Your Gifts at Work
Letter from Our Director
Dear Beloved Community,
As you read this, the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation will embark on its seventh year of continuation since our manifestation during Thay’s Fall 2011 U.S. tour. I remember the early days when I was manually entering in your donations for processing. As I picked up each slip of paper and read your name silently, I was filled with tremendous awe and gratitude for the opening of your hearts to help continue Thay’s teachings. Even during our infancy, the floodgates of generosity were burst open by the number of people wantingto donate. With each passing year, what started as a strong current has become a steady sea of your great- heartedness. You have made a tremendous impact on our global community by sustaining the monasteries, Dharma outreach program, health of the monastics, and humanitarian relief efforts started by Thay. A deep bow to all of you for making this possible and truly serving as his continuation.
In 2017, as I traveled with the monastics for both the “Awakening Together” U.S. teaching tour and the premieres of the Walk With Me documentary, live streams of the monastics leading public sitting and walking meditation were recorded and posted on various media sites. The Huffington Post’s live stream on Facebook had over 143,000 views of the monastics walking through the streets of New York City. The South by Southwest Film Festival live stream ranked 16th out of 100 posted videos, garnering more views than many celebrity red carpet movie premieres or interviews with famous public figures. In these videos, the monastics were just sitting. They were just walking. Nothing else. But they were doing it mindfully. The popularity of these videos revealed to me that people are really seeking what Thay and the monastics have to offer — true peace, solidity, and a connection to our most authentic selves.
Through your donations to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, you are truly keeping the Dharma doors open and unlocking new ones for people to encounter Thay’s teachings. I feel passionate about the work we’re doing because Thay’s teachings focus on the real root cause of the issues we’re seeing in the world. Time and time again, we see people acting out their own deep suffering — via anger, fear, greed, insecurity, anxiety, etc. — onto their families, co-workers, neighbors, strangers, and our planet. Thay’s teachings get to the heart of the matter of helping solve our societal ailments. This gives me great hope when I open my eyes in the morning, knowing 24 hours are ahead of us to affect such positive and needed change.
Thank you for sharing this path of practice and liberation with us for the past seven years. Together we have touched and transformed so many lives. Along with Thay and the monastics, I know we will continue to do so. Together we are one.
With trust and gratitude,
True Moon Lamp