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Mindfulness Internship Position in New Zealand   Recently updated !

About the Centre: Dharma Gaia is a Mindfulness Practice Centre, nestled among the Beautiful Coastal hills of the Coromandel Peninsula, on the North Island of New Zealand. Dharma Gaia was established and continues to be inspired by the Teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Tradition. Our daily mindfulness practice is deeply nourished by the peaceful surroundings, with gardens, bush, streams, hills and birdlife reminding us to stop, come home, and ‘ Be Present ‘ in our work, play and rest. Throughout the year we offer regular retreats, mindfulness weekends and specific practice periods of meditation […]


And Be   Recently updated !

by Olga Bloemen from the Netherlands And Be Just to fall back on the grass and be just to fall down on my bed and stay to be just a being on this earth my head objects there’s a life to be lived a path to be followed a skill to be learned a friend to be seen a change to be made a corner to be cleaned a standard to be reached to see everything I could pursue in this world and to stay sane to know all that could be done in this world and to choose not […]

Wake Up Netherlands

Trust in the Sangha

Anneke has been a regular in Wake Up Nijmegen, her hometown in the Netherlands for two years. She got into the practice through a mindfulness course at her university. After attending a non-denominational mindfulness group for two years, she felt she wanted to deepen her practice. This is how she ended up in Wake Up. Now she has been a steady member of the Wake Up Netherlands team for almost two years. Let us get to know her and the Wake Up Netherlands a little better… How did you get into Wake Up? I took a mindfulness course at my […]

Planting Lemon Tree in Dharma Gaia

Learning to Let Go in Community Life   Recently updated !

By Barry Wright For many years an aspiration has been growing among young people to live in or build a lay community in the Plum Village tradition. During the 21-day retreat in Plum Village in 2014, a small group of us decided the time had come to build a small seedling community within an existing practice center, with the intention of learning more about community life and investigating sustainable and wholesome livelihood. We would more firmly nourish the seeds for future communities – either together or in our home countries – which were already sprouting in our consciousnesses.  We made […]

Plum Village in the summer

Getting in Touch with Thay 2

Brother Chan Troi Dai Dong (Great Togetherness), a Vietnamese student, studied in Paris, France. In the summer of 2013, the brother came to Plum Village for the first time and found here a new way of life. On the 2nd of July 2014, he officially became a monk in the Cypress family. His sharing below shows his practice to get in touch with Thay in himself. Little orchid, Since the day you came to my room, I have had a new habit. During my free time, after lighting a candle and making a pot of tea, I sip my tea […]

Love Your Mother - Earth Day

Love Your Mother

To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, Monastic Sister Hai An put together a slideshow called Love Your Mother. The song was recorded with practitioners from Blue Cliff Monastery and Tomas Rodriguez from Brooklyn on guitars. Enjoy! 😀

Listen Deeply

Loving Speech and Deep Listening 1

By Jonathan Borella The Fourth Mindfulness Training: Loving Speech and Deep Listening Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and […]

Plum Village Winter Retreat

Deeper Connection with Myself

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 words of Rumi, ‘Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.’ Such a field is often discovered in Plum Village, and it is like dwelling in a Pure Land. When I arrived at Plum Village I didn t see a Pure Land. By the way, my perspective of Pure Land is a state of mind rather than an idyllic location. There’s a song here that goes ‘heaven and […]

Wake Up Bangkok

Wake Up Bangkok

  This month, we travel to Asia and learn more about Wake Up Bangkok as our Sangha of the Month. Find out how they spend time together, have fun, as well as how they get involved in the Plum Village community and engaged buddhism outside the Sangha. Happy reading

Wake Up Retreat at Mountain Lamp

How the Retreat Nourished Me

A Wake Up practitioner shares her experiences of attending the Wake Up retreat in Mountain Lamp Community in September 2014. Eating meditation When I sit down with food, my thoughts are full of anxious thoughts, or judgments, or comparisons. “Why did you get that much? Don’t eat that. You’re eating more than her. You are being too strict with yourself. Why don’t you just eat what you like? Why don’t you cook yourself a proper meal? I wish I was with people. I wish I was alone.” All of these things are running through my head, instead of appreciating the […]

Erica Fugger Deep Listening 2015

Listening Deeply to Build Community

Wake Up has this energy of effortlessness, aimlessness, just the joy of being together. The joy of sitting and the joy of sharing life. I have a lot of trust in the Sangha. Because everyone is so different, they bring so much to the reunion of the togetherness. Our unity is much stronger than individual thinking or pursuit. Every Friday when I get home or I have a lot of work, it’s not a burden for me to go to Wake Up. It will help me to get more energy and be okay with everything. And I feel so happy […]

Spiritual Mentorship Project

Come join us on a journey to co-create and develop a Spiritual Mentorship program. We are seeking to rekindle the sacred role of mentorship and menteeship in order to invite a dialogue around: 1)  Sustaining spiritual practice, so that we see more clearly how our spiritual practice supports our daily living practice. 2)  How spiritual practice may support our aspirations for “right livelihood.” “To practice Right Livelihood -samyag ajiva- you have to find a way to earn your living without transgressing your ideals of love and compassion. The way you support yourself can be an expression of your deepest self, or […]


My Loved Day

A Sharing from the Wake Up UK and Ireland Retreat in Plum Village On April 17-24, 2015, around 60 members of Wake Up Sanghas in the UK and Ireland came to deepen their mindfulness practice and nourish their brotherhood and sisterhood in Plum Village monastery and practice centre, south west France. We had a special program of sharing, music, mindful service (hard work!), and also plenty of time to relax and rest in nature… Katie Berry from Wake Up Glasgow shares about her experience of a Lazy Day hike, a day where there is no program but to be lazy as […]



By Jonathan Borella Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others; and I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own happiness and suffering; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion; and that running after wealth, fame, power and […]