Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown is a Buddhist-Quaker dharma teacher in the Plum Village tradition founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. She is the coauthor of Healing Our Way Home. 

Recent Articles

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The True Nature of a Flower

For Valerie Brown, her garden is a teacher of the dharma. In every bloom she sees impermanence, nonself, and nirvana.

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What to Say When Someone Dies

Avoid pat expressions, says Valerie Brown. What a grieving person needs is loving presence.

Finding Myself in the Garden

Valerie Brown returns to gardening to recover her broken spirit, and discovers what really grows in a garden is love.

How can I frame my dharma practice in more positive terms?

Satya Robyn, Harry Um, and Valerie Brown discuss the "positive" and "negative" focuses of Buddhist practice.