Plum Village App!

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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.

Please visit plumvillage.app to get early access to the beta version of this free app.

Click here to view an introductory video and for contact information.

 

THE NEXT ISSUE: Engaged Practice with Current Events

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.

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Remembering Jayna Gieber

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.

Chocolate Meditation: Savoring Life’s Sweetness

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? 

Excerpts from Thay's New Book: "How to Fight"

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...

Thay arrives in Vietnam

"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.

Click here to read the full announcement from Plum Village

Walk With Me Film

Walk With Me Film

With unprecedented access, ‘Walk With Me’ takes us deep inside the world-famous monastery of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, and captures the life of a monastic community who have given up all their possessions for one common purpose – to practice the art of mindfulness.

Filmed over three years, this visceral film is a meditation on a community determined to develop a deep sense of presence, not just for themselves but for all those they love.

As the seasons come and go, the monastics’ inner journey is amplified by insights from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Awakening Together 2017 US Tour Dates

Awakening Together 2017 US Tour Dates

In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village

Join the monastic community founded, ordained and trained by Thich Nhat Hanh as they tour the United States to continue the legacy of the beloved Zen master. Join us for retreats, public talks, and days of mindfulness, and learn how you can bring the miracle of mindfulness into your daily life.  #awakeningtogether

Awakening Together: Healing the Ancestral Heart

Remembering Cheri Maples

Remembering Cheri Maples

Cheri Maples, our beloved sister and Dharma teacher, passed away on July 27, 2017 due to complications of injuries sustained in a September 2016 bicycle accident. Cheri was a member of SnowFlower Sangha in Madison, Wisconsin. She joined the Order of Interbeing in 2002 and was ordained as a Dharma teacher in 2008. She worked in the criminal justice system for twenty-five years and organized a groundbreaking retreat in 2003 with Thich Nhat Hanh and criminal justice professionals. The co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice, Cheri also taught nationally. She was deeply loved by many people around the world. Interviews and articles by Cheri are available in the Mindfulness Bell’s online archive, mindfulnessbell.org/archived-issues

Mindfulness Bell Survey

We are so grateful to those of you who participated in the Mindfulness Bell's survey a few months ago. Your input was invaluable, particularly with helping guide our release of the digital format and brainstorm themes for upcoming issues.  

You expressed a few common themes:

• enjoyment of the magazine

• excitement for digital options

• desire for continued availability of a print magazine

• need for us to keep prices as affordable as possible

• desire for more and better communication, and increased transparency, from us

We will continue doing our best to represent and serve our worldwide Mahasangha and support the practice of our diverse community sisters and brothers.

Please click here to view the results of the survey.

Photo by Lisa LeVasseur