International Sangha Directory

A community of Buddhist practitioners, a Sangha, can include both monastics and lay practitioners. Sangha is the third jewel of Buddhism: "I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha." Thich Nhat Hanh cautioned that without a Sangha one may lose their practice quickly.

In addition to the nine practice centers and monasteries established by Thich Nhat Hanh (, there are over one thousand lay sanghas and practice communities throughout the world.

We encourage everyone to join a Sangha near you, whether with Blooming Heart Sangha or elsewhere. Participating with a community of practitioners brings great benefit through the collective energy of mindfulness, peace and joy.

To find a lay sangha practicing in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh/Plum Village, please follow this link to the International Sangha Directory:

There are also a number of “online” sanghas. The Plumline website ( is a support center for anyone wishing to find, establish, build, and maintain an online Sangha, and a place to share resources as online Sangha develops