“The Buddhist knowledge and wisdom I learned from Tu Hieu is now spreading all over the world, and I believe it’s time for me to get back to my roots,” Thay, who is reported to be in stable health, said in his letter. “Students of Tu Hieu are now living and practicing Buddhism in many different places around the world and as a way to remind them of their roots, I want to die here in Tu Hieu.”
Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Vietnam on 26 October, a year after his previous trip to his homeland.** His itinerary includes spending several days in Da Nang, with a visit to his birthplace in nearby Thua Thien in Hue. This is Thay’s fifth journey to Vietnam since he left the country in 1966.
Many in the West describe Thich Nhat Hanh as their first and foremost Buddhist teacher, largely through his writings and retreats.