Brother Chân Pháp Trạch (Br. Dharma Investigation, a.k.a. Br. Coconut)
Br. Chân Pháp Trạch is a vietnamese American, a disciple of zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and a dharma teacher of plum village. He became a novice monk at the age of 26 on February 12, 2001 in Plum Village, France. He received the full ordination on February 9, 2004. He received the lamp transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008.
In September 2008, he became an abbot of EIAB center in Germany. In 2015, he moved to Thailand Plum Village Practice Center. Currently, he is one of the elder brothers and gives teaching to the young monks and nuns there. He also travels to offer retreats and teaching in many asian countries like Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
Sister Chân Lương Nghiêm (Sr. True Goodness)
Sister Chân Lương Nghiêm is residing at Plum Village Thailand. She immigrated to Australia with her parents in 1991. She graduated from Royal Melbourne of Information Technology university (RMIT university) as Computer programmer.
She has worked 2 years before becoming a nun in 1998. Her enthusiasm is to discover the wholesomeness in herself and the world around her. She loves to taste the Dharma in her limitation. She has lived at Green Mountain Dharma Centre in Vermont and Deer Park Monastery in California in the years of 2000 and 2003. She looks forward to be part of this Viet Wakeup Tour.
Brother Phap Huy (Br. Dharma Radiant)
Brother Phap Huy or Brother Dharma Radiant, is a Vietnamese-American monk who immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. He first came in touch with the Plum Village practice when he was 18 years old, when his mother brought him to a retreat as a birthday present.
So inspired, he continued to practice and joined the Order of Interbeing in 1998. Around this time, he entered university in order to study computer science, but eventually his heart asked him to follow his spiritual path.
In 2001, Br. Phap Huy became a monk, and in 2008, he became a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh. In his blood family, Br. Phap Huy also has two aunties and one cousin who have also ordained in the Plum Village tradition.
Brother Phap Huy has been practicing at Magnolia Grove Monastery since 2011, and as the senior monk, he aspires to offer his best to the community and take care of his younger siblings. He has traveled to many countries to offer mindfulness retreats, and he has also traveled to support Thay’s health.
When he has free time, Brother Phap Huy enjoys sitting early in the morning where he can light a candle, burn incense, and enjoy a hot cup of Osmanthus tea. Quote by Thay that inspires him: “Be still and know.”
Sister Đẳng Nghiêm (Sr. Non Discrimination, 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.
Sister Đẳng Nghiêm 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 Blue Cliff Monastery, New York. She looks forward to meeting all of you on this Viet Wake Up Tour.
Sister Quỳnh Nghiêm
Sister Quỳnh Nghiêm was born in Vietnam. She grew up in Denver, CO and obtained her bachelor degree in finance from Florida. She became a nun in 2003.
This is her second time joining 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 Pháp Nguyện (Br. True Dharma Vow)
Br Pháp Nguyện immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 13 and settled in Seattle, WA. He graduated from the 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 in 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.
As he advances in the practice, he discovers a totally new level of life and that there is so much to learn, to appreciate, and to enjoy in this world. He is happy to meet, to share, and to explore together with the young people about life through the practice of mindfulness. He also enjoys drinking tea, lying on a hammock, playing tennis and sharing the art of mindful living with people from all walks of life.
Brother Pháp Triển (Br. Openness)
Brother Pháp Triển was born in Denver, CO. He grew up in Batesville, MS. He became a monk in 2009 when he was only 18 years old. He is currently residing at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, MS.
He is energetic, easy going and has a great sense of humor. He enjoys sharing the art of mindful living with young people. He has been a great source of inspiration for many young people who came to our practice centers.
During his free time, he likes to hang out with the brothers and to play basketball. If you also like to play basketball, he hopes to see you on a basketball court.
Sister Trăng Thanh Lương (Sr. Freshness)
Sister Thanh Lương grew up in Saigon and went to school for technology. In 2007, she was introduced to the practices of Plum Village when Thay visited Vietnam. She ordained as a nun in 2009 in Thailand.
Sister Freshness enjoys going to the beach to watch the sunrise/sunset and she likes to be with nature with her Brothers and Sisters. Her favorite practice is total relaxation because during that time, she can relax and be present with her body with nowhere to go and nothing to do.
She likes to share her experiences with young people on how to live happier and peaceful in mindfulness.
Sister Chân Trăng Hoàng Yên (Sr. Tranquility, a.ka. Sr. Calm Down)
Sister Chân Trăng Hoàng Yên was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In college, she competed as a Division I Track and Field thrower, and majored in Psychology with a focus in General Education and Special Education. This field of study spoke to her deep desire to help empower others and to give them a voice.
In 2014, she was introduced to the practices of Plum Village and had a pivotal experience during a Viet Wake Up Retreat. This inspired her to explore Sangha further and to make a deeper commitment to her spiritual path. Sr. Tranquility ordained as a nun in the 5-Year Monastic Program in 2016. In doing so, she is following in the footsteps of six generations of monastics in her family.
She enjoys leading the Children's Program and helping to make mindfulness practice accessible to young ones. Her favorite way of practicing is through arts and crafts.