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…

How is the climate emergency impacting your county?

By Heather Mann

Many counties in the US have already hit 1.5 C rise and some cases even 2.0 C rise. You’ll recall, the 2015 Paris Accord on Climate Change, and all the future commitments countries promised there, were to keep global warming “well below 2 C. 1.5 and 2.0 C rises already have happened in California, Wisconsin,…