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May The Day Be Well

    May the day be well and the night be well. May the midday hour bring happiness, too. In every minute and every second, may the day and night be well. By the blessing of the Triple Gem, may all things be protected and safe. May all beings born in each of the four ways

We Are Truly Present

We Are Truly Present With hearts established in mindfulness, we are truly present for sitting and walking meditation, and for reciting the sutras. May this practice center with its Four fold Sangha be supported by three Jewels and Holy Beings, well-protected from the eight misfortunes and the three paths of suffering. May parents, teachers, friends,

Namo Avalokiteshvaraya

  Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya click here to download

What is an “Aspirant”?

To aspire means to aspire to something. There should be a kind of deep desire that pushes you to go in that direction. That desire makes up the vitality of the person. Each of us needs to have enough vitality, joy, an aspiration, a deep desire. So it is good to sit down and look deeply to recognise the deepest desire in us. Without this, a person is not very much alive.

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Thay arrives in Vietnam

  Official Announcement Plum Village August 29, 2017 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are very happy to confirm that earlier today, 29th August 2017, at 12h35 local time, our dear Teacher landed safely at Đà Nẵng airport in Vietnam. This is

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A New Spring: 2017 Francophone Retreat

Over 700 retreatants from all over France, as well as Switzerland, Belgium, Quebec, joined the Plum Village community for our annual Francophone Retreat from April 10-17. During this Easter week we enjoyed a full week of mindfulness practice, deep sharings, meditations, teachings and relaxation, all in French. See the full photo album below. The whole community

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“Walk With Me” Documentary Premieres in Texas

Last month, seven Plum Village monastics supported the launch of the world premiere of “Walk With Me“, the new documentary on Thich Nhat Hanh’s community, at SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas. From 11-15th March, they held a series of mindfulness and meditation sessions for festival-goers, including mindful walking, sunset meditation, and a sitting flashmob. Embed from Getty Images

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Drops of Compassion: a letter from Sister Chan Khong

Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists, and Thay’s long-time collaborator, has written an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, to ask for compassionate action to prevent the violent oppression of Rohingya muslims in her country.

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In Pictures: Plum Tree Novice Ordination, 15 Dec. 2016

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Thich Nhat Hanh in Thailand

  Thai Plum Village International Practice Center 17th December, 2016 Official announcement The Thai Plum Village Sangha is delighted that our beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh was strong enough to travel to Thailand a week ago, arriving in the early morning on Saturday, December 10. During his stay in Thailand, Thay will be residing in his thatched hut

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Thich Nhat Hanh flies to Thailand

As Plum Village enters the fourth week of our three month Winter Retreat, the days are getting shorter, the air fresher, and the energy of peace, stability, harmony, and togetherness deepening day by day. Elder Dharma Teachers have been offering inspiring talks, exploring the Noble Eightfold Path on the theme “In the Footsteps of Thay.”

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Winter Retreat Opening Ceremony with Thay

On the morning of Tuesday 15th November, Thich Nhat Hanh joined the fourfold community of Plum Village for a very special opening of our annual 90-day Winter Retreat. After missing two years of Winter Retreat in a row, the sangha is delighted that Thay’s health is now strong enough for him to offer his all-embracing compassionate,

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“Mindfulness: Be Happy Now!” Documentary

Interview with Larry Kasanoff, producer and filmmaker about the documentary-making process with Thich Nhat Hanh   How did you get into mindfulness? I read one of Thay’s books, loved it, and contacted him to meet because I thought he would be great inspiration for one of the characters in a series of very successful action

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Advent, the Mystics, and Mother Earth

A Dharma Talk by Brother Phap De December 11, 2011 Today is, in the Christian Churches of the West, the third Sunday of advent, the season in which our Western ancestors made a pretty big deal about getting ready for Christmas, getting ready for the Prince of Peace, looking for the arrival of the Messiah. This

May the Road Rise With You

Dear Beloved Community, On 25th September, our Deer Park Monastery in California held a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of our dearly beloved Brother Phap De (“Young Brother”), who passed away peacefully on August 4, 2016, at the age of 81. Brother Phap De had been in ill health for a few

Wake Up Earth Retreat at Plum Village August 5-12, 2016

2016-17 Happy Farm Volunteering for Women in the Lower Hamlet

What is The Happy Farm – Lower Hamlet? The Happy Farm Lower Hamlet is a small organic vegetable farm located on the sister’s ground in Plum village. It brings together farming and the mindfulness practice of Plum Village. In 2012 the first Happy Farm was founded in Upper Hamlet. Now 4 years later, based on

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2016-17 Happy Farm Volunteer Programme for Men in the Upper Hamlet

What is The Happy Farm? The Happy Farm is a small organic vegetable farm located within the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village. We have around 1 acre of land in cultivation, comprising 50 beds which are 35m long and 1.2m wide. In addition we have a large polytunnel with a further 6 beds which are

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Can you hear Mother Earth?

A special message from Sister Chan Khong Plum Village, July 2016 A DESPERATE CALL FOR HELP FROM MOTHER EARTH Dear Citizens of the Earth, Forty-six years ago, in 1970, I was a young biologist present at a ground-breaking meeting between Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and six leading scientists in Menton in the south of

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Reflections on the Paris Climate Conference

Thay Phap Dung, January 2016 Once again a generation is called to stop, reflect and take action for the collective, for our common home. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference was an opportunity for our human family to pause and look at the reality of the situation, and to discover whether or not we can unite

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2016 Ordination Ceremonies with Thay

The Plum Village sangha has just completed the 2016 “Love and Gratitude” Great Ordination Ceremony, blessed with the physical presence of Thay during the transmission of the Great Bhikshu and Bhikshuni Precepts and ceremonies to transmit the lamp to fifty new Dharma Teachers, lay and monastic.   Collective Energy    This has been the first

New documentary on Thay and Plum Village

Thanks to kind volunteers in the Philippines and the UK, we now have a beautiful four-part documentary about Thay and Plum Village, available online with English Subtitles. We hope you enjoy the beautiful imagery and powerful message.

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Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

 by Brother Phap Dung As we approach our next retreat on “Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Life” at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Germany from March 31st to April 3rd, we invite you to read the article below by Daniel Dermitzel, one of the founders of the Plum Village Happy Farm. He shares his thoughts on

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

Pope Francis has designated February 8, 2016 as an International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Many of our friends may remember that in December of 2014, a delegation from Plum Village made a historic visit to Rome to represent Thay at the invitation of Pope Francis, in signing the Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders

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2016 Lunar New Year “Parallel Verses”

We are very happy to announce the new Plum Village practice phrases to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Monkey. The practice phrases are a traditional parallel verse (or “couplet”) for the Lunar New Year (“Tết”), which will be celebrating in Plum Village soon: Sunday 7th February, 2016 is New Year’s Eve. The phrase is a

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Martin Luther King on the Power of Love

Please enjoy these inspiring words from our Teacher’s friend and spiritual brother, Dr. King in honor of the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Day, celebrated in the US on January 18th. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: I’m concerned about a better World. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when

An Update on Thay’s Health: 8th January 2016

Official Announcement Plum Village, France January 8, 2016   To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas world wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Since the dawn of the New Year, Thay has very clearly communicated to us a wish to return to his hermitage in Plum Village, France. Thay

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New Year’s Prayer 2016

This prayer will be offered by the Plum Village fourfold sangha on the night of the 31st December 2015, as part of the midnight ceremony to mark the dawn of the New Year 2016. PDF download (English) | Version français PDF New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 24th December 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France December 24, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Our monastic centers in the United States and Europe are now a month into our traditional annual practice of the three-month Winter Retreat, observing ninety continuous days of

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A Green Santa and A Hug of Love

Upper Hamlet Plum Village France 16th December 2015 This year Santa is not buying into any more Last weekend in Paris, world leaders successfully concluded their climate action summit, addressing how each nation can reduce their impact on our precious climate, and help relieve some of the effects created by our past unmindful actions. As we enter the holiday

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