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

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SUMMIT OF WORLD FAITH LEADERS TO END MODERN SLAVERY & HUMAN TRAFFICKING Vatican City, December 2, 2014 SPEECH BY ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH Read by Venerable Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong, his eldest monastic student **Watch the Video Footage here** Your Holinesses, Your Excellencies, Your Emminencies, dear Most Venerables, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

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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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An Update on Thay’s Health: 22nd November

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Official Announcement Re: Thay’s current condition Plum Village, 22 November, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are

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An update on Thay’s health: 16th November

The four-fold sanghas of Upper Hamlet, Son Ha, Lower Hamlet, New Hamlet and Maison de l'Inspir' all gathered this morning to perform the formal ceremony to open the retreat.

Official Announcement Re: Thay’s health situation Plum Village, 15 November, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care

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Guidance from Plum Village on visiting at this time

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Official Announcement Re: Guidance on Visiting Thay and Plum Village, France to help Thay’s recovery Plum Village, November 14, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We would like to express our gratitude to everyone for generating a powerful collective energy of

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Audio: Sister Chan Khong’s Beautiful Song

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Please enjoy this beautiful recording of Sister Chan Khong singing her classic song “I smile”.

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Our Beloved Teacher in Hospital

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  Official Announcement Re: Thay’s present health condition and how to support Thay’s recovery   Plum Village, November 12, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   With a deep mindful breath we announce to the world the news that yesterday, the

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New Plum Village Monastic Fashion

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Agen, France October 13th, 2014 To my beloved children across the world, Today our monastic community is practicing and teaching all over the world. We have over 1000 monastics belonging to more than 30 nationalities, and many of our young monastics are from the West. As an international delegation we need to consider the way

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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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New Heart Sutra translation by Thich Nhat Hanh

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On 11th September Thay completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Heart Sutra, one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. This new English translation is based on the new Vietnamese translation that Thay began working on three weeks ago at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany. Below the

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La Stampa (Italy): 10 September 2014

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Today, 10th September 2014 one of Italy’s biggest newspapers, La Stampa, published a wonderful interview with Thay. The paper’s Culture Editor joined the entire Italian Retreat here at Plum Village in the last week of August, and experienced for himself that “Happiness is Now”. See below for the English translation.    Happiness is now An

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A Wake Up Tour in Latin America

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For the past twenty years the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) and Plum Village have been quietly spreading through the Spanish-speaking world, as Thay’s books were translated from English into Spanish. In the past six years this wave of material has been joined by subtitled video Dharma talks and audio recordings of translations. This

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We Need Your Helping Hands

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We are very happy that our teacher is coming to the EIAB in August. Together we will offer a Day of Mindfulness and two retreats. Before, during and after these events we will need staff to help us, so we invite you to apply to be a staff member. As a staff member you can

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Unconditional Acceptance

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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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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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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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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

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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 Campaign Is Still On!

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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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Happy Farmers Will Change the World

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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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In memory of Thay Phap Y

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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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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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Love Letter to Vietnam

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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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New Year’s Prayer 2014

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This prayer was offered by the Plum Village fourfold sangha as part of the midnight ceremony to mark the dawn of the New Year 2014. Dear Beloved Father Sun – Bodhisattva Mahavairocana Tathagata, Dear Beloved Mother Earth – Bodhisattva Mahagaia, Dear Beloved Ancestors, both Spiritual and Genetic,   We present ourselves before you at this

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Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art

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Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com We hope you enjoy this video of America’s Fox News visit to the opening of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Calligraphy exhibition in New York on September 5th. The Exhibition, Calligraphic Meditation: The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh, at ABC Home, 888 Broadway, New York, will close on December 31st,

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Preventing the Sandy Hook Shooting

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Neil Heslin, father of Sandy Hook victim, asks Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh: What could have prevented what happened that day? What changes could we all make to help try to prevent suffering like that in people in the future? From the Question & Answer Session at the Art of Suffering Retreat, held at Blue

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Upgrading the Mindfulness Bell

Your support will help us to make sure the Mindfulness Bell is accessible to Sangha members around the world – online and in print – as a medium to sustain our community’s essence of brotherhood and sisterhood, and to nourish each other on the path of practice. Read more ››

Everyday we are engaged in a miracle we don’t even recognize. — Thich Nhat Hanh

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