AIAB 2023 December Newsletter

Last month, we were reminded about True Happiness during Thấy Pháp Nguyện’s talk. In December, we will continue with our regular Friday Night Practices and Sunday Day of Mindfulness. Additionally, we provide an update on the Wake Up Retreat: Mindfulness Survival Kit 101, coming at the end of the month.

Past Events

Sunday Day of Mindfulness (Nov 12th)

We had a special guest, Thấy Pháp Nguyện, who was Thây’s attendant stationed in Thailand, visited us in Nov. He gave a Dharma Talk and the topic was “True Happiness”. The followings were some of the highlights:

  1. Bring joy to others, smiling to everyone.
  2. In morning, afternoon and evening, may all beings you preserved to protect themselves. If I accidentally stepped on you, may you be liberated.
  3. What is the foundation of peace? Our teacher Thây said that Peace is Understanding and Love. (For more, refer to the original Fb post).

Upcoming Events

Friday Night Practices (2023 Dec)

In our Friday night practice session, in addition to singing meditation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, and Dharma sharing, we continue reading “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” by Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh in December.

Here is the schedule:

  • Dec 1st (Fri), 19:30 – 21:15 UTC+8, Online(Zoom) – English
  • Dec 15th (Fri), 19:00 – 21:00 UTC+8, Central – Cantonese

For those interested, please visit our website on the Friday Night Practice to register.

Sunday Day of Mindfulness & Christmas Celebration on Dec 24

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.

  • With more details here. Participants can register on the website.
  • If the registration is close, you can also send an email to

Christmas and New Year are times when family members gather together. As a Plum Village tradition, we practice to create a warm and loving spiritual home for everyone to come back to. This year we also celebrate Christmas at Lotus Pond temple – Plum Village Hong Kong, everyone is welcomed to come home to spend time with us monastics to create a warm and meaning atmosphere together.

Wake Up Monday Night Practice (2023 Dec)

We are thrilled to invite you to the upcoming Monday Night Practice (MNP) events at the Flower Market. These sessions are open to participants at all levels and provide a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy meditation and explore teachings from Plum Village. The schedules are:

  • Dec 11th (Mon) 19:00 – 21:00 (for non first-timers)

It will be conducted in Cantonese, with English translation available if needed. Registration is required for joining the practice. We will open the registration one week before the event day. Please stay tuned for the Wakeup HK Facebook page.

Wake Up Retreat: Mindfulness Survival Kit 101 (full)

We are very happy to inform that at the end of this December we are going to organize an International Wake Up retreat for young friends, aged 18-35, to come and join our practices together.

The theme for this retreat is Mindfulness Survival Kit 101. We follow the Five Mindfulness Trainings, which are ethical guidelines that offer concrete practices of true love and compassion, and a path towards a life in harmony with each other and the Earth. We will have a chance to know and go deeply into these guidelines of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. They are like the set of tools and equipment that we can use to build our spiritual home where we can feel comfortable and peaceful to live in.

  • Theme: Mindfulness Survival Kit 101
  • Date: December 28 2023 – January 1 2024
  • Language: English (with Cantonese Translation)

It is full now, but you can still queue up on the waiting list. Please visit the event webpage for more information.

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