Thich Nhat Hanh flies to Thailand

As Plum Village enters the fourth week of our three month Winter Retreat, the days are getting shorter, the air fresher, and the energy of peace, stability, harmony, and togetherness deepening day by day.

Elder Dharma Teachers have been offering inspiring talks, exploring the Noble Eightfold Path on the theme “In the Footsteps of Thay.” Thay has been wholehearted in his participation on Days of Mindfulness, joining walking meditation and listening in on the Dharma Talks as his health permits.

One week ago, Thay communicated a clear and determined wish to travel to Thailand. Thai Plum Village, on the edge of the Khao Yai National Park, is the largest practice center in Asia in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition, with over 150 monastics disciples.

Although Thay’s wish has not been easy to realize, we are very happy to announce that at midday today, Thay and a small group of attendants took off from Bergerac airport and will arrive in Thailand tomorrow morning, 10th December.

There, they will be greeted by hundreds of monastics and lay practitioners, including many venerable elders from Thailand and Vietnam, who over the last few days have been making the journey by land and air to greet him and pay their respects. We are very happy that Thay is still able to make such a journey, to offer his presence in Asia and be closer to his homeland at this time.

We are profoundly grateful to Thay’s friends who have pledged contributions to enable him to realize his wish. If you would like to participate in this historic journey, and make your own contribution to support Thay, you are warmly welcome to do so, via the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation ($) or the Plum Village Website (€), with the label: “TNH Thailand 2016”.


Just a simple monk!

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34 comments on “Thich Nhat Hanh flies to Thailand
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Alex says:

    Flower fresh

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Dear Thay,

    thank you for your lessons until today.

    Learn more and more from you.

    Enjoy your journey with happiness.

  7. Michael says:

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





  9. Jill Parsonson says:

    Thay thank you for being in this world :)

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

    God speed, my great teacher!

  11. Michelle Pantano says:

    Wonderful news! Enjoy!

  12. Rev. Karen Harrison says:

    Metis Love from Canada Dear Thay

    Happy Journey

    I love your smile

    Friend Karen

  13. Mehdi Mohammadi says:

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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❤️

  17. Jessica Brown says:

    Much love dear Thay.

  18. Karen says:

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

  19. Mark says:

    Is Thay heading to Vietnam as well?

  20. Beverly Alexander says:

    Boundless spirit.
    Endless love.

  21. Hang says:

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

  22. 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

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

  24. 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.

  25. Joann Trinh says:

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

  26. Safe travels my friend.

  27. Charles Joseph says:

    G-d bless Thay!

  28. 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. “

  29. Vivian Taube says:

    Good travels, Thay!

  30. 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)

  31. Theresa Domingues says:

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

  32. 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.

  33. Margaret Alexander True Autumn Lake says:

    This is such a precious treasurer!!

  34. Vivien Eliades, True Valuable Flower says:

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