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    May 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    May 01 Ngee Ann City Plaza. By Vesak Celebrations and Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Vesak 2555BE:
    Universal Love
    Peaceful Living




    Venue: Ngee Ann City Plaza
    Date and Time
    30 April 2011 Saturday 9.00am to 9.30pm
    01 May 2011 Sunday 9.00 am to 5.00pm
    Programme
  • Bathing of Prince Siddhartha and flower & lamp offering
  • Mothers Day & Examination Blessings
  • Project 11
  • Youth Photography Apprenticeship Programme & Exhibitions
  • Mindfulness in Mantra Copying Beading
  • More updates click on the website Vesak Celebrations

    Organised by: Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Venue Sponsor: Ngee Ann City

    All are welcome
  • May 01Buddhist Film Festival
    International Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Buddhist Film Competition



    Buddhist Film Competition
    Submit your Film Now !


    Category
  • Mobile Short Film
  • Short Films
  • Animated Films
  • Documentary Films
  • Buddhist Music Videos
  • Children's Films

    * All entries should be in DVD format on a Buddhist Theme. All submissions under the International Category should be in English, or subtitled in English.

    For direct submitions post your DVD and a Copy to :

    Vesak Office
    BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
    Colombo 07,
    Tel:+94 112-696822
    Website : Buddhist Film Festival

    Closing Date March 31

    Organized by :


    All are welcome
  • May 03
    to
    May 17
    By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Celebrate Vesak 2555 BE



    English Dharma Talks
    TALK 1 – Buddhism in the Office Date: 3 May
    In this first talk, I will present many strategies based on ancient Buddhist Teachings that are used in the West to lessen stress and increase performance at work. This will include instructions on simple but effective meditation techniques, Buddhist psychology to improve work relations, and wisdom teachings that greatly improve one’s happiness at work.

    TALK 2 – Ancient Teaching For A Modern World Date : 4 May
    In this second talk, I will explain how looking at life from a different angle, from a Buddhist perspective, gives meaning to your life, improves your health and gives you and others a powerful sense of well-being. The talk will dismiss many of the superstitions that have obscured Buddhism and focus on the essential teachings of compassionate action and self development.

    Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Venues: Ven Hong Choon Memorial hall, 4th Flr

    Speaker Biography: Ajahn Brahm
    Ajahn Brahm was born in London in 1951. At the age of 23, after completing a degree in Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, he became a monk in Thailand, where he trained under the meditation master Ajahn Chah for 9 years. Ajahn Brahm is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine, the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and Vice-Chair of the Australian Sangha Association, which represents all ordained Buddhist monks and nuns in Australia. In 2004 he received the John Curtin Medal, awarded for “outstanding leadership and commitment to community service”.



    Transference of Light

    The ‘transference of Light’ reminds us to let the Dharma be our light and refuge in life. We should protect and preserve the Buddha’s teaching well so that it can continue to benefit the world, for the happiness and welfare of many.

    ‘Light Transference Ceremony’ is a traditional ceremony held every year at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery prior to Vesak Day. Devotees gather at the monastery, circumambulating the compound, offering lights, making aspirations for oneself and the welfare of many. The celebration can be enjoyed by all ages, even young children.




    The Significance of 3-Steps-1-Bow

    In this ceremony, devotees line up before sunrise to meditatively circumambulate the perimeter of the temple, bowing once every three steps, while chanting mantras or the name of the Buddha in praise of Him…

    Every prostration is the paying of respects to the Buddha (also include Bodhisattvas). This practice helps to purify the mind, humble the ego and lessen obstacles along the spiritual path as one repents past misdeeds and aspires towards spiritual development. With mindfulness of one’s body, speech and mind during the journey, spiritual qualities are cultivated.



    Bathing of the Buddha

    Most temples hold ceremonial bathing of an image of baby Prince Siddhartha placed in perfumed water with flowers on Vesak day. The perfumed water is scooped with a ladle and poured over the statue. This symbolises the purification of one’s unwholesome deeds with wholesome deeds.

  • •16/5 (Mon) 6.00pm ~ 17/5 (Tue) 7.00pm
    Hall of Great Compassion
  • •16/5 (Mon) 6.00pm ~ 17/5 (Tue) 5.30pm
    Hall of Great Strength

    The Origin Of Bathing the Buddha
    One of the main activities of the festival is the “bathing Buddha” ritual. Legend records that when Prince Siddhartha was born, there were extraordinary and auspicious signs heralding his birth.

    They describe the sky as being clear with brilliant sunshine, flowers blooming and birds singing. Dragons also appeared in the sky spurting two streams of purified water (one cool and one warm), that gently cascaded down to bathe him.

    At his birth, seven lotus flowers sprung up beneath his feet as he walked – pointing one hand to the sky and ground he said “in the heaven above and the earth below, I vow to liberate all who suffer in these three realms”.

    Since then, Buddhists all over the world celebrate the Buddha’s birthday by using fragrant water to bathe the image of baby Prince Siddhartha. This ritual highlights a universal message of “Let’s cleanse our inner dirt’ of greed, hatred and ignorance so as to allow the generosity, love and wisdom within us to shine forth!”

    Proper Way Of Bathing the Buddha Fill ladle & pour water over small Buddha statue three times. While pouring water, recite: “We are now coming up to bath the Tathagatas. For accumulating purity, wisdom,dignity, merit and virtue. May all sentient beings be rid of impurity and realise the pure entity of Tathagatas “

    For more information click here


    All are welcome
  • May 05
    to
    May 08
    Golden Village Grand at Great World City. By Asian Buddhist Film Festival
    2nd Asian Buddhist Film Festival 2011








    Note: The above information was taken from the official Asian Buddhist Film Festival website here
    http://www.asianbuddhistfilmfest.org/program-1.php#1

    The films will be shown at Golden Village Grand at Great World City, and tickets will be available from April 1 onwards at all Golden Village Box Office and AXN Machines island-wide and online at www.gv.com.sg.

    Tickets are on sale at $10 for regular films and $20 for Opening and Closing Films. Donation tickets at $50 for Opening Film are for sale at the Festival Secretariat. Stay tuned to this website for updates on film programmes and film ratings.

    Donation ticket holders will be invited to the Opening Night reception. Our Guest-of-Honour will be Hon’ble Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

    Latest screening schedule




    All are welcome
    May 06
    to
    May 24
    Buddhist Union
    8-session workshop on Heart Sutra by Venerable Chuan Guan

    8-session workshop on Heart Sutra by Venerable Chuan Guan
    Time :every Fridays (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm)
    date : 6 May 2011 to 24 Jun 2011
    Venue :The Buddhist Union Dharma Centre
    (near Kovan MRT)
    43 Lowland Road
    Singapore 547444.

    The Heart Sutra is one of the most common sutra recited in temple and monasteries worldwide. While being the shortest, at 260 Chinese Characters, it expounds deep and profound teachings of Emptiness as taught by the Buddha. What is Emptiness and how can we apply it in our life today? How do we recite this sutra and how can we change ourselves so that we can become happier? Come join us for the Heart Sutra workshop and learn more!

    This Workshop will be conducted by Venerable Chuan Guan. Venerable Chuan Guan was ordained in 2002 (higher ordination in 2003) and stayed in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States), learning the sutras and practiced meditation under the Mahayana Buddhist tradition while studying the Theravadin Pali Canon. Returning to Singapore in 2006, he continued his training in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery till 2009. Since 2009, he is resident in the Buddhist Library while giving Dharma and meditation classes at the library and various Buddhist organisations. He received his degree in computer Engineering form Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and worked in the IT Industry prior to monkhood.

    Information & Registration
    Attendance: By registration only
    Fee payable: Member (of The Buddhist Union) $20.00 Non-members: $30.00

    Cheque, payable to "The Buddhist Union" to be sent to:

    The Buddhist Union
    28 Jalan Senyum,
    Singapore 418152

    Please indicate"Heart Sutra Workshop", including your name, e-mail address and contact no behind your cheque.

    All are welcome
    May 06
    to
    May 27
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    &
    Meditation Courses


    (1) 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: May 6 13 20 27(Friday)
    Time: 7.30 - 9.30 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.

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

    Intake 62: May 7, 14, 21 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fee: $90.00 per intake

    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/beginners-meditation-course/

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

    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
  • May 08 By Buddhist Fellowship
    Vesak Special With Ajahn Brahm
    Path of Enlightenment
    &
    Getting High On Vesak



    Ajahn Brahm will also be giving the talk on “Getting High on Vesak” at the Sunday Youth Service at 1.45pm. Bring your teenagers for this special talk!

    We invite you to join us in offering Dana to Ajahn Brahm following the service by bringing along some food. We also encourage you to bring your own reusable plastic plate and spoon/fork to reduce throw-aways as part of our responsibility to become more environmentally friendly.

    * Please come early and park your vehicle at the HDB Multi-Storey carpark in the area.

    Please be informed that BF Centre shall be closed on 2nd May 2011.

    Location map





    Bus Services
    SBS Bus 10, 30, 57, 93, 97, 100, 143, 166
    SMRT Bus 61, 176, 188, 936


    All are welcome
    May 08
    to
    May 17
    By Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Vesak Celebration 2011 (2555BE)





    All are welcome
    May 13
    to
    May 18
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Vesak Celebration 2555 BE



    Location map





    Bus Services
    SBS Bus 10, 30, 57, 93, 97, 100, 143, 166
    SMRT Bus 61, 176, 188, 936


    All are welcome
    May 14
    to
    May 17
    Aljunied MRT Open Ground. By Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    Celebrate Vesak with Amitabha Buddhist Centre



    Join us and Sangha in chanting OM MANI PADME HUM, the well-known mantra of Chenrezig (Guan Yin), the Buddha of Compassion.

    Reciting the Mani mantra brings profound blessings to yourself as well as to any sentient being you pray for or anyone you meet. Chanting the powerful Mani mantra is said to have the power of stopping harms from the four elements, such as the natural disasters so prevalent these days.

    Do join in our group chanting of the Mani mantra for the opportunity to help yourself, loved ones and countless others millions of times over in these troubled times - a meaningful practice to engage in during the Vesak season.

    Purification for Everyone

    What better time than at Vesak to receive special blessings and purification from the Three Jewels?

    Bring your family and friends on Vesak Day (17 May at 9:30 am) and take part in our Vajravidarana purification puja where prayers will be conducted to purify one's body, speech and mind of all diseases and contamination, including paralysis.

    Namgyalma Puja with 1,000 Offerings

    New this Vesak - a Namgyalma puja (15 May at 2:30 pm) performed with extensive offerings to Namgyalma, one of the three long life deities, and that will be dedicated to the long and healthy lives of all sponsors.

    You can sponsor and dedicate the Namgyalma puja AND any of our Vesak pujas for yourself and loved ones.

    How to Sponsor Our Vesak Pujas? Before 14 May, visit our ABC office. From 14 May, visit us on-site at the Vesak ground.

    More Merit-Making Activities

    From 14 to 17 May, visit our Vesak ground for many more ways to create merit!

    Circumambulate our 20-foot tall statue of Maitreya
  • Offer bath or gold leaf to the Buddha
  • Make candle, oil lamp and flower offerings
  • Join our group circumambulation and light offering ceremony every night
  • Trace the words of the Sanghata sutra
  • ... and much much more!

    For full details about the programme and events for Vesak Celebration 2011, click here.

    All are welcome
  • May 14Peach Garden, Miramar Hotel Level 3. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Celebrate Vesak - Mother's Day with Ajahn Brahmali



    The Buddhist Fellowship invites you to a luncheon to celebrate Vesak - Mother's Day with Ajahn Brahmali on:-

    Date :14 May 2011 (Sat)
    Venue : Peach Garden ,Miramar Hotel Level 3.

    The program will include a talk by Ajahn Brahmali on "Celebrating a Parent's Love" and performances by the youths, children and seniors.

    This is an opportunity to express gratitude towards our mothers and grandmothers.

    To secure a table, please make your reservations early in view of the small venue. Each table for ten is available by donation of $800 or more, with a choice of vegetarian or non-vegetarian menus. The net proceeds of the event will benefit the Community and Humanitarian programs that Buddhist Fellowship conducts locally and overseas.

    Website :Buddhist Fellowship
    Email : info@buddhistfellowship.org
    Tel: +65 6278-0900
    Fax: +65 6278-0102
    Location map: Click here

    Note:If you wish to attend the retreat, kindly complete the attached form and return it with your payment.

    All are welcome
    May 14
    to
    May 17
    Open ground next to Bugis MRT station. By Bodhicitta Dharma Centre
    Celebrate Vesak 2555 BE




    "In every virtue all-accomplished,

    with wisdom full and mind composed,

    looking within and ever mindful

    thus one crosses the raging flood.

    ~ Sutta Nipata"

    *****************

    "The human heart is basically very compassionate,

    but without wisdom, compassion will not work.

    Wisdom is the openness that let us see

    what is essential and most effective.

    ~ Ven. Khandro Rinpoche"

    *****************

    "Mind precedes all things;

    mind is their chief, mind is their maker.

    If one speaks or does a deed

    with a mind that is pure within,

    happiness then follows along

    like a never departing shadow.

    ~ Dhammapada"

    *****************


    Please join us this Vesak at the open ground next to Bugis MRT station. We will be organizing a four day events to commemorate the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha.

    Events from 14th to 17th May 2011, 9am to 10pm

  • 14th and 15th: Kalachakra Empowerment
  • 15th Evening: Dharma Talk: The Significance of Vesak
  • 16th Morning: Milk Rice Offering to the Buddha
  • 16th Afternoon: 35 Confessional Buddhas Puja, Green Tara Puja
  • 16th Evening: Dharma Talk: Teachings on Shambala and Jonang Lineage
  • 17th Morning: Transmission of Eight Precepts and Bathing of Prince Siddhartha and Buddha Puja
  • 17th Afternoon: Six Syllable Mantra Recitation and Blessing to the general public

    Items for sponsorship and offerings
  • Sakyamuni Statue sponsorship to be brought home for veneration @ only $180
  • Yellow Dzambala Wealth Vase to be brought home for veneration @ only $380
  • Oil Lamp Offering for 4 days event @ $20, $60 and $118 (oil lamp cup can be brought home after the whole event)
  • Daily butter lamp offering @ only $10
  • Daily flower offering @ only $2

    All are welcome
  • May 16
    to
    May 17
    By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    Celebrate Vesak 2555 BE



    Event CANDLE LIGHT CEREMONY
    Date : 16 May 2011 (Mon) 08:00PM - 09:30PM
    Venue : BDMS
    Description : For the first time in BDMS, we will be holding a Candle Light Ceremony on Vesak Day Eve. Starting at 8pm, we will be having a Puja, a Dhamma Talk and meditation before lighting candles on the roof top of BDMS to welcome the arrival of Vesak Day.



    Event VESAK DAY CELEBRATION
    Date : 17 May 2011 (Tue) 10:00AM - 12:00PM
    Venue : BDMS
    Description : Our Vesak celebrations will commence at 10.00 am on 16th May with a beautiful puja to commemorate the birth, enlightenment (Nirvana), and passing away (Paranirvana) of Buddha. The highlight of the celebration will be the distribution of the Milk Rice Offering to everyone. We will be providing lunch for all participants, which will be served at 11.30am. We encourage that you arrive at least half an hour (i.e. 9:30am) before the celebration in order to get a good seat in the main hall. Do bring along your family, relatives and friends to celebrate Vesak Day with us.

    The Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society (BDMS) is located along Balestier Road, in the central part of Singapore. We are situated on the second and third level of a three-storey shophouse just in front of Balestier Hill Primary School. Our address is
    567A Balestier Road,
    Singapore 329884.

    Tel: 63522859 Fax: 63569107

    All are welcome
    May 17Full moon in May

    HAPPY VESAK DAY
    EVERYBODY


    Today in the year 2555 ( BE ), Buddhists throughout the world celebrate the birth,the enlightenment and the passing away to parinibanna of Gautama Buddha on Vesak Day. Send a Buddhist webcard to your friends by clicking here

    "A unique Being, an extraordinary Man
    arises in this world for the benefit of the many,
    for the happiness of the many,
    out of compassion for the world,
    for the good, benefit,
    and happiness of gods and men.

    Who is this Unique Being?
    It is the Tathagata, the Exalted,
    Fully Enlightened One."


    - Anguttara Nikaya PT. 1, XII P.22.




    May 17 By Dri Thubten Dargye Ling
    Celebrate Vesak 2555 BE



    Dri Thubten Dargye Ling
    15 Geylang Lor 29
    #04-01 PTH Building
    Sinigapore 388069
    Telephone : +65 6396 0960
    Website http://www.dargye-ling.com/
    Email: admin@dargye-ling.com

    All are welcome
    May 17 By Vipassana Meditation Centre (S'pore)
    Celebrate Vesak 2555 BE




    Our resident monk and VMC Management Committees would like to extend our sincere invitation to you , your family members and friends to celebrate Vesak with us.

    Date : 17 May 2011 (Tues)
    Venue : 251 Lavender Street
    Time : 0830hrs to 1800hrs

    Programme
  • 8.30 am - Ceremonial Bathing of Buddha / Offerings of lights and flowers
  • 9.00am - Taking of 3 refuges and observance of 8 precepts
  • 9.20am - Paritta Pali Chanting
  • 10.00am- Dhamma Talk
  • 10.30am - Sitting meditation
  • 1100am - Sharing of merits
  • 11.15am- Lunch Dana to Sayadaw
  • 11.30am –Lunch for devotees
  • 1.00pm - Group Sitting / Walking Meditation
  • 6.00pm - Metta Chanting and Sharing of merits




    Whole Day
  • ~ Offerings of lights and flowers
  • ~ Ceremonial Bathing of Buddha

    All are welcome
  • May 20 By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    "What does the Kalama Sutta Really Say?" lead by Ven. Dhammika



    Friday Sutta Discussion: "What does the Kalama Sutta Really Say?" lead by Ven. Dhammika
    Date: 20 May 2011 (Friday)
    Time: 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm
    Venue: Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society

    A series of classes examining events in the life of the Buddha that reflect various aspect of the Dhamma. The Buddha did not always teach in words, he also taught by doing or by not doing certain things.

    On Friday the 20th of May 2011, we will be discussing the Kalama Sutta from Anguttara Nikaya, Tika Nipata, Mahavagga, Sutta No. 65. Often cited as the Buddha's "charter of free inquiry", Venerable Dhammika will explore with us what does the Kalama Sutta really say.

    The session is free of charge and no registration is required. Come join us!

    Biography of Venerable Dhammika

    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/

    All are welcome
    May 28
    &
    May 29
    By My Little Gems Kindergarten
    Open House





    If you are looking for a Buddhist Kindergarten for your preschoolers, “My Little Gems” Kindergarten may be the one you are looking for!

    My Little Gems Kindergarten is a Buddhist inspired kindergarten that adopts project based learning as its educational methodology. With strong emphasis in active participatory learning, children will develop strong character and competencies, similar to the concept of self-actualization in Buddhism. At the same time, children will learn to focus and excel in learning through child-appropriate meditation techniques.

    My Little Gems Kindergarten will be holding an Open House on 28th May, Saturday and 29th May, Sunday, 9am – 1pm at 38 Jalan Eunos, level 3 of The Dharma Cakra Society. Attached is a copy of the Open House flyer.

    For more information, you can refer to their website at www.my-littlegems.com or contact them directly at 6748 7483 or email: info@my-littlegems.com

    All are welcome




     

    June 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jun 03
    to
    Jun 25
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    &
    Meditation Courses


    (1) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    Mind, consciousness, emotional resilience & wellness
    (A non-religious exploration with Piya Tan)

    "I enjoy teaching Buddhist Psychology most" (Piya Tan)


    COURSE SUMMARY:
  • Healing yourself (How problems arise and the best way to end them)
  • The conscious body (The nature of body and mind)
  • The unconscious (Are we really in control of ourselves?)
  • Minding the mind (How meditation helps)
  • The art of loving (A psychology of emotions and communication)
  • Brain or mind? (Is the mind in the brain or much bigger than it?)
  • Don't believe everything you think (How problems are self-created and self-solved)
  • Non-judgement day is here (The power of meditation)
  • The still eye of the storm (How to calm and clear the mind)
  • Ancient wisdom, modern science (A brief survey of Buddhist psychology as used in modern science today).


    RECOMMENDED Self-study: Webcast on “Buddhist Psychology” (Prof Eleanor Rosch) University of California @ Berkeley.


    Intake 11 (BP11): JUN 3, 10, 17, 24 (Fri)
    Fees: $160.00 (with 2 course books)
    Time: 7.30-9.30 pm
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

    RELATED COURSE


    (2) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE [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.

    Intake 63: JUN 11, 18, 25 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 64: JUL 8, 15, 22 (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/

    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
  • Jun 04Poh Ming Tse Temple. By Bodhicitta Dharma Centre
    Bodhicitta: What is It & How to Cultivate It? (conducted in Mandarin with English translation)



    Register on line at http://www.bodhicittadharmacentre.org.sg

    All are welcome
    Jun 16Full Moon in the Chinese Sixth Lunar MonthAsalha Puja or Dhamma Day.





    This commemorates the Buddha's first discourse, the Dhamma-Cakka-Pavattana Sutta (the Discourse on the Turning of the Wheel of Truth) in Sarnath (Isipatana, Benares) - the Deer Park , which he gave to the group of five monks with whom he had practised in the forest for many years. Upon hearing this discourse, one of the monks -- Ven. Kondañña -- gained his first glimpse of Nibbana, thus giving birth to the Noble Sangha. The annual rains retreat (vassa) commences the following day.

    Note: At the end of this first sermon, the Venerable Kondañña became a Sotapanna (a person at the first stage of enlightenment) and then, according to the Commentaries, for example, the Commentary on Vinaya, the other four disciples became Sotapannas, one on each of the four following days. On the first day after the full-moon day in July, the monk Vappa became a Sotapanna; on the second day, Bhaddiya; on the third day, Mahanama; and on the fourth day, Assaji. After they became Sotapannas, they all asked Buddha for ordination. Buddha ordained each of them by calling to them, "Come monks." On the fifth day after the full-moon day, the Buddha assembled them and preached to them this discourse Anatta-lakkhana Sutta. -The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (no-soul or anatta)
    ( Note: Try this site which is my favourite explanation for :- NO INNER CORE - ANATTA . By Sayadaw U Silananda )
    Jun 18
    to
    Jun 26
    WESTIN Siray Bay Resort, Phuket, Thailand. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Executive Happiness Retreat with Ajahn Brahm!

    Book NOW for the Executive Happiness Retreat with Ajahn Brahm!

    EARLY BIRD OFFER ends 17 APRIL 2011.

    It is a retreat that begins with fun & laughter and ends on a spiritual high

    Natural disasters around us awaken us to the uncertainties in life and how the unexpected forces of change can turn lives upside down. In "our world", broken relationships, illness, loss of loved ones and mid-life crisis can also be the forces of change.

    Don't miss this opportunity to re-energize and refocus our priorities. Enjoy some time away alone or with your loved ones in serene and peaceful surroundings the retreat offers - in the midst of sand, sea and spirituality. Every room has a sea view!

    The 1st part of the retreat, from 18 - 22 June will offer Dhamma Talks, Meditation and Sharing Sessions on relationships, parenting, career management and overcoming loss. Youths and children are welcome, and there will be some special programs for them too.

    In the 2nd part of the retreat, from 22 - 26 June will offer a silent journey into our inner-self to understand ourselves better. This part of the retreat with more Meditation and deeper Dhamma Talks will help us to reach our inner self and come to terms with the issues that undermine our happiness.

    Personal interviews with Ajahn Brahm will be available - ten minute slots will be on a first come first served request basis.

    Do book early and purchase your air-tickets right away. Please fill in the attached registration form together with your full payment. There are limited twin rooms.


    1st Part: 5-day Meditation and Fun Retreat (18 - 22nd June 2011)
  • Early bird offer at $780 (twin sharing, breakfast, lunch or dinner, tea break)
  • Single supplement - $400
  • Child aged 4 years and below - free
  • Child aged 4 - 12 years old - $250
  • Child aged 13 - 18 years - $580 (additional bed)

    2nd Part: 5-day Meditation and Silent Observance Retreat (22 - 26 June 2011)
  • Early bird offer at $780 (twin sharing, breakfast, lunch, tea break)
  • Single supplement - $400
  • As it is a Silent Observance 7-Precept Retreat, we do not encourage children in this part of the retreat.

    Full 9-day: Meditation Retreat (18 - 26 June 2011)
  • Early bird offer at $1,390 (twin sharing, breakfast, lunch or dinner, tea break)
  • Single Supplement - $800

    Venue: WESTIN Siray Bay Resort, Phuket


    All are welcome
  • Jun 18
    to
    Jun 19
    By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    2-Day Meditation Retreat (conducted in Mandarin)




    Retreat :
    2-Day Meditation Retreat (conducted in Mandarin)
    Date :
    18 June 2011 (Saturday), 2 pm to 9 pm to 19 June 2011 (Sunday), 9 am to 5 pm
    Venue :
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services, Shrine Hall
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, adjacent to Sengkang Fire Station)
    Instructor :
    Venerable Ji Chi
    Fee :
    $20
    Registration Form :
    ApplicationForm.pdf
    Poster :
    poster
    Nearest MRT Station :
    Buangkok Station (NE 15)
    Bus service numbers :
    80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    For enquiries, please email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg or call 6489 8161

  • Basic meditation (based on breathing meditation) will be taught.
  • Participants must be able to attend the full two-day course.
  • Participants must be able to understand Mandarin.

    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
  • Jun 20
    to
    Jun 22
    By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talks by Venerable Ji Chi ( in Mandarin)




    Date :
    20 June 2011 (Monday) - 22 June 2011 (Wednesday)
    Time : 8 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue :
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services, Shrine Hall
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, adjacent to Sengkang Fire Station)
    Instructor :
    Venerable Ji Chi
    Fee :
    $20
    Registration Form :
    ApplicationForm.pdf
    Poster :
    poster
    Nearest MRT Station :
    Buangkok Station (NE 15)
    Bus service numbers :
    80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    For enquiries, please email dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg or call 6489 8161

    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
    Jun 30By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Yogacara Studies Class “Thirty Verses on Consciousness-Only” (in Mandarin)




    Course :
    Yogacara Studies Class “Thirty Verses on Consciousness-Only” (in Mandarin)
    Date :
    Every Thursday, starting on 30 June 2011 8 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue :
    Yen Pei Building, Level 4
    Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services,
    105 Punggol Road S(546636)
    (diagonally opposite Punggol Park, adjacent to Sengkang Fire Station)
    Speaker :
    Mr. Zheng Zixiong
    Fee :
    Free of charge
    Nearest MRT Station :
    Buangkok Station (NE 15)
    Bus service numbers :
    80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    To register, please email your name and contact number to dharma.ed@bcc.org.sg or call 6489 8161

    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



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