The Plum Village Survival Kit – Part I: Taking Care of Yourself

In Part I we offer resources for dealing with anxiety and stress, creating calm and ease, some beautiful mindful music and online resources.

Managing Anxiety and Stress

In order to learn how monastics structure their day, balancing meditation, work and rest, you can read A Zen Master’s tips for staying sane in challenging times. They are Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teachings on the art of living each day well.

Here are two dharma talks from Thich Nhat Hanh on how to stay calm in a storm, and transforming depression, anger and fear with mindful breathing and walking.

How to Stay Calm in A Storm by Thich Nhat Hanh
Transforming Depression, Anger and Fear with Mindful Breathing and Walking by Thich Nhat Hanh

Creating Calm and Ease

We invite you to come back to yourself with these guided meditation by our teacher Thay, giving the classic Plum Village guided meditation of Calm, Ease and Sr Chan Duc’s meditation on healing with the breath. Or you might like to relax with Br Phap Linh’s guided body scan and beautiful cello accompaniment.

Guided Meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh – Calm, Ease
The Healing Breath with Sr Chan Duc
Guided Relaxation with Cello and Br Phap Linh

Mindful Music and Chants

Have you ever been serenaded by Sr Chan Khong during total relaxation? Enjoy her song “I smile” here.

I Smile by Sister Chan Khong

Please enjoy this beautiful recording of Sister Chan Khong singing her classic song “I smile”.

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Join us in Lower Hamlet as we close the day and enter into Noble Silence with chants on the Great Bell with Sr Chanh Niem.

The Great Bell Chant by Sr Chanh Niem

Exercise at Home

Are you looking to stay healthy while at home? Try these qigong exercises with Br Phap Dung to start your day.

Qi Gong with Br Phap Dung

Plum Village in Your Pocket

Do you often have a few minutes of free time throughout your day? Perhaps between activities or while waiting? You can use this time to return to Plum Village and your island within by listening to audio tracks of Thay and his monastics guiding minfulness practices on the Plum Village Meditation App (free) and or listen to all the recent Dharma Talks within the Plum Village tradition on our Podcast.


Stay tuned for Part II – On cultivating compassion, helping others and seeing our current situation in a larger context. Coming soon!

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  • Merci beaucoup pour ce merveilleux kit de survie durant cette période. Tout ce que Plum Village offre en ligne en ce moment est un merveilleux son de cloche qui ponctue et bercé mes journées.
    Cela me soutient énormément dans mon travail où j’ai des responsabilités dans le soin.
    Même à distance, c’est comme si Thay et toute la Sangha du Village etait physiquement là à nos côtés.
    Avec profonde gratitude et amour.

  • Thank you Thay precious teacher and my dear brother and sisters of the Sangha . I enjoy using the app every day full of beautiful meditations and deep relaxations to practice with.
    I feel very fortunate to have such a source during these challenging times. 💙🌏🙏

  • While the Buddha is in me, in each of us, in our mindful thoughts and actions; resources in the plum village’s app and mails help me centre and touch the Budhha within … and bring it forth not just to breathe and sit with me, but in my small actions (in being and in doing) each day.

  • Thank you, the cello is sublime ……. sitting here in ‘house arrest’ like half of the world’s people… while the fierce little virus stalks around outside like a hungry tiger … I feel the peace and calm of Plum Village coming into the room … see you in September if my frail old body is spared for a while longer …

  • This is undoubtedly one of the most frightening times of my life. I spend so much time worrying. But, then, I come here and take refuge in the calm, nourishing spirit of the Buddha as he lives through the beautiful ones from Plum Village. Thank you to Thich Nhat Hanh for his teachings and to all the nuns and monks at Plum Village for continuing to help us through the storm. May you be safe.

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