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Buddhism offers a heritage of deep teachings to enrich our daily practice of mindfulness. Below you can find selected key Buddhist texts regularly recited and studied in Plum Village. These are modern translations made by Thich Nhat Hanh, based on scholarly research into ancient Classical Chinese, Pali and Sanskrit texts. Sources for the original texts in Chinese or Pali are given at the end of each sutra.

When we read a sutra, we can ask ourselves, “What does this sutra have to do with my daily life?” or “How can apply this sutra to a difficulty I am facing right now?”

The Diamond Sutra

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This translation of The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion, sometimes known simply as The Diamond Sutra, has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (in Sanskrit), and the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.335. The Opening Gatha was composed by Thich Nhat Hanh to precede the translation. This sutra appears in Thich

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Discourse on the Dharma Seal

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This translation of the Discourse on the Dharma Seal has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese: Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.104 . It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as part of our daily sitting and chanting sessions. For further

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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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Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings

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The Discourse on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings is an ancient Buddhist text recited regularly in Plum Village practice centers all over the world. This translation has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No. 779.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (2006). The chanted version is available to listen to (or download) at the

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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

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This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh. This text is known in the Pali Canon as the Bhaddekaratta Sutta, and can be found in the Majjhima Nikaya No.131. In the Chinese Canon it can be found in the Madhyama Āgama. This translation is recited regularly at Plum Village

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Discourse on the Five Ways of Putting an End to Anger

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This translation of The Discourse on the Five Ways of Putting an End to Anger, has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Madhyama Agama No. 25. It corresponds with Aghata Vinaya Sutta (“Discourse on Water as an Example), in the Anguttara Nikaya iii, 186. This sutra appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting from the Heart

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