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.

May The Day Be Well

    May the day be well and the night be well. May the midday hour bring happiness, too. In every minute and every second, may the day and night be well. By the blessing of the Triple Gem, may all things be protected and safe. May all beings born in each of the four ways

We Are Truly Present

We Are Truly Present With hearts established in mindfulness, we are truly present for sitting and walking meditation, and for reciting the sutras. May this practice center with its Four fold Sangha be supported by three Jewels and Holy Beings, well-protected from the eight misfortunes and the three paths of suffering. May parents, teachers, friends,

Namo Avalokiteshvaraya

  Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya Namo ‘valokiteshvaraya click here to download

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.

Our True Home

Christmas is always an opportunity for us to meditate on the topic of home, our true home. Have I got a true home? A true home is a place where you feel comfortable and at ease. You don’t want to go anywhere else anymore. You feel so at home, so at ease. Have you found such a place?

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Sister Chan Khong’s Statement on Myanmar December 2017

Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic disciple of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Thay’s long-time collaborator, has written an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, to give the latest comments on the situation in Myanmar. Download the letter in PDF format  

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Stepping into Freedom

On the 14th of December, 2017, nine young men and women will be ordained into the Plum Village Monastic family.  For the very first time they will discover the reality of monastic life. As soon as the ordination date was confirmed, the web team gathered with the aspirants at the Upper Hamlet teahouse on a chilly winter afternoon with a cup of tea, to find out how they’re feeling.  The aspirants were beginning to feel one step closer to monastic life – a life of simplicity, humility, service, understanding, and love.

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What is an “Aspirant”?

To aspire means to aspire to something. There should be a kind of deep desire that pushes you to go in that direction. That desire makes up the vitality of the person. Each of us needs to have enough vitality, joy, an aspiration, a deep desire. So it is good to sit down and look deeply to recognise the deepest desire in us. Without this, a person is not very much alive.

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Dogwood Tree Family Ordains in Mississippi

The Plum Village monastic community grew by three on October 20th. The Dogwood Tree ordination family consists of Sr. Trang Quang Son (27), Sr. Trang Kim Son (24) and Br. Troi Minh Dung (23). They were ordained during the North America Tour Monastic Retreat in Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi. This interview took place the following day.

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Winter Retreat 2017-18 Opening: “Request for Taking Refuge Ceremony”

On the warm morning of November 15, 2017, the four-fold Sangha of Plum Village France gathered at the Dharma Cloud Temple to open the 2017-18 Winter Retreat with the “Request for Taking Refuge Ceremony”. At this ceremony, we make the commitment to practice together continuously for 90 days. The Winter Retreat is called “An Cư

2017 September 6th: Sr Chân Đức’s speech at the Union Medal Award Ceremony, NYC

Madam President, faculty, students, and friends, I feel very humbled to be a representative of Plum Village and our teacher Thay. Thay had a stroke in 2014, which means it is not possible for Thay to be here today with us, in one form. But Thay is here with us. I think he has been

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Celebrating Thay’s Continuation Day

On Wednesday October 11th monastic and lay disciples of Thay around the world celebrated their teachers continuation day, turning 91. Plum Village held a special Day of Mindfulness to be together and practice as a four-fold sangha. During an informal lunch Brother Phap Huu read the following text from Thay…

Interview with Brother Phap Luu: Freedom is Possible

“Today please sit back to enjoy a conversation on suffering, desire, the current political climate, how we can peacefully make change, the positive and negative aspects of the current university/college scene, how we can get young people to meditate, practicing compassion, commitment, and of course Brother Phap Luu’s story.” Interview with Brother Phap Luu: https://www.touchingthetrail.com/podcast/2017/9/26/episode-91-brother-phap-luu

Discourse on Emptiness in the True Sense of the Word

  This translation of the Discourse on Emptiness in the True Sense of the Word has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama, 335.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as part

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Discourse on the Absolute Truth

  This translation of the Discourse on the Absolute Truth has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Paramatthaka Sutta Atthakavagga 5, Sutta Nipata.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world, as part of our

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Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness

This translation of Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Samyukta Agama 1071 (The equivalent in the Pali Canon is Theranamo Sutta, Samyutta Nikaya 21.10 . It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village

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Store of Precious Virtues Discourse: Practice of the Highest Understanding

  This translation of Store of Precious Virtues Discourse: Practice of the Highest Understanding has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Prajñaparamita Ratnaguna Samcaya Gatha, Taisho Revised Tripitaka 229.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the world,

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Discourse on the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma: Universal Door Chapter

  This translation of the Discourse on the Lotus of the Wonderful Dharma: Universal Door Chapter has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Saddharmapundarika Sutra,Chapter 25, Taisho Revised Tripitaka 262. It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around

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Flower Garland Discourse: The Ten Great Aspirations of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

  This translation of the Flower Garland Discourse: The Ten Great Aspirations of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Avatamsaka Sutra 36, Taisho Revised Tripitaka 279.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice centers around the

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