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2008 AD ( 2552 BE ) ACTIVITIES



    May 2008

    May 07
    Jun 19
    By Ruwan Buddhist Society
    Dhammapada - The chapter on Fools (bala vagga)
    the chapter on The Wise (pandita vagga)

    We welcome you to join us once again to learn the Teachings of the Buddha from the Dhammapada - The chapter on Fools (bala vagga) & the chapter on The Wise (pandita vagga).

    In order to help us get closer to the teachings of the Buddha, we will be understanding the stanzas through the original language - Pali.

    In the Dhammapada are enshrined the basic tenets of the Buddha's teachings. The 423 melodious Pali verses were culled from various discourses given by the Buddha in the course of 45 years as He travellled in the valley of the Ganges and the sub-mountain tract of the Himalayas.

    The Buddha was a master psychologist; He understood the way the mind works and the conditions we all encounter. Learning the teachings of the Buddha can encourage us to reflect on the quality of our lives, understand the consequences of our actions, and open our hearts to the deep joy of selfless action.

    Do join us for this great gift of the Dhamma - an indispensable companion in our daily life! May the seeds we sow help us on the path to enlightenment !!

    Course : Dhammapada (Chapters on Fools and The Wise)
    Date : 8 May 2008 – 19 June 2008 (7 Lessons) (every Thursday)
    Time : 7:30 pm - 9.30pm
    Venue : Ruwan Buddhist Society 87 Aida Street (10min walk from Bedok Central)
    Course Lecturer : Ven K Somananda

    Please register via email or contact Raymond @ 96819341 for enrollment.

    About the Lecturer
    Ven Somananda had been in Singapore for over 10 years. He was a Pali language lecturer in the Pali Buddhist College Singapore, and ever taught in the Sri Lanka University. For the past few years he conducts short term courses on the Dhammapada, Basic Buddhism and Pali Language. Bhante has studied Pali Language for many years and is scholar in this field. He had just obtain his PHD in Pali Language in 2006.

    All are welcome
    May 10
    May 11
    Ngee Ann Civic Plaza. By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vesak 2552 Celebration: Vegetarian Food Fair

    Date: 10 May Saturday
    Time: 10am – 11am
    Event: Opening Ceremony
    GUEST-OF-HONOUR: Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Finance

    Vegetarian Food fair, Games corner, Buddhist Cultural Exhibition, Bathing of Prince Siddhartha, Circumambulate the Guan Yin Statue and Offering of flowers. Contemplation corner for youths, Hymns Singing and more..

    - Buddhist Fellowship YOUTH will participate in 'Vesak at Orchard 2552' 10-11 May @ Ngee Ann City from 10am to 8pm. BF Youths will be setting up a youth booth along with 14 other youth groups on both Saturday & Sunday so mark it down on your calendar and join us! Any youth who is interested to help out can come down to our booth at Ngee Ann City on the day. Some of our youths will also be singing a few "home-made" and other buddhist songs at 4.10pm and 5pm on Saturday. There will be Vegetarian Food fair, Games corner, Buddhist Cultural Exhibition, Bathing of Prince Siddhartha, Circumambulate the Guan Yin Statue and Offering of flowers. Contemplation corner for youths, Hymns Singing... so do come down with your family and/or friends to lend them your support!

    All are welcome
    May 10
    Jun 01
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Vesak 2552 Celebration at
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    Celebrating Vesak Day is a significant act of commemorating the Buddha and His spirit of universal love and compassion. In this season filled with peace, harmony and gratitude, let us all participate and rejoice in the Dharma. For further queries, please call 6849 5300

    Candle Light Offering
    Date: 10 May Sat 7.30 pm
    Venue: Hall of Great Compassion

    3 Refuge & 5 Precepts Taking
    Refuge & Precepts Master : Ven Sik Kwang Sheng
    Date: 11 May Sun 12pm-1.45pm
    Venue: Hall of No Form [ More Details ]

    Date: 18 May Sun 5pm –19 May Mon 8am
    Venue: Hall of Great Strength

    *Distribution date of Free tickets for 3-Steps-1-Bow coming soon.
    Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis. Limited to 2 tickets per person. The ceremony is open to all without tickets after 10.30pm on 18 May 2008 until 8am on 19 May 2008. The ceremony takes about 2?5hours to complete.

  • As there is limited parking space in the monastery, devotees are encouraged to use public transport. Any inconvenience caused is highly regretted.
  • If first aid is required, please approach the Red Cross staff stationed at the Drum Tower for assistance.
  • For any lost or found items, please report them to the emcee stationed behind the Hall of Great Compassion.
  • Photocopying and Sale of 3-Steps-1-Bow tickets are strictly prohibited.

    Bathing of Prince Siddhartha
    This symbolises the determination to purify one’s unwholesome deeds with wholesome deeds.
    Date: 18 May, Sun 7.30pm – 19 May, Mon 5pm
    Venue: Hall of Great Strength |Hall of Great Compassion

    y_Buddhism 2552: introducing Buddhism to youths
    Date: 18 May,Sun 5pm – 19 May, Mon 5pm
    Venue: Beside Hall of Great Compassion

    Gratitude to Earth & Earthlings
    Exhibition on Environmentalism & Vegetarianism
    Co-organised with Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Help us cut down garbage & save the earth! –Bring your own reusable bags, food containers & cutlery.
    Date: 18 May, Sun 4pm –19 May, Mon 5pm
    Venue: Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, 1st Level

    Recycling Jumble Sales
    Date: 18 May, Sun 5pm – 19 May, Mon 3pm
    Venue: Along the walkway & behind front Office

    Vegetarian Food Fair
    Help us cut down garbage & save the earth! – Bring your own reusable bags, food containers & cutlery.
    Date: 18 May, Sun 6pm – 19 May, Mon 2am; 9am – 3pm
    Venue: Along the Walkway

    Awareness Place : Vesak Day Bazaar Sales (Up to 70% Discount)
    Date: 18 May, Sun 2pm – 19 May, Mon 5pm
    Venue: Behind Hall of Great Strength

    Family & Children Corner, Games Stall
    Gratitude to Parents : Showing our Appreciation
    Date: 19 May, Mon | 10am – 5pm
    Venue: Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, 2nd and 4th Level

    Vipassana Appreciation Corner
    An award winning documentary, "Doing Time Doing Vipassana", about Vipassana Meditation in indian prisons, followed by a Q&A session about Vipassna Meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka.
    Date: 19 May, Mon | 9am – 12noon
    Venue: Dharma Hall, 1st Level

    Blood Donation Drive
    Date: 24 May Sat | 9am – 3pm
    Venue: Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st Level

    Gratitude Concert 2008 [ Details ]
    Date: 31 May Sat & 1 June Sun | 7.30 pm - 9 pm
    Venue: Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 4th Level
    Tickets at $10 each

    All are welcome
  • May 10
    May 31
    By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course for Beginners

    Download form here
    Location Map:
    click here
    Registration is required

    Pls log on to our website @ for details. Email:

    All are welcome
    May 11Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant. By Buddhist Library , The
    Mother's Day Lunch

    As an annual event, Buddhist Library is organising a Mother's Day Lunch on May 11th at Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant at 20 Trengganu Street, #03-01 in Chinatown. This is the restaurant's new location as they will be closing the one Orchard Rd. at end of this month (April).

    Again, we look forward to your support to make this event enjoyable for all. This year the committee decided to hold the price of the ticket at $40 each to make it affordable even though the cost has gone up by 20%.

    We also need donors for lucky draw prizes. Prizes can be dropped off at the counter in Buddhist Library and please identify them as "Mother's Day Lunch".

    You can make reservations through Buddhist Library at email address or to BL Tan at or call Buddhist Library counter at 6746-8435. To make it easier, you can collect (and pay) the tickets on the day of the lunch at the restaurant. Tickets are also on sale at the Buddhist Library counter.

    There are 30 tables available for the lunch so make the reservation early to ensure you the place as it is a good time to catch up with old friends from the library.

    Thank you for your kind support.

    All are welcome
    May 11
    Jun 08
    By Buddhist Library , The
    Understanding & Appreciating Tangkas
    Buddhist Tangka Exhibition

    All are welcome
    May 14
    May 19
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Vesak 2552 Celebration. Dharma Talk By Venerable Brahmali

    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
    May 15
    By Shan You Counselling Centre
    Vesak 2552: Grand Light Offerings

    What's so special about this event?
  • The lightings are held in Bodhgaya, the place where the Buddha gained Enlightenment.
  • Lights will be offered for 7 days in Bodhgaya on behalf of the donors.
  • There will chanting and blessing services lead by a Venerable in Singapore, performed in the name of the donors.
  • Double merits of offering light to the Buddha and supporting Shan You Counselling Centre a non-profitable and charitable organisation.
    Click on this link below to download your registration form now!
    Registration Forms

    All are welcome
  • May 16
    May 19
    Open Field in front of Aljunied MRT. By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Vesak Celebration 2552 &
    Relic Exhibition of the Great Mahasiddhi Geshe Lama Konchong

    All are welcome
    May 17
    May 19
    By Buddha's Light International Association
    Vesak Day Carnival 2552: Harmonious Conditions in All

    All are welcome
    May 19Full moon in May


    Today in the year 2552 ( 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 19By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Vesak Celebration 2552


  • 8.30 am - Ceremonial Bathing of Buddha / Offerings of lights and flowers
  • 9.00am - Taking of 3 refuges and observance of 8 precepts
  • 9.20am - Paritta Pali Chanting
  • 10.00am - Dhamma Talk
  • 10.30am - Sitting Mediation
  • 11.00am - Sharing of merits
  • 11.15am- Lunch Dana to Sayadaw
  • 11.30am - Lunch for devotees
  • 1.00pm - Group Sitting / Walking Meditation
  • 6.00pm - Metta Chanting and Sharing of merits

    Whole Day
    ~ Offerings of lights and flowers
    ~ Ceremonial Bathing of Buddha

    Location Map:
    click here
    Registration is required

    Pls log on to our website @ for details. Email:

    All are welcome
  • May 19By Buddhist Library , The
    Vesak 2552 Celebration At Buddhist Library

    All are welcome
    May 19
    Jul 12
    By The Minding Centre
    THE MINDING CENTRE course updates (May-Jul latest programmes)

    (1) Psychology of Death & Living (Strategies for a happy life)

    We will discuss in some detail a real-life report by a nurse attending to a dying Buddhist practitioner, how the practitioner feels (pain, calmness, decisions, etc) and what the nurse learns from this.

    Join us is this rare human-interest in-depth examination of the dying process, and benefit from it. Besides other related teachings of the Buddha, that is.

    Intake 3: Jun 21, 28; Jul 5, 12 (Saturday)
    Time: 7.00-9.00 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Fees: $160 (with Course Book)

    Course highlights:
  • The last 48 hours of life
  • Understand what life really is
  • Dealing with fear, mental pain
  • How not to fear death and dying
  • Good life, good death, good rebirth

    For further details, click here

    Call Ratna at 8211 0879 now to register.

    (2) Intermediate Meditation Course [non-religious]
    For those who have completed the Beginners' Meditation Course.

    In this course you will learn many helping meditation methods which help you to sit longer and make your meditation interesting.

    Intake 8: Jun 7, 14 (Sat)
    Time: 7.00 pm 9.00 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fees: $90.00 (with Guidebook)

    For further details, click here

    Call Ratna at 8211 0879 now to register.

    (3) Beginners' Meditation Course [non-religious]
    Intake 26i: May 29; Jun 5, 12 (Thu)
    Intake 27f: May 19, 26; Jul 3 (Thu)
    Time: 7.30 pm 9.30 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fees: $90.00 (with Guidebook)

    For further details, click here

    Call Ratna at 8211 0879 now to register. The Minding Centre (under the Dharma auspices of Poh Ming Tse)
    Blk 644 Bukit Batok Central,
    #01-68 (2nd flr),
    [near Bukit Batok MRT/Interchange]
    Singapore 650644.
    HP: 8211 0879; Tel: 6569 5205

    Dharmafarer (Sutta) website:

    Meditation courses & therapy:

    Biography of Piya Tan
    Piyasilo ("Piya") Tan was an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk for over 20 years. During his first year of monkhood, he co-founded the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (Vice-President). He also founded the Friends of Buddhism Malaysia and the Friends of Buddhism Singapore. During the latter half of this period he founded the Dharmafarers, a community of full-time lay Buddhist workers. In his layman years before ordination, while Principal of the Seck Kia Eenh Dharma School (Malacca Buddhist Association, Malaysia), he prepared and implemented the Integrated Syllabus of Buddhist Studies, the most comprehensive Buddhist syllabus in Malaysia and Singapore then.

    He was regular consultant and lecturer to the Buddhist Studies Team (Buddhist Studies for Secondary Schools in Singapore, Ministry of Education) in the 1980s. After that he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has written numerous educational books on Buddhism (such as "Total Buddhist Work") and spoken at various international and inter-religious forums. He is well-known for his futuristic visions of Buddhism, especially in terms of the full-time lay Buddhist ministry. He is best known for his national Dharma courses in Malaysia and Singapore and has been advisor or consultant to various tertiary Buddhist societies.

    Since 2000, Piya has been living with his family in Singapore, where he is an interdenominational full-time Buddhist worker. He is consultant and Dharma teacher to various organizations, institutions and projects. He regards himself as an ongoing student of Buddhism.

    Piyasilo's Higher Ordination (upasampada) under H.H. Somdet Phra Vanarat, the 17th Supreme Patriarch of the Thai Buddhist Order (24 June 1972, Wat Srakes Rajavaramahavihara, Bangkok, Thailand). This picture shows the ordination candidate offering the monk's bowl to the Preceptor and the lay sponsor, Khun Banchong Sowaprux, bearing traditional offerings. Note: Read more about Piya Tan in Wikipedia

    All are welcome
  • May 23
    May 25
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Buddhist Fellowship Youths' Mid Year Camp - "Celebrating Life"

    All are welcome
    May 23
    Jun 05
    By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Lama Tsong Khapa's Condensed Stages of the Path

    All are welcome
    May 27
    Jul 15
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Relaxation Meditation by Venerable Shi Kwang Sheng

    All are welcome
    May 30
    Jun 08
    Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre @ BOOTH M13. By Tzu Chi Singapore

    Books are like windows which can open our minds to the world. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just slow down our fast moving pace for a while, and read a good book that could restore the peace and calmness within us?

    Jing Si Publication, with its numerous publications portraying real-life stories of giving and compassion, hopes to promote to all the humanistic values of truth, kindness and beauty. We welcome you to visit the World Book Fair, to find out more about the mind enlightening good books and the ways on how to lead an enriching life.

    Date : 10 Days from 30/05/2008 to 08/06/2008
    Time : 11am-10pm
    Venue : Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre @ BOOTH M13

    For more information on Tzu Chi activities, go to:

    All are welcome


    June 2008

    Jun 07
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Pointing to the Nature of ourMind

    ~ 2 Day Workshop by Professor Cheng Chen Huang ~

    A widely-acclaimed renowned Buddhist scholar and practitioner

    Date : Sat 7 & Sun 8 June 08
    Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm
    Venue : Awareness Place (Well-being) 231 Bain Street #03-39 Bras Basah Complex S180231
    Course Offering :$60/- inclusive of refreshments
    Closing Date :31 May 2008 (or when class is full)
    Registration :
    * Awareness Place (Well-being)
    Mon- Sun 11.30am to 6pm
    Tel: 6336 5067

    * Awareness Place
    #01-63 Bras Basah Complex
    Mon - Sun 11.30am to 7.30pm
    Tel: 6337 7582

    Download Form

    Happiness is an INSIDE job.
    Professor Cheng offers his wisdom and advice on how we can cultivate our mind bringing joy and hope to ourselves and many others. Let us live our life right here and right now with insight and guidance.

    Professor Cheng who is currently a Director & Chief Editor of Torch of Wisdom Buddhist Association, Taiwan, is actively involved in Dharma propagation activities in Taiwan, different states of America and South East Asia. These activities includes of Dharma Talks, Workshops and Meditation Retreat. Not only has Professor Cheng been renowned in Buddhist philosophies and practices, he had published more than 500 news articles and 20 books. Some of these included the translated Chinese versions such as Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by H.H. the Dalai Lama at Harvard; Consciousness at Crossroads; Anapanasati; Zen in the Martial Arts; Beginning to See and Mind Like Fire Unbound.”

    All are welcome
    Jun 07
    Jun 15
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Executive Happiness
    Retreat in Phuket/Khao Lak
    With Ajahn Brahm

    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
    Jun 08
    Jun 18
    By Singapore Drikung Kagyu Centre
    His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche's June Programme in Singapore


    All are welcome
    Jun 10
    Jun 12
    By Awareness Place
    Awareness Kiddy Fun Workshops


    To inculcate in young children the virtues of respect, gratitude and team spirit through self-reflection and self-correction

    Facilitator: Mr. Lim Heng Moh, Jason
    certified yoga instructor and therapist
    Dates :
  • June 10 – Group 1 {age 4 to 6 yrs}
  • June 11 – Group 2 {age 7 to 9 yrs}
  • June 12 – Group 3 {age 10 to 12 yrs}
    Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Venue: Awareness #03-39 bras basah complex
    Course offering: $30/-
    Closing Date: 31 May or when class is full (max 20)

    All are welcome
  • Jun 21By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    "Great Compassion, Great Aspiration" Charity Show for Szechuan

    Programmes & Artistes

    Hosts :
    Guo Liang, Yan Qing
  • Alan Kuo
  • Carrie Yeung
  • Dr Liang Wern Fook
  • George Chan
  • Jack Neo and J Team
  • Jiu Jian
  • Kelly Poon
  • Mindee Ong
  • Percy Chiu
  • Qi Yu Wu
  • Ric
  • Tan Diya
  • WOW –Wing, Wayne
  • Royston Tan
  • Tan Diya
  • Xu Fu Gang
  • Zhou Hui

    For more details please click here

    For donation in cheques

    Kindly crossed the cheques and made payable to :-
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery , indicate behind the cheques – “For Sichuan Earthquake Disaster”.
    Cheques mail to:
    Reception Office
    88 Bright Hill Road,
    Singapore 574117

    All proceeds from the Ticket sales and funds raised will be channeled to the reconstruction of schools and education programmes of affected children. The total amount will be remitted to the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Republic of Singapore.

    Organisers : Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Co-Organisers : Super Coffeemix Manufacturing Ltd , Scorpio East Holdings Ltd

    Venue :Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall,
    ,4th Level, Hall of No-Form
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.
    88 Bright Hill Road S574117

    Date :21 Jun 2008 Saturday
    Time :7:30pm
    Tickets : $30 | $50 $100 | $500
    Admission : by Ticket only

    Ticketing :
    Time : 9am-4.30pm
    Venue :Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.88, Bright Hill Road, S574117
    Tel : 6849 5300

    Bras Basah Complex

    Tel : 6337 7582
    For group tickets 6849 5339

    Note: COMPLIMENTARY TICKET is required for admission to the 'Live' telecast at Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, level 2 (dining hall); and 10,000 Buddha Pagoda, level 1 & 2. All complimentary tickets are also available at the above locations

    Due to large number of spectators and limited parking space at the Monastery, we seek your kind cooperation to take public transport to the Charity Show if possible. Any inconvenience is regretted.

    All are welcome
  • Jun 28Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Family Life Education
    Parenting Without Tears (in English)

    Title : Parenting Without Tears
    Speaker : Dr. Doris Ang
    Date : 28 June 2008 (Saturday)
    Time : 3 pm – 5pm
    Venue : Yen Pei Building, Level 8
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    Telephone: 6489 8161 ext 41

    Dr. Doris Ang is Clinical Director of Irlen Dyslexic Clinic, a multidiciplinary clinic for the evaluation and treatment of learning difficulties. Dr. Ang's interest and concern for students who were underachieving and experiencing reading difficulties led to her PhD research. She was clinically trained in Australia and she has extensive experience working with youths in schools as well as in prison ministry.

    To register for the talk, simply email your name and contact number to email

    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

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