Sitting With Thay

By Brandon Rennels - True Garden of Faith The poem below was written about a lunch experience at Plum Village during the winter retreat of 2012/2013 – Bell Line forms, patiently waiting Shuffling of feet, clinking of bowls, heaps of deliciousness Stepping outside, inhaling freshness Walk The sun, it shines Entering the hall, seeing a path, straight ahead: emptiness […]


Thich Nhat Hanh in Spain

The Lack of Understanding Turns Us Into Victims

This article was featured in the Spanish newspaper Lavanguardia on 28 June 2014. Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Martin Luther King nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize  I am 88 years old. I am Zen master. On my 16th I entered a monastery. Vietnamese, I live in France, where I founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community. […]

Wake Up Madrid

This month’s Sangha of the month is Wake Up Madrid. Click here to read how they got started and what makes their sangha joyful!

Wake Up Madrid

Plum Village

Why I Chose the Monastic Path 1

By Brother Chan Phap Nguyen Haga clic aquí para leer en español Clicca qui per leggere il post in italiano During last spring’s Francophone retreat, Thay gave Dharma talks on the theme of “recognizing the conditions of happiness in and around us,” a subject that is very important and helpful for today’s living. Thay taught that to […]

Permaculture in the Heart 2

Wake Up Permaculture retreat in Plum Village Haga clic aquí para leer en español “We give thanks to the earth, for the food she brings” – twenty young voices sing as they hold hands and gather around a picnic table filled with fresh (organic!) food. In April and May, Plum Village’s Happy Farm hosted a […]

Wake Up permaculture retreat

Wake Up New York

Tasting Waking Up in New York 1

Haga clic aquí para leer en español A few months ago a group of young monastics and lay friends from Blue Cliff Monastery dropped by Wake Up New York for an evening of mindful practice. They shared a meal together, engaged in basic practices of sitting and walking, and built the bonds of the four-fold […]

Brotherhood and Sisterhood Will Change the World

Haga clic aquí para leer en español Clicca qui per leggere il post in italiano Everyone who has been to Plum Village or came to one of the Wake Up tours must have noticed the tall and shining presence of Phap Luu aka ‘Brother Stream’, and his ever continuing energy that he puts into the […]



21-Day Retreat with Thay

by Fabiano Gentile Clicca qui per leggere il post in italiano Hello everybody, During this month’s 21-day retreat, Thich Nhat Hanh encouraged us to stimulate our creative side through his Dharma teachings. In fact, he is inviting us to compose poems and songs to be shared with our sangha. “If we approach the art as believers we […]

The Benefits of a Sangha

Haga clic aquí para leer en español During the Wake Up Ireland retreat in Plum Village on 18-25 April 2014, we got the chance to interview another Wake Up friend, Mick from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Can you tell us something about yourself? I am Mick. I am 35 years old, so maybe next year too […]


Football in Plum Village

Mindful Soccer

By Gijs Van den Broeck Haga clic aquí para leer en español Clicca qui per leggere il post in italiano And that is why learning in a classroom is just one small part of our practice. We learn working together. We learn to play soccer, basketball, together. And during that time we create more brotherhood, […]

The Young People are Hungry for an Alternative 2

Haga clic aquí para leer en español Interview with Sister Peace If you have ever been to Plum Village, you will surely have noticed Sister Peace’s welcoming and gentle presence. Her warm voice and “young at heart” African American energy have been supporting the community for years. She has also been with Wake Up since […]



How Wake Up San Diego Started

Haga clic aquí para leer en español It was similar to how Homer Simpson got his job at the power plant – by showing up the first day it opened. I was there at the first Wake Up San Diego meeting and was asked to give some insight on how this whole thing got started. […]

Practicing Beginning Anew, Anew 2

Haga clic aquí para leer en español An experiment with appropriateness and non-attachment I began practicing Beginning Anew with my partner, one-on-one, as a formal practice a few months ago. When it became clear that enough time together had gone by that certain attachments and misperceptions were developing, we felt the lines of what had […]



Lessons On Healing After Loss 3

This article was featured on Haga clic aquí para leer en español When she left her career as a medical doctor, Sister Dang Nghiem, MD, a Zen Buddhist nun and disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, learned the true meaning of healing. Sitting cross-legged on the floor of a meditation room at Blue Cliff Monastery in […]

Reforestation in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico

Haga clic aquí para leer en español My name is Christoph and I’m from Austria. I studied geography with special focus on sustainable development. I came to Mexico in the Tuxtlas region to do my thesis on ecotourism, and I stay here for now especially because my girlfriend lives here. I got involved in Wake […]