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Coming & Going in Freedom: Casting Thich Nhat Hanh’s Ashes

Thay’s ashes arrive at Plum Village Monastery in France. From plum

The community of Plum Village in southwestern France has shared a collection of intimate photographs from the weekend, when the sangha held a short ceremony to mark 49 days since the passing of Thich Nhat Hanh (know affectionately as Thay). The ceremony was held ahead of the casting of Thay’s ashes on Upper Hamlet Buddha Hill by members of the community.

“On 13 March 2022, the Sangha offered its collective energy of peace and compassion at the Ceremony for the Scattering of Thay’s Ashes.” he monks and nuns of Plum Village shared. “For three full days we practiced sitting meditation, walking meditation, deep relaxation, mindful meals, dharma sharing, and listened wonderfully insightful teachings from our Senior Dharma Teachers.” (Plum Village)

The ceremony and casting of the ashes in southwestern France was echoed at Thich Nhat Hanh’s monasteries, communities, and centers around the world, many of which were live-streamed.

Click here to view the full collection of images from Plum Village

Born in 1926 in Hue, central Vietnam, and ordained as a monk at the age of 16, Thich Nhat Hanh achieved global recognition for teaching the practice of mindfulness in the West and for propagating the philosophy and practice of engaged Buddhism, founded on the concept of interbeing. Over a lifetime dedicated to working for peace, the revered master succeeded in distilling the Buddhist teachings on compassion and the cessation of suffering for new generations of Buddhist practitioners. After suffering a severe stroke in 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam in 2018 to live out his final days at his root temple, of which he remained the abbot. He died on 22 January at the age of 95.

This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries.I have never been born, and I have never died.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

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Plum Village
Photos / Coming & Going in Freedom (Plum Village)
Ceremonies to Spread Thay’s Ashes (Plum Village)
Thich Nhat Hanh: live blog (Plum Village)
Thich Nhat Hanh memorial practice resources (Plum Village)
Thich Nhat Hanh’s full biography (Plum Village)
The essential teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village)
Free mindfulness app with guided meditations by Thich Nhat Hanh (Plum Village)
The Way Out is In official Plum Village podcast (Plum Village)

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