Sister Chân Lăng Nghiêm

Adornment with Heroic March

Jump To Life Story, Dharma Talks, Articles

Life Story

Sister Chân Lăng Nghiêm was ordained as a novice nun on February 8th 2003 in the “Walnut” family. She received full ordination as a bhikshuni in January 2006, and the Lamp Transmission from Thầy, to become a Dharma Teacher, in January 2010.  Originally from Vietnam, she and her family immigrated to America in 1979, living in various states including Colorado, California, and Florida. It is from Thầy that she has learned to be comfortable in her own skin, to feel at home, wherever she is, and to deeply appreciate the gems found in people and cultures everywhere.

She is an active member of our international community and has lived in Lower Hamlet, France; Deer Park Monastery, California; and Blue Cliff Monastery, New York. With her love of books and Thay’s teachings, she serves on the advisory board of Parallax Press and is happy to see Thầy’s books appear in schools, hospitals, prisons, bedside tables, and even local coffee shops around the world. She is an amateur at sewing, but can replicate practically anything just by looking at the original product. Many of our robes, jackets, hats, cushions and mats are sewn by her loving hands and mindful energy.

Dharma Talks

scl web

Learning About True Compassion

“Compassion in the intention and the capacity to relieve suffering in the world.” This dharma talk was given on Thursday, 8 June in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village, during a retreat for young people who have grown up away from home.

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

June 8, 2023

Awakening to a New Way of Being | Sr. Lang Nghiem

In this Dharma Talk offered on the last day of our Summer Retreat, Sister Lang Nghiem offers her insights and experiences on the great power of coming back to the present moment, which is at the chore of our practice in Plum Village. We can learn a lot about…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

July 28, 2022
Lang Nghiem

Living the Buddha’s Community

In this first talk of spring 2022 as Plum Village France reopens for retreatants, Sister Lăng Nghiêm (“Sister Hero”) through the sutra “Monuments to the Dharma” (Majjhima Nikaya 89) shows us how the Buddha’s original community is continuing today. In the sutra, the King Prasenajit praises the Buddha’s sangha…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

March 17, 2022
Screenshot 2020-08-20 at 10.00.53

Invoking The Bodhisattva

What actions can we take to help bring about healing within ourselves and around us? How do we regain our sovereignty in moments of difficulty? (5:05 – ~10:00) Do we see a craving inside of ourselves for normalcy? How can we take this moment as an opportunity to realign…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

June 21, 2020

The Eight Consciousnesses | Neuroscience Retreat

Sr Lang Nghiem talks about the 8 consciousnesses (from the Manifestation-only School), which comprise the consciousnesses of the eye, ear, nose, tongue, touch, mind, manas and store. These consciousnesses are always in flux and flowing with countless input and output happening at each and every moment. It is called…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

June 16, 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

Truthful and Loving Speech

Sister Lang Nghiem teaches on the 8th, 9th and 10th Mindfulness Training, True Community and Communication, Truthful and Loving Speech, Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha respectively. Transformation of our speech and speech patterns is possible. Communication, kindness and loving speech are all trainable and we can learn to speak…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

November 18, 2018

Wake Up Earth | Understanding Our Mind

Buddhism offers a model to understand our mind that is simple and effective in transforming our suffering. Each person is made up of 5 aggregates – form is our physical body, feelings or emotions, mental formations, perceptions and consciousness. Our mind is basically comprised of the five consciousnesses linked…

Sr Lăng Nghiêm

August 12, 2018


/ Register

Hide Transcript

What is Mindfulness

Thich Nhat Hanh January 15, 2020

00:00 / 00:00
Show Hide Transcript Close