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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thich Nhat Hanh's Visit to Vietnam 2007

This is only the second time that Thay has returned to his native Vietnam. For decades he was unwelcome in his home country by the communist government.

He is currently still there until May 9, 2007. This trip the Zen master is working to heal the wounds of the Vietnam war and to support the fledgling sanghas in this still communist state.

The remaining wounds of the Vietnam War will be work on by organizing three Great Chanting Ceremonies in the three main cities of Vietnam – Saigon, Hue and Hanoi. The ceremonies will be led by many holy High Monks of each region, to pray for the liberation of the many people who tragically died during the war and after the war. There will be a teaching every day during the Ceremony period so that the understanding and the liberation will be realized in the hearts of the relatives of the deceased people.

Thay is also going to lead many retreats for monastics as well as for lay people in Vietnam.
























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13 comments:

trinitystar said...

We really cannot comprehend life in other countries except of course the one we actually live in.
Everywhere needs healing and help.
The individual can help to heal himself and perhaps his reflection will shine a light on others.
I love the colour of the robes they wear. A couple of years I spotted two Monks and our eyes met, I was so transfixed ... that I joined my hands and bowed. In turn they bowed back to me. I felt I was filled with light that day.

CJ said...

At the risk of sounding simple - doesn't he have a nice smile!

CJ

Greenwoman said...

I am deeply happy for him that he's getting to return to his native country...and that he is welcomed.

cj's right. He does have a wonderful smile. What a lovely man he is....He just exudes a sweetness and kindness that's comforting to look at.

I am glad that he is doing these ceremonies....and I too agree with trinitystar...wouldn't it be wonderful to hold such ceremonies all over the world?!

Nice post. *smiles*

"James" said...

Trinity Star:

Yes, I had no idea how many in the rest of the world lived until I went to live in Africa for a couple of years.

CJ:

Simple isn't necessarily bad. I think that is quite a compliment. It means that he is uncomplicated, unburdened and balanced. He has the smile of a child. He is so peaceful and has the innocence of a child.

You can see in his smile that he is comfortable with his surroundings. His soft energy attracts many people to him like a moth to a flame.

"James" said...

Green Woman:

Yes, it is really quite amazing that he was welcomed into his country after so many years. It tells me that hopefully things are slowly changing and softening in Vietnam.

Sweetness and kindness are two great words to describe Thay. Just looking at him makes you relax (at least for me).

That would be wonderful to have those ceremonies all over the world.

Mystic Wing said...

I'm sure you know the book already, but Hanh's "Old Path White Clouds is one of the best chronicles of the Buddha's life and teachings I've ever seen.

I find Thich Nhat Hanh to be a wonderful blend of Zen and Forest buddhism. Quite unique.

"James" said...

Mystic Wing:

Yeah I love that book. They are using it for the up-coming epic movie about the Buddha titled simply, "Buddha."

Thich Nhat Hanh is a beautiful being and his style seems to transcend all sects of Buddhism.

Johnny Newt said...

Roshi Hanh is trully a Bodhisattva of great compasion. We all are blessed by his insight.
thank you for honoring him with this post.
Also James my newest post is for you.
Gassho

"James" said...

Johnny:

He is indeed a Bodhisattva. His eyes and smile show that. I too am honored by his insights and presence in our world.

Blessings to you friend

Marijka said...

I read about his visit on the BBC and I'm intrigued. I'm in Hue at the moment, and trying to find out when he will visit? I'm also trying to get hold of his books, but I think that will have to wait until I am in Europe again, or elsewhere. Would anyone happen to know when he will be in Hue?

And yes, he has a wonderful smile. I agree with people who said it before.

And sorry for barging in on a blog like this. I googled his name and your blog was the first one up, so I thought I might as well give it a shot and ask you.

Chung said...

His full initiary is at:
http://www.plumvillage-vn.org/itinerary/VNTrip2007Itinerary.htm

The portion in Hue:
32
Friday
23/03/2007
Fly to Hue


33
Saturday
24/03/2007
Rest


34
Sunday
25/03/2007
Talk at Tu Hieu Temple


35
Monday
26/03/2007
Ancestral Day


36
Tuesday
27/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


37
Wednesday
28/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


38
Thursday
29/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


39
Friday
30/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


40
Saturday
31/03/2007
Alms Round in Hue


41
Sunday
01/04/2007
Talk at Festival Hue - Segment 2 ENDS


Sunday
01/04/2007
Segment 3 retreatants arrive in Hue

42
Monday
02/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

43
Tuesday
03/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

44
Wednesday
04/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

45
Thursday
05/04/2007
Bus to Da Nang; visit Phap Lam & Quan Am temples

Anonymous said...

His full schedule is at:
http://www.plumvillage-vn.org/itinerary/VNTrip2007Itinerary.htm

The Hue portion:
32
Friday
23/03/2007
Fly to Hue


33
Saturday
24/03/2007
Rest


34
Sunday
25/03/2007
Talk at Tu Hieu Temple


35
Monday
26/03/2007
Ancestral Day


36
Tuesday
27/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


37
Wednesday
28/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


38
Thursday
29/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


39
Friday
30/03/2007
Monastic & Lay Retreats at Tu Hieu


40
Saturday
31/03/2007
Alms Round in Hue


41
Sunday
01/04/2007
Talk at Festival Hue -

Sunday
01/04/2007
Segment 3 retreatants arrive in Hue

42
Monday
02/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

43
Tuesday
03/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

44
Wednesday
04/04/2007
Chanting ceremony for the deceased & talk

45
Thursday
05/04/2007
Bus to Da Nang;

"James" said...

Thank-you Chung and Anon. for the itinerary.

Marijka:

No need to feel that you barged in on the blog. You and all are always welcome here. May you always feel peace here. May you be well.

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