The Joys of Just Being Normal

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By Gijs A young monk was trying really hard to meditate, but he just was not able to focus properly. Frustrated with himself, he went...

Mindfully Angry!? ~ On Our Longing for Authenticity

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By Leni It took me a while before I understood the importance of anger. That being angry is not a sin. That you are not...

My Life-Changing Experience at the Wake Up Earth Retreat

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By Wake Up Belgium friend Dear friends. You have given me such treasure. I love you so. Last summer, I discovered the wonderful world of mindfulness. It has...

How Kids Can Be Happy in Education

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By Gijs van den Broeck My Story This essay is the result of my own experience as a teacher. For little over a year, I taught...

Smartphonelessness ~ A Tribute to Silence in a Turbulent World

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By Leni Cellini The Wonder of Smartphones I have to admit: it can be extremely convenient. All those apps. Being able to read your emails anywhere....

Wake Up Leuven

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This month, we get to know Wake Up Leuven from Belgium and how their encounter in Plum Village inspired them to form the Sangha. Happy...

I’m Not Afraid

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By Gijs Van den Broeck I’m not afraid of terror attacks. What frightens me most is terror in the hearts of people. Because hatred only...

Celebrating New Year in Plum Village

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Starting the Year Mindfully by Leni Cellini 26 December 2015 For the third year in a row, I am celebrating New Year's Eve in Plum Village, a Buddhist...

Mindful Soccer

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By Gijs Van den Broeck And that is why learning in a classroom is just one small part of our practice. We learn working together. We...

Discovering Yourself

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By Gijs Van den Broeck Reflections on a Long Term Retreat in Plum Village   Everything Flows Heraclitus Knowing yourself is Enlightenment Lao Tzu When I was still a student, not...

Beyond Words

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By Gijs Van den Broeck An Impression of Plum Village You do not only, to reach the place have to leave home, but also out of ways...

Less is More – Tasting Abundance During Lent

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By Leni Cellini In case you did not notice, Lent fasting has been going on for a while. Just as in 2012 and 2013, I...

Silence in your heart

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By Leni Cellini A retreat with ‘music’ as its theme: I didn’t want to miss it for the world. It combined my two great passions:...

Letter to Thay

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Dear Thây, dear teacher dear Friend, Since I came back from my first retreat at the Plum Village 2 years ago, I want to write...

A Wake Up Group in the Heart of Brussels

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{This is an extract from an email sent to a friend last week…..!} ---- I want to tell you about my practice. "With Gaelle and a couple of friends,...