Update: Plum Village France is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Everything is going to be OK”

In this new series students and disciples of our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh recount their memorable experiences with him. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, these moments of deep wisdom remain memories of a lifetime for his students.

2020 Autumn Rains Retreat

Following a tradition that dates back to the Buddha’s time, each year the Plum Village fourfold Sangha has a 3-month Rains Retreat. The monastic brothers and sisters use this time to deepen their practice. This year, on the 17th of September we formally opened the Rains retreat with the...

Autumn News of Thầy in Huế

Within a few weeks, on October 11th, Thầy will be 94 years old. We are so happy that Thầy has compassionately stayed with us since his massive stroke almost six years ago, offering his presence, stability, and witness, as we step up to nurture and grow the Plum Village...

New book: America’s Racial Karma

We are so happy to announce a new book from Larry Ward, a senior Dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition. In this book, Larry uses Buddhist insight gained from many years as a student of Thich Nhat Hanh to offer guidance on breaking America’s cycle of racial trauma.

The Sun My Heart

The Sun My Heart, first published in 1988, is a timeless book by our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, about the power of the mindfulness practice in daily life. Please enjoy some excerpts from the book and listening to Br Phap Hai, an elder monastic in the Plum Village tradition,...

New Hamlet

We would like to invite you to visit New Hamlet through this video, and enjoy an excerpt of the poem “New Hamlet”. Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) wrote this poem to the workers of the School of Youth for Social Service during Vietnam War at 1960s. He inspired his students...

III – Touching our Inner Goodness

All of us are searching for what is good, true and beautiful. Here, we offer two teachings and one letter from our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh on how to find the good, the true and the beautiful inside of us, going back to the island within, and invoking the...

The Open Circle Community of Mindful Living

The Open Circle Community of Mindful Living is a unique sangha in Sligo, Ireland dedicated to studying and following the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. History In 2007, in the sitting room of a home in Sligo, Ireland, a small group of mindfulness practitioners formed what was then a...

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Ingredients (for 2 persons) 600 ml unsweetened soy milk 1 tablespoon flour 1 tablespoon vegan butter 2 tablespoons tapioca powder 1 broccoli salt & pepper 200 grams of uncooked pasta of your choice 6 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes (optional ) Recipe Boil a pot of lightly salted water for...

Testimonials from the online Summer Retreats

France – Translated from FrenchDear Thay, dear brothers, dear sisters,Despite fear and world events, this moment of confinement is for me a grace, the opportunity to stop completely and take care of my internal world. For many years I have benefited from the practice of the Plum Village and...

Interview with Sister Chân Không during Covid time

Nowadays, we would probably call Sister Chân Không a social activist. An encounter, in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, between Buddha News and a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist nun who for 60 years has been campaigning for social and spiritual change. When you were very young, you worked to...

The Evening Chant

At Plum Village monasteries around the world, we recite this chant directly before our period of silent sitting medtiation in the evening. You can find more Plum Village chants here.

Plum Village in Plum Season

In this season, we harvest plum fruit from our garden every year. We make plum jam by ourselves. The lay friends can taste the handmade plum jam every breakfast while they are here with us. We also have dried plum, the profit from selling it will be offered to...

What Can White People Do?

Sister Tam Muoi (aka Sr. Samadhi) recounts her personal journey with the practice of White Awareness. White people, do something. But what? Please allow me to share some of the journey I’ve been on for the past five years, initially with the aspiration to create more diversity in our...

Listening To The Bell

“With body, speech and mind in perfect oneness, I send my heart along with the sound of this bell…” Brother Phap Linh was encouraged by Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) to use “local material” to compose music. This piece became like a meeting of two ancient traditions of Celtic Christianity...

Online Retreat “Understanding our Mind”

Plum Village recently hosted our first online neuroscience retreat June 23 to June 28 with the title “Understanding Our Mind”. Let us enjoy the sweet aftertaste of this retreat through the feedback from our two Dharma teachers - Sr. Chan Duc (Sr Annabel) and young Dharma teacher Br. Troi...

Time passes

Sister Chan Duc (Sr. True Virtue) sings “Time passes”. In her early years of practice, this song appeared to Sr. Chan Duc as she touched the freedom of a time and space that is not bound by concepts. Though around us, time is passing, it is possible to dwell in...

Booking is open for weekend online retreats!

Thich Nhat Hanh's dream of an online monastery is becoming a reality: join Plum Village monastics for virtual weekend retreats streamed live from Plum Village, France. Deepen your mindfulness and concentration, interact with the monastics, and connect to our international community.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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