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2005 AD ( 2549 BE ) ACTIVITIES



    November 2005

    Nov 01
    Nov 06
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    One-Day Meditation Retreat Workshops and Dharma Talk by Ajahn Sujato

    Ajahn Sujato, will be conducting 3 ONE-DAY Meditation Retreat Workshops on 1st, 3rd and 5th November

    Venue: BF Centre
    Time: 8:30am - 6:30pm

    Lunch & Tea Breaks, drinks, meditation cushion will be provided. Recommended Donation: $50 (or as you wish) to help defray costs. Limited to 50 participants (Please call Richard at 6842 6422 to register. Registration by first come basis)

    Dharma Talk by Ajahn Sujato:-
    Venue: BF Centre
    Date: 06 Nov
    Time: 11:00AM, Sunday
    Title: The Far Shore
    Note: Dana at 12:30PM

    ** Ajahn Sujato is the Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery in NSW, trained under Ajahn Brahm for many years before being invited to set up a new monastery in Bundanoon (1.5hr drive from Sydney).

    Note: Nov 01 and Nov 03 workshop registrations are full. Nov 05 workshop has only 5 vacancies left.

    All are welcome
    Nov 01
    Nov 06
    Costa Sands Resort, Sentosa. By Buddhist Fellowship

    DATE : 1 - 6 NOVEMBER 2005 ( Tuesday - Sunday )
    Check in Time: 8am on Tues and check out at 2pm on Sunday

    VENUE : Costa Sands Resort, 30 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa Island
    OBSERVE : - 8 Precepts ( No Jewellery or Cosmetics; No Music, TV or entertainment ; No food after 1 pm but drinks are allowed )

    If you are interested, kindly fill up the form and sent in your registration. If you should have any queries, please feel free to call Tiffany Tang at 6842 6422 or e-mail at This retreat is for MEMBERS ONLY! Those who are not members, you may sign up to become a member.

    New meditators are recommended to take the Meditation Course offered by Brahm Education Centre before registering for this retreat.

    METTA is a Pali word for LOVING KINDNESS. Please note that Meditation Retreat is not suitable for anyone who requires medication for depression, schizophrenia or other psychological conditions.

    RETREAT LEADER: Ajahn Sujato is originally from Perth and ordained in the Forest Tradition in Thailand in 1994. He has trained at several monasteries including at Bodhinyana, and is currently the abbot of Santi Forest Monastery in the Southern Highlands between Sydney and Canberra.

    Metta Meditation is highly effective in overcoming anger and ill will towards oneself and others. Metta meditation is very powerful in self healing especially for people who have gone through very difficult times in their lives.

    Check out Santi Forest Monastery's website:

    All are welcome
    Nov 06Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple. By Vipassana Meditation Centre
    Kathina Robe Offering Celebration

    Date: 6 Nov 05 (Sun),
    Time : 8.30am to 1.00pm
    Venue : Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple,
    30C St Michael's Road (off Serangoon Road)

    06 November (Sunday)
  • 8: 30 am : Arrival of Invited Monks
  • 8.45am : Speech by VMC President
  • 9:00 am : Administrating of 5 Percepts & Paritta Chanting
  • 9:15am : Offering of Kathina Robes and Requisites
  • 9:50am : Dhamma Talk
  • 11:00am : Lunch Dana to Monks
  • 11:30am : Lunch for devotees

    Benefits of Offering Katrina Robes
  • You can go anywhere without encountering danger.
  • You can eat whatever food without incurring any harm.
  • Clothing comes easily to you.
  • Possessions comes easily to you
    Your properties cannot be destroyed by fire or water, confiscated by government, stolen by thieves or fall into the hands of unworthy heirs.

    For enquiry, pls contact Lian Sim at 96705776 after 5pm.

    Kathina marks the end of the rains retreat (Vassa). On this occasion, lay devotees come together to offer robes to the community of monks (Sangha) who have spent the vassa at a particular monastery, meditation center or some other dwelling place. The offering of the Kathina robe started during the time of the Buddha. After observing the three months rains retreat, some monks were on their way to the monastery at Savatthi where the Buddha was staying. They were drenched and soaked to the skin by a heavy downpour when they reached the destination. Taking into consideration their condition, the Buddha prescribed that a "Kathina" ceremony to be performed by monks when they have completed their rains retreat.

    It is the custom of Theravada Buddhists to participate in the ceremony with the offerings of robes and/or other requisites. The distribution of the robes received by the monks from the lay devotees are entirely a matter of the Sangha members. The "Kathina" ceremony promotes the interdependency between the Sangha and the laity. The offerings, made through the devotees' natural desire to support the Sangha, is an important merit-making event for Theravada Buddhists.

    All are welcome
  • Nov 06Tai Pei Buddhist Centre . By Mahakaruna Buddhist Society
    Offering 5000 Robes & Pindapata Ceremony 2005.
    Organized by Ven Dr K. Gunaratana

    6 Nov 2005 (Sunday)
    9.00AM - 1.30PM

    Robes Offering Ceremony 2005
    09.30am Puja offering to the Lord Buddha followed by recital
    10.00am Arrival of the Maha Sangha & Ven Monks from
    Singapore, Sri lanka, India,Thailand, & Burma.
    10.30am Pindapata (Alms Food ) To the Maha Sangha
    ( Devotees who wish to offer their vegetarian items to the Ven Monks in the alms round, please bring only small portion).
    11.00am Dana for Monks & Lunch For Devotees
    12.00am Collect Robes & Puja offering to the Buddha
    Assemble - VIP to collect gifts sets & robes in the Main Hall
    12.10am Monks with drummers will proceed to the main hall
    12.15 am Observance of Five precepts
    12.20pm Recital of Formula by the Ven. for the offering of Robes to the Maha Sangha of the 4 quarters in the world.
    12.30pm Dhamma talk on the Significance of Robes offering in english by the Most Ven Luangpor Inter (Phrakrupalad Sopit Chotikul) General Director of International Cultural & Social Services Foundation of Wat Arunrajavararam ( Temple of Dawn ) Bangkok Thailand.
    12.45pm Offering of Robes to the Maha Sangha
    01.00pm Blessing Services by the Ven. Maha Sangha & Transference of merits to all the departed relatives.
    01.20pm Tie the five colour threads
    .the monks take their leave

    Venue: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre
    No.2 Lavender Street Singapore 338823
    TEL: 6298 3343
    FAX: 6291 8859

    For Robe reservation, please call: Bhante Gunaratana
    Tel: 6745 180
    Fax: 6745 579
    Address: No 4 Kim Keat Close ( off kim keat lane, whampoa market) S'pore 328916

    The Theravada Traditional
    Robe-Offering Ceremony

    The word 'Kathina' is Pali in origin. It means a frame used in sewing robes those days in India.

    This grand ceremony offers a rare opportunity for giving because it occurs only once every year for one month. Which it is usually around late Oct and early Nov month. Offering of robe signifies the ending of the three months Rainy Retreat (Vassana). This tradition has been passed down since the time of the Buddha. It is a common practice among the countries like Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka which are under the influence of the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

    At the ceremony, devotees will present saffron robes to the Maha Sangha. Giving must be done to the Sangha as a whole, not to any particular monk. When a monk takes the Kathina robe, on that day he has to complete the Kathina ceremony among the assembly of the monks, who are also in the rainy season retreat, in the chapel (Uposatha) of the temple.

    Since Kathina can occur only once in a year at each temple, it is considered Kala-Dana. By participating, the devotees will devote themselves closer to the Triple Gem - (Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha).

    As Kathina robe offering is one of the greatest meritorious deeds, therefore, participation in this special event will bless you with good wisdom, long life, success and prosperity .

    May this offering, may this act of merit be a strong support for you to gain Enlightenment.

    All are welcome
    Nov 06
    Nov 19
    Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery. By Visuddha Meditation Centre

    Dates: 6 to 19 Nov 2005
    Venue: Lian Shan Shuang Lin Monastery
    184, Jalan Toa Payoh, Singapore 319944

    Participation sessions :
    -2 weeks from 6~19 Nov
  • 1st week from 6~12 Nov
  • 2nd week from 13~19 Nov
  • 1st 4days from 6~9 Nov
  • 2nd 4days from 11~14 Nov
  • 3rd 4days from 16~19 Nov
    Application/Closing date:15 Aug
    Retreat attendance is free of charge.
  • Application form/details:
    107, Jalan Langgar Bedok
    Singapore 468559
    Tel: (65) 90101663
    Website: visuddha-m-c
    Application form: Form
    Contact: Teoh Soon Seng
    Fax : (65) 64675626
    e-mail: Visuddha M C

    Ven Pa-Auk Sayadaw teaches Samatha and Vipassan meditation based on the Tipitaka and its commentaries, notably the Visuddhimagga. Beginning with npnasati and four- elements meditation, the teaching is organized into the 3 trainings of sila, samadhi and pa, further refined into the seven stages of purification. With sila as foundation, strong samadhi is developed to discern ultimate materiality and mentality, and the workings of dependent origination.

    In Vipassan, through the systematic discerning of the five aggregates as impermanent, suffering and non-self, progress is made through the insight knowledges while purifying the mind of defilements, to attain Nibbana.

    SINGAPORE 468559
    TEL: (65) 90101663

    All are welcome
    Nov 08
    Nov 16
    By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Dharma Talk and Chan 5 - 5 days meditation retreat

    Dharma Talk (8 nov 2005)
    If you are keen to come for the talk, please call in (6735 5900) to reserve your seats as it is limited.

    Chan 5 - 5 days meditation retreat (11 nov to 16 nov 2005)
    This is a hard-to-come-by 5 days meditation retreats for both beginners and practitioners.

    You are welcome to learn from the venerables "Silent Illumination" meditation method.

    Please clcik here for details:

    Dharma Drum Singapore
    30 Mohamed Sultan Road,
    #04-00 Lam Ann Building S(238974)
    Tel:6735 5900
    Fax: 6735 8900

    All are welcome
    Nov 09
    By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Basic Meditation Course and 5 Days Meditation Retreat (Silent Illumination)

    Our Basic Meditation Course is open for application now.

    Date: 9/11 & 10/11
    Time: 7.30-9.30pm

    This is a 2 nigths course on 9/11 & 10/11 (7.30-9.30pm) for Beginners and will be conducted by Senior Disciples of Chan Master Sheng-yen - Ven Guo Jian Fa Shi and Ven Guo Yin Fa Shi.

    As it is free and seats are limited, you are encouraged to take part or call your friends to come along.



    Our 5 Days Meditation Retreat (Silent Illumination) is also open for application.

    Date: 11/11 to 16/11

    It is from 11/11 to 16/11 (stay-in) for both beginners and practitioners. Please read attached posters for details and help us to disseminate these events, or click:


    For more information contact:
    Dharma Drum Singapore
    30 Mohamed Sultan Road
    Lam Ann Building
    #04-00 Singapore 238974
    Tel: 6735 5900
    Fax: 6735 8900

    All are welcome
    Nov 11
    Nov 27
    By Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling
    Dharma Teaching conducted by His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

    His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche
    Date: 11th November 2005 to 27th November 2005

    Venue: Gaden Shartse Dro-Phen Ling
    12 Guillemard Lane
    Singapore 399878

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    11th Nov 2005 Friday 壩 7.30pm C 9.30pm 6 Paramitas (1) || Ȳ һ
    12th Nov 2005 Saturday 7.30pm C 9.30pm 6 Paramitas (2) || Ȳ
    13th Nov 2005 Sunday ) 7.30pm C 9.30pm 6 Paramitas (3) || Ȳ )
    18th Nov 2005 Friday 壩 7.30pm C 9.30pm Tantra Introduction || ܷ
    19th Nov 2005 Saturday 7.30pm C 9.30pm Guru Yoga (1) || ʦ һ
    20th Nov 2005 Sunday ) 7.30pm C 9.30pm Guru Yoga (2) || ʦ
    25th Nov 2005 Friday 壩 7.30pm C 9.30pm Dependent Arising (1) || Ե һ
    26th Nov 2005 Saturday 7.30pm C 9.30pm Dependent Arising (2) || Ե
    27th Nov 2005 Sunday ) 7.30pm C 9.30pm Refuge ||

    All are welcome
    Nov 15Buddhist College of Singapore. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Open for Registration

    Registration closes on November 15, 2005
    For more information contact:
    Buddhist College of Singapore
    88 Bright Hill Road
    Singapore 574117
    Tel : 6849 5331
    Fax: 6452 8332

    All are welcome
    Nov 16By Buddhist Fellowship
    Meditation & Dhamma Talk

    Date: Wed 16 November
    Time: 7:45pm

    An American monk who is passing through Singapore will be lead the meditation and been invited to share his experiences as a monk living in Thailand.

    Venerable Deh (Gunavuddho Bhikkhu) is an American who was born in a farming town outside of Chicago. After graduating from the Berklee School of Music in Boston with a degee in jazz piano performance, he proceeded to teach in New York City and San Jose, California.

    In 1999, he ordained at Wat Nong Pah Pong, Ajahn Chah's forest monastery in northeast Thailand. Since then he has had the opportunity to live in monasteries of high standard and learn from accomplished teachers. He now lives at the branch monastery one hour East of Bangkok, Wat Marp Jan.

    You are welcome to invite along your friends.

    All are welcome
    Nov 20
    By Vipassana Meditation Centre
    Novitiate Programme

    Date : 20 Nov ~ 27 Nov 05
    Venue : Vipassana Meditation Centre (VMC),
    251 Lavender Street
    Age group : 12 ~ 18 years old male
    Application Form: Download here
    Limited vacancies . Please apply early for registration.

    Contact person: Kyaw Teza @ 91913702 or email:

    All are welcome
    Nov 21
    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre Ngee Ann Auditorium. By Khyenkong Tharjay Buddhist Charitable Society
    Padma Benza Grand Puja Dharma Teachings By His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche

    His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche was born in Nyethang, Central Tibet, in 1947. He was recognized by His Holiness, the 16th Karmapa to be the mind emanation of the 1st Jamyang of Khyentse Wangpo, the great treasure revealer and founder of the Rime movement during the 19th century in Tibet. He is the emanation of the Manjushri and in his previous lives had reincarnated as the sage Vimalamitra and the incomparable master Gampopa.

    Benefits for disciples
    Through the merits of receiving this empowerment, the disciples remove their obstacles and are prevented from harm by spiritual disturbances. In this life, they will increase their good fortune and lifespan and wealth. In future life, they will not be reborn into the three lower realms. They will reap fruition of their virtuous deeds and finally attain Buddhahood.

    Benefits for the deceased
    The deceased names for this ritual are recorded down and various rituals are done to liberate the consciousness of the deceased to the Buddha Pureland.

    Benefits of Lama Dance
    It is said that this Lama Dance liberates by seeing, just as sacred music liberates through hearing, the blessing of a spiritual master liberates through touch, imbibing sacred substances liberates by taste, and meditation liberates by thought.

    We have procured good quality statues like Karmapa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Guru Rinpoche, Padma Benza, Zambala and Green Tara for you to invite home to venerate.

    Pad ma Benza Vase @ $200
    The benefits for possessing the Pad ma Benza Vase are to increase one's good fortune, lifespan, wealth and also liberation.

    Dharma Teaching and Padma Benza Puja
    21 Nov Monday 8.00pm to 9.30pm
  • Dharma Teaching:The Teaching of the Refuge & Bodhicitta.

    22 Nov Tuesday 8.00pm to 9.30pm
  • Dharma Teaching:The Teaching of the Padma Benza Puja.

    23 Nov Wednesday 9.00am to 5.30pm & 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Padma Benza Puja: Padma Benza Empowerment

    24 to 26 Nov Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm & 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Padma Benza Puja: Padma Benza Lama Dance

    27 Nov 2005 Friday 9.00am to 12.00pm & 1.30pm
  • Padma Benza Puja: Padma Benza Conclusion

    Please note that the daily break time are as follows
    Lunch : 12.00pm to 1.30pm, Dinner : 5.30pm to 7.30pm

    Organised by:
    Khyenkong Tharjay Buddhist Charitable Society Singapore
    Post Centre Post Office,
    PO Box 369, Singapore 914013

    Venue Sponsor:
    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre Ngee Ann Auditorium
    Teochew Bldg.
    97 Tank Road

    Enquiries: Please call 9797 2662 or 9106 3356

    Buses: 64, 123, 139, 143 (Nearest MRT : Dhoby Ghaut Station! Dhoby Ghaut)

    Puja Sponsorship form
    Puja Participation Form
    Puja in English Explaination

    All are welcome
  • Nov 23By Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
    Flag Day 2005

    What Can YOU Do?
    YOU can support the meaningful Vision of MFTNH that provides professional medical, nursing and rehabilitation care to the sick and needy elderly, regardless of race or religion

    How To Support? 23rd November is our Only Charity Flag Day in 2005. We need YOU to help our Nursing Home to participate in this Flag Day. We need only a few hours from you as a Flag Day Volunteer in an effort to raise funds for Man Fut Tong Nursing Home.

    We need your help to forward this to everyone you know and hope it reaches KEEN VOLUNTEERS like YOU. Volunteers don't get paid, NOT because they're worthless, but they are PRICELESS.

    "Help Us, Help More People"

    For more information
    Call Victor/Jeremy @ 63683301
    Email: /
    Address:Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
    20 Woodlands Street 82
    Singapore 738507
    Tel: 63683301
    Fax: 63686303
    The MFT Volunteer circle (We Care About Volunteers' satisfactory)

    All are welcome
    Nov 27
    Nov 29
    3th Floor, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Lati Rinpoche Puja 2005

    His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche

    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery is honoured to invite His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche and his entourage of monks from Gaden Shartse Norling College to conduct the following prayers from 27/11/05 to 29/11/05 dedicated towards the well-being of world peace, world health and world economy and for the flourishing of Buddhas teachings in all directions.

    Date: 27-11-05 (SUN)
    Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
    Program: Grand Offering to Queen of Hungry Ghosts (I)
    Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm
    Program: Grand Offering to Queen of Hungry Ghosts (II)

    Date:28-11-05 (MON)
    Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm
    Program: Palden Hlamo Calamities-Averting Grand Puja
    Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Program: Grand Fire Puja of Increase

    Date:29-11-05 (TUES)
    Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm
    Program: Grand Consecration Puja
    Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Program: Grand Consecration Puja (continuation)

    Venue: 3th Floor, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    * Fire puja to be conducted outside of Hall of Great Compassion.

    All are invited ! Be part of this special 3-day prayer session dedicated towards an immeasurable cause.

    All are welcome


    December 2005

    Dec 02By Tender Loving Care
    "How to create a home environment that will foster a sense of fun and belonging for your children?"

    Parenting does not necessarily need to be filled with heartaches and lectures on children.

    Learn to share more fun & laughter with your children through games, story-telling and other interactive mediums. Create a fun, exciting environment where your child will enjoy learning and you would enjoy learning together with them too! Plus - a fun interactive workshop that lets you hear the experiences of other parents and share your own!

    Date : 2nd December 2005 (Friday)
    Time : 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    Venue : TLC Student Care Centre (Ang Mo Kio)
    Blk 621 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-68
    Fees : $18 (Husband & Wife)
    $10 (Individual)
    Enquiries : Jane @ 6849 5317 or 9127 5748 or
    [ Form Download Here]

    Facilitator, Tan Yen Yen, previously a counsellor at Tanjong Pagar Family Service Centre, is currently a lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic.

    She is a graduate in Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy (Naropa University/United States) and Diploma in Counseling and Guidance (Temasek Polytechnic).

    She has worked with couples, families and children in a variety of mental health settings both locally and in the US.She has particular interest in using the development of personal awareness to heal oneself, and in integrating Western psychology concepts with the spiritual contemplative practices to improve personal and inter-personal well-being.

    At Tender Loving Care, we nurture your child's Self-Esteem, Positive Attitudes and Sound Ethics with a holistic approach that complements the modern-day school system and prepares your child to face new & exciting challenges ahead

    Blk 621 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9 #01-68 Singapore 560621
    Blk 684a Choa Chu Kang Cresent #01-308 Singapore 681684

    All are welcome
    Dec 06
    Dec 11
    Drigung Phende Ling
    The Teachings of Glorious Lineage
    Teaching Program of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 2005
    (English & Chinese Translation provided)

    Venue: Cultural Room, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (NACC)

    Date: 6/12 (Tue)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme:Four-armed Chenrezig Initiation
    Mani Recitation

    Date: 7/12 (Wed)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme:Teachings on Ganges Mahamudra
    (from Tilopa to Naropa) (1)

    Date: 8/12 (Thur)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme: Teachings on Ganges Mahamudra
    (from Tilopa to Naropa) (2)


    Venue: 3rd Floor, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall,
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    Date: 9/12 (Fri)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme: White Tara Initiation

    Date: 10/12 (Sat)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme: Initiation & Puja of Padmasambhava
    Thousand Lights offering
    Fee: ($5 per light)

    Date: 11/12 (Sun)
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Programme: Grand Puja of Amitabha
    Thousand Lights offering
    Fee: ($5 per light)


    Venue: Clifford Pier

    Date: 11/12 (Sun)
    Time: 10am-1pm
    Programme: Torma Offering to Nagas
    Fee: $20 per person
    (boat fee + offerings)
    Registeration: 9325 8710


    Organizer: Drigung Phende Ling
    For enquiries: 9817 5364 / 9325 8710
    Support the Event: We appeal for your help to contribute to Rinpoche & Lama's air tickets, lodging, meals, event venue rental cost, puja offerings etc, Your generosity in aid to this event would be greatly appreciated.

    How to get there:

    Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (NACC)
    97 Tank Road, Teochew Building
    Walking distance from Dhoby Ghaut MRT, or
    take Bus 64,123,139,143.

    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    88 Bright Hill Road
    alight at Bishan MRT station and take bus 410 (white plate) from the interchange. It will bring you to the temple front gate within 10 minutes

    A Brief Biography of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche

    His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche is a Drikung Kagyu lama who was known in the thirteenth century as the Siddha Gar Chodingpa, a heart disciple of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. In ancient India, he had incarnated as Mahasiddha Aryadeva, the lotus-born disciple of the great Nagarjuna. In the seventh century, he was known as Lonpo Gar, the minister of the Tibetan Dharma King Songsten Gampo.

    Garchen Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned in eastern Tibet by the former Drikung Kyabgon Zhiwe Lodro. When he was seven, he was brought to Lho Miyal Monastery, which he administered from the age of eleven. Studying and practicing under the direction of the Siddha Chime Dorje, Garchen Rinpoche received vast and profound instructions on the preliminary practices (ngndro), the fivefold practice of Mahamudra and the six yogas of Naropa.

    In 1957, he was put into prison for labour reform together with many other Rinpoches. During the period of labour reform, there was once a famine. Due to the lack of food, each person was only given a small piece of steamed bread each day. Many people died of starvation. Rinpoche could not bear to witness all this suffering. He gave away all his food to others. He did not eat anything for two or three weeks. During the 20 years of labour reform, he practised diligently, without lying down at night. He survived two near-death experiences, due to the blessings of the Dharma protectors. Although he had gone through such tormenting experiences, he does not have any hatred. Instead, he often says "I am deeply indebted to the Chinese. Without them, without suffering, I would only be a rough person who is full of jealousy and defilements and who does not know how to meditate or practise the Dharma." Rinpoche's compassion and wisdom are truly great.

    Drubwang Rinpoche has revealed that Garchen Rinpoche's accomplishment in Mahamudra has gone beyond the level of "One-Taste Yoga".

    Garchen Rinpoche's teachings are concise and directed at helping us to understand our true nature. Rinpoche is very considerate and humble to all people regardless of position, age or gender. He is extraordinary in this age of degeneration.

    Garchen Rinpoche is known for his vast realization, as well as for his great kindness.

    For more info:

    All are welcome
    Dec 07
    Dec 30
    Brahm Education Centre
    Empowering Teens to be Responsible Choice-Makers

    This 4-session programme takes the youths on an experiential & creative journey of positive change in building up self-confidence and in the discovery of hidden potentials. Although strongly facilitated, the activities allow a high degree of participation and encourage initiative from participants.

    This activities based workshop provides space for the teens to develop the abilities to manage the adolescence struggles of measuring up to peer pressures, parents' expectations and the perpetual social challenges.

    Trainers' profile
    Mr Sean Liew (Bear) is working as an Executive with SunLife Youth Development Centre based at Shan You Counselling Centre. He is an experienced youth worker, trainer and a registered Professional Member of American Counselling Association. Besides his 10 years working experience, he has more than 6 years experience in befriending, counselling, training and youth work. Sean holds a B. Bus (HRM) and an MSocSc majoring in counselling from University of South Australia. He is also a certified Experiential Learning Facilitator and certified Adventure Therapy Facilitator.

    Objectives of the workshop (LifeSkills to be gained )
  • Improve communication skills - speak confidently & communicate effectively
  • Enhanced self-awareness and concentration
  • Identify & set personal SMART life goal & core values
  • Problem solving and creative thinking skill
  • Be a valuable team player with high EQ

    Group 1 -
    Juniors (7 - 10 yrs old)

    Start date: 7 December 05, (Wed)
    Schedule: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28
    Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
    Venue: No. 33 Jalan Afifi, Eton House, #06-01, S'pore 409180
    Course fee: S$70/-

    Group 2 -
    Seniors (11 - 14yrs old)

    Start date: 9 December 05, (Fri)
    Schedule: Dec 9, 16, 23, 30
    Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
    Venue: No. 33 Jalan Afifi, Eton House, #06-01, S'pore 409180
    Course fee: S$70/-

    Important Notes:
    1. Attire to be casual and comfortable. For female participants, please do not come in skirt.
    2. Please bring along your water bottle for every session.

    Download form here

    All are welcome
  • Dec 07
    Dec 30
    Brahm Education Centre
    Meditation for The Young

    The Buddha's Meditation Methods for Children

    This meditation helps children learn to relax their mind and body. A relaxed mind easily becomes calm and clear so that the child can creatively explore it. A calm and clear mind helps in increasing attention span and good memory. It also helps children to be in touch with their natural love, strength and wisdom. This series is based on the breath meditation, lovingkindness cultivation, the elements meditation and related methods adapted for primary school and lower secondary school students, both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

    Senior (11 - 15 years old)

    Wednesday Class (4 sessions)
    Date: Dec 7,14,21,28
    Time: 10.00am - 10.45am

    Junior (7 - 10 years old)

    Wednesday Class (4 sessions)
    Date: Dec 7,14,21,28
    Time: 11.15am - 12.00pm

    Friday Class (4 sessions)
    Date: Dec 9,16,23,30
    Time: 10.00am - 10.45am

    Registration fee: S$50/-

    Friday Class (4 sessions)
    Date: Dec 9,16,23,30
    Time: 11.15am - 12.00pm

    Registration fee: S$50/-

    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

    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.

    Download form here

    All are welcome
  • Dec 07By Shan You Counselling Centre
    Shan You Flag Day 2005 - Volunteers Needed Urgently

    7th December 2005, Wednesday is the Flag Day for Shan You Counselling Centre to raise funds countrywide. 1,000 volunteers are needed this Flag Day.

    We thus appeal to you to help selling flags on 7th December 2005, while also taking this opportunity practicing patience, generosity and compassion. Indeed, your few hours of volunteering works will directly translate into enabling those in need of help to receive their support through Shan You programmes and/or services.

    If you could, we seek your further support by having your spouse, friends, colleagues or family members to join Shan You this December for a worthy cause.

    To participate, please call Khema at 6741 9293 or Nina at 6748 9975 or send your e-mail to or and indicate your preferences as given below:

    Reporting Centre:
    1) Woodlands
    2) Ang Mo Kio
    3) Jurong East
    4) Boon Lay
    5) Toa Payoh
    6) Somerset
    7) Raffles Place
    8) Tampines
    9) Bedok

    Time Schedule: (Please note that you are required to report half an hour earlier)
    1) 10.00 am to 3.00 pm
    2) 2.00 pm to 7.00 pm
    3) 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

    Of course, you can also make donations to Shan You Counselling Centre and indicate it at the back of the cheque as Flag Day donation. Thank you.

    All are welcome
    Dec 15
    Dec 18
    Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth Group
    Camp Ehi-Passiko Sequel 2005

    Venue: Camp Christine (Girl Guide Campsite )
    Date: 15th Dec - 18th Dec 2005
    Theme: "FUN, that's the WAY to learn BUDDHISM!"
    Age Group: 13 to 21 Early Bird Fees: $38 ( To 1st November )
    Normal Fees: $45

    Brief Description:
    This is the end of year 12th Camp Ehi-Passiko organized by the Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth Group. The event caters to youth who are 13 to 21.

    However, from past experience, the median campers' age is around 15+. The SBM Youth Group has 10 years of organising camps alone, not to mention the myriad number of projects that the group undertook to bring about the propagation of the dhamma and contribution to the society.

    The youth organisers are mainly undergraduate from our local tertiary institutions who are highly trained and experienced in their dealings with youth of very diverse backgrounds.

    As such, parents need not worry about the well-being of their children during their stay with us. In fact, we are so confident of our work that we will offer money back guarantee should any dissatisfaction arises with regards to the camp. Campers are expected to derive the following benefits through their participation in the camp:

    1. Appreciation of the dhamma and its relevance to daily lives.
    2. Strong and deep spiritual friendship.
    3. Leadership and interpersonal skill.
    4. Confidence in public speaking and presentation.
    5. Opportunity to be groomed as youth leaders

    We have inculcated fun and creativity into all aspect of the camp activities. Dharma discussions will involve interactive discussions and presentations in their individual groups. We have also organized exciting and innovative games that bring out the leadership quality in your child. All meals are provided. They'll receive a camp T-shirt, a certificate and a CD with camp pictures at the end of the camp.

    We are limiting this fun-filled event to a maximum of 100 participants, so please contact us as soon as possible.

    For more information, please contact Hongli 98480030, Shi xiong 97599802 or mail us at

    All are welcome
    Dec 22
    Dec 26
    Camp Christine. By Buddhist Fellowship
    BF YOUTH CAMP 2005
    "Growing with Spiritual Friends"

    Hoping to celebrate this X'mas in an Xtraordinary Way before the year comes to an end?

    Looking for a place that is far away from the buzz of the city to rest, relax and rejuvenate before the New Year arrives?!?!?! Search No More!!!!

    The BF Youth Camp 2005 will definitely brighten your X'mas and your New Year ahead with Beautiful Experiences, Memories and Friendship!

    Camp Date: 24 - 26 Dec 05 (3D/2N) - Sat to Mon (Check out before noon)
    Location of Camp: Camp Christine, 71 Jalan Bahtera, Singapore 719922

    What to Expect?! (FUN, FUN, FUN!!!)
  • Making New and Great Spiritual Friends
  • Enriching and Inspiring Dharma talks by Great Speakers
  • Meditation and Puja Sessions
  • Teambuilding Activities and outdoor adventures
  • Cooking Competition
  • BF Variety Night "Live"
  • First BF Youth Camp Fire
  • Exchange of Gifts (Attn All Campers: Pls bring a $10 gift for Exchange)
  • All these and more at only $30 (WOW!!!) (Students/NSF/Unemployed: $20 ONLY!)


    Download form NOW!

    All are welcome
  • Dec 24
    Jan 01
    Hall of No Form, 4th floor, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall,. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Led by His Eminence Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche & His Eminence Tritsab Gyabra Rinpoche

    Date: 24 Dec 2005(Sat,6.00pm) to 1 Jan 2006 Sun (12.30am)
    Venue: Hall of No Form,4th floor,
    Ven.Hong Choon Memorial Hall,
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    *Offering : S$80
    S$45 for Students & Senior Citizen, NS men, Social & health workers S$160 for overseas participant*(includes 1 specially designed T-shirt, Lunch & dinner)
    [Details ]
    Note: Overwhelming response! Full-house for 4 th Floor!

    To allow more people to have this precious opportunity to create oceans of merit, the 3 rd floor of the Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall will be opened up for full-timers too!

    Register now to secure your place!
    Closing Date: extended to 15/12/05.
    Call 6849 5300 for more details.

    Dedicated Towards Well-being of World Peace, World Economy & World Health

    Syllabled Mantra ' OM MANI PADME HUNG ' is the heart mantra of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattvas (Guanyin) and the essence of the Buddhas. The mantra embodies perfect compassion, and is the core of the 84,000 Teachings of all the Buddhas."

    ~ His Eminence Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche ~

    Explanation of Six Syllables

    Closing the doors to the six realms, free sentient beings from sufferings and to be reborn in Buddha's Pure Land.

    OM closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the gods' realm. The suffering of the gods arises from foreseeing one's fall from the gods' realm. s suffering comes from pride.

    MA closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the warring gods (asuras) realm. The suffering of these asuras is constant fighting. s suffering comes from jealousy.

    NI closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the human realm. The suffering of humans is birth, sickness, old age, and death. suffering comes from desire.

    PAD closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the animal realm. The suffering of animals is stupidity, preying upon one another, being killed by men for meat, skin, et. And being beasts o burden. s suffering comes from ignorance.

    ME closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the hungry ghosts' realm. The suffering of hungry ghosts is hunger and thirst. s suffering comes from greed.

    HUM closes the door to the suffering of being reborn in the hell realm. The suffering of the hell is heat and cold. s suffering comes from anger or hatred.

    Purpose of Retreat
    This retreat focuses soley on the recitation of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUNG. Verbal recitation is encouraged as to develop within the individual the deepest qualities of mindfulness, compassion and peace through the blessings of Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin) and a pure mind. The merit accumulated will be delicated towards Well-being of World Peace, World Economy & World Heatlh.

    Why recite Om Mani Padme Hum?
    A Buddha capable of extraordinary feats beyond the capacity of any other being, such as stating exactly how many drops of rain would fall during a rainstorm lasting twelve years, would not be able to fully describe the merit generated by a single recitation of the Mani.' . extracted from 'Mani Kabum'

    'By reciting one hundred million Manis, all the myriad living organisms in your body will be blessed by Avalokiteshvara ( Guanyin ), and when you die even the smoke from the cremation of your corpse will have the power to protect whoever inhales it from rebirth in the lower realms' . Karandaryuha Sutra

    Such inconceivable benefits as taught by the Enlightened Ones!

    Light up your wisdom and arouse your compassion now- Be part of this auspicious & meritorious event! .

    Why Group Practice?
    It sounds impossible to complete 100 million mantras even in one life time, can I really do it in this retreat?

    With the the blessings of Group Practice, YOU CAN!

    Like a drop of water merging with the great ocean, your participation in this 100 million Mani mantra group recitation retreat will accumulate merits equivalent to that of individually reciting the Six-Syllable mantra a 100 million times.

    Come and join this probably largest group retreat to be conducted in Singapore
    - a rare opportunity to accumulate the boundless benefits of reciting 100 million Manis in just over 7 days!

    About His Eminence Drubwang Konchok Norbu Rinpoche

  • Completed studies of 13 major texts in the Tibetan Traditions, e.g. The Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva
  • Exponent of the Mind Only school and the Madhyamika school philosophies.
  • More than 30 years of meditation retreat experiences at times taking only 1 petal of flower and a drop of honey water per day during his retreat.
  • Personally completed 12 X 100 million times of Six-Syllabled Mantra.
  • An accomplished practitioner with high realization & a retreat master of Mahamudra
  • Led the completion of tens 100 Million Mani recitation retreats in Nepal and India.
  • Led the completion of 100 Million Mani recitation in Singapore at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery in 2001 to 2003.

    "A very powerful and accomplished practitioner" as praised by HH 14th Dalai Lama, he was specially appointed by him to propagate the Guanyin Practice to the whole world to benefit all beings.

    About His Eminence Tritsab Gyabra Rinpoche click here

    All are welcome
  • Dec 29NTUC Centre Level 7 Marina Blvd. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Annual Members Nite - Gala Dinner:
    Soracco "Live" in Living In the Present Moment with Ajahn Brahm

    Living In The Present Moment- Dharma talk by Ajahn Brahm

    Date: 29 Dec Thu
    Time: 6:30PM

    Gala Dinner is open for booking.
  • 1 Main Table seating with Ajahn Brahm: $1,000 per donation ticket,
  • 1 Main table seating with Venerable Kwang Sheng: $1,000 per donation ticket,
  • 5 Dana Tables seating of $500 per donation ticket,
  • 3 Merit Tables seating of $100 per donation ticket.
  • 450 Buffet tickets at $50 donation each.(Limited to 550 tickets only)
    Proceeds will be donated to the Meditation Centre project in Perth..

    Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of Health, will be gracing this special event as the Guest of Honor.

    Please check out our website for more information.

    All are welcome
  • Dec 31Dharma Resonance
    New! Spiritual Countdown 05'with Dharma Resonance


    A time to contemplate & aspire

    A place to recharge and reconnect

    A better beginning, a new tomorrow

    Spiritual Countdown invites you to go on a spiritual journey -
    Reflecting on all that has passed and making aspirations to realise your dreams!
    Invite your love ones and buddies down to share the positive energies generated. Make this your own party!

    Vegetarian Refreshment,Buddhist Hymns by Bodhicitta, Sunny Rain,Kang Kee & Friends,
    Inspiring Skits by Omniarts Troupe, 3P+2et al,
    Sizzling Percussion by Zen Drummer (Migyur Dorje)
    & Young Buddhist Chapter (Percussion ensemble),
    Y-cultivation,Reflection,Flower Offering,
    Aspiration Leap Candle Light Procession and more!

    Join us on 31 Dec 2005 (Sat), 7.30pm - 12.30am @ KMSPKS ( 10,000 Buddhas Pagoda)
    [Details ]

    Offering:$8 [Include refreshment & offering items]
    Free for Students,NSF & Senior Citizen

    Confirm your participation by emailing your name, contact no, address
    State Spiritual Countdown
    to or contact us.
    97654322,68495323 (Kmspks Youth Ministry)
    or or contact us
    Karamen Office: 6849 5323 HP: 96937972 or
    Bear Office:67419293 HP: 9022 3435

    Limited seats, Please book early!

    Organized by Singapore Buddhist Mission (Youth Group) ,Dharma Resonance & Youth Ministry, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    6th Full House !!! (23/10/05)
    Thank you for hearing us...
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    All are welcome

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