By Sister Chan Khong On September 2, 1998, Vietnam Independence Day, the authorities released 5,219 prisoners, including the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, the poet monk Thich Tue Sy, and the scholar monk Thich Tri Sieu. Many Mindfulness Bell readers and other friends of Thich Nhat Hanh have written more than once to the Vietnamese Government requesting their release. These three friends send deep thanks to you all-especially Stephen Denney and Therese Fitzgerald of the Community of Mindful Living, who ceaselessly worked for their release since 1984.
They would be moved to receive a postcard or letter from you with a few encouraging words such as: "Knowing that our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh appreciates you and being encouraged by him, tens of thousands of us wrote letters, faxes, and telegrams requesting your release. We learned that you had a very free mind while you were in jail, but still we are overjoyed to hear that you have been released. We write this letter to see whether it will reach you and if there is true liberty for you."
Send your letters to:
The Most Venerable Thich Quang Do Thanh Minh Thien Vien 105 Tran Huy Lieu Street Phu Nhuan Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Venerable Thich Toe Sy Chua Hai Duc Khu Thuy Zuong Nha Trang City Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
Venerable Thich Tri Sieu Chua Gia Lam 498/11 Le Quang Dinh Street Go Vap, Gia Dinh Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam