Plum Village Malaysia 2012 Programs 


Program                                       Date                                      Venue ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­


A Day of Mindfulness~               18 November, 2012                     Joyfully Together

Happiness is the Way            Sunday 9.00AM – 5.00PM       Mindfulness Practice Centre


5-Day Retreat ~                         21-25 November, 2012             Genting View Resort,

The Tears I Shed Yesterday         Wednesday – Sunday                Genting Highlands

Have Become Rain




We have prepared some frequently asked questions and relevant information to help you prepare for the retreat and the day of mindfulness. Please take your time to read them. If you still have questions, you are welcomed to write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Q1: I am not a Buddhist but I’m interested in Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village teachings. Can I join the events?

A: In Malaysia, everyone, except Malaysian Muslim, can join events related to the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village.The master and his disciples teach the practice of "Mindfulness" which helps us live happily in the present moment and be at peace with ourselves, our families, and the world.


Q2: Would Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh be present in these events?

A: No, all the programs would be lead by a delegation of Plum Village monastics, some, senior disciples of the Master.


Q3: I do not have any experience in meditation. Can I attend the 5-Day Retreat and the Day of Mindfulness?

A: Yes, you can. The Plum Village teachers will guide you during the retreat and the day of mindfulness.


Q4: My kid is only 2 years old. Can I bring him along to the Retreat?

A: Yes, you can bring your kids even if they are only few months old. Parent/s bringing children below 6 years old are required to take care of them throughout the retreat. There will be parallel children, teen

and young adult programs in this retreat. The children, teens, young people and adults will be divided into groups according to their age: Children program: 6 to 12 years old, teen program: 13 – 16 years old, young adult: 17 – 22 years old, and adults: 22 years old and up.


Q5: How do I sign up for the activities?

A: Registration is available online at the Plum Village Asia Online Registration Website at http://www.pvretreats.org on a first-come-first-served basis. Registrations are not final until we receive your payment. Please make payment within one week after you register. If payment is not received within one week, we will put your registration on the waiting list. For means of payment, please refer to the confirmation e-mail of the registration. You can either pay by check or by direct deposit.

Q6: I am non Malaysian citizen. Can I register for the events?

A: Yes, you can attend all the activities and pay the same registration fee.


Q7: How do I know whether I have been accepted for the events?

A: You will receive a confirmation e-mail directing you for payment.


Q8: Do you provide transportation to the venue of the activities?

A: No, sorry we are not able to provide transportation. We encourage you car pool with your friends.


Q9: Do I have to attend the full 5-Day Retreat?

A: In order to deepen your practice and make mindful living a vital part of your daily life, we request you stay and fully participate in all the 5 days.


Q10: Is there a dress code for the Retreat / Day of Mindfulness?

A: Wear simple, loose and comfortable clothing suitable for meditation. Please avoid tight, transparent, revealing, or otherwise striking clothing (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops) and do not use cosmetics, perfumes or colognes. Do not bring jewelry and other valuable items.


Q11: Do I need to bring my own cushion?

A: Cushions for sitting meditation are not provided in the Retreat. We encourage you to arrange with your organization to borrow the cushions if you do not have one. The cushions are however provided in the Day of Mindfulness. You may like to bring along a yoga mat/ towel for the Total Relaxation session.


Q12: What about meals?

A: Vegetarian food will be served in all the meals during the Retreat and the Day of Mindfulness.


Q13: What type of accommodation do you provide?

A: All participants will stay in hotel rooms or three rooms’ apartments in the resort. All rooms are adult twin sharing. There may be some other people sharing the room/apartment with you.


Q14: Is there any reason why the organizer chose a resort as the venue for the 5-Day Retreat?

A: A resort is selected because the Plum Village's Sangha prefer the organizing committee members take part in the practice and not be too occupied with the chores of running the retreat.


Q15: Can I choose my roommates for the stay in the resort?

A: We will try to assign rooming as requested but space and other logistical restrictions will be taken into considerations.


Q16: Would my children be staying with me?

A: Yes, a maximum of four children will stay with their parents. Mattress and bedding will be provided. The room arrangement would also depend on the number of people in each family.


Q17: What if a single parent and a child register for the retreat?

A: As the hotel room’s rate is based on adult-twin sharing, you would have to pay a minimum two adult fees. However, the next one to three children staying with you will be paying only the children fee.


Q18: What about single occupancy?

A: You are required to pay double fee as the rental has been divided equally for 6 persons in the apartment and 2 persons for the hotel rooms.


Q19: Can I use the hotel services available?

A: The fee only covers accommodation and meals at specified times. Drinking water is provided outside the meditation hall. Any other services that you request from the hotel are on your own expenses.


Q19: Do I have to bring my own towel and toiletries?

A: No, they are provided by the hotel, but please do bring your own personal items.


Q20: Can I bring my pets or electronic games to the retreat and the day of mindfulness?

A: No, sorry you can’t. We would like you to have some peace and quiet during these times so that you can fully benefit from the practice.


Q21: How about hand phones?

A: You are advised to use your hand phones discreetly and only if it’s very important so as not to disturb the other participants.


Q22: What language is used to conduct the activities? Would it be translated?

A: All the activities will be conducted in English. No, sorry there would not be any translation, but we can try to find participants who can translate to you personally.


Q23: What are the programs for the 5-Day Retreat and the Day of Mindfulness?

A: Please see attachment below.


Q24: Can I see the teachers for personal consultation?

A: Yes, you can. A time for consultation is scheduled in the program. You can approach the teachers assigned to your Dharma Discussion group to make an appointment.


Q25: What is the age limit of admission for the Day of Mindfulness?

A: The Day of Mindfulness is relevant for adults, teenagers, and children from 6 years onward.


Q26: I am not familiar with the location of the venues of these events. Can you help?

A: Maps to the venues are attached below.




Important Information for the 5-Day Retreat


*Please proceed to the respective registration counters upon arrival.
* Registration and room check-in is from 4.00PM to 5.00PM at the Kempas Lobby area.

Counter A – Parent(s) with Children
Counter B – Individuals
Counter C– Room Check-in




1. A room/house mates list is given to each family/person sharing the room and apartment.

2. Please wait for the arrival of all your house mates to check-in together.

3. GVR only has one key for each apartment. The practice here is for everyone in the same apartment to live as a family, staying close to each other, and always in harmony with the one key.

4. The official time to handover the key to you is when you register at the counter, but because it’s a holiday season and that the resort is fully booked, we ask for your patience on the event of any delay.

5. The resort do not provide key to the rooms in the apartment. If you accidentally lock yourself out, please go to the resort reception for assistance.

6. To reduce the retreat fee for children, mattresses are added to the rooms and/or living room in the apartment. With the peace and joy of the retreat, you would probably feel more coziness than anything else.

7. The mattresses may or may not be in placed by the time you check into the rooms. Please approach the resort’s reception if it’s not done by the evening.

8. Please contact any member of the secretariat if you require further assistance. As the member of the organizing team is also participating in the retreat, we apologize if we could not attend to you immediately.

9. Lock the room door and keep the key with you. Lost keys incur a RM50 charge by the resort.

Retreat Preparation

Bring along the followings:
~ Sufficient clothing for your entire stay in the retreat.
~ Light jacket and a small backpack (knapsack) are also useful.
~ Water bottle (drinking water will not be provided in your room).
~ Slipper/ slip-on shoes (to be easily removed when entering meditation halls), and socks.
~ Personal medication and other personal items.


Important Information for the Day of Mindfulness


Please proceed to the registration counter at the main entrance upon arrival. You are advised to arrive before 8.30AM. Registration is from 8.00AM to 8.45AM.


Day of Mindfulness Preparation


~ Bring along a light jacket to keep warm.

~ Bring along a water tumbler (drinking water will be provided)





General Notice


Emergency contact person
During registration, please provide us the name and telephone number of a close relative or friend whom we can notify in case of an emergency. You can also include your doctor’s contact on the same space provided.

Liability waiver
While we of the organizer will try our best to ensure your stay with us is incident-free, you will absolve us from all liability in the event of any injuries or illness while participating in the events.

Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. However, cancellations without substitute delegates would not be entertained, and the registration fee paid would be forfeited.


Please contact the following people if you require assistance.


Bro Kim        @ 0133651100                         Bro Canon    @ 0192179933                        

Sis Mei Mei   @ 012 2218893                              




Thank you for your attention.



The Organizing Team,

Plum Village Monastics

Joyfully Together Sangha


Please see attachments below.


Retreat Schedule


Nov. 21


Thursday – Saturday
Nov. 22 – 24

Nov. 25


Registration Check-in


Wake Up

Wake Up




Sitting & Chanting

Five Mindfulness Training
Transmission Ceremony




Walking Meditation


Bed Time





– Noble Silence


Dharma Talk

Dharma Talk / Questions & Answers









Rest – Total Relaxation

Rest – Total Relaxation




Dharma Discussion / Group Activities















Panel Presentation / Sitting & Chanting





Bed Time – Noble Silence


Venue for activities:
• Registration @ Kempas Lobby
• Meals @ Suasana Coffee House, Kempas main building Basement 2
• Dharma Talk and main activities @ Perdana Ballroom, Kempas main building L2
• Children program @ Temenggong , Kempas main building L3. Parents are responsible to bring their children to the hall and pick them up right after the adult program.
• Stick Exercise @ Car park rooftop opposite Kempas main building
• Dharma Discussion in groups @ Perdana Ballroom and Temenggong, Kempas main building L2 and L3

*1 Check out and bring luggage to meditation hall after breakfast or lunch on 25th Nov.





DOM Schedule

09:00       Singing/Walking meditation         
10:30       Dharma Talk
12:00       Lunch
13:00       Total Relaxation
14:30        5 Mindfulness Trainings recitation
15:30        Group activities/Dharma Sharing/Be-in
17:00       Farewell


Genting View Resort Location Map

Genting View Resort (GVR), 10KM Genting Highlands, 69000 Pahang. For more information, please visit this website: www.gentingview.com.my or call 03 61002260/68.




For more detailed guide to Genting View Resort, you may visit the Google Map website: http://maps.google.com.my/maps?hl=en&tab=wl and search for “Genting View Resort Genting Highlands”.

Joyfully Together Mindfulness Practice Centre Location Map