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Choosing Another Path

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By Zoé Moulin I am living in Plum Village as a long-term lay friend for almost two years. My...

How to Practice After Leaving Plum Village

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Written by a Plum Village monastic Part I I wanted to connect...

Learning to Love Myself in Plum Village

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Mick at the Happy Farm, Plum Village Click here to read Mick’s reflection on serving the Happy Farm...

Burnout to Dharma Bum

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Insights from a year living in Plum Village By Doran from Wake Up Brighton

Serving Happy Farm and Plum Village

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December 6, 2018 in New Hamlet The Happy Farm from Lower Hamlet, New Hamlet, and Upper Hamlet in...

Food and Cooking in Plum Village

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Wake Upper Marek from Poland is a passionate cook and currently serves the Sangha in Plum Village as the kitchen coordinator in Son Ha, one of the monks’ residences. In this interview, he shares practices to bring mindfulness into the kitchen and a diet that serves ourselves as well as our planet.

Lessons Learned from Living with Monastics

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Floating meditation practice: Me in the middle and a few friends, as well as Brother Harmony (Phap Man) to my right

Lower Hamlet Happy Farm

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The Lower Hamlet Happy Farm brings ecological farming and the Plum Village mindfulness practice together. A team of five long-term friends works on this...

Plum Village, A Mindfulness Village

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by Ilse from Amsterdam, the Netherlands Last Christmas, I experienced a special week in Plum Village, near Bordeaux, in the south of France. I learned...

I Am Everything

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Plum Village Children’s Program By Jadzia Tedeschi A few shrieks, giggles in the background, a rolling Spanish rrr, some expressive Italian gesticulation, a fresh generation of...

Happy Farmers Change The World

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By Mick McEvoy “Happy Farmers will change the world.” So reads Thay’s calligraphy. Farming employs over 1.3 billion people throughout the world or close to 40...

Be Mindful: Save a Piece of Green in Your Mind

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On a weekend where the sky is full of haze, freshness is still all around in Lotus Pond Temple, Lantau Island. A group of...

Spending a Year in Plum Village

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Christine from Wake Up Chicago chats with Nigel Armstrong, a concert violinist, about the year he spent as a Happy Farmer in Upper Hamlet...

Inspiration, Appreciation and Nourishment

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by Michiel de Koning A "Bedtime" Story Plum Village, March 2015 – Waking up at two o'clock at night. Why is my alarm beeping? Putting on...

The Growth of Happy Farm

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Fresh red, yellow, and purple tomatoes, beautiful salad greens, and pumpkins are just some of the delicious vegetables delivered to residents and retreatants at...