Blue Cliff Monastery's Schedule of Events

posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:59 PM by Willow Branch   [ updated Sep 11, 2019, 5:28 PM ]

For a schedule of events taking place at Blue Cliff Monastery:

New Documentary on Thay and Plum Village

posted Jul 1, 2016, 12:55 PM by Willow Branch

Thanks to kind volunteers in the Philippines and the UK, we now have a beautiful four-part documentary about Thay and Plum Village,

Thich Nhat Hanh's Biography

posted Nov 16, 2014, 6:40 PM by Willow Branch   [ updated Mar 6, 2017, 5:08 PM ]

To learn more about our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, please see his biography at:

New Heart Sutra Translation

posted Sep 14, 2014, 6:20 AM by Willow Branch

On 11th September Thay completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Heart Sutra, one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism.

This new English translation is based on the new Vietnamese translation that Thay made three weeks ago at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany.

This new translation will now be used in all Plum Village chanting sessions and ceremonies, and it will appear in the next edition of the Plum Village Chanting Book. The chant is being set to music and will be available soon.  

To see the link below for new translation and Thay's explanation of why he made the new translation.

New Contemplations Before Eating

posted Feb 9, 2014, 3:32 PM by Willow Branch

Thay has just announced a new version of the Five Contemplations before Eating, after receiving a letter from scientists recommending replacing “global warming” with the more appropriate term “climate change.”

This change is a chance for us all to reflect deeply on what we buy and what we eat. What we buy and eat can contribute to climate change, or it can help stop it. Eating is a chance to nourish our own body with the wonders of the cosmos, knowing that we are not destroying the earth by doing so.  The new contemplations are:

New Contemplations before eating:
This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.

We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

Go to for the full story: 

Area Mindfulness Training Programs

posted Jan 4, 2014, 5:33 PM by Willow Branch   [ updated Jul 1, 2016, 1:04 PM ]

The following are two of Philadelphia's non-denominational programs for mindfulness training:

Revised Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings

posted Mar 23, 2012, 11:05 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 6:23 PM ]

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings were revised and presented by Thay for the Great Ordination Ceremony in February 2012 at Plum Village.  Visit the "Our Practice" page for the link to the revised recitation ceremony write-up.

Nurturing Mother Earth

posted Feb 23, 2012, 9:58 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Apr 13, 2013, 6:15 PM ]

A very thoughtful piece summarizing a recent interview with Thay by the English paper Guardian.  The reporter does an excellent job of explaining Thay's most recent teachings on nurturing the Earth.  This is a new set of teachings addressing the question of how best to approach environmentalism.  The second link is an edited video of the interview itself.

Thich Nhat Hanh Continuati​on and Legacy Foundation

posted Dec 26, 2011, 9:01 AM by Alan Stein   [ updated Feb 23, 2012, 10:26 PM by Unknown user ]

Dear Sangha,

Below is letter from Sr. Chan Khong, Thay's senior assistant, requesting your help in the furtherance of the Thich Nhat Hanh Continuation and Legacy Foundation.  

Some of us who attended the October retreat with Thay at Blue Cliff may recall the call for help to this Foundation, made by a number of active practitioners.  Below I would like to add some personal reflections on the matter, and ask you to further consider contributing to the Foundation if you have not already done so.

As you know, Thay is 85 this year.  He is still very active for his age, traveling to the various corners of the world to share the dharma with us.  And I have the sense that he will not stop.  I recall asking him to work less hard on one occasion a couple of years ago, and he smiled and said that he was only doing the work assigned by "our spiritual ancestors".  It seems this sense of duty springs from Thay's compassion and joy, especially when his life's work is bearing more and more concrete fruit as time goes on.  The transformations people experience exposed to Thay's teachings are real, and these transformations are possible through meditative practices that reflect the very essence of what the Buddha taught, now made available to us through Thay's profound understanding and creative insights into what the modern world needs and what practices are most suitable for such needs.  What we see on the surface are sweet grapes; what we do not readily see is that the roots are a hundred feet deep relentless distilling the essence of the earth for our benefits.  

Yet occasionally the vines need to be replanted--it's the law of nature.  Despite his tremendous reservoir of energy (which I believe is as much an act of strong will as anything else), one day he will need to rely on his continuation to carry on with the peace work of our spiritual ancestors, work that is all the more necessary today.  His continuation would also need to develop the kind of relentless one-hundred-foot deep roots the he has, with the tenacity and insights that he has.  For such continuation to be possible, indeed, "for a future to be possible", I would like to add my own request for your help.

Dat Nguyen

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Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
-Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear (Contact First Name),

As a child, James experienced tremendous suffering at the hands 

of his father, who had suffered the abuse of his own father. In turn, James hurt his own family, friends and colleagues through verbal, emotional, and sometimes physical violence. He was miserable 

and wanted to choose a different path but did not know how.

James read Thich Nhat Hanh's book, "Being Peace". He started practicing mindfully sitting, breathing, and walking. His suffering began to ease and he felt more peaceful. Then, James attended a retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). He practiced touching the earth with me, listened to Thay, and participated in a Dharma discussion group with people that shared similar painful circumstances.


"My suffering has been transformed. Now I water the seeds of joy 

and compassion in my family and the hundreds of people I work with 

around the world. I am spreading peace in our world community."


The impact of Thay's teachings and work around the world is powerful, tangible and transformative for thousands of people like you, me and James each year.


Why am I telling you this? Because the world urgently needs peace. And I'm writing you today to join me in helping us reach many more people with Thay's message of compassion and peace.


Please join us by making a monthly or one-time gift to the Thich Nhat Hanh Continuation and Legacy Foundation. Your gift deepens our capacity to bring healing and transformation to our world-it makes a difference.


Your gift will support...

  • Blue Cliff, Deer Park, and Magnolia Grove Monasteries. Many of us have experienced the deep joy and peacefulness of being at one of these beautiful practice centers. Sadly, we lack the necessary resources to meet the growing demand of attendees, maintain the practice centers and make urgently needed improvements.
  • Sharing Thich Nhat Hanh's teaching around the world. Thay and the fourfold community share the message of mindfulness and compassion with many different groups including politicians, educators, environmentalists, children and business leaders. This exposure to new audiences helps create a much larger community and mindful impact in the world.
  • Love and Understanding Program. Recent devastating floods have destroyed rice crops in Vietnam and left many children at risk. Your gift will provide urgently needed funds to replace destroyed clothing, school supplies and food. Children will receive ten dollars to purchase a set of clothes, five notebooks and rice to feed their family.
  • Supporting monks and nuns in Thailand and Vietnam. There are many brothers and sisters doing essential work while living in primitive conditions. Your support helps them meet their basic needs so that they can continue to help the poor and share the Dharma with the Thai and Vietnamese people.
  • Online Dharma sharing and publications. Many people are not able to attend retreats and do not have access to a local Sangha. However, through Internet Dharma talks, podcasts, videos, books and journals, millions of people are able to touch the Dharma and learn about mindfulness. If there is a way to communicate the Dharma, we're doing it.

" Don't worry if you feel you can only do one tiny good thing in 

one small corner of the cosmos. 

Just be a Buddha body in that one place."

 -Thich Nhat Hanh


Please join us with your compassionate mind and heart by supporting the continuing mindfulness practice of our beloved teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.


And please know that Thay, the monks and nuns, the world-wide Sangha and all those who benefit, are most grateful for your loving support.


A lotus for you,

Sr Chong Khong
Sister Chan Khong

P.S. When you support the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, please consider joining the Thich Nhat Hanh Continuation Fund. By becoming a monthly supporter you ensure the continuation of Thay's work into the future. It's easy for you, and you'll help do even more good in the world.


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Thich Nhat Hanh Continuation & Legacy Foundation


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