As I look at the tag cloud at the side of the blog front page, I am amazed to see that the largest tag is Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s been 20 years since I studied with him, both in the US and at his retreat center Plum Village in France, yet I still remember so much of what I learned from him.
He was the first person I knew who emphasized the importance of gratitude. He used to say, “when you have a toothache, you say ‘I would be so grateful if my tooth didn’t ache.’ But when it is gone, will you remember to say ‘I am so grateful for my non-toothache’?”
Today I am grateful for my non-toothache, and so much more, including all the teachings I received from Thay (his nickname, meaning teacher). He is in rehab in San Francisco after suffering a stroke last year. Please hold him in your hearts.
(PS Thay returned to Plum Village on January 8, 2016.)
Photos: taken on “dental row” in Kathmandu, Nepal