Mindfulness and Music
Plum Village Records is here!
Whether it’s to strengthen singing at weekly sangha gatherings, to share the practice with new people, or to warm the heart, music is at the heart of the Plum Village tradition. Up until now, recordings of music created by the community have mainly been available only as CDs sold at the monastery bookstores. But times are changing and so are we.
Your donations to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation’s Dharma Sharing Program enabled us to give a grant to support the practice of singing meditation and chanting. To nourish our collective joy, we offer music from the Plum Village community in a new format - online.
These digital albums include original compositions and long-time classics from the community. Composed and sung by monastic and lay community members, this music is truly an expression of the sangha. Most tracks are home-recorded, simple, and full of love. Much of the music is in English with some tracks in Vietnamese and French, and one album is all instrumental.
You currently may purchase these digital albums on CD Baby (linked below). After you submit your purchasing information, you will be prompted to download the MP3 files to your computer. Mindful of the environment, we opted to only offer digital MP3 files as opposed to CD formats.
In a few weeks, these digital albums will also be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon, and soon there will also be the option to stream on Spotify or listen for free on YouTube. All proceeds from these albums go to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation and directly support our mindfulness practice centers, monastic health care fund, humanitarian relief efforts, and Dharma sharing program.
We offer this music for the well-being and awakening of all, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we have.
Other Music Albums
There are several other albums of Plum Village music available online. Though proceeds from these purchases do not go directly to the Foundation, these albums are still a rich and valuable resource for your practice and community:
- Chanting Breath by Breath: Traditional chants of Plum Village
- Basket of Plums Songbook: Classic practice songs of Plum Village
- Planting Seeds: Mindfulness practice songs for children
- Deep Relaxation: Soothing deep relaxation recordings by Sister Chan Khong
- Reverence: Traditional chants including the new Heart Sutra, "The Insight to the Other Shore," sung by Michael Ciborski