In the quiet of the evening and every 15 minutes throughout the day, the chime of small bells can be heard ringing across the rolling landscape of an area east of Bordeaux in southern France, where a cluster of monastery buildings is spread over a series of hills and valleys. Known collectively as Le Village des Pruniers, or Plum Village, this monastic centre is the home of the Vietnamese Zen master and Nobel peace laureate Thich Nhat Hanh and his community of more than 150 monks and nuns.

The small bells that echo through Plum Village at regular intervals are a reminder to all who hear them ...


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