In his physical form, Thich Nhat Hanh left us on the 22nd of January. But only in this form.
As he said, the concepts of birth and death do not always make sense - if we look deeper what we see is more a continuity, a transformation.
These are ideas that we can understand more easily concerning things - as in the examples he liked to use, of a cloud or a flame, which are neither born nor die, but which result and give rise to transformations.
It is more difficult for us to understand or apply these same ideas about people, especially those that we love who depart and with whom we have shared close experiences.
But this also happens concerning those we admire from a distance, whose work, ideas, and actions reach us with fainter reflections, but which still impact us.
Perhaps this is the case with Thich Nhat Hanh. What I know about him is very little and what I remember most of that are the advice and techniques to know how to live better with mindfulness.
How, in his videos and books, he shared the cultivation of the present moment, how he recommended the ideas of the power of love, compassion, and deep listening as the only effective tools to resolve conflicts and reduce suffering.
His teachings, the effects of his actions remain. And in that way, he also stays, he will continue with us, helping us to live more in the present.
“(…) Therefore, I can see me continuing in many forms.
At this point, when you no longer see my body, you will say: "Thay is gone” but that is not true!
Thay is there, but you need to have eyes that see beyond the signs to be able to recognize it.
It is like when the cloud has become rain, the cloud is not lost and you can recognize the cloud in its new form: the rain.
This, when you no longer see Thay in this form anymore, you can recognize the continuation of Thay through other forms.“
If we are able to practice his teachings, then we will certainly choose the way he prefers to continue among us.
May we be able to feel his words: "I have arrived, I am home”.