Tag: engaged buddhism

Memories from the Root Temple: My Master’s Robe

The mark of a true Masters is their capacity for love, compassion, kindness and joy. The story of how Thay was ordained and the kindness, care and gentleness of his own teacher.

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Celebrating the History of Buddhism in Vietnam, and a way forward

THICH NHAT HANH Celebrating 1,000 Years of Hanoi In the year 1010, one thousand years ago, the first king of the Ly dynasty founded Thang Long, the city now known as Hanoi. The Ly dynasty has been described as “the most compassionate, peaceful and harmonious in the history of Vietnam” by the eminent historian Hoang

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Memories from the Root Temple: Does the Buddha need incense?

How Thay’s teacher taught him to light incense when he was a novice and the meaning behind the act.

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Who Is The Boss?

The way of the compassionate leader. Concrete practices to heal our relationships, and overcome stress in the business world.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Poetry for Heroes

“Gathas for Daily Life was a warrior’s manual on strategy. As novices, we were handed it when we entered the monastery and instructed to keep it close at hand at all times, even to use it as a pillow at night…”

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Memories from the Root Temple: Washing Dishes

This is the third in a series of stories Thay has told of his time as a young monk at the Root Temple in Hue, Vietnam, to which he has recently returned to live.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Tangerines in Heaven

This is the second in a series of memories written by Thay, called Memories from the Root Temple, based on his time with his teacher, Master Thanh Quy at Tu Hieu Temple, Vietnam, to which he has recently returned to live.

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Memories from the Root Temple: Closing the Door

This is the first in a series of memories written by Thay, based on his time at Tu Hieu Temple, Vietnam (his root temple), to which he has recently returned to live.

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The First Happy Farm Experience Week

The Happy Farmers enjoy hosting their first “Experience Week” , sharing their practice of mindful, organic farming.

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The Earth Holders

Meet A Plum Village community helping to transform and heal our societies and the Earth and learn about a retreat they held in New Mexico.

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Turning Darkness into Light on a Grand Scale – 10 years of the EIAB

Sr. Chân Đức expresses gratitude for our practice center the European Institute of Applied Buddhism, Germany to celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary. She tell us how Thay and the sangha have turned a place with a dark history into a place of peace and joy.

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Happy Farmers report on their crop of joyful giving

Happy farmers share about their crops from the large organic vegetable harvest to the joy and happiness gained from living and practising in harmony with each other as well as with Mother Earth. They share about how they are able to realize and share with others about the practices of mindfulness and sustainability.

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Drops of Compassion: a letter from Sister Chan Khong

Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhists, and Thay’s long-time collaborator, has written an open letter to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, to ask for compassionate action to prevent the violent oppression of Rohingya muslims in her country.

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Remembering Kayla

It is with great sadness that Plum Village has learned of the passing away of our beloved dharma sister Kayla Mueller in Syria earlier this month. Kayla was a student of Thay’s and a lively, loving and passionate member of the Sparkle dharma discussion group that formed in New Hamlet in Summer 2010. Kayla was captured by

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A Million Buddhas-to-be

  Don’t worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in one small corner of the cosmos. Just be a Buddha body in that one place. This week Thay’s community of followers on Facebook reached ONE MILLION. To celebrate, we invited people to share how they are applying Thay’s teachings in their corner

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Love Letter to Vietnam

On behalf of the international fourfold sangha of Plum Village, and our friends on the path in Vietnam, we would like to ask for your help. As we start the New Year 2014, please offer to write to the leaders of Vietnam, asking them to allow Vietnam to have at least one small Plum Village Practice Centre, in

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Plum Village Practice in Vietnam – some background

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh’s return from exile Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam in 2005, after nearly 40 years of exile for having called for an end to the Vietnam War. His return attracted tens of thousands of people to his talks and retreats. His accessible teachings on mindfulness and renewed style of

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Interview with Krista Tippet for NPR (USA)

THICH NHAT HANH, CHERI MAPLES AND LARRY WARD — Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism Zen master and poet Thich Nhat Hanh was forcibly exiled from his native country of Vietnam more than 40 years ago. We visited the Buddhist monk at a Christian conference center in a lakeside setting of rural Wisconsin. Here, Thich Nhat

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Message to Osama bin Laden: interview with Thich Nhat Hanh

Thay shares his thoughts on how America should respond to the terrorist attacks. This interview was published in From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America (Rodale Press, Oct. 2001) What I Would Say to Osama bin Laden Thich Nhat Hanh – Interview by Anne A. Simpkinson   If you could speak

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A Proposal for Peace: 1 June, 1966

Published in Thich Nhat Hanh, Love in Action: Writings on Nonviolent Social Change (1993) This statement was read at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 1966, and reprinted in the Congressional Record the next day.   Just this morning, the U.S. Consulate in Hue was destroyed by angry Vietnamese youths. In the past

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