AIAB 2023 November Newsletter

Body-mind Wellbeing Retreat and 14 MT happened in October. We will have our usual practice schedule, and new events such as Education University of Hong Kong 2023 Day of Mindfulness in Nov, Wake Up Retreat: Mindfulness Survival Kit 101 in Dec, and Old Path White Clouds 2024 Pilgrimage in India in Apr 2024.

Past Events

Body-mind Wellbeing Retreat

We just finished the Body-Mind Well-being Retreat “Transfoemarion and Healing” from October 19 – 23. More than 80 friends joined. Other than Hong Kong, we had friends from Malaysia, PRC, USA, etc.

The weather on the first day was fine. The next day rained. Temperature dropped a lot to 15-16c. Cool and wet, but it didn’t affect us. Everyone enjoyed the activities in the retreat. From the Morning sitting session, guided sitting meditation, listening to the sutra, working meditation, Dharma talk, lunch, Total Relaxation, dharma sharing and evening activities.

The executives of AIAB gave us Dharma talks in three days and Q&A session. The contents are rich and practical. Everyone sat there and listened attentively.

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Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings Transmission Ceremony

The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings (14 MT) are a modern distillation of the traditional Bodhisattva precepts of Mahayana Buddhism, created by Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon in 1966.

These Fourteen Trainings outline a way of practicing harmoniously in community followed by residents at all of the international monastic practice centers in the Plum Village tradition.

In the weekend of Oct 28 – 29, we are fortunate to have had a 14 MT Transmission Ceremony held in Lotus Pond Temple and ten aspirants vow on taking on The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings.

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Upcoming Events

Friday Night Practices (2023 Nov / Dec)

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 in November and December.

Here is the schedule:

  • Nov 3th, 19:30 – 21:15 UTC+8, Online(Zoom) – English
  • Nov 17th, 19:00 – 21:00 UTC+8, Central – Cantonese
  • Dec 1st, 19:30 – 21:15 UTC+8, Online(Zoom) – English
  • Dec 15th, 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

Sunday Day of Mindfulness is led by AIAB monastics to integrate mindfulness into daily life. 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

Wake Up Monday Night Practice (2023 Nov / 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:

  • Nov 13th (Mon) 19:00 – 21:00 (for non first-timers)
  • Nov 27th (Mon) 19:00 – 21:00 (open for all)
  • 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.

Education University of Hong Kong 2023 Day of Mindfulness

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community recognize the importance of creating sustainable and lasting programs in schools that maintain the happiness and well-being of teachers, administrators, students and parents. Thus, we are glad to offer a Day of Mindfulness program in Education University of Hong Kong.

  • Time: Nov 25th, 2023 10:00 – 16:30
  • Venue: Block B3, Quiet Room (B3-P-09A). The Educational University, 10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, NT.

For those who are interested, please register at EduHK website.

Wake Up Retreat: Mindfulness Survival Kit 101

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)

For more information, please visit the event webpage.

Old Path White Clouds 2024 Pilgrimage in India

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 materialised.

In this pilgrimage, we will travel with the same practice spirit as what the Buddha and the Sangha did thousands years ago. 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, having 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.

  • Time: Feb 25th, 2024 – Mar 10th, 2024
  • Location/Country: India

For those interested and want to learn more about the program details, route, cost, and registration, please visit the website.

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