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Global outpouring of love and gratitude for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


Plum Village Press Release

World leaders, residents from all continents, and the Vietnamese authorities pay tribute forward of the Zen grasp’s cremation this weekend

THÉNACFrance, January 27, 2022–Widely often known as the daddy of mindfulness and beloved by thousands and thousands of college students and followers worldwide, Thich Nhat Hanh has acquired a worldwide outpouring of love and appreciation for his teachings and mindfulness practices, since his passing on January 22, 2022, at Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam. As his group prepares for his funeral and cremation this weekend, hundreds proceed to publish transferring testimonials of deep gratitude for the therapeutic influence he has had on their lives, together with phrases similar to:

“He saved my life.” 

“He cured my soul.”

“He showed me the path to joy.”

“His teachings saved my marriage.”

“He transformed my relationship with my mother.”

“I understand my own Roman Catholic faith better now, because of the wisdom of this remarkable Buddhist monk.”

The President and Prime Minister of Vietnam have supplied their condolences. “The government hopes that the Plum Village community will continue the Zen master’s vision and aspiration for engaged Buddhism, and so contribute to the prosperity of society, and, together with the wider Buddhist community in Vietnam and abroad, promote peace in the world.”

A thousand folks a day have been visiting Tu Hieu Temple to pay their respects. Hundreds of hundreds, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, have participated in on-line memorial companies hosted day by day by the 11 monasteries he based within the United States, Europe, and Asia and by greater than 1,000 native teams of followers in numerous cities and cities.

“The most venerable Thich Nhat Hanh was one of the most respected moral and spiritual figures of our times,” celebrated Buddhist monk and writer Matthieu Ricard stated. “Not only was he one of the most articulate and inspiring proponents of Buddhist teachings and practice, but he was also a beacon of truth in his nonviolent campaigning for human rights.”

A peace activist from a really early age, Thich Nhat Hanh renewed Buddhism, bringing it off the meditation cushion and into the difficult secular world, not solely coining the time period “engaged Buddhism,” however truly residing it. For greater than half a century, he tirelessly used his international platform to advertise social justice and equality because the roots of peace. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, stated, “Thich Nhat Hanh was a lifelong peace advocate who taught that polarization can be overcome as we nurture tolerance, inclusiveness, and the understanding of our deep interconnection with all human beings.”   

Thich Nhat Hanh didn’t draw back from international challenges. Author of greater than 100 books, he was one of the pioneers of religious environmentalism, organizing worldwide conferences and writing about ecology and local weather change beginning within the early Nineteen Seventies. More than half one million folks have educated in his mindfulness practices and dedicated themselves to observe his path of utilized international ethics, The Five Mindfulness Trainings. His final guide printed just a few months in the past, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet blazes a path ahead by means of particular person mindfulness, collective awakening, and the worldwide therapeutic that’s so urgently essential.  

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and a scholar of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, credit his teachings for having made the Paris Agreement on local weather change attainable: “From Thay (“teacher,” in Vietnamese) I realized a lot however maybe crucial was the talent of deep listening as an avenue to battle decision, serving to to soften away numerous political obstacles within the negotiations. His insights and practices helped to open a brand new fertile area of collaboration by means of which governments have been in a position to come to the historic settlement.” His utilized mindfulness practices will probably be a treasure-trove for generations of changemakers to come back. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore stated: “Thich Nhat Hanh’s legacy is one of insight, compassion, and respect for our planet and for one another. His memory and teachings will continue to inspire the next generation of environmental and social activists in the enduring struggle to protect the Earth and its people.”

As Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic and lay college students proceed to share his teachings and carry his legacy ahead internationally, it is usually their deep want to deliver his practices of aware respiration, strolling, consuming, and compassionate communication to all areas of society in his native Vietnam: to households and colleges, workplaces, companies, and hospitals. Thich Nhat Hanh has demonstrated that mindfulness retreats and programs, born from the Vietnamese Buddhist custom, have the ability to deliver therapeutic, wellbeing, and prosperity to each people and society. Thich Nhat Hanh’s group has stated, “We make the vow to realize Thay’s wish to bring back these practices, which have brought so many fruits of healing and peace to the West, as an offering to our spiritual and land ancestors in Vietnam.”

The funeral and cremation ceremony will probably be held in Hue, Vietnam and will probably be livestreamed in line with time zone (hyperlink right here):

  • at 6 p.m. Friday, January 28 (US EST/New York, USA)
  • at 12 a.m. (midnight) Saturday, January 29 (CET/Paris, France)
  • at 6 a.m. Saturday, January 29 (GMT+7/Vietnam) 

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Just a few of the numerous tributes which were acquired:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “In his peaceful opposition to the Vietnam war, his support for Martin Luther King and most of all his dedication to sharing with others not only how mindfulness and compassion contribute to inner peace, but also how individuals cultivating peace of mind contributes to genuine world peace, the Venerable lived a truly meaningful life.”

Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea: “Thich Nhat Hanh is respected by many as the most influential spiritual leader. He showed his love for humankind through his actions. His teachings on happiness touched many hearts. His footsteps and words will continue to live on through the practices of the people.”

Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General 2007-2016: “Thich Nhat Hanh was and continues to be a visionary and a practitioner of a universal global ethic based on mutual respect and deep understanding of each other.”

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: “Thich Nhat Hanh had a dramatic influence on me. He once asked me, ‘What is more important, being successful or being happy?’ I thought ‘both!’ But he said, ‘You have to choose—you can be a victim of your success but you can never be a victim of your happiness.’”   

Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of the Upaya Institute and Zen Center: “Thay taught me that being a social activist is not separate from being a contemplative. Thanks to him, untold numbers of us opened our lives to the path of socially engaged Buddhism.”

David Steindl-Rast, Catholic Benedictine monk, writer, and lecturer: “Having Thay as a brother and friend, was one of the greatest gifts in my life. At this time of grieving, I’d like to stretch out my hand to countless others who feel empty-handed at his passing and say: Let’s honor his legacy of Interbeing by joining hands worldwide, ready to carry on with renewed dedication to Thay’s work of peacemaking.” 

Jeff Wilson, Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies, Renison University College, and writer of Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture: “Thich Nhat Hanh was the most influential Buddhist teacher of the past fifty years. In addition to promoting mindfulness, his ability to present Buddhist insights and practices in clear, accessible, and heartfelt language greatly increased the number of people exposed to Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh’s legacy will continue to shape Buddhism’s present and future.” 

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Academy Award-winning director: “Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings and practices reworked my life. Millions of folks have been touched by his knowledge. Mindfulness is extra highly effective than nuclear vitality.

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