Our Teacher: There are many forms of Buddhist practice spanning many traditions. Our sangha practices mindfulness based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced TIK NYUHT HUHN), Vietnamese Zen monk and poet. Sometimes called Thay (pronounced “tie”), which means teacher, his teachings encourage us to dwell happily in the present moment. By practicing mindfulness, we develop our innate ability to be calm, to live in the present moment, and to experience the wonders of life. Mindfulness practice is a simple and effective method of transforming our anger, confusion and distress into peace, joy and understanding. Over time, mindfulness can transform lifelong struggles with sorrow, anxiety and alienation into the blossoming of happiness, compassion, gratitude, and an ability to live more loving and peaceful lives.

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. A poet, scholar, peace activist, author of nearly 100 books, and teacher to thousands, Thich Nhat Hanh has traveled worldwide, offering public lectures and retreats. Information on Thich Nhat Hanh's community can be found at www.plumvillage.org. Information on publications and an international sangha directory are found at www.iamhome.org.

In this section you will find information on our local community as well as the worldwide Plum Village community of practice. Included are periodic updates on our teacher’s health and practice opportunities at meditation centers in the U.S. and Europe. Local information includes profiles of our organizational and practice leadership.

Thich Nhat Hanh died at his residence in Tu Hieu Temple in Hue, Vietnam on January 22, 2022, at the age of 95.

The Wikipedia article on Thich Nhat Hanh is informative and inspiring. See: