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Honouring Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist Master

Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), Buddhist master, peacemaker and a spiritual leader of our times, died peacefully on January 22nd. FPMT in Australia pays tribute to this highly revered teacher.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Plum Village in Bordeaux, the centre of a worldwide network of monastic communities founded by Thay, is organising a week of practice and remembering. You can participate in the daily memorial activities live through their website.

They say: ‘Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was a global spiritual leader, poet, and peace activist, renowned for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. A gentle, humble monk, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called him “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence” when nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Exiled from his native Vietnam for almost four decades, Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer bringing Buddhism and mindfulness to the West, and establishing an engaged Buddhist community for the 21st Century.’

Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966

On January 23rd a powerful and most moving ceremony was held, where Thich Nhat Hanh’s body was laid in his casket. Video was broadcast live from Từ Hiếu Temple, in Huế, and Plum Village, France. The ceremony was in Vietnamese, with commentary in English by Sister True Dedication in Plum Village.

Students were requested to follow their breathing as high monks and Thay’s senior disciples accompanied Thay’s body to the Full Moon Meditation Hall at Từ Hiếu Temple, in Huế. The ceremony took place at 8AM on January 23 in Vietnam (2AM CEST; 5PM on January 22 PST). Check your timezone.

You can access the video on Plum Village’s memorial page. To watch the ceremony without commentary, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrfOC…)

Plum Village sangha carry the body of Thich Nhat Hanh in a livestreamed memorial service

I am a continuation, like the rain is a continuation of the cloud.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Like so many Buddhists around the world, we have been inspired and hugely influenced by the example of Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He brought mindfulness practice to the western world and his teachings on peace, kindness and forgiveness impacted many, many thousands of people. Over many decades he demonstrated how to subdue our suffering minds, and his establishment of monastic communities around the world, the Plum Villages, have been places of dedicated Buddhist practice. We feel his loss keenly, but are comforted by his many teachings on death and grief. On behalf of FPMT in Australia, the Australian National Office express our deepest appreciation to this revered and beloved master.




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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers incense puja at Kopan Monastery 2021. Photo: Ven Roger Kunsang