Big Bell at Plum Village Hong Kong
Our teacher - Thich Nhat Hanh
Monastics chanting in a Day of Mindfulness
Monastics chanting in front of audiences

News/Friendly Reminders

  1. Temperature in Ngong Ping is 5-7 °C different from that in the downtown, and the weather there can be unpredictable.  So please check the latest weather forecast before setting off.  You may bring extra clothing/rain gear to keep warm and dry during winter ; mosquito repellent and sunblock may be needed during summer.
  2. Please dress in a respectful manner when coming to Lotus Pond Temple or Plum Village Hong Kong/AIAB, which is a monastery. Please refrain from wearing revealing clothing such as shorts, tank tops (singlets), tight yoga clothes or V-neck clothes. Loose attire covering shoulders and knees is recommended.  It is comfortable for sitting meditation, and will make all participants and our monastic brothers and sisters feel at ease.
  3. New articles by sangha members have been uploaded.  Please press the menu at the upper right hand corner → Resources → Sangha Sharing to view.
  4. There is no Sunday Day of Mindfulness on July 21, 2024 as we are in the Summer Retreat.
  5. As the Summer Retreat will be taken place, Friday Night Practice@Central on July 19, 2024 will be cancelled.
  6. August 4, 2024 Sunday Day of Mindfulness will be cancelled as the Educators Retreat is in place.
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Upcoming Events

2024 Summer Retreat – Full

  •  2024-07-17 15:00 - 2024-07-21 14:00
  •  Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
  •  Please refer to the newsletter

“Be there for each other, Listen to each other” Children and Teens are welcomed to join with parents This retreat is for all who would like to explore the practice of mindfulness and learn ways to deal with their everyday circumstances in life. We might all know that there are so many things in life that make ourselves and people around us unhappy and stressed. We are just so busy and we don’t have time to take good care of ourselves or to even pause to look back at ourselves and the situation we are facing. Often times, when we encounter something unpleasant, we would find different means to run away from it, but according to the Buddha’s teachings, this is not a good solution. We can see that most problems we are facing now come from our lack of mutual understanding and love in communication amongst family members, colleagues, etc …Whether we are married or single, it seems that we are facing the same things. Let’s explore together the practice of mindfulness and learn how to cope with problems with more calm and clarity, bringing more positive values to our relationships in daily life. In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn teachings and practices of mindfulness to cultivate peace and happiness, inspiration and insight, which are already existing in us. We will practice mindfulness as a way of life, where everything we do like breathing, walking, eating, smiling …. is an act of mindfulness. We will enjoy the beautiful sky, the trees, the walking paths, and the flowers around us. We will listen to Dharma talks and participated in group sharing on how to live fully in the present moment, to deal with negative emotions, and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence a precious gift to our partner, family members, and friends. Through different practices of mindfulness in this retreat, we have opportunities to be present […]

Educators Retreat 2024 – The Way Out Is In

  •  2024-07-31 16:00 - 2024-08-04 14:00
  •  Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
  •  HK$2,500.00

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh taught how to invite the small bell at the Day of Mindfulness for Educators, Education University of Hong Kong 2013 (photo by Kelvin Cheuk)   The theme of the retreat is The Way Out is In, which guides us to go back to ourselves, to look deeply into our body, feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Looking deeply from within, we can see causes of challenges that we are facing and find ways to cope and overcome them. This retreat is open to those who are involved in teaching and training, including teachers, school counsellors, trainers and staff of formal or informal educational and trainings organizations. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) held a Day Of Mindfulness for Educators at Education University of Hong Kong (formerly Hong Kong Institute of Education) in 2007, 2010 and 2013. As an effort to bring mindfulness into education, Thay and the Plum Village Sangha established the Wake-Up School initiative and set up a structured mindfulness training program for teachers. The objectives of the Wake-Up school is to help educators take care and cultivate peace and happiness within themselves in order to help their students and colleagues to do the same. A detailed Wake-Up School program was written in the book “Happy Teachers Change the World.” In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn teachings and practices of mindfulness to stop and calm ourselves, to look deeply from within, to cultivate peace and happiness, which already existing in us. We will practice mindfulness as a way of life, where everything we do like breathing, walking, eating, smiling …. is an act of mindfulness. We will enjoy the beautiful sky, the trees, the walking path, the flowers around us. We will listen to Dharma talks and participated in group sharing on how to live fully in the present moments, to deal with negative emotions, and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence […]

Friday Night Mindfulness Practice (2024 July / August)

  •  2024-08-16 19:00 - 21:00
  •  Zoom / Central
  •  Free

Book reading in these two months: The Art of Power. Friday Night Practice is a “lite” mindful practice in town. Every two weeks there is Friday Night Practice, we have a chance to practice Mindfulness together with others in the community. We can generate a powerful collective energy that can bring healing and transformation in ourselves and the world with the community after a busy week. In July and August, we will continue our reading on “The Art of Power” written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Han to cultivate the inner power within ourselves. You are welcome to join us 🙏 As we have two retreats in July and August, the Summer Retreat in Jul 17 – 21 and the Educator Retreat in Jul 31 – Aug 4, we will only have one Friday Night practice each month in July and August. The following is our schedule. Date Time (UTC +8) Location Language 2024 July 5th 19:30 – 21:15 Online (Zoom) English 2024 July 19th Cancelled 2024 August 2nd Cancelled 2024 August 16th 19:00 – 21:00 Central Cantonese Joining the practice is free and require no previous experience. For practices online the zoom link will be provided upon successful registration. Please join 5 minutes earlier to settle ourselves down in silence. Registration here is only for online practices. The registration to Central will be open on Monday of that week. Please visit this page again by then.

Sunday Day of Mindfulness – 2024.07.14

  •  2024-07-14 09:30 - 16:30
  •  Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
  •  Donations are welcome

Information of the activity 2nd week affiliate program in the afternoon : activities for Wake Up Group (youth aged 18 to 35) Registration link will be open on Monday night approximately 10:00 pm and ended on Friday evening 18:00, or the capacity are fully occupied.  

Sunday Day of Mindfulness – 2024.07.07

  •  2024-07-07 09:30 - 17:00
  •  Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
  •  Donations are welcome

      Information of the activity Registration link will be open on Monday night approximately 10:00 pm and ended on Friday evening 18:00, or the capacity are fully occupied.  

Latest News

Newsletter – 2024 July

It is summer season now in Hong Kong, with its blend of intermittent rain and frequent sunshine. While this is a good time for outdoor activity, remember to keep yourself hydrated and protected from the sun. May you and your family have a calm and joyful heart during the summer time.

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EUHK Day of Mindfulness 2024 2H Schedule

Here is the schedule for 2024 2nd Half Day of Mindfulness: Jun-22 Aug-24 Sep-28 Nov-23

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AIAB 2024 June Newsletter

As time comes to early summer, we gathered together and had the Vesak Ceremony. It reminded us to nurture the Buddha inside us. Let us continue to put our mindfulness practices into our daily lives. Past Events Vesak Celebration Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism had the Vesak Ceremony at Lotus Pond Temple on May 19, 2024. There were around 200 friends joined the happy moment. Old friends, new friends, and parents with children were there. The weather, breeze with no rain, was perfect for an outdoor activity with such a large crowd. Thanks for the collective energy during the walking meditation we began our Day of Mindfulness. We then gathered in the Meditation Hall for a silent sitting. Thẩy Pháp Khâm, our senior Brother in Hong Kong, gave a short Dharma Talk on the Vesak Day. He shared the story about Vesak, on why there is a Vesak, and how to practice mindfulness. Bathing the Baby Buddha Today we bathe the Tathagata. Deep wisdom and clarity bring great happiness. May all living beings, who are overwhelmed by sufferings, see the Dharmakaya in this world. We then walked to the Bamboo Forest Monastery to bathe the baby Buddha, the Bodhicitta within us. After the bathing ceremony, Thẩy Pháp Khâm reminded us to practice with the sangha to renew our Bodhicitta. After bathing the Baby Buddha, we had picnic lunch and catches up with our friends. source: Plum Village HK Fb Upcoming Events Sunday Day of Mindfulness Sunday Day of Mindfulness is led by AIAB monastics to integrate mindfulness into daily life. Every Sunday, through a series of mindfulness practice activities, we can enjoy the happiness of being present in the moment. In addition, practicing together as a sangha is an enjoyable experience and strengthens our practice. More details and the schedule are here. Participants please register on the website. Schedule: Every Sunday at 9:30am Venue: Lantau Island, Lotus Pond Temple. See […]

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AIAB 2024 May Newsletter

As summer approaches, the weather in Hong Kong begins to shift perceptibly. The gentle breezes and stirring winds herald the onset of seasonal storms. May everyone find their own tranquility through our mindfulness practices, regardless of the tempestuous weather that lies ahead. Past Events March Retreat Lotus Pond Temple Friends receiving the Five Mindfulness Training We had our first Spring Retreat in 2024 from Mar 28 to Apr 1st. Same as our previous retreats, it was a full house. The theme of the retreat was Dhammapada: Chapter on Auspicious Signs. We were glad to have Sr. Trang Nghiem, Sr. Si Nghiem, one of the first Hong Kong Sister ordained under Plum Village tradition, and Thay Phap Kham, the Director of the Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, explaining the Sutra and elaborating on how we can put it into daily practices. On the morning of the last day, we had the Five Mindfulness Trainings transmission ceremony. More than 20 friends received the Training and vowed to follow it as their lifestyle. If you are interested to join our future retreats, here is the upcoming retreat schedule. src: Fb post Upcoming Events Sunday Day of Mindfulness Sunday Day of Mindfulness is led by AIAB monastics to integrate mindfulness into daily life. Every Sunday, through a series of mindfulness practice activities, we can enjoy the happiness of being present in the moment. In addition, practicing together as a sangha is an enjoyable experience and strengthens our practice. More details and the schedule are here. Participants please register on the website. Schedule: Every Sunday at 9:30am Venue: Lantau Island, Lotus Pond Temple. See here for transportation options. Friday Night Practices Friday Night Practice is a “lite” mindful practice in town. We will have singing meditation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, passage reading, and dharma sharing. Through the evening practice we will generate a collective energy that bring healing and transformation in ourselves and the world […]

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AIAB 2024 March Newsletter

Dear, Last month, it was the Lunar New Year and we had a chance to gather, relax, and celebrate it together. We hope everyone have a peaceful new year and we vow to diligently put our practices into our lives. Past Events Plum Village Chinese New Year Parallels Spacious Mind – Inclusive Heart At this new year we have a chance to look at how much room there is in our heart and how much space there is in our mind. We can practice to enlarge the capacity of our heart and mind every day. We may notice that there is someone we have not yet allowed into our heart and we begin to look deeply to see how we can allow that person a place in our heart. Download and read more about the parallels. Lunar New Year Celebration (Feb 9 – 11) There was Lunar New Year celebration in Plum Village HK in the past month. We had a chance to listen to the oracles from tales of Kieu and visiting monastics’ rooms in Lunar New Year. We paid our respect to our teacher, Thầy, and had the Oracle reading. The monastic suggested “mindful solution” to friends’ enquiry according to the verse that the friend got. We also saw the Lion Dancing in Bamboo Forest Monastery, where monastic brothers are living. The naughty lion and the “Bug Head Buddha” played around. Friends used red pockets to attract the lion to come close to them. It was full of laughter. The monastic decorated their room so peaceful and elegant. We sat down, chatted, drank tea., enjoying the moment being together. Upcoming Events Spring Retreat Theme of the retreat: Teachings on the Auspicious Sign In this retreat, we will have the chance to learn the Dhammapada: Chapter on Auspicious Signs (Sutra 211, Volume 4) and the Discourse on Happiness (Mahamangala Sutta, Sutta Nipata 2.4). It is wonderful and assuring to […]

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