Newsletter – 2024 July

AIAB 2024 July Newsletter

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.

We also have a few activities for you to join this summer to practice with the Hong Kong Sangha.

Past Event Recap

Rain Retreat

Plum Village Hong Kong / Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism started the annual Rain Retreat on May 26, 2024. There were around 100 friends joined the Day of Mindfulness. The Director of Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism also shared the origin of the Rain Retreat and how it is still relevant today. After the dharma talk, Face-To-Face Ceremony took place where sangha members vowed to take refuge in each others in the next three months.

Read more on our website

Zen for 1000

We had an amazing time at the Zen for 1000 event, which took place on June 8th-9th at the Chu Hai College Stadium in Hong Kong. AIAB was thankful to be a part of this meaningful gathering and had the chance to share our practices with everyone.

Here is a video on our thought on cyber-bullying that occur frequently nowaday and how it could be transformed by practicing Right Speech, one of the Noble Eightfold Path.

View the full video in Facebook

Here is a quick reel of the event

Don’t be sad if you missed the event last month, as Part II is coming on Nov! We will keep you updated here 😉

Upcoming Events

2024 Summer Retreat

Summer Retreat will be held from July 17th to 24th. 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. This is also a good way to get to know the Hong Kong Sangha and practice mindfulness in a group setting. In the retreat, adults will have their own classes/activities while the teenagers group (13 to under 18 years old) and the children group (6 to 13 years old and under) will have their own activities led by the monastic.

  • Venue: Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping
  • Date & Time: Jul 17 (Wed) 16:00 – Jul 21 (Sun) 14:00

Details & Registration Here

Educators Retreat 2024

Educators Retreat will be held from July 31st to August 4th. The theme this time is The Way Out Is In. 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.

  • Theme: The Way Out is In
  • Venue: Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping
  • Date & Time: Jul 31 (Wed) 16:00 – Aug 04 (Sun) 14:00

Details & Registration Here

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 9:30 – 16:00
  • 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 within the community after a busy week.

Due to the two retreats in the Temple, we will only have one practice respectively in July and August:

  • July 5th, 19:30 – 21:15 (Zoom/online – English)
  • August 16th, 19:00 – 21:00 (Central – Chinese)

Those who are interested, please register in our Friday Night Practice event page.

Monday Night Practices

We are excited to invite you for the upcoming MNP (Monday Night Practice) events on July 22nd at the Flower Market. The practice event is conducted in Cantonese and open to participants of all levels and offers a wonderful opportunity for you to engage in meditation and explore teachings from Plum Village.

Registration is required to attend. The registration will be open one week prior in Wake Up HK Fb page.

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