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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Discourse on Youth and Happiness

  This translation of the Discourse on Youth and Happiness has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Samiddhi Sutta, Samyukta Agama 1078, Samyutta Nikaya 1.20, Taisho 99).  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 Measuring and Reflecting

  This translation of the Discourse on Measuring and Reflecting has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Anumana Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 15. 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 daily sitting

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Discourse on the Teachings to Be Given to the Sick

  This translation of the Discourse on The Teachings to Be Given to The Sick has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from Ekottara Agama 51.8, Majjhima Nikaya 143 and Madhyama Agama 26.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting From The Heart (Parallax Press, Rev.Ed., 2006) It is recited regularly at Plum Village practice

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Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself

  This translation of the Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Chinese: Taisho Revised Tripitaka, No.99, Samyukta Agama 639.  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

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Anuradha Discourse

  This translation of the Anuradha Discourse has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the 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 practice centers around the world, as part of our daily sitting and

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Discourse on the White-Clad Disciple

This translation of the Discourse on the White-Clad Disciple has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Upasaka Sutra, Madhyama Agama 128. 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 daily sitting and

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Thay arrives in Vietnam

  Official Announcement Plum Village August 29, 2017 To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas worldwide, To our Dear Beloved Friends, We are very happy to confirm that earlier today, 29th August 2017, at 12h35 local time, our dear Teacher landed safely at Đà Nẵng airport in Vietnam. This is

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Thich Nhat Hanh to receive Union Medal on September 6th in livestreamed ceremony

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (Union) has announced that it will award Buddhist teacher, author, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh with the Union Medal, “which was instituted in 1981 as a means of honoring individuals whose lives reflect the mission of the Seminary in the world, the Union Medal is the Seminary’s highest award. Previous medalists include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Vice President Al Gore, and Judith and Bill Moyers.”

Discourse On Love

This translation of the Discourse on Love has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata 1.8. 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 daily sitting and chanting

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Elder Discourse

This translation of Elder Discourse 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 practice centers around the world,

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Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments

This translation of the Discourse on the Four Kinds of Nutriments has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Samyukta Agama, Sutra 373.  It appears in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, 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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The Soulmate of the Buddha 21 Day Retreat – June 1st – 21st, 2018

We write to share a happiness that next year 2018, Plum Village will be hosting our bi-annual 21 Day Retreat once again from June 1st to June 21st. It is a retreat focused for experienced Buddhist practitioners, especially from our Order of Interbeing community, but is also open to the general public.

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Our Environment

Sister Annabel (Sister Chan Duc) It is a lovely day in May in EIAB, Waldbroel. How lucky we are to have eyes that can enjoy the wonderful colours and forms of spring and two good legs to take us out into the woods and pastures and the time to enjoy the beauties of nature.  We

Mother, Hear Our Call

Sister Chân Mai Nghiêm Mother, hear our call, Here we stand. No matter where we stand, We are your children. And we stand for the Truth of our Oneness. Drawing by Sister Chân Hài Nghiêm May we stand in the steadiness of your Love To protect you, Mother, On your lap, we stand To protect

Two Families, One Heart:
 A Western Bhikshu Comes Home

Br. Chân Trời Phạm Hạnh I still remember vividly my community as a young boy. We had to go up the stairs and into a big hall with stained glass windows. It was full of older and younger brothers and sisters, or uncles and aunts, as we called them as children. As a little boy,

Alms Round – The Practice of Love, Humility, and Gratitude

Br. Chân Trời Nguyện Lực “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, a gentle breeze blows. 
With each step, a flower blooms.”  Alms round is a beautiful practice that I like very much. Of all Plum Village centers around the world, only

Healing the Past, Transforming the Future

Br. Chân Trời Đức An Dear respected Thay, dear sisters & brothers, dear friends, My name is Chan Troi Duc An. I am a baby novice monk in the Plum Tree family. We ordained on December 14th in France, and some on the 15th in Thailand. I was born in France in 1988 and grew

I Am in Love with Mother Earth

“Every morning in winter when I wake up, I put on some warm clothes and go out to take a walk around the Upper Hamlet. It is usually still dark outside, and I walk gently, in touch with the nature all around me, the sky, the moon, and the stars. One time, after walking, I

As if We Had Met Before – Remember to Look for Thay

Thầy has arrived in Thailand. That in itself brought quite a shock for countless people. What needed to be done was realized quickly. I could feel each brother and sister’s heart in anticipation of seeing Thầy. Hearing that Thầy would come, Venerable Giác Viên, currently receiving treatment in Vietnam, has arranged to come and visit Thầy.

As if We Had Met Before – Singing with Thay

We have many funny stories during the time of attending Thầy. Once, while aiding Thầy to walk, after a few steps he pointed to his feet. My brother and I were dumbfounded to see that we had put the right shoe on Thầy’s left foot and vice versa.

As if We Had Met Before – Thay’s Childhood Rain

“What event in this year was the most meaningful for me?” If you had asked me this question, without hesitation I would have replied that it was the opportunity to attend Thầy. In this process I have found myself and I have also found you.