The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism is a global community of mindfulness practitioners who follow the teachings of Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (a.k.a. “Thay,” meaning “grandfather teacher”). The Earth Holder Community is the branch of the Plum Village tree that applies Thay’s deep teachings about falling in love with Mother Earth, mindful living, and compassionate action to the climate crisis in order to heal and transform individual, collective, and planetary suffering.   

The Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


The path of brotherhood and sisterhood is more precious than any ideology or religion.

–Thich Nhat Hanh

The Earth Holder Community is growing. What began in 2014 as a small weekend retreat at Plum Village’s Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, California is blossoming into a diverse, global distributed leadership network of mindful advocates. While the organization’s Care Taking Council is based in North America, we very much encourage and support the formation of Earth Holder Communities on other continents.


The Earth Holder Community offers Earth-based Plum Village mindfulness practices that relieve suffering, deepen understanding, and inspire us to engage in the world with love and compassion. Transformation at the base heals not only our individual and family life but society and the planetary situation.

Peace in Oneself

Our own life has to be our message.

Thich Nhat Nhan, The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology

Peace in the World

Earth Holders take inspiration from the embodied teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh and also the Bodhisattvas Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Joanna Macy. Their collective insights for social transformation include three distinct strategies: constructive programs, obstruction programs, and transforming consciousness.

Here are two articles with different expressions of Earth Holders’ aim to “bring mindfulness, compassion, healing, and non-violence to protecting ourselves, each other, all beings, and the Earth.”


A student asked me, “There are so many urgent problems, what should I do?” I said, “Take one thing and do it very deeply and carefully, and you will be doing everything at the same time.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Give Mother Earth the Next 18 Months

In this photo, Earth Holders support youth at the Global Climate Strike in Asheville, NC. A bell rang every minute representing the 11 years humankind has to release fossil fuel dependency. Participants were invited to reflect upon each passing year and how–with love and peace–their immediate actions will help prevent suffering. 
Photo by Sister Clear Grace

The next 18 months contain key events that will most likely have a huge influence on the shape of the future. This means there are an infinite number of ways to get engaged. How we take action as a Plum Village community is best determined by each local sangha or group of sangha members.

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The Better Way to Get Arrested

In this video, Sr Anabel (Chan Duc) talks about the power of love, non-violence, and the better way to get arrested. CLICK HERE to watch.

Regenerative Action

Extinction Rebellion is organizing non-violent action around the world to bring compassionate attention to the climate crisis. Here, Plum Village monastics–Br Phap Linh and Sr Hein Nghiem–discuss their experience with the rebellion, strategies for non-violent action and continuing beautifully. CLICK HERE to watch.

CLICK HERE to learn about Earth Holders’
Mindful Way Forward