Even members might not know this but Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan was the first "Sacred Space" we ever visited. One of the most important temples in Hong Kong, Man Mo is dedicated to The Literary God: Man Cheong - 文帝 and Martial God: Mo Tai - 武帝. Several years ago (and over 275 events later) a group of us met at Sheung Wan MTR Station and walked up and over to Man Mo for a pleasant morning of exploration. I remember how amazed I was then that so many people, of all backgrounds, were interested in visiting a traditional Chinese temple. I still feel that amazement today.
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces has grown a lot since then. In addition to a large Meetup Community, our Society, and countless friends and well-wishers, many of the organizations that we've worked over the years have come to appreciate our interest and enthusiasm. One such organization is the mighty Tung Wah Group of Hospitals - 東華醫院.
In addition to meeting the medical needs of countless people in Hong Kong, Tung Wah (TWGHs) maintains a string of local temples, none more important than the, you guessed it, Man Mo Temple in Sheung Wan.
Hong Kong Sacred Spaces is working with the TWGH Office of Ritualistic Services on a pilot program that will make visiting Man Mo (and other temples) more educational and inspiring.
1. A short introduction to Man Mo Temple and the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.
2. Learn about the ubiquitous triangular incense coils while hanging learning to hang them as part of the community’s ritual practice.
3. Chatting with a temple volunteer getting to know what inspires them to volunteer their time and effort at the Temple.
This will be an absolutely unique experience and I encourage everyone who's interested in it to "RSVP" for this event. I will be reporting interest and our feedback on this event so Sacred Spaces has a chance to change the way people visit Man Mo and other temples in the future.
This event is FREE, however, it is for members of the Hong Kong Sacred Spaces Society Members only. Becoming a member is quick and easy, however, it does require that you complete a Sacred Spaces Society Membership Form available here.