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Larry Ward

Larry Ward is a senior teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village tradition. He holds a PhD in religious studies (with an emphasis on Buddhism and the neuroscience of meditation), is director of the Lotus Institute, and serves as an advisor to the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Drucker School of Management. He is the author of America’s Racial Karma and coauthor, with his wife, Peggy, of Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships.


Recent Articles

Healing America’s Racial Karma

It started before I was born. It began before you were born, too, this turning wheel of racialized consciousness. Its tracks are evident across the face of time and the threads of human connection. Let us propose this is not an intractable condition but a legacy of human thought, speech, and physical behaviors. Our racialized…

I Will Follow in the Direction of Hope

Larry Ward looks at the path of leadership, and how we get entangled along the way.

¿Qué puedo decir acerca de mi amado maestro?

Larry Ward nos comparte un poema acerca de Thich Nhat Hanh, maestro cuyas enseñanzas han guiado a muchos hacia una vida de presencia mental, alegría y paz. 

What Can I Say About My Beloved Teacher?

Larry Ward shares a poem about Thich Nhat Hanh, whose teachings have guided many towards a life of mindfulness, joy, and peace.

Race, Reclamation, and the Resilience Revolution

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by police in Minneapolis, dharma teacher Larry Ward says we have to "create communities of resilience," and offers his mantras for this time.

Love’s Garden

Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward reflect on the practice of metta, loving-kindness, reflected in the Buddhist imagery of the lotus flower.