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

“Action from the Heart”: A Diary

Action From The Heart was a Plum Village online retreat for activists which took place in February this year. Andrew Rock, who attended the retreat, keeps a diary of events and shares his highlights with us.

Singing with young people – Wake Up Earth retreat 2021

Let us enjoy the singing meditation offered by Plum Village sisters and brother in the Wake Up Earth retreat in May 2021. We hope the energy of joy in singing nourishes the young people and also helps you in practicing mindful singing. Go to Plum Village songs here.

Sharing with India

On 26 May, 2021 Plum Village community celebrated Vesak day with the various Plum Village sanghas in India and the Ahimsa Foundation (an organization founded to represent our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and his practice communities in India). Due to the serious state of COVID-19 in India, people in India...

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation

The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation raises money to support the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village monastaries around the world. The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is a division of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Inc. (formerly known as the Unified Buddhist Church). The Plum Village Community...

Vesak Day 2021

On the 26 of May, Plum Village centers around the world organized ceremonies to celebrate Vesak day. On this day we commemorate the birth of Prince Siddhartha, his enlightenment when he became known as Gautama Buddha, and his death known as parinirvana.

Vesak Celebration in India

Dear friends,Please join us with your family and friends for an evening of Mindfulness to commemorate Buddha Purnima (otherwise known as Vesak), marking the Buddha’s Birth, Nirvana and Mahaparinirvana.  In this time of great individual and collective suffering in India, the land of the Buddha, it feels important to hear what he...

How Plum Village has been Living during the Pandemic

Plum Village has been extra vigilant in preventing the spreading of Covid-19 virus since the very beginning of the pandemic. We have been closed to the public since March 2020, living in confinement and following the rules and restrictions of the French government carefully. We have cancelled all of...

Dharma Talk as part of the Online Day of Mindfulness

Come and enjoy a day of mindfulness practices with the brothers and sisters at Deer Park Monastery. The program begins at 5:45am (PST) with 45 minutes guided sitting meditation and three Earth touchings, live walking meditation at 9:00am (PST), followed by a live Dharma Talk at 10:15 (PST).

Guided Sitting Meditation as part of the Online Day of Mindfulness

You are invited to join the brothers and sisters at Deer Park Monastery in their weekly online Day of Mindfulness. The program begins at 5:45am (PST) with 45 minutes guided sitting meditation and three Earth touchings, followed by a live Dharma Talk at 10:15 (PST).

The Mind as a Gardener

In this extract from Understanding Our Mind, Thich Nhat Hanh explains how our "Mind Conciousness" acts as a gardener to cultivate postive or negatives states of mind.

The Divided Brain: A dialogue with Dr Iain McGilchrist

During the 2020 Online Retreat, Understanding the Mind, Brother Phap Linh and Dr. Liam Kavanagh hosted a disucssion with psychaitrist and writer Dr. Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and His Emissary, whose work focuses on the divide between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

Cultivating Kindness, Building Community

What does it feel like to receive kindness, from a loved one or even a stranger? What does it mean to have kindness in our own heart, and to be a true friend to ourselves and others? How can we cultivate these qualities, to help build a kind community...

Tending the Fire

Brother Phap Bieu reflects on how a Plum Village community or Sangha can continue to keep our spiritual tradition alive, stay true to the essence of the teachings and also be adaptable and flexible to the needs of the times.

Francophone Retreat

The francophone retreat, organized every year for over 20 years, has always been an opportunity to bring together the lay francophone community in a warm and joyful atmosphere.  Last year, for the first time in 20 years, Plum Village was unable to hold this annual “family reunion”.  At the end...

Reverence for the land

An interview with Mick Mc Evoy, manager of the Upper Hamlet Happy Farm, about the challenges of bringing mindfulness to farming, the magic of growing your own food and future plans for ecological healing through rewilding.

The Great Bell Chant (full version)

In Plum Village Practice centers worldwide, we chant the Great Bell Chant every day. The sound of the Great Bell is so beautiful and helps us to calm our mind, relax our body. We come back to our true home and generate compassion for all living beings. We send...

The Great Bell Chant

In Plum Village Practice centers worldwide, we chant the Great Bell Chant every day. The sound of the Great Bell is so beautiful and helps us to calm our mind, relax our body. We come back to our true home and generate compassion for all living beings. We send...

Invoking the Buddha and Bodhisattvas’ names

Bodhisattvas are awakened beings. We also have our nature of awakening, no less than they, but we have to train ourselves. One way is to practice invoking the names of four great bodhisattvas—Avalokiteshvara (Regarder of the Cries of the World), Manjushri (Great Understanding), Samantabhadra (Universal Good­ness), and Kshitigarbha (Earth...

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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