Sister Chân Trai Nghiem

Adornment with Purification

Sister Chân Trai Nghiêm (釈尼真齋嚴) was ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2009, received her full Bhikshuni ordinationn on May 24, 2014 and became a Plum Village Dharma Teacher in 2020.

Born in the USA and spending her formative years in Yokohama, Japan, she relocated to Seattle, USA, at the age of thirteen. Before joining the monastic order in Plum Village, France, she worked as a concert violinist for several years, performing worldwide as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, among others. She is also a certified yoga teacher and enjoys exploring creative ways to share the Dharma, cultivating harmony and healing in body and mind. She has led mindfulness retreats in South and North America, Europe, and Asia and has helped publish numerous works by Thay in the Japanese language.

Dharma Talks


In Touch with The Present Moment

This Dharma Talk was recorded on the 7th August 2023 in Plum Village Upper Hamlet. It is the second talk of the Annual Wake Up retreat (mainly for young people 18 to 35 years old).

Sr Trai Nghiem

August 7, 2023
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Balance in the Spiritual Life

Before taking a deep dive into our suffering, practicing mindfulness according to the breathing exercises taught in the Anapanasati Sutta increases our capacity for happiness and joy. In this way, we are able to hold our deep suffering. Thay regularly taught his students to balance the spiritual life among…

Sr Trai Nghiem

November 10, 2022

Articles by Sr. Trai Nghiem

Thay’s books in Japanese

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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