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If you know a thing or two about mindfulness, great. If you’re new to the practice, even better. The most important thing to remember about mindfulness is that it is to be experienced. Words and people can describe it, but its true transformative power will be seen when you are able to practice it for yourself... More >>
Sister Đẳng Nghiêm (a.k.a. Sr. D)
Sister Đẳng Nghiêm came to the United States as a teenager. She received her M.D. at UCSF School of Medicine before she became a nun in 2000. She is the author of the book Healing: A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun. She is sought out by teenagers and young adults looking for guidance on how to heal from experiences of abuse and how to find strength in the face of many of the pressures society puts on young women. She currently lives at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. She is looking forward to meeting all of you during the Viet Wake Up North American Tour.
Brother Pháp Khôi
Brother Pháp Khôi was born in Vietnam. He came to America at the age of 15 and settled in Portland, OR with his family. He speaks both English and Vietnamese fluently. He went to a pharmacy school and graduated from Oregon State University. He worked as a pharmacist for some time before becoming a monk in 2002. He is currently residing at Blue Cliff Monasty in upstate New York. As a monk, he enjoys sangha building, gardening, playing guitar and writing songs. He is looking forward to meeting and sharing the art of mindful living with young people during the Viet Wake Up North American Tour.
Sister Quỳnh Nghiêm
Sister Quỳnh Nghiêm was born in Vietnam. She grew up in Denver, CO. She became a nun in 2003. This is her first time going on the Viet Wake Up North American Tour. She is deep and insightful. She is happy to meet and share mindfulness practice with young people.
Brother Chỉnh Quang
Br. Chỉnh Quang was born in Vietnam. He became a monk when he was very young. He had lived in Plum Village, France for a number of years before coming to America in 2008. He is currently residing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. He enjoys playing guitar, singing mindfulness songs, drinking tea and sharing the Dharma with people from all walks of life.
Sister Bách Nghiêm
Sister Bách Nghiêm was born in Vietnam. She immigrated to America and settled in Miami, FL with her family for some time before becoming a nun in 2003. She has two other blood brothers, who are also monastics. Currently, she is residing at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York. As a nun, she enjoys arranging flowers, gardening, cooking and sharing the Dharma with young people. She is very joyful and has a great sense of humor. Don’t be shy to approach her during the Viet Wake Up North American Tour! You will be amazed to know how much you can learn from her.
Brother Pháp Nguyện (Br. Dharma Aspiration)
Brother Pháp Nguyện immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 14 and settled in Seattle, WA. He graduated from University of Washington with two degrees: International Business and Finance. He worked in the financial field for a number of years before moving to Plum Village, France to become a monk in 2008. During the last few years, he has been traveling with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village delegation around the world to teach about the art of mindful living. His knowledge and experience in the world of business has helped him find ways to bring the practice of mindfulness to those in the corporate world. He enjoys drinking tea, lying on a hammock and playing tennis. He is joyfully looking forward to meeting and sharing the art of mindful living with young people.
Sister Mặc Nghiêm
Sister Mặc Nghiêm was born in Vietnam and ordained in the Plum Village tradition in 2005. She had lived in Plum Village, France for a number of years before coming to America. She is currently residing at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York. She enjoys writing calligraphy, cooking, sharing the Dharma and playing with young people.
Brother Pháp Năng
Brother Pháp Năng was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He ordained at the age of 18 in Plum Village, France. He is very joyful and playful. He is currently residing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. During his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, basketball and drinking tea. If the conditions are sufficient, he hopes to see you either at a volleyball or basketball court during sport times at a retreat.
Sister Ân Nghiêm
Sister Ân Nghiêm was born in Vietnam. She became a nun in 2009. She is currently residing at Blue Cliff Monastery in upstate New York. She is very youthful and energetic. She has a very beautiful voice. She can chant and sing very well. She is ready to share the art of mindful living and play with young people during the Viet Wake Up North American Tour. Don’t be surprised to see her with a guitar!
Wake Up – Young Adults for a Healthy and Compassionate Society, is a world-wide network of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness. We share a determination to live in an awakened way, taking a 21st Century version of the 5 Mindfulness Trainings as our path and guiding light. More>>
PLUM VILLAGE - LÀNG MAI
Viet Wake Up Tour 2017
Viet Wake Up gathering in Honolulu, HI from March 30 – April 2. All are welcome!
Viet Wake Up Spring Camps
This coming Spring Break 2017, there will be a Viet Wake Up Teaching Tour conducted by a team of 7 monks and nuns from Plum Village Practice Centers in the United States. As students of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh, these monastics had grown up, been educated and worked as professionals, and then decided to dedicate their lives in the spiritual path. They will travel to Toronto, Chicago, Seattle and Honolulu to share with the Vietnamese young adults about their spiritual life and about how the mindfulness practice has helped them to live more deeply and meaningfully and to face challenges and difficulties with calmness, peace, and equanimity.
Retreats and activities are designed for young people ages 17-38 with Vietnamese roots who have grown up in the West. All activities will be conducted in English and all events are aimed to benefit you in the following ways:
1. Learn a new face of Buddhist practice that is more enjoyable, effective and applicable in daily life
2. Reflect and dialogue together with young Vietnamese friends on common issues such as career aspirations, cultural identity, meaningful relationships, family duty, management of strong feelings and emotions, etc.
3. Acquire methods of practice that can help us:
a. Stop running and enjoy life even in the midst of it all
b. Listen to, relax and care for our bodies
c. Calm our minds and handle difficult emotions such as anger, sadness, and jealousy, etc.
d. Listen more deeply and speak more lovingly
e. Reconcile and re-establish communication with our loved ones and co-workers
f. Be more comfortable with ourselves and accept who we are
Please note that the last segment has a special highlight for the Viet Wake Up Tour 2017. This year, we will hold a Viet Wake Up gathering in Honolulu, HI. Both local and non-local young adults are invited. The gathering is open to all faiths and cultural backgrounds. Be young, be fun, be compassionate, be beautiful and be yourself! Please join us this coming Spring for a fun, healthy, sane, and meaningful experience. Spaces are limited, especially the gathering in Honolulu. To reserve your space, please register soon. For more information and to register, please visit www.vietwakeup.org .
Spread the word to your network of friends and family members. Please help us print & post the flyers on your facebook, twitter, or at any appropriate spaces such at temples, coffee shops, markets, or Vietnamese youth groups. Thank you and we hope to see you in Spring!
Brothers and Sisters of the Viet Wake Up Team
Welcome to the Viet Wake Up home page!
We recognize that life can get busy. Really busy! And stressful! And overwhelming! Finding the time to pause and reflect is difficult, especially amidst an ever-growing to-do list and inbox that keeps piling up. But somehow you found yourself here, and for that we are grateful.
You’ve arrived at just the right time and you’re in just the right state of mind. All of the things you did prior to now are done and everything you need to do later can wait. You are here!
As for us, well, we’re here as well. We’re part of the Wake Up movement. We represent a world-wide network of young people practicing the living art of mindfulness.
If you know a thing or two about mindfulness, great. If you’re new to the practice, even better. The most important thing to remember about mindfulness is that it is to be experienced. Words and people can describe it, but its true transformative power will be seen when you are able to practice it for yourself. That’s what we’re here to help you with.
Being mindful is simple, but not always easy. The practices we’ll cover will equip you with your own ‘mindfulness toolkit’ that you can use anywhere, anytime, with anybody. Practicing mindful breathing, sitting, walking, eating, talking and listening... all of these can open doors of happiness and peace. They provide some space between you and the stress found in the realities of everyday life. With this space comes joy, relief, and healing; you are free to just be.
The Wake Up Team
Wake Up is a community of young Dharma practitioners who want to help their society - a society overloaded with intolerance, discrimination, craving, anger and despair.
Their practice is the Five Mindfulness Trainings, ethical guidelines offered by the Buddha - the most concrete practice of true love and compassion. They clearly show the way towards a life in harmony with each other and with the Earth. If you are a young practitioner you are encouraged to join the Wake Up movement in your country. We may feel anger and frustration when we see the environmental degradation caused by our society, and we feel despair because as individuals we don’t seem to be strong enough to change our way of life. Wake Up offers us a way to pool our energy and act in synchrony. Let us get together and form a Wake Up group in our own town. Our collective practice will surely bring transformation and healing to individuals and society. Let us get in touch with young practitioners from Plum Village, both monastic and lay, to get more support and information.
Buddhism needs to be recognized as a source of wisdom, a long tradition of the practice of understanding and love and not just of devotion. The spirit of the Dharma is very close to the spirit of science; both help us cultivate an open and non-discriminating mind. You can join the Wake Up Movement as a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, an agnostic or an atheist. The practice of maitri, of loving kindness, the practice of sisterhood and brotherhood, is at the foundation of the Dharma.
|When members of the Wake Up Community come together they like to hang out and connect with each other. They listen to a Dharma teaching, participate in a Dharma sharing, recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and do sitting and walking meditation. The practice helps them to release the tension in their bodies and their feelings, to live more deeply and enjoy more each moment of their daily lives, and to use compassionate listening and loving speech to help restore communication and reconcile with other people, and help others in society to do the same.|
Dharma sharings help us to share our practice with each other, to deepen our understanding of the Five Mindfulness Trainings, and to find more appropriate ways to apply them right away in our daily lives. In this way, we are changing society in the direction of compassion and harmony. Together we can discover many concrete ways to help, such as:
• offering guided relaxation sessions to our classmates before exams
• organizing regular sessions of sitting, walking and eating meditation with our friends - at home, in parks or public spaces
• learning to handle our stress, anger, fear and depression so we can offer joy, happiness and wisdom to our friends and society
• bringing mindfulness practices to the worlds of activism, social work and healthcare
• consuming in a way that reduces suffering and pollution and helps save our planet - such as eating as vegan as possible
• actively caring for our immediate environment - such as organizing clean-ups of beaches and planting trees
• promoting Car-Free Days where we are
• organizing and facilitating Deep Ecology workshops to help us wake up to the situation of the planet
• creating organic vegetable gardens in our backyards and cities
• working together with local charities to help those in need, and
supporting aid projects in the developing world
Members of the Wake Up Community can also organize camps and retreats so that many others, young and less young, can come and share the practice of joyful and mindful living, and so we can all nourish ourselves through contact with nature.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings encourage everyone to live in such a way that our planet Earth will be able to survive for a long time. These Trainings are the foundation of the lives of the members of the Wake Up Movement and represent their ideal of service. Mindfulness, Concentration and Insight are the energies we cultivate through our practice and that can bring about tolerance, non-discrimination, understanding and compassion.
In the last three decades, Plum Village has helped to train many young people in Europe, North America and Asia in this way. Now it is possible to set up Wake Up groups in each town and country. Please share with us in Plum Village what you are planning to do and what you are trying to achieve. We shall do our best to support you.