International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Touching the Earth to Mother Earth

The following texts are a kind of intimate conversation—a living dialogue—with Mother Earth. They are also a practice of looking deeply. Looking deeply, with mindfulness and concentration, will always bring insight. We need to look deeply in order to see our true nature and the true nature of the Earth. We need to look deeply to

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The Five Earth Touchings

This is the full text guiding the practice of Five Earth Touchings that we use at our practice centers and sanghas in the Plum Village Tradition. Practicing the Five Earth Touchings gives us an opportunity to contemplate what has been transmitted to us by our blood ancestors and spiritual ancestors. We can practice to celebrate the positive and

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The Three Earth Touchings

This is the full text guiding the practice of Three Earth Touchings that we use at our practice centers and sanghas in the Plum Village Tradition. Practicing the Three Earth Touchings gives us an opportunity to deeply touch the reality of interbeing across space and time. After practicing with this standard text, we encourage you to write

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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

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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

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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

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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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Discourse on the Middle Way

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This translation of the Discourse on the Middle Way has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama 301, in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part of our daily sitting and chanting

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Discourse on Happiness

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This translation of the Discourse on Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Mahamangala Sutta (Sutta Nipata 1) in Pali. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world as part of our daily sitting and chanting

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Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake

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This translation of the Discourse on Knowing the Better Way to Catch a Snake has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Arittha Sutra (Madhyama Agama 220) in Pali, and the Alagaddupama Sutta, (Majjhima Nikaya 22) in Chinese. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum

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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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Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

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This translation of the Discourse on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Satipatthana Sutta (in Pali) and the Majjhima Nikaya 10 (in Chinese). It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006), and is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around

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Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing

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The Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing is one of the most important sutras in the Plum Village tradition, and is taught at every Plum Village retreat. When Thich Nhat Hanh discovered this discourse, he said, “I felt I was the happiest person in the world.” The translation below has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Anapanasati

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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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Thich Nhat Hanh’s statement on Climate Change for the United Nations

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  In 2014, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approached Thich Nhat Hanh as an international faith leader, to request a brief statement about climate change and our relationship to one another and to the Earth. This statement was published on the UNFCCC website, ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in September 2015.   THICH

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

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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

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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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