Thich Nhat Hanh founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Église Bouddhique Unifiée) in 1969 during the Vietnam war. The Unified Buddhist Church established its first practice community in the West, in 1975, the Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975 in France. Today there are retreat centers and mindfulness practice centers around the world where visitors can come learn the art of mindful living.
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
Phone: +33 53-94-75-40
Fax: +33 53-94-75-90
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 the 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 offer a peaceful sanctuary for guests. Its proximity to NYC and its setting in the beautiful mountains of NY State make 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 in their 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
office [at] bluecliffmonastery.org
Please note, as of May 2007 Green Mountain Monastery and Maple Forest Monastery moved residences to Blue Cliff 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
clarity [at] plumvillage.org
Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi is the realization of a dream held by a compassionate community, in and near Memphis, 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.
Today, more than twenty monastics from Thich Nhat Hanh’s monasteries live in residence at Magnolia Grove Monastery.
Magnolia Grove Monastery
123 Towles Road, Batesville, MS 38606 USA
Tel: +1 (662) 578-2077
office [at] magnoliavillage.org