Date: Every Monday, except Public Holidays
Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: IMI, 17/F Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central
Organized by: The Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society (HKIMS)
The primary focus of this group is to provide a space and environment to practice silent meditation. This is supported by group discussion around topics relating to Vipassana Buddhist Meditation. In doing so, we hope to foster a close community of fellow practitioners, supporting one another through our journey of exploration and development. The group practice is predominantly aimed at meditators who have some prior experience of meditation (even if only a handful of times) and who have their own practice already.
We welcome complete beginners who have never meditated before, but we are not normally able to provide in-depth teaching - beginners are very welcome to sit in and listen and take part in the evening where possible.
A set of basic meditation guidelines can be made available to beginners to read and try during the 30-45min silent sit. You should be prepared to sit silently during that period and to read the handouts and to try out the guided meditations provided. We encourage you to make the effort to read the meditation instructions here before you attend so that you can get the most out of the evening. For more details: https://www.hkims.org/faq-for-monday-group-practice
We are an English speaking group of established meditators who meet every week to listen to dharma talks, learn from established teachers (when they are available to lead), take part in a formal silent practice for 30-45 mins, as well as share and discuss our experiences with one another. Ideal for those struggling to meditate on their own, we are here to support you in maintaining your practice, whether you are just beginning to establish your own practice or have been on a dozen retreats.
We share and advocate Buddhist meditation, both samatha and vipassana, the latter of which is more popularly known as mindfulness - though mindfulness alone is not enough! Other than mindfulness, we also ask meditators to apply Right Attitude - a non-judgmental and non-interfering attitude based on right understanding - no matter your meditation method. With the right understanding, anybody can learn to meditate. Meditation is so simple that it can be summed up in a few words: “Just Observe, and Let It Be.”
As part of the evening, we will often discuss and explore spiritual teachings as taught by the Buddha. Mindfulness meditation can also be understood and practiced within the context of why the Buddha taught meditation: as an answer to the question of human suffering. It requires no blind faith or belief but to simply "come see for yourself." Secular mindfulness, though beneficial in the beginning, is missing the ultimate potential and purpose of the path. But it's still a good way to start!
7:30 - 7:40pm Initial silent sit
7:40 - 8:15pm Discussion / Talk on selected theme
8:15 - 9:00pm Silent practice
9:00 - 9:30pm Open discussion
Other general rules and etiquette please read https://www.hkims.org/faq-for-monday-group-practice
Please RSVP to https://www.meetup.com/HKInsightMeditation/