"People tend to look at compassion as something very weak, but compassion is very strong. In fact, violence is weak. Real compassion is very powerful, it is like the mountains, it is that solid." Brother Phap Luu
What Gift Do You Give a Zen Master?
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, it will be Thich Nhat Hanh's 91st birthday –or as our beloved teacher likes to call it, his Continuation Day! You may wonder, “What kind of gift can I give a Zen master? A person who already practices to have all the conditions of happiness? What would be meaningful for Thay?” Learn more ......
We are very happy to confirm that earlier today, 29th August 2017, at 12h35 local time, our dear Teacher landed safely at Đà Nẵng airport in Vietnam. This is his first visit to Vietnam since 2008. Read more....
Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation writes,
To help us with our study and practice this year, we are excited to announce that Brother Phap Hai, a senior Dharma teacher, co-chair of the Foundation board, and author of Nothing to It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself, will lead a book club throughout the year with reflection questions, practice exercises, guided meditations, and a live webinar.
One Buddha Is Not Enough, the second book we will be studying during June and July, offers fresh and original insight from emerging Buddhist teachers on topics such as how to handle grief, strengthen our relationships, deal with anger, and find happiness in the present moment.
This job is no longer available. A new managing editor has been hired as of June 22, 2017.
Dear friends, this winter we were able to have a group gather in an "Earth Holder" class to explore mindful ways to care for our planet. Here is a playlist of what we watched if you want to join in the learning and share with your family and friends. Enjoy!
Calling all Mindfulness Practitioners to
Go As A River
January 16-22, 2017
in support of
the Women’s March on Washington
(and New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere)
~ Meditation is no longer the work of individuals; meditation in our time should be a collective practice. Thich Nhat Hanh
Supported by the ARISE Sangha – Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity.*
Call to Practice
We invite all practitioners and Sanghas in the United States and beyond to dedicate their practice during the week of Monday, January 16th (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) to Sunday, January 22nd (the weekend following the inauguration) to cultivating understanding and compassion for ourselves and our country, and healing from the violence, hatred, and fear that has intensified during the past year’s election. There is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
Begin by listening deeply within to develop clarity as to what you’re thinking, feeling, and perceiving in response to the events of the day. Reflect on the first and second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings: We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and in the world…
And: Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views…
Dedicate your walking meditation and sitting meditation practice to generating the energy of compassion and healing with each step and each breath you take. Practice Deep Listening with yourself to with someone you don’t understand and bring Loving Speech into your conversations (see the 4th MT below). Read Thay’s “Calming the Fearful Mind: a Zen Response to Terrorism” and practice Dharma Sharing on the topics raised. These teachings are remarkably relevant today. Practice Touching the Earth (below). Listen to and meditate upon Alone Again, the song created from Thay’s poem Recommendation. Be creative and make up a new practice. Talk to your friends to share what supports you. See a full list of resources below.
Call to Action
Join members of the Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha and other traditions from across the country as we march together in peace for justice for all at the Women’s March on Washington. People of all genders are invited. We will practice Marching Meditation to hold love for each other as a Beloved Community committed to justice for the disenfranchised as so many of our ancestors have done before. Sangha members will also participate in marching meditation in New York City, San Francisco and other sister cities.
Click here for the Sangha facebook page organizing housing and events in Washington DC (including sitting meditation, Dharma Sharing, Deep Listening and more) to turn the march into a true Day of Mindfulness. See the full description of the march and other links below.
This call to practice and to action is supported by the ARISE Sangha – Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity.*
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.
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.
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.
Join us as we celebrate the Buddha's Continuation Day.
This weekend, let us celebrate together the life of one of the greatest beings on Earth.
This retreat is open for both new and experienced mindfulness practitioners.
Good news. More dorm space has opened up. We have camping and commuter space available.
Thanks to kind volunteers in Singapore and Hong Kong, we now have a beautiful four-part documentary about Thay and Plum Village, available online with English Subtitles.
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
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
Tuesday, February 16
We are pleased to announce that our latest album, Healing Songs, is available for listening and for purchase at cdbaby. This is a new venture for us. Please let us know if there are other albums you'd like to be able to access on-line and please share the link if you like the music! We offer it with all our love and mindfulness!