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Book Excerpts / Moments of Joy

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we would like to offer you a few poems, ‘Moments of Joy’ read by Sr Dieu Nghiem (also known as Sr Jina), a senior disciple of Thay, and a much loved Dutch-Irish nun of the Plum Village tradition. Those who have encountered her while on retreat will remember her light presence and deep wisdom. What many may not know is that Sr Dieu Nghiem often likes to write short poems to capture her moments of being fully present to life.

Book Moments of Joy

Moments of Joy
The Poetry of Sister Jina, Chan Dieu Nghiem
(Parallax Press, Berkeley)

This morning
the wind carried away
all the white plum blossoms
revealing tender green leaves.

Lying down to nap
High up on the mountain
a young pine offers her shade
a gentle breeze a lullaby

The sound of the rain
on my window
turns my little cottage
into a cozy refuge
this morning

Among the red tulips
Two bright yellow
Dandelions
Not intimidated at all!

This morning
It looks so quiet
Outside
I open my window
To hear the silence
Better

In the blue sky
One lone little white cloud
Drifts leisurely
Nowhere to go
Nothing to do

— Discover more...

Signlessness and Impermanence

This Dharma Talk is the teaching given on Saturday 5th September, the final day of the 2015 Miracle of Mindfulness Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, New York, as part of the 2015 Miracle of Mindfulness Tour of the USA. Sr Dieu Nghiem presents the final four exercises of the...

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

September 5, 2015

Bodhicitta in Action

Talk in English given on September 22nd, 2019, in the Lower Hamlet of Plum Village. Sr Chan Duc (Sr True Virtue/Sr Annabel) gives a Dharma talk on bodhicitta (the mind of love and awakening), and taking care of Mother Earth. We have to cultivate the insight that Mother Earth...

Sr Chân Đức

September 22, 2019

Taking Refuge in the Island within Ourselves

This talk was offered on 3rd December 2020. Where can we go to be truly safe in the most difficult moments? Do we know how to come back to that safe place and dwell there whenever we need? In the “Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself”, the Buddha encouraged...

Sr Chân Đức

December 17, 2020

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Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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