Geoff Livingston is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Geoff Livingston is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Plum Village issued an update on the Thich Nhat Hanh’s determination and improvement.

The Plum Village community has issued a statement about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh‘s ongoing rehabilitation after his stroke last November. The September 9 update from Thay’s monks and nuns discusses all his ongoing therapies, his determination and his improving health.

Thay has spoken his first words in 10 months.

Excerpts from the letter:

“We are happy to be able to share that Thay is benefitting from the best of Western, Eastern, conventional, and alternative medical approaches.”

“Preparing for Thay’s sessions of physical therapy, we could all feel the joyful determination in his body language. We would tell him, ‘Thay, let’s get ready for physical therapy’ and Thay would raise his fist in the air and smile, as if to say ‘Let’s go!’ “

“A recent breakthrough has been that whilst using a partial weight support walking frame, Thay’s right leg has started to make small movements, initiating the stepping motion.”

“It was a legendary day. We are happy to be able to share his very first words:
In, out (several times)
Happy (several times)
Thank you (several times)
and “Vui quá” (meaning, “So happy,” in Vietnamese)

The letter ends with continuing to carry on his legacy of bringing peace, happiness and healing to the world and the Miracle of Mindfulness Tour happening now.

Read the full letter here.

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