Nhap Luu Monastery

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Nhap Luu Monastery

Nhap Luu Monastery

Main School Mahayana
Sub School Zen, Thich Nhat Hanh
Founded 02/2010
Teacher(s) Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh
Contact Infotmation
Address 221 Maria’s Lane
Victoria 3373
Country Australia
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Phone (03) 5349 2678
Mobile 04 31 470 172
Website http://www.nhapluu.org/en/
Email nhapluu@gmail.com
,Unified Buddhist Church of Australia (UBCA), established in February 2010, is the administrative name of Plum Village Australia, a community of meditation practitioners in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh held his first teaching trip in Australia in 1986. After that trip, the Lotus Bud Sangha in Sydney was established. The Green Bamboo Sangha in Melbourne and the Solidity & Freedom Sangha in Brisbane were formed soon after, and other Sanghas were established throughout Australia in the later years.

Nhap Luu - Stream Entering Meditation Center was formally established on Feb 1st 2010, from a lot of about 28.5 hectares of land donated by Chan Tu Tue and Chan Hoai Duc, members of the Green Bamboo Sangha in Melbourne. UBCA since then bought two additional lots of about 28 hectares in order to have housing and water supplies for its residents, and for future growth.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh

The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây– Vietnamese for teacher), our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. When not traveling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, Thây teaches, writes and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people. He has published more than 100 titles, including more than 40 in English: Peace is Every Step, Being Peace, Touching Peace and many more. His books are published by Parallax Press. Books are available from the Nhap Luu Meditation Centre, and online direct from Parallax Press.

Our Buddhist Order

The Unified Buddhist Church established the Order of Interbeing, (Tiep Hien in Vietnamese), in the mid-1960s at a time when the Vietnam War was escalating and the teachings of the Buddha were desperately needed to combat the hatred, violence, and divisiveness enveloping his country. From its inception and into the present, the Order has been comprised of all four membership categories of the original Buddhist community: monks, nuns, laymen, and laywomen.

One meaning of the word tiep is "being in touch with." What are we to be in touch with? The answer is reality, the reality of the world and the reality of the mind. To be in touch with the mind means to be aware of the processes of our inner life-feelings, perceptions, mental formations-and also to rediscover our true mind, which is the wellspring of understanding and compassion. . . To be in touch with the reality of the world means to be in touch with everything that is around us in the animal, vegetable, and mineral realms. If we want to be in touch, we have to get out of our shell and look clearly and deeply at the wonders of life-the snowflakes, the moonlight, the songs of the birds, the beautiful flowers-and also the suffering-hunger, disease, torture, and oppression. Overflowing with understanding and compassion, we can appreciate the wonders of life, and at the same time, act with the firm resolve to alleviate the suffering.

One meaning of the word is to realize or realization. This means not to dwell or be caught in the world of doctrines and ideas, but to bring and express our insights into real life. First of all, realization means transforming ourselves. If we wish to share calmness and serenity, we should first realize these qualities within ourselves. Working to help people who are hungry or sick means to be peaceful and loving during that work. This means making it real here and now.

Visiting and Practicing at Nhap Luu

I have arrived. I am home

These two lines are the essence of the practice taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is the practice of dwelling happily in the present moment. We are no longer grasping at the future, regretting the past or being swept away by our feelings of despair and anger. We have arrived at our true home, our true self, no longer seeking to be something else.

Who Can Practice With Us?

We welcome all people of all nationalities and all faiths and beliefs. We never ask anyone to abandon their traditions and practices. We are simply here to share our learning about the wonderful benefits of mindfulness meditation and the insights offered by our teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and Shakyamuni Buddha. Nobody needs become a Buddhist to participate with us.

Practice Times

You can join in the daily schedule of our Monastery and you can participate in retreats and days of mindfulness which are organised regularly throughout the year.

When Are We Open?

Every day! We live by a daily Monastery schedule which begins with morning meditation at 5.30 am (6pm in Winter) and includes, silent meals, walking meditation, working meditation, dharma talks and sharing. On Sundays we hold our Days of Mindfulness to listen to either a live teaching by the Dharma teachers or listen to a teaching of Thay from Plum Village. The day starts around 9:00 am. Other activities include walking meditation, formal lunch together with the community, and a discussion of the practice in the afternoon. Sometimes there might be other activities arranged for the afternoon. The day usually ends around 4-5 pm. Day guests are very welcome to attend. Lunch is provided for everyone, so please let us know if you plan to come.

Staying Overnight at Nhap Luu

It is possible to stay overnight at Nhap Luu if you book in with the monastics ( see contact numbers below) or if you register for a specific retreat. Accommodation is available in the Nun’s house known as Peace House, you can camp or sleep in the meditation hall.

You will need to bring...

  • Your bedding.
    • There are a limited number of mattresses available and they are available to those who are coming by public transport. Please advise if you need one.
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Waterproof coat/umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothes

Please note that all food will be provided.


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Mindfulness Practice

Everyone who comes to practice is requested to observe the Five Mindfulness Trainings. No smoking, no drinking and no sexual practice are allowed on the grounds of the monastery. Please respect the community’s effort in this observance.

Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.

Here in Plum Village, we do very much the same things as when we are at home- walking, sitting, working, eating, etc.- except now we learn to do them with mindfulness, with an awareness that we are doing it. We practice mindfulness throughout every moment of the day and not just in the meditation hall, but also in the kitchen, the toilet, in our rooms and on the path leading from one place to another.

In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom – solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.

Dear friends, let us try to be intelligent and skillful in our practice, approaching every aspect of the practice with curiosity and a sense of search. Let us practice with understanding and not just for the form and appearance. Enjoy your practice here with a relaxed and gentle attitude, with an open mind and receptive heart.


Nhap Luu Monastery