Sister Chân Diệu Nghiêm


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Sister Chân Diệu Nghiêm was ordained as a novice nun at the Hokyoji Temple, Fukui, Japan on November 11th 1985, with the ordination name “Ji Na” (“Loving Kindness”). She joined the Plum Village community in 1990 as one of Thầy’s first European monastic disciples. Sr. Diệu Nghiêm received full bhikshuni ordination from Thầy on January 10th 1992, and the Lamp Transmission to become a Dharma Teacher on January 11th 1992. She is the former abbess of Lower Hamlet from December 20th 1998 until September 25th 2014. 

Each year, Sr. Diệu Nghiêm leads mindfulness retreats around the world, including her ancestral lands of the Netherlands and Ireland. Her gentle and illuminating teachings have nourished generations of practitioners. 

Sr. Diệu Nghiêm is a beloved elder in the community, tirelessly offering her time to listen, reflect, and guide her younger Dharma sisters and brothers. She loves to relax in nature, and enjoys mountain-hiking, birdwatching, and folk-dancing.

Dharma Talks

True Joy, Peace and Love

Sr Dieu Nghiem gives the Christmas Eve talk at Plum Village. She begins the talk by giving a history of the rains retreat during the Buddha’s time and how we have conducted the yearly rains retreat at Plum Village. In the past, the Plum Village rains retreat always encompassed…

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

December 30, 2018

Mindfulness as a Factor of Awakening

Mindfulness is the first factor of enlightenment. If that doesn’t motivate you to practice, what will? Sr Diệu Nghiêm (Jina) explains the seven factors of awakening and their relation to the five hindrances. When we look into what hindrances come up when we practice mindfulness, for example during walking…

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

November 19, 2017

Six Mantras of True Love

In this opening talk of the 2017 Summer Retreat, Sr. Dieu Nghiem invited us to try the magic of uttering six mantras of love, in our own language. These began with: “Darling, I am here for you.” How often are we truly present, in body and in mind, for…

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

July 10, 2017

Busi-ness, How to Busi-less

In this opening talk of the Business Retreat, Sr. Dieu Nghiem (Jina) asks the question: Who is really the boss [in our life]? Knowingly or not, we fall into habitual ways of thinking, speaking, and acting. These are influenced by the inclination of our mind, whether positive or negative….

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

June 1, 2017

Right Livelihood, Part 1

This is the 1st part of the Dharma talk given by Sr. Jina in New Hamlet on 18th December 2016. Help us caption & translate this video!

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

December 18, 2016

Christmas Eve Dharma Talk

Offered live by Sr. Jina (Dieu Nghiem), senior Dharma Teacher and former abbess of the Lower Hamlet of Plum Village. Help us caption & translate this video!

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

December 24, 2015

Cultivating Joy and Happiness

This is the third talk offered at Magnolia Grove Monastery during “The Time is Now” retreat. Sr. Dieu Nghiem shares about practice of cultivating joy and happiness in our mind, through mindfulness of the mind. Help us caption & translate this video!

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

September 25, 2015

Signlessness and Impermanence

This Dharma Talk is the teaching given on Saturday 5th September, the final day of the 2015 Miracle of Mindfulness Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery, New York, as part of the 2015 Miracle of Mindfulness Tour of the USA. Sr Dieu Nghiem presents the final four exercises of the…

Sr Diệu Nghiêm

September 5, 2015


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