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Discourse on the Middle Way

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This translation of the Discourse on the Middle Way has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama 301, in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part of our daily sitting and chanting

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Discourse on Happiness

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This translation of the Discourse on Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Mahamangala Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1) in Pali. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part of our daily sitting and chanting

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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

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This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Arittha Sutra (Madhyama Agama 220) in Pali, and the Alagaddupama Sutta, (Majjhima Nikaya 22) in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum

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Sister Chan Khong at Paris Climate Summit, 21 July 2015

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Sister Chan Khong joined elders from many of the world’s religions and wisdoms in Paris on July 21 for a World Summit of Conscience to answer the question “Why do I care about the planet?” and launch a “Call to Conscience for the Climate”. The event, which was intended to help prepare the ground for the Paris

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Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

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This translation of the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Satipatthana Sutta (in Pali) and the Majjhima Nikaya 10 (in Chinese). It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around

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Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing

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The Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing is one of the most important sutras in the Plum Village tradition, and is taught at every Plum Village retreat. When Thich Nhat Hanh discovered this discourse, he said, “I felt I was the happiest person in the world.” The translation below has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Anapanasati

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 14th July 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France July 14, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Since our last update, Thay has been able to communicate more clearly a very strong wish to intensify his recovery program. Thay is very determined to do everything

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s statement on Climate Change for the United Nations

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  In 2014, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approached Thich Nhat Hanh as an international faith leader, to request a brief statement about climate change and our relationship to one another and to the Earth. This statement was published on the UNFCCC website, ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in September 2015.   THICH

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 28th June 2015

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Official Announcement Plum Village, France June 28, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are happy to report that Thay’s health has improved greatly since he returned to his Plum Village Hermitage in early April. Every day Thay has been out

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Connecting to Our Root Teacher: A Letter from Thay, 27 Sept 2014

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Thay wrote this letter to all of his students last autumn, as his health was beginning to weaken. Although Thay did not have enough strength to give Dharma Talks, he was able to dictate and edit this letter. It has been translated from the Vietnamese, so that everyone enjoy his rich, deep and heartfelt teaching on how “devotional practice” and the

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The Diamond Sutra

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This translation of The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, sometimes known simply as The Diamond Sutra, has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (in Sanskrit), and the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.335. The Opening Gatha was composed by Thich Nhat Hanh to precede the translation. This sutra appears in Thich

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Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

Plum Village is looking for volunteers to support us during our 2015 Summer Retreat, our largest and most festive retreat of the year. We are looking for people with prior experience of Plum Village practice centres and retreats, who have an enthusiastic heart of service, and a good command of spoken English. There will be many opportunities to

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Plum Village in Indonesia 2015

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Thay’s senior disciples have arrived in Indonesia, as part of the 2015 Plum Village Asia Tour. The monks and nuns have just completed a 5-day Family Retreat in Cipanas, and will be offering mindfulness events for educators and businesspeople this weekend. Land has been donated to establish a new Plum Village monastery and practice center

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha

A few miles from Bodhgaya, our Sangha walked the edges of rice fields to the stupa commemorating the place where legend has it that the young village girl named Sujata offered kheer to the exhausted ascetic Siddhartha. Ahead of us flowed the river Niranjana on whose banks it is said Siddhartha fainted. In the distance,

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Japan Tour 2015: photos & video

A large delegation of the most senior Dharma Teachers in the Plum Village Tradition, including many abbots and abbesses from our centres around the world, led events in Japan, from April 28 – May 13, as part of the 2015 Plum Village Asia Tour. It was the sangha’s first major teaching tour in Japan since Thay’s 2011 trip

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New Dharma Spring

As a symphony of greens explodes here in Plum Village, and soft rains fall on our lotus ponds, many of our elder Dharma brothers and sisters have set off to share the dharma in Europe and Asia. It is just like in the time of the Buddha, when after the 90-day Retreat, the monastics would

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 6th April 2015

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Official Announcement Plum Village, France April 6, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are happy to report that Thay’s health has continued to improve at the specialist stroke rehabilitation clinic in Bordeaux, where he has been steadily recovering his strength.

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Australia National Radio: 31 March 2015

Profile: Thich Nhat Hanh ABC | Earshot | Tuesday 31 March 2015 Presented by David Rutledge | Produced by Kerry Stewart Running time: 53m 50s >>Listen to the radio show online >>Download  mp3 The extraordinary life of Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important spiritual leaders of the last

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Bert Evens ft. Marie Joëlle – Coming Home

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Produced by Kenny Clarys Vocals by Bert Evens and Marie-Joëlle van der Burgt Celtic harp by Tilde Claeys Violin, alt and tenor recorder, bodhran, frame drum, Irish bouzouki by Kenny Clarys Flemish Bagpipes by Bert Evens Mixed by Ward Neirynck Song that can introduce the practice of hugging meditation

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Remembering Kayla

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It is with great sadness that Plum Village has learned of the passing away of our beloved dharma sister Kayla Mueller in Syria earlier this month. Kayla was a student of Thay’s and a lively, loving and passionate member of the Sparkle dharma discussion group that formed in New Hamlet in Summer 2010. Kayla was captured by

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 19th Feb

Official Announcement Plum Village, France February 19, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As we enter the Lunar New Year, and our practice centers conclude our annual 90-day Winter Retreat, we are very happy to report that our dear Teacher continues

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 3rd January

Official Announcement Plum Village, France January 3, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, Happy New Year! May you and your loved ones enjoy a truly New Year, blossoming with health, happiness and peace. We would like to thank everyone for continuing

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How to make your New Year truly “new”

In this Dharma Talk from 29th December, 2013, Thay teaches us with great power and humour, how to prepare ourselves for the coming of the New Year.

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Book: How To Walk

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How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 13 December

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Official Announcement Plum Village December 13, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Thay continues to surprise the doctors with his strong vital signs and steady, peaceful breathing. They are still amazed that Thay has been able to survive and even

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from Buddhist Door: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peerless Influence on Western Buddhism

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Repost from Buddhistdoor International: Buddhistdoor View On 12 November, Thich Nhat Hanh (or Thay) suffered a severe brain hemorrhage that put him in hospital. As the global Buddhist community continues to keep close watch on the world’s most famous Zen master, the most recent Plum Village press release on 30 November states that his condition

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PRESS RELEASE: Thich Nhat Hanh represented at Vatican Summit

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For Immediate Release Contact: press@plumvillage.org www.plumvillage.org +33 638 058 158 (Sister Dedication) +34 007 852 06 (Sister Peace) Thich Nhat Hanh’s Representatives Join Pope Francis and Other Spiritual Leaders in Rome to Speak Out Against Modern Slavery Vatican City, Italy, December 2, 2014 – While Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh remains critically ill in the

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Speech at the Vatican, December 2, 2014

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On December 2, 2014, a delegation of monks and nuns from Plum Village travelled to the Vatican to represent Thich Nhat Hanh at a Summit of World Faith Leaders to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. At the time, Thich Nhat Hanh was still critically ill in hospital in Bordeaux, France, following his stroke on

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 30th November

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Official Announcement Plum Village November 30, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable. Thay continues to rest peacefully with

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Relax, Let Go

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Dear friends, I wrote this poem in veneration of Thich Nhat Hanh, whose inspirational writing and poetry has helped me live more peacefully with mental health issues. I am very new to Buddhism, but I feel a deep connection. I hope this poem conveys the peace and calm within the teachings, and conscious breathing for

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