Compare to other course locations, the one in Hong Kong, Sheung Shui is very small. While the site is kept clean and tidy, it provides nothing but the very basic – a bed and hot water for drink and for shower. Hence, pack your luggage as if you are going to a 10-day camping!
Here are some of the things that you should bring with you.
- Ear plugs (oh, how much I wish I had brought a pair of ear plugs with me… sleeping with 20 people in a room like how it is in a hostel… imagine what a rich and lively symphony an orchestra of 20 sleepy heads could compose with their snoring, coughing, dream talking, and such!)
- Bowl, fork/chopsticks, cup
- Sleeping bag, pillow
- Tissue, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner
- Sandals (it is more convenient and comfortable to wear sandals when walking around inside the center)
Since the center locates somewhere in the countryside of the northern part of Hong Kong, the temperature will be a few degrees C lower than in the city, I would suggest bringing some warmer clothing if you are taking the course in the winter. In addition, it can get quite chilly sitting in the hall meditating for hours. Bring a blanket to cover yourself and some heat pads for warming up your hands. You don’t want to suffer from a cold, sniffing your running nose and rubbing your watery eyes with your cold and numb fingers for 10 days.
There is neither washing machine nor dryer, but washing powder, lines and hangers available for line drying your clothes outdoor.
I would recommend not bringing a watch with you to the 10-day course. Checking the time is such a distraction during meditation. Plus time goes much slower, painfully dragging, minute by minute, when one feels bored sitting in the Dhamma Hall and couldn’t focus herself during meditation, or when one couldn’t get into sleep but could do nothing more than just laying in her bed and counting sheep (or listening to the symphony of snoring and dream talking :).
Call the Vipassana meditation center in Hong Kong (852)2671-7031 or (852)2770-4770 if you have any other question.