The Mindfulness Bell
In the Next Issue
Guest edited by Kai Romhardt, a Dharma teacher from Germany, this issue is infused with reflections about mindfulness at work.
- In “Who Is the Boss?” Sister Chan Dieu Nghiem shares about how to take good care of ourselves, come back to the present, observe our minds, and practice aimlessness.
- A friend from the Work’Inspir Sangha reflects on the journey of organizing the Plum Village International Business Retreat: Mindful and Compassionate Leadership last spring.
- Practitioners share practical tools in the workplace, such as the planning of a co-working day, tips on cultivating mindful work, contemplations before starting the workweek, and the word for today.
- Practitioners reveal heartfelt insights from their experiences with changing or quitting jobs, following their right livelihood, and collaborating on the nunnery project with the monastic sisters at Deer Park Monastery.
- A former long-term Plum Village practitioner describes a transition she experienced while studying at a boarding school.
- Parents tell us about their kids’ revelation about meditation and presence for one another.
In the Current Issue
- In “Mindful Consumption,” Thich Nhat Hanh tells about the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a bodhisattva path and explains how to work with blocks of pain.
- Sister Jina reflects on cooking mindfully in the kitchen while Thay gave talks in the dining room next door.
- Practitioners share about the rewards and struggles of following a plant-based diet and engaging in mindful practices, such as a chocolate meditation, transformation of overeating habits, and making of “nut cheeze.”
- Interviewees reveal heartfelt insights from their experiences with rescuing farmed animals and creating animal sanctuaries.
- Plant-Powered Sanghas describe how they practice together, and offer a guided meditation for compassionate, plant-based eating.
- Illustrations from Brother Phap Ban and Brother Phap Ho, as well as a new Mindfulness Training and deep looking into mindful eating.
News and Updates
In the Featured Archive Issue
Issue #31 from Summer 2002 celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Plum Village in France and of that style of mindfulness practice throughout the world.
It features a Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh and articles on the backbone of Plum Village, embracing and transforming, family and community, fruits of daily practice, and sowing the seeds of peace, loving kindness, and understanding.
Global Sangha Directory
Thich Nhat Hanh has stated that "The next Buddha will be a Sangha." A sangha, or local community, is a group of mindfulness practitioners who gather to meditate and to support each other on the path. We offer this global Sangha directory with the hope that it will help you to connect with a local community and nourish your practice. If there are no local communities near you, there are resources for joining an online community or for helping you start a Sangha.
Featured Dharma Talk
In this wonderful Dharma talk from 2007, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a "meditation on a grain of corn," showing how the corn seed is not the same but not different from the corn plant. He explains why the wisdom of interbeing allows us to experience nondiscrimination, harmony, and peace. Thay tells the story of the Sutra of the Son's Flesh, and gives statistics about the resources that are used to produce meat and dairy products, to illustrate the vital importance of mindful consumption. He also shares about the Five Mindfulness Trainings as a bodhisattva path.
We are fortunate to have many practices and teachings made available to us from Thay and the fourfold community. Here you'll find some featured books, audio and video teachings from our sister sites.