Call for Interfaith Day of Prayer in support of
Standing Rock Water Protectors - December 4th


Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th Generation Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, has called on all faith traditions and persons of spiritual practice to join him in a Day of Prayer at the Standing Rock Camp in North Dakota.  This Day is dedicated in support of all those Water Protectors at the Camp, and around the world, who are working to protect the Sacred.  Thirty faith traditions, including several Plum Village practitioners have committed to be there.  Those who cannot travel to the Camp are asked to pray and fast on December 4th in solidarity. 

Read the full invitation from the Earth Holder Sangha here

How To Support This Call to Action

Numerous opportunities exist to support those at the Sacred Stones Camp, including dana donations, and other physical support needsespecially with winter coming in.  You can learn more also about the situation, and how to help by signing the Buddhist Statement of Support for the Standing Rock Action, jointly created by the Earth Holder Sangha and the One Earth Sangha. 

" We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self-destruction. These self-destructive activities and development continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life."   Chief Arvol Looking Horse.


World Premiere of The 5 Powers in New York City

THE 5 POWERS tells the story of 3 Superheroes of Peace who use the 5 Powers to change the course of history and inspire millions around the world, planting seeds of peace in the deep mud of war. 

The 5 Powers Movie, narrated by TV star Orlando Jones, follows the interconnected lives of Alfred Hassler, an American anti-war hero, Vietnamese peace activist Sister Chan Khong and our respected teacher, Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

Please click here for more details.

Vietnamese New Year 2016

Please join us during this very special festival season.

Schedule for Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year Holidays

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Day of Mindfulness and Preparing Earth Cakes
9:30am - Dharma Talk
11:30am - Walking meditation & Put up the Lunar New Year Pole
12:30pm - Year-End Celebration Lunch
3:00pm - Community work (prepare banana leaves, bean filling…)
6:00pm - Dinner

Friday, February 5, 2016
EARTH CAKE DAY @ Sisters' Hamlet

8:00am - Breakfast and prepare earth cakes
12:30pm - Lunch and prepare earth cakes
6:00pm - Dinner and cook earth cakes all night long
7:30pm - Orientation for new arrivals

Saturday, February 6
Room Cleaning for residents and monastics
Normal day for guests

Sunday, February 7
Welcome in the New Year

9:30am - Personal practice/ rehearsal for Be-In
12:30pm - Lunch
3:00pm - Walking meditation
4:00pm - Dharma Talk
5:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - New Year’s Be-In
11:30pm - New Year’s Eve Ceremony - Lễ Giao thừa mừng Xuân Bính Thân

Monday, February 8
Opening Ceremony, Oracle Readings, and Brothers' Room Visits

9:30am - Lion's Dance (Múa lân) - Gratitute to Our Teacher ( Lễ chúc Tết Thầy) - Oracle Reading (Bói Kiều)
12:00 pm Lunch@ sisters' hamlet
2:00 pm visiting rooms @Brothers’ hamlet
9:30 pm Monks' residence closes

Tuesday, February 9
Oracle Readings and Sisters' Room Visits

9:30 Oracle Reading (Bói Kiều)
12:00 pm Lunch @ brothers' hamlet
2:00 pm visiting rooms @Sisters’ hamlet
9:30 pm Sisters' residence closes

Wednesday, February 10
BCM Closed for Temple Visits

Thursday, February 11, NO DAY OF MINDFULNESS
BCM Closed for Temple Visits

Friday, February 12
Arrival Day

Saturday, February 13
Normal Schedule for guests

Sunday, February 14
Community New Year's Celebration Day

6:00am – Sitting Meditation
8:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Oracle Reading
11:30am – New Year's Fair and Lunch (all afternoon)
6:00pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Music and more...

Monday, February 15
Lazy Day

Tuesday, February 16
Normal Schedule