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kris

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It is sad to hear this news and let's send our prayer to this great master who tirelessly spread Buddha's teachings. May he continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

http://plumvillage.org/news/our-beloved-teacher-in-hospital/

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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 advanced 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.

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



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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 11:26:51 AM »

I am deeply saddened by this news. Thich Nhat Hanh is an amazing Buddhist monk,teacher,author,poet and peace activist. Sending my prayers and may he swiftly regain his health and continue to spread Buddha's teachings.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 12:53:29 PM »
I send my prayers to Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. May he recover fully and continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 03:36:18 PM »
Wishing the great master speedy recovery and continue to turn the dharma wheel.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2014, 01:51:12 AM »
Even the greatest among the masters are not exempted from old age and death. Such is the nature of this world aka samsara. Even enlightened beings who incarnate into this human realm will eventually experience old age and death of the body even if the mind is liberated. No matter how much we treasure this body, the amount of time, energy and money we spent on it, it will ultimately betray us. The reality of death should have taught us to invest more on our mind and not the body but.....

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2014, 01:26:20 PM »
“When asked on why Maudgaly?yana had not protected himself, and why a great arhat would suffer such a death, the Buddha said that because Maudgaly?yana had contracted such karma in a previous life (he had murdered his parents in a previous life—one of the five heinous acts taught in Buddhism that reaps the worst karma), so he had no escape from reaping the consequences and had accepted the results. Further, the Buddha stated that even supernormal powers will be of little or no use to oneself in avoiding their karma, especially when it is so heavy.”
Even great master such as Thich Nhat Hanh also manifested bodily ailments while in samsaric form. IMHO. It teaches that What goes around comes around !  What’s  more for us the unattained , when we experience a downfall in life, we should gladly accept it as it was our own karma that has ripen on us !

May the great master have a swift recovery and live long to turn the wheel of dharma!

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2014, 12:31:18 PM »
Even great masters will succumb to ageing and illness because their body existed with all the 5 aggregates of samsara and a continuum mind. It may be a sad thing but great minds like them will likely reincarnate in future to continue their work. May be be well soon and sending my good wishes here.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2014, 09:36:25 AM »
An article dated 22 November 2014 from plum village that the great master surprised his medical doctor by showing sign of resilience and stability over the week but still under intensive care.

http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-22nd-november

May we focused hard on our Dharma activities and dedicate our virtue for Thay to continue his bodily form in this world to benefit and ripen more people into the path._/\_

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2014, 02:08:44 PM »
Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. Even such a great Master still have to experience old age and sickness showing us that everything in samsara is impermanent.

I send my good wishes and prayers to this great Master for his speedy recovery and that he may regain back his health.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2014, 01:57:02 PM »
It has been 6 days since Plum Village posted any official status of Thich Nhat Hanh's health. I have been checking the updated news feeds everyday. I await in much anxiety and I fear that no news is bad news....

Every day that this great master lies in coma, is another day of loss and darkness for sentient beings. He is one of the greatest mindfulness and compassion teachers to grace this planet. May his students have the merits that he recovers in full.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2014, 06:42:07 PM »
It is discomforting to hear such news especially of a Buddhist master although we are well aware that no one lives forever. Master Thich Nhat Hanh has exhibit sign of sickness from old age. It reminds everyone that no matter who you are there will be a day when we be no longer here and only the story of our past. If our lives have been spent living for this life then it is very mundane just like everyone else. If our lives have been spent contributing to society then the deeds will leave on inspiring future generations.

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2014, 01:15:41 AM »
http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-30th-november/


Official Announcement

Plum Village
November 30, 2014

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

As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable.

Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store Consciousness, to guide his healing process. Even the doctors have been surprised at the consistent level of oxygen in his blood. Thay is truly is the best breather in the world, inspiring us to deepen our full awareness of the breath. Thay continues to remind us that each day we are alive is a miracle, and that simply to breathe is a gift.

The latest scan shows that Thay’s hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size. The edema is still present, but has not worsened. The doctors have met to re-evaluate their approach and review how to nourish Thay’s body more as we enter medium-term treatment. Thay continues to receive 24-hour care from his monastic attendants as well as hospital nurses. We are very grateful for the commitment of the hospital neurologists who are maintaining Thay’s healing process will open hearts and minds.

Earlier this year, Thay accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to go to the Vatican on December 1 & 2 to support a global initiative to end modern slavery. A delegation of 22 monks and nuns, including Sister Chan Khong and Thay Phap An (Director of our European Insitute of Applied Buddhism in Germany) are now in Rome to realise Thay’s wish.

We continue to be grateful for your messages of support and the energy of mindfulness and compassion being generated for Thay. Wherever we are, we know that our practice of nourishing and healing ourselves is the best way we can all take care of Thay, and take care of the present moment.

Because suffering is impermanent, that is why we can transform it.
Because happiness is impermanent, that is why we have to nourish it.

-TNH, 10th June 2014

With trust and love,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village

 

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2014, 01:07:18 AM »
It is definitely without doubt that Master Thich Nhat Hanh is an exceptional Buddhist practitioner. As the doctors and medical specialists observed that he can even manifest unusually positive conditions in a sickness as severe as brain haemorrhage, when they noted that his oxygen levels were always consistent. Many high masters of Buddhism have manifested different miracles during their sickness and passing away as a teaching to their students.
Thank you Master Thich Nhan Hanh. May you have a swift and complete recovery to continue to benefit many !

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2014, 06:28:13 PM »
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As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable.

Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store Consciousness, to guide his healing process. Even the doctors have been surprised at the consistent level of oxygen in his blood. Thay is truly the best breather in the world, inspiring us to deepen our full awareness of the breath. Thay continues to remind us that each day we are alive is a miracle, and that simply to breathe is a gift.

The latest scan shows that Thay’s hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size. The edema is still present, but has not worsened. The doctors have met to re-evaluate their approach and review how to nourish Thay’s body more as we enter medium-term treatment. Thay continues to receive 24-hour care from his monastic attendants as well as hospital nurses. We are very grateful for the commitment of the hospital neurologists who are maintaining Thay’s healing process with open hearts and minds.

Earlier this year, Thay accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to go to the Vatican on December 1 & 2 to support a global initiative to end modern slavery. A delegation of 22 monks and nuns, including Sister Chan Khong and Thay Phap An (Director of our European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany) are now in Rome to realise Thay’s wish.

We continue to be grateful for your messages of support and the energy of mindfulness and compassion being generated for Thay. Wherever we are, we know that our practice of nourishing and healing ourselves is the best way we can all take care of Thay, and take care of the present moment.

Because suffering is impermanent, that is why we can transform it.
Because happiness is impermanent, that is why we have to nourish it.

-TNH, 10th June 2014

With trust and love,

The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village


http://plumvillage.org/news/an-update-on-thays-health-30th-november/

It is good to read that Master Thich Nhat Hanh is stable and improving. We need to continue to send our prayers, not so much for Him, but to pray that Master Thich will continue to turn the Dharma wheel and benefit many..

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Re: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, experienced a severe brain hemorrhage
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2014, 02:56:40 PM »
Sending my prayers to Master Thich Nhat Hanh for swift recovery and hope he is able to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma for a long time to come.