The Mindfulness Bell


Supporting practitioners and practice communities
in the Plum Village tradition


In the Next Issue


Guest edited by UK Dharma teacher Teri West, this issue shares the fruits of our practice with several of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.

  • Bodhisattvas: In a Dharma talk, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us about practicing the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and what it means to be an Order of Interbeing member.

  • Taking Care of Anger: Monastic Sister Chan Dieu Nghiem (Sister Jina) teaches about Right Diligence. A practitioner from Czech Republic recalls transforming fear along their path, and a practitioner with African and Indian heritage reflects on practicing nondiscrimination in the UK.

  • True Community and Communication: Monastic Sister Tam Muoi (Sister Samadhi) reflects on resolving difficulties with her family, and a US practitioner shares about the art of writing a love letter.

  • Right Livelihood: We learn from practitioners about working with asylum seekers near the Mexico border and engaging in the practice as an activist.

  • Inclusion: Practitioners from the United States and Canada reflect on openness, reverence for life, and generosity.

In the Current Issue

Summer 2019

Guest edited by Dharma teacher Mitchell Ratner, this issue shares the fruits of our practice with three of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.

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  • True Transmission: In a Dharma talk, Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us about the teacher-disciple relationship, mindfulness practice as a path of freedom from afflictions, and what it means to be an Order of Interbeing member and a Sangha builder. (Click here for full Dharma talk)

  • Awareness of Suffering: Practitioners recall their service in places of great suffering—the aftermath of a typhoon, a family violence hotline, reliving of childhood trauma, a harrowing bus ride—and how they found balance, healing, and forgiveness in the middle of trouble.

  • Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment: We learn how people have practiced the art of mindful living during a transformative journey with stage 4 cancer, breadmaking, and joyful drumming and singing.

  • True Love: Dharma teacher Leslie Rawls invites us to engage in conscious, mindful practices to cultivate healthy intimacy and true love; practitioners reflect on challenges of casual sexual relationships, conscious sexuality as a spiritual practice, and silence as a nurturing ingredient in a marriage.

News and Updates

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 Teachings

We are fortunate to have many practices and teachings made available to us from Thay and the fourfold Mahasangha.  Here you'll find some featured books and online teachings from our beloved community.

5th & 6th Exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing

5th & 6th Exercises of Full Awareness of Breathing

Plum Village app

Plum Village app