Right View: Understanding the Roots of Our True Happiness

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“How to Be a True Friend”

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Invoking The Bodhisattva

What actions can we take to help bring about healing within ourselves and around us? How do we regain our sovereignty in moments of difficulty? (5:05 – ~10:00) Do we see a craving inside of ourselves for normalcy? How can we take this moment as an opportunity to realign...

Practice with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness

How do we engage with the present moment with both clear-eyed awareness and open-hearted kindness? What kind of mindfulness practice brings us understanding, and has the capacity to relieve suffering in ourselves and others? Brother Hue Truc playfully refers to his talk as a User Manual for mindfulness practice,...

Taming The Tiger Within

Brother Ngo Khong shares about habit energies, strong emotions and how to transform them.

Compassion is Non-Local

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Class of 2020, This Is, Actually, Your Moment

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A Time of Collective Turning

This talk was given to a monastic audience on a day of mindfulness closed due to coronavirus. Guided meditation from Joanna Macy’s “World as Lover, World as Self”.

Establishing a Buddha Field

“Buddha field: a field of awakening, the country of the present moment. When we think about Plum Village we feel joyful already. Even if we are not physically here—maybe we’re watching this online—but we feel like we’re getting in touch with the ‘Buddha ksetra’: a kind of field of...

The Three Powers (Compassion, Wisdom and Courage)

Sr Hoi Nghiem talks about going home to take care of ourselves. When the Vietnamese people prepare for the Lunar New Year, they clean up their home to make it spacious and beautify it by planting flowers in the garden. The same is true for our inner home –...

Christmas eve talk- The true spirit of giving

Br Phap Lai gives the Christmas Eve talk on embracing the suffering that may come up during Christmas celebrations as well as the true spirit of giving. Br Phap Lai shares a story of being embraced by the collective energy of the community on Christmas eve while he was...

Mindfulness, concentration and insight in the context of Sangha building

Sr Tue Nghiem gives the final talk of the 2019 rains retreat. Mindfulness, concentration and insight are powerful energies that we generate from within. They are the essence of the Plum Village practice. They enable us to cultivate joy and manage our suffering. We can cultivate mindfulness, concentrate and...

Taking Care of Ourselves in Order to Take Care of Others

Sr Hoi Nghiem starts off the talk by making three drawings representing the things that she loves. She talks about each picture and its importance to her and her practice, covering topics such as being still, taking root in the Sangha, being ourselves, being solid and being vast and...

The Physiology of Love

Sr Thuan Nghiem talks about the physiology of love. How we received love as babies, the family environment, affect how we internalize our suffering which determines how much suffering we create for ourselves and others. However as adults we can create new neural pathways to learn to recognize the...

Communities of Love as Healing Sources

Br. Phap Ung talks about the community’s love as like an ocean embracing all beings. In the spirit of meta-ethic, Suffering can be embraced by the community and be a source of growth and practice to see that we are not separate from each other. When we ourselves suffer,...

Reverence is the Nature of Our Revolution

Br Phap Dung teaches on community living and reverence in our life and in our practice. Br Phap Dung encourages us to give 100% of our being to the practice, much like a newly ordained novice. The Plum Village community is a community of resistance, a radical, non-violent, 2,500...

Taking care of Mother Earth

Br Phap Lai teaches on protecting Mother Earth. Protecting Mother Earth was one of Thay’s greatest teaching. He had the courage to love Mother Earth and face her suffering. In Thay’s book, Love Letter to the Earth, and his calligraphy “I am in love with Mother Earth”, he asks...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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