Foundation Board & Staff — Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation (2023)

Formed in the Fall of 2011, the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is nurtured by a Working Board of Directors comprised of lay practitioners and monastics, five staff members, and dozens of volunteer practitioners who desire deeply to be of service.

The Foundation is unique in that our board, staff, and volunteers engage in their work with mindfulness and equanimity. In the spirit and applied practice of Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings, we understand the ultimate purpose of the Foundation’s activities is to embody and create peace to help end suffering in the world. As Thay teaches us, “peace in oneself, peace in the world.”

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Sister Hoa Nghiem or Sister Flower Adornment was born in Saigon, Vietnam. While in Vietnam, she worked as an accountant in a fabric factory, and in 1985, she moved to London to eventually begin her studies as a computer engineer in Southbank Polytechnic. Sr. Hoa Nghiem became a nun in 1991 and became a Dharma teacher in 1998 by Thich Nhat Hanh. She has lived at Plum Village in France, Green Mountain Dharma Centre in Vermont, Deer Park Monastery in California, Tay Linh Temple and Dieu Tram Temple in Vietnam, and Plum Village Thailand.

While living in Vietnam in 2007 through 2009, Sr. Hoa Nghiem had the chance to do charity work for the Love and Understanding Program. Sr. Hoa Nghiem now lives at Blue Cliff Monastery in New York, where she serves as an eldest sister, Dharma Teacher, and retreat organizer. In 2016, she joined the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation as a member of the Grants Committee and Vietnamese Outreach Committee. Her aspiration is to walk on the path of understanding and love, live the life of mindfulness, serve the Sangha, and to help relieve the suffering of people in the world.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: “I am in you, you are in me. We inter-are.”

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SIster Dac Nghiem or Sister Attainment was born in Southern Vietnam and came to the United States with her family as refugees. After attending a retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh in Southern California, she felt inspired by the practice and in 2000 joined the Rosebud (Nu Hong) and Deer Park Sanghas.

In 2003, Sister Dac Nghiem was ordained as a nun. She lived in Plum Village France for several years, and was given the Dharma Teacher lamp transmission by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011.

Sister Dac Nghiem currently resides at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA.

A quote by Thay that inspires her is: “Be still and heal.”

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Brother Phap Khong or Brother Dharma Emptiness was born in Vietnam and moved to the USA in 1975. Before becoming a monk, he lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he worked various banks for 23 years and held different international positions. In 1992, Br Phap Khong met Thay and started reading his books. He was so inspired that he began attending the sangha in Philadelphia, and in 2001 he attended the three-month winter retreat at Plum Village. Br. Phap Khong ordained as a novice monk in 2003 and became a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2010. He joined the Foundation in 2017, and he serves on the Legacy Funds committee, where he helps manage bequest gifts.

Br. Phap Khong currently resides at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York where he has been serving the sangha for about 10 years. He speaks several languages, including English, Vietnamese, French, Spanish and some Mandarin. His interests include studying Buddhist psychology, modern neuroscience, sightseeing, taking photographs, and swimming.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: “Mỗi bước chân đi vào Tịnh Đô” - “Each step is the Pure Land”.

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Sister Hoc Nghiem or Sister True Practicewas born and raised in a small village in central Vietnam. She came to the US with her family as refugees in 1995, and they settled in Memphis, TN. At that time, she was 20 years old, and like other young adults, she went to school, hung out with friends, and searched for a more meaningful life. Inspired by Thay’s teachings when visiting a local Vietnamese temple, she ordained as a nun in May 2000 and a Dharma teacher in 2008 by Thich Nhat Hanh. Sr. Hoc Nghiem joined the Foundation Board in 2016 and currently serves on the Grants Committee for the Dharma Sharing Program.

Sr. Hoc Nghiem has practiced in Plum Village, Green Mountain Dharma Center in Vermont, and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York. She now lives at Magnolia Grove Monastery and deeply enjoys practicing mindfulness every day, experiencing the happiness of the Dharma, and helping others do the same. Her happiness increases when she sees more and more people come to this remote area of Mississippi to enjoy the Dharma.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: Whenever he was asked by children or adults why he wears brown or why he has to practice, he usually answers: “I wear brown because I like it. I practice because I like it.”

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Brother Ngo Khong or Brother Freedom is of Croatian origin and was born and raised in Germany.

Brother Freedom studied alternative medicine, and worked as a naturopath in his own practice before "meeting" Thich Nhat Hanh on a book cover while healing from a broken relationship. This encounter not only changed his life completely but watered seeds of monastic life, made him quit his job, sell all his belongings and come to Plum Village to ordain in 2011 (be sure to hear that story when you meet him).

In 2014, Brother Freedom was transferred to Blue Cliff Monastery in New York, and in 2017 to California, where he lives, practices and represents Deer Park Monastery in the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.

Combining Mediterranean charm with German virtues, Brother Freedom creates a joyful and warm atmosphere wherever he goes. He loves listening to life stories and offering his skills in deep listening and empathetic understanding. His heart's greatest desire is to deepen connection within and between humans, and to open to his vulnerability - often with his foot in his mouth, which helps remind everyone not to take themselves too seriously.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: “Be a home for yourself.”

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Brother Troi Sang To or Brother Clarity was born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam. He grew up in bustling Da Nang city. He always wanted quiet and peace, which he found in temples and monasteries. In 2008, he had the opportunity to attend a retreat organized by Plum Village, where he realized that tranquility and peace are not determined by external environments, but can be found in one’s soul. He saw that the life of a practitioner could allow him to realize true happiness.

For Brother Troi Sang To, meditation is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of himself and everything around him. Meditation allows him to love like the Buddha loved, like Thay loves. “The spiritual house built by Thay and the Plum Village Sangha is the place for me,” he says, “where I can join hands in building a place of refuge for all people and all species.”

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: "A lotus for you, a Buddha to be."

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Bruce Campbell has been practicing with the greater Plum Village community since 2005. Bruce ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2009 with the Dharma nameTrue Land of Faith. He has participated in numerous retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and the community, including visits to Vietnam and India. Bruce and his wife spent a year living near Upper Hamlet in France.

Professionally, Bruce leverages his experience as a corporate finance lawyer to make business and finance more responsive to the needs of Mother Earth and its inhabitants. His work includes developing investment funds for nonprofits and legally empowering historically oppressed groups in the context of business and investment transactions. Bruce founded a law firm that is organized as a workers’ cooperative and as a benefit corporation.

Bruce is enjoying the opportunity to play as a child again with his son Lane. He thrives in the outdoors, and particularly enjoys trail running and snowboarding. He is afflicted with a passion for politics and government.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: “There is no way to enlightenment. Enlightenment is the way.”

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Brian Clancy attended his first retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community in August 2002 at Stonehill College. After years as an impassioned supporter of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation work and mission, he joined the board in January 2020.

After graduating from Cornell University and the Harvard Business School, Brian spent his early career in the financial services industry. Among other roles, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Fidelity Management and Research. Fifteen years ago, he shifted his focus to global poverty alleviation by working with microfinance pioneer Accion International and the Center for Financial Inclusion. He also served as the President of the Boston Public Library Foundation and is active in the civic renewal movement in the United States.

Brian is passionate about nature, libraries, tennis and bringing more compassion, deep listening and mutual respect to America’s political sphere. His Dharma name is Sincere Compassion of the Heart.

Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspire him are: “My actions are my only true belongings” and “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”

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Jo Confino is an executive coach, facilitator, journalist, sustainability expert and Zen mindfulness practitioner. He works at the intersection of personal transformation and systems change; working with several organizations including Leaders’ Quest, Future Stewards and the United Nations Development Programme.

He is on the board of advisors for The Climate School and Force of Nature, a youth climate activist organization. He is also a trustee of Theatre for a Change, whose purpose is the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in their sexual and reproductive health. Besides chairing and facilitating events and conferences all over the world for the past 20 years, he also runs smaller workshops and roundtables.

Jo has worked closely for the past 14 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community in Plum Village, France and is chair of the board of Parallax Press, which publishes books on mindfulness in daily life.

Until recently, he was executive editor, Impact & Innovation and Editorial Director of What’s Working at the HuffPost in New York. During his five years there, he developed long-term editorial projects based on social, environmental and economic justice and was a member of the senior leadership team. Before joining HuffPost, he was an executive editor of the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of the Guardian Sustainable Business website. During his 23 years at the Guardian, he set up and managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the Ugandan village of Katine, and helped create the Guardian’s environment and global development websites.

Jo also created and managed the sustainability vision and strategy for the Guardian and its parent company Guardian Media Group. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: "You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment."

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Ron Forster is a founding member of Friends of Deer Park Monastery, co-facilitates the Really Beneficial Sangha, and was a lead coordinator and fundraiser for the Deer Park Ridge land protection. Ron ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2011 with the Dharma name True Ocean of Courage.

Ron has served on the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation Board for several years. He is grateful to offer his professional experience, MBA and 30-plus years of marketing and business experience, to support the Foundation Board – first as the Financial Committee chair and now as Lay Co-Chair. He is also on the board of the Escondido Creek Conservancy, a group that protects natural habitat and provides environmental education for children.

Through Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings,Ron recognizes our need for a collective awakening as a society for our future to be possible.Whenever possible, Ron enjoys being at Deer Park with the monastics and lay practitioners, and helping connect people (particularly young people) with nature is his deepest aspiration . He lives in Escondido, California and enjoys gardening and nature photography.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: "If we can ground ourselves, become one with the Earth and treat her with care, she will nourish us and heal our bodies and mind." From Love Letter to the Earth

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Dr. Leslie Gordon is a 27-year student of Thich Nhat Hanh. Leslie ordained as a member of the Order of Interbeing in 2011 with the Dharma nameTrue Forest Sangha. Leslie is a facilitator of the Magnolia Sangha in Memphis, TN, and has served on various Plum Village community boards in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. His mindfulness practice has nurtured, inspired and empowered him in his professional and personal life.

Leslie has wide experience in clinical and interpersonal relations with children and incarcerated individuals. He has maintained a dental practice for adults and children for over forty years, and worked in a medium-security prison for eight years. He is a 1972 graduate of Howard University, College of Dentistry, and served his internship in Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery at Georgetown College of Dentistry in 1973.

For fifty-two years, the center of Leslie’s life has been his family: his wife, Fay, and their four children and two grandchildren. Leslie was born in Kingston, Jamaica and has been a vegan since 1980.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: “You are, therefore I am.”

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Monglan Ho ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 1994 with the Dharma nameTrue Precious Attainment. From the time of her ordination to 2004, Monglan helped organize mindfulness retreats, public speaking events, and fundraising events in the Vietnamese community for Thich Nhat Hanh. In the past few years, she also helped plan retreats at Deer Park Monastery for the Vietnamese Sanghas in Southern California.She is a member of Blooming Lotus Designand has been practicing with the Rosebud (Nụ Hồng) Sangha in Orange County since 1993.

Monglan is a dentist with two offices in Orange County. She has been managing her employees with these mindful themes from Thich Nhat Hanh : “interbeing” with each other and with patients, “community working in harmony” within the office, and “go as a river” in body and mind. She brings mindfulness practice into the flow of everyday life and incorporates breathing meditation technique to help patients dealing with pain and anxiety when receiving dental treatments.

Monglan lives in Tustin, California, cultivating the garden of peace and planting seeds of joy together with her husband and daughter. She enjoys drinking tea, editing Vietnamese books, writing poetry and calligraphy, singing and photography.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: "We are already what we want to become."

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Judith Kendralearned to meditate in Thailand in 1990 and has practiced in a variety of traditions since then. She has attended a number of retreats and talks given by Thich Nhat Hanh over the years, and found each one to be profound, powerful and inspiring.

After gaining an MA in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University, Judith trained as a commissioning editor in various London publishing companies. She then worked for the non-profit organisation, Minority Rights Group International before, in 1999, being made Publishing Director of the Rider list at Penguin Random House. Here she was very fortunate to be able to publish many of Thay’s books throughout the British Commonwealth, as well as titles by the Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Desmond Tutu and Rick Hanson, among many others. She left the company in 2018 to take a diploma in Asian Art at SOAS.

She loves walking in the countryside, travel (especially in India and South-East Asia), trees and…dancing.

A quote from Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: “There is a revolution that needs to happen, and it starts from inside each one of us.”

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Minh-Châu Lêhas been part of the beloved Plum Village community since 1996 and joined the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation Board in 2016.

She is currently pursuing a PhD in history at Columbia University with a focus on twentieth century Vietnamese and US history, decolonization, and global migration. Her dissertation will be on the South Vietnamese Buddhist movement during the Vietnam War. Before starting her doctoral studies, Minh-Châu worked for four years as a digital campaigner and nonprofit strategy consultant in New York City -- collaborating with a range of organizations focused on refugee resettlement, women's rights, gun reform, creative technology, and civic participation.

Minh-Châu enjoys being near bodies of water, taking care of plants, playing guitar, reading, singing, and writing. She is inspired by people who are fiercely compassionate and grounded in love.She was ordained in the Order of Interbeing with the name Chân Biểu Thiện (True Manifestation of Goodness).

A quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh that inspires her is: "Love and understanding are not only concepts and words. They must be real things, realized in oneself and society."

Loan Nguyen was born into a devout Catholic family in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the U.S. as a refugee in May 1975. Loan grew up mostly in Southern California and lived for a decade in South Florida, with short term residences in Taiwan and China.

Her first career was in Human Resources Management. When she became a mom, Loan went back to school for an elementary educator graduate degree, and taught in China before relocating to New York. Currently, Loan works with PFLAG NYC, a nonprofit organization supporting parents, families, friends and allies of LGBTQ individuals, using her personal experience as mom to her queer daughter to help provide a pathway to greater understanding.

In the Fall of 2011 Loan attended her first U.S. Tour Retreat at Magnolia Grove. She quickly recognized the depth of the Plum Village tradition, the Sangha’s embodiment of the practice of mindfulness, and her precious Vietnamese heritage. Under the mentorship of Dharma Teachers Chân Vân and Chân Hùyên, alongside Xóm Dùa, a Vietnamese Sangha in Orange Country, Loan joined the Order of Interbeing in October 2015 and received the Dharma nameTrue Garden of Precious Flower. Now in Manhattan, Loan practices with Middle Way and Riverside Sanghas and in 2019 co-founded AFC Sangha for homeless LGBTQ youth in Brooklyn.

Reflecting on her life journey, Loan knows that her path is one of service. Since being a student of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, she has found numerous opportunities in her daily living to deepen the practice of living in mindfulness while nourishing her own bodhicitta with joy and compassion.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: “Darling, I am here for you.”

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Jim Tillman ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 2013 with the Dharma nameTrue Realm of Magnolias. He has been practicing in Thich Nhat Hanh's tradition since first visiting Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center in 2008. Jim is a founding member of the Jackson Area Moments of Joy Sangha, which began after Thay's 2011 retreat in Batesville, Mississippi. In 2014, Jim helped organize the first retreat in Thay's tradition for people in Twelve Step programs, and he has a deep aspiration to help those who suffer from addictions.

Jim graduated from Mississippi State University with a civil engineering degree and earned his Professional Engineer (PE) registration in 1994. Jim served as an environmental engineer for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for over 27 years. He retired in July of 2016 and began work as a Senior Consultant with CGI, global information technology (IT) consulting firm.

Jim is passionate about music, senior citizens, and hospice care. Jim has been married to Emily Tillman since 1991 and is the proud father of two sons, Tripp and Jacob. He is also very proud of his wife, who has been awarded “Teacher of the Year” several times during her career.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him is: “No mud, no lotus” - and he thinks “no mud, no magnolia” is equally apropos.

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Executive Director

Denise Nguyen first met Thich Nhat Hanh as a teenager in 1986. After several years practicing and attending retreats at Plum Village Monastery, she ordained into the Order of Interbeing in 1991, receiving the Dharma name True Moon Lamp. In addition to being a founding Board member of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, Denise has partnered and collaborated with civic leaders, technology companies, universities, community-based organizations, and film companies to organize mindfulness events for Thich Nhat Hanh and his monastic community for the past 30 years.She has also appeared in two documentaries about the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace is Every Step: Meditation in Action and Colors of Compassion.Denise is a founding member of the Los Angeles Compassionate Heart Sangha and has helped grow and mentor other mindfulness practice groups in Southern California.She was humbled to be ordained a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2014.

Denise received her Master's degree in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and has experience applying program, project, and business management skills to companies such as Partners HealthCare and Kaiser Permanente.She lives in Los Angeles, California where she enjoys brush lettering, reading, cheering on the Boston Red Sox, and willing her garden plantings to grow despite her black thumb.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: "To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself." From The Art of Power.

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GLOBAL GIVING DIRECTOR

Christina Walker practices with the Florida Community of Mindfulness. During her 30+ year career, she has worked with nonprofits around the world in the fields of conservation, international development, global health, and human services.

Christina was recently the Director of Conservation Leadership for The Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Region where she headed its philanthropy, marketing, corporate engagement, and board development efforts. Christina also served as the Conservancy’s Chief Philanthropy Officer where she planned and launched their first billion-dollar-plus capital campaign.

Christina has a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of South Carolina and a certificate in sustainable development from Goddard College.

She has a lifelong, passionate commitment to the environment and loves spending her time exploring the world’s wild places. She lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband. They have three grown children who they don’t get to see often enough, but their two kitties and local alligator keep them entertained. As a member of the Order of Interbeing, Christina’s Dharma name is True Garden of Suchness.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is from a moment when he was asked at a retreat Q&A what makes him happy, and he replied, “I am always happy.”

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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Stephen Pradarelli fell in love with Thay’s teachings about ten years ago, and in 2015 attended a retreat led by Dharma teachers Jack Lawlor and Cheri Maples, followed in 2016 by a visit to Plum Village. An Order of Interbeing aspirant, he received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and the Dharma name Deep Integration of the Source before founding the Winding Path Sangha in Iowa City, Iowa, where he’s lived since 1999. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin and spent a dozen years as a newspaper reporter and editor before leading media relations, crisis management, and strategic communications for the University of Iowa.

Stephen serves on the board of his local free lunch program, loves hiking and camping, enjoys playing guitar (and handpan, badly), and last year obtained his private pilot’s license. His wife, Harriet, teaches English to immigrant women and owns a small restaurant that serves locally sourced, organic dishes.

A quote by Thich Nhat Hạnh that inspires Stephen is: "The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms."

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COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Katie Cannon found Thay’s teachings by accident. She was in a bookstore and realized she knew very little about Eastern religions so she picked up a book by a Vietnamese monk whose name she couldn’t pronounce. Many books later (and after learning how to pronounce Thich Nhat Hanh), she started practicing with the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax under the wonderful guidance of Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in 2015 with the Dharma name Emerald Mountain of the Source.

Professionally, her experience is as a museum educator in the Washington, DC area, where she learned to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people from different age groups and cultural backgrounds. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in museum studies.

Now Katie lives in Ohio, where she is starting a small farm using regenerative agriculture, looking forward to when the land is once again a healthy ecosystem full of wildlife. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their many pets and working on textile projects as a spinner and weaver.

Quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh that inspire her are: “Are you sure?” and “You have enough.”

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Annual GIVING Manager

BobbiPerez began meditating in 2003, which sparked excitement for the Dharma. She has since studied with many teachers at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and was a member of the Marin Sangha before moving to Sonoma County where she sits with the Sonoma Mountain Zen Sangha and the Bhikkhunis at Dhammadharini Monastery. Her meditation practice has been focused on concentration, access concentration and integration of practice into daily life. She has a profound appreciation for Thay’s poetic teachings on compassion, joy, and continuity of practice. Bobbi’s Dharma name is Flower of Compassion.

Bobbihas a B.A. in Humanities & Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her passion in life is raising funds to help improve the lives of all beings. She has been working in non-profit development for 13 years.Bobbirecently worked with Marin Humane as Donor Relations Manager focused on major gifts. Prior to that, she served as Development Manager at Spirit Rock Meditation Center where shestewarded the Sangha of Thousands of Buddhas and raised funds to help build a new community meditation hall, teacher’s village and administrative buildings

In her spare time,Bobbienjoys singing, drawing, writing poetry, and spending time with her husband and her daughter, Aurora.

Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspire her are: “Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed” and “There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.”

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FUND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Tram Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam and came to the United States with her family as refugees when she was 8 years old. Growing up, she moved around with her family many times due to their work.She currently lives in Temecula with her parents.

Tram was introduced to the Plum Village tradition in 2016.She was fortunate to have the opportunity to live and practice with the brothers and sisters at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi for seven months in 2017.She is a member of the Wake Up Little Saigon (WULS) Sangha in Orange County and recently started a Teen Sangha with other fellow WULS members.She enjoys being in nature and loves to look at the leaves and hug trees.She also likes to stay active with running, biking, and swimming. Tram’s Dharma name is Returning Path of the Heart.

Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspire her are: "Mindfulness is a source of happiness" and “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

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FAQs

Did Thich Nhat Hanh passed away? ›

Is Plum Village a nonprofit? ›

The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism, Inc. is a US nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Is Thich Nhat Hanh a bodhisattva? ›

“Whether we have encountered him on retreats, at public talks, or through his books and online teachings – or simply through the story of his incredible life – we can see that Thay [Thich Nhat Hanh] has been a true bodhisattva, an immense force for peace and healing in the world,” it said.

Is Thich Nhat Hanh a vegan? ›

Thich Nhat Hanh is vegan.

Thus he inspires thousands of longer time residents as well as day visitors to a vegan lifestyle. He also talks and writes about eating animals and animal products in his books, which are full of compassion.

Will Thich Nhat Hanh be buried? ›

According to his wishes, Nhat Hanh will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered at Plum Village centers and monasteries around the world. Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.

Who runs Plum Village now? ›

Under Thich Nhat Hanh's spiritual leadership Plum Village has grown from a small rural farmstead to what is now the West's largest and most active Buddhist monastery, with over 200 resident monastics and over 10,000 visitors every year, who come from around the world to learn “the art of mindful living.”

What are some of the teachings of Buddhism used to support the movement of engaged Buddhism? ›

Traditional teachings of the Buddhist dharma often find new meaning and application in the practice of engaged Buddhism. Familiar doctrines such as nonviolence, interdependence, selflessness, mindfulness, and compassion are interpreted in ways that address social and institutional dimensions of suffering in the world.

How many languages did Thich Nhat Hanh speak? ›

Nhat Hanh was once fluent in seven languages, but his stroke in 2014 left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

What type of Buddhism is Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

For most of the remainder of his life, he lived in exile at Plum Village, a retreat center he founded in southern France. There and in talks and retreats around the world, he introduced Zen Buddhism, at its essence, as peace through compassionate listening.

What type of meditation does Thich Nhat Hanh practice? ›

Finally, Thich Nhat Hanh descends upon a favorite exercise and personal pastime – walking meditation. “You don't have to make any effort during walking meditation, because it is enjoyable. You are there, body and mind together. You are fully alive, fully present in the here and the now.

What are the four mantras of love Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

Thich Nhat Hanh's Four Mantras of True Presence
  • 1st Mantra: “Darling, I am here for you.” It does not have to be in Sanskrit or Tibetan. ...
  • 2nd Mantra: “I know you are there, and I am very happy.” ...
  • 3rd Mantra: “Darling, I know you suffer.” ...
  • 4th Mantra: “Darling, I suffer. ...
  • Home-Coming. ...
  • Strengthening Our Love.

Is Thich Nhat Hanh healthy? ›

Editor's note: The International Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism has announced that Thich Nhat Hanh died on January 22, 2022, in Huế, Vietnam. The interview below with one of his senior disciples was first published in March 2019.

When did Thich Nhat Hanh have a stroke? ›

In 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke. Since then he was unable to speak or continue his teaching. In October 2018 he expressed his wish, using gestures, to return to the temple in Vietnam where he had been ordained as a young monk.

Where was Thich Nhat Hanh laid to rest? ›

After his cremation, expected to take place on January 29, his remains would rest at the Tu Hieu Pagoda and other Plum Villages of the world. Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's most influential Buddhist figures, passed away at the Tu Hieu Temple in his birthplace of Hue on Saturday, aged 95.

How can I forgive myself Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

In the words of Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh, to truly practice forgiveness we must first forgive ourselves for not being perfect. Philosophers, religious leaders and others have known this for thousands of years; one of the basic tenets of most major religions is to love others as we love ourselves.

Did MLK nominated Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

In 1966, he traveled to the United States and met with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., helping to persuade King to speak out against the U.S. War on Vietnam. King went on to nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for a Nobel Peace Prize a year later, calling him an “apostle of peace and nonviolence.”

Is Plum Village real Buddhism? ›

The Plum Village Tradition is a school of Buddhism named after the Plum Village Monastery in France, the first monastic practice center founded by Thích Nhất Hạnh. It is an approach to Engaged Buddhism mainly from a Mahayana perspective, that draws elements from Zen and Theravada.

What happens at Plum Village? ›

At Plum Village we learn how to weave mindfulness into all our daily activities, and live each moment of life more deeply. We practice meditation throughout the day – while eating, walking, working mindfully, sitting, or simply enjoying a cup of tea together.

Why is it called Plum Village? ›

Initially, these two hamlets were named Persimmon Village (Vietnamese: Làng Hồng), but it soon became clear that plums fared much better on the rocky soil, so it became Plum Village (Vietnamese: Làng Mai).

What are the three 3 core beliefs in Buddhism? ›

Buddhism is one of the world's largest religions and originated 2,500 years ago in India. Buddhists believe that the human life is one of suffering, and that meditation, spiritual and physical labor, and good behavior are the ways to achieve enlightenment, or nirvana.

What are the 3 main Buddhist beliefs? ›

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  • Dukkha: Life is painful and causes suffering. Many people might say that Buddhism is pessimistic or negative. ...
  • Anitya: Life is in constant flux. Anitya or "impermanence" means that life as we know it is in constant flux. ...
  • Anatma: The self is always changing.
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What are the 3 central beliefs of Buddhism? ›

Buddhism is a religion that is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. The main principles of this belief system are karma, rebirth, and impermanence. Buddhists believe that life is full of suffering, but that suffering can be overcome by attaining enlightenment.

Were the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh friends? ›

“His Holiness the Dalai Lama was saddened to learn that his friend and spiritual brother Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh had passed away,” the Tibetan leader's office said in a statement on the official website dalailama.com.

Is Zen religious? ›

Zen is not a philosophy or a religion. Zen tries to free the mind from the slavery of words and the constriction of logic. Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one's own being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. Zen is meditation.

Who is the father of mindfulness? ›

Known as the father of modern mindfulness and one of the key figures in popularizing Buddhism in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh's death was confirmed by Plum Village, the monastic community he founded in France after being exiled from Vietnam.

What is the difference between Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism? ›

The really short answer is this: Zen Buddhism is minimalist and Tibetan Buddhism is much more elaborate. Zen meditation is mainly about following the breath as well as emptying the mind. It also includes a few deeper things like meditative inquiry and riddles.

What is the difference between Buddhism and Zen? ›

Zen is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China, when Buddhists were introduced to Taoists.
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Goal of religionTo attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana.To gain enlightenment
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Who is God in Vietnam? ›

Cao Đài (Vietnamese: [kāːw ɗâːj] ( listen), literally the "Highest Lord" or "Highest Power") is the highest deity, the same as the Ngọc Hoàng, who created the universe.

How do you sit while meditating? ›

To get in the right position to meditate, sit in your chair with a straight back and with your feet flat on the floor. They should form a 90-degree angle with your knees. You may need to scoot to the edge of the chair. Sit up straight, so that your head and neck are in line with your spine.

What is the most powerful Buddhist mantra? ›

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ (Sanskrit: ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ, IPA: [õːː mɐɳɪ pɐdmeː ɦũː]) is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

What are the 6 mantras? ›

The Six Mantras
  • I am here for you. ...
  • I know you are there, and it makes me very happy. ...
  • I know you suffer, and that is why I am here for you. ...
  • I suffer, please help. ...
  • This is a happy moment. ...
  • You are partly right.

What is Om Mani Padme Hum means? ›

Takeaway: Om Mani Padme Hum is a well-loved Buddhist mantra commonly translated as, "The jewel is in the lotus." There's a good reason why the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra is at the heart of many Buddhist traditions. It is because every one of the Buddha's teachings is believed to reside within this one powerful mantra.

What do the Plum Village monks eat? ›

What does the daily menu at Plum Village look like? We enjoy a delicious vegan diet, and many of our grains are organic. For breakfast we eat oatmeal, homemade bread, homemade nut or bean spreads, fruit, nuts and sometimes Vietnamese noodle soup or sticky rice.

What is Deep Listening Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

Thich Nhat Hanh: Deep listening is the kind of listening that can help relieve the suffering of another person. You can call it compassionate listening. You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart.

What did Thich Nhat Hanh say about his death? ›

Buddhist Insights

Till we meet again, Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh 🙏 “This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness.

When did Thich Nhat Hanh have stroke? ›

Thich Nhat Hanh had a stroke in 2014 and his health began to decline. He was allowed to return to Vietnam in 2018 and lived his final days at the Tu Hieu temple, where he was closely monitored by plainclothes police.

What time did Thich Nhat Hanh pass? ›

"With a deep mindful breath, we announce our beloved teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has passed away peacefully," the statement reads. Hạnh died early on Saturday morning at 1:30 a.m. local time at the Từ Hiếu Temple, which is located in Huế, Vietnam.

What happens when a monk dies? ›

The body would be brought home, washed, dressed, and placed into a coffin. The body is not to be dissected and organs are not to be removed because it is believed that would affect one's rebirth. The body is not embalmed. Traditionally, the body is kept in the house for seven days or longer before cremation.

How did Thich Nhat Hanh suffer? ›

In 2014, Thich Nhat Hanh suffered a stroke. Since then he was unable to speak or continue his teaching. In October 2018 he expressed his wish, using gestures, to return to the temple in Vietnam where he had been ordained as a young monk. Devotees from many parts of the world had continued to visit him at the temple.

What kind of Buddhist is Thich Nhat Hanh? ›

For most of the remainder of his life, he lived in exile at Plum Village, a retreat center he founded in southern France. There and in talks and retreats around the world, he introduced Zen Buddhism, at its essence, as peace through compassionate listening.

What is the difference between a Buddha and a Bodhisattva? ›

Conclusion. A Buddha is thus an awakened being, a realized being who knows the truth of reality while Bodhisattva is an individual striving to achieve the state of Buddha and to become a Buddh or Buddha.

How long does it take for the soul to leave the body Buddhism? ›

Buddhist funeral rites

Once the person has died, their body should not be touched, moved or disturbed for at least four hours. This is because Buddhists believe the soul doesn't leave the body straight away.

Can a monk have a wife? ›

Monks cannot marry if they are indeed ordained monks. They cannot speak lewd words or touch women with or without desire. There should also be no marriage ceremonies performed by monks. It is important for lay people to know some of the major rules and question when these rules are broken.

What color do you wear to a Buddhist funeral? ›

During a traditional Buddhist funeral ceremony, the family will wear white and adorn themselves with a headband or armband.

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