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Monks, disciples lay Thich Nhat Hanh in his casket

By Vo Thanh   January 22, 2022 | 06:41 pm PT
Monks, disciples lay Thich Nhat Hanh in his casket
Monks, disciples look at late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh one last time before his body is placed in the casket, January 23, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh
The shrouding ceremony for late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh began Sunday as part of a seven-day funeral that will be a silent meditation course.

The shrouding ceremony lasted around 30 minutes Sunday morning. After the ceremony ended, monks and disciples paid their respect to the Master at the Full Moon Meditation Hall of Tu Hieu Pagoda in Hue.

All participants wore masks as a Covid-19 precaution.

Before his passing, the Master had told his disciples not to build monuments for him after his death.

Monks and disciples gather at the Full Moon Meditation Hall of Tu Hieu Pagoda, January 23, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

Monks and disciples gather at the Full Moon Meditation Hall of Tu Hieu Pagoda to pay respect for late Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, January 23, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

"If one day I die, don't build me any tomb or tower. It'll cost money, it'll cost people's land, and our people are still very poor. Cremate me. Bring my ashes to Plum Village monasteries around the world and scatter them on the roads of your walking meditation. So that every day I am still with you on our walking meditation," he said.

Abiding by his will, Tu Hieu Pagoda monks said Thich Nhat Hanh's funeral would last seven days as a silent meditation course. During this time, the pagoda asks that visitors who wish to pay respects do so in mindful silence.

After his cremation, expected to take place on January 29, his remains would rest at the Tu Hieu Pagoda and other Plum Villages of the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's most influential Buddhist figures, passed away at the Tu Hieu Temple in his birthplace of Hue on Saturday, aged 95.

Monks and disciples carry Thich Nhat Hanh's body to the Full Moon Meditation Hall of Tu Hieu Pagoda, Hue, January 23, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

 
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