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.
- Rejuvenation in Vietnam, issue 14 Autumn 1995
- I Am Not Different From You: A portrait of Sister Chan Khong, by Dharma Teacher Eveline Beumkes, issue 61 Autumn 2012
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.
- Renewing Buddhism, issue 17 Summer 1996
- Liberation, issue 19 Summer 1997
- Breathe!, issue 25 Winter 2000
- Making up Songs, issue 34 Autumn 2003
- Twenty-Three Years as a Nun, issue 57 Summer 2011
- A Hut for Thay in Our Heart, issue 68 Winter/Spring 2015
Sister Dang Nghiem (Sister D)
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.
- Poem: Feather on A Midday, issue 31 Summer 2002
- Inner Eyes, issue 31 Summer 2002
- Poem: Discourse on True Contentment, issue 41 Winter/Spring 2006
- Fragrance of Tea Flowers, issue 42 Summer 2006
- Cleaning the Sponge, issue 47 Winter/Spring 2008
- Spanning a Bridge, issue 48 Summer 2008
- Scorpion Nature, issue 64 Autumn 2013
Kaira Jewel Lingo
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.
- Tasting the Earth with My Feet, issue 29 Summer 2001
- Deep Relaxation for Children, issue 45 Summer 2007
- Touching the Earth for Young People, issue 46 Autumn 2007
- Family Day at Deer Park, issue 47 Winter/Spring 2008
- Mind in a Jar, issue 54 Summer 2010
- A Ten Minute Lesson on Self-forgiveness in San Quentin, issue 59 Winter/Spring 2012
- The Burning Pit of Climate Change, issue 67 Autumn 2014
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.
- The Gift of the Bell, issue 23 Winter 1998
- Grief and Wholeness, issue 26 Summer 2000
- One Flame or Two?, issue 61 Autumn 2012
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.