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From Thich Nhat Hanh's Facebook Page

You are the Flame at the Tip of the Candle: Meditation for the 100th day after the Tsunami

It was exactly three months ago that the tsunami hit the Northeastern coast of Japan. Let us breathe mindfully, come back to ourselves and be with the direct victims of that gigantic catastrophe.

Let us tell our friends there, those who survived the catastrophe, that we are with them, we suffer with them, and we need their courage and their perseverance to maintain our hope. During the war in Vietnam, I myself underwent many moments close to despair. The village of Tra Loc, near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Vietnam, was rebuilt by our Buddhist social workers after it had been destroyed by the American bombing, just because it had been temporarily occupied by the other side of the war. Our young monastic and lay workers rebuilt it, only to see it destroyed a second time. “Shall we rebuild it again?” our workers there asked. “Yes, we have to rebuild it,” I answered. The village of Tra Loc was destroyed five times, and we rebuilt it five times. We had to, because otherwise we could have allowed despair to overtake us. The young people came to me and asked, “Thay, do you think that the war will end someday?” We did not see any sign telling us that the war was ending. We could not yet see the end of the tunnel. But in order to protect us from despair, I said, “Dear ones, the Buddha said everything is impermanent. The war is also impermanent. It cannot last forever. It will end someday. So let us trust in the Buddha.”

Dear brothers and sisters, please do not lose hope. We are aware that you are doing your best. Not only for you, but for your children, for your people, and also for us. We also need hope. Your courage and your compassion will help us retain our humanity and our hope. The situation is really difficult. But the world is with you. We are with you. The tsunami hit us all.

You are the flame at the tip of the candle. It is hot. That heat reminds us all that mother Earth is calling for help. And you shine the light for all of us. We need the light in order not to be drawn into the realm of darkness and forgetfulness. You are children of the Buddha, children of God. Please allow your compassion and courage to be your guide. We need you. And we try to be present for you in every way we can.

Dear brothers and sisters everywhere, please come back to your breath. Let us breathe mindfully to be aware of what is going on, and try our best to preserve our humanness.

Thich Nhat Hanh



My prayers remain with Japan

although I’m marking this goal as done. I’m very grateful for the people who have joined me on this goal and for the good energy we created. I believe that prayer does make a difference.



Love to Japan

I just can’t bring myself to mark this goal done. More than a month after the disaster, they are still having big earthquakes with tsunami warnings and power outages. These must be terrifying for the people who have already suffered so much. The nuclear disaster news just continues to get worse. I am so saddened for this beautiful country which I came to love when I lived there.

I’m trying to focus on the part of the response that has been heartwarming, such as messages for Japan. I’m trying not to forget, as Japan fades from the headlines, and to keep sending my thoughts and prayers there. There is still so much need. NHK is reporting this morning that 220,000 households in 8 prefectures are still without reliable water supplies. (This is without even addressing the question of nuclear contamination, I believe.) 139,000 people are still living in evacuation centers, and the newest figures are that “13,439 people have been confirmed dead and 14,867 are listed as missing.” Only 84% of those bodies have been identified. This is very sad.



Please read this site

Memorable heart warming tweets (in English) from Japan and around the world. Some positive news – which I think we all need in this devastating situation. Namaste.



I don't know why I can't see
all 14 people doing this goal, but thank you for being here. My friend in Aichi Prefecture posted this on Facebook today:

Bought the LAST remaining pack of batteries at Yamada Denki (electronics shop). Supermarket shelves are stripped bare of bottled water, masks and any instant or microwaveable goods. Gov’t is pleading with people to stop stockpiling as it hinders the aid efforts in the north. Please pray for calm and rational thinking to prevail at this time. We are totally fine except for the stress of repeated shaking.

Also my friend posted this calm and rational interview about the situation in Fukushima.

This blog post is one point of view on how things are in Tokyo.

This morning, I’m thinking a lot about fear. I’m praying for all beings everywhere to be free from fear, the fear that follows us through our lives, invisible, becoming most visible in moments like these. I’m praying that people can come together and relinquish their desire to cling to safety in the form of unneeded supplies, allowing those items to go where they are most needed. I’m praying for strength for those who still do not know where their loved ones are, and I’m praying for some measure of solace for those who have been most affected, and those who have lost someone. I’m praying for the basics – food, water, and blankets – to make it to those in need in Tohoku. I’m praying for those who are working so diligently and risking or even sacrificing their lives to save and protect others in this situation. I’m praying for those who have made cruel jokes in the face of this tragedy; they are so blind to the oneness of all beings, they are surely suffering too in their fear and isolation.

I pray that all of us will be able to rise up and live our lives with less fear, not more. That we will be able to rise up and live our lives with hope, because it is hope that we are given to counteract fear. That we will continue to stand together and support each other in this life on earth.



Thank you for joining me!

I know many people are doing this already, as h.g. said, but somehow I feel like when we share a goal here, we create a community and become more powerful.

I want to share this, from an email from one of my Japanese friends:
Thank you, thank you again for your mail.

After this horrible disaster – actually there is something happening still now – I strongly thought that just one phrase or even just a word can warm people’s heart. I heard many people overseas pray for us in Japan, which made me happy, and I guess it also encourages the people there.

Also, your mail made me pleased. Yes, I’m fine and have no damage, but this disaster hurt me a lot. I think “Is there anything I can do for the people?”, but you know, there is almost nothing. Only thing we can do is to donate money like you. I’m so – I can’t express this feeling well – so frustrated or something – you know, I really want to help them but I can do little.

Every day I’m surprised at what I can see on TV. I can’t believe, either. I sometimes cried. Many disasters are happening one after another. Some people said it’s like they’re in hell. It’s too horrible. Earthquake is not unusual thing in Japan, but this time it’s the biggest and the worst one in Japanese history. They still don’t have water, gas, electricity, much food and warm clothes or blankets.

Anyway, it’ll take unimaginably much time to get everything restore, but we’ll be all right: Japanese people are used to earthquakes and have lots of help from all over the world!

Our prayers matter.



The news from Japan

just gets more and more terrible. The earthquake and tsunami were unbelievably devastating, and the latest news about the escalation in the nuclear crisis… Please, if you pray in any way or can send forth intentions or good vibes or positive thoughts, please join me and send them to the Japanese people.



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