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Live Events & Streams

Follow live-streamed meditations and talks, or sign up to join the monastics for one of our interactive online mindfulness retreats.

Dharma Teachers

Here are profiles of our senior Dharma Teachers who regularly offer teachings at Plum Village France. Becoming a Dharma Teacher Dharma Teachers (Dharmachāryas) are members of the community who have been selected as teachers because they have extensive spiritual practice and the prerequisites for a happy life. Zen Master...

The Mindfulness Bell

The Mindfulness Bell is a journal of the art of mindful living. It is an inspiration and teaching resource for those practicing mindfulness in daily life. Each issue features a teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh. Also included are stories and teachings by teachers and students in this lineage, based...

Mindfulness Apps

The Plum Village App allows us to take Plum Village with us wherever we go. We also suggest other meditation apps which can support our mindfulness practice.

The Five Mindfulness Trainings

The Five Mindfulness Trainings have their root in the Five Precepts offered by the Buddha. They have been expanded and updated so that they represent a way to bring mindfulness into every area of life. Rather than hard and fast rules, they offer us a framework to reflect on...

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are a modern distillation of the traditional Bodhisattva precepts of Mahayana Buddhism, and were created by Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon in 1966. Monastics and lay friends who have made a vow in a formal ceremony, to receive, study and observe these fourteen trainings are known as “Members of the Order of...

Wake Up network (young adults)

Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness and contribute to building a healthier and a...

The Order of Interbeing

The Order of Interbeing, Tiep Hien in Vietnamese, is a community of monastics and lay people who have committed to living their lives in accord with the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, a distillation of the Bodhisattva (Enlightened Being) teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Established by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon...

Days of Mindfulness

Thank you for your interest in our days of mindfulness. We regret that, due to measures to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 coronavirus, unfortunately our days of mindfulness have been cancelled until the end of August. Please see our announcement for more information. You are welcome to join us for...

About Plum Village Retreats

This page described retreats at Plum Village, currently retreats are online. You can also experience a Plum Village retreat in our other international monastic practice centres and when Plum Village monastics go on tour. The art of mindful living Coming to Plum Village for a retreat is an opportunity...

Plum Village

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition, and the first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West. Plum Village is where Thay has realised his dream of building a Beloved Community: creating a healthy, nourishing environment...

Retreats Calendar

Below you can find our upcoming in-person and online retreats hosted by Plum Village monasteries around the world. Please note, that Plum Village Monastery, France remains physically closed to visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dear friends, we are continuing to plan more in-person and online retreats for 2022,...

Becoming a Monastic

Those with a sincere aspiration to cultivate understanding and compassion as their only career, are welcome to join our monastic community.  You would live, learn, and practice in one of our monasteries in Europe, America or Asia. Our growing Sangha presently numbers over 700 monastics spread out among these...

Five-Year Monastic Training

When we train as a monastic we have the opportunity to find the root of our freedom, solidity, joy and happiness, and to help our society. When we ordain and wear the brown robe we learn to cut through our illusions and our afflictions. We learn to transform our...

Find a local group

A community of Buddhist practitioners is referred to as a “sangha”.(Sanskrit for inseparable)A sangha can include both monastics and lay practitioners. As the third jewel of Buddhism, Sanghas offer a deep well of support and wisdom. We encourage everyone to join a sangha near you, or participate in activities...

Contact Us

Here at Plum Village we receive many more emails than the monks and nuns have the capacity to respond to. We try our best to reply in a timely way, and would like to thank you for your patience and compassion. Please note that we continue to remain closed...

Community

Everyone who comes to practice is a member of the sangha. Even if we come to Plum Village for only one week, our presence and our practice can contribute to the vitality and harmony of the sangha. In society, much of our suffering comes from feeling disconnected from one...

The Art of Mindful Living

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a pioneer bringing mindfulness in the West since the early 1970s, developing new ways to apply ancient wisdom to the challenges of modern life. Mindfulness is a kind of energy that we generate when we bring our mind back to our body and get...

Bat Nha: Magical Sound of the Sitar

Thay is continuing to write a letter to you from the hermitage Thach Lang in Blue Cliff Monastery. It is October 13th, 2009. Thay just came back from New York. In New York, Thay and the Sangha guided two days of practice for over 2000 American practitioners in the...

Bat Nha: Diamond Body

Blue Cliff, October 7th, 2009 To my Bat Nha Children, I write “my Bat Nha children” and not “my children in Bat Nha” as I had done before, because even though you are not living in Bat Nha anymore, you continue to carry the name of the Bat Nha...

A Young Monastic’s Dream

My dear students, near and far, In the Daily Chanting book, there is a chant that I really liked when I was a novice. The prose of this piece is very beautiful, and its content has a great capacity to nourish the aspiration of monastics. Every time the novice...

Seeing Thay in the Sangha

This letter was written by Thay in 2009, after he was urgently hospitalized with a serious lung infection, in the middle of a 3-month U.S. Tour. About 900 people had gathered in at the YMCA campus in Estes Park, Colorado, for a 5-day retreat that he would lead. However,...

Thay Misses The Sangha

Dear Friends and Co-practitioners at the Retreat One Buddha is Not Enough, Estes Park, CO. My dear friends, I am writing to you from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I know the Sangha has manifested today in Estes Park. I miss the Reterat. I miss the beautiful setting...

The Mountain Cliff Robe

European Institute of Applied Buddhism Waldbroel, Germany 2009 Last night while sleeping here Thầy had a dream. He saw that he was climbing a mountain with the Buddha and with little Hải Triều Âm (Sound of the Rising Tide). At that time, it was about 2 am in the...

Sitting Still, Imperturbable

Sitting Still Hut, Upper Hamlet, Plum Village July 20, 2009 To my students in Bat Nha, Tu Hieu and everywhere, Thay is sitting at “Sitting Still Hut,” in the Upper Hamlet of Plum Village while writing this letter to you.  The Summer Retreat in Plum Village is very joyful...

The Toadskin Hut and Paths of Legend

Thay wrote this end-of-year letter addressed to all of his students about the Toadskin Hut, the hermit of Still Sitting Hut, walking meditation paths that have become legendary, and the new young Dharma Teachers in Plum Village.   Still Sitting Hut, Plum Village Upper Hamlet, France December 5, 2008 There is sunshine in Upper...

Letter to Tommy in Prison

Thay replies to a prisoner who wrote to him sharing about his mindfulness practice. He asked for Thay's advice on how to handle his strong emotions when violently provoked and challenged by other prisoners.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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