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    January 2010

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jan 02
    to
    Mar 05
    The Minding Centre
    Meditation Courses updates (Non-religious)


    (1) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY [non-religious]
    The mind, consciousness & well-being.
    Intake 8 (BP8): 8 22 29 Jan & 5 Feb 2010 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Fees: $160.00 (with 2 course books).
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/courses-tmc/buddhist-psychology-course-intake-8/

    (2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE [non-religious]
    Intake 46: 16, 23, 30 Jan 2010 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 47: 19 26 Feb & 5 Mar 2010 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fee: $90.00 per intake For registration & details, click here: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/courses-tmc/beginners-meditation-course-intake-43\ -to-48/

    The Minding Centre
    Blk 644 Bukit Batok Central, #01-68 (2nd flr),
    (near Bukit Batok MRT/Interchange) Singapore 650644.
    HP: 8211 0879


    Dharmafarer (Sutta) website: http://dharmafarer.googlepages.com
    Meditation courses & therapy: http://themindingcentre.googlepages.com

    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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piya_Tan

    All are welcome
    Jan 07MART Boulevard Lifestyle café. By Buddhist Fellowship Executive Club
    Balancing Work and Family Life.



    The speaker is Ms Foo Siew Fong and the topic is "Balancing Work and Family Life.".

    In today’s world, there seems to be a time crunch to complete the never ending tasks from work and family. But is ‘time factor’ the crux of the problem? How can you be successful in your work and family life? Why personal work-life effectiveness pay? How can you make it your goal and inspire change for you personally?

    The need for balance in our lives is greater than ever. Learn what it takes to improve your skills as both an individual and as a couple.


    Speaker: Foo Siew Fong
    Partner, Harry Elias Partnership
    Foo Siew Fong heads the Family and Matrimonial Law Practice Group and the Private Wealth Management Practice Group.

    The Practice Group was nominated the “Best Matrimonial Practice” by the Asian Legal Business Awards in 2002. In the same year, Asian Legal Business named Siew Fong as one of Singapore’s pre-eminent family law practitioners in their Legal Who’s Who and she has been invited to sit on panels, national radio and television programmes.

    Siew Fong has been the President of the Singapore Association of Women’s Lawyers (SAWL) since March 2000 and played a significant role in the publication “You and The Law”, and “Teens and The Law”. She is the author of “When Marriages Break Down:- Rights Obligations And Division of Property”, a publication by Sweet & Maxwell and was recently appointed a member of the Committee by the Chief Justice under Section 139 (1) of the Women’s Charter.


    Date : Thursday 7th Jan ‘10
    Time : 7.00 -9.00 pm
    Venue : MART Boulevard Lifestyle café
    8 Shenton Way #01-18
    Singapore 068811
    Parking : 8 Shenton Way
    MRT : Tanjong Pagar
    Dinner : $25 for members & $30 for non-members

    All are welcome
    Jan 09
    to
    Jan 12
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Meditation Retreat & Dharma Talks with Ajahn Cattamalo





    All are welcome
    Jan 10Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Chinese Sunday Dharma Class





    All are welcome
    Jan 12
    to
    May 23
    By Awareness Place Meditation Centre
    AWARENESS : Yoga for Golden Years



    Form

    All are welcome
    Jan 16
    to
    Feb 27
    By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    1 Day Mindfulness Retreat





    All are welcome
    Jan 17
    to
    Jun 06
    Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    Basic Buddhism Course (English) - 20 Lessons




    When : Every Sunday 17 Jan 10 ~ 06 Jun 10 (No class on 14 Feb 10)
    Time : 9am - 11.30am
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Adviser : Ven. Fa Da
    Where : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    39 Lorong 12 Geylang
    Singapore 399012
    [Find out more on the venue]
    Enquiry : 6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee : FOC.
    Registration : Registration Open

    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 develop the path to REALISE the teachings of the Buddha.



    All are welcome
  • Jan 173Gems
    3Gems Tour: Bright Hill Temple


    Regsiter your full name , HP, email, total number of participants and tour destination to:-
    E-mail: 3gems@kmspks.org
    Website: 3Gems

    All are welcome
    Jan 17
    to
    Jun 06
    Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    Basic Meditation Course (English) - 20 Lessons




    When : Every Sunday 17 Jan 10 ~ 06 Jun 10
    (No class on 14 Feb 10)
    Time : 1.00pm - 3.30pm
    Instructor : Vajiro (Richard) Chia
    Adviser : Ven. Fa Da
    Where : Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    39 Lorong 12 Geylang
    Singapore 399012
    [Find out more on the venue]
    Enquiry : 6746 6211 (9am - 5pm Daily)
    Fee : FOC.
    Registration : Registration Open


    Introduction
    This course will be helpful for those who wish to develop a path to realise the Buddha Teaching. The 20 well-structured lessons that combined guided practices with basic understanding of meditation and its applications in daily life. The following meditation subjects will be taught:
  • Metta - Loving Kindness
  • Kayanupasana - 32 parts of Body
  • Samatha - Concentration
  • Vipassana - Insight


    Pre-Requisite
    This course is designed for students who have completed the Basic Buddhism Course - those who know the Buddha Teachng and wish to realise the Teaching.


    Class Format
    This class provides a conducive environment for group devotional and meditation practices in the following format:
  • Puja and Chanting
  • Guided Meditation
  • Individual Practices & 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 preliminary practices.

    Students will then be guided through the levels of Concentration (Samatha) and introduced to various stages of Insight (Vipassana) knowledge.



    All are welcome
  • Jan 30By Buddhist Fellowship
    INTERFAITH DIALOGUE 2010



    Together with MCYS and Telok Blangah IRCC, BF is organising the Interfaith Dialogue - "Faith Perspectives on Interfaith Engagement" with the theme on "Faith Perspective on Racial & Religious Harmony" and "One Thing I Value Most about My Faith and One thing I struggle with."

    The inaugural Dialogue aims to promote deeper understanding of our racial and religious diversities. Participants will get to discuss and learn about the different faiths and beliefs in a comfortable and friendly setting.

    As observed, there are 2 segments to the Dialogue. The discussion group comprising of 50 participants will arrive at 9.00am for the Breakout Workshop. They'll join the guest in the auditorium at 10.30am. Should you wish to participate in the group discussion, please register your name, email address and mobile with our BF Centre or email your details to Buddhist Fellowship . Breakfast and tea-breaks are provided to the discussion group.

    Please indicate your interest to participate in this interesting dialogue session and RSVP by 20th Jan '10 if you're keen to join the group discussion at 9.00am or to attend the main dialogue at 10.30am. Details of the event is attached.



    All are welcome
    Jan 30
    to
    Jan 31
    By Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore Branch
    Great Love Charity Fair
    (for Haiti earthquake mission)





    All are welcome
    Jan 30By Awareness Place
    1-Day Organic Educational Tour




    Please call : 6336 5067
    Website :http://www.awarenessplace.com/activities/organictour.htm
    Email: sem@kmspks.org to register or enquire


    All are welcome



     

    February 2010

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Feb 03
    to
    Mar 24
    Dharma Hall Level 2. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Introduction To Buddhism by Bro Yap Kheng Guan





    All are welcome
    Feb 04MART Boulevard Lifestyle Cafe. By Buddhist Fellowship Executive Club
    "Money (not) Matters.".
    An Effective Performance Challenge Workshop
    interactive, participatory and experiential workshop of about 2 hours duration.




    Speaker : Tan Kah Tee
    Topic : Money (not) Matters.
    Synopsis:
  • Are you making effective financial decisions.
  • How to choose your insurance plan?
  • How to make wise investment decisions.
  • What should your response be in the current market?
  • Is understanding risks and returns good enough and why investment education is crucial to equip you with the skills needed to make informed decisions?

    This workshop will help you to understand the investment products that are suitable for your needs and if they match your risk appetite so as to empower you to take greater responsibility for your?investing decisions.

    Speaker:
    Tan Kah Tee graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor's degree in economics with honours in 1973. He pursued a second degree in actuarial science at the City University in London and graduated in 1980. After obtaining his second degree, he worked in an insurance broking firm in London for a few years. In 1984,? he returned to Singapore and joined Asia Life's actuarial department. He became general manager in the 1990s and? was appointed chairman of Asia Insurance in 2004. Asia General Holdings was sold in 2007 for just under $1 billion to Japan's Tokio Marine & Nichido and renamed TM Asia. Kah Tee is comfortably retired and pursuing music, his first love. He takes weekly cello lessons and is an accomplished pianist.


    Date : Thursday 4th Feb ?10
    Time : 7.00 -9.00 pm
    Venue : MART Boulevard Lifestyle cafe
    8 Shenton Way #01-18
    Singapore 068811
    Parking : 8 Shenton Way
    MRT : Tanjong Pagar
    Dinner : $25 for members &$30 for non-members



    All are welcome
  • Feb 06
    to
    Feb 28
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Jixiang Ruyi Vegetarian Steamboat & Yusheng





    All are welcome
    Feb 10By Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore Branch
    Help Haiti With Love





    All are welcome
    Feb 141st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4708

    Happy Lunar New Year


    Today in the Year of the Tiger or 4708th 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.
    Feb 23
    to
    Mar 31
    By Kong Meng San Monastery
    Certificate in Practical Counselling



    For more information : http://www.kmspks.org/education/CPC.htm or email: community@kmspks.org

    All are welcome
    Feb 24
    to
    Mar 31
    By Kong Meng San Monastery



    For more information : http://www.kmspks.org/ch/education/empower_ch.htm or email: community@kmspks.org

    All are welcome
    Feb 28
    to
    May 16
    By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    "The Buddha and His Disciples"
    A 12-Week Dhamma Course conducted by Venerable Shravasti Dhammika




    Date: 28 February 2010 (Sunday) -- Starting This Sunday!
    Time: 11.30 am
    Venue: Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society

    This course examines the lives and experiences of the Buddha's disciples both monastic and lay. It will also look at the Buddha as a person - what he looked like, how he taught and the effect he had upon others and his society. The Buddha and His Disciples will inform participants of aspects of Buddhism apart from actual doctine.

    "The Buddha and His Disciples will inform participants of aspects of Buddhism apart from actual doctine."

    Biography of Speaker
    Venerable Shravasti Dhammika was born in Australia in 1951. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in India and later lived in Sri Lanka where he became well-known for his efforts to promote Boddhism. He worked in Singapore in 1985 being a spiritual Advisor to the Dhamma Mandala Society and several other Buddhist groups.

    Venerable Dhammika has taught at the Education Department's Curriculum Development Institute and also made several television films for the Institute. Among the books he wrote include All about Buddhism, Good Question Good Answer, Matrceta's Hymns to the Buddha, Gemstones of the Good Dhamma, Encounters with Buddhism and The Edicts of King Asoka.

    The Venerable authored an interesting article called "A Pligrim's Guide to Buddhist India" and can be contacted at email: pitijoy@yahoo.com
    Blog: "dhamma musings" by Venerable Dhammika

    You can read about his blogs on various topics, his observations and articles related to Buddhism in general.

    "dhamma musings" by Venerable Dhammika
    http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/

    Below are some of his recent blog articles which you may find to be of interest.

    Just Under The Surface
    http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2010/02/just-under-surface.html

    In Hot water
    http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2010/02/in-hot-water.html

    The Tiger Apologizes
    http://sdhammika.blogspot.com/2010/02/tiger-apologizes.html

    All are welcome to attend.
    Feb 28
    to
    May 30
    Dharma Hall Level 2. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Dharma Talks By Venerable K Rathanasara





    All are welcome



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