THICH NHAT HANH, 1926-2022
The Day Shem Began to Walk
— Brother Joseph Kilikevice, OP
The death of Thich Nhat Hanh on January 22, 2022 at age 95, presents Shem Center with an opportunity to honor him as significant to our founding. After the Chicago 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions during which Shem Center was founded, I attended a three day retreat offered by Thay, (- a name expressing affection and respect used by his followers). It took place at nearby Mundelein Catholic Seminary. Thay offered a guided Buddhist walk on the beautiful well kept grounds one afternoon. The blossoming image he uses in his poetry and songs, flowers rising up out of the ground after having been blessed by our footsteps, was included on this walk. A half dozen or so children were at his side holding hands with him as he led us, slowly and silently walking after him.
This lovely memory remains an appropriate image for the blossoming of Shem Center that began at that time and continues to this day.
The text, images, chants and Thay’s words so beautifully preserved by the Plum Village Monastics and friends found on this web site is a way I wish to respectfully help to continue Thay’s legacy among us, blessing the world with loving-kindness and peace.
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Great Compassion Chant – Namo’valokiteshvaraya
In memory of our beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh we are releasing our best recording of the Namo’valokiteshvaraya chant of compassion, recorded in the Still Water Meditation Hall, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, France.
Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
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