The Wake Up network has grown out of Plum Village meditation centre in SW France, under the guidance of Venerable Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Plum Village has been offering retreats to young people for over two decades, and the Wake Up movement was formally launched in Summer 2008. Now the Plum Village center in Hong Kong has its part in encouraging young people to come together. There will be a retreat at Lotus Pond Temple on Lantau Island, Hong Kong from the 25th of December to the 28th, 2012. During these four days we will have a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people. We can gain support from peers for our practice, and create friendships that can touch our lives deeply. First, we acknowledge that we are still alive, and what a precious gift that is! By being our selves; be it strong or weak, outgoing or shy, quick or slow, each being has something to contribute. Each of us have a light that we can offer to others. Coming together and practicing mindfulness and meditation, we can attain the insights we need to let our little light shine. Surrounded by good company gives us joy and strength, and learning how to flow as a river gives us the power to go far without much struggles. We work as an organism, seeing each organ, each cell has its own function that by working together makes our life possible. We recognize that one organ, one cell or muscle is not more important than the other, but they all need each other to function properly and beautifully. Our life is a magnificent wonder! Let us join in on this fun and homey atmosphere of a mindfulness retreat to discover this wonder we call life.
Here are some links if you want to check out what Wake Up has been up to and what our teacher has to say to the young people.