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    September 2004

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Sep 05Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery , Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery , Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, Khoon Chee Vihara, The Singapore Chinese Buddhist Association, Leng Foong Prajina Auditorium, Tse To Aum Temple, Fu Shan An, SBF Dharma Class Students Society
    Youth Camp 2004
    Knowing You from the Heart

    Something extra-ordinary is happening!

    On this amazing day, you're going to achieve so much, it will last you a lifetime. Our lifetime benefits include:

  • New lifetime friends
  • Skills that will last a lifetime (this skill will never be obsolete)
  • Life-changing talks
  • Beautiful memories you'll never forget

    In just one day, what you gain will be there forever. Grab this amazing chance whilst you can, with a limited number of participants, you'll have to hurry. See you there!

    Program Highlights

  • Special, mouth-watering Vegetarian Dishes
  • Relax in a special Japanese-Chinese Tea-Making Session!
  • Fun and Entertaining Activities to keep you upbeat

    (programs are conducted in Mandarin)

    Date: 05th September 2004, Sunday
    Time: 0915 - 2045
    Venue: Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery
    Age: 15 years - 30 years
    Fee: $10/- per participant
    *Note: the fee shall be paid on the day of the camp itself
    Closing Date for Registration: 22nd August 2004, Sunday

    Registration: Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis Confirmation of registration will be done through a posted reply

    Completed forms can be submitted in the various ways:

  • at the Temples' Offices
  • Email it to ksquek@shuanglin.org
  • Fax it to Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery @ 6352-9329
    Attn it to Joanne

    Mail it to Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery
    Attn: Joanne, Youth Camp 04
    184, Jalan Toa Payoh Singapore 319944

    For more enquiries, kindly contact, Joanne @ 6259-6924 ext 215 or email ksquek@shuanglin.org

    This camp is proudly brought to you by the following organizations:

    Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery , Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery , Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, Khoon Chee Vihara, The Singapore Chinese Buddhist Association, Leng Foong Prajina Auditorium, Tse To Aum Temple, Fu Shan An, SBF Dharma Class Students Society

    All are welcome
  • Sep 05Shan You Counselling Centre
    Family Carnival Volunteers Needed

    Date: 5 September 2004 (Sunday)
    Time: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
    Venue: Hong Wen School (near to Lavender MRT)

    Prog: Food, Drink, Games stalls and Performances
    Objectives of the carnival: To foster family ties and bond friendship, as well as to help raise funds for the Centre.

    About Shan You: Shan You Counselling Centre is a non-profit organisation providing counselling and social services to children, youths, families and the elderly, regardless of race and religion. Being a not-for-profit organisation that offers free services whenever possible, Shan You depends heavily on donations and sponsorships, and thus has to organise projects to raise the much-needed funds.

    Volunteers needed in the following areas:

    1) Sale of carnival coupons - many volunteers are needed to help sell coupons in the public areas
    2) Manning of stall - many volunteers are needed to mann the stall on the carnival day
    3) Stall sponsorship - sponsor is needed to provide food, drinks, game, merchandise for the carnival.

    To register, please contact Nina at 67419293 or via email: nina@shanyou.org.sg


    All are welcome
    Sep 10
    to
    Oct 01
    Nam Hai Pu Toh San. By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course for Beginners




    Course to be conducted by Sayadaw Pannananda at Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)

    Session 1 : Introduction to Meditation

  • What is meditation?
  • Why the need to meditate?
  • The significance of observing precepts to meditation
  • Basic instruction on Vipassana Meditation (Sitting Meditation)

    Session 2 : Vipassana Meditation Proper - Part 1

  • Brief introduction to the two main Buddhist meditation : Samatha and Vipassana
  • The difference between mindfulness (sati) and concentration (samadhi)
  • Reason for using rising and falling of the abdomen as primary object instead of inhaling and exhaling of breath
  • What are primary and secondary meditation objects
  • Meditation in four postures - sitting, walking, standing, standing and lying down
  • Basic instruction on Vipassana Meditation (Walking Meditation)

    Session 3 : Vipassana Meditation Proper - Part 2

  • Mindfulness practice according to Satipatthana sutta (Sutta on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness)
  • Brief explanation on the four foundations of mindfulness : body, feeling, consciousness & mental factors
  • How to deal with pain, thinking, fantasizing or any phenomena encountered during the practice
  • Awareness of daily activities and the Importance of slowing down in daily activities
  • The Ultimate aim : realising the characteristic of impermanence (anicca), unsatisfactoriness (dukkha) and non-self (anatta)

    Session 4 : Preparation for a Meditation Retreat

  • Be mentally and physically prepared to expect the unexpected
  • How to check motivation, arouse determination and patience for a balanced practice
  • The significance of eight precepts to retreat
  • Adhering teacher's instructions
  • What & how to Report during interview
  • The importance of retreat for one's spiritual progress.

    Date : 10th , 17th and 24th Sept & 1st Oct 2004 (Fri) (AMENDED DATES)
    Time : 7.30pm ~ 9.30pm
    Venue : Nam Hai Pu Toh San (825B Jalan Limbok) (Tentative)
    Teacher : Sayadaw Pannananda
    Organised by VMC and co-ordinated by Dr Tin Maung Maung Than.
    For registration please contact Dr Tin @ 94786394 or email tin@iseas.edu.sg . For course details, pls read attached or go to website: http://vmc128.8m.com/vmcfirstpage1/page3.html

    All are welcome
  • Sep 10
    to
    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 : brahmec@singnet.com.sg or call 6745 5007.

    Brahm Education Centre
    No. 9 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-02 Singapore 388065
    Tel : 6745 5007
    Fax : 6842 6255
    Email : brahmec@singnet.com.sg
    Website : http://www.brahmec.com


    All are welcome
    Sep 18Viriya Community Services
    "Lilies on the River 2004" proudly organized by Viriya Community Services.


    "Lilies on the River" is a fund raising event largely to support the Viriya Children's Medical Fund including the Viriya - KK Children's Hospital HomeCare Programme.


    Under our Children's Medical Fund, Viriya partners with KK Children's Hospital on the Viriya - KK Children's Hospital HomeCare Programme. The HomeCare Programme facilitates the chronically ill children to be discharged from the hospital and recover from home provided that the child's home is equipped with the right medical equipment. With this partnership programme, we hope to complement medical expertise and care from the hospital with our community, financial and emotional support to give these chronically ill the best that life can offer. A good quality homecare programme with also facilitate a smooth transition from the hospital to the community.

    Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 through the sale of lilies.

    Hence, we would like appeal to you to support in the sale of the lilies - through the volume purchase of lilies or the sponsorship of giant lilies. We also welcome help to canvass the sale of the lilies using donation cards.

    The lily symbolizes perseverance, enduring strength, unique beauty and wisdom - characteristics that Viriya takes delight in association with. We hope this event will mark a change in the lives of many Singaporeans in need of community support.

    "Lilies on the River" - The Singapore River will be brightened up with the floating of over 100,000 lilies including over 50 illuminated giant lilies. There will be a full day carnival at the Boat Quay (Near UOB Plaza) to complement the event on Saturday, 18 September 2004. We welcome all to join us to witness this beautiful event. There will be a variety of vegetarian food, snacks and desserts to whet your appetite, games and performances for all to have fun. Our Guest of Honour for the event is Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Acting Minister for Health and Senior Minister of State for Finance.

    Please lend us your support! Each lily is $10, and with each lily donated you will bring them one step closer to our goal. Together we will bring smiles to the faces of our beneficiaries.

    If you wish to volunteer for this event, please kindly contact Nikki at 67951008 or email to nikki@viriya.org.sg . If you have any enquires, please contact Dionne at 67951008.

    All are welcome
    Sep 28Shan You Counselling Centre
    Mid-Autumn festival


    All are welcome


     

    October 2004

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Oct 02
    to
    Oct 17
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Discussions by Venerable Hue Can

    Venerable Hue Can is scheduled to arrive on I October 2004 and will depart Singapore on 18 October 2004. She will be residing at the BF Centre during her stay here. Members who wish to offer her dana can contact BF for details.

    The time table for the course is as follows:

    DateTimeTpoic
    2 October (Saturday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Talk: Vietnamese Zen Meditation
    3 October (Sunday) 11.30am -12.30pm Talk: Why Buddhism?
    5 October (Tuesday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Group Discussion
    8 October (Friday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Group Discussion
    9 October (Saturday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Talk: The True Self
    10 October (Sunday) 11.30am - 12.30pm Talk: What made Prince Siddhartha A Buddha?
    12 October (Tuesday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Group Discussion
    15 October (Friday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Group Discussion
    16 October (Saturday) 7.30pm - 9.30pm Talk: The Three Truths
    17 October (Sunday) 11.30am - 12.30pm Talk: The Practical Way


    Biography of Speaker

    Venerable Hue Can, a Buddhist nun of the Zen tradition, is conducting a course on Vietnamese Zen at the BF Centre. The methods and practice of this branch of Zen Buddhism is said to have its roots dating back to 3"' century China and now primarily advocated by the Vietnamese Zen Master, Thich Thanh Tu.

    Venerable Hue Can was ordained in 1997 and is currently the abbess of Sunyata Community and Meditation Centre in Perth.

    Prior to her renunciation, she had been a high school teacher, librarian, manager and consultant. She has also produced many publications on cross-cultural and social issues.

    All are welcome
    Oct 02
    to
    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 : brahmec@singnet.com.sg or call 6745 5007.

    Brahm Education Centre
    No. 9 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-02 Singapore 388065
    Tel : 6745 5007
    Fax : 6842 6255
    Email : brahmec@singnet.com.sg
    Website : http://www.brahmec.com


    All are welcome
    Oct 13
    to
    Oct 14
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Venerable Sangye Khadro 's Dharma Talk:
    Discovering Buddhism: Relying on Spiritual Teacher

    Date: 13th (Wed) & 14th (Thur) October 2004
    Time: 7.30 pm
    Venue: ABC Centre

    Guru devotion inTibetan Buddhism

    What is a spiritual teacher, lama, or guru?
  • Why we need a teacher
  • How to find one's teacher
  • Qualifications of a teacher
  • Criteria for a qualified disciple
  • How to relate to the teacher - in general
    - According to the lam-rim
    - Advantages of proper devotion
    - Disadvantages of improper devotion
    - How to devote in thought and action
  • What to do if things get difficult
  • Importance of respecting all teachers both Tibetan and non-Tibetan

    All are welcome, no registration required.

    Biography of Speaker:
    Venerable Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) was born in California, US, in 1952. She took her first courses in Buddhist meditation in Dharamsala, India, in 1973 and took ordination in 1974. She lived with the community of Western monks and nuns at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, for 2 years, studyng and doing meditational retreat.

    In 1978 she moved to England to continue her higher Buddhist studies, and in 1982 helped establish Dorje Pamo Nunnery in France. From 1985 to 1987, she taught in Australia, and then for a year in Nepal. In 1988 she took the Bhikshuni Ordination. She was the resident teacher of Amitabha Buddhist Centre and spiritual advisor for National University of Singapore Buddhist Societyin Singapore. She also gives teachings around the world.

    Her book "How to Meditate", published in 1984, has been a continuous Buddhist best-seller since that time and it has been translated into 8 languages



    All are welcome
  • Oct 21
    to
    Dec 16
    Brahm Education Centre
    Basic Buddhist Counselling (theory & practice)

    Helping others help themselves

    This Dharma-centred and Sutta-based counselling course is based on the vital truth that there is the "heart of light" within us. We are all essentially good, but external defilements cloud our natural goodness. The immediate focus is on counselling and communicating with people around us: the family, the work-place, the Buddhist centre and other groups. This course teaches how to cultivate and maintain one's emotional health so that one can effectively help others. This hands-on course will also use modern counselling exercises.

    Course Details:

    Date: Every Thursday starting on 21 October 2004 (8 sessions)
    Oct 21, 28; Nov 4,18,25; Dec 2,9,16
    Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
    Course Fee: Members - S$110/- ; Non-members - S$160/-
    Venue: Brahm Education Centre, No. 15 Lorong 29 Geylang,#05-01

    Course Contents

  • Why Buddhist Counselling?
  • Skillful listening and quality of presence
  • Defining the problem
  • Looking at alternatives
  • Working out a contract
  • Psychological types
  • Self-empowerment
  • Spiritual friendship

    Who should attend?

    Anyone who has to deal with people and problems (parents, children, siblings, lovers, partners, teachers, supervisors, managers, friends, caregivers, counselors), that is, anyone interested in personal development and helping others.

    Course Instructor

    Piya Tan is full-time lecturer and researcher in early Buddhism, and has conducted numerous courses and retreats since 1980s. in 1992, he was a visiting scholar (Buddhist Studies) at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently he works on a translation of the early Buddhist Suttas.

    Registration Form

    Course Title: Basic Buddhist Counselling (21 October 2004)

    Mr/Mrs/Ms: _____________________BF Membership No. _______

    Address:_____________________

    _________________________________________

    Tel: ________________ HP: ________________ E-mail:

    _____________________

    I hereby enclose a cheque/cash for S$______________ (Cheque No. ___________ Bank _________)

    Please make cheque payable to "Brahm Education Centre Ltd" and mail to
    No. 9 Lorong 29 Geylang,
    #04-02 S(388065).

    For more information, please contact Annah at Tel : 6745 5007 or Email : brahmec@singnet.com.sg

    All are welcome
  • Oct 30Nam Hai Pu Toh San. By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    One Day Mindfulness Retreat



    VMC is organising a one day mindfulness Retreat as follow :

    Date : 30 Oct 04 (Sat)
    Time : 0830~1800
    Venue : Nam Hai Pu Toh San (825B Jalan Limbok)
    Fee : Free Of Charge .

    Targetted participants : Priority is given to those who have participated in our One Day Mindfulness Retreat and experienced yogis.

    Deadline for registration : Please register by 28 Oct 04 (Thurs)as attachment if you are interested in order for us to prepare for the one day retreat.

    Retreat Co-ordinators :
    (1) Bro Peh @ HP 91007096 or via email : peh_lian_wah@yahoo.com.sg (2) Bro Nelson Lim @ HP 96985157 or via email : nelson_limhy@yahoo.com.sg.

    Rules and Regulation

    1) Yogis must wear T-shirts and long loose trousers or sarong (plain and white preferred). Short skirts , short pants , sleeveless shirts , leotards and skintight clothing are not allowed.

    2) Yogis must observe the Five (5) Precepts . They are
    (1) Abstain From Killing
    (2) Abstain From Stealing
    (3) Abstain From Sexual Misconduct
    (4) Abstain From Lying and
    (5) Abstain From Intoxicating Drinks and Drugs

    3) Yogis are to observe silence at all time. Causal talking and discussion on meditation and experience are forbidden. Retreat is not a time for reading , eating , sleeping and making friends.

    4) Reading (Dhamma books included ) and use of moblie phones are not permitted.

    5) Yogis are to carry out their activities mindfully so as to maintain their practice as well as to minimise disturbance to fellow yogis.

    The rule and regulation are guidelines to facilitate your practice to develop mindfulness so as to gain insight.

    ~~ There is no magic formula which will release us from suffering . Each of us has to purify our mind , for it is the attachment in our mind that keeps us bound ~~

    ~The Buddha

    PROGRAMME FOR ONE DAY MINDFULNESS
    Self-practice
    0845 hrs Registration (Please take your breakfast before coming)
    0900-0915 hrs Taking Three refuges and five precepts
    0915~1200 hrs Sitting and Walking Meditation alternate
    1200~1300 hrs Vegetarian lunch provided
    1300~1700 hrs Sitting and Walking Meditation alternate
    1700~1715 hrs Metta Chanting and sharing of merits.
    Light refreshment will be provided


    All are welcome


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