Brother Phap Dung

Brother Phap Dung is a senior teacher in Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community. Born in Vietnam in 1969, he escaped at the age of 10 with his family and became a refugee in the U.S. He studied architecture at the University of Southern California and worked as an architect/designer for four years before becoming a monk in 1998 in Plum Village France. He received the Lamp Transmission to become a Dharma Teacher in 2004 and was the former abbot of Deer Park Monastery in California. He has helped bring a spiritual dimension to ecological activism and the climate movement, representing his community at the COP21 talks in Paris and recently at the Glasgow COP26; raising an awareness of the spiritual human crisis that underlies the imbalance in the ecosystem. He has led mindfulness retreats in North and South America, China, Hong Kong, India, Bhutan and Germany. In the US, Br. Pháp Dung has offered mindfulness workshops for organizations like Google, Facebook, Salesforce, and the World Bank. He is passionate about offering the mindfulness practice and community living to young people as an alternative and sustainable way to engage themselves with the social, racial and environmental challenges of our times.