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Upgrading the Mindfulness Bell

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Oct.15th, 2014 Bodh Gaya, India Dear Thầy, Dear Sangha of the Order of Interbeing, I write on behalf of our little magazine, the Mindfulness Bell, one of the communication channels for our Plum Village community throughout the world. At present, I am in India traveling with a beautiful Fourfold Sangha of seventy practitioners from around

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Becoming Buddha’s Disciple

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We invite you to read this beautiful article by Sr Linh Di (Emyo Wang), our newest Australian monastic, who was ordained by Thay at Plum Village this Summer, together with her brothers and sisters in the Oriental Cypress Ordination Family. Dear ones, I will be asked to release personal email, laptop, phone soon. So please forgive

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“With every step I arrive at my destination” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Click on the images for helpful information before you set off for the Summer Retreat.

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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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Much Love and Gratitude

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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

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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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I Don’t Run Away Anymore

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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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And a Mindful New Year

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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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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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Learning to let go

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20th September, 2013 Dear friends of the four fold Sangha, A deep bow to you all from Lower Hamlet, Plum Village. Here we have just started the first week of our Autumn retreat, the golden poplar leaves are floating down in the gusts of wind, rain is finally falling on our summer parched grass and

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A Short Break Can Go a Long Way

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By Deirdre Mullins Over the last few weeks, broadcaster John Murray and Cork hurler Conor Cusack have spoken openly about their struggles with depression. The musician Bressie, rugby analyst Brent Pope and author Marian Keyes have also discussed their own emotional struggles. Thanks to this openness, the stigma about mental health seems to be lifting

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The Unspeakable Reality

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By: Jack Saunsea love to write. It is one of the most important tasks I believe I am here on this earth to do. Writing has been instrumental in connecting and building relationships with people all over the world. While at the same time there is a certain admission I must make in this craft

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Meditating on a Hillside with Thich Nhat Hanh

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By Dianna Bonny “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” Thich Nhat Hanh I am excited to share how the simple act of saying yes landed me on a hillside, meditating two feet away from a

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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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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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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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This Is It!

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dear friends, please enjoy this practice song, an offering inspired by thay’s teaching “this is a happy moment.” recorded by sisters chan the nghiem and trang hai an.     This is it! This is a happy moment This is it! This is a wonderful moment This is it! I have arrived in this moment

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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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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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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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The Hands of Peace

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I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph a dialogue between Thich Nhat Hanh and David Suzuki. Of course, I took many pictures of each of them, showing Thay’s gestures, expressions as well as his open and compassionate countenance. Part way through the discussion I became aware of the separate dialogue that was going on in

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Thay in Denver Airport

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As we all know, traveling can be a tiring, stressful and disjointed experience. The core of our Plum Village practice is the experience of arriving in every step, of reaching our ultimate destination with each breath. At the Denver International Airport in the United States, the artist Ximena Labra created an art installation entitled “To

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Being Together

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Peace Harmony Calm

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Photo by: Br. Phap Cau  

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Let’s Play

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3rd July, 2013 Dear Plum Village Siblings, Upper Hamlet enters the summer season with the trees and plants fully clothed in green and the graceful pathways surrounding the Thénac (Thệ Nhật Sơn) plateau are shaded once again. A few tents have already sprung up to be shelter for the early arrivals. Lay volunteers are slowly

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Vesak Message 2013

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by Thich Nhat Hanh Queen Mahamaya had a very easy labor when she gave birth to Siddhartha. On the way to her parents’ home to give birth, she and her entourage stopped to rest in the Lumbini garden. While taking a walk in the garden, she felt the moment of birth coming. She held onto

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Passing away of Br. Gerard

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Dear Thay, Dear Sangha, Dear Friends of Br Gerard, We have some very sad and unexpected news to share with the wider community. Br. Gerard, from Upper Hamlet, passed away yesterday, 19th April, 2013. It seems his passing was peaceful while everyone was at a day of mindfulness at New hamlet. He is known to

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Stepping into Freedom – Stepping into Joy

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WakeUp Retreat in Jericho/ Palestine, April 7th – 9th 2013 Our tour in Israel and Palestine led us five monastic brothers and sisters to a wonderful community called EcoMe, half an hour drive from Jerusalem, in the desert between the Dead Sea and Jericho. Here, in a “zone” where both Israelis and Palestinians feel comfortable,

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Apple Harvest

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About a week ago someone told us that our annual tradition of apple picking was coming around once again.  There are some orchards nearby that are harvested a couple times over the course of the autumn. Whatever can’t be gathered by the mechanized pickers is left for any enthusiastic locals with a taste for apples. 

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Upgrading the Mindfulness Bell

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Look at flowers, butterflies, trees, and children with the eyes of compassion. Compassion will change your life and make it wonderful. — Thich Nhat Hanh

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