These are the profiles of the Dharma Teachers who regularly offer teachings at Plum Village. Dharma Teachers (Dharmachāryas) are members of the community who have been selected as teachers because they have extensive spiritual practice and all the prerequisites for a happy life. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (affectionately called “Thầy” by his students), like any other teacher, relies on students to continue and carry on his work, since Thầy can not be anywhere 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 his actions – that person is officially authorized to teach through a ceremony in which the Dharma Lamp is presented. As a rule, a monk or a nun must have been ordained for at least eight years in order to be considered as a candidate for handing over the lamp. In order to be considered as a lay teacher, it takes again many years of successful practice in the Order of Interbeing.
The Official Lamp Transmission Ceremony is just a first step on the way to becoming a Dharma Teacher. By further training within the Plum Village tradition, by attending retreats at Plum Village Centers, by running your own retreats and building your own sangha deepen knowledge and skills. The role of Dharma Teachers is ultimately to bring joy and confidence to the community. We will be expanding this page with other Dharma Teachers who are residing at Plum Village France.