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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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An Update on Thay’s Health: 22nd November

kids summer upper hamlet

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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Guidance from Plum Village on visiting at this time

TNH Autumn gingko tree

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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Our Beloved Teacher in Hospital

Thay enjoying sitting

  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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No Coming, No Going: Thay’s 2014 Spain Tour concludes


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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Thich Nhat Hanh: Letter to a prisoner


On March 12, Thay received a letter from Zachary Crow, who is supporting a young man called Daniel on Death Row in Jackson, Georgia in the USA. Together, Zachary and Daniel have been practising mindfulness and studying Thay’s book The Heart of The Buddha’s Teaching, but Daniel’s time is drawing near. Thay was very touched

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Preventing the Sandy Hook Shooting


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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Moments of Mindfulness


We have the ability to work wonders. If we live mindfully in everyday life, walk mindfully, are full of love and caring, then we create a miracle and transform the world into a wonderful place. —Thich Nhat Hanh This beautifully designed gift book contains many of the best-loved inspirational quotations and passages from Zen Master

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Video Dharma Talk: The Practice of Compassion


November 3, 2013. 101-minute dharma talk given by Thich Nhat Hanh from Stillwater Meditation Hall, Upper Hamlet of Plum Village. We begin with two chants from the monastics followed by a talk on the theme of compassion. Thay begins with a follow-up on the visit to Stanford University where we had the topic of compassion.

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Conversations on Compassion


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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Voices of Compassion


Thich Nhat Hanh was a Vietnamese refugee who, instead of becoming bitter after being sent into exile, set up foundations to help other refugees that were too poor to buy food and clothes. He tried to teach people to be mindful of the natural world through poetry and lectures. Even though things were bad, he

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Understanding in the breath


With Thais still politically poles apart and the conflict between supporters of the yellow and red shirts likely to intensify over proposed amendments to the Constitution, perhaps it is time to take heed of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. The Zen master suggests that mindful breathing, mindful walking and deep listening can help us

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A song for you from the bus


On the Road in Taiwan – Update 2 from Plum Village Online Monastery on Vimeo.

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