Teach, Breathe, Learn

TBLTeach, Breathe, Learn is a book on how to teach young people mindfulness.

“In this gem of a book, Meena Srinivasan brings beautiful clarity to the value of mindfulness training in the classroom.  She addresses what it is, why it matters, and how to begin – all through her warm voice and personal experience.

The effective strategies she shares for focusing attention, recognizing and shifting mood states, regulating emotions, and communicating with emotional intelligence are aligned with the research as well as with the wisdom of her impressive lineage of teachers.  In reading this book, you will understand that cultivating the mind goes hand in hand with cultivating the heart. What a smart, compelling read!  I want to run out and buy Teach, Breathe, Learn for every teacher I know. Meena completely inspires me.” — Kathryn Lee, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Watch the book trailer: http://vimeo.com/102594927 

Here’s the website: http://teachbreathelearn.com

Support peace building in the Middle East

thay mid eastWake Up • Building Peace in the Middle East, One Step at a Time: http://www.wkup.org/building-peace-in-the-middle-east-one-step-at-a-time/

Thirty young Palestinians and Israelis, women and men, would like to come to Plum Village for ten days this autumn and the community is doing its best to welcome them and support them in their aspiration to live lives of peace and transformation. Many of them are already familiar with the Plum Village tradition, having attended retreats with monks and nuns in Israel and Palestine. For other participants it would be their first direct experience, and they have a sincere wish to be exposed to the practice, learn and deepen it, and to benefit from the nourishing environment of Plum Village. In these troubled times, this may be also an opportunity for them to touch much needed peace of mind.

Their program
These young Palestinians and Israelis will receive training relevant to their daily lives, such as applied mindfulness practices, taking care of difficult emotions, transforming negative mental and emotional habits, communication and listening, and creating communities for mutual support. In addition to the regular Plum Village program they will enjoy be-ins, hikes and sharing groups together with the monks and nuns, as well as a dedicated Dharma talk/Q&A.

What we need to make it happen
Plum Village is supporting the effort, with the approval of Thay and Sr Chan Khong, in requesting visas from the French consulate in Israel and in hosting the participants.
Our young friends will be making a modest contribution according to their means and economic situation.
Financial support is necessary, however, in order for them to travel to Plum Village.

How can you help?
We are looking for individuals or Sanghas to sponsor the travel costs of a participant, in order to make possible this experience and all the benefits it will bring to the lives of our friends, their families and societies.
We would be grateful if you could share this message in your Sangha and consider sponsoring a participant, in full or partially. The average travel cost is $700 (€530).

If you know someone for whom this initiative resonates with their aspiration, we would be grateful for your support in sharing this request with them.

Contributions can be made directly to Plum Village by bank transfer, with the note “WakeUp-MiddleEast-2014″.

Bank account at Credit Agricole D’Aquitaine
Communaute Boddhique Zen
IBAN: FR7613306003424290119901196

Please also send an email to thebeautifulsouth@plumvillage.org so we can keep track of funds received.

This is only one more mindful action, building upon the practice and efforts of Plum Village, the Israeli Sangha, Palestinian practitioners and many supporters across the world and throughout the years.

With deep gratitude,

May all beings be safe, joyful and free.

Genocide & Human Rights online class Sept-Dec.

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Global Online Academy is offering a class on genocide and human rights: http://www.globalonlineacademy.org/courses/genocide-human-rights/?term=all


Students in this course study several of the major genocides of the 20th century (Armenian, the Holocaust, Cambodian, and Rwandan), analyze the role of the international community in responding to and preventing further genocides (with particular attention to the Nuremberg tribunals), and examine current human rights crises around the world. Students will read primary and secondary sources, participate in both synchronous and asynchronous discussions with classmates, write brief papers, read short novels, watch documentaries and develop a human rights report card web site about a nation in the world of their choice.


Unit 1: Introduction and Human Rights Origins
Unit 2: Genocide: What It Is and Why It Occurs
Unit 3: The Armenian Genocide
Unit 4: The Holocaust
Unit 5: The Nuremberg Tribunals
Unit 6: The Cambodian Genocide
Unit 7: The Rwandan Genocide
Unit 8: Modern Genocides
Unit 9: Responding to the Genocide
Unit 10: Focus Nation Websites and Policy White Paper



Action speaks louder

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  1. Examine history at a memorial and/or authentic site.
  2. Put empathy & compassion into practice.
  3. Reflect, share and creatively express your discoveries.
  4. Take action.

Thousands of people around the world visit Holocaust memorials and museums each day.

But what happens after the memorial? After the museum? We feel overwhelmed. We vow it should “never happen again”. We want something normal, familiar that will bring us back to our reality.

Mark Twain said: Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. The Visit Memorials team encourages people to take action after learning about the Holocaust.

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What we mean by “take action” is what Gandhi said: be the change you want to see in the world. It does not necessarily have to be about genocide or human rights. It might be, but it doesn’t have to be. What do you care about?



  • Is there a problem in your local community that needs solving?
  • Do you want to make changes in your family?
  • Do you want to change yourself?