This month we will review the Rose Festival and Paravana Ceremony (closing ceremony of 3 months Rain Retreat) happened in August, introduce our usual practice schedule, and the Body-mind Wellbeing Retreat. Make Smiling An Exercise – Thich Nhat Hanh. We are learning to practice with mindfulness and to make smiling a practice to feel at ease. Past Events Rose Festival Plum Village Hong Kong held the Rose Festival on Aug 20, 2023, inspired by Thấy Thich Nhất Hạnh’s experience in Japan. Around 150 friends attended, celebrating the parental love. Activities included book readings, songs, and love letters. Each participant received a pair of roses. For more details, refer to this Fb post. Paravana Ceremony (closing ceremony of the 3-month Rain Retreat) Paravana Ceremony marked the end of the three-month Rain Retreat for Plum Village monastics. The monastics would then have 10 days off, with Lotus Pond Temple and Bamboo Forest Monastery do not have any schedule nor activities. Regular activities resume on Sep 7, 2023. For more details, refer to this Fb post. Upcoming Events Friday Night Mindfulness Practice (2023 Sep / Oct) In our Friday night practice session, in addition to singing meditation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and Dharma sharing, we continued reading “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. Bi-monthly Theme: In the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching – 2 Here is the schedule: Sep 1st, 19:30 UTC+8, Online – English – Reading: Eightfold Path: Right Mindfulness (EN) Sep 15th, 19:00 UTC+8, Central – Cantonese – Reading: Three Dharma Seals (CN) Oct 6th, 19:30 UTC+8, Online – English – Reading: The Four Immeasurables (EN) Oct 20th, 19:00 UTC+8, Central – Cantonese – Reading: The Six Paramitas (CN) For those interested, please register here for the online sessions. To register for the offline sessions, please visit our website on the Monday of that week. Wake Up Monday Night Practice (2023 Sep / Oct) We are thrilled to […]
This month we will recap on the Family Retreat and the Educators' Retreat, and continue with our regular Friday Night Practices and Sunday Day of Mindfulness at Lotus Pond Temple. We are learning to make mindfulness our way of life, enjoying the beauty around us, and deepening our practice day by day.
We have a series of events this month, including mindfulness practices and themed meditation retreats. Join us to learn how to cultivate mindfulness energy and engage in meditation. We hope to provide you with a sense of the beauty of life and inner peace, making your life more free, peaceful, and joyful. Current Events： Friday Night Mindfulness Practice (2023 July/Aug) Time: 1st and 3rd Friday of July and Aug Bi-monthly Theme: In the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh brings his gift of clear and poetic expression to an explanation of the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and other basic Buddhist teachings. Thich Nhat Hanh’s extraordinary contribution to Buddhism and to life is the way he makes these teachings and practices accessible to everyone, showing us how the very suffering that is holding us down can be the path to our liberation. More Details Weekly Sunday Day of Mindfulness Time: Every Sunday 9:30 – 16:00 Sunday Day of Mindfulness (DOM) is mainly facilitated by the monks and nuns of AIAB with the intention to bring the practices of Buddhism into daily life. It is a day for us to experience the happiness of the present moment simply by having a series of mindfulness practice activities. The mindfulness practice will help us to become more focused and attentive in our daily life. Practicing together is indeed very happy and enjoyable! More Details “Cultivating Happiness and Harmony in Families” 2023 Summer Family Retreat Date: 2023 July 19 – 23 The retreat aims to teach the teachings of the Buddha on cultivating peace and harmony in families. Participants will practice mindfulness in their daily activities and appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding them. The retreat includes dharma talks and sharing sessions on living in the present moment and fostering togetherness. These activities aim to cultivate peace and harmony within families. The retreat […]
We have the following major events took place in May and early June. Vesak Celebration On the Sunday of May 21st, we had the Vesak Celebration (Celebration of Buddha birthday) in Lotus Pond Temple. We all had a chance to bathe the baby Buddha to commemorate his teaching passed down 2000 years ago and to cultivate the Buddha nature within ourselves. Thay Phap Kham also delivered an insightful dharma talk, reminding us of our aspirations of becoming Buddha-to-be. Zen for 1000 Carnival 2023 千人禪修嘉年華 Zen for 1000 Carnival (千人禪修嘉年華2023) took place at Jao Tsung-I Academy over the most recent weekend on June 3rd and 4th. This event provided attendees with an array of meditative and artistic experiences, such as tea meditation, mindful calligraphy, and copying of Buddhist texts, among others. Additionally, Plum Village Hong Kong also facilitated dharma talk workshops, a mindfulness singing session, and introduced the practice of walking meditation and total relaxation to the general public. Breathe and Smile Plum Village Hong Kong
The Mindfulness Concert was finished on June 3, 2023. Here are the lyric of all songs. ZenMeditaiton2023 Here is the linkage for the concert: 8:40:11-10:14:30 mindful concert HKPV: 正念演唱會：正念歌曲帶來滋養和療癒｜梅村僧團 https://www.youtube.com/live/la2FQSu1BG0?t=31211
Peace In Every Step, Freedom In Every Smile – Parallel Verses for the Lunar New Year Plum Village offers these parallel verses to mark Tết, the Lunar New Year. Thich Nhat Hanh has established a tradition, on the eve of the Lunar New Year, of offering the sangha a simple poetic couplet in calligraphy that can inspire and nurture our mindfulness practice throughout the year. Thay’s innovation has been to offer the couplet in English, French and Vietnamese. Sangha based on Vietnamese and translated into Chinese, and wrote the calligraphy. The Plum Village Community is very happy to continue this beautiful tradition. Read more about this tradition and print off your own version for displaying around your home: Chinese: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sY2ezYn9eTfNDaI4NOvE35CKCtxSFIje/view?usp=sharing Other languages: Freedom In Every Smile – Parallel Verses for the Lunar New Year There are small amount Chinese, English and Vietnamese couples are ready in AIAB/Plum Village, Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping and the Hanli (16A CKK Commercial Centre, 289 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong). They are free to pick up until last stock.