An Earth Holder Report & Invitation

By Heather Mann

Dear Friends, Good news! The Earth Holder Community took great leaps forward this past year. We want to share some of the good news with you and hope that you might want to support our continuation.  Inspiring Good News In the spring, the Earth Holder Sangha became the Earth Holder Community, an Earth Justice Initiative in…

Retreat Announcement: We are the Earth Walking on Earth

By Heather Mann

Earth Holder Retreat Feb 26 – Mar 1, 2020 Deer Park Monastery, Escondido, California  Please join us for this 5-day mindfulness retreat. The freshness and beauty of the chaparral in springtime will be the setting for this retreat.  This retreat will offer opportunities to come back to ourselves during daily sitting, walking, and eating meditation,…

ARISE Sangha Offers First Webinar

By Heather Mann

Sunday, November 178am Pacific/11am Eastern What Does It Mean to Awaken Through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity? ARISE is excited to be hosting our first 90-minute online webinar. We invite you to join us as we explore how we awaken through race, intersectionality and social equity. A panel of our core members will share personal…

Constructive, Obstructive, and Transformational Practices

By Heather Mann

The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism asks that we not turn away from planetary suffering. In fact, Earth Holders take as our career non-violent action to ease suffering–in ourselves, each other, all beings, and the Earth. Specifically, we cultivate skillful means through mindfulness practices in three strategic ways. It is important to acknowledge the…

Earth-Loving Practices for Simple, Ethical Living

By Heather Mann

The Plum Village Mindfulness Trainings represent a Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. To observe, study, and practice the Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View. When applied to daily living, the Trainings can remove anger, fear, despair; bring an end to old habits of harm; and nourish ourselves,…

Taking Refuge and Cultivating Healing with Mother Earth

By Heather Mann

Listening to media and certain conversations, we may come to feel overwhelmed by the climate crisis. We may even view the Earth as the source of our pain. Earth Holders cultivate a different view. We see the Earth as the most precious jewel of the cosmos, a living body which gives birth to and sustains…

Become an Earth Holder Regional Community Builder NOW

By Heather Mann

What?   The Earth Holder Care Taking Council seeks to recruit, orient, network, and support a group of 20-25 experienced Plum Village practitioners from diverse backgrounds to serve as spiritual organizers or “Regional Community Builders.” The “Builders” will encourage and coordinate PV sanghas and members to engage in Earth Holding practices and mindfulness-based Earth and Racial Justice…

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Core Earth Holder Teachings

By Heather Mann

We are grateful to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh for giving the world a collection of teachings about Mother Earth and our relationship to this precious planet. In these videos, Thay looks deeply and applies the Buddha’s ancient wisdom to today’s environmental crisis. He illuminates a healing path of Earth holding and protecting and charts…

“Earth Holders:” the Origin of Our Name

By Heather Mann

The Bodhisattva Dharanimdhara–an enlightened being from ancient Buddhist texts—is translated by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh to be the “Bodhisattva Protector of the Earth” or “Earth Holder.” Nhat Hanh goes on to explain: This Bodhisattva helps further communication between humans and other species… Earth Holder works to preserve this planet for living beings by taking…

The Roots of Engaged Buddhism

By Heather Mann

What is “engaged Buddhism?” Here, Thich Nhat Hanh explains its meaning in his own words. When I was in Vietnam, so many of our villages were being bombed. Along with my monastic brothers and sisters, I had to decide what to do. Should we continue to practice in our monasteries, or should we leave the…