Excerpt from Plum Village’s New Touching the Earth Chant

Mother of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and all beings,
nourishing, holding and healing all,
Bodhisattva Gaia, Great Mother Earth, precious jewel of the cosmos, to whom we bow in gratitude. [Bell]
Radiating light in all directions, source of life on Earth, 
Mahavairocana Tathagata, Great Father Sun,
Buddha of infinite light and life,
to whom we bow in gratitude. [Bell]

Suggested Meeting Plans

Sample Earth Holder Sangha – Nurturing Aspirations
Dharma Offerings & Articles (from the EHC Ideas Book)
Earth Holder Day of Mindfulness materials

Racial and Earth Justice

EHC CTC Statement of Support and Commitment in Solidarity with Racial and Earth Justice (July 2020)
A New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic- Contemplations on the Five Mindfulness Trainings, Offering from Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown.
Intersectionality, Interbeing and True Happiness–A Guided Meditation by Sister Clear Grace (March 2020)
A Call to Love in Action–From the ARISE (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) Sangha (June 2020)
Buddhists and Martyrs of the Civil Rights Movement–Joint statement by Martin Luther King Jr. and Thich Nhat Hanh
Skillful Action for a Path Forward–Plum Village interview with Dharma Teacher Valerie Brown (June 8, 2020)
Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment–New York Times article by Somini Sengupta (June 5, 2020)
“I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet.”–Washington Post article by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson


The Earth Holder YouTube Channel 
Thich Nhat Hanh interview with Jo Confino June 15, 2014
Touching Eternity: Thich Nhat Hanh on Ecological Collapse
Bodhicitta in Action by Sr Anabel (Chan Duc)


Earth Holder Practice Book
List of recommended books, films, NGOs, etc.
The Dia Dong ConferenceThich Nhat Hanh‘s first environmental message (1970)


Earth Peace Treaty Commitment Sheet
Developing a Mindful Approach to Earth Justice Work–Kosmos Journal, Summer 2019, John Bell

Retreat Videos

These four videos share the essence of the Spring 2020 Earth Holder Retreat at Deer Park Monastery: We are the Earth, Walking on Earth.
Earth Justice, 2020 offering from EHC CTC members and staff to Deer Park Earth Holder Retreat.


Poster supporting Standing Rock
TNH Mindful Steps banner