Unified Buddhist Church
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The Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh in France in 1969, during the Vietnam War (not part of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam). The Unified Buddhist Church established Sweet Potatoes Community in 1975 which became the Plum Village monastery, France in 1982, the Dharma Cloud Temple and the Dharma Nectar Temple in 1988, and the Adornment of Loving Kindness Temple in 1995. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Sangha (community of practice) in France is usually referred to as the Plum Village Sangha. The Unified Buddhist Church also has a mindfulness practice center called Intersein in Bavaria, Germany. A sangha of about 150 monks, nuns and resident lay-practitioners live permanently in Plum Village.
The Unified Buddhist Church is the legally recognized governance body for Plum Village in France; for Maple Forest Monastery and Green Mountain Dharma Center in Vermont which have closed and moved to the Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, New York as of May, 2007; and, since March, 1999, for the Community of Mindful Living, Parallax Press, and Deer Park Monastery in California.
The Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. (UBC), a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1998 to officially represent Thich Nhat Hanh and his Sangha in the United States of America. It is a sister organization of Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) founded in France.
Unified Buddhist Church, Inc. is qualified by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
- Plum Village - Thich Nhat Hanh's main monastery and practice center, located about 85 km east of Bordeaux, France.
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