Plum Village announces ceremonies marking two-year anniversary of Thich Nhat Hanh’s death

“On this solemn and joyful occasion,” writes Plum Village, “we would like to invite our sangha friends around the world to gather and practice together.”

Lilly Greenblatt19 January 2024
Thich Nhat Hanh. Photo by Duc.

Beginning January 20, the Plum Village sangha will hold ceremonies and memorial events throughout their community marking the two-year anniversary of Thich Nhat Hanh’s death. The beloved Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, known as Thay by his students, passed away on January 22, 2022 in Hue, Vietnam at the age of 95.

Both online and in-person events are planned around the solar anniversary of Thich Nhat Hanh’s passing on January 22 and the lunar anniversary on January 29. To mark the end of their formal mourning period, the International Plum Village Community will hold a “Ceremony of Transformation to Ancestor” in Vietnam on January 29 to “recognize Thay as the fifth patriarch of his root temple, Từ Hiếu, and founder of the Plum Village sangha.”

“On this solemn and joyful occasion,” writes Plum Village, “we would like to invite our sangha friends around the world to gather and practice together.”

See details for online and in-person events below.

Online Events

Saturday, January 20: Memorial Ceremony at Blue Cliff Monastery, New York | 11:00 a.m. EST

Sunday, January 21: Memorial Ceremony at Plum Village Monastery, France | 3:30 a.m. EST

Sunday, January 28: Memorial Service at Deer Park Monastery, California | 1:30 p.m. EST

Monday, January 29: Ceremony of Transformation to Ancestor, Vietnam (Vietnamese only)

Tuesday, January 30: Ceremony of Transformation to Ancestor, Vietnam (video with English translation) | 12:00 p.m. EST

Link to be announced

In Person Events

Saturday, January 20: Thay’s Memorial Day at Blue Cliff Monastery, New York

Saturday, January 25-28: Retreat in Memory of Thay at EIAB, Germany

Sunday, January 28: 2-Year Memorial Ceremony Honoring Thay at Magnolia Grove Monastery, Mississippi

Sunday, January 28: Memorial Service for Thich Nhat Hanh at Deer Park Monastery, California

Sunday, January 28: Memorial Ceremony at Mountain Spring Monastery, NSW, Austrailia

Sunday, January 28: Ceremony to Honour Our Ancestor Teacher at Stream Entering Monastery, Victoria, Austrailia

Lilly Greenblatt

Lilly Greenblatt

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