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    July 2008

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jul 06
    to
    Dec 21
    By Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Buddhism Course




    When :
    Every Sunday 6 Jul 08 ~ 17 Aug 08, 28 Sep 08 ~ 21 Dec 08
    Time :
    9am - 11.30am
    Instructor :
    Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Where :
    Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center,
    39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    Enquiry :
    6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee :
    FOC.
    Registration :
    Registration Open
    More details :
    http://basicbuddhism.org/index.cfm?GPID=8

    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
    Jul 06
    to
    Dec 21
    By Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Meditation Course




    When : Every Sunday, 6 Jul 08 ~ 17 Aug 08, 28 Sep 08 ~ 21 Dec 08
    Time : 1.00pm - 3.00pm
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Where : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center,
    39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    Fee : FOC
    Registration : Open For Registration Now.

    Introduction
    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
    Jul 12Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    SELF-ESTEEM Workshop for Students
    (Primary 4 – Primary 6)



    Date :12 July 2008 (Saturday)
    Time : 9 am – 11 am
    Venue : Yen Pei Building, Level 7
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    Instructor : Ms Esther Tan

    Ms Esther Tan had worked in a counselling-related industry for four years before becoming a full-time school counsellor. She is also a qualified parent facilitator for the school education programmes. Presently, she is also studying for the Master of Social Science in Professional Counselling.

    This workshop is free of charge. Register for your child! Simply email your child’s name, age and contact number to dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg or call 6489 8161 ext. 41


    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
    Jul 12By Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    Sutta Discussion Sessions


    When : Every Saturday from 12 Jul 2008
    Time : 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Led By : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Where : Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple,
    30-C St. Michael's Road, Singapore 328002
    How to get there : map
    Fee : FOC. No Registration Is Required. Just Join In!
    Current Topic: Sixth Patriarch Sutta

    Pre-Requisite
    The Group Discussion Sessions are for students who have completed the Basic Buddhism Course. Participants are expected to have the understanding of Buddhist fundamentals.

    Session Format
    This weekly session provides a condusive environment for group discussion or suttas and important topics in buddhism. The sesssions will be conducted in the following format:

  • Puja and Chanting
  • Topic Presentation
  • Summary and Discussion
  • Dedication of Merits


    Topics:
    Discussion topics will be based on the group ineterest and changes from time to time.Some topics covered previously include:

  • Great Disciples of The Buddha
  • Jataka Stories and the Ten Paramis
  • Diamond Sutta

    All are welcome
  • Jul 12
    to
    Aug 23
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    ONE DAY MINDFULNESS RETREAT



    DATE: 12 & 26 JUL, 9 & 23 AUG 08 (SATURDAY)
    TIME: 8.45AM - 6PM
    VENUE: VMC
    ORGANISERS: BRO NELSON LIM: HP:9-6985157
    U SAW Oo: HP:9-6704780


    All are welcome
    Jul 12By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Film Making and Film Viewing Seminars
    Buddhist Film Appreciation & Short Film-making Contest



    Click here for more detail : http://blog.pixnet.net/ddysmovie

    About the Short Film Making Contest (Objective, Theme, How to join, Judging Criteria, Prizes)

    Dharma Drum Youth Singapore of Dharma Drum Singapore is organising its first ever Buddhist Movies Appreciation & Short Film Making Contest from February 2008 to July 2008.

    The objectives of the contest are as follow:
    Angulimala :How a Notorious Serial Killer Attained Enlightenment
    Tagline: A man who took a thousand lives to reach Nirvana
    Website: www.filmbangkok.com/angulimala
    Movie Screening cum Dharma Discussion with Shen Shi’an : Email moonpointer@gmail.com

    Short Film Making Contest Rules and Regulations

  • Registration is open to all local residents (with local address and contact number in Singapore), of age ranging 18 ~ 35 years old
  • Contesting films should be made by the theme of Buddhism, in either English or Mandarin only.
  • Video must be original and has not been submitted for any other purposes.
  • Video with content that promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or harm of any kind against any group or individual will be disqualified.
  • Video submitted will become the property of Dharma Drum Singapore.


    All are welcome
  • Jul 13
    to
    Jul 27
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Why Fellowship?
    Learn, Practise, Bond






    All are welcome
    Jul 13By Shuang Lin Monastery
    Brain, DNA and the METAMORPHOSIS of LIFE - Buddhism & Science Symposium



    Topic: "Brain, DNA and the METAMORPHOSIS of LIFE - Buddhism & Science Symposium"
    Venue: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre
    Date: 13 July 2008
    Time: from 9am to 5pm
    Registration email: events@yahoo.com
    Registration Fee: free-of-charge

    3 Distinguished Speakers presenting (in English without translation):

  • The Secret Code of Life: DNA Transfer
    Ven Hui Ming - Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Life Engineering
    Prof Chua Nan-Hai - Andrew W. Mellon Professor and Head of Plant Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University
  • Zen and the Science of Brain
    Pro Lee C F - Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Hong Kong

    P.S. As meals and snacks will be provided during the symposium, please register for the talk to enable for the meals preparation.

    All are welcome
  • Jul 13
    &
    Jul 20
    Hall of No Form Level 4, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall.By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Refuge¬Taking Ceremony in the Triple Gem & the Five Precepts





    Conducted by Ven Sik Kwang Sheng,
    Abbot of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    Since the Buddha’s time, taking Refuge in the Triple Gem – the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha, identifies one as a Buddhist. It is an expression of one's faith and determination in walking the Buddha's path.

    Date: Sunday 20 July 2008 12.30pm
    Venue: Hall of No Form Level 4, Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    88 Bright Hill Road
    The ceremony will be conducted in both English and Chinese
    Registration : Register personally at the Front Office from 830am to 430pm daily with your NRIC (Is open to those who are 10 years old and above )
    Enquiries: Call 6849 5300 from 830am to 430pm daily for more information




    Q&A Session
    The Meaning of Taking Refuge in the Triple Gem & the Five Precepts with Venerable Chuan Xian (conducted in English)
  • Why must one take refuge in the Triple Gem and the Five Precepts?
  • What are the obligations and benefits?
  • Must one take refuge to meditate or embark on the training path towards Enlightenment?
    This session is especially for those are considering taking refuge and who have always wanted to find out more.

    Date: Sunday, 13 July 2008
    Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Venue: Level 1, (Teahouse), Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    88 Bright Hill Road

    Registration or Enquiries :Please call Billy at 6849 5345 or billy@kmspks.org

    About the Speaker
    Born in Singapore, Venerable Chuan Xian worked in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery’s Dharma Propagation Division for 4 years as a full time staff before his ordination. In these 4 years, he encountered and studied the Teachings of the Mahayana Tradition. Thereafter, he was deeply inspired by the Masters from the Vajrayana Tradition and renounced in the year 2002 at Phor Kark See Monastery under Ven. Kwang Sheng. In the year 2004, he became a fully ordained monk (Bikkhu). He traveled to India and Nepal to study Vajrayana Buddhism under great teachers from the Nyingma and Kagyu Lineages. Currently he is assisting in the work of KMSPKS’s Dharma Propagation Division.

    Organized by Department of Youth & Arts, Dharma Propagation Division, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery www.kmspks.org/youth | youth@kmspks.org | 6849 5346

    Register for Refuge Taking Ceremony
    What is the Three Refuge
    When we wish to become Buddhist formally, the first step is to go to the Triple Gem (or the Three Jewels) ¬the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha for refuge. It is an expression of one's faith and determination in walking the Buddha's path. Since the time of the Buddha, taking this Threefold Refuge has identified a person as a Buddhist.

    Why take the Three Refuge
    If we observe the world carefully, we will notice much pain, suffering and frustration experienced by all. We will look for a way to end these distressing conditions just as a traveller caught in a storm seeks shelter. If he finds shelter in a strong and safe building, he will call out to the others struggling in the storm to join him in his refuge. Similarly, one who chooses to become a Buddhist when he understands who the Buddha is and how the Triple Gem can provide him the way to end suffering. Out of Compassion, he also encourages others to take the same refuge.

    What are the Five Precepts
    The Five Precepts are
  • Respect for Life: Not to Kill; to Protect Life
  • Respect for Personal Property: Not to Steal; to be Generous
  • Respect for Personal Relationship: Not to Indulge the Senses; to be Content
  • Respect for Truth: Not to Lie; to be Truthful
  • Respect for Mental and Physical Well¬being; Not to Take Intoxicants; to be Mindful

    Why take the Five Precepts
    The Five Precepts are recommendations given by the Buddha, Proposed to be lived by one who wishes to lead a peaceful life while contributing to the happiness of family and society. The Five Precepts are voluntarily observed by lay Buddhists. They are not commandments that have to be strictly abided by. They form the basis of universal morality in the Moral Conduct aspect of the Noble eightfold Path, which is very important in the beginning of practicing the Buddhist Path.
    (Adapted from “Be a Lamp Upon Yourself” http://www.kmspks.org/pdf/Lamp.pdf)


    All are welcome
  • Jul 15By Buddhist Library , The
    Enrolment By 15/7: Bachelor of Arts in Buddhist Studies







    All are welcome
    Jul 17
    to
    Jul 19
    By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Pure Land Talk & 3-Day Pure Land Retreat (Chinese)




    Website: http://www.ddsingapore.org/
    Email: ddrum@singnet.com.sg
    Address: 100A Duxton Road Singapore 089544
    Telephone: 6734 5900 Fax: 6224 2655


    All are welcome
    Jul 18
    &
    Jul 19
    8 pm
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    VASSA ENTRY CEREMONY

    VASSA ENTRY CEREMONY
    Date: 18 JUL 08 (FRI)
    Time: 8PM

    ALL ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CEREMONY

    VASSA ROBE OFFERING CEREMONY & DHAMMA TALK
    DATE: 19 JUL 08 (SAT)

    Time: 8PM
    VENUE: VMC

    All are welcome
    Jul 26Full 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 explanation for :- NO INNER CORE - ANATTA . By Sayadaw U Silananda )




     

    August 2008

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Aug 01NTU NYH Seminar Room 2. By NTU Buddhist Society
    Talk: A Look at Contemporary Issues through the Buddhist

    A Look at Contemporary Issues through the Buddhist Perspective
    Date: 1/8/2008 (Friday)
    Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    Venue: NTU NYH Seminar Room 2
    Speakers:
  • Ven Jue Fang
  • Ven Miao Guang
  • Ven Miao Jing

    As a religion for human beings, the Buddhist teachings are also focused on providing constructive opinions or possible remedies to real-life problems or spiritual needs, and thus inspire virtuous verbal, mental and physical conducts in human beings. This talk will involve discussions on social disorders and contemporary social issues from the Buddhist perspective. The audience will be encouraged to probe into problems concerning society and human mentality, and acquire from the Dharma remedies for our mental and physical illnesses.

    All are welcome
  • Aug 02By Fo Guang Shan (Singapore)
    English Dharma Talk



    Introduction of the Speakers:
    Ven. JueFang
    - NATIONALITY: SINGAPOREAN
    - EDUCATION BACKGROUND
  • Fo Guang University, Taiwan 2002-2004, M.A., Sociology
  • Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin Buddhist College, Taiwan 2001-2002, Buddhist Studies
  • National University of Singapore, 1997-1999, B.A., Economics

    - NUSBS Vice-President (1999-2000)
    - CURRENT
  • Peking University, China, PhD. Candidate for Education

    Ven. MiaoGuang
    - NATIONALITY: AUSTRALIAN
    - EDUCATION BACKGROUND
  • University Of New South Wales, 1996-1999, B.A., Asian Studies

    - CURRENT
  • Fo Guang University, Masters Student for Buddhist Studies
  • Personal English Interpreter of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
  • FGS Founding Masters Office English Scribe
  • Illustrated World Buddhist Arts English Editor
  • FGS Tienyen Buddhist E-College Speaker

    All are welcome
  • Aug 06
    to
    Sep 24
    By Buddhist Library , The
    Jataka Stories







    All are welcome
    Aug 09By Buddha Tooth Relic Temple And Museum
    Musical Concert by Boddhicitta



    Bodhicitta will be having a Buddhist Hymns sharing on 9/8/08 Sat (National Day). Please join them for an afternoon of peace, joy and inspirations!

    Venue: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple (Nagapuspa Theatre Basement 1)
    Date/Time: 9/8/08 Sat/ 3-5pm
    Details: http://www.btrts.org.sg/ME08-Guitar.html

    Free Admission, Collect your tickets at Buddha Tooth Relic Temple front office

    Introduction to Bodhicitta
    Bodhicitta is a Dharma inspired, independent music group formed in 1997, to promote peace and spiritual well being through music. To date, the group had released 6 CD albums between Year 2001 and 2008. Beside being invited to perform regularly at various events, in Dec 2002, Bodhicitta produced "Motivation. Unplugged", a charity concert held at UCC (University Cultural Centre), with the effort to fuse music of the east and west with a holistic touch. From Year 2004 to 2006 we established "Dharma Resonance"– a Buddhist network and performance platform holding at music cafes within city area targeting at youth. Bodhicitta has also team up with PKSSSS in Year 2007 to produce a Buddhist hymns and Dharma Teaching kit "Let's Sing Together" and had conducted training workshops for hymns leaders and Sunday school teachers. The group had been interviewed by major media such as radio broadcasting stations Passion FM99.5 & Hearts Radio FM100.3. In recent years, the group has also embrace various art forms and creative means such as painting, poetry, dance, relaxation music and mind-body relaxation techniques to engage, motivate, inspire and touch others. http://bodhicittamusic.blogspot.com/

    All are welcome
    Aug 15Full 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 23Ngee Ann Cultural Centre. By Dharma In Action
    Buddhist Youth Conference 2008



    Dharma In Action was established in February 2008 by a group of Buddhist enthusiasts to promote the learning, understanding and practice of life-style Buddhism in modern societies. One of the key focus areas is in the creation of awareness and educational Buddhism programmes in Singapore. Supported by the NUS Buddhist Society Alumni and the Dana Citta Buddhist Society, the first activity to be organised by Dharma In Action will be the Buddhist Youth Conference 2008.

    As we build up to the conference on 23 August 2008, we will be announcing more details on the speakers and content for the conference. Do come regularly to this website for updates on the conference. Alternatively, you can also register your interest and we will keep you in our monthly update via emails.

    The Buddhist Youth Conference 2008 is planned on 23 August 2008 at the Ngee Ann Cultural Centre. The Conference will bring together engaged Buddhist youth leaders and Buddhist youths to share their experience and thoughts on their Dharma Propagation work.

    For the coming conference, we will be examining the impact of Buddhist activities conducted by Singapore Buddhist groups over the past decade. Four tracks will be developed during the conference. In the morning, we will be examining the Milestone Buddhist Projects in Singapore and Overseas Buddhist Initiatives by Singapore Buddhist Groups. After lunch, we will explore new ways to propagate the Dharma through "Reaching out through Buddhist Music" and "Entrepreneurs and Buddhism".

    There will be keynote addresses by notable Buddhist practitioners and networking sessions for participants to exchange contacts and ideas on Dharma propagation. Register now to join us during the conference. Seats are available on limited basis.

    We are pleased to have the opportunity to invite both young and established Buddhist practitioners who are active in Dharma work. They have kindly agreed to take time off their busy schedule to share with us on their past experiences on propagating the Dharma.

    Keynote Speakers

    Ven Thitadhammo

    Venerable Thitadhammo Bhikkhu (Theravada Ordination, 1996 & 1999)

    Venerable Fa Shan, Hui Nian (Mahayana Transmission, March 2002)

    Venerable Thitadhammo Bhikkhu was born in Singapore. He was a certified IT trainer before ordaining as a monk and had also diversified his professional activities into consultancy as well as into the advertising field.

    In 1996, the Venerable was ordained into the Forest Tradition of the Dhammayutika sect of Thai Buddhism and later received higher ordination in 1999. Much of his time was spent on learning and practicing meditation in Thailand, India and Nepal. During a meditation retreat, the Venerable was asked to assist in the establishment of the Insight Educational Foundation for promoting Theravada practices and meditation in Taiwan.

    In March 2002, he received his Mahayana Linchi Zen Dharma Lineage from Venerable Master Ching Hsing in Taiwan and goes by the Dharma name, Shih Fa Shan Hui Nian. Whilst in Taiwan, Venerable was actively involved in Dharma propagation work and in supporting roles for meditation, information technology and projects in organizational development. In recent years, he has been actively helping to organize some of the international conferences like the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations in Thailand and more recently in Vietnam 2008.

    The Venerable focuses on teaching of materials to promote Buddhist practices in organizations as well as in organizational infrastructure developments. He travels frequently and holds various positions in many countries. He is also currently involved in the development of several projects around the region as well as in Australia.

    Networks

    1. Singapore Network:

    ~ Jiu Hua Shan Poh Ern Shih - Advisor

    2. Malaysian Network:

    ~ Buddhist Life Circle Enterprise - Consultant and Business Development

    ~ Malacca Buddhist Youth Society - Consultant

    3. Thailand Network:

    ~ Mind-Wisdom Development Institute - Trainer, CEO and Senior Executive Programs

    ~ World Fellowship of Buddhist Youths - Advisor and Director of Strategic Development Unit

    ~ Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidalaya University - Deputy Secretary for International Organizing Committee

    ~ UN Day of Vesak Celebrations - Deputy Secretary for International Secretariat

    4. Taiwan Network:

    ~ Chinese Young Buddhist Association - Vice Secretary General

    5. Australian Network:

    ~ Buddhist Federation of Australia - Consultant

    ~ United Vietnamese Congregation of Victoria, Australia - Consultant

    Ven Bodhi

    Venerable Bodhi

    Venerable Shi Chun Yi

    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.

    Milestone Buddhist Projects in Singapore

    Facilitator

    Puay Kim

    Teo Puay Kim graduated with an honours degree in Business Administration from NUS in 1998. His first job was with the Singapore Tourism Board for where he worked for four years before taking the leap into entrepreneurship. Following participation in a string of businesses, Puay Kim returned to the tourism industry where, today, he works as a Tourism Consultant for foreign tourism authorities and has the good karma of being paid to visit exotic, far flung tourism spots.

    Puay Kim started learning Buddhism seriously when he joined the NUS Buddhist Society in 1994. After practising the faith sporadically for almost 15 years, Puay Kim realises that the key to happiness in Buddhism is to give and to share. Today, Puay Kim is active in the Buddhist circle as the current head of the NUS Buddhist Society Alumni and a member of 3GEMS, a Buddhist tour guiding group. Puay Kim knows that Buddhism has a lot to offer to today's society and he actively searches for new ways to propagate the Dharma.

    Panel Speakers

    Ching Wi

    Yap Ching Wi is the Manager of the Youth Ministry in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery for the past six years. She was trained in social work from the National University of Singapore and social policy from the London School of Economics. She is an active volunteer and has contributed in organisations such as AWARE, the Re-making Singapore Committee and the Singapore Association of Social Workers.

    She encountered Buddhism formally eight years ago when she was searching for ways to be a wiser and more compassionate person. Inspired by the Bodhisattva path that an ordinary person like her can find peace, happiness and success, not just for herself but for others simultaneously, she is committed to this ideal as her highest life goal. May Amitabha Buddha guide all sentient beings towards peace, happiness and the ultimate Enlightenment. Amituofo.

    Kerwin

    Kerwin Kwek Zeming is currently an undergraduate student in the course of Bioengineering at National University of Singapore and the President for Singapore Buddhist Mission (SBM) - Youth. He volunteered his service to SBM at the age of 12 after participating in the first Camp Ehi-Passiko (1997) organised by SBM - Youth. Ever since its establishment in 1997, SBM - Youth has organised 15 camps and have 200 members. The success of SBM - Youth lies in the ability to organise camps to cater to the needs of youth. Some other activities of SBM - Youth includes organising annual Dharma Talks, volunteering and participating in Vesak @ Orchard, community service and weekly sharing sessions.

    Cell

    Cell Lim Siew Wee has been active on the performing arts scene since 1997, and headed the Cultural Activities and Social Service Club in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He also spear headed the first senior citizens performing group with the Lions Befrienders.

    Currently a youth worker with Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Cell focuses on developing Buddhist youth leaders. He is also actively involved in organising youth inter-faith activities bringing religious youth leaders together. As a participant in the National Youth Forum 2006, he embarked on a new programme to provide a platform (the first Singapore Inter-Faith Youth Forum 2007) for religious youth leaders to network, communicate, hold intellectual exchanges and work on common issues together. Cell was a project co-ordinator for the Singapore Buddhist Federation's Project Million Lotus 2006 and 2007, in celebration of inter-faith harmony. His other interests include movies, animal welfare, environmental protection and grassroots initiatives.

    Overseas Initiatives By Singapore Buddhist Groups

    Facilitator

    Serena

    Serena Sim

    Serena Sim is currently the Head of Department for Membership, Events and Communications for the Singapore-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Besides being a paramedic volunteer with the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Singapore Red Cross Society, she is also a member of the International Federation Red Cross (IFRC)'s Regional Disaster Response Team. She has gone for humanitarian aid missions to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and most recently, Myanmar.

    Serena is a happy, active volunteer with the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) Youth Ministry. She is also a facilitator with KMSPKS's Y_Fellowship.

    Panel Speakers

    Victor

    Victor Lim is currently the Head of Department for Fund Raising and Volunteer Development in Man Fut Tong Nursing Home. Prior to joining the Home in 2004, Victor was with Singapore Airlines for 15 years as a Cabin Crew.

    Born into a Buddhist family, Victor was introduced to Buddhism at a very young age which greatly influenced his lifestyle and his outlook in life. Even with his hectic schedule during his stint with Singapore Airlines, Victor managed to devote time helping the less fortunate and serving the Buddhist community. Victor is a founding member and current President of Dana Citta Buddhist Society (DCBS). Established in June 2007, the main objective of DCBS is to provide a platform for well-wishers to make contributions to serve the Triple Gem and other fellow mankind, especially in developing countries where there is a genuine need. Prior to setting up DCBS, Victor set up Sutra Foundation in 2004 with the objective of printing sutras for temples and monasteries in less well-off countries, which do not have the financial means to do so. To date, Victor has spearheaded 13 sutra printing projects in various countries across Asia.

    Arnold

    Arnold Lee graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering from NUS in 1990. His first job was with a Scandinavian design consultancy firm, Det Norske Veritas group, where he worked for more than five years. Subsequently, he did a post-graduate degree in Project Management, while working for a regional real estate developer. Today, he works as a Senior Manager for City Developments Limited, a leading global real estate developer firm, which he has joined since year 2001.

    Arnold started learning Buddhism seriously during his 2nd year in NUS, when he was staying in a campus hostel where an Australian monk used to give regular Dharma talks. Through experiences from applying Buddhist Teachings in his daily life, he realises that the key to happiness is the practice of Generosity, besides the daily meditation routine. Today, Arnold is active in the Buddhist circle as the Vice President of the Firefly Mission and also a volunteer prison counsellor with SBF. He feels that like-minded Buddhists must come together to lead by example the living Dharma, manifest our Compassion into real actions, just as Lord Buddha has shown us the path to true happiness.

    Eric

    Eric Chen Yu Yang is currently an economics major who is going on to his honours year with the National University of Singapore. He was the co-leader of the Project New Dawn Laos team which went to Luang Prabang, Laos to aid the village of Muang Kham. The project was organized with the support of Singapore Buddhist Lodge. Eric believes and adheres to the key philosophy of Buddhism such as the law of karma and the need to always be mindful of one's actions.

    Reaching out through Buddhist Music

    Facilitator

    Jalyn

    Jalyn Han trained as an all-rounded performing artiste, drama facilitator, and choreographer with the SAF Music and Drama Company for nearly 20 years. She will be celebrating her 30th anniversary in the performing arts industry next year. With numerous practical stagecraft experiences, she had conceptualized, choreographed and directed numerous productions for ministries, schools and also corporate agencies

    Taking up the multiple roles in performing arts arena such as: actress, director, scriptwriter, drama facilitator, artiste trainer, stage event producer, film and music album making has always served as a journey of practical learning for Jalyn. In addition to operating various stage productions, conducting customized performing arts programme to young adults, students including mild intellectual disabled and forming vibrant performing arts troupe for non-profit organizations, Jalyn is is also currently actively involved in facilitating seniors in theatre organizing.

    Panel Speakers

    Huat Chye

    Tan Huat Chye graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia with an Education Degree and a Master Degree in Socio-Psychology from Universiti Malaya and is currently the Partner and Principal Consultant of THC Consulting Sdn Bhd. Prior to this, he worked as General Manager of Organisational Development for a large local conglomerate in Malaysia (The Sunway Group).

    Huat Chye got in touch with Buddhism since his schooling days in Melaka. He founded the Malacca Catholic High School Buddhist Society in 1976 and the Pasir Panjang Teachers' Training College Buddhist Fellowship in 1980. He also served two terms as the Committee Members of Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia and the Founding President of Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, Puchong. Currently, he is actively giving Dharma Talks and leadership training to various Buddhist societies of colleges & universities, temples and Buddhist centres. He is also actively involved in Buddhist Translation and the development of Buddhist Music in Malaysia. Huat Chye was also an original group member of the renowned English Buddhist Hymns Group, the "Wayfarers". Huat Chye personally produced three Chinese Buddhist Hymns albums in 1988 (Yi Can Deng), 1992 (Hui Deng) and 1994 (Deng). Huat Chye was appointed twice as the judge to the International Sounds of the Human World Buddhist Songs Competition organised by Fo Guang Shan. At present, Bro. Huat Chye is officially the Advisor for the following Buddhist Organisations: " Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society " Bodhi Buddhist Group " Buddhist Business Network (BBN)

    Daniel

    Daniel Yeo graduated from the University of Salford (UK) with a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 2001. He currently works for Carl Zeiss as a Business Development Manager (in the Ophthalmology field) where he engages in organizing medical conferences, workshops, clinical and product training for Carl Zeiss wide range of medical equipment.

    With little (or no) formal musical training, Daniel, inspired by Malaysian groups like "The Wayfarer" (Datuk Victor Wee) and Bro Tan Huat Chye, began writing Buddhist songs at a tender age of 17. Motivated by a strong urge to share the Dharma through songs with the younger generation, Daniel released a series of Chinese Buddhist CDs. Daniel advocates a "FUN, INTERACTIVE & SIMPLE" way of teaching Dharma to children. To date, Daniel has produced a total of three CDs, "Come and See", "D-Kidz Chant", "Come and See 2". Daniel had given some 50 presentations in Malaysia on how to use his series of "Come and See" CDs as teaching aids for children Dharma classes. Daniel was also invited to present at a training session at New South Wales Buddhist Council in Sydney in Mar 2008.

    Kang Kee

    Ng Kang Kee grew up in a small town in the Perak State, Malaysia. He learned piano since young and started to compose his first Buddhist hymns when he was 15. Kang Kee graduated from the University of Oklahoma, U.S.A and is currently a R&D engineer with a multi-national company.

    After graduation, Kang Kee spent time exploring music production and arrangement. His determination to apply his musical talents in Dharma propagation rooted from the years he joined the "缘之家" youth group in Teluk Intan, Malaysia. Many hymns that he composed during that time remained popular in the Buddhist communities today. In 2000, Kang Kee produced his first Buddhist hymns album - "The Melody of Truth and Beauty", and the album was very well accepted by the Buddhist communities. Since then, he continues to produce Buddhist hymns albums for teens and children.  Among them are "缘起的屋檐下", "稚心", "感恩音乐专辑"," Come & See" series.  Today, Kang Kee owns a home studio and continues to run projects that utilize his talent to promote moral values and the Buddha's Teachings.

    Entrepreneurs & Buddhism

    Facilitator

    Jason

    Jason Chiew is the Executive Editor of Vaidurya, a bi-monthly, bi-lingual Buddhist lifestyle magazine published by Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple (GPBT). He started work with the magazine in 2002 to be part of the temple's effort to revamp their newsletter into a full-colour magazine. Despite being exposed to Buddhist Teachings since young, Jason considers himself a Buddhist only a few years prior to joining GPBT. Jason's media career began as a broadcast journalist with American cable business news network CNBC Asia, and subsequently with local private television production houses as a television scriptwriter and director. Prior to joining GPBT, he was an Executive Producer with DigitalOne TV, a Singapore-based satellite television station.

    Panel Speakers

    Alvin

    Alvin Goh Yew Lee is the Managing Director of Besta Digitech Pte Ltd, a renowned business enterprise that specialized in distributions of Computerized Dictionaries. Under his management, the company has attained the ISO 9001:2000 service standard in Year 2001 and also achieved the Singapore SME 500 company for three consecutive years for Yr 2006, 2007 & 2008. This year, Besta was also awarded the Singapore SME Growth Excellence for Top Internationalising SME.

    Alvin started learning Buddhism since 1985. In order to have a more in-depth understanding of Buddhism, he took up Buddhist courses with the Mahaprajna Buddhist Society and eventually took his Three Refuges and Five Precepts under Venerable Shi Hou Zhong. He started practising the Buddha's Teachings of giving and sharing through volunteering himself as a Volunteer After Care Officer with SANA to provide after care services to drug addicts in the Drug Rehabilitation Centres. He is also an active grassroot leader in promoting social cohesion and harmony to the community. He joined Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng to India for a two weeks novice program last December.

    Brandon

    Brandon Toh holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the University of South Australia and his specialised work area is in mergers and acquisitions. He has vast work experience ranging from operating a chain of lifestyle businesses from furniture and furnishing to fashion and apparels.

    Brandon found that Buddhism is a Great Way to happiness and self enrichment. Buddhism is also a Life Journey Educational Program educating and guiding through one's life journey in both spiritual and physical well-being. It can also be classified as The ART OF LIVING in which to open up our wisdom and cultivation to purify our minds. Buddhism also teaches us to keep a humane and sincere heart i.e. if we want others to smile at us, we must first smile at others. It is theory of self reflection in our daily way of life. Last but not least, it starts from the basics of Taking Refuge in the Triple Jewels and ended with the mindfulness of Dedication of Merits.

    Jay

    Jayram Khialani is the CEO of Oral Kare - an innovative oral hygiene products company that aims at introducing its innovations to the masses. Prior to setting up Oral Kare, he was a business consultant imbuing Dharma practices into ISO9000 systems in the workplace for clients. This was done on a profit guaranteed basis, that is, if the systems did not generate more income for the business, he would return the payment for his services.

    Jayram was formally introduced to Buddhism in 2000 when a friend approached him to join her team in bringing a workshop speaker from the Enlightened Business Institute, New York. The workshop speaker arrived in December 2001. Jay was sold on the workshop when the speaker's instructions, based on Buddhist Teachings, on how to stop people shouting at him actually worked. Jay has since been practicing many Dharma-based instructions expounded in Michael Roach's book The Diamond Cutter for his business clients to good effect.


    More details on the event are available at www.DharmaInAction.net. Alternatively, you can contact the following organizers for more information:

    Name : Bro Victor Lim
    Telephone : 9852-2492
    Email : sadhu@yahoo.com

    Name : Bro Teo Puay Kim
    Telephone : 9820-7295
    Email : puaykim@yahoo.com

    All are welcome
    Aug 23NTUC Auditorium 1 Marina Boulevard ( Level 7 ) . By Buddhist Fellowship
    Youth Symposium : FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS!



    FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS? That's exactly what the upcoming Youth Symposium is about!

    Yes, SUCCESS is about having a good job, enough money and happy relationships. It sounds simple but we know that the reality is more complicated than that!

    We have therefore invited many successful individuals who will share their secrets of success, some who have tread on "roads less travelled" by others like Benny Ong (who used to dress up the royalty like Princess Diana and Queen Nor of Jordan) and Matthew Rickard (a British who spent months backpacking in India without a job but just some money in his pocket and ended up in Australia before landing on the shores of Singapore).

    We are also honoured to have on our panel of speakers, Dr Kanwaljit Soin, the lady who made history as the first nominated Woman Member of Parliament. She spoke her mind and raised many issues that not everyone was comfortable with but needed to be said. Her courage and passion to help others who are less privileged, won her many admirers and supporters. She was recently featured in the papers and magazines for her latest initiative in assisting elderly women (oh and of course, photos of her planting a kiss on Lee Kuan Yew! )

    There are many many more colourful personalities that you will be enriched by at this Symposium: Angie Monksfield, Dr. Teoh Ren Shang, Dr. Tan Choon Kim, Dr Wong Yin Onn, Yap Kheng Guan, Bita Seow, Dr Colin Tan . . .

    Tickets: $15 each (lunch provided)
    Early Bird by June 30th: $10 only!
    Venue: NTUC Centre, 1 Marina Blvd (7th Floor Auditorium)

    For the registration form or to view the poster on-line: click on here

    Register early as there are limited seats!

    For enquiries, please email or call 6278 0900

    Buddhist Fellowship
    9 Chwee Chian Road
    Singapore 117488


    All are welcome
    Aug 26
    to
    Ocy 28
    Kong Meng San Monastery
    Relaxation and Vippassana Meditation by Venerable Sik Chuan Ren




    All are welcome
    Aug 30Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talk in Mandarin



    Speaker : Xin Li
    Date : 30 August 2008 (Saturday)
    Time : 2 pm – 4pm
    Venue : Yen Pei Building, Level 7
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    Location : Please see map.

    Free Admission, all are welcome. To register for the talk, simply email your name and contact number to email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg

    Nearest MRT Station
    Buangkok (NE15)


    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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