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    March 2005

    Mar 02
    Mar 30
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Meditation for Beginners

    If you are looking for a skilful way to help you achieve more peace and balance in your life - learn to meditate. You will learn how to do basic meditation practices that will help you to understand your mind.

    This 5-week course is taught by Venerable Tenzin Palzang, a Singaporean monk from Amitabha Buddhist Centre.

    Ven Palzang, formerly known as C P Lam, was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March 2004. Before becoming a monk, Ven Palzang graduated from the University of London, majoring in electronics engineering. He spent over 20 years establishing his own group of companies engaged in IT, industrial automation and health products, with factories in Thailand, India, Taiwan, and USA. He now helps people to find some peace in their busy lives.

    The course will be held on Wednesday nights, 7.30 pm on 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 March 2005.

    The course is free of charge and all are welcome.

    Topic Covering:

    a) Developing mental calm & mindfulness
    b) Developing concentration
    c) Visualization technique
    d) Analytical meditation

    Biography of Venerable Palzang

    Venerable Palzang, formerly known as C P Lam, was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March 2004. Before becoming a monk, Ven Palzang graduated from the University of London, majoring in electronic engineering. He spent over 20 years establishing his own group of companies engaged in IT, industrial automation and health products, with factories in Thailand, India, Taiwan, and USA. He now helps people to find some peace in their busy lives. It is free of charge and all are welcome. No registration required

    All are welcome
    Mar 05Khoo Auditorium, Singapore Chinese Girls School. By the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) & Malaysia High Commission in collaboration with Bhaskar's Arts Academy. A charity performance in aid of the Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
    Spellbound Odissi Live - Charity Performance

    A charity performance in aid of the Man Fut Tong Nursing Home organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) & Malaysia High Commission in collaboration with Bhaskar's Arts Academy will be coming to town. Famous Malaysian dance artiste Ramli Ibrahim & the Sutra Dancers will present the dance performance `Spellbound Odissi Live'.

    Date: Saturday 5th March 2005

    Time: 8 pm - 9.30 pm

    Venue: Khoo Auditorium,
    Singapore Chinese Girls School,
    190 Dunearn Road
    (Junction of Dunearn & Whitley Rd.Parking on premise)

    Admission: By donating of $20 and above or $100 and above. (All proceeds will go to Man Fut Tong Nursing Home)

    We sincerely hope that you will support our Nursing Home through this Fund Raising event. Please kindly contact Victor at email: or Shawn at email: or telephone 6363 3301 for more information or for reservation of tickets.

    The Performance

    Of the many classical dances from India, Odissi with its rhythm, bhangis and mudras has a distinctive quality of its own. Its origins are traced to the temples of Orissa as far back as 2nd Century BC. The art form went into serious decline in the 17th century before it was revitalized in the 1950s with the help of sculpted dance poses found in temples, thus allowing audience today to experience one of the most beautiful classical dances in the world. In Spellbound, Malaysia's dance icon Ramli Ibrahim and the best dancers from his 21-year old Sutra Dance Theatre will be accompanied by master musicians from Orissa.

    Sutra and it's Indian collaborators, the Orissan musicians, have become identified as cross-cultural ambassadors of the two countries Malaysia and India. It has been eighteen years since the first generation of Malaysia-trained Odissi dancers were unleashed on stage. Sutra has since then produced an outstanding bevy of `home-trained' Odissi dancers who have gained international recognition. Sutra can boast a multi-racial cast of not only Indian and Malay, but also Chinese. Not surprisingly, a Malaysian Odissi parampara (school with identifiable style) is presently being created by Sutra. This extravaganza production is playing the major cities of Malaysia before ending its tour in Singapore.

    Notes on Ramli Ibrahim

    Ramli Ibrahim is recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Artist Award 1999 and BOH Cameronian Lifetime Achievement Award 2003. Trained in classical ballet, modern dance and Indian classical dance, he performed extensively with the Sydney Dance Company throughout Australia and toured New York and the major capitals of Europe. An acclaimed dancer and choreographer, Ramli is synonymous with the elevated status of Indian classical dance in Malaysia. He studied Bharata Natyam under Padmashri Adyar K. Lakshman and Odissi under the late Guru Deba Prasad Das, who took Odissi in the late fifties, to the outside world, for the first time. Today, Ramli Ibrahim is recognised as one of the world's best Odissi exponent.

    Ramli is also the dynamic force in Malaysian Theatre sweeping aside prevalent provincialism with his integrated vision of the arts; seeing a unity within the diversity of artistic endeavours. Be it the contemporary, which he sees as his inevitable direction, the traditional whose survival he champions, or the Indian classical dance, which he loves, Ramli has single-handedly confronted the prevailing conservatism and bigotry that has been shackling the imagination of Malaysian theatre.

    All are welcome
    Mar 11
    May 27
    Kong Meng San Monastery
    Insight Meditation Appreciation

    Why Meditate? How does it benefit me?

    Since ancient times, meditation has been employed as a perfect method to enhance physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. More so in today's hectic lifestyle, studies have shown that meditation can bring about a healthy state of body & mind. Research revealed that during meditation, the body gains a state of profound rest and increases the alertness of mind & body at the same time.

    Physically, meditation reduces blood pressure, improve air flow to the lungs (especially effective for asthmatics), results in higher skin resistance, lower cholesterol, eradicate insomnia, slows down biological clock among many other physical benefits.

    Psychologically, meditation aids not only in reducing stress, depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, hatred & other negative emotions, it can even totally eliminate them completely.

    Why not give yourself a chance to appreciate the meditation methods taught by the Enlightened Buddha which have been passed down through the ages without interruption for the last 2,500 years?

    Give yourself an opportunity to gradually experience these benefits directly!

    Be guided on Insight Meditation (Vipassana) based on the Four Foundation of Mindfulness (Maha Sati Pattana Sutta in Pali) by Venerable Chuan Ren, This unmistakable method is suitable for all, be you a beginner or & advanced meditator.

    Vipassana is a way of transforming oneself through observation. It focuses on the inter- dependant nature of mind and body which one can discover for oneself through proper guidance. Successful meditation on this method results in purifying the delusions of ignorance, anger & attachment of our minds, bringing out the positive energy of mind filled with loving kindness & compassion!

    About the teacher

    Venerable Chuan Ren is a resident monk of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery who has spent years in Myanmar, learning & practicing this Vipassana meditation under the tradition of the late great master Mahasi Sayadaw . Venerable Chuan Ren does regular retreats and studies with his master Venerable Chammyay Sayadaw in Myanmar to continuously improve his understanding of this profound method. A simple monk, his explanation of vipassana is direct & clear, guiding you systematically to understand and eventually, let you taste the fruit of meditation directly yourself.

    Venue: @ Awareness | Wellbeing
    #03-39 Bras Basah Complex, Spore 180231

    Date: 11.03.05 to 27.05.05

    Day and Time: Every Fri | 7 .30 - 9.30pm

    To Register: Download Form , fill in, submit to Awareness Place or email: or telephone or fax: 6336 5067

    Fee: $62@ Awareness Wellbeing

    [Nominal fee to support printing of course materials, rent and utility expenses, * Free for tertiary students and below, NS personnel, Health workers, Social Workers and senior citizens above 60 years old. ]

    All are welcome
    Mar 12Toa Payoh Central Community Club. By Shan You Counselling Centre and Toa Payoh Central Community Club. Supported by Ministry of Community, Youth and Sports
    Graceful Ageing, Mindful Living (Mandarin) Seminar

    Date : 12 March 2005, Saturday Time : 2.00 - 5.00 pm
    Venue : Toa Payoh Central Community Club
    Language : Mandarin
    Fees : $ 12 per pax
    $10 per pax for a group of 3 (includes refreshment)

    [Sign up before 22nd February to enjoy the early bird discount of $10 per pax]

    Active ageing is the process of optimising opportunities for physical, social mental we((-being throughout the life course, in order to extent healthy life expectancy, productivity quality of life in order age. One can be as 'old as one feel at 40' or young at heart at 80'- it's about attitude. Ageing positively is as much about attitude and persona( views of life as it is about what one does.

    Join us in this seminar if you want to

  • Learn about the changes that take place during ageing
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills to promote graceful ageing
  • Discover ways to optimise opportunities for maximum physical, social & emotional well-being


    Dr Tan Thai Lian
    Topic: "Getting Prepared for Active Ageing"

    Dr Tan graduated from National University of Singapore in 1991, and has been practising for nearly fifteen years. Currently a consultant in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dr Tan specialises in Geriatric Medicine since 1997, helping older persons to deal with common Geriatric problems such as cognitive decline, falls, incontinence and functional decline.

    Dr Tan Yew Seng
    Topic: "Psychological Wellness in the Older Years"

    As a family physician, Dr. Tan engages in special interests in elderly care, counselling, and primary mental healthcare. He is also currently a council member of the College of Family Physicians Singapore and the Chairman of the Mental Health Special Interest Group in the college.

    Ms Ang Kim Geok
    Topic: "Enjoying Your Life As You Age"

    Ms Ang has ten years of vast experience in elderly care. She has obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work at Washington University, Missouri, specializing in geriatric care. She has conducted various seminars and talks to educate the general public on elderly care and communication, and also how to stay active in older years.

    Any inquiries please contact Sandy/Jane at 67419293 or email :

    ------------(Fill in the Application Form)------------

    YES! I would like to register for this seminar:
    "Graceful Ageing Mindful Living"
    Cheque payable to:
    "Shan You Counselling Centre" and mail it to us at
    BI k 9, Upper Boon Keng Road,
    # 01-960, Singapore 380009
    With your registration form before 5th March 2005 Or fax the completed registration form to us at 67419352.

    Name: (Dr/Mr/Ms)_______________________



    ____________ Singapore(________________)



    All are welcome
  • Mar 13
    Mar 27
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Practising Buddhism in Daily Life (Mandarin)

    To give participants who wish to learn Basic Buddhism in Chinese. You can expect to gain a practical taste of the Buddha's teachings and the skills you need to make your life more meaningful.

    This program will be taught by Venerable Tenzin Palzang, a Singaporean monk from Amitabha Buddhist Centre.

    Sunday morning (10.30am to 12noon) 13, 20 & 27 March

    The course is free of charge and all are welcome.

  • 13th March: Dealing with Anger
  • 20th March: Desire & Attachment
  • 27th March: Impermanence & Death

    Biography of Venerable Palzang

    Venerable Palzang, formerly known as C P Lam, was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in March 2004. Before becoming a monk, Ven Palzang graduated from the University of London, majoring in electronic engineering. He spent over 20 years establishing his own group of companies engaged in IT, industrial automation and health products, with factories in Thailand, India, Taiwan, and USA. He now helps people to find some peace in their busy lives. It is free of charge and all are welcome. No registration required

    All are welcome
  • Mar 15Tibetan Buddhist Studies Society
    Dharma Talk: Turning the Mind into an Ally

    Topic: Turning the Mind into an Ally
    Date : 15th March 2005 (Tuesday)
    Time: 7:30PM -- 10:00PM
    Speaker: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
    Venue: Tibetan Buddhist Studies Society
    38B Lorong 23 Geylang Road
    Nearest MRT: Aljunied MRT and turn into Lorong 23 via Sims Avenue is nearer to the centre than turn into Lorong 23 from Geylang Road
    Language: English (with Chinese Translation)

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the resident lama of Shambhala Centre in Canada. He has been recognised by H.H. Penor Rinpoche (former head of the Nyingmapa Order and Head of Nyingma Palyul Lineage) as the reincarnation of the 19th century Nyingmapa Scholar Mipham Rinpoche. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will deliver this talk in English and translated into Chinese by his Taiwanese disciple.

    All are welcome
    Mar 17
    Mar 20
    D' Coconut Resort, Pulau Besar, Pahang Malaysia . By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Back To Nature - Yoga Cleansing Retreat

    Introduction: Purity of body encourages purity of mind. Ancient Yogis have developed cleansing techniques for purification of our physical body. Come discover for yourself how through these cleansing exercises, you can be assisted by Nature in the purification of your own body.

    Date: 17/3/2005 (Thu) - 20/3/2005 (Sun)
    Venue: D' Coconut Resort, Pulau Besar
    Fees: $400 per pax ($380 if participants are signing up as a family. Each adult is only allowed to bring one child along, child must be at least 10 years old).
    For enquiries & registration: 68495318 (Kok Tong) or email:
    (New Participants, please download and fill form )
    Registration Deadline: 25/2/2005

    All are welcome
    Mar 20
    Mar 23
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Dharma talk by Ajahn Cattamalo

    Ajahn Cattamalo was born in Germany in 1965. He became a monk in Ajahn Chah's forest monastery in 1987. He lived in the Thai forest for 6 years before joining Ajahn Brahm at Bodhinyana Monastery Australia ,where he is now the Deputy Abbot.

    Date: 20 March 2005, Sunday at 11 am
    Topic: There is No Better Choice

    Date: 21 March 2005, Monday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Right Speech Will Get You What You Want

    Date:22 March 2005, Tuesday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Meditation - There is Nothing Better

    Date:23 March 2005, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Cleaning Up Our Act

    All these talks will be held at Buddhist Fellowship, No 9 , Lor 29 Geylang, #04-02 , Singapore 388065. Bring along your families and friends to meet this respected Venerable. If you would like to give dana for Ajahn Cattamalo , please do give Tiffany Tang a call at 6842 6422.

    All are welcome
    Mar 24
    Mar 30
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Easter Meditation Retreat

    Ajahn Cattamalo well known for his effective retreats, has kindly agreed to conduct a meditation retreat in Singapore. He is a German, trained in Ajahn Chah's forest tradition in Thailand. He is the deputy Abbot at Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Western Australia. His style of teaching is no-nonsense and straight to the point. "I like to say things as they are" are the words of Ajahn Cattamalo.

    You have a choice of signing up for the 3-day retreat or the 6-day retreat.

    Short Retreat: 24 - 27 March : $195 (triple sharing) and $325 (twin sharing en-suite)

    Long Retreat: 24 - 30 March : $295 (triple sharing) and $425 (twin sharing en-suite)

    Beverages and Vegetarian Meals will be provided. Please bring your own meditation cushion and mat. Briefing will be provided for all retreatants two weeks before the retreat. Noble silence is to be observed at all times and retreatants are not to leave the resort at anytime during the retreat.

    All are welcome
    Mar 26
    May 26
    Brahm Education Centre
    Buddhist Psychology

    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 tips.

    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; or gin 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 will, 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 problem 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.

    Course Details
    Date: Every Thurs (10 Sessions) Mar 24, 31; Apr 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26
    Venue: Brahm Education Centre, No 15 Lorong 29 Geylang #05-01
    Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
    Course fee: $450
    Certificate Awarded Upon successful completion with min 75% class attendance
    To Register Please kindly call 6745 5007 or email:
    Website: http://

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

    All are welcome
    Mar 26Toa Payoh Central Community Club Theatrette (Level 3). By Shan You Counselling Centre
    Romance Workshop: Nurturing Romantic Relationship on Campus

    Love is around the campus, if you are ready for it…

    Do you know how to make intelligent decisions in Romantic Relationship?

    How do you continue to be an attractive lover?

    Can you be sexy and wise at the same time?

    Come to this seminar if you are between 18 and25 years old and eager to learn about:

  • How to love effectively
  • How to have a positive and healthy attitude in your Romantic Relationship
  • How to have sexual intelligence in your relationships
  • This seminar is designed especially for you!

    Date : Saturday, 26th March 2005
    Time : 03.00 – 05.00 pm
    Venue : Toa Payoh Central Community Club Theatrette (Level 3)
    Fees : $5/pax; $3/pax for 3 pax and above
    Enquiries : Tel 6741 9293 (Shannen or Siew Foong) or fax 6741 9352
    Email: Siew Foong @ or Shannen @
    For more details please check here
    Seat limited to 80 pax only! Please register early.

    All are welcome
  • Mar 31Buddhist Fellowship
    Dharma talk by Venerable Khemavaro

    Venerable Khemavaro from Bodhinyana Monastery will be at Buddhist Fellowship for a night to give us a talk .

    Title of the talk: Wisdon of Desire
    Date : 31 March 2005
    Time : 7:30 PM
    Venue: Buddhist Fellowship
    9 Lorong 29 Geylang,
    #04-02, Singapore 388065

    Venerable Khemavaro , born in Vietnam in 1966, moved with his family to live in California at age of 9. He has a BA in Philosophy.After graduating, he worked as a financial analyst and stockbroker in Bangkok, earning vast amounts of money and partying hard. When the stock market carshed, reality set in and he became interested in Buddhism and meditation. His monastic training started at Ajahn Chah's Wat Pa Nanachat ( International Forest Monastery ) in 1999 , and ordained 2000. Ven Khemavaro ( known as 'Tan Khema' to his monastic friends ) has been living at Bodhinyana Monastery for the past four years, mastering the refined art of concrete mixing and cave building. Having completed his fifth Rains as a bhikkhu, he is now becoming more involved in teaching the Dhamma.

    If you should have any queries, feel free to call Tiffany at 6842 6422. Hope to see you at the centre.

    All are welcome


    April 2005

    Apr 01
    Apr 30
    Awareness Place
    Awareness Art Gallery

    From "The Art of Living" (Ian Cumming) Available at Awareness Place

    The ultimate value of life
    depends upon awareness,
    and the power of contemplation
    rather than upon mere survival.
    Aristotle (384-322 BC) Greek philosopher

  • Have you seen the picture of a child’s dream?
  • Have you savoured the art of a Japanese incense craftsman?
  • Can you see awareness?

    The Awareness Place is honoured to invite you to its Awareness Art Gallery. Featuring special contemplations from our books, music and images, this Art Gallery will only be opened for the month of April.

    Venue: Awareness Place Wellbeing Centre, Bras Basah Complex #03-39
    Admission: Free
    Enquiries: 63377582 / 63365067 /
    Our store @ Bras Basah Complex #01-63 is open from 11.30am - 7.30pm.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 01
    Apr 22
    Mangala Vihara
    Meditation for Beginners

    Mangala Vihara temple is pleased to invite you,family members and friends who are keen to learn meditation to attend this course organise specially for beginners. Detail is as follows:

    No of lessons: 4 plus 1 practical session (weekend retreat)
    Teacher: Ven Cittara from Myammar
    Language: English
    Date: Every Friday on 1,8,15 and 22 April 2005
    Time: 7.30pm-9.00pm (pl come in at 7.15pm as class will start punctually at 7.30pm)
    Venue: Mangala Vihara Temple, Level 2, 30 Jalan Eunos (at traffic light junction in front of Eunos MRT station)
    Fee: Free
    Registration: Please register with Sam Ho at by 24 March 2005 with your name and contact no. or call him at 98208050
    Retreat: 22 to 24 April 2005 .

    All are welcome
    Apr 01
    Apr 24
    Shan You Counselling Centre and Awareness Place
    Grieving with Mindfulness: from Loss to Love .
    Talk cum Workshop by Awareness Place and Shan You Counselling Centre, 2005.

    Are you coping with grief and loss? Do you wish to find out how to help your loved ones going through the grieving process? No one should have to go through the bereavement that comes from losing a loved one by one self. We sincerely invite you to cross the dark abyss of pain and despair with us. Here you can learn how to live with grief and loss; you can understand how to walk away from despair and sadness. You are not alone at all.

    Grieving with Mindfulness: from Loss to Love Mandarin Talk and Book Signing

    Date : 1 April 2005 (Friday)
    Time : 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    Fees : S$18 per pax (S$15 per pax for a group of 2 or more)
    Venue : Awareness Place Well Being Centre #03-39 Bras Basah Complex
    Size : Limited to 60 pax
    Speaker : Mr. Fong Yee Leong

    Grieving with Mindfulness: from Loss to Love Mandarin Experiential Workshop

    Date : 10, 17 & 24 April 2005 (Sunday)
    Time : 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Fees : S$60 per pax (S$55 per pax for a group of 2 or more)
    Venue : Awareness Place Well Being Centre #03-39 Bras Basah Complex
    Size : Limited to 30 pax (21 years old & above)
    Trainer : Mr. Fong Yee Leong and Ms. Tan Siew Foong

    *If you sign up for both activities, the fees are S$68 per pax. For any further information, please contact:-
    Siew Fong at email:
    Yee Leong at email:
    Tel: 6741 9293 / Fax: 6741 9352
    Visit our website

    All are welcome
    Apr 02
    Apr 23
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course for Beginners

    Teacher : Sayadaw Pannananda

    Date: 2 April 05 (Sat)
    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)

    Date: 9 April 05 (Sat)
    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)

    Date: 16 April 05 (Sat)
    Session 3 : Vipassana Meditation Proper - Part 2
  • Mindfulness practice according to Satipatthana sutta (Sutta on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness)
  • Brief explanation on 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)

    Date:23 April 05 (Sat)
    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.

    ** A Basic Meditation Instruction Handout will be given to all Beginners **

    Call the Co-ordinator Bro Nelson @ email : or HP 96985157 for enquiries.

    Sayadaw U Pannananda is a disciple of Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita of paditarama Golden Hill Meditation Centre in Myanmar and studied and practiced the Vipassana meditation under him. Sayadaw U Pannananda also taught vipassana meditation and gave Dhamma talk as an assistant meditation teacher while he stayed in the Panditarama Golden Hill Meditation Centre.

    In 1997, he came to Malaysia under the instruction of Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita to teach vipassana meditation in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. He has already completed 22 vasa as a monk.

    The Venerable is currently the resident monk in Vipassana Meditation Centre, Singapore.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 02HDB Hub Auditorium (HDB Convention Centre). By Shan You Counselling Centre
    Cancer Forum : Learning To Heal Using Mind-Body Medicine

    This forum provides insights into the psychological defence techniques against cancer, covering:
  • The emotional journey of a person with cancer
  • What research tells us about cancer-prone personality styles
  • The mind-body connection that supports recovery from cancer
  • Effective techniques in treating and managing cancer pain
  • How psychologists work with medical practitioners to relieve pain
  • The importance of good nutrition in cancer management
  • Types of cancer recurrence : what, when and how to use alternative treatments


    Mind-Body Medicine for People with Cancer

    By Dr Lim Kok Kwang
    Clinical Advisor, Shan You Counselling Centre

    Managing Cancer Pain
    By Dr Russell Hawkins
    Clinical Advisor, Shan You Counselling Centre
    Associate Professor, National Institute of Education (NTU)

    A Healthy Eating Guide for Healing Cancer
    By Ms Liow Min Choo

    What to Do if Cancer Recurs
    By Dr Tay Miah Hiang
    Associate Consultant, Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre

    Who should attend:
    Cancer patients, cancer survivors, family members, caregivers, healthcare providers, nurses, hospice staff, counsellors, psychologist, and general public

    Date : 2 April 2005 Saturday
    Time : 1:30 pm ~ 5 pm
    Venue : HDB Hub Auditorium (HDB Convention Centre)
    Admission fee : $10 per pax

    For details, please visit our

    To register, please make cheque payable to SHAN YOU COUNSELLING CENTRE and send it to

    Shan You Counselling Centre
    Blk 9 Upper Boon Keng Road
    #01-960 Singapore 380009

    For enquiries and registrations, kindly contact:-
    Tel: 6741 9293,
    Fax: 6741 9352.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 07
    May 07
    Kong Meng San Monastery Youth Ministry
    Special Appeal for Volunteers: Volunteer Training Programme - Caring for People with HIV/AIDs

    We recently received an invitation by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Communicable Disease Centre to send some Buddhists to take up a specialized Volunteer Training Programme, to become volunteers to care for people with HIV/AIDS.

    We understand that volunteers from other religions are very supportive of this programme, but responses from Buddhists are not as strong.

    Currently; most of their volunteers are Christians and Catholics; they are doing amazing work; as it is may be better to pair patients with volunteers of the same faith; they are looking forward to recruiting volunteers from our faith.

    It is a golden opportunity for us to support fellow Buddhists who are people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

    Below are details we have at the moment:

    Course: 8th Volunteer Training Programme
    Period: 2nd April 2005 to 7th May 2005,
    Time: 1400hrs - 1700hrs Every Saturday
    Venue: The Patient Care Centre
    (Venue To Be Confirmed)

    We hope that we can gather at least 5 representatives from the Buddhist Community to attend this programme.

    Hence, if you wish to be a part of this meaning volunteering work, please contact Cell. Tono before 15th March 2005.

    If you need more information, please contact Cell. Tono @ 9765 4322 / 6849 5346 or email:

    All are welcome
    Apr 10Buddhist Library, The
    Dharma Talk by Venerable Henepola Gunaratana

    It is with great pleasure and honour that the Venerable Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera, Abbot of Bhavana Society, West Virginia, U.S.A. shall be giving a talk at the Buddhist Library. The details are:-

    Date: Sunday, 10 April( right after the 10am morning puja)
    Topic:Metta Bhavana (Cultivating Loving-Kindness)

    Venerable Henepola Gunaratana was ordained at the age of 12 as a novice monk. In 1947, he received his higher ordination in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was 20 years old. Subsequently he spent five years with Mahabodhi Society of India where he served the Harjana (untouchables) people in Sanchi, Delhi, and Bombay. He then spent ten years in Malaysia, working with various Buddhist organisations.

    In 1968, Venerable Gunaratana was invited to serve as the Honorary General Secretary of the Buddhist Vihara Society of Washington, D.C., U.S.A. In 1980, he was appointed the President of the Society. During his years there, he taught courses in Buddhism, conducted meditation retreats and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

    Venerable Gunaratana holds a PhD from the American University. He taught courses on Buddhism at the American University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. His books and article have been published worldwide.

    His "Mindfulness in Plain English" is among the most cited text on the subject. The 78 years old Venerable Gunaratana is now the Abbot and President of the Bhavana Society of West Virginia, U.S.A. He continues to travel widely, write and teach about meditation and the Buddha-Dhamma.

    Please do not miss this opportunity to learn about metta meditation from perhaps one of the most experienced meditation teachers alive today. Do bring a friend.

    All are welcome
    Apr 16
    May 20
    Toa Payoh Central Community Club Seminar Room (5th Storey) . By Shan You Counselling Centre
    6-Session Class for Those with Chronic Illness
    Why You Should Attend

    This 6-session skill-building Manage Your Mind class shows you how to:
  • Transform the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of your life with knowledge from the world's leading clinical, research and educational institutions.
  • Benefit from self-regulation techniques that enhance your self-awareness, self-confidence and immune power.
  • Experience emotional and social support that accelerates your healing from illness.
  • Become an active participant in taking care of your total wellness with a result-oriented road map.

    Part 1 : Fight the Fear 16 April 2005 (Saturday)

    Avoid the "what if" thinking trap. Ease your fears and worries. Benefit from emotional management methods that work. Enjoy your power to:-

  • Elicit the Relaxation Response promoted at the Harvard Medical School for more than the past 35 years.
  • Secure self-assurance with creative self-talk to courageously cope with all your life changes.

    Part 2 : Beat the Blues 22 April 2005 (Friday)

    Take charge of your life with confidence. Curb the blues and boost your immune functions. Decide to:-

  • Dissolve depressed mood with mental strategies that sustain your optimism as taught at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Enhance your calm control over anxiety about medical conditions with the cutting-edge techniques from the University of Toronto.

    Part 3 : Salvage Your Sleep 30 April 2005 (Saturday)

    Apply scientific self-help skills that result in sleep improvement that lasts. Start to:-

  • Free yourself from longstanding sleep deprivation and emotional dependence on sleep medications.
  • Establish easy sleep hygiene with new habits that bring you fresh energy in the morning developed at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Centre.

    Part 4 : Pacify the Pain 6 May 2005 (Friday)

    Cut down chronic pain with simple, economical and proven procedures. Learn to:-

  • Use clear thought tactics to lower emotional suffering from pain as advanced by the Harvard Medical School and University of Sydney.
  • Build your own favourite approach to imagery (visualisation) to safely expand your relaxation, comfort and ease of movement.

    Part 5 : Renew Your Relationships 14 May 2005 (Saturday)

    Express your emotional truth. Gain loving understanding and support from the people you care about most deeply in life. Discover:-

  • Your hidden personality type that has made you do things you did not know why.
  • Compassion for yourself in forgiving and releasing old emotional wounds with the HEAL method from the Stanford University Forgiveness Project.

    Part 6 : Strengthen Your Spirituality 20 May 2005 (Friday)

    Find meaning and purpose in the tough challenges that have crossed your path. Celebrate your capacity to:-

  • Experience appreciation and fulfilment in your life with therapeutic prayers and guided imagery based on scientific research.
  • Create balance and peace naturally with mindfulness meditation which medical doctors around the world learn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Venue : Toa Payoh Central Community Club Seminar Room (5th Storey) 93 Toa Payoh Central
    Tel: 6252 1249
    Time :
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm (Fridays) (Registration at 7:00 pm)
    2:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Saturdays) (Registration at 1:30 pm)
    Instructor : Dr Lim Kok Kwang
    Clinical Advisor of Shan You Counselling Centre
    President Of Singapore Society of Clinical Hypnosis


    Please click here. Please make cheque payable to SHAN YOU COUNSELLING CENTRE and send it to

    Shan You Counselling Centre
    Block 9 Upper Boon Keng Road
    #01-960 Singapore 380009

    with registration slip one week before each workshop. For enquiries, kindly contact Siew Foong or Shannen at Tel: 6741-9293 / Fax: 6741-9352.

    About the speaker

    Dr Lim Kok Kwang, a Clinical Advisor of Shan You Counselling Centre and a Consultant psychologist with the Singapore Wellness Medicine Clinic, is the Founder and Director of MindWise (a behavioural healthcare provider). He is also the Co-founder and Director of Accelerated Cognitive Enhancement (a learning ability training provider); and the president of the Singapore psychological Society and the Singapore Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

    A registered psychologist in Singapore, Dr Lim is also a Life Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine, and Diplomate of the International Academy of Behavioural Medicine, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 17
    May 01
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Blood Donation & Free Health Screening

    Blood Donation: April 17, 2005, 10.00am to 4.00pm

    Health Screening: May 01, 2005, 9.00am to 5.00pm

    Online Register:

    All are welcome
    Apr 18
    Jul 04
    Brahm Education Centre
    Hatha Yoga- 10 Sessions (Limited to 30 per class)

    Instructor: Shamla a certified Yogi


    Course Fee: S$60/- (Members); S$70/- (Non-Members)
    Venue: BF Centre No 9 Lor 29 Geylang #04-02

    Monday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 18 April 2005
    (Apr 18, 25; May 9, 16, 30; Jun 6, 13)
    Time: 8:00pm - 9:15pm

    Thursday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 14 Apr
    (Apr 14, 21, 28 ; May 5 , 12, 19, 26 ; Jun 2, 9, 16)
    Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Saturday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 16 Apr
    (Apr 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18)
    Time: 11:30am - 12:45pm


    Course Fee:S$70/- (Members) S$80/-(Non-Members)
    Venue: BF Centre No 9 Lor 29 Geylang #04-02

    Monday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 18 Apr 2005
    (Apr 18, 25; May 9, 16, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; Jul 4)
    Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

    Thursday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 14 Apr 2005
    (Apr 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 9, 16)
    Time: 8.00pm - 9.15pm

    Saturday Classes
    Date: Commencing on 16 Apr 2005
    (Apr 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; Jun 4, 11, 18)
    Time: 9.45am - 11.00am

    For registration form click here. Please make cheque payable to:-
    Brahm Education Centre Ltd
    9 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-02 Singapore 388065
    Tel: 6745 5007 Fax: 6842 6255

    All are welcome
    Apr 20Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Dharma Talk by Venerable Sangye Khadro - Why Meditate ?

    We are very happy to announce that Venerable Sangye Khadro, who is coming to Singapore to attend Lama Zopa's teachings. Renowned for her meditation classes among other topics, Venerable has kindly agreed to lead our members through some meditation techniques. The talk will be held on Apr 20, 7.30 pm.

    All are welcome
    Apr 21Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Dharma Talk by Geshe Chonyi - Preparing for Initiation

    To help students prepare for Rinpoche's visit, Geshe-la will be offering a class on How to Prepare for Initiation. Geshe-la will give advice on how to prepare our minds for the teachings as well as how to assess whether we are ready or not for initiation. Those who are thinking of taking initiation are advised to take this opportunity to benefit to the maximum from listening to the teachings. The talk will be held on Apr 21, 7.30 pm.

    Geshe Chonyi was ordained by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche . From twelve to eighteen years of age, he studies basic philosophy, logic, painting and English at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. At the age of eighteen Geshe Chonyi went to Sera-Je Monastery in India to further his studies. In 1997, after completing his studies, he received his Geshe Lharampa Degree and after that, attended Gyudme Tantric Collage in South India for one year. He then returned to Kopan Monastery and started teaching Buddhist Logic and philosophy. In 2000, Geshe became the resident teacher of Amitabha Buddhist Centre.

    All are welcome
    Apr 22
    Apr 27
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Ajahn Dhammasiha's Talk at Buddhist Fellowship

    Bio Data of Ajahn Dhammasiha

    Ajahn Dhammasiha was born in West Germany on Dec 5, 1966. After finishing High School and serving as a conscript in the German armed forces, he studied business administration in West Berlin from 1987 to 1993. During field research in India in 1994 for a PhD on "Indian Corporate Culture", he read the Dhammapada which hit him as a true revelation. He travelled to Sarnath & Bodh Gaya and finally succeeded in dropping worldly concerns to devote his life to Dhamma. He ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995 with Most Ven Pandita K Sri Jinavarisa.For 3 years he trained at Nissarana Vana, Meetisigala, a forest monastery dedicated to solitary practice of meditation and meticulous observance of the Theravada Vinaya. Inspired by transcripts of AjahnBrahm's dhamma talks, he came to Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth in 1998 and trained there with Ajahn Brahm as his acariya for the next 7 years.

    Ajahn Dhammasiha's Talk at Buddhist Fellowship:-

    Date: 22 April 2005, Friday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Foundations of Progress in Your Meditation

    Date: 23 April 2005 , Saturday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Calming Mental Turmoil - Imposing Speed Limits to slow down the Rat-Race Mind

    Date: 24 April 2005, Sunday at 11:00 am
    Topic: The Karmic Balance Sheet - A Short Introduction to Karmic Accounting

    Date: 25 April 2005, Monday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Sharing Good Karma with other Beings

    Date: 27 April 2005, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
    Topic: Transforming Anger into Kindness

    Venue: Buddhist Fellowship No 9, Lorong 29 Geylang, # 04-02, Singapore 388065.

    There will be LUNCH DANA for Ajahn Dhammasiha everyday from the 22 April ( Friday ) to 27 April ( Thursday ) at 12 noon at Buddhist Fellowship. If there is any members who would like to bring Ajahn out for Lunch Dana , please call Tiffany at 6842 6422 to make appointment. If you should have any queries, please feel free to call Tiffany at 6842 6422.

    All are welcome
    Apr 23
    Exhibition Hall Ngee Ann Cultural Centre . By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Lama Zopa Rinpoche Dharma Talk - 3 Principal Aspects of the Paths

    The wish for freedom, altruistic intention, and the wisdom of emptiness constitute the three principal aspects of the path to enlightenment. The essential prerequisite is a strong wish for freedom. But to know how to attain freedom and cut the root of cyclic existence, it is necessary to have the correct understanding of reality. Even with a feeling of antipathy to this cycle of involuntary birth and death and an undistorted understanding of reality, supreme enlightenment will remain out of reach without the altruistic intention to act selflessly for the good and happiness of all living beings. These three are the key -everything that the Buddha thought necessary to attain enlightenment is contained in these teachings.

    Rinpoche will be teaching in English with simultaneous translation to Chinese

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche leads the FPMT network of 130 Buddhist centres, monasteries and affiliated activities worldwide as Spiritual Director. This extraordinary teacher works tirelessly to help others by giving teachings and guidance with great compassion and wisdom. Rinpoche has accomplished innumerable Dharma projects. His current heart project is a 500ft statue of the future Buddha, Maitreya, in India. Rinpoche has made a profound impression on thousands of people, not only in Singapore but all over the world. He truly is a perfect role model of what he teaches.

    Date: Apr 23 & 24
    Time: 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
    Venue: Exhibition Hall
    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre
    Address Teochew Building
    97 Tank Road

    1000 arm Chenrezig Initiation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

    This practice on Kuan Yin enables us to get in touch and develop our compassion. This initiation is also a great initiation, which has 2 parts: preparation and the actual initiation. The commitments for the Chenrezig initiation are taking the bodhisattva vow, and doing either Nyung Nay (2-day fasting retreat) within number of years or 108 recitations of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM every day for the rest of one's life.

    This practice will be held on Apr 29 (FRI) & 30 (SAT) at 7.30 pm.

    Venue for this initiation is not confirm, interested participant can email for more detail or call the centre at 6745 8547.

    All are welcome
    Apr 23
    May 28
    Toa Payoh Central Community Club Seminar Room (5th Storey) . By Shan You Counselling Centre
    Your Path to Mindfulness : 4 Session Meditation Package

    Your Path to Mindfulness:
    4-Session Meditation Package
    Shan You Counselling Centre
    Toa Payoh Central Community Club

    Our Mind is a forerunner for many of our experiences. What we think, feel and do influence our overall health.

    Scientific Research shows that meditation provides you with energy and vitality with the use of your mental capabilities.

    Join Us in this series of meditation lessons to enhance your bodily, emotional and mental healing.

    You Will learn safe and simple techniques to maintain your total mind-body wellness in top form.

    Session I (23 Apr 2005)
    Mindful Body
  • Discover steps to relaxation, rest and comfort
  • Heighten mindfulness of your physical bodily sensations, movements and postures

    Session II (7 May 2005)
    Mindful Feelings
  • Raise awareness of your feelings
  • Gain greater control, calm and peace

    Session III (21 May 2005)
    Mindful Thoughts
  • Learn to silence your mind
  • Increase clarity and focus

    Session IV (28 May 2005)
    Mindful Nature
  • Get in touch with the surrounding natural phenomenon
  • Experience beauty, pleasure and notice ‘miracles’ in ordinary reality

    Meditation Trainer Dr Ng Yuen Yen
  • Senior Visiting Consultant, Carelink,
    Singapore General Hospital
  • Emergency Medicine and Homecare Specialist
    14 years of Meditation Practice

    Registration Slip
    Please click here

    All are welcome
  • Apr 30
    Jun 12
    Shan You Counselling Centre
    Make Time Get Together

    Programme 1 : Food for Thoughts
    Date : 30 April 2005, Saturday
    Time : 9.00am - 3.00 pm
    Venue : Homes of Food Rations Recipients
    Fees : $ 30 per group ( 3 person each group )

    Programme 2 : Nature Appreciation
    Date : 28 May 2005, Saturday
    Time : 9.00am - 2.00 pm
    Venue : Kent Ridge Park
    Fees : $ 45 per group ( 3 person each group )

    Programme 3 : Family Camp
    Date : 12 June 2005, Sunday
    Time : 9.00am - 5.00 pm
    Venue : Toa Payoh Central Community Club
    Fees : $ 60 per group ( 3 person each group )

    Any inquiries please contact Sandy/Mildred/Jane at 67419293 or email

    All are welcome

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