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    January 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jan 02
    11.00am
    BF 3rd Floor Rocana Room. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Sunday Rahula Children Service


    Throughout the years, the Sunday Rahula Children Service has grown in size. In order to cater to the children of various age groups, we have arranged different themes and focus for their learning in 2011. Register your children now !

    Parents are welcome to bond with their children during the learning activities, as well as to contribute any sharing or teaching to the children.



    All are welcome
    Jan 15Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom 1 . By Community Development and Training Department Dharma Propagation Department Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Are You An Anger Junkie?





    Learn to manage your anger before it manages you! If you want to return to your true inner self of love, forgiveness, integrity and self-respect,this workshop is for you!

    Date : January 15
    Time : 9.30am to 4.30pm
    Venue : Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom 1
    Mb>Fee : $680( early bird will get $80 discount before 08 January 2011 registration )
    Trainer : Ms Gladys So, is an experienced psychologist with KMSPKS, providing workshops and programs for participants to awaken to everyday life experiences!
    Telephone : 6849 5300
    Fax : 6452 8332
    Email :community@kmspks.org

    All are welcome
    Jan 16
    to
    Jun 05
    Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    Pali Chanting Class



    When : Every Sunday 16 Jan 2011 ~ 05 Jun 2011
    Time : 4pm - 6pm
    Where : Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple
    30-C St. Michael's Road, Singapore 328002
    [Map]
    Instructor : Ven. K. Rathanasara
    Fee : F.O.C.
    Registration : Not required. Just join in.

    Overview
    The class will learn to chant selected suttas from the Tipitaka in the traditional Sri Lankan style. It provides a conducive environment for group chanting practice for Blessings, Meditation, Reflection & Protection. Some of the suttas learned previously which include:
  • Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta (Setting In Motion The Wheel of Truth)
  • Mahasamaya Sutta (The Great Assembly)
  • Saccavibhanga Sutta (Discourse on the Analysis of The Truths)
  • Girimananda Sutta (Discourse to Girimananda Thera on the Ten Kinds of Perception).

    Pre-requisite
    Nil. Anyone keen to learn Pali Chanting are welcome.


    Benefits of Chanting

    Chanting is a mindful process which aids us in focusing the mind, and establishing a sense of calmness. The teachings of Buddha are imparted through chanting, serving as a reminder of Lord Buddha's guidance as we follow the Buddhist path.

    We can understand Buddha's Teachings, and adopt these through chanting knowledge and practices into our daily lives. Chanting also offers blessings and protections, to wish well upon ourselves, our dear and love ones, and to all beings.

    Pali Chanting
    If you are interested to listen to Pali Chanting, you can access the Pali Chanting page. Available audio files include: homage (Vandana) to the Buddha, Dharma & Sangha, offering (puja), as well as the traditional suttas like Mangala Sutta, Ratana Sutta and Metta Sutta.

    All are welcome
  • Jan 16
    to
    Jun 05
    Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    Basic Buddhism Course (English) - 20 Lessons




    When : Every Sunday 16 Jan 11 ~ 05 Jun 11
    (There will be no class on 06 Feb 2011)
    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.

    Click [Basic Buddhism] for the course syllabus


    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

    Click [Meditation Instructions] to find out more


    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 16
    to
    Jan 17
    Open field outside Pasir Ris MRT Exit A. By Tzu Chi Singapore Branch
    Tzu Chi Great Love Charity Fair





    All are welcome
    Jan 16
    to
    Jun 05
    Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre
    Basic Meditation Course (English) - 20 Lessons




    When : Every Sunday 16 Jan 10 ~ 05 Jun 10
    (There will be no class on 06 Feb 2011)
    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 Now


    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.

    Click [Meditation Instructions] to find out more



    All are welcome
  • Jan 17Institute of South East Asian Studies
    Nalanda-Sriwijaya Lecture Series
    "The Nalanda University: Past, Present and Prospects"





    Topic: "The Nalanda University: Past, Present and Prospects"
    Speaker:Professor Gopa Sabharwal
    Vice Chancellor
    University Narlanda
    India
    Date: Monday, 17 January 2011
    Time: 4.00 pm
    Venue: Seminar Room II, ISEAS
    Admission: Free

    Please complete the Reply Form and return by fax to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies or betty@iseas.edu.sg by morning of 17 January 2011. For further enquiries, please call Betty at tel: 6870-2472.

    Notes:
    1. All registrations will be taken as confirmed unless otherwise notified.
    2. Parking is available at the Heng Mui Keng Complex Carpark, located next to ISEAS Building. At the car park, please take the lift to LEVEL 6 (Lobby) and exit through the main entrance to ISEAS Building. For the location map, please logon to .
    3. The hourly parking charges payable from Mondays-Fridays [8.00am-6.59pm] is $1.07 per hour.


    Location




    All are welcome
    Jan 22
    to
    Jan 29
    Pa Auk Meditation Centre
    Pa Auk Meditation Centre Venerable Mahinda Dhamma Talks in Mandarin




    Speaker : Venerable Mahinda
    Venue :15 Teo Kim Eng Road
    Singapore 416385
    Email : paauk.mc07@yahoo.com.sg
    Date :January 22 to January 29
    Telephone :6849 5300

    Pa Auk Meditation Centre (Singapore) is proud to bring to everyone a series of Chinese Dhamma talks in January 2011 by Venerable Mahinda. Venerable Mahinda hails from Guangzhou China. He took refuge in Buddhism in 1971 and started studying Theravada Buddhism and the Pali suttas in 1990. In 1999, he met the reverend Vererable Pa Auk Sayadaw and took the tonsure under him. Under Sayadaw's careful instruction, Vernerable Mahinda started learning both samatha and vipassana meditation. Within a few years, Venerable Mahinda made rapid progress and was soon helping Pa Auk Sayadaw with meditation interviews and translation for mandarin speaking meditators. In 2004, Venerable Mahinda was made a meditation teacher at Pa Auk Tawya Forest Monastery in Myanmar. In recent years, Venerable has been kept very busy by invitation to give talks and hold retreats in many countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and most importantly China, where the Venerable has a strong following. More about the Venerable can be found at http://www.buddha-spath.com and http://www.paauk.org.

    All are welcome
    Jan 22
    to
    Jan 23
    Norbu Choling Centre
    Teaching and initiation by 19th incarnation Lochen Tulku Rinpoche



    Rev. T. K. Lochen Tulku is the 19th incarnation of the Great Translator Rinchen Zangpo (year 958 - 1055) of Tibet. Rinchen Zangpo is believed to be an emanation of Buddha Shakyamuni. Lochen Rinpoche received intensive instructions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his two tutors and most respected and practiced master His Eminence Lati Rinpoche. He runs monasteries in India Himalayan region and has tens of thousands of disciples.

    Date :22/01/2011 Saturday
    Time :7 pm – 10 pm
    Topic : - Teaching on “The Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra” or “Heart Sutra of Avalokites”

    Date : 23/01/2011 Sunday
    Time :10 am to 12 noon
    Topic :- Teaching on retreat - Avalokiteshvara“Om Mani Padme Hum”
    Time :3 pm – 5 pm -
    Topic :- Initiation of Avalokiteshvara of the Lion's Roar or Simhanada Avalokiteshvara (Seng Ge Dra)

    Organised by : Norbu Choling Centre
    Venue : No 24 Geylang Lor 29, #05-00 Leow Sih Association Building. Singapore 388073.
    For Enquiries: 67476650, 96233695
    Website :www.norbucholingcentre.org
    Email : norbucholingcentre@yahoo.com.sg

    All are welcome



     

    February 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Feb 031st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4709

    Happy Lunar New Year


    Today in the Year of the Rabbit or 4709th 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 11
    to
    Mar 26
    Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom . By Community Development and Training Department Dharma Propagation Department Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Awareness Experiential Workshops




    Trainer : Hwee San is a trained counsellor and Social Worker .She has more than 10 years experience, assisting over thousand individuals to gain insights,clarity and directions in their lives' issues. She ia also a trained Group Facilitation.
    Qualification : Master of Arts ( University of London ,UK) , Bachelor of Arts and Social Science ( NUS) , Post Graduate Diploma in Satir Systemic Brief Theraphy , Specialist Diploma in Counselling and Guidance
    Telephone : 6849 5300
    Fax : 6452 8332
    Form : Application form
    Email :community@kmspks.org

    All are welcome
    Feb 13Norbu Choling Centre
    Naga Puja, Naga Wealth Vase Offering and Animal Liberation

    Naga Puja, Naga Wealth Vase Offering and Animal Liberation

    Animal Liberation at sea (3 hrs). $88 (Naga wealth vase, lunch, bus, ferry & animal for liberation).

    13 Feb 2011 Sunday (closing date 6 Feb 2011).

    Strictly vegetarian (no garlic, onion). Please do not apply cosmetics and fragrance products.

    Keep your clothings clean and free from odour, refrain from wearing leather products.




    Led by Khenpo Lobsang Thinley (Abbot) with monks from Kee Monastery. Kindly help to relay this information to your Dharma friends. We look forward to your participation and support. Please register at Norbu Choling Centre.

    Organised by : Norbu Choling Centre
    Venue : No 24 Geylang Lor 29, #05-00 Leow Sih Association Building. Singapore 388073.
    For Enquiries: 67476650, 96233695
    Website :www.norbucholingcentre.org
    Email : norbucholingcentre@yahoo.com.sg

    All are welcome
    Feb 15
    Feb 20
    Tergar Meditation Centre ( Singapore )
    Do You Know You Are Fortunate By Nature?
    By Venerable Shi Miao Rong


    Tergar Meditation Centre ( Singapore)
    23 Verde Walk
    Singapore 688783
    Contact:
    Ani Xueming +65 9131 8620
    Ben Xiao +65 9021 7682
    Email: tergarsg@gmail.com

    All are welcome
    Feb 16
    to
    Mar 26
    Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom 1 . By Community Development and Training Department Dharma Propagation Department Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Cert in Satir's Transformational Systemic Therapy ( Level One )




    Date : February 16 ( every Wednesday )
    Time : 7.30 to 9.00pm
    Venue : Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom 1
    Mb>Fee : $388 ( early bird will get $50 discount befoer 19 January 2011 )
    Closing date : February 09 ( max 20 pax )
    Trainer : Hwee San is a trained counsellor and Social Worker .She has more than 10 years experience, assisting over thousand individuals to gain insights,clarity and directions in their lives' issues. She ia also a trained Group Facilitation.
    Qualification : Telephone : 6849 5300
    Fax : 6452 8332
    Form : Application form
    Email :community@kmspks.org

    All are welcome
    Feb 24By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Yogacara Studies Elementary Class-
    Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses




    Topic :
    Yogacara Studies Elementary Class
    Verses Delineating the Eight Consciousnesses
    Date :
    24 February 2011 (Every Thursday), 8 lessons
    Time :
    8 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue :
    Yen Pei Building, Level 4
    Buddhist Cultural Centre
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, adjacent to Sengkang Fire Station)
    Nearest MRT Station :
    Buangkok Station (NE 15)
    Bus service numbers :
    80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    Free admission. All are welcome.

    To register for the talk, simply email your name and contact number to email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg or call 6489 8161 ext 30.

    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 24
    to
    Mar 25
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    Meditation Courses


    (1) MEDITATION FOR THE YOUNG (9-13 years old)
    BENEFITS:
  • * Mind and body relaxation
  • * Mental calmness & clarity
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Improve memory
  • * Build positive emotion
  • * Increase confidence

    Meditation for the Young
    Date: 24 Feb & 3 Mar 2011 (Thu)
    Time: 7.30 - 8.30 pm
    Fee: $60.00
    Instructor: Ratna Lim
    For course details & registration: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/meditation-for-the-young-9-13/

    (2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE for adults [non-religious] Small and effective class.
    Limited places, please sign up early!

    BENEFITS OF MEDITATION:
  • * Relax,
  • * De-stress,
  • * Deep rest,
  • * Improve sleep quality,
  • * Increase attention span,
  • * Get well faster,
  • * Be happy and age healthily.

    Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 59: Feb 12, 19, 26 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 60: Mar 11, 18, 25 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Meditation therapist: Piya Tan
    Course fee: $90.00 per intake
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/

    (3) Intermediate Meditation (Non-religious) Further training for those who have attended the Beginners’ Meditation Course. Help make your meditation more interesting, joyful and efficacious.

    Course contents:
  • Breath meditation (further)
  • Lovingkindness with elements
  • Focuses of mindfulness
  • The 4-element meditation
  • Body meditation with elements
  • Meditation on feelings
  • Perception of space and light

    Intermediate Meditation
    Intake 16: Feb 25 & Mar 4 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fee: $ 90.00
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    For course details and registration, please browse: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/intermediate-meditation-course/ or call Ratna at hp 8211 0879.

    (4) Psychology of Death & Living (Strategies for life, death and rebirth)
    Plants die, but they re-arise from seeds, cuttings, roots, leaves, and other parts. Human with even higher consciousness, surely, is capable of rebirth and spiritual evolution. Let us find out how.
    Intake 8: Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 (Saturday)
    Time: 7.00 - 9.00 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Fees: $120 (incl coursebook)

    Course highlights:
  • * "The Last Breath", the last moments of a death row inmate
  • * The last 48 hours of life
  • * The 4 tasks of grief
  • * Understand what life really is
  • * What happens when we die?
  • * How to "transfer" merit to the dead
  • * The 12 links of life, death, and rebirth
  • * Is rebirth immediate or takes 49 days?
  • * Gods, demons and ghosts: do they exist?
  • * How not to fear death and dying
  • * The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    For course details and registration, please browse: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/psychology-of-death-living-forthcoming/ or call Ratna at hp 8211 0879.

    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
  • Feb 26
    to
    Apr 30
    Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, 1st storey classroom 9. By Kong Meng San Phor Kar See Monastery
    New Pure Land Course
    Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism:
    Understanding Amituofo via Amithabha Sutra




    Speaker : Bro Shen Shi'an, MA ( Buddhist Studies )
    Venue :Awareness Place
    #03-39 Bras Basah Complex

    Email : shian@kmspks.org
    Date :26 February to 30 April 2011
    Tele[phone :6849 5300
    Fees : $30

    If you wish to join the class, do register using the form at http://thedailyenlightenment.com/events/amituojingform.doc

    Here are some reflections to share on teaching the 5th run:http://moonpointer.com/new/2010/07/great-thanks-to-so-many

    All are welcome



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