Update: We are offering online retreats while Plum Village France remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Four Pillars of Spiritual Life

This talk was given on the 12th of September, 2020 in Solidity Hamlet at Deer Park Monastery. You can support us by donating at https://plumvillage.org/support.

The Rain

“The Rain” is composed and sung by Sister Chân Đức (“True Virtue”), or Sister Annabel, as she is known to many. We hope you enjoy this tender and gentle song. For those of us with some worry or trouble in this moment, may the rain of compassionate understanding soak...

Discourse on the Great Emptiness

This is what I heard: One time the Buddha was staying in a village of buffalo herders of the Kuru people. At that time the Buddha called the monks to him and said: “Monks I shall teach you the Dharma that is beautiful in the beginning, the middle and...

Zen Autumn

“Flames of Prayer” is a song of freedom and love for life. Thich Nhat Hanh wrote it in 1966 after he heard that Nhat Chi Mai, one of the first six people ordained as a core member of the Order of Interbeing, had immolated herself to call for peace...

“The Insight Vaccine: Discerning Truth”

In this clear and memorable Dharma talk, our elder sister explores the nature of truth and asks, What can we rely on? She examines racism and misinformation, and identifies a vaccine: ‘deep looking’ into the reality of interbeing, which is present in our own bodies in a wonderful way....

Moments of Joy

The first full-length collection of poems from contemplative Buddhist nun Sister Jina van Hengel, each short verse radiates the energy of a single moment of awareness. Like a master gardener, over the years the revered Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has cultivated a host of brilliant monastics in the...

Thich Nhat Hanh

We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world...

Commemorating Zen Master Khuong Tang Hoi

Zen Master Tang Hoi is known as the earliest Buddhist meditation master of Vietnam. Please enjoy getting to know a spiritual ancestor of Plum Village with some photos and extracts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Master Tang Hoi.

The Most Reliable Refuge During Uncertain Times

This talk was given at Deer Park Monastery at the start of the annual 90-Day Retreat. This podcast is an edited recording of the live stream which took place on the Deer Park Monastery YouTube channel. You can support us by donating at https://plumvillage.org/support

Right View: Understanding the Roots of Our True Happiness

Which actions in our daily life nourish lasting happiness? Which of them contain seeds of suffering for ourselves and others? How can we understand this more clearly, and what does this have to do with the deepest fruit of mindfulness practice, Right View? In this talk, our respected elder...

Understanding our Father

Many of us have painful relationships with our parents. Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how can use meditation to understand and accept our own suffering, and then look deeply into the suffering of our father.


“Arrived, arrived. At home, I am at home. “ There may be a time when you feel lost, empty inside, suffering in a chaotic world or don’t know what to do, where to go. This song may help you to find a place in which you can restore your...

A Life Change

As we welcome the new novices of the Chestnut family into the Plum Village monastic sangha, elder brother, Brother Ngo Khong (Brother Freedom), abbot of Deer Park Monastery, recounts how he found his way to becoming a monk in the Plum Village tradition nearly ten years ago.

Discourse on Love

Just as a mother loves and protects her only child at the risk of her own life, we should cultivate boundless love to offer to all living beings in the entire cosmos. This translation of the Discourse on Love has been prepared by Thich Nhat Hanh from the Metta Sutta, Sutta Nipata...

Together we continue Thay

In this post, we share more stories from our monastic brothers and sisters as well as stories of transformation selected from our friends who have offered their stories as a gift to Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) as we continue to celebrate Thay's 94th continuation day.

The fortunate mendicant

In the Buddha’s time, the monks and nuns had in their possession only three robes and a begging bowl. The vow of poverty helps monks and nuns to focus on the spiritual practice. They go on alms-round (to beg for food) to practice humility and have a chance to...

Thầy breathes, you breathe

On the 11th of October, 2020, the sangha at Plum Village gathered to celebrate Thay’s continuation day in a spirit of peace and being together as big spiritual family. There were stories recounting beautiful memories with Thay, and how the practices of mindfulness are helping to transform people’s lives...

Bamboo Shoots and Tea

As monastics, being invited to drink tea or spend time with our teacher, (affectionately called Thay) are precious occasions. Two sisters, Sr Thuan Nghiem and Sr Thao Nghiem, share memories of what it was like to drink tea and travel with Thay and how they would like to be...

Happy Contination Day Thay – Thank You!

Students of our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh were invited to express their gratitude to him on his 94th continuation day (birthday). Many, many thanks to you to all who wrote in and offered their gift to Thay. Below is a selection of heartfelt sharings that we have received in...

Chestnut Tree Family Novice Ordination

Last Saturday, the 3rd of October, we once again experienced the beautiful novice ordination ceremony. Nine men and women were ordained as young monks and nuns. After nine months of training and practicing as aspirants, the had time arrived for their ordination into the Sangha of monks and nuns.It...

Latest News of Thầy’s Health in Huế

Within a few weeks, on October 11th, Thầy will be 94 years old. We are so happy that Thầy has compassionately stayed with us since his massive stroke almost six years ago, offering his presence, stability, and witness, as we step up to nurture and grow the Plum Village...

Finding your spiritual teacher

In this article Sister Chan Duc (Sr Annabel) shares with us the importance of having a teacher to guide us on the spiritual path, and more importantly how to find that teacher or teachers.

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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