Submission Guidelines


The heart of the Mindfulness Bell is the creative expression of mindfulness practice offered by practitioners throughout the world. The beauty of each issue comes from the creative fruits offered by our readers.

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

The Mindfulness Bell invites submissions of prose, poetry, photography, and artwork for our upcoming issues. Material should include specific examples of how mindfulness practice in daily life is helping to transform suffering, create peace, and improve relationships and well-being. Please share from your personal practice in the Plum Village tradition and from your heart.

We welcome your stories, poems, and feature articles, and we especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens.

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Upcoming theme

Nourishing Our Practice

For the Winter/Spring 2020 issue of the Mindfulness Bell, please share submissions of stories, articles, and poems on:

The Tenth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing: Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha

Aware that the essence and aim of a Sangha is the realization of understanding and compassion, we are determined not to use the Buddhist community for personal power or profit, or transform our community into a political instrument. As members of a spiritual community, we should nonetheless take a clear stand against oppression and injustice. We should strive to change the situation, without taking sides in a conflict. We are committed to learning to look with the eyes of interbeing and to see ourselves and others as cells in one Sangha body. As a true cell in the Sangha body, generating mindfulness, concentration and insight to nourish ourselves and the whole community, each of us is at the same time a cell in the Buddha body. We will actively build brotherhood and sisterhood, flow as a river, and practice to develop the three real powers – understanding, love and cutting through afflictions – to realize collective awakening.

Deer Park Monastery

Deer Park Monastery

  • How do I practice the Tenth Mindfulness Training in my Sangha and/or in the mahasangha?

  • What are the challenges this training presents for me?

  • How has my way of living been transformed through my study and practice of this training?

Supporting our practice

  • What insights have I gained after living at a Plum Village center (e.g., Deer Park Monastery, Blue Cliff Monastery, Magnolia Grove Monastery, EIAB, Plum Village in France and Thailand) for a period of time?

  • How has a teaching from one of Thay’s books or Dharma talks transformed my practice, and how do I apply it in my daily life and in specific circumstances?

Please send your submission (no more than 1,500 words), a photo to accompany your submission with a file size of at least 1MB, a photo of yourself, and a 2-3 sentence bio with your Dharma name (if any) to by September 15, 2019.*

Submissions of artwork and photography are also welcomed.

* No exceptions will be made to submit past this deadline. Thank you for your understanding.

Art and Photo Submissions

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

Photo courtesy of Fe Langdon

We appreciate photos, artwork, illustrations, and cartoons from your local Sangha, family, and community. Please send images as TIF or JPG files, 1 MB or larger. We can return originals sent by mail.

Submission Due Dates

  • January 15 for the Summer issue

  • May 15 for the Autumn issue

  • September 15 for the Winter/Spring issue

It may take eight to twelve weeks for submissions to be reviewed. If you have not received a response within twelve weeks, you are welcome to contact us to inquire about the status of your submission.

How to Send

The preferred method is to email files to Artwork should be sent as JPG or TIF files, 1 MB or larger. You may also send written submissions, original art, photos, or a CD of digital images to:

The Mindfulness Bell
PO Box 5131
San Diego, CA 92165