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    January 2004

    Jan 07
    Feb 20
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Buddhist Psychology Self-Healing in Early Buddhism

    What is in this course?

    This course is based on Buddhist psychology as found in early Buddhism and meditation methods. It will explore the mind-body framework; the nature of blocked emotions; origin of sexuality; emotions and emotional self-defence, the focus of mindfulness; problem of religious cults; and essential interpersonal skills.

    A key aim to provide an understanding of the self-healing process to emotional health. A growing number of modern psychotherapists are incorporating Buddhist psychology into their practice and lives: we will examine the reasons for this.

    With a wide range of background readings (from scholars, specialists, and practitioners) and notes on Early Buddhist Suttas on mind-healing. This is the first course of its kind in Singapore and the region.

    Who is this course for?

    Teachers, supervisors, managers, care-givers, counsellors and anyone interested in healing one-self through the understanding of Buddhist psychology as well offering help to others in need of emotional support and counselling.


  • Healing Yourself. Buddhist psychotherapy as a way of life. Psychological aspects of the Buddha's first discourse.
  • Minding the Body. The psycho-physical aggregates: the nature of the body-mind interaction.
  • Blocked Emotions. Overcoming mental hindrances: clearing mental clutter through self-examination.
  • Master-Minding. Overcoming distracting thoughts and thinking straight.
  • Dealing with Sexuality. suffering of men and the suffering of women.
  • The Art of Loving. Dealing with one's negative emotions and learning to love oneself.
  • Emotional Self-defence. Dealing with negative emotions. Psychological defence mechanisms
  • Just Looking. Dealing with one's deeper emotions through focus of mindfulness.
  • The Shadow of Religion. The problem of cults & cult figures. Charisma and self-empowerment.
  • The Middle of the Middle Way. Dealing with problems vs. people. Change as a healing process.


    The course is from 7th Jan - 20 Feb (with two weeks break in between for the Chinese New Year). Classes are held twice a week on Wed & Fri from 7pm - 10pm. 7, 9, 14, 16 Jan; 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 Feb 2004 @ 7.00-10.00 pm.


    Piya Tan is a full-time lecturer and researcher in early Buddhism, and has run numerous meditation courses and retreats since the 1980s. In 1992 he taught meditation in the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently, he is doing full-time translation of the Pali Suttas which he teaches in his week classes at the Buddhist Fellowship, Brahm Education Centre, the Singapore Buddhist Federation, local tertiary Buddhist Societies and other centres. A pioneer of the lay Buddhist ministry, he is married with two young sons.

    Fees & Class Size

    $450 for course. Limited to 20 class size Please call Judy at 6842 6422 to register or email

    Santi Judy
    Program Co Ordinator

    All are welcome
  • Jan 09
    Feb 06
    Vipassana Meditation Centre ( Singapore )
    Meditation Course For Beginners

    At Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Fridays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    from 9th, 16th, 30th Jan 03 & 6th Feb 04

  • Session 1 Introduction to Meditation

    What is meditation? Why the need to meditate?

  • Session 2 Brief introduction to two main Buddhist meditation

    Samatha and Vipassana meditation

  • Session 3 Mindfulness practice according to Satipatthana Sutta

  • Session 4 Preparation for a Meditation Retreat

    (The course will be followed by weekend retreat from 6/2 evening ~ 8/2/04 @ 4pm. Limited vacancies.)

    For course details, visit:

    For registration, please email Dr Tin with your:

    (1) Name______(2)Sex______ (3) Age______

    (4) Contact -phone________ and Email___________, and

    (5) Address.___________________________

    Dr Tin@ 94786394 or email

    Organized by

    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    1 Paya Lebar Walk Singapore 535926
    Tel: 64453984,

    All are welcome
  • Jan 10
    Jan 13
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Four precious occasions to meet the Rinpoche

    All are welcome
    Jan 11Ren Ci Hospital
    Charity Show

    The second Ren Ci Charity Show, jointly organised with SPH-MediaWorks Channel U will be held on 11 Jan 2004. It will also be telecast live on Channel U.

    Many foreign and local artistes will be performing during the show to raise at least $5 million to help fund the two hospitals at Hougang and Moulmein.

    The hospitals are appealing to you for your generous donations and sponsorship toward this worthy cause. As there will not be sale of tickets to the live show, entry passes will be given to anyone who donates either $80, $120 or $200.

    As in the previous show, donation hotlines will be in operation from 8 to 14 Jan 2004.

    The numbers are:
    1900112-8888 for $5,
    1900-1 12-8889 for $15 and
    6746-11 10 for donation above $30.

    All are welcome
    Jan 11Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    ABC 15th Anniversary Fund Raising Dinner In aid of the new building

    11 January 2004
    Roland Restaurant Marine Parade Central
    $50/- per person

    Amitabha Buddhist Centre will be organising a grand Fund Raising and 15th Anniversary dinner. This will be held on Sunday, 11 January 2004, at Roland Restaurant, Block 89 7th floor, Marine Parade. Our precious Guru Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has kindly consented to be the Guest of Honour.

    The proceeds of this dinner will go towards paying the construction costs of the new centre. The structure has reached an advanced state of completion, up to 7th floor. The project will cost S$2.3 million. To date we have raised only a million dollars - we are short the remaining S$1.3 million.

    We will also be auctioning several precious items such as malas blessed by Rinpoche, prayer wheels, personal items used by Rinpoche, Chenrezig Medallions and other holy and art objects.

    Chenrezig Gold Medallion
    Limited to 500 pieces

    We would like to invite our members to participate in the merit of building this new centre by making a donation to the Building Fund. For every donation of S$388, the donor will receive an 80mm diameter, 24k gold-plated medallion. A stunning, embossed image off the 1000 arm Chenrezig (Kuan Yin), Buddha of Compassion will be on one face of the medallion; the reverse will show the Heart Sutra written in Chinese. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has kindly lent his signature, as a sign of his blessing for the sponsor. Only 500 of these special, gold-plated, commemorative medallions will be minted. Each medallion will come with an original certificate of authenticity and will be housed in a beautifully handcrafted rose wood box. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche will personally present the medallion to those who donate S$3888 for the building fund at the dinner.

    We request your wholehearted support for this meritorious event either by sponsoring a full table at the dinner (S$500 or S$1000) or placing your advance sponsorship of the Chenrezig medallion. We sincerely thank you for your continuos support.

    Please call the centre at 67458547 for more information or email

    All are welcome
    Jan 221st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4702

    Happy Lunar New Year

    Today in the Year of the Monkey or 4702th year based on the Chinese lunar calendar, most Chinese Buddhists celebrate the Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year by having prayers, offerings and blessings at Buddhist Temples.


    February 2004

    Feb 02
    Mar 10
    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre, Ngee Ann Auditorium. By Charitable Assistance Society
    Kangyurwa Khensur Rinpoche's Teachings Schedule(2004)

    Public Talk: How to Develope Compassion and Patience
    Month: February
    Mon 2nd 7.30pm to 10.00pm

    Dharma Talk: Three Principal Aspect of the Path
    Month: February
    Sat 7th 3.00pm to 5.30pm
    Wed 11st 7.30pm to 10.00pm
    Sun 15th 3.00pm to 5.30pm
    Wed 18th 7.30pm to 10.00pm
    Sun 22nd 3.00pm to 5.30pm
    Wed 25th 7.30pm to 10.00pm
    Month: March
    Wed 3rd 7.30pm to 10.00pm
    Wed 10th 7.30pm to 10.00pm

    Initiation: Medicine Buddha Initiation
    Month: February
    Sun 29th 3.00pm to 5.30pm

    Initiation: Solitary Yamantaka Initiation
    Month: March
    Sat 6th 3.00pm to 5.00pm
    Sun 7th 3.00pm to 5.00pm
    NOTE: Venue

    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre, Ngee Ann Auditorium.
    Teochew Building, 97 Tank Road, Singapore 238066.

    All admissions are FREE! Available in English & Chinese translation.


    Biography of speaker:
    Kangyurwa Lama Geshe Losang Thubten Khensur Rinpoche

    It is a very special and rare thing to meet a great spiritual master in one's life, and even more precious to have the opportunity to receive teaching with such a person. It is our honour, once again to be able to invite a Tibetan high lama, Sera Je Kangyurwa Lama Geshe Losang Thubten Khensur Rinpoche. Khensur Rinpoche will be giving a comprehensive talk on "Three Principal Aspect of the Path" from February to March 2004.

    Kangyurwa Khensur Rinpoche, is a highly respected and qualified Buddhist teacher and practitioner of the highest yoga tantra. He belongs to the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, of which the Dalai Lama is the head.

    Kangyurwa Khensur Rinpoche distinguished Himself, not only as a scholar and administrator but also as a great meditator. On the insistence of His Holiness' Junior Tutor, His Eminence Trijang Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche made the great (three and a half year) Vajrayogini retreat.

    His scholarly achievements were recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama,who ask Rinpoche to provide the oral transmission of all the teachings of the Buddha, the Buddhist canon called the Kangyur, in Tibetan. About 1000 monks and lay people gathered over a period of six months which it took Khensur Rinpoche to read all of the Sutras and Tantras. This transmission is only done about once a generation. This title Kangyurwa reflects this honour.

    His administrative achievements include His election as the Sera Je disciplinarian and then His appointment by His Holiness to be the monastery's Abbot. The title Khensur Rinpoche means 'previous former 'Abbot'.

    In the many years since then Khensur Rinpoche has continued His untiring work of seeking to be of benefit to others. His kindness has continued with His move to the West and Asia. Here His work has centred around teaching at Buddha House in Adelaide, and in many other centres in India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. In making contact with, and receiving teaching from, a great master such as Kangyurwa Khensur Rinpoche, one's life can truly be transformed for the better. It is thus an occasion of great fortune, and one that is very rare and not so easy to come by.

    The benefits one can gain by seeing and receiving these teaching from a great spiritual master is uncountable like the grains of the sand, one can be inspired to achieve the same attainment and be inspired to practice, and thereby gain much benefit and happiness.

    In everything He does, in everything He is, Kangyurwa Lama Geshe Losang Thubten Khensur Rinpoche is a peerless exemplar of the Buddhadharma.

    All are welcome
    Feb 03
    Jun 27
    Awareness Place Meditation Centre and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Basic Buddhism Course

    The Basic Buddhism Course is a popular ongoing course held on Sunday mornings at the temple and Tuesday evenings at Awareness Place Meditation Centre in the town area. This course, which is designed for the busy Singaporeans, carefully integrates and balances Dharma theory and meditation practice.

    Contents at Glance:

  • Good, Evil & Purity
  • Human:The 5 aggregates
  • Life of The Buddha
  • Four Noble Truth
  • Four Sublime States
  • 31 Realms of Existence
  • Karma and Rebirth
  • Dependent Orignation
  • Laymen Codes of Conduct
  • The Lion's Roar Discourse
  • Theravada and Mahayana
  • Intro to Vajrayana
  • 7 wks after Enlightenment
  • The Buddha's Daily Routine
  • Females Diciples: Yasodhara
  • Buddha's Ministry
  • Meditation Instructions
  • Pali Chanting
  • Foundations of Mindfulness

    Find out more details about Basic Buddhism Course

    The course will be conducted by Brother Richard (Vajiro) Chia, who is an experienced Dharma teacher who had taught hundreds of students, is well known for his ability to bring the Dharma across in layman terms using everyday life examples. He is also a very skillful meditation teacher, able to give detailed meditation instructions and troubleshoot intricate meditation mistakes.

    Venue: Awareness Place Meditation Centre
    Dater: 3 Feb - 29 Jun 2004 Tue
    Time: 7.30pm ~ 9.30pm

    Venue: Daherma hall, KMSPKS Monastery
    Date: 8 Feb - 27 Jun 2004 Sun
    Time: 9.00 -11.00am

    All are welcome
  • Feb 04
    Jun 26
    Awareness Place Meditation Centre and Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    The Sutta Discussion Course

    The course is designed by Bro. Richard (Vajiro) Chia for students who had finished attending his Basic Buddhism Course.

    In this course, selected suttas (sutras) from various traditions are discussed in depth. Brother Richard moderates each lesson and ensures its Dharma quality and integrity by helping to summarise raised points and by clearing misconceptions, helping to elaborate on important points.

    Contents at Glance:

  • Selected Long Discourse
  • Selected Middle Length Discourses
  • The Questions of King Milinda
  • Dhammapada Verses
  • Heart Sutra
  • Diamond Sutra
  • More...

    Venue: Awareness Place Meditation Centre
    Date: 4 Feb - 16 Jun 2004 Wed
    Time: 7.30pm ~ 9.30pm
    Register for course at APMC, download form, fill in, and email to us

    Venue: Dharma Hall, KMSPKS Monastery
    Date: 7 Feb - 26 Jun 2004 Sat
    Time: 4 .00 - 6.00pm
    Register for course at KMSPKS, download form, fill in, and email to us


    Course website:

    Fee: $20 pay (at Kong Meng San )

    All are welcome
  • Feb 06Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant. By Buddhist Library , The
    Chinese New Year fund-raising dinner

    On 6 February 2004 (Friday), the Buddhist Library will be organizing a Chinese New Year fund-raising dinner at :-

    Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant,
    321 Orchard Road,
    #05-01 Orchard Shopping Center
    (next to Somerset MRT),
    Singapore 328866,
    Tel: 62352102.

    Dinner will start at 7.30pm. Tickets at $50 per person is now on sale at the Library.

    Catch the last bit of the Chinese New Year spirit as well as enjoy a delicious vegetarian dinner with friends and family. We look forward to your support.

    All are welcome
    Feb 07The Esplanade. By Charitable Assistance Society
    The Mytical Arts of Tibet

    WORLD TOUR 2004
    A Richard Gere and Drepung Loseling Production

    An official charity event for the Tibetan people
    Official Media Stations: FM 97.2 / Arts Central
    Venue: The Esplanade
    Date: 07 February 2004
    Tickets available at all Sistic Outlets

    The Charitable Assistance Society ………..

    is honoured to be the Singapore host of the DREPUNG LOSELING MONKS’ CHOIR WORLD TOUR 2004 …………

    We are honored to present, for the first time in Singapore, one of the most distinguished groups of performing artistes in the world.

    The monk-artistes, consisting of meticulously selected and trained monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, have performed with some of the world’s most eminent musicians including Kitaro and Philip Glass and for audiences of more than 50,000 at some of the premier venues: Carnegie Hall and the Herbst Theater.

    The artistes’ unique performance, too, have been specially incorporated into Mickey Hart’s music for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta.

    As this is the first time Drepung Loseling is staging the event in Singapore, the performance is geared to be one of the major arts and cultural events in the country, with several media stations and prospective sponsors already expressing strong interests in the event.

    The Drepung Loseling Monks’ Choir / Performance

    In addition to performing at the Esplanade on 7 February 2004………

    they will be the very first Buddhist performing artiste-group to perform at Singapore’s premier performing centre of the Arts and Culture –

    Symphony 92.4 – Singapore’s premier classical radio station – will be one of the stations covering the event and the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board will be highlighting the event in their list of Singapore’s major cultural events in 2004.

    This event will decisively place a precious Buddhist ethnic and cultural heritage firmly within the mainstream Arts and Cultural framework in Singapore.

    It is high time, too, that our RICH Buddhist heritage troop out of sleepy, dusty temples [ err……. only an insignificant number of them fit the description here !! ] into the explosive glare of the “real” world…….. where the public can prop, embrace, immerse and partake of !!

    “Sand Mandala”

    In addition to the performance, the Loseling monks will also showcase their unique expertise of creating a "Sand Mandala" through exhibitions at the Nanyang Technological University Auditorium and the Ngee Ann Cultural Centre….. the venues of this exhibition is currently still tentative pending approval from the relevant authorities –

    To date, the Tibetan monks' works have been hosted and displayed at events, museums and university galleries across the world including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at Washington DC; New Mexico State Capitol Building; Las Vegas Clark County Library; Duke University; Canadian Museum of Civilisation and other venues.

    Given the deepest spirituality ensconced within them, the attractive and deeply touching character of this unique art piece is the healing nectar for our panting, chaotic existent globe ……..!!

    The date is 07 February 2004 – 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.(To be seated by 7.00 p.m.) – 1 Concert Only and tickets are available at all Sistic Outlets. There is a total of 1700 tickets.

    Price of ticket: S$20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250


    Why you should help !!

    This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:

  • offer your much-needed services to the Dharma and all mother sentient beings
  • provide support, through this event, to the 2,500 monk-students living as refugees in India, one of the poorest countries of the world
  • work with one of the most distinguished groups of monk-artistes
  • have the opportunity to offer your services in the Esplanade
  • meet up with and work with the funny [ though effective ] beings in CAS [ !! ]

    All are welcome
  • Feb 07People's Buddhism Study Society
    2004 Basic Dharma Class(English)

    Teacher : Ven N Sumana Thero
    (Advisor of Society of Buddhist Volunteers)
    Commence Date : 11-Feb-2004 to 25-Aug-2004 (Every Wednesday )
    Time : 8:00PM - 9:30PM
    Venue : People's Buddhism Study Society
    Fee : $20 (member), $25 (non-member)
    No examination.

    Course Content:

    1. The life of the Buddha from birth to Enlightenment

    2. The 24 great qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha

    3. The history, reasons and results of the first 3 Buddhist Councils

    4. Introduction to the Tipitaka

    5. An introduction to the Dhammapada

    Registration and enquiry at:


    Tue to Sat 3.00pm~9.00pm. Sun 9.30am~4.00pm (Mon & Pub. Holiday closed)

    No. 25 Lorong 22 Geylang Singapore 398682



    Tel: 6746 9352 Fax: 67450796

    All are welcome
    Feb 12Celadon Room, Concourse Level, NUS Museum. By Charitable Assistance Society
    Tibetan Art and Culture - Professor Geshe Lobsang Gyatso

    All are welcome

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