A funeral was held in Vietnam for the influential monk Thich Nhat Hanh

Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) — A funeral was held on Saturday for the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. The famous Zen master has passed away At the age of 95 in Hue, central Vietnam.

Thousands of monks and disciples followed the procession of coffin-side attendants carrying Nhat Han’s casket from the last days of Tu Hiu Pagoda to the crematorium. Others knelt down and clasped their hands as they prayed on the side of the road, and bowed to the ground as the casket passed.

Nhat Hanh was recognized worldwide for supporting the practice of mindfulness in the West and the spread of social participation Buddhism in the East.

Born in Nguyen Din Lang in Hue in 1926, ordained at the age of 16, Nhathan distilled into easy-to-understand guidance on Buddhist teachings of compassion and suffering throughout his life devoted to working for peace. ..

He founded Plum Village Tradition, a practice of mindfulness art, and gained a considerable number of followers around the world.

During the seven-day awakening, Nhat Hanh was placed in the reception hall of the full moon in Tuhiupagoda, where the disciples silently paid homage and began practicing meditation as a homage to his teachings.

Do Minh Hieu, a follower of Nhat Han, who traveled with his family from Ho Chi Minh City, said: For a funeral. “Su Ong” is a loving Vietnamese word meaning “grandpa monk”.

At his request, Nhat Hanh is cremated and his ashes are scattered in the hearts and monasteries of plum villages around the world.