When I met Thich Nhat Hanh I had already been teaching Vipassana for five years We met at an interfaith retreat in Santa Barbara I spoke to him about 'graduating from Buddhism' He liked the phrase and he played off the idea for the rest of the retreat It became a theme for my life Then I finally graduated' from Buddhism or perhaps I just realized that classification of that sort really doesn't serve me A few years later in Plum Village in southern France Thich Nhat Hanh gave me transmission as a teacher in his lineage The ceremony took a day It was formal in the Vietnamese monastic style elaborate and beautiful Each of the half-dozen or so teachers to-be delivered a short discourse based on verse riddle Thich Nhat Hanh had given each of us I spoke about the Skylark how it soars so high you imagine it's going to leave the earth altogether At the beginning of the day someone had asked him Thây when do you know that someone is ready to be a teacher? He replied When they're happy When I transitioned a couple of years later we ran into him the evening before a retreat we were helping organize He saw Michele and recognized her hugged her then did a double- take before recognizing me As he hugged me he smiled and said Ah Ordinary Dharmal Which was the name of our center A couple of days later he asked me to me sit up on the stage with him and hand him the questions people had written for him It was a retreat of a couple of thousand people and a very public acknowledgement from him that it was okay to be trans httpstransbuddhistsorg20160525community-member-spotlightinterview-with-caitriona- reed *happy gay noise* Thich Nhat Hanh says trans rights *aah* *transcription + further information in the comments* Meme

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