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Memories from the Root Temple: My Master’s Robe

The mark of a true Masters is their capacity for love, compassion, kindness and joy. The story of how Thay was ordained and the kindness, care and gentleness of his own teacher.

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Chanting as a River a New Plum Village Album

Chanting as a River a New Plum Village Album Dear Friends, We are happy to tell you that the monks and nuns of Plum Village, together with some of our wonderful friends in the practice, have made a new album of chants. Many of our chants have been renewed with  harmonies and instrumental parts. These

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Celebrating the History of Buddhism in Vietnam, and a way forward

THICH NHAT HANH Celebrating 1,000 Years of Hanoi In the year 1010, one thousand years ago, the first king of the Ly dynasty founded Thang Long, the city now known as Hanoi. The Ly dynasty has been described as “the most compassionate, peaceful and harmonious in the history of Vietnam” by the eminent historian Hoang

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Memories from the Root Temple: Does the Buddha need incense?

How Thay’s teacher taught him to light incense when he was a novice and the meaning behind the act.

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Who Is The Boss?

The way of the compassionate leader. Concrete practices to heal our relationships, and overcome stress in the business world.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Poetry for Heroes

“Gathas for Daily Life was a warrior’s manual on strategy. As novices, we were handed it when we entered the monastery and instructed to keep it close at hand at all times, even to use it as a pillow at night…”

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Life is a Poem

A poem by Sr Chan Hoi Nghiem, abbess of Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, about the beauty, depth and interconnectedness available in the present moment.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Washing Dishes

This is the third in a series of stories Thay has told of his time as a young monk at the Root Temple in Hue, Vietnam, to which he has recently returned to live.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Tangerines in Heaven

This is the second in a series of memories written by Thay, called Memories from the Root Temple, based on his time with his teacher, Master Thanh Quy at Tu Hieu Temple, Vietnam, to which he has recently returned to live.

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Thich Nhat Hanh Returns Home

Thay has expressed a clear wish to live out his days at the Root Temple in Hue, Vietnam.

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English Translation of Thay’s letter to Root Temple Descendants, October 2018

Thay’s 92nd Birthday

As we celebrate Thay’s 92nd continuation day on 11th October, we would like to take this opportunity to share with you how our beloved Teacher has been doing.

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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

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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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