Dear Sangha members,
Greetings from monastic brothers and sisters of Plum Village HK & AIAB.
our new home at Luk Wu
In November 2019, the monastic sangha was very joyful to receive a small house from three venerable nuns at Luk Wu area on Lantau Island. The house is surrounded by mountains, trees, birds, and open sky, offering a unique place to heal and transform our body and mind. With our presence at Luk Wu village—an old Buddhist village with more than 100 years of history—we can together cultivate mindful, peaceful, and joyful energies and connect monastics of different traditions practicing in the village. The house will serve as our new home, in addition to the Lotus Pond Temple, and offer us more space for Sangha practice and mini-retreat for lay friends.
However, the house we received was built in the 1950s, so an extensive renovation is needed to ensure the safety and wellness of the visitors and create suitable living conditions for retreatants, requiring a complete re-do of the water and power supply systems and relocation of kitchen and toilets. Meanwhile, the addition of a new meditation hall is exceptionally challenging as it requires total removal and restoration of the aged ceiling seriously damaged by termites and water leaks. Adding to the complexity and building and maintenance costs to the project is our commitment to preserving the Buddhist heritage of the building. We will retain the traditional tile-roof design of the house, rarely seen and precious nowadays, while meticulously repairing the corroded historic structure made of locally-carved sandstone.
how to support?
Our Teacher Thay always encourages us to build sangha, to spread the joy of Dharma. The monastics, therefore, are humbly asking for your support for the project to benefit all future Buddhas. There are two ways to support:
1. Join the monastics’ “Do it by Ourselves” campaign to practice mindful working on painting and flooring, outdoor landscaping, etc. To sign up, please contact Sr. Tu Nghiem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Offer a donation* via the following ways:
i) Faster Payment System(FPS) at FPS identifier: 8104739 (”The Plum Village Foundation (H.K.) LTD” will be shown with the identifier input),
ii) bank transfer at Bank of East Asia account number: 015-191-40-400021-6 or
iii) write a cheque to “The Plum Village Foundation Hong Kong Limited” and send it to Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island.
Please put your name and state that it is for Luk Wu House as the reference or message to payee for the transaction (e.g. Happy Smile for Luk Wu House). Donations of HK$100 or above are tax-deductible with a valid receipt. If a receipt is needed, please send a screenshot of the transaction record with your name and mailing address to Sr. Tu Nghiem at email@example.com.
*To make the above happen, we need to raise HK$2.3 million.
May you be peaceful and happy,
brothers and sisters of Plum Village HK & AIAB