Help Bat Nha Monastery

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Thich Nhat Hanh’s Vietnam-based Bat Nha monastery is under severe economic, violent, and governmental pressure to abandon its premises by September 2. The cause: A statement supporting the Dalai Lama, and a letter of ten suggestions Thich Nhat Hanh provided to Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet, which included a call for religious freedom.

For that, their safety is threatened. They have had their electricity and water cut off for more than two months, their property vandalized, and have suffered innumerable verbal abuses and other forms of harassment. Since Thich Nhat Hanh’s return trip to Vietnam after nearly 40 years in exile in 2005, these 400 monks and nuns have been allowed to practice at Bat Nha.

The monastery serves as a training and practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s home monastery, Plum Village in France. Unfortunately, the government has withdrawn its permission for them to continue practicing for varying reasons. The monks and nuns just want a safe place to practice.

Here’s how you can make a difference…

1) Write your Senators, and ask them to take action now on behalf of the young monks and nuns of Bat Nha.
2) If you have a blog, please write about Bat Nha Monastery.
3) Share Thich Nhat Hanh’s Facebook fan page, and write on the wall about Bat Nha Monastery, asking people to write their Senators.
4) Tweet, ‘Please stop the violence against Thich Nhat Hanh’s Bat Nha monastery in Vietnam.” #batnha

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For Warmth

This poem has made an incredible impression on me. I have made it part of my daily practice, and I wanted to share it with you….

For Warmth
by Thich Nhat Hanh

I hold my face between my hands
no I am not crying
I hold my face between my hands
to keep my loneliness warm
two hands protecting
two hands nourishing
two hands to prevent
my soul from leaving me
in anger.

From: Call Me By My True Names- a collection of poems by Thich Nhat Hanh, 1999, Parallax Press.