Thich Nhat Hanh will spend the of his life in Vietnam

Celebrated monk Thich Nhat Hanh is committed to staying in Vietnam as the inevitable conclusion of his life approaches . Instead of traveling far away to seek different medical treatments, the monk as opted to stay at the Tu Hieu Pagoda where he trained as a young man.

Thich Nhat Hanh traveled back to Vietnam in October 2018 after spending time in Thailand to heal from a major brain hemorrhage that he suffered in 2014. Now that he has decided to stay in Vietnam, many have questioned his wellness. Some publications have insisted the monk has avoided taking any new medication, while those close to him insist he is being treated with acupuncture and Eastern treatments.

While nobody expects Thich Nhat Hanh to recover as quickly or entirely as a younger man might, those closest to him have been repeatedly interviewed and stated his health is nothing short of “remarkably stable.” A report from Time had many concerned and it seemed as though the monk was going to transition from this life to the next in a much shorter time period than anticipated.

The anti-war activist who garnered a large amount of attention during the Vietnam War appears to be just as stable as those attending him have claimed. He has been spotted on the grounds of the pagoda where he spends time in his wheelchair. Thay, as he is affectionately known, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. In recent times, he has met with diplomats, a meeting which was the source for the Time report on his supposedly failing health.

The health of Thich Nhat Hanh aside, he is aware of his mortality, and as a Buddhist, he is not afraid of the end. Above his bed is a message he painted that says Tro Ve or “Returning.” After all, to him and many of the others who have absorbed his message in their time, the end of a person’s life is something to be celebrated rather than feared.

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