810 W. Arapaho Road
Suite 98 Richardson
Sister Bội Nghiêm (Sister True Pearl) and her bio sibling Sister Hoc Nghiêm (Sister Tru Practice) will be joining us virtually along with another monastic to practice with us, lead us in Meditation, share a Dharma talk, and hold space for discussion and questions and answers. We are very lucky to be visited by them and are looking forward to warmly welcoming them. If you haven’t joined one of our virtual meetings yet, this is one not to miss!
Sister Bội Nghiêm (Sister True Pearl (she/her) ordained as a novice nun on August 7, 2005, at Lower Hamlet, Plum Village, France as a “Sunflower” family member. She received her full monastic ordination in December 2008 and the Lamp Transmission in Thailand from Thay to become a Dharma Teacher in March 2014. She currently lives at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi, where she finds that past wounds can be healed in the present moment with mindfulness and compassion.
Sister Bội Nghiêm was born in Cam Lộ, Quảng Trị, Viet Nam (Central Vietnam), and immigrated with her family to Memphis, TN, USA when she was 11 years old. There were 22 different nationalities in her high school. At the annual cultural arts festival she, and other Vietnamese girls, enjoyed performing traditional dance. When she was 17 years old, she saw a sign in her high school that read, “Nurses Save Lives”, which inspired her to study nursing in college.
Sister Bội Nghiêm balances her time teaching English, keeping friends informed through social media, and organizing retreats. She feels tremendous gratitude for all of her teachers because they helped her develop the language skills to share the practice. Another job is to routinely ask the monastery neighbors for cow manure (for the garden)!
Her favorite practices are dwelling happily in the present moment with her breathing, sitting meditation (she falls asleep sometimes), and self-compassion. She also enjoys learning English and Vietnamese and about social issues, particularly allyship and healing the earth. In her private time, she shoots hoops while listening to music, enjoys long walks, afternoon naps, and connecting with her biological and spiritual families and friends.
Sr. Hoc Nghiêm has practiced in Plum Village, Green Mountain Dharma Center in Vermont, and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York. She now lives at Magnolia Grove Monastery and deeply enjoys practicing mindfulness every day, experiencing the happiness of the Dharma, and helping others do the same. Her happiness increases when she sees more and more people come to this remote area of Mississippi to enjoy the Dharma.
A quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires her is: Whenever he was asked by children or adults why he wears brown or why he has to practice, he usually answers: “I wear brown because I like it. I practice because I like it.”
Text the code TNH to 44321 to donate to the monastics for their visit.
Group meditation: Sunday evenings – Sunday Awakening Heart IN-PERSON and ONLINE
Every Sunday ONLINE
Currently meeting in-person AND online through Zoom.
Experience the JOY of Mindful Living
This welcoming meditation community, inspired by the practices of Plum Village, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and other great spiritual teachers, is our largest main mindfulness meditation gathering of the week with walking and sitting meditations, chanting & music, inspiring messages, and community sharing.
Open to all levels of meditation experience, from beginners to more experienced meditators. We welcome persons of any spiritual tradition, including those not part of any spiritual or faith tradition.
Fee by donation: $15-20 per person suggested (click to make an online donation now)
810 W. Arapaho Road
Suite 98 Richardson
Please join us to welcome our guest speakers for the rest of the year. We are honored that they will deliver a talk to our sangha.
December 11 Michael Ferraro, Board President
December 18 Nic Bellegarde