Transformation of My Singing Voice as Monastic

Annica Bauer: Today’s the 4th of September 2018, and I’m sitting with Sister Chanh Niem in Lower. Thank you for being here. AB: What was...

Becoming a Monastic

Question from a lay friend: I've been drawn to a monastic life for several years, and I’ve quit my job. Monastics' answer: We hope this finds...

Taking Refuge in the Sangha

By Monastic Sister Trang Uu Bat Having recently had the good fortune to tour Australia helping to support retreats with our Sangha, I appreciated how easy...

Woulda Shoulda Coulda

A lot of suffering By Brother Pham Hanh As I was sitting in front of my tent and the sun was slowly rising, I looked at...

Let’s Play. Let’s Go with Enjoyment!

By Brother Warman As a young people, I like to play. I lost my playfulness, but now I’ve regained my joy and playfulness. The suffering...

Romantic Love

Question from a friend: I've always heard Buddhist people talking about love and the love of giving. But is this the same as romantic love? And...

Present Moment, Delicious Moment!

New Hamlet, 26th June, 2017 Dear Respected Thầy Every time we think of you, feelings of immense gratitude well up. Thank you Thầy for teaching us...

How Does Thay Calm Down Someone in Rage?

Thay has been able to deal successfully with a number of people who got angry at Thay out of jealousy and wrong perceptions. Sometimes,...

The Five Mindful Friends

In the spring of 2006, I made a phone call that would change my life. I had been reading Thây for a few years...

Healing the Past, Transforming the Future

Written by Br. Chan Troi Duc An Dear respected Thay, dear sisters & brothers, dear friends,  My name is Chan Troi Duc An. I am a...

Monastic Life in Plum Village

This is a letter I wrote to my family and friends and I‘m happy to share it with you, too. :) Plum Village, May 2017 Dear...

Beginning Anew to Love

by Monastic Sister Sinh Nghiem Dear Wake Uppers, For over 30 years, I have gone around in circles, trying to find true love and happiness without...

How to Be Mindful Around Beautiful Women and Friends Who Don’t Practice

Brother Bo De: I’m still working with how to maintain your freedom, especially around many beautiful women. I see that men can have this difficulty....

Poem for Standing Rock

By Sister Mai Nghiem Mother, hear our call, Here we stand. No matter where we stand, We are your children. And we stand for the Truth of our Oneness. May...

My Father and I

By Brother Pham Hanh I still remember vividly my community as a young boy. We had to go up the stairs and into a big...