Sister Dang Nghiem


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Life Story

Sister Dang Nghiem, MD, (“Sister D”) was born in 1968 in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and an American soldier. She lost her mother at the age of twelve and immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen with her brother. Living in various foster homes, she learned English and went on to earn a medical degree from the University of California – San Francisco. After suffering further tragedy and loss, she quit her practice as a doctor to travel to Plum Village monastery in France founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, where she was ordained a nun in 2000, and given the name Dang Nghiem, which means adornment with nondiscrimination. She is the author of a memoir, Healing: A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun (2010), and Mindfulness as Medicine: A Story of Healing and Spirit (2015).

Healing is always possible, especially when we have a spiritual practice to take care of our body and mind. In fact, to be aware that you have a body and to learn to listen to it is already healing. The healer, the healed, and the healing process are in each other, they are each other— they interare.

Sister Dang Nghiem

Dharma Talks

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You Are Enough!

Do you realize that you are already enough? In this talk for teenagers (and the “forever teens at heart”), Sister Đẳng Nghiêm (“Sister D”) shows young people how to take care of their body and mind amidst the rapid changes of adolescence. “Remember – Actions become habits. Habits become…

Sr Dang Nghiem

July 28, 2022
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Be Your Own Soulmate

To be a soulmate, we must truly understand ourselves. Who am I? Why do I do the things I do and feel the ways I feel? How do I calm my mind and body and be at ease in different situations? In this rare talk for teenagers (and the…

Sr Dang Nghiem

July 21, 2022

True Love And Healing (Wake Up Retreat #2)

In this kind and gentle talk, Sister Dang Nghiem relates her own journey of healing, and describes the path of true love as the process of becoming “our own soulmate”. She shares that we can begin by befriending our own breath and our own body. From this foundation, we…

Sr Dang Nghiem

July 3, 2022

Coming Home to Our Ancestors

This is the First Dharma talk of the retreat offered by Sister Dang Nghiem at Deer Park Monastery on September 13, 2017. The retreat theme is Awakening the Source of Understanding. The retreat is part of the larger US Tour with the theme Awakening Together. Help us caption &…

Sr Dang Nghiem

September 13, 2017

Books

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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