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Practices for COP26
Daily practices offered through the Plum Village community to support the COP26 UN Climate Conference. 
Br. Phap Dung and Br. Phap Linh sharing & spreading joy at COP26

"What kind of relationship do we have with the Earth?
I think this is a questions that has to accompany the actions we want to take."

— Sr. Lăng Nghiêm

Dear Community, 

Please excuse us in the delay for the Nov 8th daily practice email. We paused to update the upcoming offerings that are emerging to keep the practices fresh.

During these past weeks our attention has deepened towards asking ourselves how best to engage our efforts to protect our beloved planet, and looking deeply together as a Sangha into what part we can and wish to engage in.

Climate justice movements are building and growing all over the world, seeking radical action and real solutions for a more just world through complete systems change. Monday is the day dedicated to Loss and Damage at COP26. Because we have only one planet, its survival is an issue of both social and earth justice. Being an Earth Holder is being committed to bringing about healing and transformation and building a more just and fairer future for all. 

The origins of the Bodhisattva Earth Holder comes from the Lotus Sutra. Thich Nhat Hanh has translated the name Bodhisattva Daranimdhara as “Protector of the Earth.”

“This Bodhisattva helps further communication between humans and other species… Earth Holder works to preserve this planet for living beings by taking care of the air, water, and soil… We have to take up the practice of Earth Holder Bodhisattva and make protecting and preserving the Earth a top priority… We cannot say that we are too busy to take up this work… We must work to increase awareness of the situation because only mindfulness, awareness of what is happening, can save us from the path of certain disaster we are currently on.”

For more info on What is an Earth Holder, please visit


In Gratitude, 

Daily Home Practice
On November 8th, we will practice as a community by reading the love letter below, "Heaven on Earth", followed by 20-minutes of silent sitting. Love Letter to the Earth is available from Parallax Press.
20-min Silent Sitting Meditation
TedTalk conversation with Br. Phap Dung and Br. Phap Linh at COP26
Climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses crowd at Fridays For Future protest during COP26
Contemplative Text
Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet
"The beauty of the Earth is a bell of mindfulness. If you can't see it, you must ask yourself why". If you have not already begun to dive into the wonderful new book offering, we encourage you to pick up your copy of Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet. For friends interested in joining a local or national bookclub, please email
Invitations for Practices Offered LIVE
Please keep a mindful eye out for additions to the live offerings.
We will be sharing details and links closer to the dates.

Tue., November 9th
Returning to the Heartwood
11am EST/ 4pm GMT
Guided live meditation event from the NYT climate Hub in Glasgow 
with Thầy Phap Dung, Br Phap Linh, & featuring live music from Nick Mulvey

Fri., November 12th
Guided Practice + Dharma Sharing
2pm EST
More About the EHC

Who we are… 

The Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism is a global community of mindfulness practitioners who follow the teachings of Venerable Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh (a.k.a. “Thay,” meaning “teacher”). The Earth Holder Community is a branch of the Plum Village tree that applies Thay’s core teachings on engaged Buddhism, mindful living, social and racial justice, and inter-being with Mother Earth at this time of ecological crisis.

Earth Holders’ aim to “bring mindfulness, compassion, healing, and non-violence to protecting ourselves, each other, all beings, and the Earth.”

"The path of brotherhood and sisterhood [and kinship] is more precious than any ideology or religion.”

Thich Nhat Hanh
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