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Thai Plum Village

Plum Village

Plum Village, near Bordeaux in southwest France, is the first monastic community founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) in the West.

Plum Village is where Thay has realized his dream of building a Beloved Community: creating a healthy, nourishing environment where people can learn the art of living in harmony with one another and with the Earth.

Plum Village began in 1982 as a small, rustic farmstead, and has today grown into Europe’s largest Buddhist monastery, with over 200 resident monks and nuns, living and practicing in four different hamlets spread out across the French countryside. It is a continuation of the original “Sweet Potato Community” that Thay first founded near Paris in the 1970s, soon after he was exiled from Vietnam.


At Plum Village, we weave mindfulness into all our daily activities, training ourselves to be mindful throughout the day: while eating, walking, working, or enjoying a cup of tea together. Plum Village is a home away from home, and a beautiful, nourishing, simple environment in which to cultivate the mind of awakening.

We enjoy periods of silence, sitting meditation, rest, relaxation, mindful work, and play. All practitioners who come to Plum Village are invited to join in the communal activities in their hamlet, whether it is preparing meals, cleaning, or washing dishes, as a way of learning to cultivate joy and mindfulness in whatever we are doing.

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Thai Plum Village

Our new monastery Thai Plum Village International Practice Center shall be built with the help of friends everywhere, for us. Monks, Nuns, and Lay friends to have a chance to continue together the beautiful dharma transmitted to us by our teacher the Buddha.


We know that we always need each other support to carry on the noble path of the Buddha, our teacher, which is to help people practice according to his teaching to reduce suffering in life and to bring more peace and joy to the world.


With the practice of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, we are more aware of our true existence, which is nothing else but a generous and constant contribution of everyone and everything around in the human realm as well as in the animal, vegetable, and minerals realm.


In the light of this interconnectedness, we learn how to live together as a spiritual family in harmony and with deep gratitude cultivating brotherhoods and sisterhood so that together we can build our pure land in the very here and now on this beautiful planet of ours.


This is a happy moment for us to express one more time our deep gratitude to everyone to our blood and spiritual and to our land ancestors.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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A community of Buddhist practitioners is referred to as a “sangha” A sangha can include both monastics and lay practitioners. As the third jewel of Buddhism, Sanghas offer a deep well of support and wisdom.


We encourage everyone to join a sangha near you or participate in activities with a community of mindfulness practice so you can profit from the collective energy of mindfulness, peace, and joy.

There are Mindfulness Practice Centers in Europe, Asia, and America in the Plum Village tradition, with communities of monks, nuns, laymen, and lay women. There are also dozens of lay Mindfulness Practice Centers worldwide, and over 1,000 lay sanghas who meet up regularly in towns and cities for evenings, mornings, or days of mindfulness practice.


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Join Lay Sangha activities

Sangha Bhuddha Sam

Bangkok , Thai 

Sangha beginning from "Peace in oneself, peace in the world" Retreat 2007.
Practicing every the third Wednesday of the month.


Phone number : 081-345-4849


Sangha Half moon

Bangkok , Thai and English

Sangha start from friend in the "Peace in oneself, peace in the world" Retreat 2007.

Practicing every half-moon-day (Or nearly) or the month; Half-moon-waning, Half-moon-raising. 



Sangha Green Papaya

Chiangmai , Thai and English

We sit in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. We also often host Theravada, Zen and Vajrayana speakers.
All are welcome!


Wake Up

Wake Up

"Wake Up: Young Buddhists and non-Buddhists for
a Healthy and Compassionate Society"

Wake Up is an active global community of young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice mindfulness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and more compassionate society.


We want to help our world which is overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger, and despair. Seeing the environmental degradation caused by our society, we want to live in such a way that our planet Earth can survive for a long time. Practicing mindfulness, concentration and insight enable us to cultivate tolerance, non-discrimination, understanding, and compassion in ourselves and the world.


We follow the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which are ethical guidelines that offer concrete practices of true love and compassion, and a path towards a life in harmony with each other and the Earth. These guidelines are the foundation of our lives and represent our ideal of service.


Our practice is based on cultivating awareness of the breath and living deeply in the present moment, aware of what is happening within us and around us. This practice helps us to release the tension in our bodies and feelings, live life deeply and more happily, and use compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and reconcile with others.

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Wake Up Thailand

Bangkok , Thai and English

Wake Up retreat in Thailand every year



Wake Up Bangkok

Bangkok , Thai and English

Meeting On-line every month
And Meeting On-site in Bangkok



World wide Sangha


Connect and join the wake up movement in your local area



Plum Village Practice Centers

The eleven practice centers and monasteries listed below all practice in the Plum Village tradition and under the direct guidance of Thay.
Our centers are open throughout the year, for short or long stays, to learn the art of mindful living.

Practice Centers


Photo by
Thai Plum Village CD team
Plum Village France
Tippawan Yarungfhan
Jansamon Thongra-ar


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