A Quest for Truth

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Monastic Sister Hien Nhan is now twenty-six years old and lives with the sisters in Lower Hamlet. She grew up living across many different...

Ordination Gift to My Sister

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On September 9th, 2018, my sister was ordained at Deer Park Monastery along with nine other new monastics. It was an unusual experience to...
Monastic Sister Giac Hoa

Practicing With My Family

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Q: Your blood family is in France and lives close by. Do you find ways to share the practice with them? Sister Giác Hòa: My...

My Monastic Aspiration as a Child

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By Br. Chon Tang I'm from Alberta, Canada, and I’m 19 years old. My father is from Northwest Vietnam, and my mother is from Central...

Be Our Own Soulmate

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Written by Brother Pháp Nguyện (Br. Aspiration) Translated by: Chúc Mai This year, An Bang retreat was held at Moc Lan Monastery from July 18th to July 21st, 2019...

Creating Space for Myself

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Q: We are halfway through the business retreat you are helping to organize. How easy is it for you, in the midst of organizing, unplanned changes...

Practicing in a Monastic Community

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Sister Giác Hòa (Awakened Harmony) from New Hamlet, Plum Village, shares about committing to the Five-Year Monastic Program and how her practice as a nun supports...

Engaging with Environmentalism

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Q: How did you know that the monastic path is for you? Sister Luc Nghiem (LN): I heard about Plum Village in a newspaper...

750 Kilometres of Nothing to Do and Nowhere to Go

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By Brother Dao Hanh Our journey started many months before we made our first steps on the legendary Appalachian Trail. The preparation consisted of route...

At the Foot of the Mountain

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By Brother Dao Bi At the foot of the mountain, there is a stream. Take the water from the stream and wash yourself, and you will be cured. I...

Life as Monastic Aspirants in Plum Village

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Click here to read Part I of this interview Interview Part 2: New Hamlet, 11th November 2018 Q: How was your experience as a monastic aspirant? Thien...

Monastic Practice at Plum Village

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October 25, 2018 Q: How was your life before you came to PV? Sister Phu Nghiem: I have a sister and an aunt who have been...

Deciding to Become a Monastic in Plum Village

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Interview Part 1: New Hamlet, 11th November 2018 Q: What was your decision-making process to ordain as a monastic? Thien Chi: I came to Plum Village...

Transformation of My Singing Voice as Monastic

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

Taking Refuge in the Sangha

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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...