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Walking Home

Walking gently My feet are cold But I keep my ancestors warm In the living room of my heart Come sit around the fireplace We will make room. Sorrow, please...

Silence.

by Theo (Danique’s father from Wake Up Groningen, the Netherlands) Around me is silence. Sounds of breathing and the smell of incense slowly disappear into the...

Connecting with my Parents During a Retreat

Many of us might know the feeling. After a Wake Up retreat finishes, you're taking your first steps into society again, often misleadingly referred...

Going to a Wake Up Parents and Children Retreat with my...

by Danique from Wake Up Groningen, the Netherlands Friday. Sitting on my meditation pillow, I feel a nervousness in my chest. I open my eyes...

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...

Right Livelihood

By Jonathan Borella As 18-35 year olds, Right Livelihood is an especially important practice. We’re at a time when we are beginning careers, developing passions,...

Celebrating the Day of the Dead

by Wake Up Puebla (Ceo, Amai, Ana, Katie, Julian and Gwendolin) Dear friends, The Day of the Dead in the Mexican tradition is a time to...

Mindful Reflections from Wake Up Bangkok

Opening Up to Love by Namsai Thai Plum Village didn’t give me happiness, peace, nor did it give me new life, new identity, nor any...

How Mindfulness Transformed My Family

By Khanh Doan Mindfulness practice, the beautiful teaching of the Buddha, profoundly interpreted by our beloved Thay, is a miracle that helps transform many lives....

Sailing to the Other Shore

Memories of a Winter Retreat I chose the shape of a mandala with three circles to give you a structure of my story. The frame...

Reconnecting My Family

By Monastic Sister Sinh Nghiem As monastics we are allowed periodically to have a home visit. I wanted to have a home visit to see...

Day of Mindfulness at the USC

Plum Village monks and nuns hosted a Day of Mindfulness in Vietnamese at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on the 5th...

Q&A with Thich Nhat Hanh: Family Difficulties

Thich Nhat Hanh answers in a Q&A session during the Francophone retreat in Plum Village (4-11 April 2014) about how one can deal with family...

Connecting Generations

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...

The miracle of healing

Some time ago I felt a sudden inspiration to write a letter to my grandfather. He is 91 years old and lives in New...