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5 Meditation Retreats in Hong Kong

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Updated: 5 February 2017
Whether you’re a beginner seeking an introductory meditation session, or an experienced practitioner with an extended residential retreat in mind, the Buddhist monasteries and meditation centres in Hong Kong can offer guidance on how to unplug, find clarity and cultivate inner peace. Here are five of the best.

Kadampa Meditation Centre

Welcoming Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, the Kadampa Meditation Centre is an oasis of peace in the middle of hectic Causeway Bay. A range of meditation techniques and breathing exercises to reduce stress and achieve alertness are taught here in English and Cantonese. For complete beginners, we recommend the introductory “Learn to Meditate” course. More experienced students can sign up for in-depth meditation sessions, and the most serious minded of practitioners should consider the six month study program, which includes the study of Buddhist texts.

1/F Causeway Tower, 16-22 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2507 2237

Plum Village

This monastic village is a branch of the renowned Plum Village Meditation Centre in southwest France, Europe’s largest Buddhist monastery. Set against the scenic mountains of Lantau Island, the Lotus Pond Temple provides a simple, distraction free space for you to master the art of mindfulness. Retreats lasting four to five days are held throughout the year, including special programs tailored for families and youths. For those who looking for a more casual commitment, the organization also hosts monthly Friday night mindfulness sessions in the Far East Consortium Building in Central.

Lotus Pond Temple, Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, +852 2985 5033

Fa Hong Monastery

Take comfort in the remote, sweeping mountains and fresh air at Fa Hong Monastery, nestled in the hillside of Lantau. This secluded spot is the perfect place to learn the ancient technique of Vipassana meditation. Choose between guided meditation sessions, one day retreats, a 10 day meditation course or an eight week mindfulness course. For residential guests, a typical day involves waking at five for a walking meditation, followed by chanting and breakfast. The menu is strictly vegetarian, as per Buddhist custom. As long as you’re there, be sure to observe the monastery’s rules, which prohibits smoking, alcohol, non-emergency phone calls, or wearing prohibitive clothing or makeup.

Fa Hong Monastery, Lantau Island, +852 6219 1998

Vipassana Meditation Centre

The Vipassana Meditation Centre offers an intensive, 10 day introductory course for those who are truly serious about meditation as a spiritual practice. The retreat is held at two locations: the Dhamma Muttā on Lantau Island and the Sheung Shui Hang Tau Centre in the New Territories. Days begin with a 4am wakeup call and last until 9pm. Adhering to the principle of simplicity, there are few amenities at the meditation centres except for the most basic facilities for sleeping and eating. Once you’ve completed the intensive 10 day course, you may then return for the one to three day courses for intermediate students, which are held regularly. The program is run by volunteers and completely free of charge.

Dhamma Mutta Vipassana Meditation Centre, Lantau Trail Sec. 9, Tung Wan, Lantau Island, +852 2980 2100

Hong Kong Vipassana Meditation Centre, 138 Hang Tau Rd, Kwu Tung, +852 2671 7031

Su Bong Zen Monastery

The Su Bong Zen Monastery runs a zen centre in Causeway Bay, which offers introductory meditation classes, as well as the Gak Su Temple International Zen Center in Lantau, a secluded retreat for those looking to get away from the modern world and live close to nature. A mixture of weekly meditation sessions, one day silent retreats and multi day residential retreats are available. Serious practitioners with previous meditation experience should consider a one or three month commitment.

5/F, Starlight House, 32 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, +852 2891-9315

Gak Su Temple, Luk Wu, Lantau Island