Category: Ecology

Taking Care of Earth, Nourishing our Love

How to be with the difficulty that comes from Earth changes, to stay strong, and to be a resource for self, family and community.

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The Earth Holders

Meet A Plum Village community helping to transform and heal our societies and the Earth and learn about a retreat they held in New Mexico.

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Happy Farmers report on their crop of joyful giving

Happy farmers share about their crops from the large organic vegetable harvest to the joy and happiness gained from living and practising in harmony with each other as well as with Mother Earth. They share about how they are able to realize and share with others about the practices of mindfulness and sustainability.

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

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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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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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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The Guardian (UK) : 21 January 2013

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: only love can save us from climate change Leading spiritual teacher warns that if people cannot save themselves from their own suffering, how can they be expected to worry about the plight of Mother Earth by Jo Confino | Monday 21 January 2013 Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s

The Ecologist (UK): 22 March 2012 – Part 2

Happiness is possible without simply consuming all the time In the second part of his interview, Thich Nhat Hanh explains why you don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to give up an addiction to a high-consumption lifestyle Most of us in the West are still attached to a high-consumption lifestyle. We like to buy

The Ecologist (UK): 22 March 2012 – Part 1

“Thich Nhat Hanh: in 100 years there may be no more humans on planet earth” by Tom Levitt. The acclaimed buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks to the Ecologist about the loss of biodiversity and why human vulnerability is not something we should despair about Do you believe humans can avoid a global ecological collapse,

The Guardian (UK): 20 February 2012

Beyond environment: falling back in love with Mother Earth by Jo Confino | Monday 20 February 2012 “Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh explains why mindfulness and a spiritual revolution rather than economics is needed to protect nature and limit climate change.” Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has been practising meditation and mindfulness for 70 years and

The Independent (UK): Monk on a Mission, 10 August 2010

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet An Exclusive Interview with Thich Nhat Hanh by Nick Harding | Tuesday 10 August, 2010 Monk on a Mission He has set up an eco-friendly village and he is a best-selling author. Tomorrow this green crusader will fill the Hammersmith Apollo with fans. But Thich Nhat Hanh is