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Sister Chân Thuận Nghiêm


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Life Story

Sister Chân Thuận Nghiêm was ordained as a novice nun on May 18th 2000 in the “Plumeria” family. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in January 2003, and the Lamp Transmission from Thầy, to become a Dharma Teacher, in January 2009.  Originally from Vietnam, she and her family immigrated to America in 1990, living in the eastern state of Pennsylvania. It is from Thầy’ s book ‘Old Path white cloud’ that she aspired to ordain despite the fact that she has never learned, practiced mindfulness or attended any Mindfulness retreat before.

She is an active member of our international community and has lived in Lower Hamlet, France; Green Mountain Dharma Center, Vermont; Deer Park Monastery, California; Asia Institute of Applied Buddhism, Hongkong and currently in New Hamlet, France.

She has deep love for nature, holistic healing, the Earth and Oceans. She likes to build lay sangha as well as monastic sangha wherever she resides. She invests her time and energy into training young monastics. She likes to be surrounded by the practitioners who are young and not so young, who aspire to walk on this path of Mindfulness. She likes hiking and hammock meditation. 

Dharma Talks

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….

Sr Thuận Nghiêm

November 17, 2020

The Physiology of Love

Sr Thuan Nghiem talks about the physiology of love. How we received love as babies, the family environment, affect how we internalize our suffering which determines how much suffering we create for ourselves and others. However as adults we can create new neural pathways to learn to recognize the…

Sr Thuận Nghiêm

November 17, 2019

The Five Remembrances

Sr Thuận Nghiêm talked about the Upajjhatthana Sutta (Subjects for Contemplation) otherwise known as the Five Remembrances during the Spring Retreat. 1. I am of the nature to grow old, I cannot escape old age. Plum trees need to be trimmed so that their sap energy does not get…

Sr Thuận Nghiêm

May 17, 2018
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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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