Our spiritual teacher, the Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (or Thay, as we affectionately call him) is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, poet, and scholar. In 1967, he was nominated the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. for his lifelong efforts to advocate for peace and reconciliation. His teachings on mindfulness, love and understanding have touched deeply the lives of people all over the world.
An author of more than one hundred books, including the best-selling Present Moment, Wonderful Moment; Being Peace; Anger; and Teachings on Love, he gives teachings in Plum Village, a meditation practice centre in Southern France, and travels worldwide to lead retreats on the Art of Mindful Living.
Plum Village is a Buddhist monastery and mindfulness practice centre in Southern France, established by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1982. Following his teachings on The Art of Mindful Living, the community cultivates the energy of mindfulness in daily life, through practices such as listening to the mindfulness bell, sitting meditation, walking meditation, having meal as a sangha and dharma sharing, etc.
To date, there have been 12 Plum Village practice centres located in France, United States, Germany and Vietnam with almost a thousand groups of practitioners all over the world.
For a directory of practice centres and local practice communities, please refer to the International Sangha Directory.