Category: News

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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An Interview with Sr. True Virtue

An interview with Sister True Virtue (Chan Duc). She tells us how she has stayed on the path and shares some stories about Thay.

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An Autumn to Remember Interbeing

An article about the opening of the 90 Day Retreat, 2018 by Br. Phap Dung with an invitation to practice joyfully and deeply with the community where ever you may be.

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Three Mountain Poems

Br. Phap Bieu reflects on three poems by Master Ham Son (Zh. Hanshan)and shares his own experiences of being in the mountains and of the practice.

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The Old Pear Tree

What’s in a pear tree? On a foggy, dark night in the Upper Hamlet, a brother discovers the nature of mind with the help of a beloved old pear tree.

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BBC Radio 4 Visits Plum Village

Listen to the BBC’s thoughtful reflections on touching true happiness in Plum Village.

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Armfuls of Poetry, Drops of Sunshine – a poem of Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunshine rides on space and poetry on sunshine.
Poetry gives birth to sunshine, and sunshine to poetry.

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The First Happy Farm Experience Week

The Happy Farmers enjoy hosting their first “Experience Week” , sharing their practice of mindful, organic farming.

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21 Day Retreat 2018 “A Real Soulmate of the Buddha” – Video Clip

“The Art of Living” announced Nautilus Book Award winner

Thay’s book “The Art of Living” (2017) has just won the national Nautilus Award (Gold) for best book in the category “Religion / Spirituality of Eastern Thought”: http://bit.ly/2lvgv8g. If you haven’t read it yet, here it is: http://ow.ly/IlEl30k685z Nautilus Book Award is honored to share some of the wisdom, love, hope, and creativity that flow from

Sister Chan Khong on Thich Nhat Hanh: He’s Getting Stronger Every Day

Sister Chan Khong brings us up to date on Thich Nhat Hanh’s health and the future of his teachings and community (https://www.lionsroar.com/thich-nhat-hanh-getting-stronger-every-day/). Photo by Paul Davis   Melvin McLeod: Following his stroke three years ago, Thich Nhat Hanh is now resting and recovering at Plum Village in Thailand. How is he doing? He cannot stand

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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Booklet of the 21 Day Retreat “A Real Soulmate of the Buddha”

Dear friends,   Here is the link to download the booklet of the 21 Day Retreat “A Real Soulmate of the Buddha”. We hope that you enjoy the retreat and this booklet can be helpful for your practice. A Real Soulmate of the Buddha You may watch the Dharma talks and panel sharings in The

Turning Darkness into Light on a Grand Scale – 10 years of the EIAB

Sr. Chân Đức expresses gratitude for our practice center the European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Germany to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary. She tell us how Thay and the sangha have turned a place with a dark history into a place of peace and joy.

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European Wake Up Ambassadors Week

We’re planting seeds of new communities It’s time to wake up! It’s time to wake up together! The European Wake Up Ambassadors had a retreat in Upper Hamlet, May 11-18th 2018. The organizing team, which consisted of monastics and several Wake Up Ambassadors, had an online meeting before the retreat started to discuss the schedule and topics

VESAK 2018

The celebration of love, peace and harmony for all beings.  Happy Vesak!

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A Love Letter from Young Novices

We are novice brothers and sisters from France, Germany, Italy, the U.S., Vietnam, the Netherlands and other countries who live in Plum Village, France. We have grown up in Buddhist, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and other traditions, and now we have found our new spiritual home in the beautiful international Plum Village family.

Teachings on True Transmission and Yasoja Sutra

A talk by Thầy on August 22, 2001 at the Deer Park Monastery There is a lot of Dharma talk in the air and there is a lot of air in the Dharma talk. Today is August 22, 2001 at Deer Park Monastery. There is a sutra with the title Yasoja – that’s the name of a monk, the

Spreading the Dharma in Europe, The USA, and Asia

After our annual 3-month Winter Retreat, Plum Village monks and nuns have an opportunity to spread the Dharma around the world. This year, we will have Winter Retreat earlier than usual, starting on September 14th . The monastics are heading out to lead retreats and mindfulness events in Europe, The USA, and Asia. We have

Happy Continuation Day to Sister Chân Không

Happy Continuation day to our beloved Sr Chân Không as we remember her big heart and enormous contribution to Plum Village.

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Health Retreats

Three brothers in front of a blooming tree

Health Retreats, Brother Pháp Lữ and Brother Pháp Liệu, physicians in France before they became monks.

Apostles of Peace

An essay on the relationship between Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr Martin Luther King Jr..

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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Froglessness – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

The first fruition of the practice
is the attainment of froglessness.

Walking Meditation – poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will only walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.

Expressing our Gratitude to Thầy on the Lunar New Year Day

Today we your students, monastic and lay, have gathered on the first day of the Lunar New Year to celebrate our togetherness and to express our gratitude to you and all our ancestral teachers. We are happy that you are being embraced by the fourfold community there in Plum Village Thailand. As we breathe mindfully, we also know that you are here with us as well.

90 Days at Plum Village – reflections from lay practitioners

Why would you spend a full 90 days in a mindfulness practice centre during winter, living with many monastic and lay sisters? How did you make it possible to have that time from your “real” life? What were the challenges? How have you changed? Our long-term friends at the New Hamlet candidly responded to these questions.

Shedding my hair completely, I vow to transform all my afflictions

On December 14 at 9:30 in the morning, nine young men and women entered the community of monks and nuns at Plum Village France, receiving the Ten Novice Precepts. At the same time in Thailand, 22 novices were also “born” at the Thai International Practice Centre.

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New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors

The Plum Village fourfold Sangha offered this New Year Prayer at the midnight ceremony to enter 2018.