Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go


Building the Magnolia Grove Monastery Meditation Hall

Our North American Teaching Tour, with the theme Nourishing Great Togetherness, will begin in only one month. The monastic and lay sangha have been happily preparing locations, making travel arrangements, and finishing up last minute projects at each of the three monasteries. The energy of the practice is strong as we prepare for the arrival of our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. We can also use the mantra nothing to do, nowhere to go” and remain mindful of the present moment. We use our Teacher’s practice of not worrying too much about the tour and we hope that you can do the same as you prepare your own journey.

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 present 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, take our morning cup of tea, or prepare for a retreat.

“I have arrived. I am home”

These two lines are the essence of the practice of the Plum Village tradition 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 or anger. We have arrived at our true home, our true self, no longer seeking to be something else.

You can begin this practice today before you even place one foot at the retreat or public talk. No need to wait. And if you haven’t made arrangements to participate this fall, please visit and see where the sangha will be traveling.

8 thoughts on “Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go

  1. Toronto is excitedly getting ready to welcome Thay and the monastics with open arms to the retreat and the public talk!!!! We can’t wait to see you all and breathe with you! 🙂

    • Isis, if you are on staff (I will be on staff at BC) is there a way I can get information about people coming from SE Florida who may be interested in starting a sangha?

      • Candie,
        Please make yourself known to Laurie or Sophia from the Steering Committee when you arrive at the Brock retreat and we can talk about posting something on the announcements board, etc. Personal information is private. We look forward to seeing you there soon!

  2. I am looking to begin a Sangha in South East Florida probably in September or October in the Wellington, Boyton Beach, Del Ray, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach area. Anyone interested please get in touch with me. At

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