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2007 AD ( 2551 BE ) ACTIVITIES

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    May 2007

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    May 01Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre
    1-day Meditation Retreat



    For more information:-
    Website: Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre
    Email: kyclzen@singnet.com.sg
    Address: 203C Lavender Street Singapore 338763
    Telephone: 6392 0265
    Fax: 6392 4256

    Participants are required to report to KYCL, Lavender, on 30 Apr 07 7.30 pm, and the retreat will end on 1 May 07 5pm.Please call KYCL at 6392 0265 to register if you are interested.

    All are welcome
    May 01Tzu Chi Foundation
    41st Anniversary Celebrations:
    Return to the Bamboo Bank Era, Create a New Cycle of the Tzu Chi Missions



    As the month of May – a month of gratitude approaches, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation is also reaching its 41st year of establishment.

    Recalling the early days when Tzu Chi Foundation was first set up, 30 housewives follower of Master Cheng Yen set aside NT$0.50 (S$0.025) of their grocery money each day into the 30 bamboo tubes they have, with a simple intention to help the poor and needy. This simple beginning of Tzu Chi’s Charity Mission has resulted in the development of Tzu Chi today.

    Setting its foot in Taiwan under the leadership of Master Cheng Yen, the spirit of Tzu Chi has spread far and wide with members and volunteers now present in many parts of the world to soothe the sufferings. Through its four missions – Charity, Medicine, Education and Humanity, it hopes to inspire the love of every single heart and bring about cycles of love and goodness in the society.

    In appreciation of the continuous support of the general public, the Singapore Branch of Tzu Chi Foundation will celebrate its 41st anniversary with an exhibition theme of “Return to the Bamboo Bank Era, Create a New Cycle of the Tzu Chi Missions”. Besides showing the fruits of our labour in the past 41 years, a series of programs will also be held for your participation. Kindly click the following link for the details of the events: http://www.tzuchi.org.sg/popup/41anniversary/index.html

    We sincerely invite you to share our joy on this special occasion!

    The first event in our serial program of 41st anniversary celebration
    Event: Free Health Screening
    Date: 01/05/2007 (Tue)
    Time: 10.00am-5.00pm
    Venue: Tzu Chi Singapore Branch: 9, Elias Road.

    * Services include: Checks on blood sugar/cholesterol level, blood pressure, pulse, body height & weight, body temperature, visual acuity, urine test, dental checkup

    * Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine consultation are also available

    * Vegetarian Lunch will be provided.



    All are welcome
    Mar 01
    &
    May 06
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Health Screening and Blood Donation

    Health Screening
    Date : Tuesday 01 May 2007
    Time :9.00am to 5.00pm
    Venue : Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road Singapore 546636
    Free Medical Check-up : Height & weight, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Blood Choresterol, Medical Advice



    Blood Donation
    Date : Sunday 06 May 2007
    Time :10.00am to 4.00pm
    Venue : Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road Singapore 546636
    ( Remember to bring along your NRIC or Blood Donation Card for registration. For non-Singaporean, please kindly produce your passport or Work Permit Card.)

    There will be free distribution of goodie bags while stock last.Free vegetarian breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner will be served too

    Direct Bus Service : 80, 82, 87, 88, 119
    Indirect Bus Service : 62, 74, 113, 136, 147, 325

    Enquiry : 6489 8161

    All are welcome
    May 05
    to
    May 26
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course for Beginners



    Please be informed Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore) is organising a 4 sessions Meditation Course for Beginners as below:

    Date :
    5 , 12, 19 & 26 May 07 (sat)
    Teacher :
    Sayadaw U Pannananda
    Medium :
    Burmese / English
    Time :
    7.30 pm to 9.30pm
    Venue :
    251 Lavender Street.
    Fees :
    By Donation.

    Pls log on to http://vmc128.8m.com/page6.html for course details.

    Registration is still opened and base on first come first serve basis.

    Those who have registered for the last course but did not attend due to other commitments are also welcome to join again.

    If you or your friends are still interested pls complete the attached form and email to us or via fax no 64453984.

    We would appreciate it if you could also provide your name(s) and contact no to us by email for our follow up actions.



    All are welcome
    May 05
    &
    May 06
    By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Workshop: Experiencing Dharma


    Download application form here.

    All are welcome
    May 05The Buddhist Fellowship Centre
    Sutta Discovery

    A continuing support for your meditation and happiness

    Sutta Discovery: The Buddha`s Teachings in the oldest texts

    Date: Every Tuesday @ 7.30-9.00pm [ from 5/5/07 onwards]
    Venue: The Buddhist Fellowship Centre
    Dharma Hall (2flr),Poh Ern Shih (Temple of Thanksgiving)
    9 Chwee Chian Rd,Off Pasir Panjang Road,Singapore 117488
    Tel:62780900
    Dharmafarer Website: http://dharmafarer.googlepages.com (for Sutta translations,etc)

    Your meditation, like your breath, is a life-long practice.Keeping into touch with the Buddha”s teachings helps in keeping up your mindfulness. It is also vital to keeping touch with like-minded positive people in the ambience of such study classes.

    In the Sutta Discovery classes, we study the Buddha”s Teachings as found in the early Buddhist scriptures. These Sutta Discovery texts are also used by various other Buddhists in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, the USA and elsewhere for retreats, classes and self-study. These new reader-friendly translations of the early Buddhist discourses are an on-going project by Piya Tan, begun in February 2003.

    The level of this open class ranges from beginner to intermediate. Beginner’s questions are welcome.

    Every Wednesday at 7.30 pm ( free meditation begin at 7.20pm)
    (please submit your email & phone number to dharmafarer@gmail.com for notification. )

    NO REGISTRATION, except for public meditation courses. STUDY NOTES are available if you need them.

    For public meditation courses,etc: http://mindcentre.googlepages


    INSTRUCTOR: Piya Tan is a meditation therapist and counsellor. He has run numerous meditation retreats and courses, classes on Buddhist psychology and counselling (non-religious), and various other courses for tertiary students and adults since 1980s. In 1994, he taught meditation at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He co-authored Love and Marriage: A Buddhist Perspective (1990), and is happily married with two young sons. For more details click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piya_Tan

    For more course details, please browse our http://mindcentre.googlepaqes.com or contact Ratna Lim.

    All are WELCOME .

    May 05By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vegetarian Cooking Class: Kueh & Dishes




    All are welcome
    May 06Esplanade Concert Hall. By Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic
    Harmonious Music Concert






    All are welcome
    May 11
    to
    May 20
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Preparing for Tantric Initiations





    All are welcome
    May 12
    &
    May 13
    Buddhist Library
    TWO DAYS’ TALK ON VIRIYA



    Speaker:
    Dhammachari Devamitra’s talk on 'Viriya'
    Date:
    12 (Sat) & 13 May (Sunday) 2007
    Time:
    7.30pm to 9.30pm

    SUMMARY OF THE TALK
    Viriya is a Pali and Sanskrit term which literally means “state of a strong man”, i.e. vigour, energy, exertion, effort, manliness, heroism. It is most frequently translated into English as ‘energy’. One translator renders it poetically as ‘heroic strength’.

    Viriya is the second of the five spiritual faculties, which are:
    1) faith,
    2) viriya,
    3) mindfulness,
    4) concentration and
    5) wisdom.
    These can be regarded as either successive stages of the Path to Enlightenment or as independent faculties which have to be developed.

    Viriya occurs in several formulations including:

    The Seven Factors of Enlightenment: 1) mindfulness, 2) investigation of mental states, 3) viriya, 4) rapture, 5) tranquillity, 6) concentration, 7) equanimity.

    The Six Perfections: 1) generosity, 2) morality, 3) patience, 4) viriya, 5) meditation, 6) wisdom.

    Buddhism is a very balanced tradition which integrates and harmonises diverse elements and this is illustrated beautifully by the Five Spiritual Faculties which can be viewed as 2 pairs of seemingly opposing factors which are mediated by a fifth, mindfulness.

    Faith if taken to excess will lead to religious zealotry, intolerance and persecution and therefore needs to be balanced by wisdom. ‘Wisdom’ without faith will tend to scholasticism and a narrow intellectualism. Faith and wisdom therefore need to be balanced by one another.

    An excess of ‘concentration’ leads to sluggishness and energy without concentration will lead to restlessness and purposeless activity. Concentration and energy therefore need to be balanced by one another. The active and the contemplative dimensions of the spiritual life need to be brought together so that there is a positive influence of the one on the other.

    Mindfulness, the balancing faculty, cannot be taken to excess.

    Energy is necessary in order to lead the spiritual life, but often we feel as if we do not have any. Why?

    We have more energy than perhaps we realise, but very often we dissipate it through indulging in negative emotions and by giving verbal expression to them.

    Negative emotions can all ultimately be reduced to greed, hatred and delusion according to Buddhist analysis, but these can take many forms. For example: neurotic craving, envy, jealousy, anxiety, resentment, spite, rage, irrational guilt, indignation, gloom, despondency, self-pity, contempt etc. etc. We give verbal expression to them in all sorts of ways: nagging, carping criticism, gossip, slander, moaning, complaining, cursing, etc.

    How do we deal with this?

    1) Develop awareness of our mental states, especially through meditation practice and try not to indulge or give expression to the unskilful ones (those rooted in negative emotions).

    2) Develop positive emotions. Negative emotions drain our energy, but positive emotions invigorate us.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER, DHAMMACHARI DEVAMITRA
    Before being ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in January 1974, Dhammachari Devamitra worked as a professional actor. In 1976, he established the Norwich Buddhist Centre in the UK. In 1982, he assumed a major responsibility within the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO) which he held for 20 years. During this period he gave many lectures and talks on Buddhist practice in different parts of the world, especially in India, and conducted many retreats and seminars.

    Currently, he lives in a community with Sangharakshita, the founder of the FWBO, in Birmingham and teaches at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre. I is also President of the Melbourne Buddhist Centre in Australia.



    All are WELCOME .

    May 12Singapore FooChow Association. By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Most Secret Hagagriva Puja





    All are welcome
    May 13
    &
    May 18
    Satipatthana Meditation Centre
    Dhamma Discussions by Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa

    We are pleased to invite you to a series of Dhamma Discussions by Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa, the Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU), Yangon, Myanmar . Details are as follows:
    Date :13 May (Sun)
    Time :7.00 – 9.30 pm
    Topic :Cakkavatti Suttanta (Dhamma talk in BURMESE )
    Venue :Satipatthana Meditation Centre
    735A (Level 2) Havelock Road .



    Date :18 May (Fri)
    Time :7.30-9.30 pm
    Topic :Contemplation of Mind (Cittanupassana in Dhamma talk in ENGLISH)
    Venue :The Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
    #02 floor, Kong Meng San,
    Phor Kark See Monastery,
    88 Bright Hill Road , Singapore 574117.
    Note: For direction to Kong Meng San click here

    Synopsis for talk on 18 May:
    Contemplation of Mind is a Meditation Practice dealing with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness which brings about the seven advantages: mental purification, overcoming of grief and lamentation, cessation of physical pain and mental unhappiness, finding the Path to (Nibbana), and the final attainment of Nibbana. In this Meditation Practice, the technique of mental check-up is given.

    Mind precedes all actions in daily life. We should therefore know our own mind, and mental situation, even though we cannot know others’ mind. We should contemplate our mind to realize its characteristic, function, and manifestation. By systematically following this practice, one is able to relieve one’s own tension and to maintain mental calmness. Then one will be able to live a peaceful life.

    Biography of Speaker
    Dr Nandamalabhivamsa was born in Myanmar on 22 March 1940 and was ordained as a Novice Monk at the age of 10. At 16, he was conferred Dhammacariya (Teacher of the Dhamma) by the Government of Myanmar and at 21 he was conferred Abhivamsa (Higher Lineage). He obtained an M.A. degree from Kelaniya University, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a Ph.D. from Magadh University in Bodh-Gaya, Vihar, India. In 2000 he was conferred the title "Aggamahapandita" (Senior Scholar) by the Government of Myanmar.

    Dr Nandamalabhivamsa is one of the founders of Buddhist Teaching Centre, Maha Subhodhayon in Sagaing, Myanmar, where about two hundred monks receive education in Buddhist Philosophy and Buddhist Literature annually. Since 2003, he has been travelling regularly to Europe to conduct Abhidhamma courses.

    In 1997 he was appointed the Rector of the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing. In 2005 he was appointed the Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Mission University (ITBMU), the post he now holds.

    All are WELCOME .

    May 18
    to
    20
    8.00pm
    Raffles Hotel Jubilee Hall . By Buddhist Fellowship
    Vesak Celebration 2551: Passage of Time Musical



    Buddhist Fellowship's performing arts group, Soracco, will once again stage a Musical in celebration of Vesak. This year's musical, "Passage of Time" will be held at Jubilee Hall in Raffles Hotel at 8pm from 18 - 20 May.

    Book your tickets early as there are limited tickets left. Someone has already booked the entire night's show! As a member, you are entitled to a 10% discount on tickets purchased before 11 April 2007.

    If you are not yet a Giro donor, this is a good time to sign up as you will be given two VIP tickets worth $100 in appreciation of your support for BF!

    This year, our Guest of Honour is Ven Kwang Sheng, President of Singapore Buddhist Federation. Ajahn Brahm will be featured as part of the show on Sat and Sun.

    Please see the attached poster for more information.

    Do bring your friends to be inspired by Dhamma on stage! Tickets are only at $10, $20 and $50.

    For tickets please call 6842 6422 or email: bfellow@singnet.com.sg

    All are welcome
    May 17
    to
    May 20
    Shaw Organization’s Lido Cinemas. By Asian Buddhist Film Festival
    International Buddhist Film Festival



    The long wait is over for fans in Asia as the International Buddhist Film Festival comes to Singapore - first in Asia. Showcasing a diverse and international program after sold-out events in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C., the IBFF offers contemporary alternatives to violence and suffering, featuring works from nine nations, with seven Singapore premieres. The Festival is presented by Asian Buddhist Film Festival Pte. Ltd. (ABFF), a newly formed Singapore organization dedicated to this emerging cinema arena.

    The Festival opens on Thursday, May 17 for four days at Shaw Organization’s Lido Cinemas. Ranging from features to documentaries, and animation from all over the world, the International Buddhist Film Festival will screen award winning films such as winner of the the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Festival in Los Angeles, Buddha’s Lost Children - a documentary about a former Thai boxer turned Buddhist monk.

    The Festival will also look at the lighter side of enlightenment. Audiences will be delighted to find some humorous perspectives on Buddhism, including a rare screening of Buddhist-themed episodes of international hit television shows The Simpsons and King of the Hill. The opening night, graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan Minister for Health, in aid of local charities, will kick off the Festival with a premiere of an uplifting comedy from China, Shower. Directed by one of China’s pioneers in the underground music video scene - Zhang Yang’s second feature film recently won for Best Film and Best Director at the Seattle Film Festival.

    Renowned German director Doris Dörrie will have also have her feature-length documentary How to Cook Your Life about the San Francisco chef, food author and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown, make its premiere in Asia at this Festival. Here, she enlists the help of the charismatic Zen Master to explain the guiding principles of Zen Buddhism as they apply to the preparation of food as well as life itself. The Festival has also invited the very well-respected and dynamic British-born monk, Venerable Ajahn Brahm, to share a talk on Sunday 20th May.

    “The Festival has been organized to encourage conscious thought through contemporary and provocative reflections on Buddhist ideas, using the very potent medium, that of film. The art of cinema lends an authentic voice to explore the philosophical, social, cultural and contemporary issues in our lives today. We want to make these films, some of which are not ordinarily available, more accessible to wider audiences”, said Bhavna Vedhara, Executive Director of ABFF.

    For more information, please visit Asian Buddhist Film Festival. This event is held at Uniquely Singapore.


    All are welcome
    May 19
    to
    May 31
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Vesak Celebration 2551





    All are welcome
    May 20
    to
    Jun 07
    Buddhist Fellowship
    Vesak Celebration 2551




    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    May26
    &
    May 27
    By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vesak Celebration 2551



    Harmony in Action
    Venue : Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza
    Date :Sat 26 May, 10am to 10pm &
    Sun 27 May, 10am to 6pm

    Lotus Folding Session

    Paper Distribution
    Date : Fri, Sat & Sun 6 – 8 April

    Lotus Collection
    Date : Sat & Sun 28 & 29 April, 10am – 4pm
    Enquiry :6849 5345
    Venue: KMSPKS - Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall Level 1

    Join us once again in this joyous movement to generate infinite wishes for a compassionate world and inter-religious harmony in Singapore by folding paper lotuses!


    Project Million Lotus2007

    OPENING CEREMONY
    Date : Sat 26 May, 10am – 11am
    GUEST-OF-HONOUR : Mr Wong Kan Seng, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Home Affairs

    FINALE BLESSING CEREMONY
    Date :Sun 27 May, 4pm – 5pm
    GUEST-OF-HONOUR : Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports

    Come join us and be a part to help compassion bloom forth across the island!

    Share stories of good deeds you have done, however small they may be. Warm hearts with your sincere goodwill! Catch Pillars of Harmony adopted by schools, religious and welfare organisations at the heart of Orchard Road. Come Fold paper lotuses and make a wish for inter-religious harmony in Singapore!


    KARUNA ‘Live’ Concert

    Date : 26 May
    Time : 7pm – 9pm

    Join us for an exciting night of music with youths and aspiring talents from different races and religions hosted by MediaCorp Artiste Bryan Wong.

    Get ready for the energy of compassion and harmony!


    Traditional Vesak Celebrations

    Date :Sat 26 May,12.00pm to 1.00pm &
    Sun 27 May, 2.30pm to 3.30pm

    The public is welcome to receive auspicious blessings from Venerables from the three traditions – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, dedicating peace and harmony to humanity.

    For latest update please click here http://www.vesakcelebrations.sg/


    All are welcome
    May 26
    &
    May 27
    Suntec City Fountain of Wealth. By Buddha's Light Association and Fu Guan shan Singapore
    Vesak Celebration 2551





    All are WELCOME .

    May 26
    &
    May 27
    Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vesak Celebration 2551: Inter-Religious Vegetarian Food Fair





    All are welcome
    May 27
    to
    May 31
    Hard Court in front of Block 372 Bukit Batok West St 31. By Kwan Yin Chan Lin
    Vesak Celebration 2551






    All are welcome
    May 27
    &
    May 31
    Open Field Opposite Serangoon Plaza. By Singapore Buddhist Lodge
    Vesak Celebration 2551





    All are welcome
    May 30
    to
    May 31
    Buddha Pagoda Floor 1 , Kong Meng San Monastery. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery and Vegetarian Society ( Singapore )
    Gratitute to Earth and Earthlings: Exhibition on Environmentalism and Vegetarianism





    All are welcome
    May 30
    to
    May 31
    Palelai Buddhist Temple
    VESAK CELEBRATION 2007 : MEDITATION RETREAT
    By AJAHN KENG KEMAKO



    The resident monks and Executive Committee of Palelai Buddhist Temple has put together a series of activities to commemorate Vesak Day on 31 May 2007.

    Some of these activities include exhibition corner, Dhamma books for free distribution, children’s artwork section, whole day video screening of Dhamma talks & biography of great meditation masters, soft opening of the library (Actual opening & commencement of loan will be in a month’s time) candle light procession, and a 8 preceptors retreat conducted by one of our resident monk – Venerable Ajahn Keng Kemako, with Dhamma talks scheduled to be given through the day.

    Venerable Ajahn Keng Kemako is a Singaporean Venerable ordained under the Thai Forest Tradition established by Phra Ajahn Sao Kantasilo & Phra Ajahn Mun Buridatto. Ajahn Keng has been ordained for 20 Vassas and is currently a resident monk of Palelai Buddhist Temple Singapore and the Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery in Ulu Tiram, Johore.

    Participants can either choose to check in at Palelai Buddhist Temple either on the 30 May 2007, 9pm or 31 May 2007, 6am. The retreat will end on 31 May after the candle light procession at about 9pm. Participants can either choose to leave Palelai end on 31 May at about 9pm or to remain in Palelai till the morning of 01 Jun 2007.

    Interested participants for the retreat and to observe the 8 are required to register either at Palelai's office or to send the following details to Palelai Buddhist Temple at email: watpalelai@yahoo.com.sg

    1. Name
    2. Gender
    3. Date to check in and Check out of Palelai
    4. Handphone Number
    5. Email Address

    Attached is the program for the retreat. Those who register will be sent a copy of the items list and code of conduct via the email address given.

    Queries can be directed to Palelai Buddhist Temple’s office at 6443 3324 or email: watpalelai@yahoo.com.sg or alternatively, you may contact the retreat coordinator Steven Tan at 9829 4970 or email: straduss8@hotmail.com

    Let all make this Vesak fruitful by practicing the path as taught by the Buddha in commemoration of this auspicious day.



    All are WELCOME .

    May 31Full moon in May

    HAPPY VESAK DAY
    EVERYBODY


    Today in the year 2551 ( BE ), Buddhists throughout the world celebrate the birth,the enlightenment and the passing away to parinibanna of Gautama Buddha on Vesak Day. Send a Buddhist webcard to your friends by clicking here

    "A unique Being, an extraordinary Man
    arises in this world for the benefit of the many,
    for the happiness of the many,
    out of compassion for the world,
    for the good, benefit,
    and happiness of gods and men.

    Who is this Unique Being?
    It is the Tathagata, the Exalted,
    Fully Enlightened One."


    - Anguttara Nikaya PT. 1, XII P.22.




    May 31Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Vesak Celebration 2551






    All are welcome
    May 31
    to
    Jul 01
    Minding Centre
    Buddhist Psychology

    Course Summary 2007
  • Healing yourself: How the mind creates problems: two kinds of pain; perception.
  • The conscious body: Mind-body interbeing (the 5 aggregates & mental networking).
  • The unconscious : How the mind really works, or are we really in control?
  • Minding the mind: Mental distractions and the nature of attention; consciousness.
  • The art of loving: Negative emotions & healing emotions; types of love.
  • The brain repairs itself: Neuroplasticity: how the mind helps the brain grow.
  • Don't believe everything you think: Mental defences & healthy emotions.
  • Non-judgement day is here: Mindfulness training in daily life (meditation).
  • The still eye of the storm: The brain during meditation; building a still centre.
  • Ancient wisdom, modern science : Recent developments in Buddhist psychology.

    INTAKE I (BPI)
    May 31, June 7, 14, 21 (Thu 7.30 - 9.30 pm)

    INTAKE 2 (BP2)
    Jun 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun), 30 (Sat), Jul 1 (Sun) (Sat 7.00 - 9.00 pm; Sun 11.00 am - 1.00 pm)

    Venue: The Minding Centre

    Fees: $175 (incl 2 coursebooks)


    INSTRUCTOR: Piya Tan, a meditation therapist, trained as a Buddhist monk for 20 years. He has been teaching meditation since the 1980s, and has taught at the University of California @ Berkeley, the Defence Science Organization, SIA, HP, etc. He is personal meditation mentor to various individuals. Currently, he is translating and teaching early Indian texts on Buddhist psychology. He is married with two young children. For more details click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piya_Tan

    Who Should Attend
    Health care professionals, social workers, care-givers, executives, clergy, managers, lecturers, teachers, parents, or anyone interested in the mind and mental health.

    For more details, please browse our http://mindcentre.googlepaqes.com or contact Ratna Lim. Please make your payment to "The Minding Centre" and mail to:

    Minding Centre
    Blk 644 Bukit Batok Central, #01-68 (2nd flr)
    Singapore 650644


    All are WELCOME .

  • May 31
    to
    Jun 06
    World Buddhist Society
    Vesak Celebration 2551: VESAK 2007 with Sacred Buddha Relics Display

    The World Buddhist Society - Chief Monk - Bhante Sumanasara Thero

    The Sacred Relics of Buddha was brought in from Sri Subadrarama King Temple, Balapitiya, South Province of Sri Lanka. This temple was built by King Panditha Parkrama Bahu 2 (1222-1257 AD). The Most Venerable Balapitiye Dhammika is currently the Chief Monk of the temple. A relic is an object, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of someone of religious significance, carefully preserved with an air of veneration as a tangible memorial.


    Date: 31 May 2007
    Venue: Open Space at 9 Hamilton Road [opp Jalan Besar Stadium]
    5 minutes walk from the Lavender MRT Station

    VESAK DAY, Thursday, 31 May 2007
  • 8.00am - Hoisting of the National and Buddhist Flags
  • 8.30am - Invitation to devotees to pay Homage to The Buddha Relics
  • 8.30am - Buddha Bathing ceremony
  • 9.00am - Offering of candlelights to Seven-Day Buddhas
  • 10.00am - Buddha Puja and Parittas
  • 11.30am - Dana for Maha Sanghas
  • 11.35am - Vegetarian lunch [while stock lasts]

    All Day Blessing Ceremony for Devotees Evening 6.15pm Devotees assemble for candlelight procession 7.00pm Buddha Puja and chanting 8.30pm Blessing for Vesak helpers 9.30pm End of Buddha Relics Display Venue: 31 May 2007 - Open Space at 9 Hamilton Road [opp Jalan Besar Stadium] 5 minutes walk from the Lavender MRT Station

    Date: 1 June to 6 June 2007 viewing of Buddha Relics
    Venue: 9B Hamilton Road
    Telephone : 63969182.

    Sacred Buddha Relics Display
    As Vesak Day (Buddha Day) coincided with the three important events of the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away of The Buddha, Buddhists devotees are privileged to have this rare opportunity and precious chance to view the Sacred Buddha Relics on this Vesak Day. This occasion is very rare and one to be cherished and not to be missed.

    It is also a rare opportunity for both the faithful and non-Buddhists to experience the Buddha's blessing. The Buddha's relic is of religious significance as tangible memorials.

    Typically on Vesak Day Buddhist devotees will go to temples to recollect the wisdom, purity and compassion of The Buddha and to pay respect to the monks and perform meritorious deeds

    All are welcome to come with your family and friends to participate in our activities on this rare opportunity



    All are WELCOME .

  • May 31VHCMH 4th floor (Hall of No Form) , Kong Meng San Monastery. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Vesak Day Concert 07





    Vesak Day Concert 07 (Album Launch)
    at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    VHCMH 4th floor (Hall of No Form)
    31 May 07 - 7pm

    Free Admission Tickets available from 23-28 May
    at Awareness Place outlets in KMSPKS & Bras Brasah

    All are WELCOME .





     

    June 2007

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jun 02
    to
    Jun 10
    Buddhist Library
    Celebrating Enlightenment – Vesak Dhamma Talks



    VENUE: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, 2,
    Lavender Street, Singapore 338823
    TIME: 7pm – 9pm
    DATE: 2 June
    TOPIC: A Day to Remember: The Significance of Vesak
    Speaker: Venerable Bodhi
    -More than 2550 years ago, a special baby was born who become the Teacher of gods and men. His words brought light to the dull, joy to the wise – teaching humanity wisdom, compassion and liberation from all unhappiness.

    From the heritage of His Teachings, His presence can still be felt now stronger as ever. We use them to heal our pain, build our spirit, cultivate our mind, so that we too can partake of that He had tasted – The Taste of Freedom.

    So, Vesak is not just another public holiday on our calendar. It commemorates a lot more … Come find out how Vesak can be special for you too!

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    VENUE: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, 2,
    Lavender Street, Singapore 338823
    TIME: 7pm – 9pm
    DATE: 3 June
    TOPIC: What makes a Buddhist, Buddhist?
    Speaker: Venerable Chuan Guan
    -Being vegetarian, burning incense and joss sticks, bowing to stupas and relics, chanting and meditation. What do they have in common? Does doing these entire things make one a Buddhist?

    Some may think a Buddhist should not eat beef; others think that one has to make tons of flowers, fruits and joss sticks offerings to be a Buddhist. How true are these thoughts?

    Stop wondering and get these questions settled once and for all. Come for our session and you might find some surprising answers!

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    VENUE: Buddhist Union, 43 Lowland Road Singapore 547444
    TIME: 7pm – 9pm
    DATE: 9 June
    TOPIC: The Kalama Sutta
    No need for Faith to Practice Buddhism?
    - The Kalama Sutta, often called the Charter of Free Enquiry, seems to suggest that faith is redundant in our practice. To what extend is this true? Is faith not a requirement for taking refuge in the Triple Gems and for practicing the Noble Eightfold Path?

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    VENUE: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, 2,
    Lavender Street, Singapore 338823
    TIME: 7pm – 9pm
    DATE: 10 June
    TOPIC: Samatha And Vipassana Meditations
    Speaker: Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu
    - What is the right balance of Samatha and Vipassana that one needs to cultivate in meditation and what is their role in one’s development along the Noble Eightfold Path?

    It is often an unending argument as to which of these two types of meditations a practitioner must develop in order to achieve the various stages of Enlightenment. Some traditions assert that successful Samatha is the unavoidable first step to cultivate before progressing to Vipassana. Other traditions refute this and advocate Vipassana as the initial training. What do the suttas indicate?

    All Admission is FREE!

    SPEAKERS

    Venerable Bodhi or Venerable Shi Chun Yi
    was initiated into the Bhikkhuni Order in 1996 and received Higher Ordination in Taiwan in 1997. She obtained her basic degree in NUS and went on to do her postgraduate studies in Buddhism in Sri Lanka. After 7 years of studies, she obtained her PhD degree in 2003. Since her return to Singapore, she has been a lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma Course conducted at the Buddhist Library. Currently she is teaching at the KMSPKS Chinese Dharma Class.

    Venerable Chuan Guan
    was born in Singapore and graduated from NTU Computer Engineering in 1997. After attending a meditation retreat in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States), he decided to renounce in 2002. He then stayed in the monastery and studied Mahayana Buddhism and the Theravada Pali Canon for more than 3 years, during which, he received his higher ordination becoming a fully ordained monk (Bhikkhu) in 2003. He is currently residing in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. He is involved in Youth Work.

    Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu
    is a Malaysian Theravada Buddhist monk who received higher ordination at Mahasi Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Myanmar, in 1979. Besides practicing meditation, he studied advanced Pali and translation in Thai and Burmese from 1983 to 1984. He continued to study the Pali Tipitaka and researched on its interpretation and practice in Myanmar until his return to Malaysia at the end of 1994. In 2000, he founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), a Theravada monk training centre nestled among secluded valleys and brooks near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

    ORGANISED BY
    Firefly Missionž www.fireflymission.org
    NTU Buddhist Society Alumni
    NUS Buddhist Society Alumni
    United Poly Buddhist Community
    Wat Ananda Youth http://www.way.org.sg
    Youth Ministry, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    www.kmspks.org/youth

    VENUE SPONSORS
    Buddhist Union
    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre

    NEWATER SPONSOR
    PUB


    All are welcome
    Jun 04Minding Centre
    Meditation Therapy
    Meditation changes stress into steps to growing success:
    it turns you into a diamond.

    Benefits: Research shows that the body releases chemicals that increase pain and inflammation in many medical disorders when we feel stressed. Relaxing the mind and body through meditation reduces the release of these irritating chemicals.

    Deep rest, good sleep, de-stressing, less pain, wellness.
    Self-empowerment, positive attitude. Better focus, emotional resilience.


    Complementary self-therapy for those undergoing treatment for AIDS, cancer, anxiety and panic disorders, arthritis, depression, fatigue, headaches (including migraine, tension headaches), chronic pain, sleep problems, stress, type A behavior and gastrointestinal distress. Meditation reduces anxiety, stress, blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, cholesterol levels, symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome in Vietnam veterans, substance abuse, health care use, and increase longevity and quality of life. See: http://mednews.stanford.edu/stanmed/1999spring/complements.html

    PIYA MEDITATION COURSES & THERAPY
  • Beginner (3 x 2 h, 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
  • Intermediate (2 x 2 h, 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
  • Intensive [Basic] (1 Sunday, 1.00 - 4.00 pm)
  • Personalized session/s (by appointment)
  • Psychology of meditation: See website
    MEDITATION FOR TEENAGERS AND CHILDREN
  • 3 Mondays, 8.00-8.45 pm [Ratna Lim]

    Venue: The Minding Centre

    COURSE CONTENTS:
    Meditation is moment-to-moment nonjudgmental awareness. A meditator relates to his body and mind in a wise and caring manner.
    1. Nature of the mind
    2. Why & how to meditate 3. Overcoming mental hindrances
    4. Centering the mind & focusing
    5. Mind-watching
    6. Self-healing
    7. Overcoming drowsiness
    8. Dealing with negative habits

    Who should attend: Corporate professionals, office workers, counselors, social workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, HR staff, students, home-makers and anyone interested in deep rest, de-stressing, emotional resilience, inner peace and wellness.


    INSTRUCTOR: Piya Tan is a meditation therapist and counsellor. He has run numerous meditation retreats and courses, classes on Buddhist psychology and counselling (non-religious), and various other courses for tertiary students and adults since 1980s. In 1994, he taught meditation at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He co-authored Love and Marriage: A Buddhist Perspective (1990), and is happily married with two young sons. For more details click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piya_Tan

    For more course details, please browse our http://mindcentre.googlepaqes.com or contact Ratna Lim.


    All are WELCOME .

  • Jun 09
    to
    Jun 12
    Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth
    Camp Ehi-Passiko Prequel





    All are welcome
    Jun 10Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talk: Lost... and Found - Locating Our Bearings in Life (in English)


    Topic : Lost... and Found - Locating Our Bearings in Life (in English)
    Ever felt lost in life...? In this Dharma Talk, Mr. Tan Hun Tong will discuss this issue of locating our bearings in life from the Buddhist perspective.
    Date : 10 June 2007 (Sunday)
    Time : 10 am to 12 pm
    Speaker : Mr. Tan Hun Tong
    Venue : Yen Pei Building, Level 7
    105 Punggol Road, Singapore 546636
    Registration forms can be obtained at Fu Hui Library 105 Punggol Road, Singapore 546636 or register online at http://www.bcc.org.sg/showform10.php
    For enquiries, please call 6489 8161 ext. 41 or email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg



    All are welcome
    Jun 10Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Buddhism Course



    NEW CLASS STARTING IN JUNE .REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

    Date : Every Sunday from 10 June 2007
    Time : 9am - 11am
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Venue : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center,
    39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    [See Map]
    Enquiry : 6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee : FOC.
    Registration : Online Registration Open
    [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW]


    Introduction
    The Basic Buddhism Course is specially designed and tailored to suit the fast-paced and modern lifestyle.

    This 20-lesson-course skillfully balances theoretical study of DHAMMA with MEDITATION practice, providing a strong basis for understanding of BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS and a good foundation for mental development. It will greatly benefit both beginners as well as long-time practitioners.

    The course consists of three sections, namely BUDDHIST FUNDAMENTALS, MEDITATION and PALI CHANTING

    Buddhist Fundamentals
    The Buddhist fundamentals are structured to provide in-depth, intellectual framework for the understanding of the essentials of the BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS.

    Topics covered include:
  • The definition of Evil, Good & Pure
  • Life of the Buddha
  • Four Noble Truths
  • Noble Eight-Fold Path
  • Dependent Origination
  • Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  • Karma & Rebirth
    as well as studying of major SUTTAS.

    Meditation
    Inclusive in the course are MEDITATION training sessions. Step-by-step meditation instructions & guidance will be given during the training. The techniques taught are:
  • Metta - Loving Kindness
  • Kayagati - Impurities of Body
  • Jhana - Concentration
  • Vipassana - Insight

    Pali Chanting
    Pali Chanting includes homage to the Buddha, Dharma & Sangha, offering (puja), as well as the traditional suttas: Mangala Sutta, Ratana Sutta, and Metta Sutta.

    The Course Instructor
    The course instructor, Richard (Vajiro) Chia, is an experienced Dhamma teacher who has a clear and straightforward approach to Buddha's teachings. He is able to bring out dynamism of Buddhism, and its relevance in present day.

    Vajiro is also well-known for his effective and efficient meditation instructions, having guided many through the levels of concentration and stages of insight knowledge. His coaching method has helped many students to REALISE the teachings of the Buddha.



    All are welcome
  • Jun 17Buddhist Library
    The Family Boddhi Nature Walk 2007 Bishan Park 1




    All are WELCOME .

    Jun 22
    to
    Jun 24
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talk: Power of the Mind (in English)
    &
    The Wisdom of Transformation by Mind (in Mandarin)

    Dharma Talk: Power of the Mind (in English)



    Date : 23 June 2007 (Saturday)
    Time : 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
    Topic : Dharma Talk: Power of the Mind (in English)
    Speaker : Venerable Dr. Jing Yin
    Venue : Fu Hui Auditorium
    105 Punggol Road, Singapore 546636

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    Dharma Talks: The Wisdom of Transformation by Mind (in Mandarin)




    Topic 1 : Power of the Mind (in Mandarin)
    Date : 22 June 2007 (Friday)
    Time : 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm


    Topic 2 : Transformation by Thought (in Mandarin)
    Date : 23 June 2007 (Saturday)
    Time : 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm


    Topic 3 : Unhindered Mind (in Mandarin)
    Date : 24 June 2007 (Sunday)
    Time : 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm


    Speaker : Venerable Dr. Jing Yin
    Venue : Fu Hui Auditorium
    105 Punggol Road, Singapore 546636

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    Email: dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg
    Website : http://www.sbws.org.sg
    For enquiries :Please call : 6489 8161 (ext. 41)

    About the Speaker

    Venerable Dr. JING YIN, MA, MPhil (Kelaniya), PhD (London), Director of the Centre of Buddhist Studies, the University of Hong Kong; member of the standing committee of the Buddhist Association of China, Beijing; committee member of China Overseas Friendship Association. He is the chief-editor of Spiritual Journey to Tunhuang by Commercial Press (HK). He is the author of the following books:
    (1) The Social Significance of Five Precepts in Modern Time (Vols. 1-3) (HK),
    (2) Law of Moral Causation,
    (3) A Thought Moment,
    (4) Sacrifice oneself for Others (HK, Commercial Press),
    (5) Path to the Happiness,
    (6) Freedom achieved by Acting According to the Conditions One Encounters (HK, 2005).

    He specializes in Vinaya, Chinese Buddhism and applied Buddhism.

    Location map (attached file)
    Bus Stop A
    From City, Bedok, Ang Mo Kio, Hougang, Chinatown and World Trade Centre
    Bus No.: 80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    Bus Stop B
    From Sengkang and Punggol
    Bus No.: 80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119




    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Jun 24Eunos MRT Open Field. By Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic
    Vesak Celebration 2551: Family Day Fun Fair






    All are welcome
    Jun 29
    to
    Jul 04
    Dharma Drum Singapore
    5 Day Meditation Retreat





    All are welcome



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