Sister Chân Hiến Nghiêm

True Dedication

Sister True Dedication (the translation of her Vietnamese monastic name, “Chân Hiến Nghiêm”) is from the U.K. She was ordained in 2008 at the age of 27, and became a Dharma Teacher in 2016.

Before entering the monastery, Sister True Dedication studied History & Political Thought at Cambridge University and worked as a journalist for BBC News in London. In the early years of her monastic training, she assisted Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong in their engaged Buddhist actions for human rights, religious freedom, applied ethics, and ecology. She helped to found the international Wake Up Movement, a community of young meditators who are finding new ways to combine mindfulness and engaged Buddhism.

Today, she contributes her time and energy to guiding young monastics and editing Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings, in particular his recent books on Buddhism and ecology, including Love Letter to the Earth (2013), The Art of Living (2017), and Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet (2021). She helps the community with external communications and media liaison, and can occasionally be found on twitter and instagram. At home in the monastery Sister True Dedication enjoys relaxing with her monastic siblings, drinking coffee, community-building, savoring silence in nature, and (when it’s appropriate) acting in comedy skits.

Sister True Dedication’s TED Talk, “3 Questions to Build Resilience and Change the World” was published on December 6, 2021.

Dharma Talks

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True Spiritual Friendship

from 2022 11 03, Rains Retreat, Lay Day, Talk 7. How can we embrace our ancestors that we have never met? This and the below questions were addressed by Brother Phap Huu and Sister True Dedication in this “a-la-carte Dharma Talk”. * How can we understand our deep suffering…

Br Pháp Hữu, Sr Hiến Nghiêm

November 3, 2022
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Active Response to Suffering

Is Plum Village “engaged” enough today? Is our daily practice of mindfulness an appropriate answer to the problems our world is facing? If we look deeply at current issues such as war, injustice, or the climate crisis, we can understand their connection with our ways of thinking, speaking and…

Sr Hiến Nghiêm, Br Pháp Linh, Br Pháp Hữu

October 2, 2022

The Gift of A Quiet Mind

Please enjoy the first Dharma Talk of the Plum Village Online New Year’s Retreat. Find out more about Sister True Dedication :

Sr Hiến Nghiêm

December 29, 2021

Wake Up Earth “Engaged Action & Aspiration”

Sister True Dedication teaches on how to combine spirituality and action. When we have found a spiritual path, we realize that we are not alone, we walk the path with others. The Four Noble Truths enable us to see the heart of the situation and the way to better…

Sr Hiến Nghiêm

August 15, 2019

Happiness or Profit?

Sr Lang Ngheim talks about the different ways we can come back to the present moment. One way is to be present but caught in what is happening, the other is to be present but free. She explains and shares personal stories on how the insight of interbeing enables…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm, Sr Hiến Nghiêm

June 3, 2019

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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