Mindfulness and Music

Plum Village Records is here!

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.

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. 

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. We offer this music for the well-being and awakening of all.

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.

Traditional Music

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Journey to Nowhere

Journey to Nowhere is an album of songs often sung in monasteries but not often known by local practice groups like, “Silence is an Ocean,” “Mother Earth,” and “The Leaves of One Tree.”

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Namo’valo

Namo’valo is various versions of the beloved chant of great compassion, beginning with a beautiful teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh on the practice of compassion.

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Buddha in Oneself, Buddha in the World

Buddha in Oneself, Buddha in the World is a soothing collection of instrumental versions of Plum Village favorites.

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Mountains

Mountains is a collections of songs from the many-fold Sangha in a variety of styles including “Joy,” “I Love Nature,” and “Peacefully Free."

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Rivers

Rivers is a collection of songs in English, Vietnamese, and French from the monastic community, straight from the heart.

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Fleur de Prunier

Fleur de Prunier is a collection of music in French including “Sans Venir, Sans Partir,” “Je Sues Chez Moi,” and “Mon Ile Interieur.”

 
 

Contemporary Music

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Wide Open

Wide Open is the latest release with a jazz version of “Discourse on Love,” “There is True Love Right Here,” and a beat-box version of "Happiness is Here and Now" called “Happiness Remix.”

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Healing Songs

Healing Songs is an album of original music from the Mahasangha released by Blue Cliff Monastery in 2015 including “The Eight Realizations of Great Beings,” “Wishless,” and “Meditation on Breathing.”

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Wake Up

Wake Up is a collection of songs inspired by the 2011 Wake Up Tour in the US. Titles include “Unborn and Indestructible,” “This Is It!”, and of course, “Wake Up!”

 

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: