Updates: Sing along with this Prayer for Thich Nhat Hanh’s Health.

Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates that "Nothing is born, and nothing dies."

Thich Nhat Hanh demonstrates that “Nothing is born, and nothing dies.”

Update: as of November 15, according to the National Catholic Reporter, “signs of a full recovery are possible.”


Sing along with this Prayer for Thich Nhat Hanh’s Health.

Constant Updates: A Message from Plum Valley regarding Thich Nhat Hanh.

“‘I have arrived, I am home,’ is the shortest Dharma Talk I have ever given.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“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.”


Green field with Thich Nhat Hanh quote

Thich Nhat Hanh, great Buddhist teacher and activist, is 88 years old. He has been ill for months, and recently underwent a serious brain hemorrhage.

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Full recovery may be possible. Update:

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.


Dear Sangha Friends,

We get a sad news, it says that one of our great master, Thich Nhat Hanh, is passing away in Plum Village, with his disciples around him. They are calm and focused, and so should we be. His continuation is already here in his senior students, and we also are part of that continuation.

There will of course be official announcements as things unfold, and they will be passed on to you. But his passing out of this material manifestation is imminent. The Sisters ask that you sit, peacefully for Thay, as they are doing, and send him your love. Also, that you might like to chant for him (you could do it along with the monks and nuns) this Avalokiteshvara Chant: The clip is 3 minutes long.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Namo Valokitesvaraya:

(it can be searched on Youtube this way also: Avalokiteshvara chant with plum village monastics.) But to us, this day itself should be a very very mindful day in his honour, and because we know that is what would please him more than anything else.

Deep bow, Plum Village.

death buddhism


“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, on Fear of Death:



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Steps for Internal Communication from Thich Nhat Hanh

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Marghanita Hughes Nov 13, 2014 11:00am

How incredibly sad to hear Thich Nhat Hanh has taken ill and is in hospital. An amazing teacher, this beautiful soul has had an incredible impact on my own personal journey and my work with children over the last few years. Although the bitter Autumnal wind this morning brought tears to my eyes, Gods love warmed my sad heart and I took hold of Thich's hand and we walked gently on the crisp earth and with each step we walked in peace. Love and peace Marghanita x

Carmen Nov 12, 2014 10:31pm

I am so deeply sadden by this news as he is such an amazing soul, I've been looking forward to join part of the winter retreat to be with him. Praying for him to regain his health.

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