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    September 2008

    Sep 03
    Oct 15
    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    BUDDHISM IN A NUTSHELL by Venerable Gyurme

  • Is there reincarnation and karma?
  • What does it mean to be a Buddhist?
  • There are so many Buddhist practices.
  • Where should I start?

    This is an introductory course that provides a general overview of basic Buddhist principles.

    Topics include:
  • Reincarnation
  • Karma
  • The Four Noble Truths – the very first teaching the Buddha gave
  • What it means to be a Buddhist?

    Time :Wednesdays 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm except for Hari Raya on 1 Oct (2.30pm)
    Date : 3, 10 & 17 September, 1, 8 & 15 October (6 sessions)

    Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    44 Lorong 25A Geylang
    Tel:(65)6745 8547 Fax:(65)6741 0438
    Contact us:
    Subscribe ABC Newsletter:

    All are welcome
  • Sep 04
    Ngee Ann Auditorium, ACM Empress Place. By Asian Civilisations Museum
    Talks: The Wheel of Rebirth in Buddhist Temples

    One of the first sights encountered by visitors to Buddhist temples is a large painting of the wheel of rebirth, depicting in horrific detail the pains (less often the pleasures) that await people after death. In this illustrated talk, Stephen F. Teiser explains how these representations of the Buddhist worldview have been imagined in Buddhist art over the centuries. The lecture offers an introduction to Buddhist cosmology, Buddhist art, and the spatial and ritual organization of Buddhist temples in India, central Asia, China, and Tibet.

    About the Speaker
    Stephen F. Teiser is D.T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies and Professor of Religion at Princeton University (U.S.). He is a specialist in Chinese Buddhism and collaborates closely with colleagues in Europe and Asia. He is interested in how the fundamental concepts of Buddhism are understood and practiced on a broad scale by common people in traditional Asian civilizations. His most recent book, Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples (2006), was awarded the Prix Stanislas Julien by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Institut de France).

    Talk is free. Admission charges to galleries apply.
    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.

    Sep 05
    Sep 26
    Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Meditation Course For Beginners

    All are welcome
    Sep 05
    Sep 26
    Mangala Vihara Temple
    Meditation Course For Beginners

    Happy to inform you that Mangala Vihara temple will be organising the next meditation course for beginners in September 2008.

    We are pleased to invite you,family members and friends who are keen to learn meditation to attend this course organise specially for beginners. Detail is as follows:

    No of lessons: 4 plus 1practical session (weekend retreat)

  • Lesson 1-how to do sitting meditatiom
  • Lesson 2-how to do walking meditation
  • Lesson 3-how to overcome difficulties and hindrances in meditation
  • Lesson 4- how to apply meditation to your daily life

    Teacher: Ven Cittara from Myammar
    Language: English
    Date: Every Friday on 5, 12, 19 and 26 September 2008
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm( pl come in at 7.15pm for registration as class will start punctually at 7.30pm)

    Retreat( practical session and workshop) will be held on 26 and 27 September 2008 ( detail will be given later after lesson 1)

    Venue: Mangala Vihara Temple,Level 2, 30 Jalan Eunos( at traffic light junction in front of Eunos MRT station)
    Fee: Free
    Registration: Please send your name and contact no to any query, you may also call 98208050

    All are welcome
  • Sep 09Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Hall of No Form (4th flr).
    3GEMS Temple Tour of Kong Meng San Monastery

    Registration is by email Include in your full name, handphone, email, total participants and tour destination.

    All are welcome
    Sep 12Raffles Town Club. By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Dharma Drum Singapore Charity Dinner

    It's a charity event to raise fund to acquire a permanent activity centre for Dharma Drum Singapore (DDS).

    Date : 12th Sep 08 (Fri)
    Time : 7.30pm
    Venue : Raffles Town Club
    Contribution : SGD80/pax

    Dharma Drum Singapore is a branch of Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan, which follows the teachings of Master Sheng Yen. For more info, kindly visit

    The permanent site for DDS is very important. The rental contract of the site DDS is currently residing (Tj Pagar) will expire in 4 years' time. Ever since the set up of DDS 12 years ago, DDS has been shifting for 3 times. A lot of resources are lost unnecessarily but inevitably, during the 3 times of shifting.

    Hope we all could give a little support to enable DDS to save resources and continue to serve the community. If you are interested, kindly email or call Kee Yew at 9362 7493.

    All are welcome
    Sep 14Dharma Hall. By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Mid Autumn Festival Celebration

    All are welcome
    Sep 20East Coast Park. By Dharma Drum Singapore
    Dharma Drum Youth Environmental Day

    Date: 20 September 2008 (Sat)
    Time: 9am to 12pm
    Venue: East Coast Park
    Fee: $5 (full amount to SEC)

    Help support Singapore Environment Council's work to protect, preserve and conserve our fragile Earth today.
    Program Highlight:
  • Education talk by Singapore Environment Council
  • Coastal Clean-up

    All are welcome
  • Sep 21Wat Ananda
    3GEMS Temple Tour of Wat Ananda

    Wat Ananda
    50 B Jalan Bukit Merah
    Singapore 169545

    Registration is by email Include in your full name, handphone, email, total participants and tour destination.

    All are welcome
    Sep 27By Buddha Tooth Relic Temple And Museum
    Talk: The Multiplying Benefits of Vegetarianism

    All are welcome


    October 2008

    Oct 09
    Dec 18
    By The Minding Centre
    THE MINDING CENTRE course updates (Oct - Dec latest programmes)

    1. PIYA'S MEDITATION COURSE (PMC) & BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (non-religious). Small group guided meditation

    PMC 2 (Insight & Forest): 9, 16, 23, 30 Oct (Thu; 7.30 - 9.30pm) ($120)
    BMC 31f : Nov 6, 13, 20. (Thu; 7.30 - 9.30pm) ($90)
    BMC 32i: Nov 29; Dec 6, 13. (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00pm) ($90)
    BMC 33f: Dec 4, 11, 18. (Thu; 7.30-9.30pm) ($90)

    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Piya Tan (Wiki Piya:
    Course details:

    2. MEDITATION & MIND (non-religious) Journey into your mind Recommended as foundation for practice especially if you have learned meditation or plan to take it up

    Intake 2:
    4, 11, 18, 25 Oct 2008 (Sat)
    7.00 -9.00pm
    The Minding Centre
    Piya Tan (Wiki Piya:
    Course details:
    Course contents:
  • The three brains; scientific studies of meditation;
  • Psychology of meditation: body-mind theory; feeling & emotions;
  • Mental phenomena: the brain during meditation; the mind is more than the brain;
  • Mindfulness in daily life; present-moment awareness; focuses of mindfulness;
  • Effective attention & environment; reality, virtual & real;
  • Self-watching, self-healing; how the brain heals itself;
  • Meditation methods; guided practice sessions.

    3. PSYCHOLOGY OF DEATH & LIVING (non-religious)

    Intake 4:
    1, 8, 15, 22 Nov 08 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00pm) ($160)
    The Minding Centre
    Piya Tan (Wiki Piya:
    Course flier:

    Course contents:
    1. The last 48 hours of life
    2. The four tasks of grief
    3. What is life, really
    4. What happens when we die?
    5. Dealing with negative emotions and mental pain
    6. Have we lived before; will we live again?
    7. How we create our own world
    8. Can we communicate with the dead?
    9. How to "transfer" merit to the dead
    10. The 12 links of life, death, and rebirth
    11. Is rebirth immediate or takes 49 days?
    12. Good life, good death, good rebirth
    13. Gods, demons and ghosts: do they exists?
    14. How not to fear death and dying
    15. The Tibetan Book of the Dead

    Call Ratna now to register. (hp 8211 0879)
    More info: ttp://
    The Minding Centre
    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.

    All are welcome
  • Oct 10
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Hall of No Form (4th flr). By Buddhist Fellowship
    Ajahn Brahm's Program in October 2008

    Ajahn Brahm will be in Singapore from 10 - 12 October and will be giving talks at the Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Hall of No Form (4th flr). Please find attached the poster for your reference and distribution to your friends.

    Date :Fri 10 Oct
    Time :8 pm
    Topic : Dealing with Uncertainties in Life?
    Admission is Free

    Date :Sat 11 Oct
    Time :7.30 pm
    Topic : Meditation Workshop: Stress Relief ?& Self ?Healing
    Admission is Free

    Date : Sun 12 Oct
    Time :2.30 pm - 6.30 pm
    Topic : Seminar on Positive Psychology
  • The Pain & Joys of Relationships
  • Meditation & Transforming Thoughts
  • Making Sense of the Ups and Downs of Life.
    Book your tickets early for the Sunday Seminar. The ticket is $80, as a member, you are entitled to special tickets at only $20. Do invite your friends along!

    Talks on Friday and Saturday are FREE!

    Date : 12 Oct SUNDAY SERVICE
    Time :10.30 AM

    Ajahn Brahm will also be giving a talk on "The Monastic Path of The Forest Tradition" during our Sunday morning service on 12 Oct.

    All are welcome
  • Oct 11
    Oct 13
    Singapore Shambhala Group

    Topic :Coping with Burn-out and Conflict While Trying to Help Others
    Time :4.30pm - 6pm, Saturday 11 October, 2008

    Topic : Meditation and the Path of the Bodhisattva
    Time :2pm - 5pm, Sunday, 12 October, 2008

    Topic :Deepening Our Meditation: How to Use the Body as An Anchor for Our Practice
    Time :7.30pm - 9pm, Monday, 13 October, 2008

    Richard Reoch is the President of Shambhala (, a global community devoted to developing enlightened society. He was appointed to that position in 2002 by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Born in Canada, he became a Buddhist at age six when his parents joined a Pure Land Buddhist community in Toronto. As a result of his early exposure to the Buddhist tradition, he has devoted his working life to peace, justice, and the protection of the environment. He was asked by the musician, Sting, to help organize the Rainforest Foundation, which defends the forests and their peoples from destruction.

    Currently, he chairs the International Working Group on Sri Lanka, a consortium of senior diplomats and officials of major agencies working to bring peace and humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka. Recently, he worked with Buddhist teacher Ani Pema Chodron to present a series of popular programs on the theme: Practicing Peace in Times of War. He is also the author of To Die Well: a Holistic Guide for the Dying and their Caregivers.

    Please come to Richard's talk and listen to his secular and spiritual experiences in helping others. All talks open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists.


    Coping with Burn-out and Conflict While Trying to Help Others
    4.30pm - 6pm, Saturday 11 October, 2008

    When we try to help others, we often experience stress. This stress can lead to burnout leave us unable to help others. Even if we have professional skills and problem-solving experience, we need to develop the ability to respond with a clear mind to extraordinary demands, strong emotions and conflict.

    What lessons can we learn from the meditation tradition to help us in this work? How does applied mindfulness bring forth our positive intellectual and emotional capacities? How does this type of inner work help us enter into situations with greater confidence, discipline, and clarity? This presentation by Richard Reoch, the President of Shambhala, will help individuals and groups work with the energy of inner turmoil resulting in the midst of sometimes overwhelming demands. The afternoon will include practical instruction in applied mindfulness methods.


    Meditation and the Path of the Bodhisattva
    2pm - 5pm, Sunday, 12 October, 2008

    2:00pm Welcome and review of meditation practice
    2:30pm Guided Meditation practice
    3:00pm - 3:15pm break
    3:15pm Meditation and the Path of the Bodhisattva (Talk and Q&A)
    Through meditation practice, we develop strength, clarity and flexibility of mind. As the mind becomes stronger, clearer and more flexible we find that we have a different way of perceiving ourselves and the world around us. We are better able to cope with stress and conflict. This power is of immeasurable value on the path of the bodhisattva, whose goal is to be of benefit to all beings.

    3:45 pm Meditation practice (review and practice)
    4:00pm Tea and opportunity to talk to Richard

    Deepening Our Meditation: How to Use the Body as An Anchor for Our Practice
    7.30pm - 9pm, Monday, 13 October, 2008

    Richard Reoch, the President of Shambhala, will review and lead us in meditation practice and give instruction on how to deepen our practice. He will give practical suggestions on how we can use the body as a foundation of mindfulness - the first of the four foundations of mindfulness originally taught by the Buddha.


    Registration is required or call ph +65 9817 6865

    All talks will be held at Oasis Holistic
    Blk 10 Selegie Rd, #01-50 Selegie Hse, Singapore
    Closest MRT Little India / Bugis

    Oasis Holistic Location

    Singapore Shambhala Group
    138 MacKenzie Road #04-02 ,
    MacKenzie 138, Singapore
    Tel. 6337 8779

    All are welcome
    Oct 14Full Moon in October
    Abhidhamma Day
    The Festival of Lights

    The Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (October) is
    of special significance to the Buddhists, not because it
    is the end of the Rains Retreat (Vassa ) but because it
    highlights one of the most important events in the life
    of Gotama Buddha.

    According to Buddhist chronicles, the Tathagata
    or Buddha, the Enlightened One, went to the Tavatimsa
    Heaven to preach Abhidhamma (Higher Subtleties of
    the Dhamma) to His mother, who passed away seven
    days after His birth and was reborn in the Tusita Heaven
    as a Deva called Santussita.

    The Buddha propounded Abhidhamma for the
    first time there in the presence of Santussita and other
    Devas for 90 days. At the end of the Rains Retreat
    (Vassa) i.e. on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, the
    Tathagata descended to earth (to the human abode) at
    the city of Sankassa.

    Now Buddhists observe Abhidhamma Day annually
    in commemoration of the Buddha’s return from
    the abode of celestials to that of human beings. It is a
    significant religious occasion as the Abhidhamma is
    really the golden knowledge which will help one to discard
    wrong views and to acquire the right views for
    one’s total liberation from all miseries. Buddhists offer
    lights to the Buddha image and perform meritorious
    deeds on this day in accordance with the tradition which
    has been upheld since the life time of the Buddha.

    The Festival of Lights in the month of
    Thadingyut (October) may seem an occasion for
    rejoicing and merry-making but in essence, it is an
    auspicious occasion for spiritual delight and merit

    All are welcome
    Oct 18Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talk in English “Spiritual Friendship”

    Speaker : Mr. Tan Hun Tong
    Date : 18 October 2008 (Saturday)
    Time : 3 pm – 5pm
    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

    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
    Oct 19Shanti Forest Monastery, Johor, Malaysia
    Santi Kathina 2008

    Shanti Forest Monastery
    Lot 1413 Jalan Ponogoro
    Batu 18 1/2
    Kampung Sungei Tiram 81800
    Ulu Tiram Johor

    All are welcome
    Oct 19Burmese Buddhist Temple
    3GEMS Temple Tour of Wat Ananda

    Burmese Buddhist Temple
    14 Tai Gin Road
    Singapore 327873

    Registration is by email Include in your full name, handphone, email, total participants and tour destination.

    All are welcome
    Oct 27Y Cultivation Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Metta (Loving-kindness) Retreat
    with Venerable Chuan Ren

    Whatsoever living beings that exist;
    weak, or strong, without exception,
    long, stout or medium, short, small or large.

    Those seen (visible) or unseen (not visible) and those dwelling far or near,
    those who are born and those who are to be born.
    May all beings, without exception, be happy minded.

    -excerpts from the Metta Sutta

    This retreat is open to those who have learnt Metta Meditation. First-timers to the retreat are most welcome! Are you a student of Venerable Chuan Ren’s Metta Meditation classes? Do not miss this opportunity to practice with the Venerable.

    Date : 27th October 2008, Monday (public holiday)
    Time : 9.00am - 5.00pm
    Venue : Dharma Hall, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, 88 Bright Hill Road
    Fee : Course Offering: $12
    Enquiries: 6849 5345 | 9004 8440 |
    Email :

    Registration is open for all aged 17 or above who have learnt Metta Meditation. Please download the registration form and email the completed form to or fax to 6452 6341 by 6 October 2008. You will receive an email confirmation for your registration.

    Payment can be made at the Y_Cultivation sessions, on the actual day or via cheque made payable to “Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery”. Please write your name, telephone number and “Metta Retreat 27 Oct 2008” at the back of the cheque. Mail it, together with the completed registration form to:

    Youth Ministry,
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery,
    88 Bright Hill Road,
    Singapore 574117.

    About the Trainer

    Venerable Chuan Ren has been in Taiwan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, etc practicing meditation. He has spent years in Myanmar, learning and practicing Vipassana meditation under the tradition of the late great master Mahasi Sayadaw. Venerable Chuan Ren does regular retreats and studies with his master Venerable Chammyay Sayadaw in Myammar. A simple monk, his explanation of meditation is direct & clear, guiding you systematically to understand and eventually, let you taste the fruit of meditation directly yourself.

    All are welcome
    Oct 26Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Katina Robe Offering

    All are welcome
    Oct 26Satipatthana Meditation Centre
    Katina Robe Offering

    “This is the only way, bhikkhus, for the purification of beings, for the overcoming of sorrow and lamentation, for the disappearance of pain and grief, for realising the Noble Path, for the realisation of Nibbåna, namely, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.”
    -Mahå Satipa håna Sutta

    Our meditation teacher and advisor, Sayadaw U Rajinda and Bhante Pannavudha are currently residing at the Satipatthana Meditation Centre for the three-month vassa period.

    Satipatthana Meditation Centre will organize our 4th Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony on 26 October 2008, Sunday at 9 am. We are happy to invite you to join us on this joyous and meritorious occasion. Please refer to the attached for further details.

    Venue: Open shelter at Block 24A, Beo Crescent
    (Next to Kim Seng Neighbourhood Police Post)
    Address :735A & 735B, Havelock Road, Singapore 169652
    Tel : (65) 62725696
    Email :
    Website :
    Sponsor Form : Form

    8.45 am All sponsors to be seated.
    9.00 am The Venerable Sangha take their seats.
    9.15 am Taking of 5 precepts by the devotees.Paritta chanting by the monks.
    9.30 am Offering of Kathina robes and Requisites to the Sangha by the Main Sponsor followed by devotees.
    10.40 am Sharing of Merits.
    11.00 am Sanghikadana – Offering lunch to the Sangha
    11.10 am Lunch for all devotees

    Note: Please bring and show your receipt to collect your ticket for the robe at the counter

    Benefits of holding Kathina Ceremony
    When the monks (Sangha) participate in Kathina ceremony with the robes offered to them by the devotees, by the act of vinaya kamma, the monks get five Kathina benefits for five months. The donors of the Kathina robes can also get five benefits like the Sangha. They are as follows:
  • The donors of Kathina robes could go freely wherever they wish without any hindrance in every existence.
  • They could go to any place to carry out their tasks. They will be done easily and lightly without having to bear any burden in every existence.
  • They may eat any kind of food, but will not suffer from stomach trouble, diarrhoea, food poison or other dangers in every existence. They will get the benefit of easily digesting whatever is eaten.
  • They may keep lots of properties without having enemies.
  • The property of donors of Kathina robes cannot be taken away by force. If they do not wish to give away their property, nobody with any power can take by force. They get the benefit of making other people get it only when they give.

    May all the donors of the Kathina robes and devotees be well and happy!

    May they attain Nibbåna!

    - Extracted from ‘Noble Kathina Robe Offering but Once a Year’,

    Dhamma Padetha, Vol I-II. Pg. 114, by Sayadaw U Kundalabhivamsa M

    All are welcome

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