Beloved Elder Brother Passes Away

Thầy Pháp Lượng (Hoàng Mai Hòa Bình) 24.08.1958 - 24.07.2019

The Plum Village community announces the very sad news that on Wednesday, 24 July our beloved elder Brother Thầy Pháp Lượng, a member of our monastic sangha at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism, passed away.

The monastic sangha was on an outing at Biggesee Reservoir in Sauerland, Germany when a young brother found himself in difficulty in the water. Thầy Pháp Lượng went to his aid, but was then overcome himself. Our community feels the loss deeply. Many centers have already held ceremonies in order to come together, to embrace the tragedy, and to honour and celebrate Thầy Pháp Lượng's life. A ceremony was held at the EIAB in Germany on Sunday, 28 July.

Thầy Pháp Lượng was loved and appreciated for his deep commitment to brotherhood, his continual joy, his equanimity, and the many bonsai trees he raised with so much loving care. Many saw him as a father figure who was ever present offering help and advice. Through his many acts of care and loving kindness he will continue always in our hearts.

Brother Thầy Pháp Lượng was ordained by our teacher Thầy on 28.06.2001, and became a Dharma Teacher in January 2009. Here is the Gatha he received from Thầy during the transmission of the Dharma lamp:


Pháp môn thi thiết tuy vô Lượng
Phật quả ngày mai quyết định thành
Đất thơm hiến tặng mùa xuân mới
Đường về mây trắng gọi trời xanh

Although there are immeasurable, skilful Dharma Doors,
(they all) one day, definitely lead us to realise the fruit of Buddhahood.
The fragrant earth offers a new spring,
and on the way back white clouds call for the blue sky.

Just a simple monk!

14 comments on “Beloved Elder Brother Passes Away
  1. Wallace Green says:

    Jesus Christ said: “Greater love hath no man than this- that he give his life for a friend.”

    May God bless the spirit of Brother Thầy Pháp Lượng, and keep him safe in His arms forever.

  2. Peggy Lee says:

    Thay Phảp Luong’s love is always in our heart. May the younger Brother be free safe and free from sorry and worry. May everyone be safe.

  3. dadang says:

    Semoga Beliau Terlahir di alam bahagia

  4. Charlie Thomas says:

    Hoa binh bac si

  5. For dear Brother Thay Phap Luong Peace and liberation and our admiration of his beautiful life.

  6. Sadhvi Moksha says:

    I have nothing lofty or spiritual to say.
    No apologies for the sadness and pain in my heart over such news.

    And love for the two departed souls,
    for your sweet sangha.

  7. Pia says:

    What a loving self sacrificing act to save another… like Jesus Christ. What an inspire life. Thank you

  8. Janet Emmanuel says:

    My heart and thoughts are with the Plum Village community and the family of Thay Phap Luong. May he be at peace. What an honorable way to transition by giving your life to save another. ❤🙏

  9. Renee says:

    Send my love and prayers to living and joy on his transition journey

  10. Vasanthi says:

    Life well lived and ended in service of peace. Deepest condolences!!

  11. Ralph Beach says:

    My condolences to the family off plum village may he Rest In Peace and for all the great work that he did which I read about it sounds like a true experience in and peaceful world and Thank you Thay

  12. Dennis Fischer says:

    There Sangha and friends,

    all my deep sympathy for this tragedy. I hope the younger brother is in good health.

    May peace with us

  13. maire Nic Giolla Bhride says:

    Beautiful face …Beautiful energy. Of total service to this planet . You live on . Remembering Bro Thay Phap luong, his blood family and his monastic family especially the young brother that he saved.

  14. Francesca says:

    Brave, courageous brother passed trying to save another living being..May he rest in peace!

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