Here are profiles of our senior Dharma Teachers who regularly offer teachings at Plum Village France.
Dharma Teachers (Dharmachāryas) are members of the community who have been selected as teachers because they have extensive spiritual practice and the prerequisites for a happy life. Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh (affectionately called “Thầy” by his students), like many other teachers, relies on students to continue and carry on his work, since Thầy cannot be everywhere where the teachings are needed. When Thầy and the sangha see that someone is willing to teach the Dharma – not just because of his words, but because of her actions – that person is officially authorised to teach through a ceremony where the Dharma Lamp is transmitted.
Generally, a monk or a nun must have been ordained for at least eight years to be considered as a candidate for receiving the Dharma Lamp. To be considered as a lay Dharma Teacher, it takes again many years of successful practice and engagement in the Order of Interbeing.
The Lamp Transmission Ceremony is just one part of becoming a Dharma Teacher. Dharma Teachers continue to practice within the Plum Village tradition, attend retreats at Plum Village Centres, organise own retreats and build sangha to deepen knowledge and skills. The role of Dharma Teachers is ultimately to bring joy and confidence to the community and to all who come to practice with the community.
Read more about the “Order of Interbeing”.