The Poet

Supreme Master Ching Hai

O Lord,

I love You and ask naught for myself

But for the sake of all beings in the worlds,

Under Your will,

May each one find his Peace.

- Excerpt from Silent Tears by Supreme Master Ching Hai


Loving the Silent Tears musical was inspired by the poetry of Supreme Master Ching Hai, world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian, poet and artist.

Profound and simple, often humorous, and heartfelt in every word, the verses reflect a Truth seeker’s inner spiritual journey, the joy along with the tribulations, in search of everlasting fulfilment.

About Supreme Master Ching Hai

Born in central Âu Lac (Vietnam), Supreme Master Ching Hai studied in Europe and worked there for the Red Cross. Since childhood, she found that suffering exists in all corners of the globe, and a deep longing to remedy this led her to search for spiritual understanding.

At the time, she was happily married to a German physician. Although it was an extremely difficult decision for both of them, her husband agreed to a separation. She then embarked on a journey alone in search of spiritual illumination. In the remote Himalayas in India, finally she received from a true Master the divine transmission of the inner Light and Sound. After a period of diligent practice, she attained the Great Enlightenment.

Soon after returning from the Himalayas, upon the earnest requests of those who came to her, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared the way of meditation on the inner Light and Sound – our Divine nature. In doing so, people from all walks of life have reconnected with their own inner greatness and source of happiness in their daily lives. Supreme Master Ching Hai has been invited to give numerous lectures throughout the world by governments and respected organizations.

A dedicated humanitarian and caring vegan, Supreme Master Ching Hai donates the proceeds from her fashion designs and art works to assisting humans and animals in need, as well as protecting the environment. She is also the guiding inspiration for an international humanitarian organization and the constructive global channel Supreme Master Television.

A life of honors

The innumerable honors recognizing her selfless service and artistic contributions include the Award for Promotion of Human Rights, 2002 Los Angeles Music Week Certificate of Commendation, 2006 Gusi Peace Prize, First Place Silver for the 27th Annual Telly Awards, 2008 US Presidential Active Lifestyle Award and 2010 US President’s Volunteer Service Award.

In 1993, the esteemed Mayor Frank F. Fasi of Honolulu proclaimed October 25 Supreme Master Ching Hai Day in honor of her charitable and peace-promoting efforts.

In a speech, The Honorable Mayor Fasi stated, “She is the light of a great person, an angel of mercy for all of us.”

In 2011, the musical, The Real Love, was created and staged based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s life story of courage and sacrifice, with an impressive cast of Broadway stars. Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy-winning composers Bill Conti, Al Kasha, Doug Katsaros, Don Pippin and David Shire contributed the score, also based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poems.

"All her life, Supreme Master Ching Hai has written poetry. She conveyed the feelings that passed through her heart and mind as she lived her life in powerfully rich verses, in imagistic writing that turned human events into poetic expression."

--Richard Maltby, Jr. Tony & Olivier Award-winning director (Fosse) & lyricist (Miss Saigon)

"She is an incredible, incredible human being. I just think she's got to be a saint really, has to be."

-- Shirley Jones, Academy Award-winning actress