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Buddhadharma : Fall 2005
buddhadharma| 87 |fall 2005 Roshi Pat Enkyo o’haRa was appointed spiritual co-director of the Zen Peacemaker Family on May 3. Roshi BERniE Glassman, who will now share directorial duties with O’Hara, expressed his joy in hav- ing her as a directing partner. Roshi O’Hara is the abbot of Village Zendo in New York and taught multimedia at New York University for over 20 years. Her dharma work involves giving meditation instruction to patients with HIV/AIDS, youth living in drug treatment centers, and women in alternative-to-incarcera- tion facilities. The Zen Peacemaker Family is a commu- nity of practitioners who are com- mitted to the three principles of not-knowing, bearing witness, and loving actions. ■ The Insight Meditation Society held its second annual REtREat foR younG adults in August at their center in Barre, Massachusetts. Ahna Fender, public awareness coordi- nator for IMS, says, “After the first retreat, we learned that young people deeply appreciate the opportunity to sit in the thich nhat hanh’s tRiumPhant REtuRn to ViEtnam By Janelle Combelic O n January 11, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh set foot on the soil of his homeland for the first time in nearly four decades. Accompanying him were 100 monastics and 90 laypeople from all over the world. Prior to the trip, Thich Nhat Hanh (known as Thây) said at Plum Village, his monastery in France, “When I left Vietnam 39 years ago to come to the West to call for a cessation of the hostilities in my country, I was like a cell of the sangha body taken out of that body ... I have been able to regenerate a full fourfold sangha from a single cell. I am therefore coming home not as a sangha cell anymore, but as a whole sangha body.” For three months the delegation crisscrossed Vietnam, visiting dozens of temples, meeting with religious and government leaders, and enjoying some of the marvels of the country. At 79, Thây maintained an arduous pace that younger followers had trouble keeping up with. But the Zen master was determined in his mission to renew Vietnamese Buddhism and to promote reconciliation. Indeed, reconciliation was the main theme of this pilgrimage. Over 1,000 monastics attended a one-week retreat outside Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). There, Vietnamese monks and nuns spoke to one another as equals for the first time. Their tradition dictates that nuns do not speak to monks, but if they must address them, nuns keep their eyes lowered. One nun was reported as saying, “If my master knew I was doing this [participating in a dharma discussion with monks], he would not have let me come.” Equally revolutionary was the outrageous joy expressed at the tea ceremony that closed the retreat, where monks and nuns shared the stage to sing and even dance. This was in stark contrast to the first day, when the Vietnamese monks and nuns maintained a strict separation between the genders, as well as a somber adherence to monastic form. Since 1981, the state-sponsored Vietnamese Buddhist Church has been the only legal organ of Buddhism in Vietnam. Monastics refusing to join have suffered severe repression, and members of the two factions have been at odds for decades. In Thây’s home town of Hué, he brought the two sides together in a moving ceremony at Thien Mu Pagoda, a famous landmark in Vietnam. Under his leadership, the monks sat and recited the monastic precepts together for the first time in ten years. At the end of the pilgrimage, Thây spoke to several hundred government officials and members of the Communist Party in Hanoi. Not mincing words, he told them, “We are the true communists. We have no possessions and we take care of one another. Paradise is not in the future; it is right here and now.” Thây spoke to some 200,000 people and touched many more. And now, for the first time, some of his books are being published legally in Vietnam. He has also been given permission to open several practice centers following the Plum Village model. If the excitement generated by the beloved monk and his mostly Western entourage are an indication, the sangha in Vietnam will no doubt blossom – especially if the gov- ernment continues to relax restrictions on religious freedom. And Thây’s lifelong dream of revolutionizing Vietnamese Buddhism may finally become a reality. Janelle Combelic is a member of Peaceful Heart Sangha in Fort Collins, Colorado. She took part in this historic trip to Vietnam. ©DANgNgO fall 2005 MahaSangha News PETErKUKUCUNNINgHAMMATTHEWDANIEll