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Earth Holder Commitment

As part of our Two Weeks of Climate Prayer and Action, The new Earth Holder Commitments are now available in a one-page print-out in English, French and have been translated into Vietnamese. The English and French texts are formatted to be printed double-sided and folded in half.  ›› ENGLISH PDF ›› FRENCH PDF ›› VIETNAMESE We invite you to share it with

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Dear President Hollande

This moving letter to the President of France was written by Sister Mai Nghiem, a French nun and Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition, currently residing at Deer Park Monastery in California. Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) has often taught us the practice of writing “love letters” to our political leaders at times of shock, turmoil and

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A Mindful Response to Terrorism

“Man is not the enemy”, Thay has often reminded us. “Our enemy is hatred, anger, ignorance and fear.” The roots of terrorism are not to be found in religious philosophies or unfamiliar cultures, but in misunderstanding, fear, anger, and hatred. “Terrorists are human beings who are sick with the virus of terrorism. The virus you see

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Call to Action: People’s Climate Prayer

AVAILABLE IN: ESPANOL | FRANCAIS | ITALIANO | VIETNAMESE | PORTUGUESE | JAPANESE DOWNLOAD ENGLISH TEXT AS PDF   People’s Climate Prayer: November 29th – December 11th, 2015 12th November 2015 To All Plum Village Practice Centers, To All Order of Interbeing Members, To All Our Sanghas World-wide, To Our Dear Beloved Friends, To support the upcoming Paris Climate

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Thay’s Teachings on the Climate Crisis

This article was published on The Huffington Post: 11/04/2015 5:50 pm EST What We Can Learn From Buddhist Insights for the Climate Crisis On October 29 our Teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, came together with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Buddhist leaders from over a dozen countries to make a common declaration on climate change

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Thich Nhat Hanh Receives the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, renowned for bridging Eastern and Western spirituality, is the 2015 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award recipient. Bishop Martin Amos traveled to Deer Park Monastery in southern California to present the award on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to the 89-year old Zen master. Sister Chan Khong and Brother Phap Dang

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Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders 2015

Thay, Sister Chan Khong and over 40 Plum Village Dharma Teachers from all over the world signed the Buddhist Climate Statement to World Leaders yesterday, October 29th, 2015. This new declaration builds on Thay’s powerful message “Falling in love with the Earth”, submitted to the United Nations last year, and his call to action in his bestselling books on Buddhism and

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 8th September 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France September 8, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, It has been two months now since Thay arrived in America, with the hope of getting more intensive treatment to recover from his stroke. Thanks to the incredible support

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Applications Open for Happy Farm Internships

The Plum Village Happy Farm is inviting applicants for their one-year Happy Farm Internship Program for the coming season, from November 2015-October 2016. These internships offer a rare opportunity to combine mindfulness, community, deep sustainability and organic farming, in the peaceful nourishing environment of Plum Village Practice Center. What is The Happy Farm? The Happy Farm is a

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Sister Chan Khong at Paris Climate Summit, 21 July 2015

Sister Chan Khong joined elders from many of the world’s religions and wisdoms in Paris on July 21 for a World Summit of Conscience to answer the question “Why do I care about the planet?” and launch a “Call to Conscience for the Climate”. The event, which was intended to help prepare the ground for the Paris

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 14th July 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France July 14, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Since our last update, Thay has been able to communicate more clearly a very strong wish to intensify his recovery program. Thay is very determined to do everything

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 28th June 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France June 28, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are happy to report that Thay’s health has improved greatly since he returned to his Plum Village Hermitage in early April. Every day Thay has been out

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Connecting to Our Root Teacher: A Letter from Thay, 27 Sept 2014

Thay wrote this letter to all of his students last autumn, as his health was beginning to weaken. Although Thay did not have enough strength to give Dharma Talks, he was able to dictate and edit this letter. It has been translated from the Vietnamese, so that everyone enjoy his rich, deep and heartfelt teaching on how “devotional practice” and the

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Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

Plum Village is looking for volunteers to support us during our 2015 Summer Retreat, our largest and most festive retreat of the year. We are looking for people with prior experience of Plum Village practice centres and retreats, who have an enthusiastic heart of service, and a good command of spoken English. There will be many opportunities to

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Plum Village in Indonesia 2015

Thay’s senior disciples have arrived in Indonesia, as part of the 2015 Plum Village Asia Tour. The monks and nuns have just completed a 5-day Family Retreat in Cipanas, and will be offering mindfulness events for educators and businesspeople this weekend. Land has been donated to establish a new Plum Village monastery and practice center

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In the Footsteps of the Buddha

A few miles from Bodhgaya, our Sangha walked the edges of rice fields to the stupa commemorating the place where legend has it that the young village girl named Sujata offered kheer to the exhausted ascetic Siddhartha. Ahead of us flowed the river Niranjana on whose banks it is said Siddhartha fainted. In the distance,

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Japan Tour 2015: photos & video

A large delegation of the most senior Dharma Teachers in the Plum Village Tradition, including many abbots and abbesses from our centres around the world, led events in Japan, from April 28 – May 13, as part of the 2015 Plum Village Asia Tour. It was the sangha’s first major teaching tour in Japan since Thay’s 2011 trip

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New Dharma Spring

As a symphony of greens explodes here in Plum Village, and soft rains fall on our lotus ponds, many of our elder Dharma brothers and sisters have set off to share the dharma in Europe and Asia. It is just like in the time of the Buddha, when after the 90-day Retreat, the monastics would

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 6th April 2015

Official Announcement Plum Village, France April 6, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are happy to report that Thay’s health has continued to improve at the specialist stroke rehabilitation clinic in Bordeaux, where he has been steadily recovering his strength.

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Remembering Kayla

It is with great sadness that Plum Village has learned of the passing away of our beloved dharma sister Kayla Mueller in Syria earlier this month. Kayla was a student of Thay’s and a lively, loving and passionate member of the Sparkle dharma discussion group that formed in New Hamlet in Summer 2010. Kayla was captured by

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 19th Feb

Official Announcement Plum Village, France February 19, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As we enter the Lunar New Year, and our practice centers conclude our annual 90-day Winter Retreat, we are very happy to report that our dear Teacher continues

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 3rd January

Official Announcement Plum Village, France January 3, 2015 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, Happy New Year! May you and your loved ones enjoy a truly New Year, blossoming with health, happiness and peace. We would like to thank everyone for continuing

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How to make your New Year truly “new”

In this Dharma Talk from 29th December, 2013, Thay teaches us with great power and humour, how to prepare ourselves for the coming of the New Year.

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 13 December

Official Announcement Plum Village December 13, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,   Thay continues to surprise the doctors with his strong vital signs and steady, peaceful breathing. They are still amazed that Thay has been able to survive and even

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from Buddhist Door: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peerless Influence on Western Buddhism

Repost from Buddhistdoor International: Buddhistdoor View On 12 November, Thich Nhat Hanh (or Thay) suffered a severe brain hemorrhage that put him in hospital. As the global Buddhist community continues to keep close watch on the world’s most famous Zen master, the most recent Plum Village press release on 30 November states that his condition

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Speech at the Vatican, December 2, 2014

On December 2, 2014, a delegation of monks and nuns from Plum Village travelled to the Vatican to represent Thich Nhat Hanh at a Summit of World Faith Leaders to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. At the time, Thich Nhat Hanh was still critically ill in hospital in Bordeaux, France, following his stroke on

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 30th November

Official Announcement Plum Village November 30, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, As the Winter Retreat continues to unfold in all our practice centers in Europe and America, Thay’s condition in the hospital remains stable. Thay continues to rest peacefully with

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An Update on Thay’s Health: 22nd November

Official Announcement Re: Thay’s current condition Plum Village, 22 November, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are

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An update on Thay’s health: 15th November

Official Announcement Re: Thay’s health situation Plum Village, 15 November, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, Thầy is now in a hospital with a highly reputable neurologist monitoring his progress. He is in the right place with the best possible care

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Guidance from Plum Village on visiting at this time

Official Announcement Re: Guidance on Visiting Thay and Plum Village, France to help Thay’s recovery Plum Village, November 14, 2014 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We would like to express our gratitude to everyone for generating a powerful collective energy of

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