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Unconditional Acceptance


An Interview with Joanne Friday Joanne Friday is a Dharma Teacher in the Order of Interbeing. In 2003, she received authority to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh, her teacher for twenty years. Joanne leads meditation retreats for Sanghas and groups throughout the Northeastern U.S. She lives in Rhode Island, where she is the guiding teacher

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A Million Buddhas-to-be

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  Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place. This week Thay’s community of followers on Facebook reached ONE MILLION. To celebrate, we invited people to share how they are applying Thay’s teachings in their corner

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Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings


The Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings is an ancient Buddhist text recited regularly in Plum Village practice centers all over the world. This translation has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No. 779.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (2006). The chanted version is available to listen to (or download) at the

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Much Love and Gratitude


Dear friends, The Happy Farm team would like to offer a warm thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising campaign. The campaign was a huge success and we raised a lot more money than we expected. This means we can do some wonderful work to establish the Happy Farm as a beautiful source of food

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No Coming, No Going: Thay’s 2014 Spain Tour concludes


Thay’s first major Spain Tour concluded last Sunday afternoon May 11th, with the powerful collective energy of thousands meditating under Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf, Passeig Lluís Companys. An estimated 5,000 people participated in Sunday’s collective sitting meditation in the bright spring sunshine. Some of them had been waiting at the spot since early morning, and some shed

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The Meaning of Mindfulness

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A film clip taken from research interviews for our upcoming feature documentary “Walk With Me”. The film is an impressionistic portrait of a Zen Buddhist community who follow the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. In this short clip, Sister Chan Khong shares about the origins and meaning of mindfulness. To follow our progress and to

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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone


This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh. This text is known in the Pali Canon as the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, and can be found in the Majjhima Nikaya No.131. In the Chinese Canon it can be found in the Madhyama Āgama. This translation is recited regularly at Plum Village

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Thich Nhat Hanh: Letter to a prisoner


On March 12, Thay received a letter from Zachary Crow, who is supporting a young man called Daniel on Death Row in Jackson, Georgia in the USA. Together, Zachary and Daniel have been practising mindfulness and studying Thay’s book The Heart of The Buddha’s Teaching, but Daniel’s time is drawing near. Thay was very touched

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From Plum Village to the Institute of Technology Tallaght

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By: Sr. Bernadette Purcell These monks live in a community in Plum village in France. As Chaplain in the College, I see the link between Contemplation, Meditation and Mindfulness. Meditation and mindfulness are a core part of the Chaplaincy programme in IT Tallaght. It is one very realistic way of getting students to engage in

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Hong Kong University honors Thay


The University of Hong Kong has formally awarded Thay an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his contributions to world peace and humanity. Past Hong Kong University (HKU) Honorary Degrees have been awarded to Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Bill Clinton. Hong Kong comes to France Due to Thay’s teaching schedule he was

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The Guardian (UK): 28 March 2014

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Thich Nhat Hanh: is mindfulness being corrupted by business and finance? The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world by Jo Confino | Friday 28 March 2014 Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular topic among business leaders, with several key executives speaking publicly in

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Pyschologies Magazine (France): March 2014

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“An encounter with the greatest master of Buddhism” – an exclusive interview with Thich Nhat Hanh by Anne Laure Gannac

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Discourse on the Five Ways of Putting an End to Anger

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This translation of The Discourse on the Five Ways of Putting an End to Anger, has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Madhyama Agama No. 25. It corresponds with Aghata Vinaya Sutta (“Discourse on Water as an Example), in the Anguttara Nikaya iii, 186. This sutra appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting from the Heart

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The Campaign Is Still On!


Dear Friends, Thank you all so much for the donations and many words of support we have received. We have been deeply moved by the generosity of everyone who has contributed to this campaign. We are delighted to report that the response to the Happy Farm campaign was so enthusiastic that we have reached our

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I Don’t Run Away Anymore


Thay recently received this beautiful and moving letter from one of his students (a lay man) in Ireland. With permission from the author, Thay asked us to type it up and post it online for the whole community to read. We have transcribed it from the original handwritten letter, and removed the names mentioned. EIRE

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New Book: How To Sit


The first thing to do is to stop whatever else you are doing. –Thich Nhat Hanh How to Sit is the first in a new series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces beginners to and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized with bold black-and-white illustrations by

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Happy Farmers Will Change the World


We would like to invite you to participate in growing and supporting Plum Village’s Happy Farm as it enters its second bountiful year. Your donation will help us introduce thousands of children and adults to the practice of mindfulness and organic farming. The Happy Farm is steadily transforming Plum Village into a beacon of sustainable

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Peace is the Way


Produced at Plum Village Meditation Center, this short film highlights the practices of mindful breathing and walking. These practices can help us to find peace in the present moment and to bring relaxation, ease and joy into daily life. Based on the teachings and tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Monastic community

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Alone Again


Lyric: Thich Nhat Hanh Singer: Phap Khoi alone again I’ll go on with bent head, but knowing the immortality of love and on the long rough road both sun and moon will shine promise me, promise me this day while the sun is just over head even as they strike you down with mountain of

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The Sound of the Rising Tide


We children of the Earth Scattered far and wide We heard the call, the distant call the mighty call, of the of the rising tide And our hearts aflame with remembering a memory beyond recall We came to build A community of love To learn, to train, to serve To embrace all our pain And

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In memory of Thay Phap Y


Dear Spiritual Family, With great regret we announce that our dear Italian brother Thay Phap Y passed away last Friday morning, February 7th, 2014. He was a teacher to all of us, our big brother, our “Venerable Thich Chan Phap Y”, and “Papi” to many. He was a colorful character, a passionately engaged member of

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Is Nothing Something?

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Is Nothing Something? : Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything In-between In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Beginning with the most basic questions, “What is important in life?” and “Why is my brother mean to

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Interbeing, Service, and Our Little Wars

Sister Chan Khong at Lotus Pond Temple in Hong Kong - by Kelvin Cheuk

By: Ray Hemachandra In September I drove to Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi, to spend a day at a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Buddhist monks and nuns both from this monastery and mindfulness meditation practice center and from Plum Village in France. In many ways this felt long in coming. Years

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And a Mindful New Year

Peace Tree, photo courtesy of Ray Hemachandra

By Jessica Ardis If you had told the sixteen-year old version of myself that I would chose to spend New Year’s Eve sitting in silence with nuns, I would have asked what you were smoking. The nuns I had encountered in twelve years of Catholic school were mostly a joyless, frumpy bunch, who seemed more

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New Contemplations Before Eating

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As a spiritual family and a human family, we can all help avert climate change with the practice of mindful eating. Going vegetarian may be the most effective way to stop climate change. Being vegetarian is already enough to save the world.  – from Thich Nhat Hanh’s 2007 “Blue Cliff Letter”   Dear Spiritual Family,

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Audio: Morning Chant


The Dharma body is bringing morning light. In concentration, our hearts are at peace, a half-smile is born upon our lips. This is a new day. We vow to go through it in mindfulness. The sun of wisdom has now risen, shining in every direction. Noble Sangha, diligently bring your mind into meditation. Namo Shakyamunaye

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Shambhala Sun: January 2014

Blue Cliff 2013

You Have the Buddha in You: An Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh BY ANDREA MILLER | NOVEMBER 13, 2013 Throughout my retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, I was curious about the quaint little brown house, which the monastics referred to as Thay’s hut. Finally, on the last day, I was invited inside and saw a cozy

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Audio: The Three Refuges


I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life. I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and of love. I take refuge in the Sangha, the community that lives in harmony and awareness. [bell] Dwelling in the refuge of Buddha, I clearly see the path

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Love Letter to Vietnam

Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnam 2005

On behalf of the international fourfold sangha of Plum Village, and our friends on the path in Vietnam, we would like to ask for your help. As we start the New Year 2014, please offer to write to the leaders of Vietnam, asking them to allow Vietnam to have at least one small Plum Village Practice Centre, in

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Plum Village Practice in Vietnam – some background

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Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh’s return from exile Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam in 2005, after nearly 40 years of exile for having called for an end to the Vietnam War. His return attracted tens of thousands of people to his talks and retreats. His accessible teachings on mindfulness and renewed style of

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