Thich Nhat Hanh Shows Improvement But is Still in Coma


Thich Nhat Hanh’s condition improves, but the world famous monk remains in a coma.

As humans, we all enjoy love and happiness. It is part of the human experience. We all also get sick, age, and suffer. Then eventually, the bell tolls and we die. No person ever, no matter how great, has been immune. In order to live, we must understand that to some extent, however some of us understand it more deeply than others. In order to achieve deep inner peace, you must understand. Some of us, like Thich Nhat Hanh, have devoted themselves to inner peace and understanding. Unfortunately, on November 11, 2014, the Buddhist monk experienced a severe brain hemorrhage and remains in a coma.


Although he remains in a coma, Thich Nhat Hanh has recently shown signs of recovery. There have been times when he had his eyes open for two hours and showed some responsiveness, but no communication. Some hold on to hope for a full recovery. The whole incident has made people aware of how short his time left with us may be. At 88-years-old, he cannot be expected to live much longer. Thich Nhat Hanh and those around him are aware that his time is limited. It has forced us to imagine a world without this great man. When he is gone, the world will surely be less. We can only to accept that he will be gone soon and try to appreciate him while we can.

In these hard days, we can only support him and hope. Even though hopes are high, it is impossible to be sure at this point. Even if he were damaged beyond repair, he is still a great man who has done much for the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh has accomplished much throughout his long life and has been recognized extensively for it. He is a scholar, teacher, activist, artist, and author. Thich Nhat Hanh is the writer of over 100 different books that are loved by many. His most recent, Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise, is soon to be released. An excerpt has already been given some positive reviews. It is about how, in today’s world, we are afraid of silence and how it is necessary to have a clear mind. In 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. The world has recognized him for his role in spreading Buddhism to the west.


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  • Michael D. Fratkin,MD">Alison Lesley
    1:32 pm

    As a Palliative Medicine physician and a student of this amazing teacher, I am troubled by my conclusion that Thay must be getting artificial feeding to sustain him in this way unnatural way. To what end? To serve who and why? At six weeks from his event, the chances for him to recover to anything approaching his prior state are minuscule. Though I suspect that his capacity to navigate the suffering and difficulty of his current state is far greater than most of us, I am bereft that we cling to him and inflict this unnatural state on him. Can we not release him?

    Michael D. Fratkin,MD

  • Mish Q">Alison Lesley
    1:32 pm

    I simply adore and honor this man.

  • Alison Lesley
    1:32 pm

    Studying Thich Naht Hanh’s teachings have had a profound impact in my life. I still hope I’m able to meet him and thank him for what he has done for me and those around me, but such is the nature of impermanence.
    I send along my hopes for his full recovery to someone who never ceases to inspire, encourage, soothe and heal those around him.

  • Alison Lesley
    1:32 pm

    My prayers are with you.

  • Alison Lesley
    1:32 pm

    My dear Thay, oh, how you’ve changed my life. You, and you alone have cracked open my hard, dark heart. I breathe with you at this time and long for the day I can sit and listen to you in person. Breath well…..oui! oui! Merci….merci!

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