Working joyfully

At Plum Village Monastery, we prefer to see work as a chance to practice meditation, and call it mindful service.


Starting a day with a peaceful sunlit morning.
Father Sun is always there for us, bringing warmth and vitality to life.
“The deers take refuge in the forests, the birds in the clouds of the sky…”  During this time of confinement, our animal friends appear more often.
Planting with joy brings fresh, organic vegetables, which means we need to buy less and reduces our carbon footprint.
“I entrust myself to earth, earth entrusts herself to me…”
“…Clouds and snow are in this stream of water, on their way from high mountains to the ocean.”
Working joyfully together, nourishing the sisterhood…
… and brotherhood. Our long-term lay friends, working in the Happy Farm, gather to practice listening to the bell and sharings before working.
The sister wrote “Happy” on the trolley to remind them about the conditions of happiness they have – healthy bodies to work and the presence of each other.
Some little friends visit our garden. We move them out of the vegetables but keep them safe.
Almost all the vegetables that we eat are from our garden.
From the Happy Farm of Son Ha temple, supplying fresh lettuce to the three hamlets.
Taking care of the garden is taking care of our minds.
Every year, we receive gifts from Mother Earth. Besides the fruits we also cook dishes from grape leaves and mulberry leaves.
Did you know that bamboo shoots are edible too?
Two years ago, we had a very successful retreat for picking plums. Now, the plums are still green and they miss our friends.
Breathing in, breathing out, I’m fresh as a flower.
The transportation board at New Hamlet usually used to communicate the sisters’ movements. Now our movements are in the virtual world. This is the way we connect and offer support to our friends during this time of confinement.
“Peace in oneself, peace in the world.”

Located in southwest France, Plum Village Monastery is the first monastic community founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in the West. Plum Village is the largest international practice center in the Plum Village tradition and is home to 180 monastic residents.

The poet/editor of this website is physically disabled, and lives at a fraction of her nation’s poverty level. Contributions may be made at:

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