The Buddha taught that only wisdom and right understanding can weaken and uproot unwholesome mental habits like greed, anger, and delusion. The Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society’s objectives are to cultivate wisdom by studying the Buddha’s teachings, exercising right reflection through Dhamma discussions, and most importantly, through the practice of Insight Meditation (Vipassana).
As well as practicing to cultivate wisdom, we also practice meditation to cultivate other wholesome mental faculties such as lovingkindness, compassion, generosity, joy, gratitude, perseverance, equanimity and all other healthy and wholesome states of mind. The practices are mainly based on the Buddha’s discourses on the Four Noble Truths, the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, the Radiating of LovingKindness to all Beings, the Marks of Impermanence, Suffering and Non-Self, and Dependent Origination.
We organize weekly meditation sittings and monthly retreats. We hope to foster discussions on how to incorporate the Dhamma into our everyday life and live mindfully, guided by our ultimate core values.
We invite teachers to lead meditation retreats and give Dhamma Talks, as well as organize classes to study and gain deeper understanding of the Buddha’s Teachings.
We maintain a website to provide information about the Society, and resources in supporting our practice.
We publish and translate Dhamma books to facilitate the studying of the Buddha's teachings.
We accept contributions and donations to the Society whether in money or in kind, and we sponsor general charity projects as well as projects or activities that advance the spreading of the Buddhist Doctrine and the practice of meditation.
The Buddha stressed the importance of fellowship and support on the joyful and rewarding spiritual path. This is why HKIMS is an active community of like-minded people to offer each other such friendship and support. We benefit from the learning and practicing the Buddha’s teaching, and understand the importance of supporting each other and learning from wise teachers. Hence, we organize and provide resource to support fellow meditators and beginners alike. We wish people can get benefits on their journey of pursuing ultimate happiness.
In Hong Kong
FA HONG MONASTERY
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
Located in the remote hills of Lantau Island and founded by the late Venerable Master Fa Hoi, Fa Hong Monastery is the mediation retreat center for the Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society. We conduct regular retreats here and members can also come meditate by appointment. Our practice is based on the Four Foundation of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta) taught by the Buddha.
The centre is equipped with basic beddings and mosquito net, as well as meditation cushions, and hot water showers. Items to remember to bring; Comfortable and warm clothes, Personal towels, Personal medication, Cup, Umbrella, Slippers, Earplugs, etc.
From Ngong Ping
Take New Lantau Bus #2 from Mui Wo or #23 from Tung Chung to reach Ngong Ping. When you reach the big Buddha, take the path that leads to the tea garden & The Hong Kong Bank Foundation SG Davis Hostel. When you reach the SG Davis Hostel, walk straight along the path for about 30 to 40 minutes downhill. When you reach Po Lan Monastery, you are 3 minutes from the Fa Hong Monastery.
From Shek Mun Kap
Recommended Retreat Schedule
5.00am: Wake up / Walking meditation
5.50am: Chanting / Metta Meditation
8.00am: Working session
9.00am: Sitting meditation
10.00am: Walking meditation / Yoga
11.00am: Sitting meditation
12.00pm: Lunch / Rest
6.00pm: Walk / Sit
7.00pm: Dhamma Talk / Discussion
Code of Conduct
Given its purpose as a place for spiritual practice, Meditators visiting Fa Hong should adhere to the following guidelines:
Observe the Five Precepts: refrain from killing living beings (including animals and insects), practice celibacy in the monastery, and refrain from smoking and taking alcohol or narcotic drugs.
Respect and follow the instructions given by the teacher.
Observe Noble Silence at all times. Speak to the staff quietly for assistance when necessary.
To ensure dedicated practice during the retreat period, participants are to surrender their mobile phones to the Co-Ordinator on arrival and turn off all electronic devices. Phone calls are allowed only for emergency.
Follow the daily timetable, be considerate and keep the retreat premises clean and tidy.
Wear simple, modest, and comfortable clothing. Tight, transparent, revealing clothing should not be worn. Do not wear make-up, perfume or jewellery.
If you feel sick or need help, please let the staff know immediately.
Meditators should inform staff in advance if they need to leave at any time during the retreat.
A one-hour daily house keeping/cleaning work meditation will be assigned to each meditator. This is part of the retreat routine. Therefore, the purpose is not finish the job in a rush, but instead simply to do the job mindfully.
Fa Hong is not covered by third party insurance - please do not use kitchen or electrical appliances without authorisation.
For full details of all aspects relating to visiting Fa Hong, please refer to the Fa Hong Monastery Visitor Guidelines.
Fa Hong is a non-profit charitable centre open to people for practice, we rely on your care and support. Please make good use of resources and be a responsible Meditator!