Wake Up: The Music of Community

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Dear Friends, Last night at the Dharma Nectar Hall of Lower Hamlet in Plum Village, lay and monastic practitioners from around the world gathered to concentrate...

Teen Rap UK 2010 retreat

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This rap came from some "deep looking" from our teen group: "OK, today we are going to save the world - yes we can! What...

Love Poem from Israel

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Dear Thay, Yesterday a friend declared her hatred for Israel. Another, his fear of Iran. A mother dragged her crying daughter through the street by the arm, and...

Daffodil Great Ordination Ceremony

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Hi All, The Daffodil Great Ordination Ceremony will begin this Tuesday, Jan. 12!  Well I'm into it because our family, the Papaya family, will receive...

It’s so much fun at the EIAB!

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Our brother Jeroen from Holland has created a video with pictures from the "One Buddha Is Not Enough" - Wake Up Retreat at the...

The Owl Rap

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Here's another track from the bell tower jam session on the boys only day of the Youth Retreat. There were maybe 30 of us sitting...

Bell Tower Jam Madness

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... is this the Wake Up song we've been waiting for ?   Thank you to the bell tower collective - sorry if you're not in...

Listen more often

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...to things than to beings - more fun with a portable digital recorder - maybe we should do this more often... https://wkup.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/listen_more_often.mp3 Click here to download the...

Connecting Generations

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By Miranda van Schadewijk The 19th of May, the usual Sangha morning in Den Haag took a slightly different turn. Inspired by the theme of...

Peace Sounds

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This year they are bringing the Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh to London. The album is a 12 song collection recorded and collected over...

Happiness is Here and Now – Poem

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By Jonathan Borella Happiness is here and now. Do you hear the sound? Can you feel the walls tearin' down? You might as well wear a smile. No need...

Wake Up Plum Village 2013 retreat: An impression

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Dear friends, In August there was a magnificent Wake Up retreat in Plum Village on the theme of "True Love". Soon we will post interviews from...

The Marching Band

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by Dairíne Bennett Poem composed at the Fall Wake Up 2012 Retreat in Newgrange, Ireland in response to a Q&A session. For the longest time...

A Rap Song about Deer Park Monastery

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 A rap about a year of transformation, ordination, and staffing retreats at Deer Park Alright, my heart is beating. Now I'm nervous. So I'm thinking how...

Wake Up Poem

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By Andreas Swart Wake Up There is beauty all around In your pain, your fears, your loneliness There is beauty within Do you have the will and endurance to...