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2009 AD ( 2553 BE ) ACTIVITIES



    January 2009

    Jan 03
    Feb 28
    Norbu Choling Centre
    Reverence T K Lochen Tulku's Teaching Programme

    Norbu Choling Centre
    24 Geylang Lor 29
    #05-00 Leow Sih Association Building
    Te; 6747 6650
    Website :
    or Jimmy Pung - HP 96233695

    All are welcome
    Jan 04Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Children Dharma Class

    All are welcome
    Jan 04
    Jun 30
    Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple
    Abhidhamma Made Easy By Bhikkhu Kheminda

    Contact us at:
    Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple
    32B Hongsan Terrace
    Singapore 688785
    Tel: 6769 1751

    All are welcome
    Jan 17
    Feb 01
    By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Lama Zopa At Amitabha Buddhist Centre

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be arriving this Friday 16 Jan at 11.15am from Bangkok on flight TG403.


    Topic: Commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga
    Date: 17 Jan (Sat) 4-6pm, 7.30pm
    18 Jan (Sun) 4-6pm

    Topic: Refuge and 5 Precepts Ceremony
    Date: 18 Jan (Sun) 7.30pm

    Topic: Addition to the Programme: Animal Liberation
    Date: 18 Jan (Sun) 9am

    Topic: Guhyasamaja Initiation
    Date: 20-22 Jan (Tues - Thurs) 7.30pm
    Prerequisites apply and registration is compulsory. Successful registrants will be notified

    Topic: Most Secret Hayagriva Puja specially dedicated for all ABC members and benefactors
    Date: 24 Jan (Sat) 9am-6pm

    Topic: Lunar New Year Blessing by Rinpoche
    Date: 26 Jan (Mon) 10am

    Topic: ABC's 20th Anniversary Dinner
    Date: 28 Jan (Wed) 7pm
    Venue: Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.
    Please call Serene at 67458547 for tickets.

    Topic: 1,000-Armed Chenresig Initiation
    Date: 29-30 Jan (Thurs-Fri) 7.30pm

    Topic: Long Life Puja for Rinpoche
    Date: 1 Feb (Sun) 9.30am

    For more information, please download the programme leaflet at

    It would be helpful to remember impermanence and to stay prepared and flexible for any changes that might occur in the programme if and when our precious teacher deems necessary. Remember that as a fully qualified teacher, Rinpoche may see the need to alter the schedule and plans at very short notice. As students, this gives us a fantastic opportunity to let go of attachment and practise patience.

    Also, Rinpoche's teachings and initiations have historically run into the wee hours, and even early morning. Whenever possible, do keep your morning schedule free on the day following a teaching or initiation so you will be ready to return for the remaining events, refreshed and positively recharged.

    The sponsorship of each Tara Wealth Vase consecrated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is $380. Sponsorship is open only to members of Amitabha Buddhist Centre. Please contact Serene at 67458547 (extension 2) or call at the centre personally for your sponsorship. Please go to for information on the wealth vase. The Tara wealth vase is a holy object and should be treated with respect. It should be placed on the altar or any suitable place that is clean and it shouldn't face any door or window.

    All are welcome
    Jan 21Buddhist Lodge. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Meditation Workshop by Ajahn Brahm

    All are welcome
    Jan 261st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4707

    Happy Lunar New Year

    Today in the Year of the Ox or 4707th 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.
    Jan 313 Jewels Singapore
    Tibetan Heart Yoga /
    Meditation Group

    Tibetan Heart Yoga - Practice

    Tibetan Heart Yoga is a powerful and transformative practice which combines both traditional yoga asana with meditations designed to open the heart and increase our understanding of how reality works and how we can change it.

    During the next 4 weeks, Series 1 and 2 of Tibetan Heart Yoga will be introduced.

    Venue :
    Oasis Holistic
    Blk 10 Selegie Rd
    #01-50 Selegie House
    Telephone: 6442 2881
    Time :
    Saturdays starting this Sat 31st Jan
    1.00pm - 2.30pm
    Suggested donation $10 per class - 30% is to cover rental of the space and the rest will be donated to the Assian Classics Input Project which preserves precious and fragile sacred texts.
    If you can't afford $10, please still come and donate what ever you can.
    Led by:

    All are welcome


    February 2009

    Feb 01
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Talks: Buddhist Responses to Contemporary Ethical Issues

    About the Speaker
    Venerable Chuan Cheng is currently the Assistant Professor of Buddhist studies and adviser to the Management Board of the Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS). He holds a MA in Indian Religions and a PHD in Buddhist Studies from SOAS, University of London. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Dean of Academic Affairs of BCS. He has been a Buddhist monk in residence at Kong Meng San Monastery since 2005.

    All are welcome
    Feb 02
    Feb 23
    3 Jewels Singapore
    Tibetan Heart Yoga /
    Meditation Group

    Tibetan Heart Yoga - Practice

    Tibetan Heart Yoga is a powerful and transformative practice which combines both traditional yoga asana with meditations designed to open the heart and increase our understanding of how reality works and how we can change it.

    During the next 4 weeks, Series 1 and 2 of Tibetan Heart Yoga will be introduced.

    Venue :
    Oasis Holistic
    Blk 10 Selegie Rd
    #01-50 Selegie House
    Telephone: 6442 2881
    Time :
    Saturdays starting this Sat 31st Jan
    1.00pm - 2.30pm
    Suggested donation $10 per class - 30% is to cover rental of the space and the rest will be donated to the Assian Classics Input Project which preserves precious and fragile sacred texts.
    If you can't afford $10, please still come and donate what ever you can.
    Led by:

    For those of you who had the fortune of attending Lama Marut's teachings on emptiness last week, you heard him emphasize that we as spiritual practitioners must develop the wisdom that understands the world comes from us, not at us. And these projections are driven by our karma. We as beings are totally changeable, with infinite potential, and by extension, so is the world for each of us. We just have to learn how to "work the karma."

    In this 'Dharma Essentials' discussion class, we will explore the marriage of karma and emptiness, focusing on the karma side of things. For the course readings, Lama Marut has selected verses from two classic works: Treasure House of Knowledge (Abhidharmakosha) by Master Vasubandhu (350 AD), and a commentary on this work, Illumination of the Path to Freedom, by Gyalwa Gendun Drup, His Holiness the First Dalai Lama (1391-1474). If you were excited by the possibilities suggested by the emptiness teachings last week, then you will find the karmic techniques presented here to be a practical starting point for realizing the full potential of your spiritual life.

    Dharma Essentials - How Karma Works
    Mondays in February (Feb 2, 9, 16, 23)
    7.30pm - 9.30pm
    Free (donations for handouts and venue welcome)
    to be announced this weekend (CNY closures have delayed our ability to finalize a venue - please bear with us!)
    Discussion leader:
    Alvin Lee
    please RSVP to or 9138 5438 so that we can prepare course handouts.
    About Alvin Lee
    -- Alvin has been a student of Buddhism and yoga philosophy since 1999. He has studied in New York and California with Ven. Sumati Marut, Geshe Michael Roach, and the late Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin. Alvin relocated to Singapore in 2002, and has helped lead several dharma discussion groups and retreats."

    Meditation Group

    If you're interested in starting to meditate regularly, or if you've been trying to meditate but it's been a struggle, this weekly meditation group aims to give you the tools to get yourself going and the support to keep you on track.

    It is often said that without meditation lasting progress on a spiritual path is very difficult because meditation is how we check on our mind as we change it into one that can help all being and ourselves be truly happy.

    During the session, there will be some instruction, some seated meditation, some walking meditation and a chance to discuss any questions or issues you may have.

    The Quayside,
    60 Robertson Quay
    #04-06, Lobby C
    - ask for Benny's apartment
    starts on Thursday Feb 12
    7.30 pm- 9.00pm
    Led by
    Jaki, hp 96779969
    Location :

    About Jaki Fisher
    - Jaki has been a Buddhist since 1998 and is currently 5 years into a 6 year programme at Diamond Mountain Buddhist University and Retreat centre where she also majors in sacred dance. At the request of her teachers, Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, she has trained to teach Tibetan Heart Yoga, and she has been leading study groups and retreats in Singapore since 2005.

    All are welcome
    Feb 04Buddhist Fellowship
    Introduction to Buddhism Course

    All are welcome
    Feb 06
    Apr 26
    3Gems Tour: Serenity in Stone
    In conjunction with Peranakan Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum

    Venue : Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street

    Regsiter your full name , HP, email, total number of participants and tour destination to:-
    Website: 3Gems

    All are welcome
    Feb 06
    Apr 17
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Relaxation Meditation Course

    All are welcome
    Feb 08
    Nov 23
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    English Buddhism Course Conducted by Venerables

    All are welcome
    Feb 09Palelai Buddhist Temple

    The Temple will celebrate the above festival on 9th February 2009 (Monday)

    MAGHA PUJA, also known as Sangha day is a Buddhist celebration commemorating the spontaneous assembly of 1,250 arahants in the Lord Buddha’s presence. One thousand of the gathered monks had previously achieved Awakening upon hearing the Lord Buddha’s delivery of the Fire Sermon; the remaining 250 were followers of the elder monks Venerable Moggallana and Venerable Sariputta. To mark this auspicious gathering, Lord Buddha delivered the Ovada - Patimokkha, or Patimokkha Exhortation, a summary of the main points of the Dhamma, which Lord Buddha gave to the assembly before sending them out to proclaim the doctrine.


    Date :9th February 2009 (Monday)
  • 06.00 pm Evening chanting.
  • 07.30 pm Candle light procession led by resident monks followed by the chanting of Parittas, Dhamma Talk and the Transference of Merits.

    All are welcome
  • Feb 10
    Apr 14
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Basic Vipassana (Insight Meditation Class)

    All are welcome
    Feb 13
    Feb 16
    By Oasis Holistic

    Acharya David Hope has been a member of the London Shambhala Centre since its early days in the front room of his home. He attended the Shambhala Seminary training with his root teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1983, and was then resident Director for Shambhala Training in London for many years. In the 1990's he lived and worked at the residential retreat centre, Dechen Chöling in France, where he was a co-director from 1995-8. From 1999 to 2004 he served on the Shambhala International board of directors. In 2005 he was asked by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current head of Shambhala, to be an Acharya, or senior teacher representing the Shambhala tradition. He now travels and teaches wordwide, and lives near Dechen Chöling with his wife Chris de Block. See details here

    "'The Shambhala Terma of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche"
    Time: 7.30pm – 9pm, Friday
    Date: 13 February, 2009
    Venue: Oasis Holistic

    In the 1970's the renowned Tibetan teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, received a number of Terma texts, hidden treasure teachings emanating from the enlightened state of mind. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition such teachings are occasionally revealed by certain great teachers who have sufficient realisation to access them.

    The importance of such texts is that they provide teaching and practice instructions that are specifically relevant to the era in which they appear. The Shambhala Terma that Chogyam Trunpa received are therefore of great practical value to those living in our modern high speed materialistic world, suffering from the stress such a world creates, and hoping to help this society become more enlightened and less dominated by materialism and aggression.

    While it is not possible to give transmission for these texts in the context of this talk, short excerpts can be read to give a glimpse of their quality, and the path through which the student can work toward receiving them will be discussed.

    "Four Foundations of Mindfulness"
    Time: 2pm – 5pm, Saturday,
    Date: 14 February, 2009
    Venue: Oasis Holistic

    "Meditation Retreat with David Hope"
    Time: 2pm – 5pm, Sunday,
    Date: 15 February, 2009
    Venue: Oasis Holistic

    "Shambhala Singapore Monday sitting with David Hope
    Time: 7.30pm – 9pm, Monday,
    Date: 16 February, 2009
    Venue: 138 Mackenzie Road #04-02, Singapore 228719

    Please register info@... or call on 9817 6865

    Oasis Holistic
    Blk 10 Selegie Rd, #01-50 Selegie Hse
    Closest MRT Little India / Bugis

    All are welcome
    Feb 14
    By Dharma Drum Singapore
    The Life Awakening Series: Talk & One-Day Camp

    Five Venerables from Dharma Drum Mountain Taiwan will be coming to Singapore to give talks and lead the activities on subsequent Saturday (14/2/2009) and Sunday (15/2/2009) respectively.

    The Life Awakening Series
    1) Day 1 - 14th Feb 2009 (Sat)
    Dharma Talk on "The Vitamin Of Life - Happiness"
    Time : 7.30pm - 9.30pm

    2) Day 2 - 15th Feb 2009 (Sun)
    One Day Life Awakening Camp (need registration)
    (includes meditation, movie screening and games)
    Time : 9.30am - 5pm

    Venue: Dharma Drum Singapore
    @ 100A Duxton Road (2nd floor
    ) Singapore 089544
    Tel: 6735 5900

    Admission : Free (in Mandarin)
    Please register and email or call for more information.

    All are welcome
    Feb 15
    Jun 21
    By Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center
    Basic Buddhism Course

    When : Every Sunday 15 Feb 09 to 21 Jun 09
    Time : 9am - 11.30am
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Adviser : Ven. Fa Da
    Where : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Center, 39 Geylang Lorong 12, Singapore 399012
    Enquiry : 6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee : FOC.
    Registration : 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
    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
  • Feb 14
    Mar 23
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Zen Drum Classes

    All are welcome
    Feb 18
    Feb 20
    The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)
    16-18 February 2009
    Orchard Hotel Orchard Ballroom,
    Level 3

    The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) has recently established a Buddhist Studies Centre and the first event in our efforts to build the Centre is to host an international conference titled Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Intellectual and Cultural Exchange.

    The conference will be held from 16 February to 18 February 2009 in the Orchard Ballroom 3, Level 3, Orchard Hotel, Singapore. More than fifty renowned scholars of Buddhism will deliver papers on topics ranging from transregional exchanges, the transmission of Buddhist texts and ideas, archeology and Buddhism, to the colonial and contemporary encounters among Asian societies through Buddhism.

    The conference will also feature a special session on Nalanda where the Nobel Laureate and the Chairperson of the Nalanda Mentor Group Professor Amartya Sen will deliver a Keynote Address on 18 February 2009.

    Attached is the conference programme with the detailed listing of panels and papers. The programme is also available at ISEAS website:

    ISEAS would like to invite you to participate in the international conference examining the significance of Buddhism in the cross-cultural interactions among Asian societies. A registration fee of S$400 will be charged for the three-day conference (including the Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen), conference papers, and meals.

    For those interested in attending only the Keynote Address by Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, a registration fee of S$150 will be charged (inclusive of reception).

    Since seating is limited, acceptance will be on a first-received-first-registered basis.

    Please register for the conference by completing the registration form and send it to Mrs Betty Kwan by 9 February 2009.

    For further enquires, please contact
    Betty at email:
    Telephone : 6870-2472
    Fax: 6775-6264/6259.

    All are welcome
    Feb 20Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Parenting Talk on How to Handle Rebellious Behaviour of Teenagers (in Mandarin)

    Speaker : Ms Wang Jing
    Date : 20 February 2009 (Friday)
    Time : 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
    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
    Feb 20By Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    What happens to living beings when world perishes?

    Buddha Says
    "There comes a time, Monks
    This Great Ocean dries up, evaporates
    And no longer exists.

    There comes a time, Monks
    This Great Earth burns up, perishes
    And no longer exists.

    But, Monks
    Still there is no end of Suffering,
    For those who are fettered by Craving."

    Is it possible that this Great Earth burns up to ashes?
    What happens to those living beings when this world perishes?
    Why there is no end of Suffering?
    Why are we moving from one life to another life?

    Come on Dhamma Friends,
    Spend bit of your precious time to share the Dhamma.
    On 20th Friday February, 2009
    At 8:30 pm, In Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple [30 C St. Michaels RD]
    Ven. K. Rathanasara invites you to Join.

    All are welcome
    Feb 21By Buddhist Fellowship
    "Stages of Enlightenment" by Ajahn Brahm

    Have you always wondered what Enlightenment is?
    Come to an enlightening talk on the . . .
    "Stages of Enlightenment"

    People think that "Nibbana" is a place. Some think that by reading and intellectual analysis, you can be enlightened. Are these myths or truths? Ajahn Brahm, a meditator and author of the book "Happiness Through Meditation" will reveal the truths about Enlightenment.

    FREE & ALL ARE WELCOME (NO registration required)

    Venue: Buddhist Lodge 7th floor, 17 Kim Yan Road off River Valley Rd.

    Limited street parking. Best to park at UE Square & Robertson Walk Plaza (3 min walk)

    Date & Time: Sat, 21 Feb 09 at 2pm - 3:30pm

    Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso (Peter Betts) was born in London in 1951. In 1975, he trained under Ajahn Chah in Thailand. In 1983, he joined the Bodhinayana Monastery in Perth, Australia and later became the Abbot, where he now resides. He teaches Buddhism to a wide and varied audience including children and local prisoners. His work in erudition in the Vinaya, the monastic code, currently provides the foundation for Vinaya instruction to Westerners in England, Switzerland Australia and New Zealand.

    The Venerable gave a talk at Singapore Power(PUB), Auditorium on June 5th 2000 titled "Cool and Blissful"- That's Real Buddhism

    Sign up for one-year membership ($30) in the month of February and receive a FREE copy of "Happiness Through Meditation" worth $28! (while stocks last)

    All are welcome
    Feb 28Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre
    62nd Zen Meditation Course for Beginners

    Event: 62nd Zen Meditation Course for Beginners
    Date: starting 28/2/2009, every Sat, 6 lessons
    Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
    Venue: KYCL Zen Meditation Centre @ 203C Lavender Street, Singapore 338763.
    Conducted by: Ven. Chi Boon
    Course Fees: $30

    Zen Meditation Course consists of six lessons conducted over six Saturdays.

    Course includes Dharma talks, sitting meditation, walking meditation, koans, hua-tou and Zen interviews.

    To participate in the course, please register with KYCL in advance.

    Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre
    203C Lavender Street,
    Singapore 338763
    Tel: 6392 0265
    Fax: 6392 4256

    All are welcome

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