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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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Christmas in Plum Village

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Yesterday was the arrival day for our Christmas week, as Plum Village welcomed people from around the world to join us for this deeply joyful and time of “coming home” together as a spiritual family. Every bed is full! The hamlets are already beautifully decked with greenery, berries and wreaths, and yesterday the sisters began

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New Practice Phrases for 2014

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We are very happy to announce the new practice phrases that Thay has just composed, as an offering to the worldwide Plum Village Community for the New Year 2014 and the Lunar New Year of Horse:   The practice phrases are a traditional parallel verse (also known as a “couplet“) for the Lunar New Year. They

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27 New “Linden Trees”

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At 6am on a frosty morning, this last Sunday 8th December, over 400 people gathered in the Still Water Meditation Hall of Upper Hamlet, Plum Village to witness Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh transmitting the Ten Novice Precepts to eight young ordinees here in France. Plum Village Thailand held a simultaneous ceremony for the nineteen ordinees there

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Earth Hug

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Think about it. Who has supported you all your life without asking for anything in return? Fresh air, clear water, food, stability and unconditional love… The earth provides. the earth cares. the earth loves! It’s about time we love her back again… Every day – every moment… And with a huge collective earth hug right

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Novice Ordination this Sunday

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This Sunday, 8 December at 6 am in the Still Water Meditation Hall of Upper Hamlet, there will be a Novice Ordination Ceremony for new monks and nuns. Eight ordainees here in Plum Village, and twenty in Thailand, will receive the 10 Novice Precepts from Ven. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and enter monastic life,

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Nhat Hanh brings Dharma to Delta

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by David Waters A 10-year-old boy held a Buddhist monk’s hand as they walked with hundreds of others slowly, quietly, peacefully through Overton Park in 2002, in part to honor the nonviolent ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As they passed through the sunlight and shadows of the trees like a gentle breeze that

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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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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 Day of Mindfulness With Thich Nhat Hanh

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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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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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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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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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North America Hashtag

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Dear Thay, dear Sangha, dear friends, We are very excited to be “Nourishing Great Togetherness”! To all of those attending the retreat at Brock University, we wish you all a happy closing to a wonderful past couple days. During the coming months, our N. American Sanghas will be blessed in sharing and practicing mindfulness as

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