Sheet Music

My songs have been sung at Plum Village and other practice centers for the last 25 years. I have been a collector, songwriter, and editor for many Plum Village songs. These songs were published as yearly booklets, and then collected into a boxed set by Parallax Press in 2009 as A Basket of Plums, with a preface by Thich Nhat Hanh. That collection includes many gems by Sr. Annabel Laity, Evelyn Baumkes, Ellen Deimann, Sr. Dinh Nghiem, Michael Ciborski, and Betsy Rose. In addition, it has settings of some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s poems. A Basket of Plums has the sheet music for all 41 songs as well as professionally recorded versions on 2 CD’s. It is an indispensable resource for personal as well as group practice.

The present set has a few samples from the Basket of Plums collection as well as practice songs that I wrote since that book was published. The songs are inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh’s writings and sayings; a few of them are set to his exact words. Some of them have already been recorded—search on the web or browse this website.

Feel free to print and make a booklet out of these songs.
– Joseph Emet

A SMILE WITH EVERY BREATH

BREATHE FREELY

DRIVING MINDFULLY

EACH DAY IS A GIFT

EACH FLOWER EACH LEAF

EACH MOMENT’S A CHANCE FOR PEACE

FIRST FIND THE BEAUTY

FREEDOM SONG

HEAL YOURSELF

HEART AT EASE

I HOLD THE EARTH AND THE SKY

I LEARN EACH DAY

JUST BREATHE

JUST ONE DROP OF COMPASSION

MAY YOUR HEART S GARDEN

PEACE ON EARTH

THE FOOD ON MY PLATE

THE MIND CAN GO

THERE S HONEY IN EACH MOMENT

WAKING UP THIS MORNING

WISHES FROM THE HEART