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    March 2004

    Mar 03
    to
    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.

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    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
    Mar 03
    to
    Apr 02
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Buddhist Psychology Course( second intake )

    Due to the overwhelming response to the above course by Piya Tan that kicked off in January this year, a 2nd Intake opened up.

    The 2nd Intake Buddhist Psychology course will commence on 3 March and ends 2 April 04, Wed and Fri from 7pm to 10pm. There are a few spaces left. Please register by replying to this email. Course Fee: $450 and $200 scholarships are available to those who wish to apply.

    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.

    Syllabus

  • 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.

    Dates

    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.

    Lecturer


    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 bfellow@singnet.com.sg

    Santi Judy
    Program Co Ordinator

    All are welcome
  • Mar 16
    &
    Mar 19
    SunLife Youth Development Centre
    Youth Workshop: Our Four Great Dreams

    Event : "Our Four Great Dreams" ~ Youth Workshop

    Venue : SunLife Youth Development Centre

    Date : 16th & 19th March 2004 (Tuesday & Friday)

    Time : 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm for both days

    Fee : $10 inclusive of 2 days lunch, refreshment & training material

    Target Group : Secondary One & Two students, 13 ~ 14 years old.

    Objectives:
  • Journey with youth through the 4 sessions to discover their dreams.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Increase self-esteem.

    For registration and enquires, please contact Meiling or Yee Leong at 6748 9975.

    Feel free to visit our website at http://www.sunlife.org.sg. We look forward to your participation.

    Organised by:
    SunLife Youth Development Centre
    Block 41, Sims Drive,
    #01-277, Singapore 380041
    Tel : 6748 9975
    Fax: 6748 1201
    Email : info@sunlife.org.sg
    Website : http://www.sunlife.org.sg
    (A project by Central Singapore CDC,
    Kolam Ayer CCC & Shan You Counselling Centre,
    co-sponsored by Kong Meng San PKS Monastery)


    All are welcome



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    April 2004

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Apr 07
    to
    Jun 09
    Brahm Education Centre
    Pali For Beginners- A basic course on reading Buddhist Suttas

    Pali means “text” or “canon”, and is the name given to the earliest complete records of the Buddha's Teachings and to its language that has preserved it for some 2500 years. Learning Pali helps us have direct access to the Buddha's Teachings for a better understanding of them and for our spiritual practice and happiness. The Pali language is much simpler than Sanskrit.

    Date: Every Wednesday starting on 7 April 2004 (10 sessions)
    Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Fees: S$150.00 (Limited to 30 students, first come first served)
    Venue: Brahm Education Centre
    No. 15 Lorong 29 Geylang,
    #05-01 Singapore

    Course Contents:
  • The basic structure of the Pali language: alphabet & sounds.
  • Pali vocabulary and usage.
  • Basic knowledge of importance Pali sentences, terms, phrases.
  • The Pali Canon: structure & conventions: locating suttas in the Pali Canon.
  • Suttas reading and reflection.
  • The Buddha's teaching as living experience.
  • Tools for learning Pali on your own: dictionaries, Pali for beginners' books.
  • Pali & IT (Pali fonts, etc.)

    Course Instructor:


    Piya Tan is a full-time lecturer and researcher in early Buddhism, and has conducted numerous courses and retreats since 1980s. In 1992, he was a Visiting Scholar (Buddhsit Studies) at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has also spent many years as a monk before settling down with a family.

    Who should attend this course?

    Anyone interesting in learning or teaching Buddhism. This course is made simple for ease of learning Pali for reading of Buddhist Scriptures.

    Please make cheque payable and mail it to:-


    Brahm Education Centre Ltd
    No. 9 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-02 Singapore 388065.

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    I hereby enclose a cheque/cash for S$ (Cheque # Bank )
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    For more information, please contact Annah at Tel: 6745 5007 Fax: 6842 6255 or e-mail : brahm@singnet.com.sg



    All are welcome
  • Apr 17
    to
    Apr 26
    Buddhist Library , The
    10-Day Meditation Course

    Vipassana is a Pali word that means insight. Vipassana meditation is healing. It involves the application of mindfulness to observe the nature of our mind and body. Through such observation we will gain calm, peace, joy, and insight. We will come to understand better how the mind is conditioned and how we can better manage it. Through mindfulness and understanding, we will be able to live a happier and more meaningful life. We will be treading the Noble Eightfold Path leading to the ultimate goal of Nibbana. The twin factors of wisdom and compassion will be developed along this path.

    Dates:

    April 17 (Sat) to April 21 (Wed) - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    April 22 (Thu) - no class
    April 23 (Fri) - 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    April 24 (Sat) & April 25 (Sun) - 4.30pm to 9.00pm
    April 26 (Mon) & April 27 (Tue) - 7.30pm to 9.30pm

    Venue:

    Buddhist Library Auditorium

    Fee:

    $120 members/ $130 non-members (light refreshments will be provided)

    Participants are required to attend the full course.

    The teacher, Visuddhacara, will give the basic meditation instructions on the first day (Saturday, April 17, 7.30pm) followed by sitting meditation. Walking meditation will also be taught. Instructions will also be given on how to practise mindfulness and loving-kindness in everyday life. Each night we will spend an hour in meditation and another hour in discourse and discussion. On April 24 and April 25, the practice will be extended to four and a half hours from 4.30pm to 9.00pm. The program will be as follows:

  • 4.30pm - briefing
  • 5.00pm - walking
  • 5.30pm - sitting
  • 6.30pm - walking
  • 7.00pm - sitting
  • 8.00pm - Dhamma talk and discussion
  • 9.00pm end with sharing of merits

    Every of the nights, Visuddhacara will give talks on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the Dhamma and invite open discussion and questions.

    Visuddacara was born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1953. He was a journalist for 12 years and later a Buddhist monk (Ven Visuddhacara) for 17 years before he disrobed in January 2003. As a monk, he spent his years meditating, studying, and teaching. His teachers included Ven Sujiva of Malaysia, Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Lakkhana, and Sayadaw U Jatila, of Myanmar. He spent three of his early years training at the Mahasi Meditation Centre in Myanmar. He has led retreats in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, and Czeck Republic. Visu had written several books including 'Curbing Anger Spreading Love,' 'Loving and Dying,' 'Hello with love and other meditations,' and 'Metta: The practice of lovingkindness for a happier life.' Visu travels to teach and share the Dhamma.

    An Appeal


    We need your help We were recently required by our bank to make a repayment of $150,000. As such, our funds are seriously depleted. We would like to request for members and well wishers to come forward to help us tie through this bad times.

    There are several ways you can do this: per square foot donation, Buddha niche donation, becoming a GIRO donor, or giving us a medium term interest free loan. Please contact our Administrator to clarify on these various options.

    All are welcome

    All are welcome



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