Letter from Thay
A UK Community of Interbeing Centre in 2007/8, message of support from Thich Nhat Hanh.
(In this letter Thich Nhat Hanh refers to himself in the third person as ‘Thay’ meaning teacher)
Plum Village Practice Centre
9 Jan. 2007
Thây is very happy to know that the UK Community is finding a place to make a spiritual home.
To have a residential community is one of basic aspects of helping Buddhism flourish here in the West. To create an environment where the wholesome qualities in each of us can be nourished is one of the most important things we need to offer to the world today. To have a regular practice schedule, sangha members meeting each other in an atmosphere of harmony, to have brothers and sisters, couples, families, children, practicing together brings us deep happiness and joy an the realization of how important it is in the world to have places where people can find refuge; where the sangha, through the practice of mindfulness, can generate love and compassion; where young people can find and learn the values of living in mindfulness.
We can all participate in the creation of a Pure Land, our contribution can be large or small, but this contribution can generate a wonderful energy of transformation that can heal countless people that can bring to our Nation and the world much healing and create the basis for a better future.
Please bring your love and support to this project, not just for yourself but for the countless generations that will come after us.
We hope this centre can become a beautiful example for many other sangha’s in many countries to follow.
Thây hopes everybody will give a hand to make this centre a reality.
Love and trust
Thich Nhat Hanh