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2009 AD ( 2553 BE ) ACTIVITIES



    March 2009

    Mar 01
    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
    Mar 04By Buddhist Fellowship
    "Making Sense of What is Happening to Our World"by Ajahn Brahm

    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
    Mar 07
    May 26
    By The Minding Centre
    THE MINDING CENTRE course updates (Mar-May 08)

    (1) Practical Buddhist Counselling Course (for beginners)

    Be your own counsellor and client
    Help yourself; help others help themselves.

    Why Buddhist Counselling?
    1. Focuses on positive self-help
    2. No need to tell problems to others
    3. No medication or expensive therapy
    4. Goes down to the root of the problem
    5. Focuses on emotional resilience
    6. A history of well known case studies
    7. Based on 2500 years of practical wisdom

    Intake 4: MAR 7, 14, 28; APR 4 (2009)
    Time: 7.00 9.00 pm (Sat)
    Fees: $140 with coursebook
    Course :

    (2) A Course In Miracles (iddhi & patihariya)
    Philosophical and Buddhist analyses of miracles. The 6 superknowledges. The 10 superpowers. Miraculous stories: Buddhist-Christian parallels.

    Date: APR 11, 18, 25 (2009)
    Time: 7.00 9.00 pm (Sat)
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Personal teaching by Piya Tan
    Bound notes: $10.00;
    Course fees: by donation

    (3) Beginners' Meditation Course [non-religious]
    Meditation is the best living skill to learn that lasts a life-time. We specialize in effective small group meditation (non-religious). Those who had difficulty with other methods as a rule find that Piya Meditation works. Piya Tan has been teaching meditation for some 30 years.

    Intake 36: MAR 5, 12, 26 (Thu; 7.30-9.30 pm)
    Intake 37: APR 2, 16, 23 (Thu; 7.30-9.30 pm)
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fee: $90.00 per intake
    Course :

    For further details, click here

    Call Ratna at 8211 0879 now to register.

    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. Note: Read more about Piya Tan in Wikipedia

    All are welcome
    Mar 083Gems
    3Gems Tour: Bright Hill Temple

    Regsiter your full name , HP, email, total number of participants and touer destination to:-

    All are welcome
    Mar 18
    Mar 22
    Plum Village Delegation ( In tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh )
    Public Talk: Happiness & Peace in Recessionary Times
    2 Day Weekend Minfullness Retreat

    Public Talk
    Speaker: Bhikkhu Thich Chan Phap Kham
    Date: 18 March 2009
    Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
    Venue: Hall of No Form, 4th level
    Venerable Sek Hong Choon Memorial Hall, KMSPKS

    Retreat Teachers: Bhikkhu Thich Chan Phap Kham
    Bhikkhu Thich Chan Phap Dong
    Date: 21 to 22 March 2009
    Venue: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS)
    Retreat Offering: $60 ( compulsory stay in retreat )
    Reporting Time: 20 March 2009 (evening )
    (Strictly by registeration only)
    Closing Date: 18 March 2009

    All are welcome
    Mar 20Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Family Life Education: Talk on Helping Your Child to Overcome Indulgence in the Internet (in Mandarin)

    Speaker :
    Ms Wang Jing
    Date :
    20 March 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)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, next to Sengkang Fire Station)

    Admission Fee :

    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
    Mar 21By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Workshop: The Bridge to the Golden Year

    All are welcome
    Mar 25
    Mar 29
    Vajra Buddhist Center
    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Dharma Teaching 2009

    Vajra Buddhist Center
    (between Geylang Lor 37 & lor 39)
    566, Sims Avenue Singapore 387592
    Person in charge: Johnny Ho Tel: (65) 6846 1618 / (65) 9738 6012
    Mahamudra Registration :Download Form

    All are welcome
    Mar 27
    Mar 29
    Wat Ananda Buddhist Temple

    Date :27 Mar (Fri)
    Time :7pm
    Topic :Dependent Origination

    The crucial insight of the Buddha issuing into his complete enlightenment will be examined following the traditional 12-links formula. Different attempts of interpretation of this very subtle and profound doctrine will be presented. Special emphasis will be placed on the importance of not mistaking paticca sammuppada for intellectual gymnastics, but as a framework for investigating our own conscious experience in the here and now.

    Date :29 Mar (Sun)
    Time :9.30am
    Topic :The Art of Happiness

    The talk will distinguish various forms of worldly, sensual happiness and spiritual happiness based on kindness and renunciation. Drawbacks and ephemeral nature of worldly happiness will be exposed and the more fulfilling rewards of spiritual happiness will be examined. Every life examples of spiritual happiness will be elucidated and a gradual procession from easily achievable forms of spiritual happiness up to the next lofty and elevated forms of renunciate happiness will be described.

    Venue : Dhamma Hall, Wat Ananda
    Date : 29 Mar (Sun)
    Time :11am
    Ocassion :Lunch Dana

    Come join us !! Practice wholesome qualities of giving and express your direct support to the path of spiritual perfectness.

    About Ajahn Dhammasiha
    Ajahn Dhammasiha was born in West Germany and was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in Jun 1995, with Ven Pandita K Sri Jinavamsa as preceptor. Inspired by Ajahn Brahmavamso’s Dhamma talks, he went to Bodhiyana Monastery in Perth in 1998 and stayed for the next 7 years. In 2006, he was invited by the Brisbane Buddhist Vihara to help in establishing a forest monastery in South East Queensland. Ajahn is now the Abbot of Dhammagiri Forest Hermitage in Brisbane.

    ALL are welcome! Please invite your friends along !!

    All are welcome
    Mar 28Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Talk “Tea and Zen” (in Mandarin)

    Speaker : Ms Wang Su Hua
    Date : 28 March 2009 (Saturday)
    Time : 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue : Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services, Basement Canteen
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, next to Sengkang Fire Station)
    Admission Fee : $5

    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
    Mar 31
    Apr 05
    Dargye Ling Buddhist Centre
    H.E. Garchen Rinpoche's Grand Event 2009
    This will be Rinpoche's only visit to Singapore in Year 2009!


    31st March 2009

    Tue - 7.30pm (Open to Public)
    Four-Armed Mahakala Empowerment
    (Retreatants are strongly encourage to attend)

    1st to 4th April 2009
    Wed to Fri - 9am to 9.30pm; Sat – 9am to 12.30pm
    (strictly for registered retreatants only)
    Chakrasamvara Empowerment (2 Days)
    (specialChakrasamvara practice text available at S$15/copy , please reserve your copy)
    The Ganges Mahamudra Teaching & Practice
    Great Drikung Phowa Teaching & Practice

    4th April 2009
    Sat - 1.30pm onwards (open to public)
    Refuge Ceremony
    Guru Yoga Puja and Light Amassments of Blessing
    Amitabha Jang Chog Puja
    Amitayus Empowerment
    Long Life Prayer & Grand Dedication

    Venue from 31st March to 4th April 2009:
    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre Main Hall,

    No.2 Lavender St, Singapore 338823.

    5th April 2009M
    Sun - 10am sharp (All are welcome)
    Official Opening of New Centre by Rinpoche

    Sun - 6.30pm sharp
    (Admission by ticket only, S$50 each)
    Dharma Talk cum Vegetarian Dinner with Rinpoche

    Date: 1 – 4 April 09, 9am to 9.30pm
    (Except for the retreat and dinner, all other events are admission free.)

    Retreat Fee: $100 (public) / $80 (members)
    (Retreat fee only includes Lunch, Dinner, Refreshments, a Ganges Mahamudra booklet and Phowa Practice Text)

    31st March to 4th April 2009
    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre Main Hall,
    No.2 Lavender St, Singapore 338823.
    Map to Tai Pei Buddhist Centre

    There are very limited parking lots available at Tai Pei Buddhist Centre. You are advised to park your car at nearby public carparks such as the open carpark at Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) Building.

    4 April (open to public)

    Suggested Offerings for the various categories:
  • Single person (deceased): $10.00 / Per family ancestry: $20.00
  • Single person (living): $10.00 / Single family (living): $20.00

    Registration will starts from 4 Jan 2009 and payment can only be made by cash or cheque (do not fund transfer).

    Please sign up early. Interested participants have to come personally to the centre to register and make necessary payment in exchange for their ticket/s. It is compulsory to bring along the ticket/s on the actual day as a proof of payment. As seats are limited, tickets will be issued out on first-come- first-serve basis. Your kind understanding is greatly appreciated.

    Registration will open from 4th Jan 2009, on every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, until full registration. (Pls. note that there will be no registeration on 25th Jan 2009, as it is the Lunar New Year Eve)

    Method of Registration:

    1) Registration for Retreat and Dinner : Onsite registration at Dri Thubten Dargye Ling Buddhist Centre on every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

    2) Registration for Sponsorship and Jangchog: Onsite registration or mail completed form with cheque to DTDL centre, Blk 803 King George’s Avenue #02-250 Singapore 200803.

    Cheque should be crossed and payable to

    English and Chinese translations will be available for all programmes.

    The respected translator, Ina Bieler from Garchen Institute, a close disciple of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche will be the Tibetan-English translator for the Grand Event 2009; Wensy Goh from Ratnashri Buddhist Centre, a fellow Drikung practitioner will be the English- Chinese translator

    We are trying every effort to make our retreats affordable for all individuals. The minimum fee we collect is to cover rental fees, Air tickets, food , translator fees and other miscellenous expenses.

    If you wish to make sponsorship / donation to the activities, You can simply fill in the form available below and make either cheque payment or bank transfer to centre's account. Alternatively, you can also make voluntary donation in our centre donation box. Whatever the ways, your generous help will definitely assist us to provide more beneficial teachings and programs to everyone in the near future.


    Website :Dargye Ling Buddhist Centre

    All are welcome


    April 2009

    Apr 01
    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
    Apr 01
    Apr 02
    Dharma Drum Library Singapore
    Talks & Blessing Ceremony (in Chinese)

    All are welcome
    Apr 03
    Apr 11
    Satipatthana Meditation Centre
    Abhidhamma course & Dhamma Talks

    We are pleased to invite you to attend the Abhidhamma course and Dhamma talks by Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa, Aggamapandita, Rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Mission University (ITBMU), Yangon & Sitagu International Buddhist Academy , Sagaing , Myanmar .

    (I) 8-day course ‘Abhidhamma for Daily Life - Part VI’
    Dates : 4, & 10 Apr (9-11 am & 7-9.30pm), 5 Apr (9-11 am & 3-5 pm),
    6 – 9 Mar (7.30-9.30 pm) & 11 Apr (9-11 am)
    Schedule download : Schedule ()
    Topic : Chapter 7-Paccaya Sangaha (Compendium of Causality).
    Venue : SMC, 40 Jalan Malu-Malu
    Location : map
    Course Fee : Free.
    Registration : Please register before 29 March 09.
    Forms :Form
    Acceptance will be on a first-come-first basis.

    (II) Dhamma Talks

    (a) Dhamma Talk (in English) : A Mental Power for Healing of Diseases
    Date :3 April (Fri) at 8 pm,
    Venue : SMC, 40 Jalan Malu-Malu

    (b) Dhamma Talk (in Burmese):
    Date :5 Apr (Sun) at 7.30 pm,
    Venue : SMC, 40 Jalan Malu-Malu

    (b) Dhamma Talk (in Burmese):
    Date :11 Apr (Sat) at 6 pm,
    Venue :Burmese Buddhist Temple
    (Please click here for more info:

    If you are interested to attend the course, please complete and submit the registration form by post or drop it into the box at Satipatthana Meditation Centre at the soonest.

    Sponsors are sought for the return airfare of Sayadaw, medical treatment of Sayadaw and printing of course notes. If you are keen to take part in these meritorious deeds, please quickly fill in your particulars at SMC notice board in the centre and drop your donation using the pink labelled envelopes provided into the SMC donation box.

    You are most welcome to join us in our activities at our new centre - 40 Jalan Malu-Malu.

    All are welcome
    Apr 04
    May 03
    By Pureland Marketing, Buddhist Library , The, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery & Singapore Tai Pei Organisations
    Venerable Thubten Chodron's 2009 Teaching Program

    We are delighted to inform you that Ven Thubten Chodron will be giving a series of talks in April and May, and leading an Amitabha Buddha Retreat on April 11.

    April 4 (Sat) 7.30pm -9.30 pm
    Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage
    Buddhist Library - No 2 Lorong 24A Geylang road Tel: 67468435

    April 5 (Sun) 10am -12.30 pm
    Cultivating a Compassionate heart
    Buddhist Fellowship 9 Chwee Chian Road.Tel: 62780900

    April 6 - 8 (Mon - Wed) 7.30 - 9.30 pm
    Becoming Friends with Ourselves
    (continuation teachings on Bodhisattva Way of Life)

    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre 2 Lavender Street Tel: 62974747

    April 9(Thurs)7.30 -9.30 pm
    Buddha's Advice for Living with Uncertainty &
    Performance by Bodhicitta Group at 7 pm

    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre 2 Lavender Street Tel: 62974747

    April 10 (Fri) 7.30 -9.30 pm
    Taming the Mind
    Palelai Buddhist Temple - 45 Bedok Walk Tel: 64433324

    April 11(Sat) 9am-6pm
    Amitabha Buddha Retreat, includes optional Refuge Taking
    Tai Pei Buddhist Centre 2 Lavender Street Tel: 6297474

    May 2 (Sat) 2pm -4 pm
    Does Happiness Really Depend on the State of the Economy
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall 4th Floor 88 Bright Hill Road

    May 3(Sun) 7.30 - 9.30 pm
    Overcoming Procrastination: Getting Ourselves to Do What We Want to Do
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall 4th Floor 88 Bright Hill Road

    Free Admission to all talks. Registeration required for Amitabha Buddha Retreat .Registration form is available at Pureland marketing 360 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437121 or email
    11 am to 8pm Pureland Marketing
    Sister Sherin telephone 6297 4747, 6297 4646

    7pm to 9.30pm
    Brother Choon Fah : 9798 6389 & Sister Seow Hong 9755 3739

    All are welcome
    Apr 18Ruwan Buddhist Society
    HIS Life & HIS Stories

    First thing first, last thing last! Before understanding the Buddha's teachings, we need to learn about His Life first.

    We heard about HIM from different people. We read about HIS teachings from here and there. Information flows but in bits and pieces; we still don't get a full picture of who HE is and HIS Life.

    You may be new to the Buddha's teachings or you may have learnt Buddhism for decades, this is still the course for you! Based on the SUTTAS, in chronological order, we will learn HIS STORIES in detail. What makes HIM a Great PERSON, what does HE possess that even till today (2500 years later) He is still being well-respected all over the world.

    Our busy lifestyles always hold us back to take up new or longer commitments. With this understanding, this course is formatted in 2 modules, (12 sessions each) which will be more convenient for you. Each module can be taken separately or preferably one after the other.

    By understanding the environment before and during the Buddha's time, we would know more about the Buddha and hence better appreciate His teachings. In Module I, you will be introduced to the various backgrounds which prevailed in India during the 7th – 6th century BC. This will be followed by interesting narration and discussion on the life of the Buddha from His birth to His Enlightenment till the Maha Parinibbana (The Great Passing away of the Buddha). Module II will focus on the Basic Teachings of the Buddha and the basic practices.

    HIS Life & HIS Stories ~ (Module I)
    Course Lecturer : Ven K Somananda
    Venue : Ruwan Buddhist Society
    87 Aida Street
    (10 mins walk from Bedok MRT)
    Commence Date : 18 April 2009 (12 sessions)
    Day/Time : Saturday 3pm - 5pm
    Please send your application via e-mail to or contact Daniel @ 64559510/96353799 for enrolment.

    Module I
  • -Social, political and religious background which prevailed in India before and during the time of the Buddha
  • - Life of the Buddha- birth, childhood, renunciation till Enlightenment
  • -Highlights of the Buddha's 45 years of successful ministry after His Enlightenment
  • -About King Bimbisara, Ven Ananda, Devadatta, Anathapindika...etc.
  • -the last days of the Buddha, Maha Parinibanna

    Module II
  • -Four Noble Truths. Noble Eight-Fold Path
  • -Kamma and Rebirth, Dependent Origination
  • -The 3 Universal Characteristics
  • -Cultivation of Generosity, Morality & Mind
  • - Development Establishment of the Monks' and Nuns' Order
  • -4 Great Councils.

    About the Lecturer
    Ven Somananda has been in Singapore for more than 15 years. He was a lecturer in a Sri Lankan University and taught Pali Language in the Pali Buddhist College in Singapore. Venerable specializes in Pali Language and is a scholar in this field. He has been teaching Pali Language at various levels and conducting classes on Dhammapada and Basic Buddhism.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 18Fo Guang Shan (S)
    National Student Calligraphy Competition 2009

    All are welcome
    Apr 21By Buddhist Library , The
    Buddha and the Environment By Joe Lim

    All are welcome
    Apr 23The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) & Narlanda Sriwijaya Centre
    The Buddhist-Hindu Divide in Premodern Southeast Asia

    Associate Professor John Miksic
    Southeast Asian Studies Programme
    National University of Singapore

    Thursday, 23 April 2009

    4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

    ISEAS Seminar Room II


    Would appreciate it if you could also circulate this invitation to your colleagues. Those interested in attending are requested to register with Mrs Betty Kwan of ISEAS at 6870-2472 or to email her at email:

    Please see the attached notice for details. A copy of the notice is also available at ISEAS website:

    All registrations will be taken as confirmed unless otherwise notified.

    All are welcome
    Apr 25
    May 03
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Series of Dharma Talks and Meditation Retreat by Ajahn Cattamalo

    All are welcome
    Apr 25
    Apr 26
    Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. By Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vesak Celebration 2553 & Vegetarian Fair

    Opening Ceremony
    Opening Ceremony: 25 Apr Sat 9am
    Venue: Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza


    25 Apr Sat 10am-8pm
    26 Apr Sun 0am-5pm

    Vegetarian Food Fair, Circumambulation of Maitreya Bodhisattva statue, Shrine Hall of the 3 Traditions, Offering of Flowers, Buddhist Youth ‘Live’@Stage, Bathing of Prince Siddhartha, Public Talks, Sing-along, Games Corner and more!

    Reclaim Your New Happiness
    25 Apr Sat 7pm-8.30pm
    Hear from Mediacorp Artiste Bryan Wong, a Venerable and young working professionals on how anyone can unfurl real and lasting happiness to achieve your goals in good and bad times, hosted by Radio 100.3 DJ Huang Wen Hong.

    Buddhist Youth‘Live’@Stage
    25 Apr Sat , 3pm-5pm

    See, hear and feel the vibrancy and energy of Buddhist youths onstage! Hosted by Radio 100.3 DJ Xiaozhu. .

    All are welcome

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