Update: We are offering online retreats while Plum Village France remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Looking Deeply / Tangerine of Mindfulness

This is a story that Siddhartha Gautama, popularly known as the Buddha, told the first time to children when he had just founded a Great Way, the Path of Awareness. Please enjoy an excerpt of it from the book Old Path White Cloud. Siddhartha quietly gestured for the children...

Photos / Plum Village in the past week

The sangha life is very vivid with many activities that the monastic brothers, sisters and lay friends enjoy. During the past week, there was a Siksamana precept transmission, a new staircase built by monastic brothers and an online mindfulness day for families of the monks and nuns. We would like to...

Photos / Joyfully working together

In Plum Village, France, we have three hamlets – Upper Hamlet for brothers, Lower Hamlet and New Hamlet for sisters. Each hamlet is beautiful and spacious. In order to keep the hamlet beautiful and tidy, we gather once a month at a hamlet for a day community work where...

How To / Begin Anew

Beginning Anew is a key Plum Village practice for maintaining healthy relationships and healing difficult relationships. We are happy to offer you a short video explaining Beginning Anew.

Photos / Sharing with India

On 26 May, 2021 Plum Village community celebrated Vesak day with the various Plum Village sanghas in India and the Ahimsa Foundation (an organization founded to represent our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and his practice communities in India). Due to the serious state of COVID-19 in India, people in India...

Photos / Vesak Day 2021

On the 26 of May, Plum Village centers around the world organized ceremonies to celebrate Vesak day. On this day we commemorate the birth of Prince Siddhartha, his enlightenment when he became known as Gautama Buddha, and his death known as parinirvana.

The Divided Brain: A dialogue with Dr Iain McGilchrist

During the 2020 Online Retreat, Understanding the Mind, Brother Phap Linh and Dr. Liam Kavanagh hosted a disucssion with psychaitrist and writer Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary, whose work focuses on the divide between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Sangha Building / Tending the Fire

Brother Phap Bieu reflects on how a Plum Village community or Sangha can continue to keep our spiritual tradition alive, stay true to the essence of the teachings and also be adaptable and flexible to the needs of the times.

Photos / Francophone Retreat

The francophone retreat, organized every year for over 20 years, has always been an opportunity to bring together the lay francophone community in a warm and joyful atmosphere.  Last year, for the first time in 20 years, Plum Village was unable to hold this annual “family reunion”.  At the end...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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