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    July 2007

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jul 01
    to
    Jul 07
    By Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple, Poh Meng Tse Temple, Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association, Buddhist Fellowship & Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Sayadaw U Inndaka Dhammaduta Programme

    DHAMMA TALKS


    Venue :
    Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple (UBT),
    32B Choa Chu Kang Road Singapore 688785
    Date :
    1st Jul 2007 (Sunday)
    Time :
    from 10am

    Venue :
    Buddhist Fellowship (BF),
    c/o Poh Ern Shih Temple,
    9 Chwee Chian Road, Singapore 117488
    Date :
    4th Jul 2007 (Wednesday)
    Time :
    7 to 10pm

    Venue :
    Ti-Sarana Buddhist Association (TBA),
    90 Duku Road, Singapore 429254
    Date :
    8th Jul 2007 (Sunday)
    Time :
    from 10am

    METTA VIPASSANA MEDITATION WORKSHOP

    Venue :
    Poh Meng Tse Temple (PMTT), 438 Dunearn Road, Singapore 289613 (participants - please bring your own mediation cushion)
    Date :
    2nd Jul 2007 (Monday) & 3rd Jul 2007 (Tuesday)
    Time :
    7.30 to 9pm

    Venue :
    Wat Palelai (WP),
    49 Bedok Walk
    Date :
    7th Jul 2007 (Saturday)
    Time :
    8am to 7pm
    NB: registration is recommended as lunch will be provided. Kindly register with Sis Henrietta at henriettawongheng@yahoo.com.sg (hp: 96318375). Download the schedule and application form here

    Volunteers who wish to offer Daily Breakfast Dana (1-10 July), may do so at Poh Meng Tse Temple (PMTT). Time: 7 to 8am.

    Synopsis of Talks

    Title 1:
    The Five Kinds of Shade
    Synopsis:
    There are five kinds of shade: (1) the shade of tree, (2) the shade of parents and relatives, (3) the shade of a ruler, (4) the shade of a teacher, (5) the shade of Lord Buddha’s dhamma or Teachings. Among these five shades, the shade of relatives and parents is more peaceful than the shade of a tree. The shade of a ruler is more peaceful than the shade of relatives and parents. The shade of a teacher is more peaceful than the shade of a ruler. The shade of Lord Buddha’s Teachings or dhamma is more peaceful than the shade of a teacher.


    Title 2:
    Loving-Kindness Meditation (Metta Bhavana)
    Synopsis:
    Bhavana means development or cultivation. Therefore, metta bhavana refers to the repeated cultivation of metta or loving-kindness in our own hearts and minds to make it firm and strong. With the practice of metta meditation, we have to develop a genuine wish for our own happiness and the happiness of others. When we develop metta for all beings by wishing them good health and happiness, then our hearts and minds will feel happy and peaceful. Because we are practising metta meditation, we experience this happiness and peace ourselves.

    About Sayadaw U Inndaka


    Sayadaw U Inndaka was born on 5 October 1952 in the village of Thaleba, Ayadaw Township in Monywa District, Myanmar. After completing the fourth standard, he became a novice (samanera). In 1972, he ordained as a monk (bhikkhu) in the Mahagandhayon Monastery with Mahagandhayon Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa as his preceptor. He passed the Pali exams at the primary, intermediate and the advanced levels up to the Dhammacariya (Religious teacher) Exam. He subsequently taught the Pali scriptures to monks and novices for about 10 years in Mandalay.

    Sayadaw U Inndaka started practising Satipatthana vipassana meditation under Chanmyay Sayadaw Ashin Janakabhivamsa. In 1989 he spent his vassa (rains retreat) at Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre, Yangon practising Satipatthana vipassana meditation under Chanmyay Sayadaw. When vassa ended, he continued to reside at Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre and carry out the duties of pariyatti (duties connected with studying and learning the scriptures) and patipatti (duties connected with teaching and practising meditation). In 1995, Chanmyay Sayadaw appointed him to be the Abbot of the newly established branch of Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre in Hmawbi, where he served as the Meditation Instructor for both Myanmar and foreign monks and lay meditators.

    In 2005 Sayadaw U Inndaka moved into his own monastery after 10 years exemplary service at Hmawbi. This new centre is located on about 4-acres of land and its address is Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Lay Daunk Kan Quarter, Shwe Nantha Sanpya Myothit, Mingaladon Township (Tel: 951-728820/1), about half an hour’s drive from Yangon. The aim of the Centre is to conduct intensive training in Satipatthana Vipassana meditation for Burmese and foreign yogis throughout the year except during the Burmese New Year in April when Myanmar people by the thousands join meditation retreats to avoid the noisy water festival and parents send their children to monasteries to become temporary novices. In April 2007, Sayadaw conducted a month-long Buddhist training course for 400 youths who ordained as temporary novices at the Chanmyay Myaing Centre.

    Sayadaw U Inndaka is the author of the book “Metta – The Practice of Loving Kindness as the Foundation for Insight Meditation Practice”. It has been translated into English and German and has served as a very useful guide for practitioners all over the world. Sayadaw visits Malaysia every year to conduct meditation retreats.

    Sayadaw U Inndaka is currently the Abbot of Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre, Myanmar



    All are WELCOME .

    Jul 01Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Palelai Buddhist Temple Library

    We are pleased to announce the opening of Palelai Buddhist Temple Library on every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm with effect from 01 Jul 2007.

    The library will be opened to all and interested personnel may register as a library member by completing the library membership application form attached and submit the completed form either by hand or by post to:-

    Palelai Buddhist Temple office
    49 Bedok Walk Singapore 469145.

    Once registered as a member, you will be contacted to collect your library membership card at the library and you are entitled to start using the library and her facilities immediately during the opening hours.

    To facilitate the process of preparing your library membership card, you may send an email with the completed application form to email: watpalelai@yahoo.com.sg and follow up with sending the signed copy of the application form to Palelai Buddhist Temple office.

    For more details, please visit the library during the opening hours or contact Palelai Buddhist Temple at 6443 3324 or email: watpalelai@yahoo.com.sg

    All are WELCOME .

    Jul 05
    to
    Jul 26
    Minding Centre
    The Joy of Love - Happiness in marriage and partnership

    COURSE VISION
    This is a course for partners and married couples
  • who seek to enjoy the best in one another.
    It is about making friends and building life partnership:
  • Friends are made, not found.
    Friendships and marriages are not made in heaven, but we can turn them into a heaven:
  • Like life, marriage is a learning process.


    Date :
    July 5,12,19, 26 (Thu) Time: 7.30-9.00 pm

    Venue: The Minding Centre

    Fees: $190 (per couple)


    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. 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 .

  • Jul 07Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Personal Development Workshop: Managing Stress with Mindfulness



    Date : 7 July 2007 (Saturday)
    Time : 2 pm to 6.30 pm
    Topic : Managing Stress with Mindfulness (Workshop in English)
    Speaker : Ms. Sim Siew Ching
    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/showform9.php
    For enquiries, please call 6489 8161 ext. 41 or email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg




    All are welcome
    Jul 19Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Meditation Course For Beginners



    We are pleased to announce that we will be organising the above meditation course for beginners. The details are as follows:

    Starting date : 19 July 2007
    Time : 8.00pm - 9.30pm
    Venue : Meditation Hall, Chedi Dhammasathit
    Course Duration : Approximately 3 months
    Frequency : Once a week (every Thursday)
    Conducted by : Sebastian Wong

    The course is aimed at those who would like an insight into how the Buddha’s teachings, specifically Buddhist meditation, can be applied to their daily lives to manage their stresses and strains arising from pressures of work, family, ill-health, loss of loved ones etc. Attendees do not need to have prior knowledge of the Buddha’s teachings and the course is also open to non-Buddhists. Instructions will be given in English and will focus on applying the Buddha’s instructions on breath meditation, development of peace of mind, and cultivation of insight wisdom.

    The course is free of charge and attendees are advised to come in comfortable clothes (loose pants, light shirts). As the temple is a sanctuary for celibate monks and the practice of modesty & restraint of the senses, ladies are kindly requested NOT to come in shorts (bermudas are acceptable), low cut blouses, or other revealing clothes.

    To obtain the registration form or if you have any queries, please contact cswong78@singnet.com.sg or call Sebastian at 6546-4628 (after 10pm).

    Note: Due to overseas work assignments, Sebastian may have to be away on certain Thursdays so the weekly frequency may not always be adhered to but you will be given advanced notice of changes.

    May You Be Well And Happy Always !!!

    All are WELCOME .

    Jul 18
    to
    Jul 27
    Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Pa-Auk Meditation Retreat



    Pa-Auk Meditation Retreat
    18 July ~ 27 July 2007
    Venue : Palelai Buddhist Temple,
    49 Bedok Walk, Singapore 469145
    Instructor : Venerable Mahinda, authorized Pa-Auk Meditation Teacher


    Evening Dhamma Talks

    Venue: Meditation Hall, 3rd Floor, Chedi Dhammasathit


    Time:19 July, Thursday -
    Topic: Anapanasati- Mindfulness of Breathing

    Time:21 July, Saturday -
    Topic: Uposatha Sutta (1)

    Time:22 July, Sunday -
    Topic: Uposatha Sutta (2)

    Time:23 July, Monday -
    Topic: Uposatha Sutta (3)

    Time:25 July, Wednesday -
    Topic: Metta Bhavana- Loving Kindness Meditation

    Time:26 July, Thursday -
    Topic: How to practise meditation in daily life followed by Questions & Answers

    The Dhamma talks will be delivered in Chinese, to be followed by translation into English.

    In order not to cause distractions to yogis, there will be NO Q&A in the first 5 sessions of Dhamma talks. Q&A is reserved for the last Dhamma talk on 26 July.

    Should you have questions, please write down your question(s) on a piece of paper and hand it to the Retreat Organizers by lunch time on 26 July.

    Biography of Instructor

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

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

    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Jul 20
    to
    Jul 23
    Khao Lak Phuket Thailand. By Buddhist Fellowship
    A Happiness Retreat with Ajahn Brahm !



    Fancy a relaxing break in a 5-star resort in Thaliand?

    What's more? You will also get a taste of inner happiness that comes from meditation and guided by Ajahn Brahm! This is all going to be in tranquil surroundings Khao Lak* against the beach facing the gorgeous Andaman Sea with a splendid sunset every evening.

    Package includes 4-day/3-night stay at Le Meridien Khao Lak Resort & Spa, meditation package with breakfast, lunch, tea break and a light dinner. Tea and coffee service all day, all for only S$650.

    We have a group booking to Phuket with Silk Air to offer air fares at $150 + taxes. Limited seats so please register early to ensure getting this special fare. Airport-hotel transfers included.

    Sign up early to enjoy the Early Bird discount of $50 (by 15 April 2007) on the package! Payment to be made at BF Centre, 33 Jalan Afifi, Eton House #06-01, (off Paya Lebar Rd)

    For more information please call telephone: 6842 6422 or email: bfellow@singnet.com.sg

    *Khao Lak is one hour drive from Phuket.

    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Jul 21
    to
    Aug 11
    Minding Centre
    PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDITATION



    Minding Centre
    Blk 644 Bukit Batok Central, #01-68 (2nd flr)
    Singapore 650644
    [near Bukit Batok MRT & Bus Int]
    Tel: 6569 5205; HP: 8211 0879

    ***************


    Scientists are more certain now the brain can actually repair itself (it is called "neuroplasticity"). Read. for example, Abigail Zuger's review of Norman Doidge's "The Brain That Changes Itself," here

    One of the best way to repair the brain (or more correctly, the mind, according to Buddhism), is through MEDITATION. In this connection, I would like to introduce this course, especially if you have already learned some meditation. If you are new to meditation, this forms a helpful foundation for joining a meditation course:

    PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDITATION [New course]
    [Four weekly sessions of 2 hours each.]

    Contents:
  • Body-mind theory .
  • Feelings & emotions: their differences.
  • The brain during meditation.
  • How the mind works moment to moment .
  • How the brain repairs itself.
  • Mindfulness in daily life.
  • Focusses of mindfulness.
  • Effective attention & environment .
  • Reality: virtual & real.
  • Self-watching, self-healing.
  • Meditation methods.
  • Practice sessions.

    Date: (Sat) Jul 21, 28; Aug 4, 11
    Time: 7.00-9.00 pm
    Fees: $160.00 (incl coursebook)
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    To register, please call Ratna Lim (8211 0879).
    For Meditation Courses (guided sittings), please see http://mindcentre.googlepages.com

    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 . Admission is FREE.

  • Jul 27Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma talk in Mandarin by Venerable Ji Chi



    Dharma Talk: Heart Sutra – Freedom in Life (in Mandarin)
    Date: 27 July 2007 (Friday)
    Time: 8 pm to 9.30 pm
    Speaker: Venerable Ji Chi
    Venue: Fu Hui Auditorium
    105 Punggol Road, Singapore 546636

    For enquiries, please call 6489 8161 ext. 41 or email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg




    All are welcome
    Jul 28Full Moon in the Chinese Sixth Lunar MonthAsalha Puja or Dhamma Day.





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

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




     

    August 2007

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Aug 09The Buddhist Library
    ONE DAY MEDITATION RETREAT METTA & VIPASSANA BHAVANA

    Date: On National Day 9 August 2007 (Thursday)

    Time: 8 am to 6.30 pm
    Venue: the Buddhist Library

    TimeEvent
    8.00 am to 8.20 am Observing the Higher Sila (8 Precepts)
    8.20am to 8.40am Puja
    8.40 am to 9.30 am Dhamma Talk & metta bhavana (metta meditation)
    9.30 am to 9.45 am Tea break
    9.45 am to 10.45 am Mindfulness meditation
    10.45 am to 11.15 am Individual meditation (walking or sitting)
    11.15 am to 11.40 am Puja
    11.40 am to 12.30 pm vegetarian lunch
    12.30 pm to 1.30 pm Rest & individual meditation (walking and sitting)
    1.30 pm to 2.30 pm Mindfulness meditation
    2.30 pm to 3.00 pm Tea-break
    3.00 pm to 4.30 pm Dhamma talk & a discussion with Bhante and Professor Chandima
    4.30pm to 5.00pm Walking meditation
    5.00 pm to 5.15 pm Tea break
    5.15 pm to 6.00pm Mindfulness meditation
    6.00 pm to 6.30 pm Puja and chanting


    Please register early to avoid disappointment.
    The Buddhist Library .
    2 . Lorong 24A Geylang
    Singapore 398526
    Tel: 6746 8435
    Fax: 6741 7689



    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Aug 17
    to
    Sep 07
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course for Beginners



    Date : 17th , 24th ,31st Aug and 7th Sept (Fri) (New)
    Time : 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Venue : 251 Lavender Street
    Teacher : Sayadaw U Pannananda
    English translator : Dr Tin Maung Maung Than
    Fees : By Donation.

    If you and your loved ones or friends are still interested,please provide the names and contact no for reservation of places as vacancies are still available.



    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Aug 17Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    'Hungry Ghosts'

    It is time to talk about ‘Hungry Ghosts’. Venerable K. Rathanasara shares the Dhamma on 17th Friday, August at 8:30 PM, in Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple [30 C St. Michael’s Road]

  • Is it a dogma, a mythology or a reality?
  • Is there a realm of Hungry Ghosts?
  • Do they exist without material forms?
  • Why are they invisible to us?
  • Why are they hungry?
  • With what are they hungry?
  • What are the energies that lead to become a Hungry Ghost?
  • What does the Buddha say about them?
  • Is there a way for us to help them?

    Come on Friends,
    Let’s get together,
    It is time to talk about ‘Hungry Ghosts’

    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

  • Aug 17
    to
    Aug 26
    Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Happiness in Life and Work by Venerable Guojun




    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Aug 24
    to
    Aug 27
    Kwan Yin Chan Lin
    Di Zang Chanting Ceremony



    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.

    Aug 27Full Moon of the Chinese Seventh MonthUllambana Day


    Most Chinese Buddhists celebrate the Full Moon of the Chinese Seventh month by having prayers, general transferring of merits to the beloved departed ones and to the wandering spirits during Ullambana Day. Read about the Ullambana Sutra.
    Aug 27
    to
    Oct 29
    Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Intermediate Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
    Guided by Venerable Chuan Ren
    Based on the Four Foundation Of Mindfulness



    Download FORM here

    All are WELCOME . Admission is FREE.




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