Sunday 1st May marks 100 days since Thay’s passing, a day that’s noticed in Buddhist traditions. We’d wish to take this second to give you a collection of sharings to recollect, rejoice and proceed our Teacher.
Letter from Sister Chân Đức
Practice for Thay’s one centesimal day of passing
This Sunday will mark the one hundredth day of the parinirvāṇa of our most beloved and revered trainer, the dhyāna grasp of the worldwide Plum Village sangha.
In order to have the ability to dedicate ourselves to trying deeply we will follow half a day of Noble Silence. This is a valuable alternative to follow to grasp the perception of no-coming and no-going. Let us remind one another by our personal follow of coming again to the island inside, not trying round to see what others are doing, however dwelling solidly in our respiration and footsteps. No-coming and no-going is a fact past phrases and ideas that we will realise when our thoughts and physique dwell within the stillness of focus.
While dwelling stably within the current second we’ve got an opportunity to have a look at one another with the eyes of understanding and love. We are all youngsters of 1 religious father and we settle for one another as brothers and sisters of 1 household.
The biggest tribute we will pay to our beloved trainer and religious father is to grasp and love within the spirit of true brotherhood and sisterhood. If there are inside knots that haven’t been untied we start with out additional ado to untie them. True understanding is the understanding of interbeing, no separate self, no being and no non-being, realised within the context of brotherhood and sisterhood.
Plum Village, 29th April, 2022
Sister Chân Đức – True Virtue
On Sunday, you possibly can be a part of Plum Village Monastery, Deer Park Monastery or Blue Cliff Monastery for ceremonies to mark 100 days. At Deer Park, this may contain the spreading of Thay’s ashes.
Sharings from Sister Chân Không and Brother Pháp Hữu
“I thought at one point that Thay would not return to Vietnam. But one day in Thailand, the Brothers Phap An, Phap Niem and Trung Hai came to meet Thay because he wanted to express something very important to them. When the brothers arrived, Thay put one hand on his chest and using that hand, drew a circle on his chest. He stopped when his hand came to rest at the starting point of the circle. We understood the meaning – whether going East or West, in the end, Thay wished to return to his roots.” Sister Chân Không
“Dear Thay, through your daily practice, you were able to see your continuation. You taught us that if you saw someone walking with mindfulness and compassion, you knew they were a continuation of Thay and the spiritual ancestors. Dear Thay, do you remember our conversation in Hong Kong? You said you wanted us to continue to renew Buddhism; that you have been able to do 60 per cent of the work, but there is still so much more to do. You gently reminded me that it is up to us, your monastic and lay descendants all over the world, to keep the Dharma wheel turning, to translate the practices and teachings into the language of our times, to make them accessible and practical for use in our world today. Dear Thay, thank you for trusting us and taking refuge in us. When we take refuge in each other, we know we are continuing you.” Brother Pháp Hữu
Brother Pháp Hữu additionally gave an intimate account of the moments and days after Thay’s passing on The Way Out Is In Podcast
Messages of Gratitude from Thay’s Students across the World
During the memorial week for Thay, we acquired an outpouring of gratitude from individuals everywhere in the world who’ve been touched by Thay’s teachings.
“Thay has been such a grounding and inspiring human in my life. Two of my favorite things he has said… ‘You never appreciate the absence of a toothache,’ and, ‘In this world we have honey and so we also have bees.
“This second quote is from a time I went to Deer Park Monastery to hear him speak. While on walking meditation, a woman stepped on a hive of bees and the angry bees stung the entire group. People were shrieking. Thay stayed calm as leaders at the monastery helped those who were stung. He then walked with some of the group back up to where he was giving his talk. Amidst the drama of the moment, people eventually made their way back to the building to sit down for the talk but there was a lot of anxiety and confusion in the air. After some time passed, Thay came and sat down at the front of the room, rang the bell to begin his talk, and all he said to address what had happened was – “in this world we have honey and so we also have bees.” It’s a second I’ll always remember.” Alisa
How to Continue Thay
There are so many pressing crises on the planet and we might imagine, “If only Thay were still alive, he would know what to do.” In this discuss, Brother Phap Linh explains that Thay will be very alive in us if we all know easy methods to follow.
A Cloud Never Dies – Short Documentary on Thay’s Life
Throughout his life, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was a tireless advocate for peace and human rights. Some of his deepest teachings, insights, and practices had been cast within the wars in Vietnam. This 27 minute movie made in collaboration with Thay’s monastic college students tells the story of his life.
There are extra resourced linked with the movie on our devoted web page for A Cloud Never Dies.