True Liberation is to Live in Freedom

A mindfulness retreat with the Plum Village monastics
at the Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism,

Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping Village, Lantau Island, HK

Date and time: 18/04/2019@4:00pm - 22/04/2019@2:00pm



Plum Blossoms in Plum Village, France



Feb. 25, 2019



You are invited to attend the annuaSpring retreat at AIAB in Lotus Pond Temple. The theme of this retreais the role of meditation in helping us to live a life of freedom. In particular, we will study and practice the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as taught in the 14 Verses on Meditation by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) 

Verse 10 of the 14 verses says:

Nirvana is nonattainment.

Sudden or gradual enlightenment are not different.

True realization is to live in freedom

right now in this moment.

Meditation practitioners want to attain nirvana in their practice. Nirvana as taught by the Buddha is the absence of discriminating thoughts, of greed and hatred which arise from ignorance. It is not a place that people would go to after passing away, as it is misunderstood at times. Nirvana exists in daily life. We just need to be mindful in order to realize it. Cultivating peace and happiness, transforming pain and suffering, and living a healthy and companionate life .... are things for us to do in daily life to realize nirvana, to live in freedom.

The Buddha gives concrete teachings in how to transform our body and mind, from samsara to nirvana which means from pain and suffering to peace and happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh emphasizes these teachings in verse 11.  

The essential sutras, such as the Discourses on the Full Awareness of Breathing

and the Four Establishments of Mindfulness,
show me the path to transform body and mind, step by step. 

The Discourses on the Full Awareness of Breathing and Four Establishments of Mindfulness are foundations for all schools of Buddhist meditation. Studying and practicing the two discourses will help us go through many meditation methods with ease. In verse 13, Thay stresses that our practices should be about transforming pain and suffering to peace and happiness, as taught in the Four Noble Truth. 

Not discriminating

between the practice offered by the

Tathagata and that of the ancestral teachers,

the Four Noble Truths perfectly interwoven

should serve as the foundation of an authentic transmission.

In this retreat, we will cover the above teachings and practices. We will see how they are applied in everyday life, and not as theoretical concepts. They will help us cultivating peace and happiness, transforming pain and suffering and living a healthy and compassionate life. We will practice mindful breathing, mindful walking, and pleasant smiling. We will go back to the present moment, enjoying the beautiful scenery of Lotus Pond Temple. We will enjoy the presence of our friends and fellow practitioners, who also take the time off from the busy daily routines to slow down, to enjoy a walk, to just be there for the present moment, for the preciousness of life.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Date / Time


 April 18


April 19


April 20


April 21


April 22

05:30   Wake up
06:00 Sitting & Slow Walking & Reading Discourse Outdoor walking, sitting & breakfast
07:00 10 Mindful Movements & Walking Meditation
08:00 Breakfast
09:15 Working Meditation Packing
10:30 Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture - Closing Circle
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Total Relaxation
15:00 Registration / Check-In Group sharing Group sharing Group Sharing Farewell & Happy Continuation of the Practice at Home
17:00 Exercise Hiking  Exercise / Consultation
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Touching the Earth Tea Meditation Beginning Anew
21:30 Rest – Noble Silence

Accommodation andcost: Accommodation for this retreat is limited to dormitory-room. Participants will be housed in dormitories (bunk beds). Pillows, bed-linens,and blankets are provided. The cost per person is listed below.

RoomType (5 days,4 nights) Dormitory (HKD)
Adults 2000.00

WorkinMeditation:Because thretreat is held in the monasteryall the preparation andcooking will be done by the monasticand some volunteers. During the retreat, we need helpfrom participants in preparation works liksetting up the meditation hall and dining hall, washing up after meals… Participants will be grouped into Dharma discussion groups and will work together in the same groups to help with the retreat.

How tregisterRegistration is available online at the Plum Village Hong Kong Online Registration Websiteon afirst-come-first-served basis. Registrations arnotfinal until wereceive your payment. Please make payment within onweeafteyou registerIpayment is not received within one week, your registration will be placed on awaiting listFor means of payment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration.

Closing date for registrationApril 11, 2019Payment is not refundablfor cancellation afteApril 1, 2018. Cancelation is subject to a 20% cancellation feeFor inquiries, please contact us be-mail: oby phone from14:30 – 17:00 (TuesdayWednesdayFridaand Saturday) : 2985-5033 (English), 2985-5281(Chinese).

Ware looking forwarto seeing yoat the retreat!


Breathe and smile,

Retreat Registration Staff