Gak Su Retreat

Formal practice at Gak Su consists of sitting and walking meditation, bowing, chanting and kong-an interviews. These forms are used as techniques to perceive our before-thinking mind, our don’t know mind. With practice, we are able to use our Zen training to attain wisdom and compassion, bring it back to our everyday life situations and, moment to moment, attain correct situation, correct relationship and correct function.

Zen Master Dae Kwan and Myong Hae Sunim JDPSN will be the guiding teachers for the retreat. From time to time other Kwan Um School of Zen teachers might join the retreat.

1. Basic Requirements

  • Our retreat is open to all who have some meditation experience at any Zen center of the Kwan Um School of Zen. Local students in Hong Kong must have sat a one-day retreat at Su Bong Zen Monastery.
  • All participants are required to stay for the full period that they applied for, unless there an exceptional reasons for leaving. There will be no refund of the retreat fee.

2. Entering and Exiting the Retreat

  • Participants (both monastics and lay students) must join the retreat for at least one week.
  • You may join the retreat any Sunday at 9:00am and leave the retreat any Saturday at 5:00pm.
  • If you are coming from abroad, you may arrive at Gak Su up to three days before your scheduled retreat entry date. We suggest that you arrive at Gak Su at least one day earlier to adjust to the local situation.
  • International students who arrive early at Gak Su do not join the formal practice at the retreat until the scheduled retreat entry date. You’ll have time to rest and adjust to the time difference.
  • After you have confirmed your travel arrangement, please let us know your arrival date and time, so that we can prepare for your arrival.

3. Personal Health and Insurance

  • You are expected to take responsibility for your own health.
  • It is not possible to visit the doctor during the retreat except in cases of serious emergency.
  • You should not sign up for this retreat if you have any existing illness or physical injury that requires ongoing medical treatment.

4. How to Apply

Please complete and return the application form with a recent photography at least one week before your entry date. All applications need to be approved by the guiding teachers of Su Bong Zen Monastery.

Download application form

Retreat Fee (In Hong Kong Dollar)

Per Week Per Month 3 Months
$1,400.00 $3,000.00 $8,000.00

5. No Outside Contact

  • Participants should stay in the temple area during the retreat.
  • Participants should not use phones, tablets, or laptops to make calls or send emails and messages. No outside contact is allowed.
  • In cases of emergency, participants can ask the guiding teachers’ permission to make a phone call or send a message.

6. Food

All participants are requested to accept the simple vegetarian food provided three meals per day. Please do not bring outside food to the temple.

7. Personal Items

  • Bowing robes and KUSZ small kasa (if you have one)
  • Plain T-shirts with sleeves, long pants, and socks – all in grey or white
  • Towels, toiletries, torch/flashlight, personal prescription medicine and vitamins
  • Please pack enough clothing for one week because participants are allowed to do laundry only once a week.

(A) Winter Retreat

During the winter, temperature on Lantau Island, where Gak Su is located, can dip as low as 10℃ (50℉), and the temperature is usually a few degrees lower than the city area. Please pack enough warm clothes, scarves, gloves, thick socks, etc.

(B) Summer Retreat

Summer in Hong Kong is hot and humid, with temperature hitting 32℃ (90℉) or higher, so you may need to change your shirt more than once per day.

You can find more information about the weather forecast on this website:
http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm

8. Transportation

Please arrive at least one day earlier if you are coming from abroad. Local students should arrive before 8:30am on Sunday.

(A) By Taxi from Hong Kong Airport

* (You can enter Lantau Island by blue colour taxi only)

HK Lantau Island Taxi

  • If you are coming from the airport, you should take the blue colour taxis at the airport taxi station.
  • The taxi fare is around HK$190. There will be an extra charge of HK$5 per luggage.
  • The journey takes around 45-50 minutes.

Please show the taxi driver the following address:

大嶼山,上羗山 鹿湖村,樂生蓮社 (法華苑入口,行到盡頭)

If you encounter any communication problems with the taxi driver, please ask him/her to call Gak Su Temple at this telephone number:
覺修寺電話 : 2985-4223

When your taxi arrives at a temple called Lok Sang Lin Sae (樂生蓮社), please alight and walk up the stone steps on the right for about three minutes, and you will arrive at Gak Su Temple.

(B) By Taxi from Tung Chung

* (You can enter Lantau Island by blue colour taxi only)

HK Lantau Island Taxi

  • The Blue Taxi Station is located outside of the Tung Chung MTR Station Exit D.
  • You may also call 2984-1328 to reserve a taxi in advance.
  • The taxi fare from Tung Chung to Gak Su is around HK$170.
  • The whole journey for coming by taxi from Tung Chung takes about 35 minutes.

When your taxi arrives at a temple called Lok Sang Lin Sae (樂生蓮社), please alight and walk up the stone steps on the right for about three minutes, and you will arrive at Gak Su Temple.

(C) By Bus from Tung Chung

* (Not recommended for those coming for the first time or those with luggage because the journey requires a long walk)

Take bus no.11 from the Tung Chung Bus station (the bus departing to Tai O大澳). It might be helpful to ask the bus driver to drop you off at the Fat Hwa Yuen bus stop (鹿湖村口 – 法華苑站). You can also observe the screen at the front of the bus, which shows the names of the bus stops.

From Tung Chung, it takes around 30 minutes to Shek Pik Reservoir, and another 5 minutes to Sham Wat Road Junction (深屈道口). After that you may ring the bell and you should alight at the next bus stop, at Fat Hwa Yuen (鹿湖村口 – 法華苑站).

After coming off the bus, walk across the street, and you will see many temples’ signage beside the village entrance. Continue walking along the road near the Keung Shan Switching Substation for around 20 minutes. At the end of the road you should see a temple named Lok Sang Lin Sae (樂生蓮社). Walk up the stone steps on the right for three minutes, and you will arrive at Gak Su.

The whole journey coming by bus from Tung Chung takes at least one hour.
Bus no. 11 information: http://www.newlantaobus.com/route/detail/13
Click image below for bus schedule and route details.