Date(s) - 22/12/2018 - 28/12/2018
2018 聖誕慈心禪7日營 Christmas Seven-Day Retreat
Please join us on a 7-day Metta (Lovingkindness) and Vipassana (Insight) Meditation retreat this Christmas led by Visu Teoh. Developing Lovingkindness can make a big difference to the quality of our lives and there is no better way to end the year and begin a new year than to engage in the wholesome, heartwarming practice of Lovingkindness and Mindfulness.
As well as Vipassana practice, the Buddha taught the importance to always practice Metta and kindness. Metta is a Pali word that means goodwill, Lovingkindness, friendliness. It is a one of four divine ways of abiding. Lovingkindness is unconditional love and friendliness towards all beings. It makes no distinction between any living being. The highest aspiration mentioned in the Lovingkindness discourse is that one loves all beings just as a mother loves her only child – but of course, first, we have to be skilled at developing it towards ourselves.
By cultivating compassion, we can treat ourselves and others kindly and know how to use the supple forgiving heart to accept ourselves and others, leading us to live our daily lives harmoniously and with ease of mind. The Buddha also spoke about eleven benefits of practicing Metta, such as; sleeping easily, dreaming no evil dreams, beloved by all beings and devas, neither fire poison nor weapons can harm us, that one’s mind gains concentration quickly, etc.
Participants will spend their days in sitting and walking meditation, all the time focusing on the development of this quality, continuously bringing them to mind, and increasing and strengthening it. Visu will give a Dhamma talk every night, which will address a little bit of Vipassana and other three Brahmaviharas.
This event is suitable for beginners.
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 Cantonese translation.
Date: 9 am 22 Dec – 4pm 28th Dec, 2018
Location: Fa Hong Monastery, Lantau Island
Meditation teacher: Visu Teoh
Fee: By Donation
Inquiry: 62191998 firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: 20 Dec – spaces are limited and subject to a first come first served basis.
About the teacher
Visu 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 including the Myanmar meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita (author of ‘In this very life: The liberation teachings of the Buddha’) and Ven Sujiva of Malaysia (author of ‘Essentials of Insight Meditation’ and other books). Visu Teoh has led retreats in Asia, Australia, and Europe. He travels to teach meditation and Dhamma with his wife, Barbara. He is the author of several books including ‘Curbing Anger Spreading Love,’ ‘Loving and Dying,’ ‘Hello with love and other meditations’ and ‘Metta – the practice of lovingkindness for a happier life.’