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Can you hear Mother Earth?

A special message from Sister Chan Khong Plum Village, July 2016 A DESPERATE CALL FOR HELP FROM MOTHER EARTH Dear Citizens of the Earth, Forty-six years ago, in 1970, I was a young biologist present at a ground-breaking meeting between Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and six leading scientists in Menton in the south of

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Reflections on the Paris Climate Conference


Thay Phap Dung, January 2016 Once again a generation is called to stop, reflect and take action for the collective, for our common home. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference was an opportunity for our human family to pause and look at the reality of the situation, and to discover whether or not we can unite

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2016 Ordination Ceremonies with Thay

She transmitted the lamp to five OI members from England and Scotland, including Dene Donalds (pictured).

The Plum Village sangha has just completed the 2016 “Love and Gratitude” Great Ordination Ceremony, blessed with the physical presence of Thay during the transmission of the Great Bhikshu and Bhikshuni Precepts and ceremonies to transmit the lamp to fifty new Dharma Teachers, lay and monastic.   Collective Energy    This has been the first

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New documentary on Thay and Plum Village

Thanks to kind volunteers in the Philippines and the UK, we now have a beautiful four-part documentary about Thay and Plum Village, available online with English Subtitles. We hope you enjoy the beautiful imagery and powerful message.

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Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

 by Brother Phap Dung As we approach our next retreat on “Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Life” at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Germany from March 31st to April 3rd, we invite you to read the article below by Daniel Dermitzel, one of the founders of the Plum Village Happy Farm. He shares his thoughts on

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking


Pope Francis has designated February 8, 2016 as an International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Many of our friends may remember that in December of 2014, a delegation from Plum Village made a historic visit to Rome to represent Thay at the invitation of Pope Francis, in signing the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders

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2016 Lunar New Year “Parallel Verses”


We are very happy to announce the new Plum Village practice phrases to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Monkey. The practice phrases are a traditional parallel verse (or “couplet”) for the Lunar New Year (“Tết”), which will be celebrating in Plum Village soon: Sunday 7th February, 2016 is New Year’s Eve. The phrase is a

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Martin Luther King on the Power of Love


Please enjoy these inspiring words from our Teacher’s friend and spiritual brother, Dr. King in honor of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Day, celebrated in the US on January 18th. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: I’m concerned about a better World. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 8th January 2016

Thich Nhat Hanh and attendants New Year's Eve 2015-16

Official Announcement Plum Village, France January 8, 2016   To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas world wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Since the dawn of the New Year, Thay has very clearly communicated to us a wish to return to his hermitage in Plum Village, France. Thay

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New Year’s Prayer 2016

Thay Burning the New Year's Prayer in the Bell, after it has been read out loud (2013).

This prayer will be offered by the Plum Village fourfold sangha on the night of the 31st December 2015, as part of the midnight ceremony to mark the dawn of the New Year 2016. PDF download (English) | Version français PDF New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 24th December 2015


Official Announcement Plum Village, France December 24, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Our monastic centers in the United States and Europe are now a month into our traditional annual practice of the three-month Winter Retreat, observing ninety continuous days of

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A Green Santa and A Hug of Love


Upper Hamlet Plum Village France 16th December 2015 This year Santa is not buying into any more Last weekend in Paris, world leaders successfully concluded their climate action summit, addressing how each nation can reduce their impact on our precious climate, and help relieve some of the effects created by our past unmindful actions. As we enter the holiday

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New book: “Inside the Now: Meditations on time”

Inside the Now Meditations on Time Thich Nhat Hanh Available Nov 10, 2015   This beautifully designed book will be cherished for generations. Written in the summer of 2013, Inside the Now contains the most recent, never before published commentaries and reflections of Thich Nhat Hanh on living in stillness and timelessness. The book begins with an

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Earth Holder Commitment


As part of our Two Weeks of Climate Prayer and Action, The new Earth Holder Commitments are now available in a one-page print-out in English, French and have been translated into Vietnamese. The English and French texts are formatted to be printed double-sided and folded in half.  ›› ENGLISH PDF ›› FRENCH PDF ›› VIETNAMESE We invite you to share it with

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Dear President Hollande

This moving letter to the President of France was written by Sister Mai Nghiem, a French nun and Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition, currently residing at Deer Park Monastery in California. Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) has often taught us the practice of writing “love letters” to our political leaders at times of shock, turmoil and

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A Mindful Response to Terrorism

“Man is not the enemy”, Thay has often reminded us. “Our enemy is hatred, anger, ignorance and fear.” The roots of terrorism are not to be found in religious philosophies or unfamiliar cultures, but in misunderstanding, fear, anger, and hatred. “Terrorists are human beings who are sick with the virus of terrorism. The virus you see

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Call to Action: People’s Climate Prayer

AVAILABLE IN: ESPANOL | FRANCAIS | ITALIANO | VIETNAMESE | PORTUGUESE | JAPANESE DOWNLOAD ENGLISH TEXT AS PDF   People’s Climate Prayer: November 29th – December 11th, 2015 12th November 2015 To All Plum Village Practice Centers, To All Order of Interbeing Members, To All Our Sanghas World-wide, To Our Dear Beloved Friends, To support the upcoming Paris Climate

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Thay’s Teachings on the Climate Crisis


This article was published on The Huffington Post: 11/04/2015 5:50 pm EST What We Can Learn From Buddhist Insights for the Climate Crisis On October 29 our Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, came together with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Buddhist leaders from over a dozen countries to make a common declaration on climate change

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Thich Nhat Hanh Receives the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award

Pacem in Terris award

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned for bridging Eastern and Western spirituality, is the 2015 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award recipient. Bishop Martin Amos traveled to Deer Park Monastery in southern California to present the award on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to the 89-year old Zen master. Sister Chan Khong and Brother Phap Dang

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Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders 2015

Thay, Sister Chan Khong and over 40 Plum Village Dharma Teachers from all over the world signed the Buddhist Climate Statement to World Leaders yesterday, October 29th, 2015. This new declaration builds on Thay’s powerful message “Falling in love with the Earth”, submitted to the United Nations last year, and his call to action in his bestselling books on Buddhism and

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 8th September 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France September 8, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, It has been two months now since Thay arrived in America, with the hope of getting more intensive treatment to recover from his stroke. Thanks to the incredible support

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Applications Open for Happy Farm Internships


The Plum Village Happy Farm is inviting applicants for their one-year Happy Farm Internship Program for the coming season, from November 2015-October 2016. These internships offer a rare opportunity to combine mindfulness, community, deep sustainability and organic farming, in the peaceful nourishing environment of Plum Village Practice Center. What is The Happy Farm? The Happy Farm is a

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

Thich Nhat Hanh in Hong Kong, 2013. Photo: Kelvin Cheuk

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

Thay Buddha British Museum 2010

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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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

Sister Chan Khong in Indonesia earlier this year.

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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