Nurturing Practices

This article is a summary of a wonderful dharma talk on nurturing practices given by Sister Mai Nghiem, a French nun and Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition. The dharma talk was given on April 29th, 2016 at the Earth Holder Retreat at the Deer Park Monastery last week. I was especially moved by […]

A Walk in Nature Can Improve Memory

In a recent study at the University of Michigan, researchers found that a walk in nature can improve memory. The study was reported in a book by Michael Gelb and Kelly Howell called Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age. They reported, “Poets and philosophers have always counseled people regarding the benefits of being […]

Walk on Earth

Today’s words of wisdom come from my Teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers. I have heard him say that the miracle is to walk on Earth, in many of the dharma talks, and in many of the books and magazine articles I’ve read by him. Thay quotes Linji (Lin […]

4 Secrets to Staying Awake During Meditation

Are you falling asleep during your meditation? Do you feel like you’re missing out on the benefits? Are you frustrated that you can’t control your urge to doze off? First, understand that everybody falls asleep during meditation (though not all will admit to it). And it’s okay! It’s really nothing to worry about. Your body […]

Walk In Peace

These words of wisdom for today come from my teacher, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, who we call Thay. The picture and image reflect on the Thay’s principal teachings: walk in peace. I love this image and it reminds me of my days with Thich Nhat Hanh in 1997. It was a retreat on the […]

Walking Meditation For Healing

These words of wisdom come form Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, known as Thay by his followers. One of the central teachings of Thay and the practices in the Plum Village tradition is walking meditation. I remember vividly the experience I had on my first retreat with Thay in 1997. After the morning dharma talk, […]

Mother Earth Is Inside Of Us

This quote is a transcription of the first part of a dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (know as Thay by his followers). The talk took place in Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France on November 29, 2012. The title of the talk is “A New Teaching on the Twelve Nidanas.” The nidanas are the 12 teachings of […]