Plum Village — October 24, 2006 Dear Friend,
The 11th of October 2006 was the 80th birthday of our teacher Thây Thich Nhat Hanh. Each year around this day we, the monastic sangha of Plum Village, call Vietnam to buy fishes and birds to be liberated on Thây’s behalf and we send money to be given to the poor, transferring the merits to Thây for his longevity. But this year, when we called on October 3, the sisters of Plum Village living in Vietnam reported that they need to bring urgent relief to thousands of victims of the typhoon.
Typhoon Xangsane (“elephant” in Lao) slammed into the coast of Vietnam on October 1, carrying away thousands of houses in Thua Thien (Hué City). In our Tu Hieu Root Monastery a big tree crushed the temple’s toilet block. It is reported that in Quang Nam and Da Nang the damages are even heavier. Even in safe areas where the typhoon did not hit, the water rose and flooded houses. In stormy areas the wind pulled up tens of thousands of house roofs.
If you would like to offer gifts for people without shelter and without food on behalf of yourself and on behalf of Thây Thich Nhat Hanh’s 80th birthday, we will distribute them all.
Sister Chân Không
On December 30, Sister Chân Không sent this update: “After Typhoon Xangsene, there was another one called Durian, stronger and unexpected, that turned around and blew into six provinces along the coast of south Vietnam. Again it damaged thousands of houses, including many in my home province of Ben Tre. Another typhoon threatened on December 8; fortunately it veered out to sea (we prayed a lot!).”
If you would like to take a tax deduction for your gift, please send your donation (check or credit card) to: UBC c/o Sr Thanh Nghiem, GMDC, P.O. Box 182, Hartland Four Corners VT 05049.
So that we can follow the project, please inform Sister Chân Không about your donation by writing to NH-Office@plumvillge.org, attn: Sr Chân Không.
If you live outside the U.S.A. or do not need a tax deduction, you can send your donation directly to: Beneficiary: Miss NGUYEN Thi Minh Huong (Sister Thich Nhu Minh Huyen) Bank name: Via Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, Hué Branch Bank Swift Code: BFTVVNVX016 Account number: SoTai Khoan -016-1-370195918 Postal address of the bank: 46 Hung Vuong road, Hué City, Vietnam E-mail of the bank: firstname.lastname@example.org and of the Sister: email@example.com Mention: FOR TYPHOON VICTIMS in Thua Thien Quang Tri, Quang Nam and DaNang
In Europe please send money to: FR76 1330 6003 4242 9011 9901 196 AGRIFRPP833 Banque Crédit Agricole, 304 Bd President Wilson, 33076 Bordeaux, France, earmarked for typhoon victims