News: We are offering online retreats while Plum Village France remains temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Creating Gathas – Mindfulness at Play

Gathas are short practice poems, that help us bring mindfulness, concentration, and insight to daily activities. Sister Giac An offers a selection of Gathas created recenlty in the Lower Hamlet Sutra class.

Booking is now 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.

Invoking the Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ names

We would like to invite you to listen to this chant and cultivate your nature of awakening. “Bodhisattvas are awakened beings. We also have our nature of awakening, no less than they, but we have to train ourselves. One way is to practice invoking the names of four great...

Invoking the Bodhisattvas’ Names

We invoke your name, Avalokiteshvara. We aspire to learn your way of listening in order to help relieve the suffering in the world. You know how to listen in order to understand. We invoke your name in order to practice listening with all our attention and openheartedness. We will...

Cooling the Flames

How can we handle the flames of fear, division and resentment, within and around us? Learn how to master your breathing and strong emotions and stay calm, clear, compassionate, and courageous in difficult moments.

The Art of Awakened Living

Can we re-imagine a new future? How can we be a sustainable human? In this retreat we will train in mindfulness and concentration to transform habits, heal relationships, and reclaim freedom.

“Wake Up” in Your Living Room

There have been lots of adaptations due to COVID-19 and Plum Village has been no exception. Sister Sinh Nghiêm explains how the planned retreat for organisers and facilitators of Plum Village's young adult communities moved online.

Love is the Way

Break free from the illusion of separateness and find a compass to navigate the troubled waters of our time. Discover what love in action can look like, for ourselves, our families, our communities and Mother Earth.

Upper Ha;let bell tower surrounded by flowers

Join us for special online events this summer

We invite you to come together, to strengthen our collective energy, and deepen our training in the energy of mindfulness. Plum Village will be offering four online retreats this summer, so you can connect to the monastics and so we can learn from each other’s insights and experiences.

Skillful Action for a Path Forward

As part of our series on Racial Justice, we interview US-based Dharma Teacher Valerie Brown. Valerie offers us insight into how we can keep love alive in our hearts as we fight discrimination and injustice and points to some of the concrete actions we can take to make change.

Openness in the face of fanaticism and intolerance

In this extract from the newly published 4th edition of Interbeing, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a commentary on the first of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of Engaged Buddhism. This training reminds us to guard against discriminative and dualistic thinking and to avoid becoming bound by any ideology.

The Raft: Plum Village in your inbox

Created by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, Plum Village Monastery, Parallax Press, and the Plum Village App team, The Raft is a special weekly series during the pandemic, assembled to nourish and inspire your individual and collective mindfulness practice. Why The Raft? The Buddha compared his teachings to a...

Breathing In, Breathing Out

This classic Plum Village song helps us to enjoy our breathing. When you breathe and visualize a flower, a dewdrop, a mountain, Mother Earth and their qualities like freshness, solidity, spaciousness, you also nourish those elements inside of you.

Working joyfully (photos)

We would like to invite you to enjoy photos of joyful working time with the monastic community. In Plum Village, we prefer to see work as a chance to practice meditation and call it mindful service.

Handling Fear and Discrimination

Brother Phap Huu explains why stopping can be hard and unexpected emotions can surface when we are forced to stay still. He offers insight into how we can respond to our fears as we navigate between lockdown and returning to everyday life. Also, he provides guidance on what to...

Being an Island Unto Myself

In Plum Village, we use practice songs to help us cultivate joy and remember to be mindful. This song helps us to remember that we can take refuge in ourselves by using our breathing to come back to a place of calm and stability.

Can we Love and Trust Ourselves? (Video)

Love and trust in ourselves form the basis of a healthy relationship with our inner landscape. Please enjoy three answers that our teacher gives on how we can love and trust ourselves and how to have a 'good' day.

The Budda’s Birthday Vesak Celebration 2020

We invite you to enjoy the Plum Village celebrations of Vesak Day 2020. Traditionally, the monastics organize Vesak celebrations together in one hamlet along with many guests. This year we celebrated it in three hamlets separately due to Covid-19. Vesak is a chance for us to express our respect...

Breathe – A Meditation Journal

Parallax Press has recently released a simple notebook with a Zen aesthetic. This meditative journal features selected excerpts and quotes from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s most-loved teachings, prayers, and poems.

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