Touching our deepest desires and inspirations: 
Mindfulness and Depth Psychology

Day of Mindfulness (one-day retreat)
Health Care and Human Service Professionals
from 9:30
to 16:30 on Saturday April 11, 2015
at Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong


CBH-DOM-2015-April-RegistrationForm-Final.pdfRegistration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are only 60 spaces available.

March 10, 2015

Dear friends,

You are invited to attend a Day of Mindfulness (DOM) for health care and human service professionals, co-organized by HKU Centre on Behavioral Health and Plum Village Mindfulness Academy - Hong Kong. This DOM is part of our “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Initiative to integrate mindfulness practices to the physical and mental health fields.

The foundations of this initiative are the teachings and practices of Mindfulness based on the Discourse on Full Awareness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutta) and the Disco on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta), as taught by the Buddha about 2600 years ago. We also studied how the mind works, based on the teachings of Manifestation- Only Psychology, which was systematized in the 4th century by the Indian Buddhist monk and philosopher Vasubandhu of the Yogacara Buddhist School. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has used these teachings to form the foundation for meditation practices to help us nourish our body and mind, to develop insight and to help us transform pain and suffering into peace and happiness. Even though the teachings are from Buddhist tradition, the practices are non-sectarian and are open to people of all faith.  

In this  DOM, we will have a chance to look deeply into our deepest desires and inspirations. What makes us chasing after the five sensual desires: sex power/wealth, fame, overeating, and oversleeping. Why do we always judge ourselves and dwell in the inferiority, superiority and equality complex? Why we are influenced by the herd mentality? We will examine Freud's three personality systems (Id, Ego, Superego), Carl Jung's collective consciousness and Alfred Adler's concept on inferiority complex. How are these concepts related to the teachings of store consciousness, manas and mind-consciousness in the Manifestation-Only Psychology. Are we forever bounded by our wrong desires, which bring us pain and suffering? We have the unwholesome seeds of self-greed, self-conceit but we also have the wholesome seeds of altruism and sympathy. Can we transform the wrong desires to right desires, which brings us peace and happiness? We will examine these topics via the teachings in the Discourse on Youth and Happiness.

In the day of mindfulness, we will learn the practice of going back to our breath, anchoring our mind in the in-breath and out-breath. We become calm and clear when the mind and body are together in one place, with the help of our mindful breath. We will practice listening to the bell, walking meditation, eating meditation, exercise meditation (mindful movements), and relaxing meditation (total relaxation) … We practice to stop, to slowdown the thinking in our mind via bodily actions.You can find more information about activities of past days of mindfulness at

 A sample programme schedule for the Day of Mindfulness is as follow:

9:30                 Sitting and Slow Walking Meditation (indoor)

10:30               Lecture

12:30               Lunch

13:30               Total Relaxation

14:30               Group Discussion

16:00               Walking Meditation (outdoor)

16:30               Farewell

Location:        Centre on Behavioral Health, The University of Hong Kong
2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research,
5 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Fees:               HKD200.00 per day (including light vegetarian lunch and tea)

How to register: CBH-DOM-2015-April-RegistrationForm-Final.pdf Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are only 60 spaces available.

For more information, please contact us at Centre on Behavioral Health, e-mail:, Tel: (852) 2831 5163.

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