What We Fund

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

The financial support provided by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is only possible with the generous hearts and loving commitment of people like you, who want to give back and continue Thay’s teachings.

Any donation to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation can be given as a general support gift, which goes to the areas of greatest need, or designated for a program or practice center you wish to support. This includes monthly pledges, one-time gifts, and bequest gifts.


General Gifts: The Most Helpful Kind of Support

Gifts given for general support provide needed funding for the priorities of the community. Every year, over 46,000 people are introduced or renew their commitment to mindful living at our peaceful monasteries. Your gifts help keep the mindfulness practice centers open. Donations also go towards taking care of the health of our monastic brothers and sisters. We know when we take care of them, we also benefit from their presence and practice.

In addition, Foundation gifts bring Thay’s teachings and practices to cities all over the world by supporting Dharma outreach and education programs, such as Wake Up tours to bring mindfulness events to young adults and Sangha building projects to help grow and strengthen community. Your gifts are also helping provide needed humanitarian assistance in Vietnam and other countries through the Love and Understanding program.

Click on the photos below to read more about our areas of greatest need:

Blue Cliff Monastery

Nestled on 80 acres of beautiful woodland in the Shawangunk Mountains, Blue Cliff is located south of the Catskills and just two hours from New York City.

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Deer Park Monastery

This 400-acre sanctuary rests peacefully in the chaparral mountains of Southern California, surrounded and protected by oaks and the natural landscape.

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Magnolia Grove Monastery

Located in Batesville, Mississippi, Magnolia Grove is the realization of a dream held by a compassionate community intent on establishing a center in Thay's tradition.

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Love and Understanding Humanitarian Relief Program

The Love and Understanding program provides dedicated support for international humanitarian relief efforts, aiding victims of poverty and natural disasters in Vietnam and other countries. Learn More

Global Monastic Support and Health Care

Funds support the Plum Village monastic community by covering costs for needs such as health care; immigration fees for monastics coming to the US; and technical, educational, training, and communication support for the worldwide monastic community. Learn More

Dharma Outreach Program (Grant Funding)

Through the Dharma Outreach program, your gifts provide funding for community-based programs to offer the practice of loving kindness and compassion to people who otherwise would not have access to Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings.

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Restricted Gifts: Fund Projects Close to Your Heart

If a particular program, such as one highlighted above, is especially close to your heart, it is possible to restrict your gift for that program. For instance, you can designate your funds to support just the Love and Understanding Program, a practice center capital campaign, or the Wake Up program for young adults.

To designate your giving for a specific monastery or program, visit our secure online donation page and select the designation of your choice from the “Gift Designation” drop-down menu. You can add notes regarding the intention of your gift or pledge in the “Gift Designation Notes” text box.

You are also welcome to call our office (760-291-1003 ext 104) or make a note of your giving designation on any check you submit by post.

It is really a privilege to live [in the monastery] and to practice. Life is deeper and more meaningful here for me. It is inspiring and life-changing for me to have found this spiritual path.
— Andrea, long-term monastery resident