Morning Song   Recently updated !

by Zarah Reinhard from Switzerland Haga clic aqui para leer en español   this morning fresh, like a dewdrop blooming in the mouth of a rose— standing still, waiting for awakenings; dawn has already passed.   this sky a circled wonder hidden beyond the stars. it’s light-blue veil like the skin of a whale   […]

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Wake Up Asia

Wake Up Asia: Tears of Joy

By TS Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng Haga clic aquí para leer en español Men normally don’t cry. But I did cry before the end of the Wake Up Asia 2014 retreat. And I can’t help but write them down, the emotions about the memorable days we were fortunate to be together. At first I didn’t plan […]


Break the Shell 2

During the Be-In on the last Lay Day of the winter retreat in Plum Village, Cheï from Amsterdam sang a beautiful rendition of India Arie’s Break the Shell.  She was one of the 80 long-term lay friends who practiced with the monastic community from November 2014 to February 2015.  

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Wake Up Tampa

Wake Up Tampa   Recently updated !

This month of February, we travel to the warm state of Florida in the United States and discover what makes Wake Up Tampa special. Happy reading


New Year’s Eve in Plum Village

    How does it feel to spend a morning in Upper Hamlet, Plum Village with the monastic and lay community on the last day of 2014? Below is a video made by Friso from Wake Up Netherlands. He’s one of the 40 Dutch Wake Uppers who had the opportunity to transition from the year […]

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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. […]


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 […]

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Breathe

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 2

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, […]

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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 […]