World renowned Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is receiving 24-hour intensive care in hospital after experiencing a severe brain hemorrhage on Tuesday, according to a release on the website of Plum Village, the spiritual community in southern France he founded.
The release said the 88-year-old monk is still very responsive and shows every indication of being aware of the presence of those around him. He is able to move his feet, hands and eyes. There are signs that a full recovery may be possible, it said.
The master’s health has already been fragile due to his age for the last two months. He was hospitalized in Bordeaux on November 1, according to the release.
“He was gaining strength day by day until this sudden and unexpected change in his condition,” the release writes.
Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at the age of 23. He is considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the West, after Dalai Lama.
He is also a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of more than 100 books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.