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About Retreat Centers of the Unified Buddhist Church

Thich Nhat Hanh founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Église Bouddhique Unifiée) in France in 1969 during the Vietnam war. The Unified Buddhist Church established its first practice community, the Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975. Today the UBC has retreat centers and mindfulness practice centers around the world where visitors can come learn the art of mindful living.

You are welcome to visit these retreat centers in France, Vermont, and California. All have monastics in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh in residence all maintain year-round retreat schedules.

Plum Village

Established in 1982, Plum Village is Thich Nhat Hanh's primary residence and monastic retreat community in southwestern France, near Bordeaux. A sangha of about 150 monks, nuns and resident lay-practitioners live permanently in Plum Village. The Summer Opening, July 15-August 15, is a wonderful gathering of families and other practitioners from around the world.

Plum Village: Lower Hamlet
Meyrac, 47120 Loubes-Bernac, France
Tel: +33 53-94-75-40
Fax: +33 53-94-75-90

Blue Cliff Monastery

Blue Cliff Monastery set in the lush green Hudson Valley of New York (1 hour and 30 minutes away from New York City) was established in May 2007 and is an extension of Plum Village meditation center in France, founded by the Venerable teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Like our root monastery Plum village and sister monastery Deer Park (in Escondido, California), Blue Cliff welcomes anyone who wishes to learn and cultivate the art and practices of engaged Buddhism through mindful living. Blue Cliff's 80 acres of woodland and open space, offers a peaceful sanctuary for our guests. Its proximity to NYC and its setting in the beautiful mountains of NY State makes it an ideal location for the cultivation of the path of peace, reconciliation, and happiness. The monastic community of monks and nuns welcomes you to join us in our daily life of mindful practice.

Blue Cliff Monastery
3 Mindfulness Road, Pine Bush, NY 12566 USA

Tel: +1 (845) 733-4959
Fax: +1 (845) 733-4300

Please note, as of May 2007 Green Mountain Monastery and Maple Forest Monastery moved residences to Blue Cliff Monastery.

Deer Park Monastery

In 2000, the UBC established Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California, near San Diego.

Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026 USA

Tel: +1 (760) 291-1028
Fax: +1 (760) 291-1172

Magnolia Village Monastery

Magnolia Village Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi is the realization of a dream held by a compassionate community intent on establishing a center for mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Ten years ago Magnolia Village was little more than 120 acres purchased by a group of committed individuals and families. With hard work, dedication and coordinated effort they created a large meditation hall with an adjoining commercial kitchen to feed participants and they built by hand a guesthouse to host 120 laypeople.

For all of the beautiful and tangible attributes of Magnolia Village, the community's vision was fully achieved when Thich Nhat Hanh accepted Magnolia Village as a mindfulness practice center in October 2005. Today, more than twenty monastics from Thich Nhat Hanh's monasteries live in residence at Magnolia Village Monastery.

Magnolia Village
123 Towles Road, Batesville, MS 38606 USA

Tel: +1 (662) 578-2077

Germany: EIAB

European Institute for Applied Buddhism

The EIAB offers a complete program of training in concrete methods for using the wealth of the Buddha's teachings to relieve suffering and promote happiness and peace in ourselves, our families, our communities and in the world. The training fully integrates the study of Buddhist texts with concrete applications at all levels of daily life.

Europaisches Institut fur Angewandten Buddhismus
Schaumburgweg 3
51545 Waldbrol, Germany


Plum Village: Asia


Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center
138 Soi On-nut 40
Sukhumvit 77 Road
Suanluang District, Bangkok 10250, Thailand

Tel: 66-80-555-1228

Hong Kong

Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Center - Hong Kong
1/F Sea View Mansion, 7 Chatham Road South
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Phone: +(852) 2736.1338
Fax: 2316-2689

Recommended books about Plum Village and UBC retreat centers

I Have Arrived, I am Home: Celebrating 20 Years of Plum Village
Chanting from the Heart
Chanting Breath by Breath
How to enjoy your stay in Plum Village