- Thich Nhat Hanh teaches about nirvana – "the extinction of all the categories that you try to put everything in" – and how we can extinguish our confusion, worries, and anxieties and step into freedom.
- Bhikkhu Bodhi talks about the role of mindfulness in social activism and in challenging injustice.
- Cheri Maples shares about her experience of being a police officer, how mindfulness changed her work, and ways to increase compassion in the criminal justice system.
- Sister Annabel Laity offers a teaching on the Three Dharma Seals – impermanence, no self, and nirvana – and gives real-life examples to help us grasp the concepts.
- Long-term practitioners give insights from their joyful encounters with Thay in Plum Village in 2016.
- Two teens write about their moments of transformation at retreats.
New Year Prayer to Mother Earth and All Our Ancestors
Dear Beloved Thay, Dear Beloved Ancestors, Dear Beloved Mother Earth,
We have gathered as a fourfold sangha in this solemn moment of the New Year to express our gratitude and aspiration as a spiritual family, and to begin anew. We know that you, our ancestors, are present in this very moment, and that you are always there for us to take refuge in. As we touch the earth tonight we feel deeply connected to all of you, and to our dear Mother Earth: our beautiful blue planet, the Great Refreshing Bodhisattva – fragrant and cool, kind and inclusive, accepting us all. Mother Earth, we are all your children and, despite our many mistakes and shortcomings, every time we come home to you, you are ready to open your arms and embrace us...
In early April, there was a serious toxic spill from a chemical plant that destroyed the marine ecosystem in central Vietnam. Our Respected Sister Chan Khong, with the support of the Earth Holders Sangha, compassionately shows us the way to support the people of this area who have lost their livelihood, food, and ecosystem.