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2008 AD ( 2552 BE ) ACTIVITIES



    January 2008

    Jan 01
    Mar 23
    Special Exhibitions Gallery, ACM Empress Place. By Asian Civilisations Museum
    Exhibitions: On The Nalanda Trail: Buddhism in India, China and Southeast Asia

    During the past, many Asian countries interacted with each other through peaceful means via religion, trade and political missions. Many Chinese pilgrims went to India for Buddhist studies while Indian monks went to China to disseminate the faith. The footprints of Buddhist pilgrims can be seen over the Silk Road all along Central, northwest India as well as the Southeast Asia. Traversing India to modern Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Tibet, China, Korea and Japan, Java, Sumatra, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos - Buddhism not only affected the lives and cultures in those regions but also left us with a legacy in the arts and literature.

    This exhibition will highlight some of the significant landmarks in Buddhist history, through the travel records of the monks Faxian, Xuanzang, Yijing and the spread of Buddhism at centres of higher learning such as Nalanda in eastern India which was visited by many students from all over the Asian world. The exhibition will be illustrated and accompanied by a display of Buddhist art and artefacts borrowed from museums in India and Southeast Asia and will include some objects from the ACM’s own collection.

    Getting there:
    ACM Empress Place is a 5-minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT station.

    Public parking is available along Empress Place next to the Museum building; at the basement carpark of the New Parliament House, at Six Battery Road and at One Fullerton across from the Fullerton Hotel.

    Jan 5
    Jan 26
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course For Beginners Jan 2008

    Once again ,Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore) is organising a four (4) sessions Meditation Course For Beginners and the details are as follow:
    Date : 5 , 12 , 19 & 26 Jan 08 (Sat)
    Time : 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Teacher : Sayadaw U Pannananda
    Medium : Burmese / English
    Venue : 251 Lavender Street
    Fees : By DONATION

    For course details pls refer to the brochure as attached.

    To register pls fill in the application form as attached and send it to us via email, mail or fax .

    Application opens now and closes on 31 Dec 07 or earlier if vacancies are taken up. Priority will be given to those who are on the waiting list.

    Successful applicants will be notified in person. May the blessing of the Triple Gems guide and protect you and your loved ones always.

    All are welcome
    Jan 06Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Chinese Children Dharma Class

    Download form here

    All are welcome
    Jan 06By Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Buddhism Course.

    Date : Every Sunday from 6 Jan 2008
    Time : 1pm - 3:30pm
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Venue : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center,
    39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    Enquiry : 6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee : FOC.
    Registration : Online Registration Open

    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.

    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
  • Jan 06By Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Meditation Course.

    Date : Every Sunday from 6 Jan 2008
    Time : 9.00 - 11.30am
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Venue : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center,
    39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    Fee : FOC
    Registration : Online Registration Open

    This course introduces meditation through 20 well-structured lessons that combined guided practices with basic understanding of meditation and its applications in daily life.
  • How to Take Care of Your Mind?
  • Who are You?
  • How to Practice in Daily Life?
  • Development of the Path
  • Pre-Requisite

    This course is designed for students who have completed the Basic Buddhism Course. Students are expected to have the understanding of Buddhist fundamentals and have learned the basic technigues of meditation. New students are strongly encouraged to enrol in the Basic Buddhism Course.

    Class Format
    This class provides a condusive environment for group devotional and meditation practices in the following format:
  • Puja and Chanting
  • Guided Meditation
  • Individual Pratices & Interviews
  • Summary and Discussion
  • Dedication of Merits

    Meditation Instructions
    This course introduces various meditation techniques in a systematic manner. Metta (Loving Kindness) and Kayanupassana (Contemplation of the Body) are introduced as prliminary practices.

    Students will then be guided through the levels of Concetration (Samatha) and introduced to various stages of Insight (Vipassana) knowledge.

    All are welcome
  • Jan 24
    Jan 27
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Lunar New Year Special : Passage of Time

    Ajahn Brahm

    Quek Hui Ling as Mother and Clara Monksfield as little Mei Lye

    Loh Wen Jie as the matchmaker, Alvin Lee as Father

    Neo Swee Lin as old Mei Lye

    Malcom as The Doctor, Hui Leng as Mei Lye, Nick Shen as Eng

    Passage of Time musical, back by popular demand, will be featuring Neo Swee Lin, Nick Shen and Ajahn Brahm as himself to share the wisdom on forgiveness and inner peace. A musical NOT TO BE MISSED!

    Tickets are available at the BF Centre. You can book either by phone or email and simply mail in your cheque. Tickets are $48, $38 and $28. Tickets are still available for the 25 Jan and 26 Jan (Sat matinee & evening) shows.

    The 27 Jan show is a charity night benefiting the Hua Mei Clinics for Seniors operated by the Tsao Foundation. Guest of Honor is Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health. Tickets start at $100.

    For every ticket purchased from now till the 8th December will come with a FREE 2008 Calendar with inspirational quotes provided by Ajahn Brahm worth $10!

    For the poster and mp3 trailer, click on trailer

    All are welcome
    Jan 26
    Feb 09
    By Norbu Choling Centre
    Norbu Choling Centre
    1st Anniversary Celebration 2008
    The 19th Incarnation of Lochen Rinpoche in Singapore

    Norbu Choling Centre is a direct affliliate dharma centre of Kee Monastry of Spiti, India

    Biography of Rev. T.K. Lochen Tulku Rinpoche
    Rev. T.K. Lochen Tulku Rinpoche is the 19th incarnation of Lochen Rinchen Sangpo

    A post graduate in Sutra, Tantra and Buddhist Philosophy from the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala and other Monastic Universities, he is highly revered by the Himalayan people as a spiritual teacher, guide and philosopher.

    A renowned scholar and master of Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist Tantrayana, he is also a former member of the National Minorities Commission. Born in Shalkhar village of Kinnaur district in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, he runs monasteries in the western Indian Himalayas, and is revered by tens of thousands of disciples both in India and abroad.

    He was also the head of several prestigious organizations like the Buddhist Cultural Association, New Delhi, the Tashilumpo Monastic University, Karnataka, etc.

    He is the 19th incarnation of Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo who was instrumental in second diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet during the 9th and 10th Centuries. Traditionally he also belongs to the Tashi Lhunpo monastery at Shigatse in Tibet, where he ranks second only to the Panchen Lama.

    All are welcome


    February 2008

    Feb 05
    Feb 23
    Kwan Yin Chan Lin
    KYCLZEN 2008
    Fund Raising Activities For The New Zen Centre


    Transportation Guide

    Bus stop in front of Zen shop (at Eminent Plaza, along Lavender Street), going to Balestier Road:
    Bus stop opposite Zen shop, going to Geylang / Bugis:

    SBS: 13, 133, 145
    SMRT: 67

    Bus stop in front of Lavender Food Sqaure (along Jalan Besar):
    Bus stop in front of Kwai Wai Shu Hospital (along Serangoon Road):
    SBS: 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 125, 130, 139, 147
    SMRT: 67, 857, NR6.
    Nearest MRT is Lavender with buses 133, 145 coming here.

    All are welcome
    Feb 071st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4706

    Happy Lunar New Year

    Today in the Year of the Mouse or 4706th year based on the Chinese lunar calendar, most Chinese Buddhists celebrate the Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year by having prayers, offerings and blessings at Buddhist Temples.
    Feb 12
    Feb 17
    Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Dharma Talks by Venerable Ajaan Chin

    PBT is indeed privileged that Venerable Ajaan Chin, current abbot of Wat Dhammasathit Forest Monastery in Rayong, Thailand will be delivering 2 Dhamma talks at PBT during the Venerable's trip to Singapore during the second week of February 2008. Venerable Ajaan Chin is a senior student of the renowned meditation master, Venerable Ajaan Fuang Jotiko (1915-1986) of the Thai Forest Tradition established by Venerable Ajaan Sao Kantasilo and Venerable Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta.

    The details for the 2 Dhamma talks are as follows:

    Date : 12 & 16 February 2008
    Time : 8.00pm
    Venue : Meditation Hall, Level 3,
    Chedi Dhammasathit Building, Palelai Buddhist Temple

    Venerable Ajaan Chin will also be having his meals at PBT on 2 days while here in Singapore. Dhamma friends who wish to offer food Dana to the Venerable may take note of the following details:

    Date : 13 & 17 February 2008
    Time : 9.30am (13 Feb 08), 11.00am (17 Feb 08)
    Venue : Dining Hall, Level 1,
    Chedi Dhammasathit Building, Palelai Buddhist Temple

    Venerable Ajaan Chin will depart for Bangkok on 17 February 2008, 8.00pm.

    Please do not hesitate to contact PBT administrative staff, Mr Keith at 6443 3324 or myself at should you require further clarifications with regards to this matter.

    All are welcome to participate in these mertorious occasions. Please see the road map below.

    Feb 14
    Feb 24
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Public Talk by Ajahn Brahm
    Metta : Love Heals
    Solving Problems

    Please see the road map below.

    We urge members to obey traffic rules and not to cause obstruction to the residence around the vicinity.

    All are welcome
    Feb 15Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    Let's begin a New Life


    Once we fall
    Then we get up
    We smile not knowing that we will cry
    Pains are there though we get gains
    Ups and downs make things change
    Life is moving
    Time is passing

    Another circle of twelve months,
    Has just started
    It is the time to move
    From Dark to Light
    From Light to Light

    We all make mistakes but we can correct them
  • How to begin a New Life?
  • What are the Five Obstacles which stop you moving?
  • Why do you need Right Effort?
  • What are the four mental Faculties you need to begin a new life?

    Come on Dhamma Friends
    Let's Learn how to begin a New Life
    15th Friday February 2008
    8:30 pm,
    In Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    Ven. K. Rathanasara invites you to share the Dhamma

    All are welcome
  • Feb 21Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Magha Puja Day or Sangha Day

    Palelai Buddhist Temple (PBT) PBT would be commemorating Magha Puja Day also known as Sangha Day on 21 February 2008 (Thursday), 7.30pm.

    Magha Puja commemorates the spontaneous assembly of 1,250 arahants in the Buddha's presence which happened nine months after the Enlightenment of the Lord Buddha at Veluvana Bamboo Grove, near Rajagaha in Northern India. One thousand of the gathered monks had previously achieved Awakening upon hearing the Buddha's delivery of the Fire Sermon; the remaining 250 were followers of the elder monks Venerable Moggallana and Venerable Sariputta.

    On that occasion, four miraculous events coincide:
  • 1,250 enlightened disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered
  • Every one of those enlightened disciples had been given monastic ordination personally by the Lord Buddha
  • Those disciples knew to meet together without any previous appointment
  • It was the full-moon day.

    To mark this auspicious gathering, the Buddha delivered the Ovada-Patimokkha Gatha, a summary of the main points of the Dhamma, which the Buddha gave to the assembly before sending them out to proclaim the doctrine.

    Details of the Ovada-Patimokkha is available at

    PBT would be commemorating this occasion with a candlelight procession by circumambulating the temple compound three rounds recollecting the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. This will be followed by the chanting of Protective Verses (Parittas), a short Dhamma talk and the transference of Merits.

    The programme is as follows:
    Time Event
    6.00pm Evening Chanting & Requesting of 5-Precepts
    7.30pm Candlelight Procession
    8.00pm Paritta Chanting
    8.45pm Dhamma Talk
    9.15pm Transference of Merits & Blessings
    9.30pm End of Celebration

    Please do not hesitate to contact PBT administrative staff, Mr Keith at 6443 3324 or myself at should you require further clarifications with regards to this matter.

    All are welcome to participate in these meritorious occasions.

    Please see the road map below.

    All are welcome
  • Feb 29
    Mar 04
    By Buddhist Fellowship

    Want to get serious about meditation? Ven Khemavaro will be in Singapore from 29 Feb to 6 March conducting the following program:

  • Meditation Retreat from 29th Feb evening – 4th March afternoon
    (8 precepts & Noble Silence will be observed.)

    The registration fee and venue will be confirmed at a later date. Kindly register your interest so that we have a good idea on the appropriate venue.

    Ven Khemavaro will be giving 2 talks at the centre:
    Date: Sunday, 2 March
    Topic:Introduction to Meditation

    Date:Wednesday, 5 March
    Topic: What is Buddhism?

    Biography of Speaker
    Venerable Khemavaro , born in Vietnam in 1966, moved with his family to live in California at age of 9. He has a BA in Philosophy.After graduating, he worked as a financial analyst and stockbroker in Bangkok, earning vast amounts of money and partying hard. When the stock market carshed, reality set in and he became interested in Buddhism and meditation.

    His monastic training started at Ajahn Chah's Wat Pa Nanachat ( International Forest Monastery ) in 1999 , and ordained in 2000. Venerable Khemavaro ( known as 'Tan Khema' to his monastic friends ) has been living at Bodhinyana Monastery for the past four years, mastering the refined art of concrete mixing and cave building.

    Having completed his fifth Vassa as a bhikkhu, he is now becoming more involved in teaching the Dhamma.

    All are welcome

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