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Reflections on a Day of Mindfulness

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by Jonathan Borella After finally parking the car several blocks away, I make my way towards the park. The streets were crowded and busy with...

Deeper Connection with Myself

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Phil, who joined the Plum Village Happy Farm last year, reflects on the 2013-2014 Winter Retreat in Plum Village. Letting Go of Expectations Relieve Suffering In the...

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...

One Year at Blue Cliff Monastery

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By Nhu-Mai Nguyen The following is a letter that I submitted to the monastic sisters as part of my self Shining Light, which is a...

Interview With 15-Year-Old Lay Friend From Plum Village

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My name is Colia and I am 15 years old. I come from Angers in the northwest of France. When was the first time you...

Blooming Like a Flower

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"I’m blooming like a flower. I’ve never felt so happy and at peace. I’m truly grateful for the blessing from everyone in my practice....

The Importance of a Supportive, Loving Community

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My name is Stuart Watson. I come from Edinburgh in Scotland and I’ve been living in Upper Hamlet in Plum Village for over 6...

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...

Social Dilemma or Spiritual Transformation?

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Dear Wake Up Sangha, It has been a long time since I had a chance to post an article on this website, yet today, on...

Member of the Order of the Interbeing

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An Interview with Stuart Watson What inspired you to become a member of the Order of Interbeing? After I'd been here two years, I was looking...

Waking Up at the EIAB

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by Friso Woudstra 16-18 May 2014 Every year the Wake Up Nijmegen Sangha has a weekend retreat at the Thich Nhat Hanh monestary in Waldbröl, Germany....

The Joy of Growing Pain – Opening Up

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Hello Dear Thay, Dear Sangha and Dear Brothers and Sisters Waking Up! I just want to share with you my joy of being alive! Joy,...

Enjoying the Spring Breeze

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Enjoy watching some happy moments of the Wake Up Retreat (8-11 January 2015) at the AIAB in Hong Kong [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnCOr17E048&w=560&h=315]