From Plum Village:
In the last few weeks Thay (Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh - founder of Plum Village) has expressed a clear wish to visit Vietnam again. We are happy to confirm that he arrived on 26th October in Da Nang, along with a number of senior disciples. This is Thay's second trip back since his stroke, following his visit in late August/September last year.
The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village offer us an update on Thầy's health. Here is an excerpt:
On good days, Thay is able to eat several small meals a day and join the sangha for walking meditation in his wheelchair, or perhaps participate in a formal meal in the meditation hall, eating with great concentration, dignity and presence. When he is with the sangha, Thay will often gesture, bright-eyed, to remind us to enjoy listening to the sound of the birds, or with a gentle smirk he will point to his mouth to remind us to smile. On good days, Thay has been able to offer his solemn presence and witness at ordination ceremonies, or his joyful presence at festivals, watching his students performs songs, skits and dances. Even with his health challenges, Thay never wants to miss big sangha events. He insisted on being present for the premiere of the "Walk With Me" documentary in Bangkok (where he directed the sangha buy large quantities of popcorn), and he also insisted on travelling with the monastics to be present as they led a large retreat for families at Wang Ree Resort in Thailand.
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AUTUMN 2018 ISSUE 79, AVAILABLE EARLY OCTOBER
Guest edited by David Viafora, an Order of Interbeing member and part of the Mindfulness Bell caretaking council, this issue is infused with reflections about nourishing our Sangha.
We are very excited to share that the Plum Village community is testing a new app!
Smile, breathe and go slowly
The Plum Village app can support us to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and joy through guided meditations, deep relaxations, practice poems, bells of mindfulness and other practices.
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Summer 2018 Issue 78, available early June
Guest edited by long-time Order of Interbeing member Valerie Brown and Dharma teacher John Bell, this issue is infused with reflections about engaged practice with current events. Featuring a Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as teachings from Cheri Maples, Kaira Jewel, Sister Ocean, and heartfelt insights from many practitioners.
Are you ready for Lunar New Year? It's on February 16th! Here are the parallel verses (or couplet) that our beloved community has created for this year's collective practice. "Peace is the Breathing, Joy is the Walking."
This exercise is a companion to issue 77 Winer/Spring 2018 that invites you gently to look more deeply into your work.
Winter/Spring 2018 Issue 77, available early February
Guest edited by Kai Romhardt, a Dharma teacher from Germany, this issue is infused with reflections about mindfulness at work.
Jayna Gieber, one of my great Dharma sisters and friends on the path, passed away at 12:30 a.m. on October 18, 2017 due to metastasized pancreas cancer. She made her transition with her beloved husband Jonny, daughters, granddaughters, cat, and dog. Her family brought to her home in Battle Ground, Washington. She died peacefully surrounded with love. The speed of her transition has stunned all of us. We are grateful that the spirit carried her with such grace and ease.
We began the practice by placing the unopened chocolate in front of us. We then recited the Five Contemplations together. After the bell sounded at the end of the contemplation, we took a few mindful breaths, bowed to each other, and began to pick up the chocolate with our eyes closed.
Would you like to experience Chocolate Meditation with us?
Part of the The Mindfulness Essentials series, in How to Fight Thich Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the ways we act out in anger, frustration, despair, and delusion. In brief meditations accompanied by whimsical sumi-ink drawings, Thich Nhat Hanh instructs us exactly how to transform our craving and confusion. If we learn to take good care of our suffering, we can help others do the same...
Available in early October, the Autumn 2017 issue 76 features:
- Thich Nhat Hanh's Dharma talk on mindful consumption
- Sister Jina's reflections on cooking mindfully
- The rewards and struggles of plant-based eating
- Chocolate meditation
- Practices for transforming overeating habits
- Guided meditations offered by Plant-Powered Sanghas
- and so much more!
"I have arrived, I am home."
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.
In recent weeks Thay has expressed a strong wish to visit his home country once more, and the sangha is delighted to have been able to realise his wish. Thay’s trip will include a visit to Plum Village’s Root Temple, Chùa Từ Hiếu, in Huế, where Thay began his monastic training in 1942.