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Peace of Mind: Becoming Fully Present

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In Peace of Mind, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that integrating body and mind is the only way to fee truly alive in each moment. Combining ancient Buddhist wisdom and current scientific thinking, he offers concrete practices for how to relieve stress and cultivate joy. Peace of Mind provides a foundation for understanding

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Is the Buddha in the car ?

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One day, while riding in a bus Thay asked his attendant: “Do you think the Tathagata is in this bus with us or not?” Brother Phap Nguyen replied: “Yes, I think he is.” Thay said: “Are you sure?” There were 3 buses, Thay was in one, and there were still the other two buses. Wanting

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Mindfulness Survival Kit: Five Essential Practices

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With this book Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh contributes to current thinking on how we can define secular guidelines that will allow us to create a compassionate, and healthy way of living. The Five Mindfulness Trainings (also referred to as “Precepts”) are the basic statement of ethics in Buddhism. Nhat Hanh discusses the value and

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Conversations on Compassion

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Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) was invited by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) to speak at Stanford University on his life experiences and the role compassion has played throughout them. Stanford University has kindly uploaded the video of the entire exchange between Thay and Dr James Doty.    

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Voices of Compassion

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Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese refugee who, instead of becoming bitter after being sent into exile, set up foundations to help other refugees that were too poor to buy food and clothes. He tried to teach people to be mindful of the natural world through poetry and lectures. Even though things were bad, he

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Zen Battles

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One of the key tenets of the Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism is that each one of us is already a Buddha—our enlightenment is inherent within us, and the practice of mindfulness is the tool to bring this truth to our full awareness. While it can bring much relief, this simple statement does not preclude

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Tough Lessons From Thích Nhat Hanh

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By Cameron Conaway The pain started just a few minutes into what I thought would be a calming five-day retreat. I’d been living in Bangkok for two years, and shortly after I arrived I began to hear of a man named Thích Nhất Hạnh. He was a Zen Master from Vietnam and, in many circles,

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One Week in Plum Village

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In November 2012, actress, singer, children’s book author Eliane Chappuis, travelled to Plum Village and with the permission of Sister Chan Khong; she filmed this documentary film ”One week in Plum Village”. Eliane shows in a straightforward way what a one week stay in Plum Village is like. She shows the different practices like walking

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Economics of Happiness” WakeUp Retreats in EIAB – Waldbröl

„Economics of Happiness” WakeUp Retreats im Europäischen Institut für Angewandten Buddhismus in Waldbröl

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Hundreds of Smiles

Joy, happiness and healing experienced on retreat at Deer Park Meditation Center expressed with smiles by young and not-so-young. A smile shows the world we are a free person in our body, heart and mind. Guitar by Carl Struck. Images by D. Nelson.

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The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh

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The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh from ABC Carpet & Home on Vimeo. september 5, 2013, new york, ny – abc home, in partnership with blue cliff monastery, hosts Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for the US premiere exhibition of Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh. Watch an exclusive, intimate look

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A letter from Christopher Bono

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Dear Thay, My name is Christopher Bono, I am a composer whom you have met before! Four years ago, I asked you a question about living the life of an artist when feeling that much of your secluded efforts are not shared with the world, and the perception that your actions are done from a

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A Day of Mindfulness With Thich Nhat Hanh

Day of Mindfulness in Blue Cliff Monastery. Photo by Barbara Chai

By Barbara Chai Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh led a “Day of Mindfulness” at the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, New York, Sunday, drawing 1500 practitioners from the tri-state area. Thich Nhat Hanh, also known as “Thay” (“master” or “teacher”), is one of the most influential spiritual leaders and Buddhist monks in the world.

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The Pebble Meditation

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Clip produced by Peace Is The Way Films, in support of their animated film for children, parents and teachers, ‘Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness’ | Thich Nhat Hanh’s beautiful meditation for all ages, reminds us of our flower freshness, mountain solidity, water reflective clarity and spacious freedom. Charmingly offered by Plum Village monk, Thay

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To Be Present and Flexible

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August 22, 2013 Dear friends, After several years of living at plum village and a year since my ordination, I was recently allowed to go on my first home visit to be with my sister at her marriage in Toronto, Canada. Since both of our parents have died and we are only 2 siblings, it

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Happy Continuation Day

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Dear Sangha, Dear Friends, In the autumn of 1959, I had a conversation with a prominent Buddhist monk, and asked him many questions about the Dharma. But he didn’t answer any of them. Instead, he took out a book by Thich Nhat Hanh and said; “The answers to your questions are in here.” A month

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Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King’s dream comes true in Mississsippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sister Dedication: dedication@plumvillage.org Sister Peace: pvbelovedcommunity@gmail.com Thich Nhat Hanh, internationally acclaimed Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, and peace activist has arrived in Batesville, Mississippi for a two-week teaching visit at his Magnolia Grove Monastery. This event is part of a 3-month teaching tour of North America, which began with a retreat for

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The Guardian (UK): 5 September 2013

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Google seeks out wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh by Jo Confino | Thursday 5 September 2013 Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who’s visiting the Google campus this month, says we need to foster aimlessness rather than seeking to be number one. Why on earth are many of the world’s most powerful technology companies, including Google,

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An Invitation to Stop

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Kai is a student in the Graduate Program in Sustainability Sciences and Global Leadership Initiative. He was born in Tokyo, and raised in Niigata, Hawaii, and Osaka. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) where he was heavily involved in student activism and organic gardening. At UCSC, he co-chaired the Education for Sustainable

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Wall Street Journal: 4 September 2013

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A Day of Mindfulness With Thich Nhat Hanh by Barbara Chai Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh led a “Day of Mindfulness” at the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, New York, Sunday, drawing 1500 practitioners from the tri-state area. Here’s what deep relaxation feels like. Read the full article here.

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EXHIBITION OPENING: U.S. Premiere of Global Spiritual Leader Thich Nhat Hanh’s Calligraphy Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lorna Chiu (310) 200.8388 Shari Gab (917) 565.2297 EXHIBITION OPENING U.S. Premiere of Global Spiritual Leader Thich Nhat Hanh’s Calligraphy Exhibition Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh 88-piece art collection distills ancient Buddhist teachings into phrases that resonate with modern times, capturing and expressing Thich Nhat Hanh’s lifetime of

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Walk With Me

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Walk With Me: On The Road With Thich Nhat Hanh – Teaser from Speakit on Vimeo. A film about a Buddhist community whose search for happiness takes them on the road with world renowned Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh.   Website : http://walkwithmefilm.com/

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Returning to Our True Home

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Dharma Talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh on July 16, 1996 in Plum Village, France. © Thich Nhat Hanh Pebble Meditation Welcome to the summer opening of Plum Village. Today we are on the 16th of July, 1996, and we are in the Upper Hamlet. This is the Dharma talk for the very young people.

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Film Release: Sharing Mindfulness with Children

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  Planting Seeds In the world we are asking, How can our children grow up to be peace-builders? How can they learn to use the conflicts of the past to provide compost for lasting harmony in our communities, our nations, and the world? Planting seeds is a film to answer these questions. It is a

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A Path To Peace

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This article was published in Yogacity Magazine in August 2013 Wake up New York! Revered Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh is coming to town. While his retreat is sold out, there are still tickets available to his talk on September 7 at NYC’s Beacon Theater. The events are part of his “Nourishing Great Togetherness” Tour and

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The Prince of Happiness

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I jump at the chance to learn from a living legend of non-violence, despite the 5:30 wake-up call and hours sitting in silence. By Alice Klein True love and happiness? Is that a fairy tale? Not according to fearless 86-year-old social activist monk and Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh (pronunced “tik nyat hawn”), who’s sitting

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Why is it wrong to kill?

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Lemon Tree (Plum Village Version)

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Dap di dap….. I’m sitting here in this lovely room Under the light of the big full moon Enjoying my time I’ve got nothing to do I’m hanging around Just being with you And awakening happens and I’m mindful I’m moving around on my feet not going too fast nobody to meet I’d like to

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Mindfulness and Consumption

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This last week I had the great pleasure of being in St. Catharines, Ontario for a mindfulness retreat. This was led by the wonderful folk of Plum Village and dear Thây, Thich Nhat Hanh himself. (Thây is “teacher” in Vietnamese, and is what most people call Thich Nhat Hanh – which is nice because his

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Letter to the President of Vietnam

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Honorable Mr. President Truong Tan Sang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Via the Ambassador of Vietnam in France) RE: Death Penalty in Vietnam Mr. President, We, the members of the Plum Village Community in France, including monastic and lay practitioners from many countries, are writing this letter with respect to you and the Vietnamese

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