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Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:24:18 am »
Thénac, France -- Plum Village, the retreat centre founded by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hahn has announced that the Zen Master has passed into coma due to "severe brain hemorrhage".



The statement states however, that Thay (as he is affectionately called) "is still very responsive and shows every indication of being aware of the presence of those around him. He is able to move his feet, hands and eyes. There are signs that a full recovery may be possible."

Here is the full statement:

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Plum Village, November 12, 2014

To all Plum Village Practice Centers,
To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide,
To our Dear Beloved Friends,

With a deep mindful breath we announce to the world the news that yesterday, the 11th of November 2014 Thay, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage. Thay is receiving 24 hour intensive care from specialist doctors, nurses and from his monastic disciples.

At present, Thay is still very responsive and shows every indication of being aware of the presence of those around him. He is able to move his feet, hands and eyes. There are signs that a full recovery may be possible.

For the last two months, Thay’s health had already been fragile due to his advance age. He was hospitalized in Bordeaux on the 1st of November. He was gaining strength day by day until this sudden and unexpected change in his condition.

All the monasteries in the tradition of Plum Village are organizing practice sessions to generate the energy of mindfulness and to send Thay this healing and loving energy. We would like to ask the whole worldwide community of meditation practitioners to participate and support us in this critical moment. We know and trust that Thay will receive all your energy and that this will be a big support in his healing and recovery.

Our practice of stability and peace in this very moment is the best support we can offer to Thay. Let us all around the world take refuge in our practice, going together as a river to offer Thay our powerful collective energy. We are all cells of the great Sangha Body that Thay has manifested in his lifetime.

For future reports on Thay health and recovery, we will post them officially at www.plumvillage.org, langmai.org, villagedespruniers.org, and www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh.

On behalf of the Monastic Dharma Teacher Council of Plum Village,

Bhikkhu Thich Chan Phap Dang
Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong Nghiem


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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 08:51:50 am »
Thich Nhat Hanh is Dying, But He Will Never Leave Us
by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. 

Today I received a message that one of the greatest mindfulness and compassion teachers to grace this planet is passing away. It may very well be that Thich Nhat Hanh has already passed as you read this. If you’ve been a reader of this blog or any of my work you may know how much he has influenced my work and my life. Thich Nhat Hanh or Thay as his followers call him is/was a sort of prophet of awakening and hope.

He said, “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

He reminded us of the sacred ground we live on and how to walk on it:

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

He lived with wisdom and compassion and shared with us how we can oo, even with the difficult people in our lives:

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”

He revealed to us the simple yet powerful ways to ignite the joy that’s within each of us:

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

He conveyed to reality of our authentic beauty and of radical self-acceptance:

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

And the miracle of being alive…

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

And he gives us the simple wisdom to go forward:

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.”

As Thay leaves us in this physical form, the reality is he can never leave us. I know for me, he lives deeply in my heart and mind. He is transmitted through my writings and teachings and in this way he transcends time and death.

In his own words, here is why even as his heart stops beating, why he will never die:



Take a moment to pause and if you’ve been touched by him, express your love and gratitude. If you feel so moved please express it in the comments below.

With a deep heart (and a smile for Thay),

Elisha Goldstein, PhD


Source:  Psych Central
http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2014/11/thich-nhat-hanh-is-dying-but-he-will-never-leave-us/


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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2014, 10:42:20 am »
SO sad...
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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 12:15:34 pm »
His book, The Sun My Heart, touched me deeply when I read it decades ago.

I do hope he recovers.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2014, 05:05:28 am »
Well, I've been checking the updated news feeds for the past 24 hours, so hopefully no news is good news.

There's clearly a bit of confusion when it comes to what's actually happening, so I'm relying on the time-line provided on Justin Whitaker's blog since he seems to be the only one keeping track of the various updates that have occured ---

“Chan Indonesia: Kami sudah konfirmasi berita ini langsung dari salah satu monastik Plum Village, “is passing away”. Ty” — That translates, roughly as “We confirmed this news directly from one of the monastics at Plum Village, “is passing away”. Ty”   Perhaps something was lost in translation, or  someone was overreacting. For now though, “OK” comes as good news and we can only hope that Thay’s condition improves and clearer details emerge in the days to come. * ~


* 10:45 am EST: This from Shambhala Sun: “We just directly heard from Sister Chan Khong: She says Thich Nhat Hanh is in the hospital but OK. She asks us to send him healing energy. Sister Chan Khong says rumors are ‘wrong information.’ Thay is OK ‘thanks to the patriarchs.’”

* Noon EST: Lion’s Roar has been in direct touch with Sister Chan Khong at Plum Village who says that Thay is “still in the hospital” but “OK”.

8 pm EST: Plum Village posts first official update on his health, saying that despite a severe brain hemorrhage, he shows signs of awareness of those around him and can move and may recover in full.

read more >>> http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2014/11/the-passing-of-thich-nhat-hanh.html

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn in intensive care
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2014, 01:46:10 pm »
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Official Announcement


Re: Thay’s health situation

Plum Village, 15 November, 2014

To all Plum Village Practice Centers,
To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide,
To our Dear Beloved Friends,

Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care and attention. New tests have been done. Doctors report that Thầy is showing good progress in terms of remaining stable and not having major changes in his condition during this critical part of his recovery. The area of hemorrhage has not grown and his vital signs are normal.

In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gestures of communication are clearer, nodding or shaking his head to respond. Thầy has been able to rest and sleep peacefully for several hours each day. The doctors are cautiously optimistic and remind us that Thầy’s condition is still in a critical stage and conditions can change at any moment.


Winter Retreat Opens

The Fourfold Sangha of Plum Village gathered this morning in the Still Water Meditation Hall of the Upper Hamlet to formally open the Winter Retreat and to participate in the “Face To Face and Request for Refuge Ceremony”. We know that it has always nourished our Teacher to see all his students, lay and monastic, gather to practice and take refuge in each other for 90 days. At least in Upper Hamlet this year, we have broken a record high with 60 lay friends taking refuge, 52 Bhikkhus and 18 Novices. We will share this wonderful news and spiritual food to nourish Thầy. All our monasteries around the globe will also host the three month retreat as usual, to deepen our practice and nourish our community and our brotherhood and sisterhood.


Collective Support

We are aware and grateful for the love and practice that people are offering from all around the world to support Thầy’s recovery. Sanghas and groups of practitioners are gathering to send their peaceful energy to our Teacher. He is clearly receiving this energy. Each of our mindful breaths and mindful steps is nourishing Thầy. Please continue to enjoy the blue sky for Thầy, the fresh morning air and the small pathways in nature for Thầy. Especially, please enjoy each other, your loved ones, and our togetherness for Thầy.

If possible, you can dedicate a day to eat vegetarian as a way to generate compassion to send to Thầy. You can reconcile with your loved ones, or to let go of your resentment of someone and write them a love letter. And in the same Winter Retreat spirit being practiced at our monasteries, you can participate in your local Sangha more, support the collective energy of mindfulness, consume less and reduce your time online.

With trust and love,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village


Future reports on Thay health and recovery will be posted officially at plumvillage.org, langmai.org, villagedespruniers.org, and www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh.

 


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