Offline for the Winter Retreat

Dear friends, During the winter Thay has encouraged us to step back from technology in order to spend more time and energy on our personal practice. The web masters of Wake Up will support this collective energy of slowing down by going offline for the winter and will resume updating this website in late February. […]

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Waking Up in the Great Lakes

Waking Up in the Great Lakes This past fall a group of monastic and lay students of Thich Nhat Hanh offered mindfulness events in cities throughout the Midwest of the United States. Accompanying them for their two-week Michigan leg was Brandon Rennels, the current coordinator of Wake Up in North America. Below is an interview […]

Meditation on the Elements that Comprise the Body

By Jonathan Borella “Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.” As I hold my attention gently and firmly on my entire in-breath and out-breath, I feel my abdomen raising and falling. The air is cool as it enters my nostrils and a little warmer […]



You See, Life No Longer Means Anything Anymore 1

Question: I am 20 years old and currently a student. My family is not happy. My dad is an alcoholic and has several affairs outside marriage; my mom is jealous all the time. The family life has been like hell for years. Recently, my mom could no longer tolerate the loneliness and lack of love, […]

An Adventure with the Monastic Brothers 1

Several years ago, my sister participated in a Buddhist retreat during one of her trips to France. Long ago she had already started her spiritual quest, that had included trips to an ashram in India, where Manuela and Juan Carlos where living by then. One of the pillars in her quest was meeting Camilo, her […]


During the Wake Up Spain 2012 tour in Barcelona

For Mindfulness and For Fun

Haga clic aquí para leer en español Interview with a Wake Up Intern and International Sangha Builder Hong-An is one of the Wake Up interns in Plum Village. When she was touring with Thay and the monastics in the United States last autumn and looking for a job there, the monastics convinced her to work […]

Dances with Monks 1

  By Logan Mitchell Haga clic aquí para leer en español I recently spent a four day retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, New York. I have practiced the Plum Village tradition of Buddhism for two years now, and felt a deep desire to return to a monastery before I began working for a […]


Wake Up Cambridge

Wake Up Cambridge

This month, we travel to an university town in England and get to know a warm, caring Sangha called Wake Up Cambridge. Happy reading!

We Go Sailing on the Sea

On 13 September 2014, Wake Up London celebrated its fourth birthday of hosting their weekly Afternoon of Mindfulness sessions. Afterwards, there was a special cake and some songs with the monastics and Wake Up friends. You can listen to a song from one of the members, Joe Holtaway, who sung at their celebration below. Lyrics we […]

Wake Up London


Day of Mindfulness with Wake Up Bangkok 1

By Pusanisa K. Haga clic aquí para leer en español   It was a cherished moment to meet with Wake Up friends in July. We enjoyed sitting meditation together, singing Plum Village songs. In the late afternoon we had a walking meditation along the beautiful park with the guidance from a monastic. When the session […]