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    September 2012

    Sep 01By Dharma In Action
    One-day Mindfulness Retreat

    To continue our regular group meditation practice, Venerable Faxun will be conducting another one-day Mindfulness Retreat at the Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre on 1 September 2012, Saturday.

    You are warmly invited to come and join us for a day of mindfulness, to recharge and re-energise with spiritual friends.

    Date: 1 September 2012 (Sat)
    Time: 9am - 5pm
    Venue: Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre (SBMC)
    Address: No. 1 Jalan Mas Puteh S (128607)
    (opposite Blk 513 West Coast Road) see location here
    Fees: $5 for lunch and beverages
    Transport: Pick up services available @ Clementi MRT, from 8.30am
    (Meeting point: Clementi MRT control station)

    As there are limited spaces, please register by 25 August. Click here to register online now.

    For enquiries, please reply to this email or call 9159 5420.

  • 9.00am-9.15am Registration
  • 9.15am-9.30am Briefing
  • 9.30am-9.45am Opening Puja
  • 9.45am-10.15am Guided Meditation (Calming the Mind)
  • 10.15am-10.30am Walking Meditation
  • 10.30am - 11.00am Meditation (Focusing)
  • 11.15am - 11.30am Break
  • 11.30am - 12.00pm Meditation (Working with Pain)
  • 12.00pm 1.00pm Lunch (Mindful Eating)
  • 1.00pm - 2.00pm Rest
  • 2.00pm - 2.30pm Meditation (Watching the Mind)
  • 2.30pm - 2.45pm Walking Meditation
  • 2.45am - 3.15pm Dharma Talk
  • 3.15am - 3.45pm Meditation (Working with Sleepiness)
  • 3.45pm - 4.00pm Break
  • 4.00pm - 4.15pm Walking Meditation
  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm Determination
  • 4.30pm-5.00pm Sharing

    Biography of Venerable Faxun

    VENERABLE FAXUN graduated from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 1989 where she was President of the Buddhist Society. She was ordained in Taiwan in 1992 by Venerable Wu Yin of Luminary of Bhikkhuni Sangha and underwent five years of basic monastic education in the Luminary Buddhist Institute, also in Taiwan.

    Upon completion of her monastic training, Venerable Faxun returned to Singapore in 1997 and served in the Sagaramudra Buddhist Society till 2009, where she conducted adult’s and children’s Dharma classes in English and Mandarin.

    In 2001, Venerable continued to pursue her education by doing a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree at the University of Western Australia, where she majored in linguistics and Asian studies. While in Australia, she also taught meditation at the Sagaramudra branch in Perth, which she helped to manage. In 2009, she completed her Honours Degree with a thesis entitled The “Other” Path: The Bhikkhuni Quest for Liberation. In 2011, Venerable authored the book “One Life, Five Precepts: Buddhist Ethics for Modern Living”. Since then, Venerable has been teaching at various Buddhist centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia, and contributing articles to Buddhist magazines.

    All are welcome
  • Sep 01By Dharma In Action
    Buddhist Film Festival 2012

    We are pleased to announce that the second installment of the Thus Have I Seen Buddhist Film Festival 2012 (THIS BFF) will be held this September 2012. We cordially invite film submissions worldwide through this Open Call. If you have a Buddhist or Buddhist-related work of film, please consider sending it to us. Or, if you know of anyone who has created a film of this nature, please encourage them to send in their works.

    Organised by Dharma In Action, THIS BFF aims to promote awareness of the Buddha’s timeless Teachings and the diversity of Buddhist cultures around the world through the use of film, a contemporary medium.

    THIS BFF seeks films that, through good storytelling and production values,
  • •Contemplate on the Buddhist philosophy and way of life;
  • •Introduce the immense cultural diversity of a 2,500 year-old religion that has grown from being a missionary order in ancient India to become a global religion today.

    Films selected for showcase in the week-long festival will be a mix of invited works curated by the Organiser and works selected from the Open Call. THIS BFF is non-competitive and no prizes or awards will be presented. Films may be in any language. However, non-English dialogue films must be subtitled in English. We accept screening formats on 35mm, Digital Beta and Betacam SP.

    THIS BFF welcomes relevant films from any period.

  • 1. Feature — any work made with actors performing a fictional story with runtime over 60 minutes
  • 2. Short – any work made with actors performing a fictional story with a runtime under 60 minutes
  • 3. Documentary — nonfiction works that is a depiction or direct filming of a real life situation, which may include Buddhist issues, practices, history, culture, personalities or arts.
  • 4. Animation — any work consisting primarily of animation, regardless of length or genre

    Submission deadline: 31 March 2012.

    Please visit our website for more details, and to download the Official Submission Form.

    Contact details
    THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2012
    Robinson Road Post Office
    PO Box 1492
    Singapore 902942
    Telephone: +65 9765 4322 / +65 9826 9319

    All are welcome
  • Sep 01
    Nov 03
    By By Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    (10th Run) Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism:

    All are welcome
    Sep 01
    Sep 09
    Vipassana Meditation Centre ( Singapore )
    9 Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat

    All are welcome
    Sep 19
    Sep 23
    By Buddhist Cultural Centre @ Singapore Buddhist Welfare Services
    Dharma Talks by Venerable Zhi Hai (in Mandarin)

    Six Dimensions of Human Perfection

    Topic :
    Six Dimensions of Human Perfection

    Date :
    19 September 2012 (Wednesday) to 23 September 2012 (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)
    Nearest MRT Station :
    Buangkok Station (NE 15)
    Bus service numbers :
    80, 82, 87, 88, 89, 119

    Venerable Zhi Hai (Abbot of Sheng Shui Monastery, Sichuan)

    Free admission. All are welcome.

    For enquiries, please email 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 22
    Sep 29
    By Dharma In Action
    Buddhist Film Festival 2012
    “Open your mind”

    Themed “Open your mind”, THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2012 presents specially selected films that reflect the cultural, social and religious aspects of Buddhism, told through 16 original, thought-provoking films by emerging and accomplished filmmakers from 11 countries, including China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, and the US. All films will be screening for the first time in Singapore.

    Buy your tickets now through SISTIC, at S$11 per ticket excluding SISTIC fees.

    Contact details
    THIS Buddhist Film Festival 2012
    Robinson Road Post Office
    PO Box 1492
    Singapore 902942
    Telephone: +65 9765 4322 / +65 9826 9319

    All are welcome
    Sep 29
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Mid Autumn Festival On The Roof Top of Goldbell Tower

    In Chinese tradition, the roundness of the moon symbolises unending family unity. Other than putting up lanterns, Chinese families gather for brewed tea and to sample sweets like mooncakes and pomelos. This event - among the most widely celebrated of Chinese festivals - is an experience not to be missed. So come soak up the atmosphere!

    Venue : Goldbell Tower
    47 Scotts Road
    Level 19
    Time : 7.00pm
    Date :29 September 2012

    Note: Due to the overwhelming response for 29 Sep 2012 Mid Autumn Festival, registration with the office is required either by email or phone due to space restriction. Donation is welcome at the door. Kindly do so by 27 Sep.

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website :


    All are welcome
    Sep 30By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    Talk by Ven. K. Rathanasara: Can you decide your future rebirth?

    Date: 30 Sept 2012 (Sun)
    Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
    Venue: Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society

    This coming Sunday 30th Sept, BDMS is honoured to a special guest speaker Ven. K. Rathansara speaking at our regular Sunday Morning Service.

    The title of the talk is Can you decide your future rebirth?

    Please join us at 10am for the morning puja to be followed by Ven. Rathansara's talk.

    Boiography of Venerable Kanugolle Rathanasara

    Venerable Kanugolle Rathanasara was born in the Sri Lankan village of Bibile. He became a novice monk in the early age of twelve and received his higher ordination (Upasampada) in 1998 at the Malwatu Maha Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Special) degree in Mass Communication (University of Kelaniya) and he completed his Master degree in Buddhism (MA) in 2010. He has been a resident monk at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in Singapore since 2001.

    Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    567A Balestier Road
    Singapore 329884
    Tel: +65 6352 2859
    Web Address:
    To contact us, send e-mail to

    Location map

    All are welcome


    October 2012

    Oct 01By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    Ajahn Cagino's talk in Mandarin: Benefits of Meditation

    Biography of Venerable Cagino

    Venerable Cagino was born in Malaysia and graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art with a Diploma of Arts. A professional photographer was awarded over 40 prizes and won the Asian Photography Competition 1990. At the age of 29, he wandered around forest monasteries in Thailand and New Zealand in search of the Dhamma. He became a novice monk in Ang Hock Si Temple, Penang and later took his higher ordination with the Thai master Ajahn Ganha. Later he became a monk at Wat Pah Nanachat. Through Ajahn Cagino’s wandering in Thailand, he has covered more than 4,000km on foot.

    Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    567A Balestier Road
    Singapore 329884
    Tel: +65 6352 2859
    Web Address:
    To contact us, send e-mail to

    Location map

    All are welcome
    Oct 01By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    Love: The Buddhist Vision
    By Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

    Starting from 9th September, Bhante Dhammika will give a series of talks called "Love: The Buddhist Vision". Bhante will examine the different types of love ranging from romance to metta, highlight what the Buddha says about them, examine their importance for human happiness and discuss their role in the Buddhist life. This promises to be a most interesting and informative series of talks. The talks will be held during BDMS's weekly Sunday service from 10:00am to 11:30am.

    Come join us! All are welcome to attend.

    Biography of Venerable Shravasti 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"

    Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    567A Balestier Road
    Singapore 329884
    Tel: +65 6352 2859
    Web Address:
    To contact us, send e-mail to

    Location map

    All are welcome
    Oct 06
    Oct 26
    By Brahm Centre
    Brahm Centre October Program

    Venue :71 Irrawady Road Singapore 329562

    Brahm Centre
    71 Irrawaddy Road,
    Ren Ci Hospital #02-06,
    Singapore 329562
    Telephone : 6275 5007
    Website :
    Email :

    All are welcome
    Oct 06
    Oct 27
    By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society

    Meditation Course for Beginners

    Teacher : Sayadaw U Tejanana
    Date : 06, 13, 20 27 October 2012
    Time : 7.30 pm top 9.30 pm
    Medium of Instruction : Burmese/ English
    Fee : Free
    Venue : Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    251 Lavender Street
    Singapore 338789.
    Telephone : 6445 3984
    Email :
    Website :

    All are welcome
    Oct 06
    Dec 15
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    Course Updates

    (1) BUDDHIST PSYCHOLOGY (A non-religious exploration with Piya Tan)
    The mind, consciousness & well-being
    Intake 14: 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct (Sat; 7.00 -9.00 pm)
    Course summary:
  • Healing yourself: how the mind creates problems; 2 kinds of pain; perception
  • The conscious body: mind-body interbeing (the 5 aggregates & mental networking)
  • The unconscious: are we really in control, or how can our mind work for us?
  • The art of loving: negative emotions & healing emotions; types of love
  • Brain or mind? Neuroplasticity: how the mind grows the brain; do we need the brain?
  • Don't believe everything you think: mental defences & emotional resilience
  • Non-judgemental day is here: mindfulness in daily life; meditation on the move
    For details & registration:

    Strategies for a happy life
    Intake 11: 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov (Fri; 7.30 -9.30 pm)
    Course summary:
  • "The Last Breath" the last moments of a death row inmate
  • The last 48 hours of life
  • Dealing with loss of a loved one
  • Dealing with fear and mental pain
  • What happens when we die?
  • Can we communicate with the dead?
  • How to "transfer" merit to the dead
  • Is rebirth immediate or takes 49 days?
  • Gods, demons and ghosts: do they exist?
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    For details & registration:

    (3) BEGINNERS' MEDITATION COURSE (Non-religious)
    Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
    Intake 80: Oct 5, 12, 19 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 81: Nov 10, 17, 24 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 82: Dec 1, 8, 15 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)

  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Emotional resilience
    For details & registration:

    A follow-up of the Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 19: 7 & 14 Dec (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    For details & registration:

    The Minding Centre
    170 Upper Bukit Timah Road
    #11-04 Bukit Timah Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179.
    HP: 8211 0879

    Dharmafarer (Sutta) website:
    Meditation courses & therapy:

    Biography of Piya Tan
    Piyasilo ("Piya") Tan was an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk for over 20 years. During his first year of monkhood, he co-founded the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (Vice-President). He also founded the Friends of Buddhism Malaysia and the Friends of Buddhism Singapore. During the latter half of this period he founded the Dharmafarers, a community of full-time lay Buddhist workers. In his layman years before ordination, while Principal of the Seck Kia Eenh Dharma School (Malacca Buddhist Association, Malaysia), he prepared and implemented the Integrated Syllabus of Buddhist Studies, the most comprehensive Buddhist syllabus in Malaysia and Singapore then.

    He was regular consultant and lecturer to the Buddhist Studies Team (Buddhist Studies for Secondary Schools in Singapore, Ministry of Education) in the 1980s. After that he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, USA. He has written numerous educational books on Buddhism (such as "Total Buddhist Work") and spoken at various international and inter-religious forums. He is well-known for his futuristic visions of Buddhism, especially in terms of the full-time lay Buddhist ministry. He is best known for his national Dharma courses in Malaysia and Singapore and has been advisor or consultant to various tertiary Buddhist societies.

    Since 2000, Piya has been living with his family in Singapore, where he is an interdenominational full-time Buddhist worker. He is consultant and Dharma teacher to various organizations, institutions and projects. He regards himself as an ongoing student of Buddhism.

    Piyasilo's Higher Ordination (upasampada) under H.H. Somdet Phra Vanarat, the 17th Supreme Patriarch of the Thai Buddhist Order (24 June 1972, Wat Srakes Rajavaramahavihara, Bangkok, Thailand). This picture shows the ordination candidate offering the monk's bowl to the Preceptor and the lay sponsor, Khun Banchong Sowaprux, bearing traditional offerings. Note: Read more about Piya Tan in Wikipedia

    All are welcome
  • Oct 29Full 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

    All are welcome
    Oct 30/TD>Buddhist Fellowship Centre, Dhamma Hall. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Why Buddhists must study Abhidhamma, Samatha and Vipassana
    By Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa

    Date : 30 October 2012
    Time : 7.45pm
    Venue : BF Centre, Dhamma Hall
    Speaker : Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa

    Biography of Speaker
    Sayadaw Dr Nandamalabhivamsa was born in Myanmar in 1940. He got his MA in Sri Langka at Kelaniya University in Colombo and his Phd in India. He is the founder and leader of Dhammavijjalaya Centre for Buddhist studies ( CBS ) in Sagaing Myanmar and the rector of the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University in Yangon and the Sitagu International Buddhist Academy in Sagaing. Because of his excellent knowledge of the Buddhist scriptures and his teaching experience, he was awarded many high distinctions and titles. The Sayadaw's teaching method is very lively and practical, with many examples from daily life, Suttas, Adhidhamma and commentaries

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website :


    All are welcome

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