Renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, known affectionately as Thay, has been able to communicate more clearly a very strong wish to intensify his recovery program, according to a recent statement from his monastery.
A news update from Plum Village on 14 July reported that Thay is very determined to do everything possible to recover both his physical movement and speech since suffering a stroke in November 2014. After many options were presented to Thay, he made a clear decision to travel to the United States to undertake a more intensive rehabilitation program that could be specifically adapted to his needs.
Thay arrived on the West Coast of the United States in the afternoon of 11 July. To make his flight as safe as possible, Thay was flown in a private jet provided by a friend. He was accompanied by Sister Chan Khong, Thay’s first fully ordained monastic disciple, and a team of attendants, who will provide round-the-clock care during his recovery. Rehabilitation will be guided by a team of neurologists specializing in stroke and cognitive rehabilitation at San Francisco’s UCFS Medical Center.