US Senators visit Thay in Vietnam

On Friday April 19, Senator Leahy and the US Ambassador led a delegation of 9 senators to visit Hue to pay their respects to Thay, as part of an official visit to Vietnam.

Thay was in good health, strong, and bright, and able to spend over an hour with the delegation. 

The delegation included Senators Leahy, Murkowski, Stabenow, Whitehouse, Udall, Portman, Baldwin, Hirono, and Kaine, and their spouses. A number of them attended Thay's lectures on Capitol Hill in 2003 and 2011, and have even joined Thay on retreat. They shared that Thay has taught them what peace is, and how to smile, and how to enjoy every step as they walk to make their votes. 

Senator Leahy (Vermont) and his wife, Marcelle, pay their respects.

Senator Leahy (Vermont) and his wife, Marcelle, pay their respects.

he US Ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, paying his respects.

he US Ambassador to Vietnam, Daniel Kritenbrink, paying his respects.

Each senator had a chance to pay their respect to Thay. Here Thay is receiving Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) and his wife, Jane.

Each senator had a chance to pay their respect to Thay. Here Thay is receiving Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) and his wife, Jane.

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It is the start of the new lotus season in Vietnam.

It is the start of the new lotus season in Vietnam.

Thay Phap Dung represented Thay and the community to speak about how we are continuing Thay's work to bring the practice of mindfulness and healing to schools, businesspeople and society. Vietnam has a long history of applied spirituality, incorporating Buddhist ethics in society since the prosperous Ly and Tran dynasties in the medieval era.

Thay Phap Dung represented Thay and the community to speak about how we are continuing Thay's work to bring the practice of mindfulness and healing to schools, businesspeople and society. Vietnam has a long history of applied spirituality, incorporating Buddhist ethics in society since the prosperous Ly and Tran dynasties in the medieval era.

Thay expressing his gratitude to the delegation for their visit.

Thay expressing his gratitude to the delegation for their visit.

More pictures are available on Thich Nhat Hanh’s Facebook page.