The Mindfulness Bell


Supporting practitioners and practice communities
in the Plum Village tradition


In the Current Issue

Winter/Spring 2018

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.

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.

Enjoy reading Issue #31 (parts 1 and 2), or explore the entire archive.

 #31 Summer 2002 ( 1  and  2 )

#31 Summer 2002 (1 and 2)

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.

Featured Teachings

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.

 5th & 6th Exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing

5th & 6th Exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing