you to all who have the privilege to help Thay with his recovery to health. Thank you, thank you so much.

  749. Inge Riebe says:

    may his strength and patient endurance be an example to all as his love has always been.

  750. Victor says:

    So happy to hear of your healing and return home!

  751. Dr Nuwan Dissanayaka says:

    Your teachings have been an inspiration. Sending metta from the UK, Nuwan

  752. Welcome home Thay to familiar surroundings, to colleagues and friends and family. May this spring heat and sun bring you renewed strength and healing. With every breath I am with you, cleansing and energizing our bodies as the synapses re-connect and you find new movement and expression. In love, always, Roger thank you Master.

  753. Hanh says:

    Welcome back home, Thay! We are so glad that you are back home. Our hearts are with you, recover soon Thay!

  754. claudine says:

    I feel grateful for you to share this beautiful news.

  755. julian coates says:

    very pleased to hear this excellent news

  756. Tarika Hoffmann says:

    So happy to read the Update about Thay’s recovering and the good news that he is able enjoying the springtime.

  757. Gaye :) says:

    I am so appreciative to those who are dedicating themselves to Thays recovery and are keeping us updated. Breathing for you 🙂

  758. Eileen Graves says:

    Dearest Thay,
    Sending love and blessings and joy. What happiness that you are able to return to Plum Village.
    With gratitude,

  759. Keith Higgins says:

    As I begin my eighth decade of life, I reflect on the fact that, as a late-life baby, I had no elders in my family. Since I discovered his teachings, I have looked on Thay as a wise, compassionate, and loving uncle. I have learned, and passed on so much from his example, his parables, his love for all things. I cannot say that I walk the path as well, because old negative habit energies are hard to change, but I’m trying, and each day I get a little better. I’m so happy that his recovery is going so well, and even happier to have him back in his adopted home. My uncle, my brother, myself…bless you, and may your message of peace invest us all.

  760. Pru says:

    Heart warming news

  761. andrea says:

    Breathing with Thay.
    Grateful for your devotion to his wellness.
    Grateful for his teachings.
    Thank you for letting us learn with him during this process.

  762. Devi Yuliawati says:

    Thank you for nice song. 🙂

  763. Sadhana Goulston, Mollymook Dru Yoga, NSW Australia says:

    Wonderful news! so glad Thay is recovering well with tender care in the scent of magnolia blossoms, as we are blessed with his light as it shines around the globe. Love to him in his healing.

  764. I am so happy to hear of his progress, and learning that he is now back home where he is comfortable. Thank you for taking such good care of such a wonderful inspiring man, whomever you are, Doctors, nurses, aids, and of course the monks, & nuns!

  765. Lembrouk says:

    Merci pour tout le travail que vous faites et les soins prodigués au Maître Thay
    longue vie au grand sage Maître thay
    mes prières vont vers lui et a vous tous

  766. Judith Clifton says:

    You mean so much Thay to so many people throughout the world, may you receive the healing blessings you deserve..
    I wish you peace and contentment back where you belong.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Much love to you precious one. XXXXX

  767. kim dutta says:

    Good news. Long may Thay live happily in recovering his health. Bless his heart. So grateful to him.

    • Heather says:

      such wonderful news!! I think of Thay often & send my best for his full recovery and good spirits. So happy he is home, finally! He has made tremendous progress!! I feel very happy today 😀

  768. Angela Allen says:

    Wonderful news! Thank you for posting updates. How joyful you must all be to have his beautiful light back in your midst.

  769. Christopher LaForge -"Breeze of the Heart" says:

    Thank you so much for the update,… we appreciate hearing of Thay’s progress. Thank you all once more.

  770. Marcus says:

    I’ve been checking for any news on my dear mentor and friend.
    This is a very difficult time for me with much suffering, but both Thay and this (online) sangha have steered me through it. You taught me to let my insight grow and to get stronger every day.

    So even when ill, just drinking a cup of tea, Thay’s compassion and clarity is of as great a use to me. I hear him as clearly as ever. Even though we never met and we’re miles apart. That is why he is one of my best friends.

    Thank you Thay and Plum Village!

    May Thay soon again enjoy his health, strength and wellbeing.

  771. Lee lavelle says:

    I am so glad to hear that Thay is at home now. I wish him so much love and peace and everyone at Plum Village. I met them all here in St Catherine’s on a retreat and it was a blessing and a joy to be part of it. Much love, lee

  772. cathy J says:

    Prayers, as always, have been answered. 🙂

  773. Continue your healing Thay, with the loving support of your world wide sangha.

  774. Pat Chase says:

    Happy teachers will change the world. Indeed you have, Thay! You are in my thoughts daily.

  775. Thank you for keeping us updated on Thay´s wellbeing! So good to know that he is strong enough to return home and that he is enjoying spring. I am very grateful for Thay´s ongoing inspiration to practise every day and every moment. Every time I do I feel very much connected to Thay and the whole sangha.

  776. louisa says:

    Thich Nhat hahn I’ve always learned from your teachings even if I don’t belong to your community. I continue to pray for you. Please be well.


    Thay quel homme magnifique, une Lumière du monde qui en a tant besoin, j’ai si souvent prié pour lui durant ces derniers mois que ces nouvelles me réjouissent
    quelle joie va l’envahir quand il va arriver dans son village des Pruniers
    je lui envoie mes plus tendres pensées d’amour…..
    Chantal **

  778. louis says:

    Gracias Thay, en este tiempo de su hospitalización cuando he estado pasando por alguna situacion he escuchado su voz aconsejandome. Ya su energia esta en mis celulas y se que que esta conmigo donde quiera que voy. Hoy estoy super contento de que este de regreso con tu comunidad. Que sigas mejorando cada vez más y gracias por tus enseñanzas

  779. Lotus Do says:

    Grateful Loving happy feeling the joy of spring rebirth in and around Thay as the tree bones become green flourishing before blooming in the season of Healing

  780. Carrie Eastman says:

    Blessing & Complete Healing for Our Dearest One

  781. Cecelia Cynthia Bonner says:

    Thay, a graceful and kindred spirit, I thank you for your dedication and relentless love for inspiring others to be mindful and thankful for each awakening moment. Many blessings to you, my Thay.

  782. Pru grand says:

    Wonderful news that thay is going home! Blessings…

  783. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated about Thay’s well being. It is wonderful to know that he is back with the sangha. It also touches my heart to know that he is there enjoying the birdsong and all the wonders that spring brings. Yesterday, I was sitting outside listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine, and watching the bees and butterflies. I was practicing for Thay.
    You have given me the greatest gifts of my life, dearest Thay. Dear one, I know you are there and I am here for you. Sending all my love, compassion and healing energy to you and to all beings. x

  784. Sharon rose says:

    Delighted that dear Thay is doing well xxxx

  785. Simona De Serdici says:

    May Thay’s health improve from strength to strength. It is so good to know his health has progressed far enough for him to be able to go back to his Hermitage at Plum Village, where he will be surrounded by love from the Sangha and from all the trees and plants and nature. May his health grow each moment stronger and stronger. May he progress to be able to swallow his food and to be able to use his voice even in a simple way. May he be well, happy and at peace in his spiritual home surrounded by love and care. Peace +Metta, Simona

  786. Fred says:

    The news that Thay has returned to his spiritual home, Plum, makes me very happy. I wish him further recovery and I am sure the sound of birds singing, the blossom of the trees and the sound of the bell will help him and heal him. As I sit and breathe mindfully, Thay is always a part of me and I am a part of Thay. Inter-being whereever we are.

  787. Atula Shah says:

    Very happy to know that Thay is back home & that he is recovering & is in good health & spirits. One thing I have learnt from Thay’s illness is that we humans have the power to heal our inner self if we have the will & the faith. With deepest gratitude to all who looked after & cared fro Thay & continue to do so. From Nairobi, Kenya With Metta, atula shah

  788. Patrick Cicognani says:

    Welcome home, Thay! Kihelakayo:”keep going!” in Lakota/Sioux

    in mindfulnees of Spring, best wishes

    Patrick Cicognani

  789. Yozen says:

    Excellent news, Thay is back home..
    We have had him in our daily service since November and will continue to do so.
    Blessings to him, and the team who is looking after him!!
    Yozen and Kakua

  790. Petra says:

    From my heart I send Thay love and health. as well to the Plumvillage community. I am deeply thankful for so many of Thay’s words and books which have been reassuring and soothing for me. Bless. Love.

  791. Joy Birley says:

    Wonderful news. So glat Thay will be able to enjoy each spring day with all nature’s wonders opening.

  792. Tee Zee says:

    I am so glad Thay is doing better. I wish him a speedy recovery and I look forward listening to his live lectures soon. Thay, once you’ve said that “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today,” and today I am practicing it with love and compassion.

  793. Peter Lau says:

    So the body nor the form is neither empty. Only our mental image or the illness is empty.

  794. Lee Mitchell says:

    Many healing blessings for dearest Thay and all those healing from strokes. Breathe in healing, breathe out gratitude.

  795. Rohit says:

    I’m so blessed to have Thay in my life. Thank you dear friend. And so happy to know that you are recovering. Lots of loves and best wishes.

  796. Hillary Wilson says:

    Merci pour en haut les dates sur le Maître Thay. Je suis heureux qu’il progresse. Dites-lui s’il vous plaît accueillent à la maison de moi.

  797. Denise says:

    I am so happy he is able to be home. May the peace of the place help him heal.

  798. Scott says:

    Namaste All-Ji,
    I have been Sitting, Walking daily since reading the news of Thay’s medical condition back in November.
    My heart & face smile deeply with this latest update!!
    -Scott Cutshall

  799. Celia Wildroot says:

    I am so happy to know that this beautiful teacher is doing this well, able to breathe in the beautiful spring air, and hear the birds singing and the sound of the bell.

  800. Jack says:

    My heart is so full at reading this blessed news of this Sacred Master!

  801. mina says:

    MY GOD!!!!!!! So glad of hearing this!!!!! We hope a soon recovery in his home so loved by all Plum Village and By us! THANK YOU NUNS AND MONKS of Plum Village for writing about Thay’s health!

  802. Thay was instrumental in opening my heart to my spiritual path. I was so blessed many years ago to have been able to do a silent meditation walk, have dinner and a lecture in Providence RI, with sister Chang and the many others supporting Thay on this trip. I remember it everyday and send blessings to Thay and the monks and sisters daily since than. Thank you for lovingly taking care of Thay and continuing his mission.

  803. Ron Beasley says:

    This is indeed wonderful news, many of us feel a great sense of relief. All best wishes for a peaceful and happy recovery.

  804. Gabriel Craft says:

    Metta & Blessings to Thay & to the worldwide Sangha from Gabriel Craft (Iwate, Japan)

  805. Karunakshi says:

    We love you Thay,
    Wishing all blessings for
    Steady recovery we need your presence always !


  806. Luz Galvan says:

    Que alegría tan grande, que el gran ser humano que es continúe con nosotros un tiempo más.
    Gracias por compartir tan hermosas noticias y plegarias para su total recuperación.
    Saludos desde Mexico con amor, admiración y devoción.

  807. Christine Beaulac says:

    What wonderful news to hear that you are home again my friend!

    I was just a small town girl, existing in a life so disconnected from the world.
    On April 27, 2013, I had the good fortune of experiencing ‘ TOUCHING PEACE ‘
    Your beauty and loving, soothing speech spoke to me from a clear and honest heart space which entrusted me to become one of your students.

    Merci pour tout tes enseignements, ta paix et ton amour! Prends soins! Je t’aime mon amie!!!

  808. Jody says:

    My heart is singing uncontrollably !!!

  809. Mongolia says:

    God Bless him. Thank you for the report! I smile when I think of Thay…

  810. Thomas Ziegler says:

    So good to hear the good news of your progress . Blessings for your continued progress to a complete recovery . May your spoken teachings , be forth coming in the near future . Love and healing to you Thay!

  811. Marjohn Love says:

    I listen to Thay chanting “The End of Suffering” to Gary Malkin’s evocative music on the CD Namasté and it soothes my soul.

  812. Richard Douglass-Chin says:

    Thay for you I practice smiling and gratitude so I might live up to the name you so wisely gave a cloudy me–
    Happy Sunshine of the Heart

  813. Thay has been an inspiration to me since the 1970s. His deep gentle compassion for former U.S. soldiers suffering post traumatic stress astounded me. I am so grateful for his healing and I pray his recovery continues in the safety, security and love of his devotees at Plum Village.

  814. This is joyful news.
    Smiling deeply,

  815. Gerri Gurman says:

    I am so happy that Thay continues to recover. He has brought so much peace to so many and continues to do so as he heals and demonstrates healing to the world. You are love, Thay. Thank you

  816. Valentine says:

    This is wonderful news!! Thank you all for supporting him !!

  817. Janet says:

    So happy to hear this latest up date, thank you. Sending out more loving, healing energy, and stand in awe at what the power of love can do and has done for Thay. Sending you love and light and joy and peace. ~”Darling, we are here for you”~

  818. jeff says:

    Thank you for recovering. This great news! Forever grateful for your wisdom, love, and compassion.

  819. Precious Thay, Welcome home; Two precious words that mean so much to us your followers. We are but flowers blooming along the shore to support you on your journey. You have continued to teach us through your illness and adjustment period to a new wholeness. Thank you, Precious Teacher.

  820. Carlyn says:

    I am so happy to hear the news of Thay’s recovery process. I pray for continued recovery and his improvement.

  821. Jean McAlister says:

    Sending love and best wishes for your complete recovery xx

  822. Pamela Howard says:

    Healing moves through many chapters and now this new chapter back home at Plum Village will strengthen and bring peace to Thay just as his presence strengthens the community and those everywhere who love him.
    Pam Howard

    • Beloved Thay, thank you so much for offering your teachings, presence, and smile to me. My life has changed so much. I honor G*d with my practice, my Sangha is my true church. I love you with all my heart, and dedicate my life to the practices and insights that you have offered and continue to offer. Love, Elly.

  823. maire says:

    Wonderful wonderful news. This is a happy moment.

  824. Robert Cox says:

    The tea tastes wonderful!
    May we all in deep gratitude enjoy this present moment.

    • Wonderful news

      Sending Thay much Love and deepest gratitude

      So glad to read he’s now home

      My Tea is tasting ever more wonderful this morning.

      From Mangalo

  825. jacqueline dubois says:

    God bless him………!

  826. Ronna says:

    So grateful that Thay is at home and improving steadily with the love and support of all.
    I have just read a book by Norman Doidge called “The Brain’s Way of Healing” that has many different non-invasive healing practices (many based on eastern medicine philosophy) that use different forms of energy to change/stimulate the brain to heal itself and physical manifestations….based on neuroplasticity and the mind (body) connection. There may be a therapy or therapies that would benefit Thay or others.

  827. Michael Detweiler says:

    Blessings to Thay! Sending him lots of Love from Northern Pennsylvania.
    Compassion is widening throughout the world.
    Wide grins to you all!
    Keep your keen humor, my Friend!

    Mike Detweiler

  828. Françoise says:

    Merci pour ces belles nouvelles !!

  829. I’m so grateful that Thay is covering so well. These updates lift my heart! Thank you. I will remember to smile at the cloud in my tea.
    Peace be with all who suffer.
    Namaste and love!

  830. We love Thay and would like to continue to hear about his health and the progress he is making. Thanks. John.

  831. Asha says:

    How is Thay now? Warm wishes

  832. Bradley Floyd says:

    Each and every day I pray for Thich Nhat Hanh; that he may reach his destiny for all of us, and I’m thinking and sending good thoughts that he will be with us in health, once again, but, happy he is with us still as we are with him, in spirit and mind!

    With love and appreciation,

    Retired, Burlingame Ca, Police Commander, Brad Floyd

  833. Sita says:

    Blessings upon blessings to dear Thay… When I breath I feel him breathing too So much love and healing to you

  834. I have been very deeply touched by Thay’s wisdom, gentleness and messages of love, compassion and understanding. Such an immense and beloved being. I am praying for Thay’s health and wellbeing.

  835. vivi bowden says:

    A dear healer you have been to me for many decades. I am now 11 years post major paralyzing stroke and surprised & grateful for each new day as I still improve. Please keep on keeping on, dear Thay. I learned to sing again, walk again, read & write again. So much help, even tho’ my husband of 40 years filed for divorce, doubting I would recover.

  836. Emma Hannan says:

    Kayla clearly practiced compassion in action and was very brave putting those enduring terrible suffering concerns for her own wellbeing. Have a joyous rebirth.

  837. Veronica Anne deMarie says:

    Namaste Dear teacher. Your current journey is a teaching example of wonder, joy and patience. You continue to lead by example. With Love Honor and respect. Thankfully, Veronica

  838. art says:

    Let your light be ever brighter for many years to come.

  839. Ann says:

    Reading Your last update About Thay drinking his first cup of tea, and watching the moon rise, I felt connected and Present in the room with him and his beloved attendants. I just finished reading his joUrnal from 1962-1966 “Fragrant Palm Leaves “. I understand more deeply now what made him who he is. I understand more deeply what it means to be a mother, and what Buddhism and compassion mean. What a gift Thay Is to humanity. Thank you so for the updateS. Any news to share ?

  840. kay Maughan says:

    When I awake Every Day I Pray For Thays recovery,He has given so much love to the world and taught us so much.Love and Many Blessings kay

  841. Tam Dat says:

    Dear Thay, Con cau mong Phat Bao Gia ho cho suc khoe cua Thay som binh phuc de tiep tuc giao hoa do chung. God Bless You My Dear Master. Tam Dat.

  842. AmyCloud Chambers says:

    We are all grateful for Thay’s continued healing. He has taught us so much about love, and it is a joy to pray for his recovery.

  843. Shantum says:

    Thank you Kayla,
    Your light continues to shine in the midst of darkness. It is an impo thread of our sangha.
    You live in our hearts and our aspirations for a peaceful and just world.

  844. Valentine says:

    I wish a soon recovery keep us updated please! he is a wonderful teacher and human being 🙂 I will come to visit soon the Plum village in France I’m so interested in the monastic life

  845. I keep Thay’s comments on the heart sutra with me always. I am so deeply happy that he is still with us, in body. His joy has always been an inspiration. It still is. Sending love and gratitude for each minute he shares, and for your updates.

  846. I keep Thay’s comments on the heart sutra with me always. I am so deeply happy that he is still with us, in body. His joy has always been an inspiration. It still is. Sending love and gratitude for each minute he shares.

  847. Shirley says:

    Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Peace is Every Breath” is my constant companion. I’ve read it numerous times and each time I am touched anew and learn something that I missed previously. His teachings have changed my life and helped me find peace and joy. I wish him much love and a speedy recovery.

  848. Leandro Mottin says:

    Dear Universe

    I am breathing in to Thank you very much for the 100% health recovery of the Lord Thay!

    We are one heartbeat , we are one smile, we are One for you, Thay!


  849. Jerry-yah'kov says:

    My sincerest wishes for a continued recovery and increased strength and wellness, dear teacher.

  850. jae anh says:

    My great teacher, My dear thay!

    Thank you so much! thank you very much!

    I want to meet you! I want to visit in the plum village.

    Your’s student send my mind to my dear thay in Seoul, Korea

  851. Bart Berlin says:

    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.

  852. Nguyen Ngoc Bach says:

    How about Thay’s health now,March 11,2015 ? Thank you so much.

    • sally says:

      Namaste! I wanted to send my heart felt love to ‘Thay’ my prayers and love for this Beautiful soul….merely allows for immense humility and a Wonderous Connection of stillness where the very idea of any comlaints about anything atal….Is none existant! I love you ‘Thay’ and I love myself in a manner I have seeked for years! Thank You! I stand as a Testiment for all your Teachings! May, Peace Be with You and all who are by your side and all others who continue to support your life’s work…If, i am a quarter of who you are….I will be Happy..Though, naturally, I aspire more from myself..whilst loving being Nothing! Namaste and My Love Sallyxxx

  853. anna says:

    The last news was so positive, thank you for such a wonderful insight into how Thay is progressing. I continue to wish him wellness and strength in every breath and love in every moment ♥

  854. Jean Starns says:

    I have benefitted greatly from reading Thich Naht Hanh’s books for several years now as a part of my Buddhist studies. His wisdom and gentleness have made such a huge impression on me. I just learned today of his stroke. He is always in my daily prayers and my prayers now will be stronger for his recovery. He is an international treasure.

    Thank you for the updates on his recovery.

  855. Anna says:

    Thank you, thank you, to the friends of Plum Village for keeping us updated on Thay’s recovery. So often the thought of him gives great light to my day and I hope all of our thoughts also bring him great light. This is truly wonderful news~

  856. Muhammad says:

    Kayla, you are a beautiful soul. Your eyes and smile says it all: you are a peaceful, compassionate and a wonderful human being. Sad to see you depart so young. Your compassion and giving will inspire many of us to do even more good in this bitter and violent world. May you rest in peace and may your family cherish your memories and find peace and strength in their lives.

  857. Ben-Zion Weiss says:

    This is most heart warming news!

  858. Lin Rongxiang says:

    May one and all be well, happy, safe and peaceful


  859. Gisli says:

    Thank you

  860. charles says:

    I have been a great admirer of Thay since I first began practing Buddhism. I was saddened to hear of his illness but his recovery and knowing he is doing better brings me joy and happiness. I draw strength every day from his words and teachings I love U Thay!!!

  861. Karen says:

    Thank you for sharing Karen. I suffer from physical and mental health issues as well, and Thay’s books, words and guidance have been a tremendous amount of support over many years. For that, I am deeply grateful. I hope to join the community in France for retreat during the month of June.

  862. Shayna Morse says:

    Thank you!

  863. Angelika says:

    Thay is with us as we are with him.
    Peace, joy and happiness.

  864. Hanh says:

    a beautiful flower and many other flowers have been stepped on and withered by bitterness and violence. Such a big pity for human in the 21st century!

  865. Bill Smith says:

    Thay is such an inspiration to me. I am so happy that he is making a nice recovery

  866. Kayoko says:

    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.

  867. Hanh says:

    Wow, our hearts are full of joys to know that Thay is making good progress and is able to drink tea after a long time and serious illness!We have been checking plump village website almost everyday for news on Thay’s condition, the last news was already in 3rd January.

    Thank you so much for all of the loves and supports of everyone out there and everywhere have given to Thay.

  868. Shelley Ervin says:

    I am so grateful to hear of Thay’s progress. What an inspiration he is to all of us who have benefited from his teachings, and learn by his example. I hope to visit Plum Village someday, and to meet him so I can tell him what he has done for me by being on this earth. I am chronically ill and suffer daily, but in reading his wise words today, my pain begins to lift and I am filled with joy to be here in this moment. With him. With all of you.

    Love and blessings to Thay and all,

    Shelley Ervin

  869. Caitlyn Mayfair says:

    I am new to mindfulness. I so enjoy the peace and calm I receive when opening myself to the spiritual. I so feel God when reading about the Master

  870. ´Katharina says:

    I am grateful for her compassionate and courageous life and thoughts. At the end of the following homepage, she beautifully explains TNHs influence on her dealing with despair: .

    More on her thoughts:

  871. Katharina says:

    I am grateful for her life and thoughts. At the end of the following homepage, she beautifully explains TNHs influence on her dealing with despair: .

    more on her thoughts:

  872. Jim Farwell says:


  873. Clara Villanueva says:

    Our dear Thay,
    Thank you for your teachings, and thank you to all those who help spread mindfulness across the universe. It was five years ago that I discovered your loving teachings by reading one your books, and have since read several more. Your gentle patient heart spills out with each word. The wisdom you so generously share, enriches our lives. Thank you for guiding us toward mindfulness, and an increased understanding of being present in the moment. I am confident that each of us, practicing mindful lives, will help this universe become a better place, one moment at a time.

    I send you my love, profound gratitude, and healing thoughts.

  874. Karen_Kaeli_McCarthy says:

    I feel such love and gratitude in reading your detailed and positive update. I am grateful for Thay’s life, for his continuation body at Plum Village and for the love and connectedness I feel between all of us. Love and compassion and healing, Kaeli

  875. Helga Ruschka says:

    Thank You Dear Thay, with Respect and deep Love,
    Helga Ruschka from Graz, Austria

  876. Linda Spence says:

    Very sad as she was there for the right reasons and not for just a money making/seeking fame reason.

  877. Kath says:

    I’m curious why the recognition of one of Kayla’s peaceful & loving Journies was referred to as Palestine then recounted she was in Tel Aviv which is in Israel. Thank you Kayla for your brave actions in the world.
    In loving truth.

  878. Sue Shapiro says:

    Thay teaches us with the cup of his favorite tea.

    Thay is always teaching us.

    Our love surrounds him.

    Our devotion to him never fades.

  879. Friends may be interested in reading this article:, which says of Kayla: “Mueller was not a woman who inspired wars. She inspired peace.”

  880. alexia says:

    Many blessings on a graceful and speedy recovery, thank you for Being you, an inspiration and gift.

  881. Claudia says:

    Dear friends,
    I can only guess the tremendous amount of courage, strength,
    Commitment and surrender of Thay and all of you who help him to recover
    in tiny little steps. It made me very happy to read he could have a cup
    of the again. Thank you so much for sharing! In my thoughts and prayers I am with him and with you. With love, gratitude and deep respect,

  882. Steve White says:

    this is wonderful news to hear. Mindfully hoping the progress continues!

  883. Peace to you Thay. In this moment Peace to you.

  884. Kledja says:

    It’s a lovely song, and a sweet lullaby to sing to a sleeping baby/child. I would also like to have the lyrics, so since I don’t see them here, I thought I’d give them a try in english and french. Please make any corrections if you see fit, as sometimes it’s hard to decipher the right word from the song.

    The red sun going down
    At the dark onlook
    A little star is twinkling
    Is the gate of the Heaven
    If we trust what one said
    This wonderful kingdom
    Is just risen for the very little one
    The red sun going down
    At the dark onlook
    A little star is twinkling
    Is the gate of the Heaven
    If we trust what one said
    This wonderful kingdom
    Is just risen for the very little one

    Le soilel c’est enfuit
    Mais dans l’hombre regarde
    Chaque etoile de la nuit
    Est un coin du paradis
    Si l’on croit ce qu’on dit
    Ce royaume enchante
    Le peut etre habite
    Que par les tout petits
    Bonne nuit mon amour
    Que les anges te gardent
    Et t’emportent juste au bout
    Du pays de reves et de fleurs
    Et demain si tu veux
    En ouvrant tes rideaux
    Ta maman de nouveau
    Surira dans tes yeux

    Go to sleep little darling
    May the angles behold you
    And carry you to the land
    Of peace, of love and joy
    Tomorrow, your mother
    Will smile sweetly to you
    And will ask
    ‘Little darling, do you know I love you?’

  885. Cindy Thomas says:

    Dear Thay, I wish you continued bodily strength, and a ocean of love daily.
    May my heart stretch to epic proportions to truly love as you do.

  886. Daniela says:

    Che gioia! Il tuo insegnamento continua anche nella malattia, oltre la malattia. Un abbraccio!

  887. Nguyen Ngoc Bach says:

    Deep thanks to Buddha for Thay’s recovery.I wish Thay would fully recover soon to continue his unreplacable teaching of Buddha’s Way of True Wisdom and Liberation.Teacher like him is very rare now and on.

  888. Minh says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Thầy in wishing him a speedy recovery. Thanks for posting the update.

  889. Thanks for the update! And thank you, Thay, for give us lessons still at this very important moment.

  890. Howard says:

    I’m filled with joy from this news.

    From my (re)discovery of Mindfulness and Thay since 2015, I felt great personal support from him and everyone at Plum Village, during heavy suffering. Even though we have never met, I know I’m not imagining that and I’m touched. So both Thay’s and everyone else’s warmth and compassion span continents: it has reached me!

    So a warm greeting back: may Thay and everyone both close and far from him be healthy, contented, happy and well. I hope I may join you at Plum Village one day. I’ll make sure to tell you this in person!

  891. Sandy says:

    I spent the day in Plum Village on 8th Feb. It was such a privalege to be with such beautiful people. Thay’s presence is everywhere. May he continue to recover and feel the collective love and energy from all around the world. His presence and teachings are everlasting

  892. Greetings,

    So sorry to hear of Thay’s stroke. Thinking of you now, and all of your family/friend/colleague
    Wishing you much healing and including you in prayer. It seems you are making amazing progress, I hope this continues to the best health now. You are such a kind and gentle, wonderful person. I can not even imagine how many people’s lives and situation you have changed. I have only looked on a small number of articles and it has already help refresh me such a positive and straight forward help you offer, I really do respect your effort to spread such a peaceful beautiful message and theory to life. I wish everybody could take the time to read up on your teaching’s in this entire Universe because sometimes it might just take someone like in my own case, to stumble upon your name and life work, in just a few days I feel much better about myself when I felt quite upset a week ago. It helped me re-connect with my conscious.
    Really hoping for your full recovery, wishing you every single happiness and health. Best wishes, Aoife Kelly – London

  893. Sandy says:

    I spent the day in Plum Village on 8th Feb. Such a privelege to spend time with such beautiful people. Thay’s presence is everywhere. He has transformed mine and so many other’s lives. May his recovery continue and may he feel the collective love and energy created all around the world for him. His presence and teachings are everlasting.

  894. Carol says:

    dear Thay,

    I’m a very new in mindfulness learning…by your teaching…..I’m so Greatful I found your you tube, “refreshing your heart” and from the moment I watch it….I keep watching and listening …and I found a new light on my path…after my challenging of life almost knock me down…now it’s a time to go home…my mind, myself, my body…To get joy in the heart…and compassion….

    Get well soon..see you in my prayer…