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

“Action from the Heart” Retreat

Photos from our latest online retreat, you can join the next one here. From February 24 to 28, 2021 Plum Village hosted the online retreat “Action from the Heart”. It was especially curated for activists in all fields with almost 1,000 retreatants from over 65 countries joining. We received...

Daffodil Season

“Waking up this morning, I see the blue sky.I join my hands in thanksfor the many wonders of life;for having twenty-four brand-new hours before me.The sun is rising.The forest becomes my awarenessbathed in the sunshine. – “Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours” poetry, (Thich Nhat Hanh)Our Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh embodies and...

Lunar New Year 2021

One week ago Plum Village community celebrated the Lunar New Year according to the Vietnamese tradition. This is a way to keep the beauty of Vietnamese culture as we come together and enjoy being in a big extended spiritual family. We would like to invite you to enjoy the...

“I Have a Thousand Years for You”

A Gift of True Love Br Phap Ung talks about how he remembers our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, once offering a disciple the gift of true love. To explain the story, Br Phap Ung talks first about how impermanence can offer us freedom and the patience to embrace our...

Gatha for Eating meditation

Eating can be very joyful and a deep practice. It nourishes us not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. We can spend a moment to be grateful for all the conditions that support our life – our parents, Mother Earth and Father Sun, etc… By living happily and...

Sister Lan Nghiem’s 49 days memorial

On the 21st of January 2021, the Plum Village fourfold community gathered and practiced together for a day of mindfulness. We also had a ceremony for sister Lan Nghiem’s 49-day memorial. In the Buddhist tradition, on the 49th day after the passing away of a person, there is a ceremony to...

Creative Fruits Of The Practice

Inspired by the Plum Village practice and the willingness to spread the practice of love and understanding, our friends compose songs as a mindfulness bell to remind them to practice in daily life. We would like to introduce some of them and hope you enjoy it. Breathe, my dear...

The Island Within (Orchestral)

“The Island Within” is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s cherished meditation texts – a guided meditation on taking refuge in our own “island within” – a safe place we can always come back to, where we are protected by our practice of mindfulness, aware of our breath and aware...

Infinite Space and Infinite Time

There are times a Zen master can transmit the ineffable simply by their way of being. On occasion, the tables can also turn and a young child can challenge a Zen master with their innocence. Touching Infinity Sr Chan Duc, a much loved Plum Village elder, describes some of...

Join us for an online retreat in 2021

Plum Village is pleased to announce our calendar of online retreats for the first half of 2021. We will be offering general retreats as well as themed retreats. For the first half of 2021, we will offer retreats for the francophone and wakeup sanghas, activists and neuroscientists. Please join...

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...

Christmas Celebration Dec 24th 2020

You are invited to join us for our Christmas celebrations on December 24th at 3:00 pm. Christmas is a precious opportunity to be together, to be touched by love, to see the beauty of the our interconnectedness, and to generate peace and joy together.

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...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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