A new statement from the Monks and Nuns of Plum Village, the community of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (who has been recovering from a recent stroke), brings good news in the form of a health update. The statement:
We are happy to report that Thay’s health has continued to improve at the specialist stroke rehabilitation clinic in Bordeaux, where he has been steadily recovering his strength.
In the warm spring weather in the last few weeks, Thay has been able to enjoy going outside, sitting under a tree and listening to birdsong, drinking a cup of tea and enjoying the sound of the bell.
This week the medical team have given their approval for Thay to leave the rehabilitation clinic and return to his Hermitage at Plum Village. We are deeply grateful to the entire medical team at the University Hospital in Bordeaux for their professionalism and wholehearted care to support Thay’s healing over the past four and half months.
Thay expressed his clear wish to return home, and arrived this morning, in time to enjoy the beautiful magnolia blossoms, as well as the first Spring leaves as they unfurl. We are all very glad that Thay can come back to his spiritual home, where his devoted team of monastic attendants are continuing to support him and care for him 24 hours a day, under the guidance of visiting doctors and nurses. We hope that in the nourishing and peaceful environment of Plum Village, and with the support of on-site physical therapy and speech therapy, Thay will have favourable conditions to treat his hemiparesis and make progress in swallowing and recovering his speech.
We would like to thank our global spiritual family for your loving energy and support. Thay’s journey of recovery will be long, and we thank you for continuing to send him your prayers and energy of compassion and healing.
It has been a pleasure to welcome so many of you at our monastic practice centers in America, Europe andAsia in the past few months as we walk, hand in hand, the beautiful path of awakening that Thay has opened up for us all.
With love and trust,
The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village