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Brother Chân Pháp Hữu

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Life Story

Brother Chân Pháp Hu was ordained as a novice monk on February 7th 2002 in the “Sugar Palm Tree” family. He received full bhikkhu ordination on December 18th 2006, and the Lamp Transmission as a Dharma Teacher in 2009. He became vice abbot in 2008 and is the abbot of Upper Hamlet since January 2011.

Br. Pháp Hũu first encountered Thầy and the community as a 9-year-old when he traveled from Canada to Plum Village France in 1996 with his father and sister. He was immediately drawn by the joyous brotherhood and the peaceful comportment of the monks. At the age of 12 he knew then that he wished to become a monk. After much persistence, his family allowed him to realize this wish at the age of 13.

True to his name, and despite the age difference, Br. Pháp Hũu became a dear friend to Thầy. He is often by Thầy’s side as an attendant, sharing moments filled with love, laughter, tears, and inspiration.

 As an abbot, Br. Pháp Hũu takes his time to connect with and understand his monastic and lay brothers. He is much appreciated as a skillful facilitator at Sangha gatherings. His favorite practices are walking meditation and organizing retreats in Plum Village. He is interested in team building, coaching, and mentoring. When playing, Br. Pháp Hũu loves basketball and music.

Dharma Talks

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…

Br Pháp Hữu

May 2, 2021

“How to Be a True Friend”

Brother Pháp Hữu’s name means “Dharma friend”. In this live talk , the first of our 3-month Autumn Rains Retreat, Brother Pháp Hữu speaks to us about how to be a true friend, and how to live in harmony with those around us in our family and community.

Br Pháp Hữu

October 5, 2020

Nourishing Spiritual Aspirations and Community Harmony

Br Phap Huu gives encouraging words to the Plum Village aspirants who are about to enter the monastic community. When we enter the ordained community, we do not do so only as individuals but we bring our whole ancestral lineage with us. It is important to have the aspiration…

Br Pháp Hữu

October 13, 2019

Opening the Rains Retreat

Br Phap Huu gives the opening talk of the Rains retreat on September the 17th, 2019, in the New Hamlet of Plum Village. He describes the history and spirit of the rains retreat since it started at the time of the Buddha. He tells a story of Thay and…

Br Pháp Hữu

September 17, 2019

The Power of Stopping and Resting | Business Retreat

Brother Phap Huu gives the orientation talk for the Business retreat. He covers the basic practices of breathing, sitting, total relaxation, eating, walking etc. These practices are concrete practices of mindfulness and allow us to return to the present moment. These practices also enable us to stop and heal,…

Br Pháp Hữu

June 2, 2019

Bringing Plum Village Practices Home

Br Phap Huu teaches on how to bring the practice home after a retreat in Plum Village. Bodhicitta is the mind of love and it also the beginner’s mind. It is a source of energy that pushes us to understand ourselves. The mindful breathing we learn at Plum Village…

Br Pháp Hữu

December 27, 2018

Mindfulness as a Source of Happiness

This is the second week of the summer retreat. In the first week we learnt that to be truly alive means to be truly there. To practice meditation is to learn to come home to our body, to allow our mind to come back to our body. Nowadays most…

Br Pháp Hữu

July 15, 2018

Pebble Meditation for Adults

Pebble meditation can help us develop the habit of being present, can help us get in touch with the state of our body and mind. We can use 4 pebbles or another object such as a mala or something else creative. 1. Freshness is needed to prevent burn-out. Breathing…

Br Pháp Hữu

May 13, 2018

Being At Home, Enriching Our Practice

Brother Phap Huu sets the stage for the Winter Retreat 2017-18 by sharing his amazement the first time he met a Plum Village monastic (15:36). Winter retreat is an opportunity to rekindle this beginner’s mind. A homecoming, a time for resting and taking refuge. When we know how to…

Br Pháp Hữu

November 16, 2017


Walk With Me: An interview with Br. Phap Huu back from SXSW

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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