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    September 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Sep 02
    to
    Oct 07
    By Brahm Education Centre
    Financial Portfolio Management by James Khoo




    Brahm Education Centre (BEC) is offering a second run of this course after it received very positive feedback.

    The course leader, James Khoo, is a full-time pilot who became a successful investor. He is willing to teach the technical knowledge and share his secrets and tips so that you too can reap more from your investments.

    He's donating the course fees to the non-profit Brahm Education Centre that was set up to offer personal development courses.

    This course is open to all, so do forward this to your friends!

    To register, please email enquiry@brahmec.com or call 6257 5007.

    Brahm Education Centre
    2 Telok Blangah Road Street 31
    Singapore 108942
    e-mail : enquiry@brahmec.com
    Tel: (65) 6275 5007
    Fax: (65) 6278 0102

    Map



    All are welcome
    Sep 03
    to
    Sep 11
    Vipassana Meditation Centre ( Singapore )
    8-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat




    We would like to invite you to participate in the 8-day Vipassana Meditation retreat to be conducted by our religious Advisor, Sayadaw U Pannananda.
    Date : 3 - 11 Sept 2011 (Sat - Sun)
    (Check-in and clean-up on 3rd Sept 2011 (Sat) @ 7.30pm)
    Venue : Palelai Buddhist Temple
    49 Bedok Walk
    Singapore 469145
    Registration Fee: $40/- (Refundable subject to Conditions in the Application Form)
    Retreat Fees: By donation

    Application opens now and closes on 21 Aug 2011 or earlier if vacancies are taken up. To register, please fill in your particulars in the prescribed Application Form which can be downloaded from www.vmc128.8m.comM., and mail to us with the registration fee. You can also obtain the Application Form from our Centre during opening hours.

    As vacancies are limited to 25 participants, priority will be given to full time yogis who are VMC members or regular donors / Dhamma helpers.

    Please notify the organizers if you are unable to attend after being accepted so that the vacancy can be given to participants who are on the waiting list.

    If you wish to be a Dhamma helper, donor / sponsor of food and other essentials or wish to provide transport service during the retreat, or to give monetary support to defray the cost of retreat, please contact the organizer Bro Terry Teza @ HP 9710 2792 or terryteza@gmail.com

    All cheque donations are to be made in favour of "Vipassana Meditation Centre ( Singapore )".

    Vipassana Meditation Centre ( Singapore ) website : http://vmc128.8m.com
    E-mail:vmckm@singnet.com.sg
    251 Lavender Street
    Singapore 338789.
    Telephone : 6 445 3984

    All are welcome
    Sep 04
    to
    Nov 06
    Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Understanding Amituofo Via The Amitabha Sutra (8th Run)



    Date : Sep 04 to Nov 0
    Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm
    Venue : Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society
    11 Lorong 25 Geylang Singapore 388293
    Fee : $30

    About the teacher Brother Shen Shi’an: An independent Buddhist teacher and writer, Shen Shi’an was one of the founding members of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple) in 1997. Holding an MA in Buddhist Studies, which covers the major Buddhist traditions, he recently served as a Dharma Trainer and Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department till 2011, focusing on Buddhist research, writing, teaching and answering of media queries. He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission (now ‘KMS Youth’), a book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web (and Library) Department, which co-supported Buddhanet.net, one of the world’s most popular Buddhist websites.

    He is the founder and editor of TheDailyEnlightenment.com, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletter with over 28,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism’ and the writer of ‘The Daily Enlightenment (Book 1,2,3,4)’. He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (as Contributing Editor) and ‘For You (Information)’, and writes movie reviews for BuddhistChannel.tv, the world’s leading Buddhist news network. He popularised Dharma@Cinema, which is an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed review discussions of both popular and offbeat films, and was part of the film selection team of T.H.I.S Buddhist Film Festival 2009.

    Specialising in the Pure Land teachings, he has taught the subject at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse, while leading an ongoing weekly Pure Land Practice Fellowship at Kong Meng San. He is used to conducting Dharma discussions for youths for tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (SPBS, NPBS, NYPBS, NUSBS, NTUBS) on various subjects, along with the sharing Buddhist perspectives at Secondary Schools (SPS, Manjusri School), Junior Colleges (CJC) and International Schools (UWCSEA, SJII) upon invitation.

    He was also a guest speaker for activities hosted by Dharma Drum Mountain (Singapore), Fo Guang Shan (Singapore), Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth and Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society. He has represented Buddhist views at governmental events conducted by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM and STB, and was a committee member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, through which he served in interfaith harmony projects. He also co-runs Moonpointer.com, which is a community blog that promotes sharing of Buddhism via creative writing through thousands of articles. (He can be reached at moonpointer@gmail.com for invitations to share the Dharma via talks and classes.)

    All are welcome
    Sep 06
    to
    Nov 08
    Awareness #03-39 Bras Basah Complex. By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Course: Project Rebirth: Rediscover, Reflect, Recharge (Round 3)




    Date : Sep 06 to Nov 08
    Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
    Venue : Awareness #03-39 Bras Basah Complex.
    Register: http://kmspks.org/download/form/prform.doc
    Enquiries: sem@kmspks.org
    Fee : $40

    About the teacher Brother Shen Shi’an: An independent Buddhist teacher and writer, Shen Shi’an was one of the founding members of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple) in 1997. Holding an MA in Buddhist Studies, which covers the major Buddhist traditions, he recently served as a Dharma Trainer and Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department till 2011, focusing on Buddhist research, writing, teaching and answering of media queries. He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission (now ‘KMS Youth’), a book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web (and Library) Department, which co-supported Buddhanet.net, one of the world’s most popular Buddhist websites.

    He is the founder and editor of TheDailyEnlightenment.com, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletter with over 28,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism’ and the writer of ‘The Daily Enlightenment (Book 1,2,3,4)’. He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (as Contributing Editor) and ‘For You (Information)’, and writes movie reviews for BuddhistChannel.tv, the world’s leading Buddhist news network. He popularised Dharma@Cinema, which is an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed review discussions of both popular and offbeat films, and was part of the film selection team of T.H.I.S Buddhist Film Festival 2009.

    Specialising in the Pure Land teachings, he has taught the subject at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse, while leading an ongoing weekly Pure Land Practice Fellowship at Kong Meng San. He is used to conducting Dharma discussions for youths for tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (SPBS, NPBS, NYPBS, NUSBS, NTUBS) on various subjects, along with the sharing Buddhist perspectives at Secondary Schools (SPS, Manjusri School), Junior Colleges (CJC) and International Schools (UWCSEA, SJII) upon invitation.

    He was also a guest speaker for activities hosted by Dharma Drum Mountain (Singapore), Fo Guang Shan (Singapore), Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth and Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society. He has represented Buddhist views at governmental events conducted by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM and STB, and was a committee member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, through which he served in interfaith harmony projects. He also co-runs Moonpointer.com, which is a community blog that promotes sharing of Buddhism via creative writing through thousands of articles. (He can be reached at moonpointer@gmail.com for invitations to share the Dharma via talks and classes.)

    All are welcome
    Sep 16
    to
    Sep 18
    By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talks by Venerable Zhi Hai (in Mandarin)




    Date :
    16 September 2011 (Friday) to 18 September 2011 (Sunday)
    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)
    Speaker :
    Venerable Zhi Hai
    (Abbot, Sheng Shui Monastery, Sichuan, China)
    Free admission

    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
    Sep 17 By Buddhist Fellowship
    1st Annual International Bhikkhuni Day




    In recognition of International Bhikkhuni Day, BF will be hosting the program below in support of the Bhikkhuni Sangha.
    Date: 17 September 2011
    Venue: BF Center (Dhamma Hall)
    Time :
    10.00am : Puja & Meditation – open to all
    11.00am : Talk by Ven Upekkha on "The Significance of the 1st Annual International Bhikkhuni Day"
    12.30pm : Q & A:
    1.30pm : Dedication of merits


    All are welcome
    Sep 20
    to
    Sep 25
    Beeh Low See Temple. By Dharma Drum SIngapore
    5 days Meditation Retreat



    Dharma Drum Singapore will be organising a 5 days meditation retreat for the month of Sep 2011.
    Date : 20 Sep to 25 Sep 2011
    Venue : Beeh Low See Temple,
    71B Jalan Jurong Kechil
    Fee : $80 (Member) $100 (Non member)
    Website :http://www.ddsingapore.org/
    Email :ddrum@singnet.com.sg

    DDM Taiwan Venerables will be coming to lead this retreat, so dont miss out the chance.

    For more information on this retreat : http://www.ddsingapore.org/Chan5_2011.pdf

    For further clarifications, do call 67355900 or drop by DDM SIngapore, 100A Duxton Road

    All are welcome
    Sep 25Rocana Room at BF Centre. By Brahm Education Centre
    Unlocking Your Subconsious ( Hypnotherapeutic approach )



    Brahm Education Centre
    2 Telok Blangah Road Street 31
    Singapore 108942
    e-mail : enquiry@brahmec.com
    Tel: (65) 6275 5007
    Fax: (65) 6278 0102

    Map



    All are welcome



     

    October 2011

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Oct 01
    to
    Dec 15
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    PSYCHOLOGY COURSE
    &
    Meditation Courses


    (1) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    Small-group sessions (5-15 people)


    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 68: Oct 15, 22, 29 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 69: Nov 5, 12, 19 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 70: Dec 2, 9, 16 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Course fee: $90.00 per intake
    Venue: The Minding Centre@Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (NEW PREMISES)

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

    (2) INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION
    Further training for those who have attended Beginners' Meditation Course. Help to make your meditation more interesting and joyful.
    Course contents:
  • > Breath meditation (further)
  • > Lovingkindness with elements
  • > Focuses of mindfulness
  • > The 4-element meditation
  • > Body meditation with elements
  • > Perception of space and light
  • > Meditation on feelings

    Intake 17: Oct 1 & 8 (Sat; 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm)
    Course fee: $ 90.00 per intake
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Venue: The Minding Centre@Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (NEW PREMISES)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/intermediate-meditation-course/

    (3) 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 9: 28 Oct; 4, 11, 18 Nov (Friday)
    Time: 7.30 - 9.30 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre @ Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (NEW PREMISES)
    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 registration and details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/psychology-of-death-living-forthcoming/ or call Ratna at hp 8211 0879.

    (4) 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 12 (BP12): 26 Nov; 3, 10, 17 Dec (Sat)
    Time: 7.00-9.00 pm
    Venue: The Minding Centre @ Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (NEW PREMISES)
    Instructor: Piya Tan
    Fees: $160.00 (with 2 course books)
    For registration & details: http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

    The Centre is now located at
    The Minding Centre
    170 Upper Bukit Timah Road
    #11-04 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre,
    Singapore 588179.
    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
  • Oct 07
    to
    Oct 09
    DBS Arts Centre, Home Of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, Robertson Quay. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Celebrate Kathina and Support Dhammasara Nuns Monastery





    Venue : DBS Arts Centre, Home Of SRT, 20 Merbau Road, Robertson Quay.
    Date :07 Octiober 2011
    Time : 8.00pm
    Topic : Ladies Night Talk and Dialogue on
    "A Nun's Life in a Man's World"
    Celebration Performance : By BF Youth & Soracco
    ( Men are welcome too )

    Date : 08 Ovtober 2011
    Time : 3.00pm
    Topic : Family Talk and Dialogue on
    "Kindness & Frogiveness"
    Celebration Performance : By Rahula Children, BF Youth & Soracco

    Date : 08 October 2011
    Time : 8.00p,
    Topic : Enlightenment Night Talk and Dialogue on
    "Kamma Vs Fate"
    Celebration Performance : By BF Youth & Soracco

    Date : 09 October 2011
    Time : 8.00pm
    Topic : Recharge Night Talk and Dialogue on
    "Meditation : Facts and Myths"
    Celebration Performance : By BF Youth & Soracco

    More infoprmation at:
    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah Road Street 31
    Singapore 108942
    e-mail : info@buddhistfellowship.org
    Tel: (65) 6278 0900
    Fax: (65) 6278 0102

    Map



    All are welcome
    Oct 07
    to
    Oct 16
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    MEDITATION RETREAT BY AJAHN BRAHM IN JHANA GROVE & KATHINA




    You are once again invited to join the meditation retreat in Jhana Grove led by Ajahn Brahm and his monks.

    The retreat will start on 7th October and end on 15th October, followed by Kathina Celebration on 16thOctober 2011. You may arrive and leave up to three days beyond the dates indicated but you will have to bring your own food as there will be no meals served when the retreat is not running.

    To help defray the cost of utilities, maintenance and meals at Jhana Grove, we suggest a donation of AUD630 per person. There will also be a BF administrative fee of S$100 to defray the administrative cost. If you are on a tight budget and need a reduction, please let us know.

    You will need to book your own flights but we can help to arrange the one hour transfer from airport to Jhana Grove @AUD100 each way (can be shared by up to 3 persons) This can be paid directly to the driver.

    Places are limited to 48 members only. Life members will be given priority. Hurry and join another enlightening retreat with Ajahn Brahm !

    Full payment is required upon registration at BF Centre. If you are a member, you may email or call to reserve your place first and payment is to be made within 3 days.

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah Road Street 31
    Singapore 108942
    e-mail : info@buddhistfellowship.org
    Tel: (65) 6278 0900
    Fax: (65) 6278 0102

    Map



    All are welcome
    Oct 11Full Moon in October
    Abhidhamma Day
    The Festival of Lights



    The Full Moon Day of Thadingyut (October) is
    of special significance to the Buddhists, not because it
    is the end of the Rains Retreat (Vassa ) but because it
    highlights one of the most important events in the life
    of Gotama Buddha.

    According to Buddhist chronicles, the Tathagata
    or Buddha, the Enlightened One, went to the Tavatimsa
    Heaven to preach Abhidhamma (Higher Subtleties of
    the Dhamma) to His mother, who passed away seven
    days after His birth and was reborn in the Tusita Heaven
    as a Deva called Santussita.

    The Buddha propounded Abhidhamma for the
    first time there in the presence of Santussita and other
    Devas for 90 days. At the end of the Rains Retreat
    (Vassa) i.e. on the Full Moon Day of Thadingyut, the
    Tathagata descended to earth (to the human abode) at
    the city of Sankassa.

    Now Buddhists observe Abhidhamma Day annually
    in commemoration of the Buddha’s return from
    the abode of celestials to that of human beings. It is a
    significant religious occasion as the Abhidhamma is
    really the golden knowledge which will help one to discard
    wrong views and to acquire the right views for
    one’s total liberation from all miseries. Buddhists offer
    lights to the Buddha image and perform meritorious
    deeds on this day in accordance with the tradition which
    has been upheld since the life time of the Buddha.

    The Festival of Lights in the month of
    Thadingyut (October) may seem an occasion for
    rejoicing and merry-making but in essence, it is an
    auspicious occasion for spiritual delight and merit
    making.


    All are welcome
    Oct 16
    to
    Oct 22
    BF Center, Dharma Hall 2nd Level. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Venerable Sangharatana's Dharma Talk Series





    Biography of Venerable Sangharatana

    Venerable Sangharatana was born in Nebraska USA in 1943. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from UCLA and completed graduate studies in animation in 1969, He was in the film business before ordained as a monk in 2004 by Bhante Henepole Gunaratana at the Bhavana Monastery USA. He moved to Bodhinyana Monastery in 2009 and has been under the guidance of Ajahn Bhram ever since.

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah Road Street 31
    Singapore 108942
    e-mail : info@buddhistfellowship.org
    Tel: (65) 6278 0900
    Fax: (65) 6278 0102

    Map



    All are welcome
    Oct 23 By Uttamayanmuni Buddhist Temple
    Kathina Celebration 2011


    We are happy to remind all that this year's Kathina Celebration will be held on Sunday, 23 October. Due to the enthusiastic and good response of last year's event, this year's Kathina will be similar, i.e. Communal Kathina. Everyone is welcome to be a sponsor. You can either choose to be an individual sponsor or get a few friends together and form a group sponsor. Each sponsorship is S$500. You will soon receive a copy of our Kathina leaflets which provide details of the event and a detailed explanation of the meaning of Kathina and the benefits of participation. Leaflets are also available at the temple.

    If you wish to participate and be a sponsor, please see any of the following to register your interests:
  • Brother Johnson (Treasurer)
  • Sister Rocana (Asst Treasurer)
  • Sister Sin Gek
  • Sister Elsie

    Visit us at http://www.uttamayanmuni.org email: enquiry@uttamayanmuni.org

    All are welcome



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