The Pureland in the Here and Now

A family and youth mindfulness retreat
for parents, children, teens and individuals

With the monks and nuns of Plum Village
from Plum Village Practice Centers in Asia

Nov. 21 - Nov. 24, 2015 (Saturday to Tuesday)
At Chin Swee Caves Temple, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang

 

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On-line Registration is available


Sept 12, 2015

Dear friends,

You are invited to attend our annual family and young people mindfulness retreat to be held from Nov. 21 to Nov. 24, 2015 at Chin Swee Caves Temple, Genting Higland, Pahang. 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. 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 full care of the parents.  

The activities held in this family and young people retreat are similar to the ones offered in Plum Village France. We will learn and practice mindful breathing, mindful walking, and pleasant smiling; the foundation of the Plum Village tradition.  We will also practice deep listening and loving speech. By embodying these basic skills, we can offer our true presence to our loved ones, our children, and our parents.  

In this retreat, we will study the Discourse on the Land of Great Happiness (Sukhavati-Vyuha Sutra, Taisho Revised Tripitaka 366*). We will learn how the practice of mindfulnes, will help us to realize the pureland right in this moment, and in this world. 

“.....  Furthermore Shariputra, in this Buddha Land people can always hear the sound of heavenly music. The earth is made of pure gold. During the six periods of the day, flowers rain down multitudes of mandarava from the sky. In the morning the people of this land like to take flower baskets made of cloth and fill them with these wonderful flowers in order to make offerings to the Buddhas who live in countless other Buddha Lands. When it is time for the midday meal, everyone returns to Sukhavati and after eating does walking meditation. Shariputra, that is how extraordinarily beautiful Sukhavati is.

“Furthermore Shariputra, in Sukhavati you can always see different species of birds of many wonderful colors, like white cranes, peacocks, orioles, egrets, avalinkara, and jivanjva birds. These birds sing with harmonious, sweet sounds throughout the six periods of the day. In the song of the birds people can hear teachings on different Dharma doors such as the Five Faculties, the Five Powers, the Seven Factors of Awakening, and the Noble Eightfold Path. When the people of this land hear the teachings in the form of bird songs, their minds are in perfect concentration and they come back to practicing mindfulness of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

 

Languages spoken:  Talks is given in English with translation into Mandarin/Cantonese. Group activities are by languages.

 

The tentative program is as follow:

Sat Nov. 21
15:00-
17:00       Arrival
18:00       Dinner
19:30       Orientation
21:30       Lights out/ Bed time
               Noble Silence
Sunday  - Monday Nov. 22 - 23
5:30     Wake Up
6:00     Guided Sitting & Chanting
7:00   10 Mindful Movements &
           Walking Meditation
8:00     Breakfast
9:30   Dharma Talk
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Total Relaxation
15:00   Dharma Sharing/ Activity
17:00 Stick Exercise
18:00   Dinner
19:30   5MT/Beginning anew
           Presentation
21:30    Lights out. Bed time /
           Noble Silence
Tuesday Nov. 24
5:30       Wake Up
6:00     Five Mindfulness  
             Transmission Ceremony
8:00      Breakfast
9:30       Dharma Talk/Q&A
12:00    Lunch
13:30      Farewell

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:                                        RM600    
Children (12 Yrs & below):            RM300

 How to register:   Online registration is available at pvretreats.org/sea 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.

A note of appreciation to Chin Swee Temple for the contribution of free usage of the 6th floor GohTong meditation hall, equipment, and facilities.

Closing date for registration: Nov 10, 2015. Payment is not refundable after Oct 30, 2015. Cancelation before Oct. 30, 2015 will be subjected to a 20% cancellation fee. For enquiries, 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 @ 0133651100, Bro Canon @ 0192179933, Sis Mei Mei @ 0122218893.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the retreat!

A lotus to you,
A Buddha to be.

Retreat Registration Team

Brother Kim, Brother Canon Yeo and Sister Mei Mei