Plumline is a support center for anyone wishing to find, establish, build and maintain an online sangha in the Plum Village tradition. If you aren't able to join a local sangha or start one up, we invite you to consider an online one.
We meet in a variety of languages and in several time zones. Some of our sanghas meet for silent meditation practice, others to study the dharma reviewing certain texts, audio or videos of dharma talks. Several sanghas recite the Mindfulness Trainings monthly. All sanghas meet live and practice in the Plum Village tradition. We can help find the right one for you. If we can’t find a sangha that suits your needs we’ll happily help you start a new one. It might be a lot easier than you think.
We encourage online practitioners to look for ways of having some in-person practice experience, such as attending retreats and visiting local sanghas when possible.
Plumline was set up by Elaine Sparrow in 2006 as "a support center for those wishing to establish, build and maintain an online sangha. A place to share ideas and resources as online sangha develops." Alipasha Razzaghipour joined Plumline in 2012 and helped expand the number of supported communities beyond the initial 2 text based sanghas. In 2017 Michael Donenfeld helped establish the Plumline Facilitators Sangha, strengthening and accelerating Plumline's development. Elaine, Alipasha and Mike are core members of the Order of Interbeing.
Sangha Dot Com, an article published in the Summer 2009 issue of the Mindfulness Bell, provides a glimpse of the early days of Plumline.
Together Online was published in the Winter/Spring 2013 issue of the Mindfulness Bell; it describes the formation of Heart Sangha, one of the first Plumline Sanghas.
Plumline is made up of a group of volunteers. It has no income and is currently seeking financial support from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation for technology costs. Please direct any donations to the Foundation.
Another way to stay connected to friends on the path of practice is through subscribing to the Mindfulness Bell magazine where you will find stories and by teachers and students in the Plum Village tradition. You may also like to sign up to the monthly newsletter by Wake Up, the community of younger adults in this tradition.