Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Mindfulness Bell magazine has shared a selection of articles by women teachers in the Plum Village tradition from their archives.

Sister Chan Khong

Sister Chan Khong is the first fully-ordained monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and the director of his humanitarian projects since the 1960’s. Read more about her here.

Sister Chan Duc (Sister Annabel Laity, True Virtue)


Sister Chan Duc was the editor of the Mindfulness Bell for almost 20 years, and became the first Western European woman to be ordained as a nun by Thầy in 1988 in India. To read more about her, including Dharma talks, books, a full list of her articles, click here.

Sister Dang Nghiem (Sister D)

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Sister Dang Nghiem, MD, was born in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, lost her mother at the age of twelve, immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen, earned a medical degree from the University of California – San Francisco, and ordained a nun in 2000. For more about Sister Dang Nghiem, including her books, visit Parallax Press.

Kaira Jewel Lingo

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After growing up internationally in a residential spiritual community Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997. She ordained as a nun with Thich Nhat Hanh in 1999 at the age of 25 and was in robes for 15 years. She is now a lay Dharma Teacher, leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for families, educators and youth in schools, artists, activists, people of color, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.

Leslie Rawls

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Leslie Rawls, True Realm of Awakening, co-founded and practices with the Charlotte Community of Mindfulness in North Carolina, US. She was ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 1995 and received Lamp Transmission from Thay in 2009. Leslie has worked in many roles to support The Mindfulness Bell: as the first Family Practice Section editor, managing editor, Sangha Directory maintenance team member, and Caretaking Council member.

For more celebration of women in our International Plum Village Tradition, read Women in the Practice and Female Buddhas: A Revolution for Nuns in the Plum Village Tradition from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.

The orginal version of this post can be found on The Mindfulness Bell website here.

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Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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