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Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh

Thuy and Tea [no mud no lotus]

Thuy and Tea [no mud, no lotus] by Shaun.

Thich Nhat Hahn passed on today, January 22, 2022. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m happy for him, although I will also miss him. It is his Parinirvana, his final and perfect liberation. I feel deeply at peace right now. I often imagine the conflicts and hurt feelings I have with many people. But since Thich passed, I feel that the best way to free myself from that unnecessary pain is to completely release those painful internal images. Because it’s not ‘them’ anyway—it’s me. So I’m releasing my own inner pain.

I have been inspired by Thuy’s example of engaged Buddhism for many years, decades before I became a Buddhist. Since Thuy passed, I am more committed to peace than ever.

When the engaged Mahayana transcends the world, she/he/they take the whole world with them.

I can feel his spirit filling the entire world. 

2 comments on “Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh

  1. Dear Shaun,

    Thank you for your succinct tribute to one of the enlightened human beings by quoting from the master, whose name I shall also present here more properly than that which is often seen as “Thich Nhat Hanh”:

    If mindfulness touches something beautiful, it reveals its beauty. If it touches something painful, it transforms it and heals it.

    – Thích Nhất Hạnh

    Quoting Elizabeth Thornton as follows:

    Mindfulness is a way of being present: paying attention to and accepting what is happening in our lives. It helps us to be aware of and step away from our automatic and habitual reactions to our everyday experiences.

    Being present in the moment with awareness and (engaged) mindfulness is a topic that I have quite a lot to convey in a highly engaging and expansive post entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters 🔖🏆” published at

    http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/

    The said post opens with this paragraph:

    A spiritual outlook with a minimalist perspective on life that is conducive to happiness is often predicated on living in the present moment through mindful awareness emancipated from the vagaries of the subconscious and the itinerants of the mind.

    Needless to say, we shall continue to remember and learn from the enormous contributions and miss the presence of a truly great human being such as Thích Nhất Hạnh, the master who has recently departed.

    Wishing you a mindful and suitably productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most, both intellectually and spiritually!

    Yours sincerely,
    SoundEagle

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I do Tai Chi with Paul Read, the Teapot Monk, @ 21st Century Tai Chi Academy https://www.21stcenturytaichi.com/academy/89szm

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