HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A funeral was held Saturday for the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, every week after the renowned Zen master died on the age of 95 in Hue in central Vietnam.
Thousands of monks and disciples trailed a procession of pallbearers carrying Nhat Hanh’s coffin from Tu Hieu Pagoda, the place he spent his final days, to the cremation web site. Others kneeled and clasped their fingers in prayer on the roadside and bowed to the bottom because the casket went previous.
Nhat Hanh was globally acknowledged for serving to unfold the observe of mindfulness in the West and socially engaged Buddhism in the East.
Born Nguyen Dinh Lang in 1926 in Hue and ordained on the age of 16, Nhat Hanh distilled Buddhist teachings on compassion and struggling into simply grasped steering over a lifetime devoted to working for peace.
He based the Plum Village Tradition, a observe of the artwork of aware dwelling, and gained a big variety of followers worldwide.
During the seven-day wake, Nhat Hanh was laid in state in Tu Hieu Pagoda’s full moon reception corridor, the place his disciples got here to pay respect in silence and observe meditation as a tribute to his teachings.
“I am happy and feel at peace that I could come to Hue to say farewell and meditate with ‘Su Ong’ for the last time,” stated Do Minh Hieu, a follower of Nhat Hanh’s who traveled from Ho Chi Minh City along with his household for the funeral. “Su Ong” is an affectionate Vietnamese time period which means “Grandpa Monk.”
According to his needs, Nhat Hanh will probably be cremated and his ashes will probably be scattered at Plum Village facilities and monasteries world wide.