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Photos / Closing The Rains Retreat Ceremony

On the morning of December 15, 2020, the Plum Village fourfold sangha gathered at the Still Water Meditation Hall in the Upper Hamlet in France for the Pavarana ceremony to close the Rains Retreat. Following the tradition of the Buddha, each year the monastic community has three months when...

Moments of Joy

The first full-length collection of poems from contemplative Buddhist nun Sister Jina van Hengel (also known as Sr Dieu Ngheim), each short verse radiates the energy of a single moment of awareness. Living simply and practicing deeply for many years in the French countryside, Sister Jina is one of...

Songs / The Rain

“The Rain” is composed and sung by Sister Chân Đức (“True Virtue”), or Sister Annabel, as she is known to many. We hope you enjoy this tender and gentle song. For those of us with some worry or trouble in this moment, may the rain of compassionate understanding soak...

Photos / Zen Autumn

“Flames of Prayer” is a song of freedom and love for life. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote it in 1966 after he heard that Nhat Chi Mai, one of the first six people ordained as a core member of the Order of Interbeing, had immolated herself to call for peace...

Songs / Arrived

“Arrived, arrived. At home, I am at home. “ There may be a time when you feel lost, empty inside, suffering in a chaotic world or don’t know what to do, where to go. This song may help you to find a place in which you can restore your...

Monastic Life / A Life Change

As we welcome the new novices of the Chestnut family into the Plum Village monastic sangha, elder brother, Brother Ngo Khong (Brother Freedom), abbot of Deer Park Monastery, recounts how he found his way to becoming a monk in the Plum Village tradition nearly ten years ago.

Chanting / Discourse on Love

Just as a mother loves and protects her only child at the risk of her own life, we should cultivate boundless love to offer to all living beings in the entire cosmos. This translation of the Discourse on Love has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata...

Together we continue Thay

In this post, we share more stories from our monastic brothers and sisters as well as stories of transformation selected from our friends who have offered their stories as a gift to Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) as we continue to celebrate Thay's 94th continuation day.

Photos / The fortunate mendicant

In the Buddha’s time, the monks and nuns had in their possession only three robes and a begging bowl. The vow of poverty helps monks and nuns to focus on the spiritual practice. They go on alms-round (to beg for food) to practice humility and have a chance to...

Thầy breathes, you breathe

On the 11th of October, 2020, the sangha at Plum Village gathered to celebrate Thay’s continuation day in a spirit of peace and being together as big spiritual family. There were stories recounting beautiful memories with Thay, and how the practices of mindfulness are helping to transform people’s lives...

Bamboo Shoots and Tea

As monastics, being invited to drink tea or spend time with our teacher, (affectionately called Thay) are precious occasions. Two sisters, Sr Thuan Nghiem and Sr Thao Nghiem, share memories of what it was like to drink tea and travel with Thay and how they would like to be...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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