Wed, 18 Oct|
法航精舍 Fa Hong Monastery
2023 十月慈悲喜舍禪修營 The Four Sublime Qualities and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat
由淨行導師帶領的六天慈悲喜舍禪營。英文講授，中文翻譯。 A six-day Loving-kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, Equanimity and mindfulness meditation retreat led by Visu Teoh. Retreat conducted in English, with Chinese translation.
時間及地點 Time & Location
18 Oct, 9:00 am – 23 Oct, 3:30 pm
法航精舍 Fa Hong Monastery, 大嶼山 Lantau Island, Hong Kong
活動詳情 About The Event
(Please scroll down for English description)
本會在闊別三年多後，再次邀請到淨行導師 Visu Teoh 來港帶領“慈悲喜捨——四無量心”禪修營。這三、四年來，居住在香港的我們經歷了因社會運動而帶來的關係破裂；三年疫情及之後的離港熱潮令我們有些人經歷了生離死別。身而為人總難免經歷苦樂得失，佛陀又是怎樣教導我們平穩地行走於不平坦的生命之路呢？慈悲喜舍的修習能帶給我們這樣的心靈品質及力量——慈心帶來友愛、仁慈的心性；悲憫心讓我們以柔軟之心面對苦難，不棄不離；隨喜心令我們感恩、歡喜自己及他人的可喜之事；平等心使我們坦然、不偏不倚地面對得失苦樂。而正念令我們覺知當下，擇善法而行。
淨行導師 (Visu Teoh)生於馬來西亞檳城，曾當記者十二年及出家十七年至2003年，為當地著名禪修中心住持。1982年開始在緬甸跟隨U Pandita及Sujiva等大師修習內觀智慧禪。近年於馬來西亞、新加坡、斯裡蘭卡、澳洲、義大利、捷克及香港各地開示佛法及指導禪修。導師優雅、豁達、睿智。他的著作包括《Curbing Anger Spreading Love》、《Loving and Dying》、《Hello with love and othermeditations》、《Metta – the practice of lovingkindness for a happier life》、《Drinking Tea Living Life》等。
We are delighted to invite you to join us on a 6-day meditation retreat led by Visu Teoh to practice the the Four Sublime Qualities and Mindfulness meditation. Living in Hong Kong for the last few years, we experienced social turmoils where family and friends are divided by political standpoints; helpless downtime during the Covid era and parting sadly with some of our friends or relatives as they leave Hong Kong.
Being human, all these ups and downs in life seem to be inavoidable. But how can we walk evenly on the uneven journey of life? The Buddha exhorted us to develop four mental qualities which he described as ‘brahmavihara’ – a divine, godly, or sublime way of living. These four are in the ancient Pali language called Metta (Love), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Rejoicing) and Upekkha (Equanimity).
Metta is goodwill, love, kindness, and friendliness. We wish well for all and harbour no ill will towards anybody. Compassion is the empathy for the suffering of others and wishing that they may be free from suffering. Rejoicing is the cultivation of joy and gratitude for our blessings and being happy for others when they are doing well. Rejoicing for others is the opposite of envy and jealousy. Equanimity is to stay in balance of mind and heart when encountering the ups and downs of life. It is being mentally composed, steady, unruffled, serene.
Participants will spend their days in sitting and walking meditation, all the time focusing on the development of these qualities, continuously bringing them to mind, and increasing and strengthening them. In addition to the Four Sublime Qualities, mindfulness/insight meditation will be practiced as well. Visu will give a Dhamma talk every night. Participants will also have individual inteviews with Visu to report their experiences and receive further guidance.
This event is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Please note that priority will be given to applicants who attend the whole retreat.
Vegetarian breakfast and lunch is provided, as well as very light dinner / refreshment with fruits in the evening.
Please ensure you have read the Fa Hong Monastery Code Of Conduct guidelines before applying for this event.
Retreat conducted in English, with Chinese translation.
In order to cover the costs of food, logistics, hiring a cook and facilities for the retreat, there will be a fee of HKD250 perday. Because retreat space is limited, the total retreat fee (1500 for the whole retreat) deposit is required to confirm your participation and is non-refundable within 5 days of the start of the retreat.
- You are also invited to donate to the teachers separately in appreciation for their time, support, and sharing of knowledge and experience.
- If anyone needs financial support to attend the retreat, please let us know and we can make arrangements. We also welcome additional donations to support the participation of those with financial limitations.
Deadline: 13 Oct, 2023
About the teacher
Visu Teoh was born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1953. He was a journalist for 12 years and later a Buddhist monk for 17 years before he resumed the lay life in 2003. He has been practicing meditation since 1982 and has studied with various teachers, his main teacher being Sayadaw U Pandita who gave him bhikkhu ordination at the Mahasi Meditation Centre in 1987. Visu has led retreats in Asia, Australia, and Europe. He is married and currently resides in Penang, Malaysia. Visu’s emphasis is on living lightly, kindly, peacefully, and cheerfully while striving for the Buddhist goal of Awakening.