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    July 2004

    Jul 01
    Jul 15
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Sangye Khadro's Talks: Lam Rim - The Gradual Path to Enlightenment

    One of the Global Conference speakers, Venerable Sangye Khadro will be giving a series of talks on "Lam Rim - The Gradual Path to Enlightenment" on the following dates:

  • 1st July (Thur)
  • 6th July (Tue)
  • 8th July (Thur)
  • 13th July (Tue)
  • 15th July (Thur)

    The Speaker: Venerable Sangye Khadro is a nun from the Tibetan Vajrayana tradition. A Catholic before she became a Buddhist, she was born in California , USA. She has a best selling book "How To Meditate".

    The above talks will be held at

    Venue: Buddhist Fellowship Centre,
    No.9 Lor 29 Geylang,
    #04-02, Singapore 388065
    Time: at 7:30pm.

    Dana offering will commence at 7pm, everyone is encouraged to bring a small dish for this "pot-luck" gathering.

    You are welcome to invite your friends along.

    For further enquires please call BF centre at 68426422 or email.

    All are welcome
  • Jul 04Viriya Community Services
    Viriya Flag Day Needs Volunteers

    Viriya Community Services (VCS) is a voluntary welfare (charitable) organisation registered under The Societies Act. It is also an approved charity organisation under The Charities Act and the community service arm of Leong Hwa Monastery, a Buddhist temple.

    VCS invites you to help out in our Fund Raising Event:

    Viriya Flag Day 2004

    Date: 3rd July 2004
    Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Volunteers will be stationed islandwide to raise funds for the needy. Please do your part for them; every single cent counts towards our cause.

    If you are interested in volunteering for the above event, please email to or or contact us @ 67951008.

    Viriya Community Services aims to bring joy and enhance the quality of life by providing care and assistance to families and individuals in need of support regardless of race and religion.

    All are welcome
    Jul 04
    Nov 23
    Kong Meng San Monastery
    Basic Buddhism Course (20 lessons)

    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 @ a 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 is 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.

    City Area:

    6 Jul - 23 Nov 2004 Tue
    7.30pm ~ 9.30pm

    KMSPKS Monastery

    4 Jul - 21 Nov 2004 Sun
    9.00 -11.00am
    Dharma Hall

    Register for City Area
    Download Form , fill in, and email us

    Register for KMSPKS
    Download Form, fill in, and email us



    $20 @ Kong Meng San Monastery
    $60 @ Awareness Place Meditation Centre/ City Area
    [Nominal fee to support printing of course materials, rent and utility expenses, Students and NS men are exempted.}

    See Also:

    Sutta Discussion
    Meditation Appreciation Course,

    All are welcome
  • Jul 04Kong Meng San Monastery
    Meditation Appreciation Course

    This is a month long meditation appreciation class (4 lessons) held at APMC (Awareness Place Meditation Centre). It is continually repeated due to overwhelming response from the public. Lessons covered include:

    Lesson 1: How to Take Care of Your Mind
    Lesson 2: Who are You?
    Lesson 3: Practice in Daily Life
    Lesson 4: Development of the Path

    Contents @ a Glance:

    Definitions of Evil,
    Good & Pure
    What are the Five Aggregates?
    How to Practice in Daily Life
    Practising the Four Sublime States
    Eleven Benefits of Loving Kindness
    Eight Worldly Conditions
    Meditation Instructions
    Meditation on Loving-Kindness
    Meditation on Impurities of the Body
    Concentration Meditation Insight Meditation

    Find out more details about MAC

    The course is conducted by Brother Richard (Vajiro) Chia, who is an experienced Dharma teacher who had taught hundreds of students. He 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.

    Class @ APMC

    OPEN for July
    7.30pm-9.30pm, Fri
    Download Form
    and email to :

    6336 5067
    6.30pm-9.30pm only
    $20 Only
    [nominal fee to support printing of course materials and utility expenses, Students and NS men are exempted }

    See Also: Basic Buddhism Course,

    All are welcome
    Jul 13
    Jul 18
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Ajahn Sujato's Talks

    Ajahn Sujato will be giving several talks at Mangala Vihara (corner of Still Rd & Eunos (2 mins from Eunos MRT) and Buddhist Fellowship Centre. The program is as follows :-

    Date: 13 July, Tuesday @ 7.30-9.30pm
    Topic: A Swift Pair of Messengers -
    Venue :- Mangala Vihara

    Date: 14 July, Wednesday @ 7.30-9.30pm
    Topic:A History of Mindfulness -
    Venue:- BF Centre

    Date: 15 July, Thursday @ 7.30 -9.30pm
    Topic:The Myth of Truth -
    Venue :- Mangala Vihara

    Date: 16 July, Friday @ 7.30 -9.30pm
    Topic:The Cross, the Lab, and the Lotus -
    Venue:- BF Centre

    Date: 17 July, Saturday @ 7.30 -9.30pm
    Topic:Buddhism: The way of Peace? -
    Venue :- BF Centre

    Date: 18 July, Sunday @ 11.00 -12.30 noon
    Topic:With Unconditional Love -
    Venue :- BF Centre

    All are Welcome ! Dana offering at Buddhist Fellowship Centre.

    Breakfast (Time) : 7am - Dates : 13 to 17 & 19 July 04 (Please note : Ajahn willbe giving talk at Wat Ananda- Dana B/F 7.30am)

    18 July 04 - Dana (Breakfast) - Venue :- Wat Ananda (Address : 50-B Jalan Bt Merah) - Ajahn will be giving talk @ Wat Ananda at 9.30am & back to Buddhist Fellowship Centre for Sunday Service.

    Lunch (Time) : 11am - Dates : 13, 14, 18, 19 July 04

    All are welcome
    Jul 17
    Jul 31
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Venerable Robina's Talk in Singapore

    A native Australian, Venerable Robina Courtin has practiced as nun for twenty-six years. She is well-known worldwide for her dynamic teaching style and depth of knowledge. She's been the editorial director of both Wisdom Publications and Mandala, a Buddhist magazine. Today she runs the Liberation Prison Project, which provides support for Buddhist practitioners in prisons in the USA and Australia.

    Talks at Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Jul 17 (SAT) 4 pm This Precious Human Life: What an Opportunity
    Jul 18 (SUN) 2 pm Tasting Buddha's Teaching
    Jul 25 (SUN) 7.30 pm It's My Karma
    Jul 31 (SAT) 4 pm Enlightment A to Z
    Venue: Amitabha Buddhist Centre,
    No. 3 Lorong 15, Geylang Road.
    Tel: 67458 8547

    Free admission, all are welcome

    Public Talk at DBS Auditorium
    Jul 20 (TUE) 7.30 pm Emotion & Compassion: the Heart of Healing
    Jul 23 (FRI) 7.30 pm Find Happiness in Turbulent Time
    Venue: 3rd Floor DBS Building Tower 1,
    6 Shenton Way

    Free admission, all are welcome

    Course at Amitabha Buddhist Centre 'All about Karma'
  • Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect
  • Generate a clear understanding about how karma works
  • Discover effective tools to accumulate merit - the cause of happiness and success
  • Purify mistaken actions done in the past
  • Explore ways to become adept at dealing with life most effectively
  • Take control of your future

    The lessons will be held on Jul 19, 22, 24, 28 and 29 at 7.30 pm.

    All classes will be held at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, No. 3 Lorong 15, Geylang Road.

    Note that this course is for registered students only. The course fee is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. This course is now open for registration, you can call the centre or email for more information, or you can register and pay online at the course fees cover the operational costs, teachers' expenses, and project costs.

    All are welcome
  • Jul 22
    Jul 25
    Kong Meng San Monastery
    Talks & Metta Retreat by Ven Mahinda & Sis Sumitra

    Biography of Venerable Mahinda

    Born in Malaysia, Venerable Mahinda, was ordained as a Buddhist monk in the Theravada tradition 20 years ago under the tutelage of Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nakaya Thera . He undertook Buddhist studies and training Sri Lanka (1977-1982) and practical Buddhist meditation under several masters in Sri Lanka, India, Burma and Thailand.

    The Venerable is currently the spiritual director of Aloka Meditation Centre , Peats Ridge, New South Wales, in Australia. He has given lectures and seminars on Buddhism, meditation and its application in daily life at various high schools and universities and many community organisations

    All are welcome
    Jul 31Full Moon in the Chinese Sixth Lunar MonthAsalha Puja or Dhamma Day.

    This commemorates the Buddha's first discourse, the Dhamma-Cakka-Pavattana Sutta (the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Truth) in Sarnath (Isipatana, Benares) - the Deer Park , which he gave to the group of five monks with whom he had practised in the forest for many years. Upon hearing this discourse, one of the monks -- Ven. Kondañña -- gained his first glimpse of Nibbana, thus giving birth to the Noble Sangha. The annual rains retreat (vassa) commences the following day.

    Note: At the end of this first sermon, the Venerable Kondañña became a Sotapanna (a person at the first stage of enlightenment) and then, according to the Commentaries, for example, the Commentary on Vinaya, the other four disciples became Sotapannas, one on each of the four following days. On the first day after the full-moon day in July, the monk Vappa became a Sotapanna; on the second day, Bhaddiya; on the third day, Mahanama; and on the fourth day, Assaji. After they became Sotapannas, they all asked Buddha for ordination. Buddha ordained each of them by calling to them, "Come monks." On the fifth day after the full-moon day, the Buddha assembled them and preached to them this discourse Anatta-lakkhana Sutta. -The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (no-soul or anatta)
    ( Note: Try this site which is my favourite explaination for :- NO INNER CORE - ANATTA . By Sayadaw U Silananda )

    The Dhamek ( Dhammacakka ) Stupa marks the exact spot where the Buddha delivered His first Discourse Dhamma-Cakka-Pavattana Sutta at Sarnath (Isipatana, Benares) - the Deer Park. Photograph was taken from
    July 31
    Aug 01
    Buddhist Library
    Dharma Day

    Dharma Day 2004 - July 31 & August 01

    Date: 31/7/04 (Sat)
  • 7.30pm Light offering
  • 8pm Chanting of Dhammacakka Sutta
  • 8.30pm Dhamma Talk - Buddhism and the Spread of Buddhism during the Buddha's time and after by Prof Sumanapala.

    Date: 1/8/04 (Sun)

  • 10am Buddha Puja - offerings to 28 Buddhas & Chanting of Sutra of 28 Buddhas - conducted by Ven Santa of Buddhayana Society
  • 11am Dhamma Talk by Ven De Yuan, Abbot of Perserverence Cottage
  • 1145am Alms Offering to Maha Sangha
  • 12pm Lunch will be served to participants
  • 2pm Chinese Chanting & Dharma Talk
  • 7.30pm Buddha Puja in English

    For further details, please call TBL at 67468435 or visit Buddhist Library

    All are welcome


    August 2004

    Aug 05Mangala Vihara
    Renunciation: By Ajahn Brahmavamso

    A buddhist talk by Ajahn Brahmavamso
    5 August 2004 (Thurs)
    8 pm at Mangala Vihara
    All are welcome

    All are welcome
    Aug 08
    & Aug 10
    Awareness Place Meditation Centre and 4th Floor Auditorium, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Book Reading and Autograph Session and Public Talk

    Book Reading + Autograph Session Opening the Door of Your Heart
    by Ajahn Brahmavamso

    Join Ajahn Brahm as he reads stories from his new book & signs autographs.

    In nearly thirty years as a Buddhist monk, born and educated in the West but trained in the Thai forest tradition, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. In this collection of teaching stories are many true-to-life tales, which are used to launch into a deeper exposition of mindfulness, wisdom, love and compassion. In each story the raw edge of truth is evident. Told with wit and wisdom, these tales reveal the qualities of devotion, humility and diligence. They also expose moments of insight, wisdom and compassion in the lives of ordinary people.

    Sun 8th Aug 2004, 3.30-4.30pm
    Awareness Place (Bras Basah)
    Blk 231 Bain Street, #01-63
    Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
    For enquiries, call Cheryl at 6553 1915 or

    The Idiot

    Someone calls you an idiot. Then you start thinking, ‘How can they call me an idiot? They’ve got no right to call me an idiot! How rude to call me an idiot! I’ll get them back for calling me an idiot! And you suddenly realise that you have just let them call you an idiot another four times.

    Every time you remember what they said, you allow them to call you an idiot. Therein lies the problem.

    If someone calls you an idiot and you immediately let it go, then it doesn’t bother you. There is the solution.

    Why allow other people to control your inner happiness?

    - Ajahn Brahm

    Ajahn Brahm will be giving a PUBLIC TALK on Opening The Door To Your Heart and launching his book at

    Time: 7:30pm
    Venue: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    4th Floor Auditorium
    Date:Tuesday 10 August.

    All are welcome
    Aug 05
    Oct 20
    Brahm Education Centre
    Brahm Education Centre Courses

    1. Meditation & Overcoming Negative Emotions
    Saturday class - commencing 21 August 2004, 3pm -4.30pm
    Friday class - commencing 10 Sept 2004, 7.30pm - 9pm
    see details

    2. Meditation for Beginners
    Wednesday class - commencing 20 Oct 2004, 7.45pm - 9pm
    see details

    3. Yoga for Beginners
    Monday class - commencing 4 Oct 2004, 8pm - 9.15pm
    Thursday class - commencing 7 Oct 2004, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
    Saturday class - commencing 2 Oct 2004, 11.30am - 12.45pm
    see details

    4. Yoga Intermediate
    Thursday class - commencing 7 Oct 2004, 8pm - 9.15pm
    Saturday class - commencing 2 Oct 2004, 9.45am - 11.00am
    see details

    5. Communication Through Art and Colours
    Every Wednesday & Friday - commencing 15 Sept 2004, 7pm - 10pm
    see details

    6. Buddhist Psychology
    Every Thursday - commencing 5 August 2004, 7pm - 10pm
    see details

    7. Who is Driving your Career
    One full day - 23 August 2004, 9am - 6pm
    Every Monday - commencing 23 August 2004, 7pm - 9pm
    see details

    Should you need any assistance, please drop us an email : or call 6745 5007.

    Brahm Education Centre
    No. 9 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-02 Singapore 388065
    Tel : 6745 5007
    Fax : 6842 6255
    Email :
    Website :

    All are welcome
    Aug 05
    Aug 10
    Buddhist Fellowship

    Ajahn Brahm will be conducting a 6-day retreat at Sentosa in Singapore from 5 - 10 August 2004. Twin sharing room with attached bathroom will be $325 and triple sharing hut will be $195 with full board. We will be advising when registration opens for this.

    All are welcome
    Aug 05
    Oct 07
    Brahm Education Centre
    Buddhist Psychology

    Dates (Thursdays)
    Aug 5, 12, 19,26 Sept 2,9,16,23,30 Oct 7 (2004)

    Class Times
    7pm - 10pm

    Course Fee

    To Register
    Please call or email Annah Lee @

    Website :

    What Is In The Course?
    This course will provide an understanding of the self-healing process to regain and maintain emotional health. A growing number of modern-day psychotherapists are incorporating Buddhist Psychology into their techniques, practice and lives. We will examine the reasons for this. This course is based on Buddhist psychology found in early Buddhism and meditation methods. It will cover the mind-body framework; the nature of blocked emotions; origin of sexuality; emotions and emotional self-defence, mindfulness, problems of religious cults and essential interpersonal skills to succeed in life. A wide range of background readings and notes on Early Buddhist Suttas on mind-healing will be provided. This is the first course of its kind in the region.

    Course Syllabus
  • Healing Yourself. Buddhist psychotherapy as a way of life. Psychological aspects of Buddhism.
  • 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.

    Who Should Attend This Course?
    Teachers, supervisors, managers, care-givers, counsellors and anyone interested in healing one-self as well offering help to others in need of emotional support and counselling.

    9 Lor 29 Geylang #04-02 Singapore 388065

    Training Facility:
    15 Lor 29 #05-01,
    Singapore 388069
    Phang Clan Association Building

    Phone 6745 5007
    Fax: 6842 6255

    Piya Tan is a full time lecturer and researcher in early Buddhism. He spent many years practicing as a Therevada monk before returning to lay life. He has run numerous Buddhist and meditation courses and retreats since 1980's. In 1992 he taught meditation at the University of Berkeley USA. Currently he is working on a translation of the Pali Sutras. He conducts courses at the Buddhist Fellowship, Brahm Education Centre, the Singapore Buddhist Federation and local tertiary institutions.

    All are welcome
  • Aug 07Lecture Theatre LTQ-7, Nanyang Polytechnic Buddhist Society
    Dharma Talk by Venerable Dhammaratana - What is Buddhism?

    Date: Saturday, August 7, 2004
    Time: 9:45AM

    Guest-Of-Honor:Ven Dhammaratana

    Born in Sri Lanka,Venerable B Dhammaratana arrived in Singapore in 1971 at the invitation of a Buddhist Society.Ever since he become well known for his effort to promote Buddhism.

    So join him for an exciting talk on this Saturday

    All are welcome
    Aug 07
    Aug 08
    Dharma Talks by Dharma Master Heng Tsung

    Dharma Talks by Dharma Master Heng Tsung from DRBA - The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, U.S.A.

    Venue: Buddhist Books Distribution Center
    203B Lavender Street, Singapore 338763
    Tel: 62930928 / 90284757
    Time: 7pm to 9pm

    All are welcome
    Aug 08Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Blood Donation Drive

    Singapore Buddhist Federation Celebrates Singapore's 39 Years of Nation Building

    Blood Donation Drive

    Date: Sun 8 Aug 2004
    Time: 10am to 3pm
    Venue: Singapore Buddhist Federation
    (in compound of Maha Bodhi Primary School),
    12 Ubi Avenue
    Enquiries: 6744 4635 / 6744 4159

    Do a good deed this National Day!
    By donating our blood this National Day, not only are we practising Dana (giving), we are also showing gratitude to all sentient beings and our country. For in Buddhism, we speak of the fourfold embodiment of blessings in our lives (our parents, our country, all sentient beings, the triple gems).
    WHO can donate blood?
  • Anyone is between 16 and 60 years old
  • Anyone who weighs at least 45kg
  • Anyone who feels well (with no coughs, colds or flus) and has not taken any form of medication/drugs/alcohol at least three days prior to donating blood HO cannot donate blood?
  • Anyone who is suffering from Hepatitis A and/or B and/or C
  • Anyone who is suffering from AIDS or who is HIV positive
  • Anyone who has visited United Kingdom between 1980 and 1996 for a period of 3 months or more
  • Anyone who has stayed in France from 1980 till the present
  • Anyone who has multiple sex partners
  • Anyone who engages in casual sex WHAT you must bring:
  • For Singaporeans & PR: NRIC, Blood Donor's Card (if you have)
  • For foreigners, please bring along your employment pass or work permit. If you have a card verifying that you can be blood donors, please bring it along.

    How to get there:
    Buses: 8, 15, 22, 25, 51, 61,63, 65, 66, 93, 94, 854

    Nearest MRT is Eunos, proceed to bus interchange to take bus no 63

    All are welcome
  • Aug 08Buddhist Library
    Special 8 precepts ceremony

    Eight Precepts Observance on National Day - 9 AUG 2004 By Ven B Dhammaratana

    Venue: The Buddhist Library - Auditorium
    Date: 9 Aug 2004 (Monday, National Day)
    Time: 8am - 8pm
    Regn: The Buddhist Library,
    2 Lor 24A Geylang
    S'pore 398526
    Tel: 67468435 Fax: 67417689

    The observance of the Eight Precepts on special occasions has long been a traditional Buddhist practise. The precepts are the basis of any Buddhist's life and the 8 Precepts are especially meaningful in reminding us of the importance of morality in purifying our body and mind.

    This National Day (Aug 9, Monday) Ven B Dhammaratana (Bhante) will be administering a special Eight Precept Ceremony. The practice will include noble silence and special Meditation sessions as well as Dhamma teachings. The precepts will be administered at 8am with the reversion to the 5 precepts in the evening.

    Registration is opened now and as seats are limited, please register early to avoid disappointment!

    (Usual Registration is at $30 and will include meals (Breakfast & Lunch).

    Dana offering is also available on that day.

    For further details, please call TBL at 67468435 or visit Buddhist Library

    All are welcome
    Aug 12
    Aug 14
    Faculty Lounge (AS7, Level 1), The Shaw Foundation Building, National University of Singapore. By Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
    Exploring Theravada Studies:
    Intellectual Trends and the Future of a Field of Study

    Faculty Lounge (AS7, Level 1)
    The Shaw Foundation Building
    National University of Singapore

    Organized by:
    Asia Research Institute
    National University of Singapore
    The Shaw Foundation Building
    AS7, Level 4, 5 Arts Link
    Singapore 117570
    Tel (65) 6874 3810, (65) 6779 1428

    DAY 1: Thursday, August 12, 2004

    10:30-11:00 am
    Tea & Registration

    11:00-11:15 am
    Opening Welcome

    11:15-12:15 pm
    Keynote Address John Holt (Bowdoin College, USA) “Theravada Now and Then”


    1:15-2:00 pm
    Panel 1 - On the Very Idea of Therav?da Buddhism
  • - Peter Skilling (Lumbini International Research Institute, Bangkok) “An Embarrassment of Categories: Theravada, Hinayana, Mahayana, and Other Old Friends” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: t.b.a.)


    2:15-3:45 pm
    Panel 2 - Buddhist Identities: What Are Monks, Novices, and Nuns?
  • - Jeffrey Samuels (Western Kentucky University, USA) “The Practical Life of a Novice: Locating a Middle Way between Precept and Practice in the Study of Theravada Buddhism" Suwanna Satha-Anand (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) “Truth over Convention: The Female Ordination Debate in Contemporary Theravada Thailand” Hiroko Kawanami (University of Lancaster, UK) “Contemporary Position of Buddhist Nuns in Burma: The Politics of Sasana-pyu” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Maria Heim)


    4:15-5:00 pm
    Panel 3 - Ethics and Giving
  • - Maria Heim (Amherst College, USA) “Recent Theravada Contributions to Buddhist Ethics” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Frank Reynolds)

    DAY 2: Friday, August 13, 2004

    Morning Tea 9:00-9:30 am

    9:30-10:45 am
    Panel 4 - Money and Its Circulation
  • - Guy Lubeigt (National Center for Scientific Research, France) “Theravada Buddhism and Money: Myanmar's Paradigm” Leslie Gunawardana, t.b.a. Discussion (Semi-formal Response: John Holt)


    11:00-12:15 pm
    Panel 5 - The Writings of History
  • - Jacques Leider (Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, Yangon) “Text, Lineage and Tradition: The Struggle for Norms and Religious Legitimacy under King Bodawphaya (1782-1819)” Sujatha Meegama (University of California, Berkeley, USA) “Representing and Invoking a Theravada Buddhist Past: 'History Paintings' at the Dambulla Cave Temple in Sri Lanka” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Himanshu Prabha Ray)


    2:00-3:15 pm
    Panel 6 - The Archaeological Contribution
  • - Himanshu Prahba Ray (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) “Alexander Cunningham (1814-1893) and the Archaeology of Buddhist Sites in India” Michel Lorrillard (Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, Vientiane) “The Spread of Buddhism in Southeast Asia: Insights from Lao Archaeology” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Leslie Gunawardana)


    3:30-4:45 pm
    Panel 7 - Facing Modernity: Trends in Thai Buddhism
  • - Ven. Sugandha (Mahamakut Buddhist University, Thailand) “A Modern Trend of Study of Buddhism in Thailand: King Mongkut and Dhammayutikanikaya” Pattana Kitiarsa (Asia Research Institute, Singapore) “Monk, Medium, and Mo Tham: Supernaturalism and Popular Buddhism in Contemporary Thailand " Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Louis Gabaude)


    7:00-9:30 pm Movie Viewing “Mekhong Full Moon Party” A Thai movie by Jira Malikul (2002) Presentation by Pattana Kitiarsa

    DAY 3: Saturday, August 14, 2004

    Morning Tea (9:00-9:30 am)

    9:30-11:00 am
    Panel 8 - Reading Texts
  • - Mun-Keat Choong (University of New England, Australia) “The Importance of Pali-Chinese Comparison in the Study of Pali Suttas” Carol Anderson (Kalamazoo College, USA) “Producing Theravada Doctrines. Early Buddhism and Scholarly Constructions of Buddhist Texts and Practices” Guillaume Rozenberg (Asia Research Institute, Singapore) “Anthropology and the Buddhological Imagination: Reconstructing The Invisible Life of Texts” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: t.b.a.)


    11:15-12:30 pm
    Panel 9 - When 'Buddhists' Study Theravada Buddhism
  • - Louis Gabaude (Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, Chiang Mai) “Is the 'Study' of Buddhism Possible for a Thai Theravada Monk? Some Observations from the Last Fifty Years” Asanga Tilakaratne (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka) “Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka: Present Trends and Future Possibilities” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Justin McDaniel)


    2:00-3:15 pm
    Panel 10 - Abhidhamma: Its Roles and Teaching in Theravadin Societies
  • - Justin McDaniel (University of California, Riverside, USA) “Theravada Philosophy 101: Teaching the Abhidhamma in Thailand from 1569 to the Present” Jason Carbine (University of Chicago, USA) “The Role of the Abhidhamma in the Field of Theravada Studies: A Perspective from Burma / Myanmar” Discussion (Semi-formal Response: Peter Skilling)


    3:30-4:30 pm
    Closing Explorations
  • - Frank Reynolds (University of Chicago, USA) “Theravada Now and Beyond” Discussion


    5:00-7:00 pm
    Visit to Buddhist Temples

    7:00-9:00 pm
    Final Dinner

    All are welcome
  • Aug 19
    Aug 21
    Esplanade Theatre. By Musical On Stage
    Mandarin musical: Above Full Moon

    The original team behind Siddhartha - The Musical, presents another full-length Mandarin musical

    Above Full Moon

    - The legendary life of Master Hong Yi

    19 – 21 August 2004, Esplanade Theatre

    After its highly successful premiere last weekend at the Putra Indoor Stadium at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which attracted over 11000 audiences, the well-received full-length Mandarin musical Above Full Moon will perform at the Esplanade Theatre from 19 to 21 August, 2004.

    The pursuit and display of perfection in life

    Above Full Moon is a broadway-styled Mandarin musical depicting the life of Li Shu Tong, also known as Master Hong Yi. He is a legendary figure in modern history of Chinese arts, culture as well as religion. Before the age of 39, he was a talented young artist known as Li Shu Tong. Being one of the pioneers who introduced western art into China, he was a founding member of the first drama company in China, and was also responsible for founding the first magazine for music in China. He also penned many songs that are popular even up till today. After the age of 39, he became known as Master Hong Yi. At the height of his career, he left his worldly achievements and dedicated the rest of his life to Buddhism. This dedication saw him becoming an authoritative figure in Buddhism during his time.

    Director cum scriptwriter Ho Lin Huay came across the story of Master Hong Yi by chance. She literally walked into the artistic world of Master Hong Yi, and discovered that the life of this legendary figure was a reflection of the true perfection in life. Lin Huay was so moved that she decided to pen the script for a musical based on Master Hong Yi – a first in the musical fraternity! She spent a total of three years in this writing process.

    A highly entertaining visual spectacle

    Above Full Moon is presented by Malaysia’s Musical On Stage Productions. It is another collaboration between director Ho Lin Huay and composer Imee Ooi, whose last collaboration in 1999 resulted in the critically acclaimed production Siddhartha - The Musical. Siddhartha first premiered in Malaysia in 1999. A year later, it was performed in Singapore to a sell-out audience. The phenomenal success of Siddhartha prompted it to be staged again in 2002 in Malaysia, and subsequently toured three cities in South Africa.

    Above Full Moon brings together the original creative team and main cast of Siddhartha. This new production promises an engaging and touching drama, great musical scores, and spectacular stage and set design. Audiences will be treated to an entertaining performance made up of mainly original scores; some of the familiar legacy works of Li Shu Tong will also be featured. The various original scores are performed in a creative mix of Western symphonic orchestra, Chinese orchestra, and even some new-age music, while the dance movement consists of classical dance, modern dance, Japanese dance, Chinese dance and even martial arts.

    The musical traces the life of Master Hong Yi from the age of 19 to 63. The story spans across numerous cities, including Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tokyo. The musical will bring to life Master Hong Yi’s experience of the turbulent and unstable social conditions prevalent at that time, his loss of his mother, a touching love story that blossoms in a foreign land, as well as heart wrenching goodbyes.

    For Immediate Release – Above Full Moon Pg 2

    Yang Wei Han in challenging role of Master Hong Yi

    Above Full Moon brings together some of the most talented singers in Malaysia. The title role of Li Shu Tong / Master Hong Yi is played by Malaysian singer Yang Wei Han, who has earlier performed to critical acclaims the key role of the Buddha in Siddhartha - The Musical. To play the role, Wei Han not only had to shave his head, but also had to go on a special diet to lose weight. He portrays Li Shu Tong in all the different stages of life, which include playing a female role in Camille.

    Despite such challenges, Wei Han remains unfazed as he is determined to adopt the same serious and disciplined approach to life typified by Master Hong Yi in his lifetime. With this in mind, Wei Han strives to give his best efforts in every role, in every play.

    Leading actresses Beh Kean Horng and Chew Paul Way

    Female singers Beh Kean Horng and Chew Paul Way played the roles of Mrs Li Shu Tong and his Japanese lover respectively. The two women are totally different in their personalities; one is totally trapped in feudalistic traditions, while the other is a strong willed woman willing to put aside everything in pursuit of love.

    The dedication and hard work the two female singers have put into preparing for their roles will be clear from their performance. The duet by the two of them is a scene to look forward to. The scene where Chew, who plays the Japanese lover, goes to the temple to see Master Hong Yi, who in turn refuse to see any of his relatives, is a touching and technically adept scene.

    Publicity in Singapore Director cum scriptwriter Ho Lin Huay, composer Imee Ooi, and the three lead actors Yang Wei Han, Chew Paul Way and Beh Kean Horng will be in Singapore to publicize the musical. Members from the media are invited to attend the publicity event. Date: 15 July 2004 (Thursday) Time: 3pm – 6pm Venue: Park View Hotel, 81 Beach Road, Art Gallery Café (1st Level) RSVP: Jeaner Toh (96937371) or Wong Han Juan (96919716)

    For Immediate Release – Above Full Moon Pg 3

    Notes from the play

    1) The musical traces the life of Master Hong Yi from the age of 19 to 63. In all, the musical lasts two and a half hours, incorporating two halves and seventeen scenes.

    2) The production was realized after 3 years of preparations, 8 months of rehearsals; the production cost is over a million Malaysian Ringgit.

    3) The story spans from the times of late Qing to modern China, and happens across numerous cities, including Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tokyo.

    4) Audiences will be treated to over 130 minutes of original scores; some of the familiar legacy works of Li Shu Tong will also be featured, including Farewell (Song Bie), Remembering the Childhood (Yi Er Shi), The Cool (Qing Liang) and A Mortal Dream (Shi Meng).

    5) One of the top ten Malaysian singers Yang Wei Han will play the title role of Master Hong Yi, portraying him from age 19 to 63. The remaining 38 cast members play the other roles.

    6) The production will use 300 over costumes from different periods and countries, including Qing China, modern China, and Japanese costumes.

    Performance Details

    To be performed in Mandarin with English subtitles

    Dates: 19 – 21 August 2004, 8 pm
    21 August 2004, 2.30 pm
    Venue: Esplanade Theatre
    Ticket Price*: $80, $65, $45, $30 (for 8 pm show)
    $70, $55, $40, $25 (for 2.30 pm show)
    *Exclusive of SISTIC fee $2
    10% discount for:
    Purchase of 6 tickets and more (not applicable for $30 and $25 tickets)
    Senior citizens and students
    Tickets are available at all SISTIC outlets.
    Ticketing Hotline: 6348-5555
    Online Booking:
    For enquiries: 6837-3767
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