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Dear Sangha members, It is with great joy to inform you that the long-awaited Pilgrimage to India, planned to happen after the finishing of the Old Path White Clouds class (April 2019 – July 2021), is finally manifested. During that 2-years waiting period, we have continued to study in the Applied Buddhism class. More Sangha members joined the class, and thus more members can join the Old Path White Clouds Pilgrimage. After the first year of the Buddha’s teaching life, the Sangha grew to a community of 1,000 monks. Under the suggestion of Ven. Uruvela Kassapa, the Buddha and the Sangha decided to move to Rajagaha (present day Rajgir). Forty groups of 25 monastics were formed, each group was led by a more experienced monk, to take the walk from Uruvela to Rajagaha. Along the way, the Buddha and the Sangha did alms rounds, gave teachings, practicing and living together. It was like a mobile monastery. The walk took ten days. In this pilgrimage, we will travel with the same practice spirit. There will be about 10 groups of 20 Sangha members, plus two monastics to guide each group. We will travel as a family with each group for the entire trip. We will have daily mindfulness practices, dharma talks in big group and small groups, groups sharing, opportunities to get in touch with local life and cultures and to visit places that the Buddha and the Sangha lived. We live and practice as a Sangha like in the Buddha time. Because of the time limit and to fully experience the trip, the visiting places will be concentrated on and nearby areas of Varanasi (Deer Park, where the Buddha gave the first teaching), Bodhgaya (where the Buddha enlightened), and Rajgir (Bamboo Forest Monastery, Nalanda University, Vulture Peak). Please see tentative itinerary of the trip, cost and details of the trip in the attached documents. The logistic of organizing of this […]
Registration is full. You can register under “Waiting List”. The theme of this retreat: Teachings on the Auspicious Sign We will check out how the Auspicious Sign helps to realize peace and happiness in daily activities that we normally do in our life. Every moment and every activity that we do can be an auspicious act, in any moment and any place that we are in. Plum Village’s Parallel Verses for the Year of the Dragon (2024) To be a good son or daughter, taking care of you parents, to know how to care for your family, to maintain a harmonious household, not to let your family fall into poverty or hunger – this is the most auspicious sign. To avoid watering and to transform the seeds of greed, anger and ignorance; to always practice in order to attain right view – this is the most auspicious sign. ~~ Dhammapada: Chapter on Auspicious Signs, Sutra 211, Volume 4. 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 know that our daily activities are sources of happiness and auspicious signs, in the here and now. 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 dharma sharing on how to live fully in the present moments and to cultivate togetherness, making our presence a precious gift to ourselves and others. The tentative schedule is as follows: Date/Time Thu 28 Mar Fri 29 Mar Sat 30 Mar Sun 31 Mar Mon 01 Apr 5:15 Wake Up 6:00 Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse Outdoor […]
Bi-monthly Theme: The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now In the present troubled times, there is an urgency to understand ourselves and our world. We have so many questions, and they tug at us night and day, consciously and unconsciously. In this important book, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life’s deepest questions and experience the happiness and freedom we desire. Having a spiritual dimension to our lives is not an effort to escape life or to dwell in a place of bliss outside of this world. Instead, this path will allow us to discover where we come from and where we are going. And most of all, it will generate happiness, understanding, and love, so we can live deeply in each moment of our life, right where we are. Dates Date Time (UTC +8) Location Language 2024 Mar 1st 19:30 – 21:15 Online (Zoom) English 2024 Mar 15th 19:00 – 21:00 Central Cantonese 2024 Apr 5th 19:30 – 21:15 Online (Zoom) English 2024 Apr 19th 19:00 – 21:00 Central Cantonese The zoom link will be provided upon successful registration. Registration here is only for online practices. Please join 5 minutes earlier to settle ourselves down in silence. Registration for practices in Central will be open on Monday of that week. Please visit this page again by then.
On the first day of CNY, the fourth fold sangha gathered in Lotus Pond Temple while the city was still sleeping. We paid our respect to our teacher, Thấy. We vowed to practice diligently in the coming year. After the ceremony, we had Oracle reading. Monastic suggested “mindful solution” to friends’ enquiry according to the verse that the friend got. We, then, had mindful picnic lunch. In the afternoon, there was Lion Dancing in Bamboo Forest Monastery, the place where Brothers are living. The naughty lion and the “Bug Head Buddha” played around. Friends used Red Pockets to attract the lion came closed to them. It was full of laughter. Then, we visited Brothers’ room. This is the only chance lay friends visit monastic’s room every year. Brothers decorated their room so peaceful and elegant. We sat down, chatted, drank tea. Enjoyed the moment being together. Some friends left and went home due to the traffic, while some friends stayed to have dinner and had tea, coffee in their room again. On the second day of CNY, we didn’t have the morning sitting and chanting. We slept until 7, woke up and had breakfast. The other activities were same as the first day, except this time was Sisters’ turn. Thanks to the monastic’s beautiful work. They just came back from Vietnam a week ago.
Hereunder is the 2024 schedule. Please pencil down your calendar. Mar. 28 – April 1 5-Day/4-Night Spring Retreat (Easter Holidays) July 17-21 5-Day/4-Night Summer Family Retreat July 31 – August 4 5-Day/4-Night Educator Retreat Oct. 23 – 27 5-Day/4-Night Mind-Body Wellbeing Retreat These retreats will be conducted in English with Cantonese translation.
Dear, We are getting into the second month of 2024, and it is getting cold in Hong Kong. Last month we had a memorial service of Thich Nhat Hanh and we were reminded to continue Buddha and Thay’s teachings in our daily lives. Past Events Thich Nhat Hanh Memorial Service (Jan 14) Plum Village Hong Kong held the Memorial Ceremony for Thay and over 150 friends came. We started with the walking meditation, followed by the Ceremony. Thay’s photo was put in front of the Buddha statue. There were flowers, fruit, tea and Thay’s favour food put in front of the altar. The four folded sangha gathered around the altar as the ceremony started. Thanks to the Vietnamese friends, they have prepared the yummy lunch for us. We set up a table for Thay to have the lunch with us. Brother Bien Hieu, as Thay’s attendance, shared Thay’s food to us. Thay used to share the food with friends and it is a beautiful memory. In the afternoon, we watched the documentary “I have arrived. I am home” together and with the short sharing later. Friends shared their interaction with Thay and the gratitude towards Thay. Lastly, we sang “In Gratitude” in Vietnamese, English, and Mandarin to Thay. source: Rain of Compassion Sangha, Fb Post Also: My life is my teaching, honoring our ancestor Thay Upcoming Events “Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World” Public Talk “Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World” Public Talk by Venerable Dr. Thich Chan Pháp Ấn. In the midst of the rapid changes in the world, the pressure from work, responsibility from family, and uncertainty in life can all be the sources of our stress we feel day to day. We are happy to have Venerable Dr. Thich Chan Pháp Ấn who will have a short visit to Hong Kong and will give a public talk on the captioned subject. Program: Guided meditation, Dharma […]
— If we are mindful, peace and happiness is just one breath away from us 😊 Dear, In the December over two thousand years ago, Jesus was born and spread the news to love God and love the people around us. These are the two most important commandments in the Bible. Last month in Plum Village Hong Kong, we also celebrated the Christmas festival and delved deep in the meaning of Christmas, birth of Christ, and Buddhism. Past Events Sunday Day of Mindfulness – Christmas Celebration (Dec 24th) December 24 DOM is a special DOM. It was be the last Sunday Day of Mindfulness in 2023. Not only did we practice mindfulness together, we also celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Once again we were reminded from Thay teaching about the non-duality of life and death. Christ is neither born nor died, and the same as Buddha. They are transformed into other matters. This is the same as the cloud up in the sky. It is formed from the water in the river, vapour in the air, and will transform into rain falling down to the earth, nourishing all things touched by it. If we practice the teachings of Christ and Buddha, then they live within us and are manifested through us. It is also refreshing to feel the breeze during our walking meditation that morning on the Ngong Ping hiking trail. Have to appreciate the tastiness of the vegan meals up in the Temple 😋 More photos at this Fb post. We also have a longer blog post here. Wake Up Retreat 2023 (Dec 28th – Jan 1st) The theme for this retreat is Mindfulness Survival Kit 101. We had a chance to learn and go deep into these guidelines of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. In this issue, we are privileged to have a long-time Wake Up practitioner, Jamie, to share her experience in the retreat: The 2023 Wake […]