Category: Ordination

  • Ordination Opportunity in 2021

    Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2021 there will be two opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. These will be online transmission ceremonies. In order to facilitate the process, please review the requirements, criteria, and procedures for North American students of Thich Nhat Hanh. […]

  • North American Ordination (2019 Only)

    Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2019 there will be one opportunity for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing at Magnolia Grove Monastery. In order to facilitate the process, the Care-Taking Council of the Dharma Teachers Sangha of North America (including both monastics and lay Dharma […]

  • Welcome New Dharma Teachers: Lamp Transmission in Plum Village

    The lamp transmission refers to “the manner in which the teaching, or Dharma, is passed from a Zen master to their disciple. The procedure establishes the disciple as a transmitting teacher in their own right and successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual ‘bloodline’ theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself.” […]

  • North American Ordination (2017 Only)

    Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2017 there will be three opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. In order to facilitate the process, the Care-Taking Council of the Dharma Teachers Sangha of North America (including both monastics and lay Dharma Teachers) have clarified the […]

  • North American Ordination (2015 Only)

    Ordination Ceremony

    Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2015 there will be three opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. In order to facilitate the process, the Care-taking Council of the Dharma Teachers Sangha of North America (including both monastics and lay) have clarified the requirements, criteria, […]

  • When Next I Spill My Tea

    The morning in June, 2002, that I was going to be ordained in the Order of Interbeing, I was doing walking meditation after breakfast. I was staying at Upper Hamlet of Plum Village, in France, where the ceremony was going to be held. Because people who were staying in the other hamlets had to travel, […]

  • North American Ordination (2013 Only)

    Dear Dharma Teachers, Dear Order Members, Dear Aspirants, In 2013 there will be three opportunities for aspirants from North America to be ordained into the Order of Interbeing. In order to facilitate the process, the Care-taking Council of the Dharma Teachers Sangha of North America (including both monastics and lay) have clarified the requirements, criteria, […]

  • Stepping into Freedom: Savoring Life

    I really had no expectations of this retreat (October 2011 at Blue Cliff Monastery), except to participate in the OI ordination ceremony, and to spend five days with Thay and 1000 of his brothers and sisters.  But of course, I found that they were my brothers and sisters too, my sangha also.  It was wonderful […]

  • The Fertile Soil of Ireland

    Setting my feet on the Path of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings standing on the fertile soil of Ireland.  Winter storm, Into the sea, Snow dissolves silently. In the Plum Village tradition there are wonderful, mindful paths of practice laid out for lay people. These are the Two Promises for children, the 5 Mindfulness Trainings for […]