There is no Way to Nirvana, Nirvana is the Way

Understanding the Three Essential Practices of
Mindfulness, Concentration, and Insight

A family and youth mindfulness retreat
With the monks and nuns of Plum Village
from Plum Village Practice Centers in Asia

Dec. 6 - 10, 2018 (Thursday  to Sunday)
At Chin Swee Caves Temple, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang




On-line Registration is available

August 30, 2018

Dear friends,

You are invited to attend our annual family and young people mindfulness retreat to be held from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9, 2018, at Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Highland, Pahang.

While learning the theme of this year retreat to deepen our practice, we will also learn to touch peace and happiness in our daily life via the practice of Shamatha (stopping) and Vipashyana (looking deeply) meditation. We will study the 14 verses of meditation by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and see how the teachings and practices outlined in the verses can help us cultivate peace and happiness, transform pain and suffering, and live a healthy and compassionate life, right at this moment. We will see the roles of the three pillars of meditation mindfulness, concentration, and insight in the realization of the wisdom of seeing things the way they really are, with three characteristics consisting of impermanence, selflessness, and nirvana.


In the Heart of the Buddha’s teachings, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh writes “Nirvana means extinction, above all the extinction of ideas – the ideas of birth and death, existence and nonexistence, coming and going, self and other, one and many. The practice to end attachment to these ideas is called the concentration on the Eight No’s of the Middle Way – no birth and no death, no permanence and no dissolution, no coming and no going, no one and no many. Once these eight ideas have been destroyed, we touch nirvana. Nirvana is release from the Eight Concepts, and also from their opposites – impermanence, nonself, Interdependent Co-Arising, emptiness, and the Middle Way. If we hold onto the Three Seals as fixed ideas, these ideas also have to be destroyed. The best way to do this is by putting these teachings into practice in our daily lives. Experience always goes beyond ideas.”


Nirvana is not the absence of life. Drishtadharma nirvana means “nirvana in this very life.“ Nirvana means pacifying, silencing, or extinguishing the fire of suffering. Nirvana teaches that we already are what we want to become. We don’t have to run after anything anymore. We only need to return to ourselves and touch our true nature. When we do, we have real peace and joy. The Buddha says, “My practice is non-action, non-practice, and non-realization.” It means that what we seek does not lie outside of ourselves. And Thay has offered us the teaching “There is no way to Nirvana, Nirvana is the Way” for our practice.

Families with children, young people and individuals are welcome to attend the retreat. The retreat has been the place for families to have open communication and their loving care expressed. Everyone has lots of fun along the way of transformation and healing. The parents and children enjoy just being themselves and being present for each other.

Parents and children will have separate as well as joint activities. Depending on the number of participants, 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 to 16 years old, youths: 17 to 22 years old, and adults: 22 years old and up. There are no separate programs for children under 6, and they have to be under the full care of the parents.

Language spoken: Talks will be given in English with no translation offered in other languages.

The tentative program is as follow:

Schedule of Activities
There is no Way to Nirvana, Nirvana is the Way
Dec. 6 - 9, 2018(Thursday  to Sunday) 
At Chin Swee Caves Temple, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang


Thursday Dec. 6 Friday Dec. 7 Saturday Dec. 8 Sunday Dec. 9
5:30 Wake-Up Wake-Up Wake-Up

Guided sitting meditation , In-door walking, discourse reading

7:00 10 mindful movements, walking meditation 10 mindful Movements, walking  meditation 10 Mindful movements, walking  meditation
8:00 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast

Singing Meditation

9:45 Dharma Talk

Singing Meditation

9:45 Dharma Talk

Singing Meditation

9:45 Dharma Talk/Q & A



15:00 – 17:00

Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 Total relaxation Total relaxation


14:00 – 15:00

15:00 Group Sharing Group Sharing
17:00 Exercise/Personal time Exercise/Personal time


See you in the practice

18:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner
19:30 Orientation Beginning Anew Presentation Sitting Meditation, Touching the Earth


Rest – Noble Silence

Accommodation and fees: All participants will stay in the temple's hostel. Accommodation is a small, but clean and neat double or triple-sharing rooms with attached toilets. Families with young children will be arranged to stay together.

Adult: RM700

Children (12 Yrs & below): RM380

How to register: Online registration is available at 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, your registration will be placed on a waiting list. For means of payment, details will be sent along with the confirmation email to those who completed online registration.

This retreat is for non-Muslim only.

Closing date for registration: Nov 25, 2018. Payment is not refundable after Nov. 15, 2018. Cancellation before Nov. 15, 2018 will be subjected to a 20% cancellation fee. For inquiries, please contact us by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone: 

Bro Kim         @ 013 3651100                      Sis Connie    @ 012 2503321   
Bro Tom        @ 013 3997725                      Sis Esther      @ 017 2980638   

We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!

A lotus for you,

A Buddha to be.

Retreat Registration Team

Brothers  Kim and Tom, Sisters Yeo Connie and Esther