Celebrating Thay – Thich Nhat Hanh: #WhatDoYouSee

Celebrating Thay – Thich Nhat Hanh: #WhatDoYouSee

What Did He See? – Celebrating Thay

(Written as part of Sadje’s What Do You See? picture prompt.)


Did he foresee a better tomorrow?

Or better days that could be seamlessly borrowed?


Did his eyes glint with sparks of gold?

Scattered around his disciples new and old.


He donned the rose-tinted glasses,

A vision encompassed:

Complete well being of the masses.


His words were pure balm to the soul,

Of mindful breaths, a tranquil world and peace galore


He saw life bursting with miracles;

Amidst the mundane and life’s daily struggles.


A glass of water, a fallen leaf, a raindrop, a ray of sunshine,

A thunderclap, or a caterpillar on a leaf entwined.


His faith in the world,

Could move the mightiest mountain.


A world of inner stillness,

Where muddy waters transformed into crystal clear, still waters;

Depending on your willingness. 


In drinking a cup of tea,

Thay saw reverence; 

The slow axis of the Earth’s revolution,

Without rushing into future’s delusion.


As these words pour into the screen,

The Areca Palm in the balcony, nods in agreement.

It’s Thay!

Saying, “Don’t cry. I did not die.”

Bowing his head in delight,

Becoming one with the gossamer light. 


© Natasha, 25 January, 2022



Rose tinted glasses- view
Image credit; Tathanhtaun @ Pexabay
For Sadje’s What Do You See? picture prompt.


The above ode is my humble tribute to the incredible Father of Mindfulness, peace activist, Buddhist monk and Teacher (Thay), Thich Nhat Hanh.💙 

Thay crossed over the human realm to merge with grace recently.

Deepest gratitude dear Thay, for gracing the pages of my life. 🙏🏼💝🌈


Thich Nhat Hanh - Monk
Credits: Thrive Global


Thich Nhat Hanh- Quote
Thich Nhat Hanh (11 October, 1926 – 22 January, 2022)


This is my first time participating Sadje’s What Do You See? picture prompt. This was good. Thanks, dear Sadje.

34 thoughts on “Celebrating Thay – Thich Nhat Hanh: #WhatDoYouSee

    1. Thanks dear, Vero.

      Gong XI Fa Cai!
      May you roar with the year of the Tiger.

      Try reading some of his books/writings or hearing him on YoutTube, might resonate.☺️

      Have a blessed new moon and rest of the month!

  1. Dear Natasha, I wanted to write also here. You could not enter your link, because you were linked already in the first list.
    And I have a thought, maybe in the future I’ll participate also, if it’s possible on Sadje’s blog.
    All the best and a fine week ahead!

    1. Hey Suzana
      That would be lovely, do participate. Will be fun.

      You can post any time this week before Sunday I suppose.

      And it’s a happy, fun prompt that I loved doing this week.

      Have a great rest of the week.
      Love and hugs

  2. Granny and I love the tribute to the great Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Natasha. I see a beautiful purrson, inside and out, an Angel on Earth and now an Angel to Earth, for he lives on wherever we go ♥ ♥ ♥ Pawkisses for a Peaceful Week ahead from me and my Granny 🙂 ♥

  3. I heard about his death and it’s so good to see your post in his memory.
    He was a special soul indeed.
    Have a beautiful week, dear Natasha!
    All the best and much inspiration!

  4. Natasha,

    Beautiful! I loved your words and I can see these being translated to even when someone you love has passed on. In the things around us, we might find a little of those who’ve gone yet in our world. I’m constantly looking for these reminders through music, nature, memories, or old photographs. Thanks for sharing, my dear. Have a glorious day/night!

    1. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing sweety.

      I do the same, so I can totally relate. There are so many occasions when a leaf, a flower, a song, a line from a book will be a reflection of our dear ones who crossed over. It’s like a sign from them.
      And it’s so surreal and heartening to know how they are now omnipresent.

      Biggest hugs. You have a stunning rest of the week too. <3

    1. I’m thrilled to be back too, Keith. All it needs is a discipline and the rhythm that it sets for the day is glorious.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this little tribute.
      Have a glorious rest of the week.

  5. I like your tribute to Thay. He sounds like an interesting man. Very cool that Sadje picked his photo for her What Do You See prompt. I’ve done that prompt a couple of times, but miss it most weeks.

    1. No, no she didn’t pick Thay’s photo. It’s the rose tinted glasses one below.

      But I really liked her theme and enjoyed writing this.
      I was planning to write a tribute, not knowing it would double up well with her prompt too.

      Always wonderful to have you stop by dear Trent.

      1. I just visited the original post and realized that I had misinterpreted what you said. Anyway, still cool that you were able to find a way to combine your tribute with the prompt 🙂

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