All Retreats Calendar

As a member of the Order of Interbeing, we are asked to participate in 60-days of mindfulness each year. Even though this is only about one day per week, it remains a tall order for many. One method to fulfill this requirement is to join a retreat. In the Plum Village tradition, there are dozens… Continue reading All Retreats Calendar

Engaged Parenting as Spiritual Practice

by Leslie J. Davis This essay was originally published on Lion’s Roar at https://www.lionsroar.com/engaged-parenting-as-spiritual-practice/ When I first learned about Buddhist practice, I immediately saw its parallels with parenting. The two practices share the same basic tenets for living an ethical life. We are asked to transform suffering. We practice non-violence, loving speech, and deep listening.… Continue reading Engaged Parenting as Spiritual Practice

A Preferential Option for the Poor and Oppressed in Buddhism?

In the Plum Village tradition, we all embrace the idea of engaged Buddhism as central to our practice. However, we have very diverse ideas about what constitutes skillful means in practicing engaged Buddhism. I have met people who think that simply by practicing loving-kindness meditation for all beings they are helping to make the world… Continue reading A Preferential Option for the Poor and Oppressed in Buddhism?

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… Continue reading North American Ordination (2019 Only)

Practicing with Societal Barriers to Observing the Mindfulness Trainings

Thay has compared the mindfulness trainings to the North Star—we can use them to guide us, but, just as we will never reach the North Star, we will never fully live up the mindfulness trainings, for the simple reason that we are imperfect beings. But, beyond our own imperfections, there are other reasons we cannot… Continue reading Practicing with Societal Barriers to Observing the Mindfulness Trainings

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.”… Continue reading Welcome New Dharma Teachers: Lamp Transmission in Plum Village

Loving Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

COORDINATED BY THICH NHAT HANH/NORTH AMERICA SANGHA Dear Friends: As many of you may know, since 2012 Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh has been consistent in his defense of the well-being of the Rohingya people, who are Muslim, against discrimination and violence in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, Myanmar. Since last fall, over 647,000 impoverished Rohingya refugees… Continue reading Loving Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Urgent Response to Rohinghya Suffering

Dear Friends, In an effort to mitigate the suffering of Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar into nearby Bangladesh, we are writing to enlist your help in our capacity as the Care-Taking Council of the Dharma Teachers ordained by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh residing in North America. Since 2012, Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh and our Council… Continue reading Urgent Response to Rohinghya Suffering

On a National Resolution of Atonement

The following letter was written by Robb Kushner, an Order of Interbeing Aspirant. Robb has given permission to post and share this very instructive and thoughtful statement. ~ Kenley Letter to Sen. Cory Booker – On a National Resolution of Atonement Jersey City, NJ 07302 14 August 2017 The Honorable Cory Booker 359 Dirksen Senate Office… Continue reading On a National Resolution of Atonement