This was an incredibly personal project for me.
Plum Village is a monestary near Bordeaux in France, it was the first monastic community founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, in 1982.
As stated on the Plum Village website:
“Plum Village is where Thay has realised his dream of building a Beloved Community: creating a healthy, nourishing environment where people can learn the art of living in harmony with one another and with the Earth.”
Plum village is the largest Buddhist monastery in Europe with over 200 monks and nuns living in the community.
One of those monks is a very special person to me, he is my brother Phap Linh, he is also a very talented composer, cello and piano player and along with Shane Jewell and Michael Ciborski, composed and created an album of incredibly beautiful chanting.
As you can see, I was asked for a piece of artwork to be featured on the front cover of the CD, I could think of no other painting I would rather provide than “Catching my Breath”, a painting that has meant so much to me and brought so much into my life.
I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do.
“A powerful new album of chants from Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community is now available here: https://tinyurl.com/chantingasariver
Recorded on-site in Plum Village during the autumn 2018 three-month Rains Retreat.”