It appears that internationally renowned Zen teacher and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, is in the process of passing away. As with all such things swirling around the internet, take these unofficial announcements as you see fit – wait for official word if you wish, or take this as an opportunity to join those who are holding him in their hearts and minds now. The 88 year-old Buddhist leader has been ill for several months and today the following was posted to the facebook page of Chan Indonesia, where it is said that they have confirmed the news directly with a monastic at Plum Village.
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 (Thich Nhat Hanh), 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.
But to us, this day itself should be a very very mindful day in his honor, and because we know that is what would please him more than anything else.
Thiền sư Nhất Hạnh viên tịch
Bản tin ZenFlash:
Thiền sư Thích Nhất Hạnh đã viên tịch vào sáng 13/11 ở tuổi 88. (http://vietnamnet.vn/vn/chinh-tri/206983/thien-su-thich-nhat-hanh-vien-tich-o-tuoi-88.html)
Rất nhiều trang web khác lúng túng đưa tin sai sự thật.
Tiểu sử của Thiền sư Nhất Hạnh, bản Việt ngữ, ơ đây:
Tiểu sử bản Anh ngữ, có một số khác biệt, ở đây: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nh%E1%BA%A5t_H%E1%BA%A1nh