Sister D Nghiem

SISTER DANG NGHIEM, MD (Sister D) was born during the Tet Offensive in 1968 in Vietnam, the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and an American soldier. She lost her mother when she was twelve years old and came to the United States with her brother when she was seventeen. She acquired English while living in several foster families and went on to get a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She left her career as a doctor in 2000 to travel to Plum Village monastery in France, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, where she was ordained a nun. Healing: A Woman's Journey from Doctor to Nun (2010) is her memoir, and Mindfulness as Medicine: A Tale of Healing and Spirit (2015) is her second book. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Global Studies program honored her in 2019 by awarding her the T.