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    January 2013

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Jan 05
    to
    Jan 26
    By Brahm Centre
    January 2013 Programme




    Brahm Centre
    71 Irrawaddy Road,
    Ren Ci Hospital #02-06,
    Singapore 329562
    Telephone : 6275 5007
    Website : http://www.brahmcentre.com
    Email : info@brahmacentre.com

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website : http://www.buddhistfellowship.org
    Email :info@buddhistfellowship.org

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    All are welcome
    Jan 08
    to
    Feb 24
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Ajahn Brahm's Dharma Talks



    Topic :Happiness Journey
    Date :January 08
    Time :7.45pm

    Topic :Life Beyond Death
    Date :January 17
    Time :7.45pm

    Topic :How to Get a Good Night's Sleep
    Date :February 24
    Time :7.45pm

    Venue: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Hall of No Form ( 4th Level )
    88 Bright Hill Drive
    Singapore 574117

    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website : http://www.buddhistfellowship.org
    Email :info@buddhistfellowship.org

    Map



    All are welcome
    Jan 12
    to
    Apr 27
    The Minding Centre
    The Minding Centre
    Course Updates


    (1) Beginners' Meditation Course (Non-religious)

    Small-group sessions (5-15 people)
    Course fee: $100.00 (per intake)
    Intake 83:
    Jan 12, 19, 26 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 84:
    Feb 2, 16, 23 (Sat; 7.00 - 9.00 pm)
    Intake 85:
    Mar 8, 15, 22 (Fri; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 86:
    Apr 13, 20, 27 (Sat 7.00 - 9.00 pm)

    Benefits of meditation:
  • * Relax & de-stress
  • * Deep rest & improve sleep quality
  • * Increase attention span
  • * Get well faster
  • * Emotional resilience

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

    (2) Meditation 2 (new; non-religious)
    Follow up your practice. Ideally, you should have done Beginners' Meditation
    Intake 1:
    Feb 21, 28 & Mar 7 (Thu; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Intake 2:
    Mar 14, 21, 28 (Thu; 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fee:
    $ 100.00
    Course contents:
  • * Walking meditation
  • * The stages of a breath
  • * Spaces between the thoughts
  • * Healing with lovingkindness
  • * Mindfulness of posture
    For details & registration:
    http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-meditation-non-religious/meditation-2-new/

    (3) Practical Buddhist Counselling Course (Non-religious)

    Intake 12:
    Jan 11, 18, 25 Jan & Feb 1 (Fri @ 7.30 - 9.30 pm)
    Course fees:
    $140 (incl course book)
    Why Buddhist counselling?
  • Positive self-help and effective listening
  • No need to tell problems to others
  • No medication or expensive therapy
  • Understand the root of the problem
  • Emotional resilience
  • Well known case studies from the Buddhist texts
  • Based on 2500 years of practical mental healing wisdom
    For registration & details:
    http://themindingcentre.org/wp/practical-buddhist-counselling-course-forthcoming/

    (4) Buddhist Psychology: the mind, consciousness & well-being (Non-religious)

    Intake 15:
    2, 9, 16, 23 Mar (Sat; 7.00 -9.00 pm)
    Course fees:
    $170 (incl 2 coursebooks)
    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.
  • 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:
    http://themindingcentre.org/wp/buddhist-psychology-course/

    (5) Psychology of Death & Living (Non-religious)
    Strategies for a happy life
    Intake 12:
    5, 12, 19, 26 Apr (Fri; 7.30 -9.30 pm)
    Course fees:
    $130.00 (incl coursebook)
    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:
    http://themindingcentre.org/wp/psychology-of-death-living-forthcoming/

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


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

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

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

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

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

    All are welcome
  • Jan 26By Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre (Cheng Beng Buddhist Society)
    Guan Yin Cultivation 
    By Venerable Faxun




    This is a one-day cultivation based on the compassion of Guan Yin.  Participants will chant the Universal Gate Chapter,meditate on loving kindness as well as chanting the 6 syllabus mantra.  There will also be talk and dharma discussion to help participant to apply the theory into their daily life.

    Date: 26 Jan 2013 (Saturday)
    Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
    Course Fee: Member - $5 , Non-member - $6, Student - FOC
    Venue: Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre (Cheng Beng Buddhist Society)
    Add: 20-24 Lor 27A Geylang Road S(388112)
    Tel: 6748-5132
    Fax: 6748-9542

    Click to register online here


    Background of Ven Faxun
    Born in Singapore, Venerable Fa Xun graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic where she was President of its Buddhist Society. In 1992 she was ordained in Taiwan by Venerable Wu Yin of Luminary Bhikshuni Sangha, where she also went through five years of monastic training in the institute. Upon completion of her monastic training, she returned to Singapore and 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 University of Western Australia and 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”. Currently Venerable is doing her Master in Art (Applied Buddhist Studies) at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She also teaches at various Buddhist centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia, and contributing articles to Buddhist magazines and academic journals.

    All are welcome



     

    February 2013

    DATEVENUEACTIVITIES
    Feb 03By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    The Refrigerator Light, a talk by Phra Pandit Cittasamvaro





    Date: 3 Feb 2013 (Sun)
    Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
    Venue: Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society

    ‘Consciousness’ is a vague term in the English language, both in the general population and in modern psychology. In Buddhism it is very clearly defined, and split into components.

    If we go back to the original Buddhism that was taught some 2,600 years ago, we find that this process - of forming consciousness and ‘contacting’ via the senses - is what was taught over and above all the more usual teachings that modern interpretations of Buddhism focus on.

    It is not a complex matter, and it is eminently observable.

    (Thanks to psychologist, skeptic and long term meditator Susan Blackmore for the great analogy of the refrigerator light.)


    About the Speaker:
    Phra Pandit Cittasamvaro (Phra Pandit) is a British monk of the Theravada tradition. Ordained as a Bhikkhu in Thailand since 1996, he led Bangkok’s only English-speaking Dhamma group through the "Little Bangkok Sangha" over the last six years. Apart from Dhamma and meditation, his interests include Psychology, faerie tales, nuclear power, vertical axis wind turbines and the Electric Universe theory.

    All are welcome
    Feb 101st Day of the First Chinese Lunar Month, in the Year 4711

    Happy Lunar New Year


    Today in the Year of the Snake or 4711th 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 16By Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre (SBMC)
    One-day mindfulness retreat
    By Venerable Faxun





    Date: 16 February 2013, Saturday
    Time: 9am - 5pm
    Venue: Singapore Buddhist Meditation Centre (SBMC)
    Address: No. 1 Jalan Mas Puteh S (128607)
    (opposite Blk 513 West Coast Road)
    Fees: $5 for lunch and beverages (payable at the door)
    Directions: Take bus 78 or 285 from Clementi MRT station.
    Alight 3 stops later, at Blk 701 West Coast Road. Cross the road to SBMC.

    As there are limited spaces, please register by 9 Feb.
    Click here to register online now.

    For enquiries, please reply to this email info@dharmainaction.net or call 9159 5420.

    Timetable
  • 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


    Background of Ven Faxun
    Born in Singapore, Venerable Fa Xun graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic where she was President of its Buddhist Society. In 1992 she was ordained in Taiwan by Venerable Wu Yin of Luminary Bhikshuni Sangha, where she also went through five years of monastic training in the institute. Upon completion of her monastic training, she returned to Singapore and 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 University of Western Australia and 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”. Currently Venerable is doing her Master in Art (Applied Buddhist Studies) at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She also teaches at various Buddhist centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia, and contributing articles to Buddhist magazines and academic journals.

    All are welcome
  • Feb 16
    to
    Apr 20
    By Buddhist Union Dharma Centre
    Course: Understanding Amituofo Via The Amitabha Sutra (11th Run)


    About Shen Shi’an : An independent Buddhist teacher and writer, he was one of the founding members of the Dharma Propagation Division of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple in Singapore) in 1997. Holding an MA in Buddhist Studies, which covered 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 since 1997, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletter with over 29,000 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’ (for which he was a Contributing Editor) and ‘For You (Information)’, and writes movie reviews for BuddhistChannel.tv, the world’s leading Buddhist news network. To date, he had reviewed over 300 movies. 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 the ongoing weekly Pureland Practice Fellowship at Kong Meng San, where he continues to teach various Dharma courses. He is also frequently invited to conduct 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).

    Venue: Buddhist Union Dharma Centre
    43 Lowland Road ( 2m minutes walk from Kovan MRT )
    Email gimsun@singnet.com.sg for registration form
    Teacher : Shen Shi’an
    Fee : $40

    All are welcome
    Feb 18
    to
    Feb 21
    By Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre (Cheng Beng Buddhist Society)
    Knowing Guan Yin - Theory and Practice II
    By Venerable Faxun




    Guan Yin is a Bodhisattva familiar to all Chinese.  Yet while we are familiar with this Bodhisattva, how much does one know about her/him?  This structure course will lead you to an in depth understanding of Guan Yin. Note: This will be a continuation from "Knowing Guan Yin - Theory and Practice I".  Don't worry if you miss the previous course, it's never too late to start.

    Date: 18, 19, 21 Feb, 2013 (Mon, Tue, Thurs)
    Time: 8pm - 9.30pm
    Course Fee: Member - $5 , Non-member - $6, Student - FOC
    Venue: Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre (Cheng Beng Buddhist Society)
    Add: 20-24 Lor 27A Geylang Road S(388112)
    Tel: 6748-5132
    Fax: 6748-9542

    Click to register online here


    Background of Ven Faxun
    Born in Singapore, Venerable Fa Xun graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic where she was President of its Buddhist Society. In 1992 she was ordained in Taiwan by Venerable Wu Yin of Luminary Bhikshuni Sangha, where she also went through five years of monastic training in the institute. Upon completion of her monastic training, she returned to Singapore and 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 University of Western Australia and 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”. Currently Venerable is doing her Master in Art (Applied Buddhist Studies) at Nan Tien Institute in Australia. She also teaches at various Buddhist centres in Singapore, Malaysia and Western Australia, and contributing articles to Buddhist magazines and academic journals.

    All are welcome
    Feb 23By Buddhist Fellowship
    25th Anniversary Gala Dinner
    Coming Together Moving Forward



    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website : http://www.buddhistfellowship.org
    Email :info@buddhistfellowship.org

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    All are welcome
    Feb 24By Buddhist Fellowship
    "How to Get a Good Night's Sleep" By Ajahn Brahm


    Buddhist Fellowship
    2 Telok Blangah St 31,
    #02-00, Singapore 108942.
    Website : http://www.buddhistfellowship.org
    Email :info@buddhistfellowship.org

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    All are welcome