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THE PRESENCE OF THICH NHAT HANH brings a certain sense of peace to Tu Hieu temple in central Vietnam. The gardens are more carefully tended. People smile to each other more, and the temple buildings have undergone some essential renovations, which preserve the architectural style of the nineteenth century.

You never know when Thich Nhat Hanh in his wheelchair, accompanied by some attendants, will emerge from his quarters for a leisurely stroll in the garden. The garden layout has not changed much since he was a sixteen-year-old novice here, and as you follow him around the grounds on a meditative stroll, he will point out spots he remembers from his novicehood.

My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately known as Thay, is doing better than any of his doctors expected. You could say he’s had a miraculous recovery. No one expected that his body would reabsorb the blood from his

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