Trish Thompson Guest Dharma Teacher

Saturday Sangha Dharma Talk Speaker Series

Trish Thompson

Trish Thompson, Chan An Dinh (True Concentration on Peace) is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village tradition, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2011. Trish has been living and building community in Viet Nam for seventeen years. She also serves as the supporting lay Dharma Teacher for Singapore and Malaysia and smaller Sangas throughout the SE Asia region.

As the founder and managing director of the Loving Work Foundation, a charitable organization registered in her home state of South Carolina, Trish works to fulfill its mission to improve the lives of children and families in Viet Nam. She does this by liaising with small local humanitarian projects and a network of local friends.

To support her personal mission to continue the spirit of her teachers, Thay and Sister Chan Khong, by deepening understanding between people of differing cultures, Trish and her friends organize and lead annual retreats within Viet Nam for international practitioners.

Trish’s earlier background and concrete information regarding the retreats and other work of the foundation may be found at


Sangha Is The Key

"It is difficult to make change alone. In the Sangha--the community of people who share the path of spiritual practice--there is a powerful collective energy of mindfulness and concentration. It cam help us make a breakthrough; it ignites our insight.