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Sister Chân Đức

True Virtue


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Sister Chân Đức has been a disciple of Thầy since 1986. She became the first Western European woman to be ordained as a nun by Thầy on November 10th 1988 in India. She received the Lamp Transmission to become a Dharma Teacher in 1990 and served as Director of Practice at Plum Village. She is the former abbess of the Green Mountain Dharma Centre in the USA. Sister Chân Đức has been on the board of directors for the Unified Buddhist Church since 1998.

She is a much-loved senior Dharma Teacher and travels widely, leading meditation retreats, including in her ancestral land of England. She inspires many with her unique teaching style throughout the world. She is currently Dean of Practice at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany.

Dharma Talks

Hope In Action

“For me, hope is right now. We can realize the virtue of hope by dwelling in the present moment.” In this talk, offered on the eve of New Year’s Day 2021, Sister Chân Đức shares about the path of True Love, with the four elements of lovingkindness, compassion, joy,…

Sr Chân Đức

December 31, 2020

Taking Refuge in the Island within Ourselves

This talk was offered on 3rd December 2020. Where can we go to be truly safe in the most difficult moments? Do we know how to come back to that safe place and dwell there whenever we need? In the “Discourse on Taking Refuge in Oneself”, the Buddha encouraged…

Sr Chân Đức

December 17, 2020

Right View: Understanding the Roots of Our True Happiness

Which actions in our daily life nourish lasting happiness? Which of them contain seeds of suffering for ourselves and others? How can we understand this more clearly, and what does this have to do with the deepest fruit of mindfulness practice, Right View? In this talk, our respected elder…

Sr Chân Đức

November 1, 2020

Compassion is Non-Local

“Even if you don’t call yourself an environmentalist but you take good care of your body, then you are taking good care of Mother Earth. Some people say that they lose trust in their body when they become sick, but I gain trust in my body when I become…

Sr Chân Đức

April 26, 2020

Bodhicitta in Action

Talk in English given on September 22nd, 2019, in the Lower Hamlet of Plum Village. Sr Chan Duc (Sr True Virtue/Sr Annabel) gives a Dharma talk on bodhicitta (the mind of love and awakening), and taking care of Mother Earth. We have to cultivate the insight that Mother Earth…

Sr Chân Đức

September 22, 2019

UK Tour

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/

Sr Chân Đức

May 31, 2019

UK Tour

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/

Sr Chân Đức

May 27, 2019

Compassion and Ethics

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ This Rains Retreat we will look into the 14 Mindfulness Trainings. Sr Chan Duc continues exploring the foundations of ethics in our tradition. The 3rd…

Sr Chân Đức

September 23, 2018

On Full Awareness of Breathing

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ This is the opening talk in the Summer Retreat 2018 at Lower Hamlet. In this talk Sister Chan Duc introduces to us the first eight…

Sr Chân Đức

July 8, 2018

Nirvana is in Samsara, Samsara is in Nirvana

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ To download the retreat booklet: Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/kBoC/

Sr Chân Đức

June 21, 2018

The Twelve Nidanas

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ To download the retreat booklet: https://plumvillage.org/news/booklet-of-the-21-day-retreat-a-real-soulmate-of-the-buddha/ Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/jwK5/

Sr Chân Đức

June 18, 2018

Criteria for Studying the Sutras

Dharma talk during the 21- day retreat. What does it mean to be a soul-mate of the Buddha? It means have I understood the Buddha and his teachings? Do I give enough time and space to understand? Understanding very much depends on our practice, and our correct practice also…

Sr Chân Đức

June 3, 2018

Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels

Before the Buddha passed into mahaparanirvana he taught about how to take refuge in the island within oneself, which means taking refuge in your inner teacher. Taking refuge in the Buddha is to touch your awakened nature within, even if you come from a different faith, because everyone has…

Sr Chân Đức

May 20, 2018

US Tour: MGM: First Dharma Talk

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/dhao/

Sr Chân Đức

November 5, 2017

Protecting our home, the Earth

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ Kirby Misperton Protection Camp; Yorkshire, UK ~~~~

Sr Chân Đức

August 31, 2017

Facing Bereavement

Sister Annabel Chan Duc’s thought-provoking memoir True Virtue: The Journey of an English Buddhist Nun is now available everywhere books are sold. https://www.parallax.org/product/true-virtue/ ~~~~ Last Talk (“Nourishing Happiness” Retreat, UK) Help us caption & translate this video! https://amara.org/v/bcaL/

Sr Chân Đức

August 29, 2017

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What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

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