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The first eight exercises of mindful breathing

In the Mindfulness of Breathing text, the Buddha proposes 16 exercises on the subject. It’s very practical, and everyone can do it. It’s not complicated and the effect of the practice is noticeable after just an hour or two. These are the first four exercises of mindful breathing recommended by the Buddha so that we […]

Flowers in the dark

Flowers in the Dark is a new audio series on the Plum Village App. In it, mindfulness teacher Sister Dang Nghiem kindly offers short episodes on guided mindfulness practices. Content draws on her latest book, Flowers in the Dark – Reclaiming Your Power to Heal Trauma through Mindfulness (2021), a deeply thoughtful guide to healing […]

Thich Nhat Hanh on discrimination and complexes

In this short teaching, which is available on the Plum Village App, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh talks about the wisdom of nondiscrimination, and three complexes which cause much suffering: the superiority complex, the inferiority complex, and the equality complex. This is an excerpt from a Dharma Talk from 2004. [This transcript has been edited […]

New on the app: the Earth Seeds series

The Earth Seeds is a series of interviews featuring Plum Village monastics. By focusing on mindfulness, our relation with Mother Earth and the climate crisis, it opens a rare conversation about the many ways a spiritual practice can help us through the common crisis.  The interviewer is Wouter Verhoeven, a filmmaker from the Netherlands and […]

Thich Nhat Hanh on forgiveness

During question-and-answer sessions at retreats in 2013 and 2014, Thay was asked about forgiveness: whether we ought to forgive everything, and how to practice compassion towards those that harm us or those dear to us. Below are his answers. [This transcript has been edited for readability.] How to forgive everything  All of us are unskillful […]