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    July 2015

    Jul 04
    Aug 04
    Mangala Vihara
    Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore
    Diploma in Buddhism Course

    Venue / Classes (Course commences 4th & 6th October, 2015)

    1. Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple), 30 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419495
    Tuesdays: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Sundays: 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm

    2. Poh Ming Tse Temple, 438 Dunearn Road, Singapore 289613
    Tuesdays: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Fridayss: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    This one year course is conducted by the Buddhist & Pali College of Singapore, founded in 1993, located at Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple). It is affiliated to the Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka. The first Diploma exam was conducted in 1994. Attendance have to be at least 70% for the one year duration of course.

    Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; ability to read and write English;
    Some basic knowledge of Buddhism would be an advantage.

    1. Early Buddhism - Basic Doctrines
    2. Buddhist Social Dimensions
    3. Geographical Expansion of Theravada Buddhism
    4. Early History of Buddhism up to 3 B.C.
    5. Pali Prescribed Texts

    For more information on the subjects, click for course details

    Examination: Conducted by the Buddhist & Pali University of Sri Lanka.
    Those who pass the Diploma course are eligible to proceed for the 3-year Bachelor of Arts and 1-year Master Degrees.

    All applications must be submitted to Mangala Vihara with the following:-
    1) Application / Venue Forms (obtainable from temple or click )
    Page 1 (items 1 to 10) : Names in BLOCK LETTERS.
    Page 2 : Signature / Date of application.
    Attestation will be completed by the Principal.
    2) Two coloured passport sized photos (write your name behind).
    3) Copy of your IC (front and back), Birth Certificate or Passport.
    4) US$55/- Registration fees for University, US$ currency only.
    S$240/- Maintenance fees for duration of one year course.

    Enquiries : Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) Tel : 6744 4285
    BPC Admin : Maureen Aw (9628 2069)
    Email :

    Course Previews @ Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple)
    Saturdays : 4th or 25th July 2015 Time : 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Maureen Aw (9628 2069), Vasana Chua (9834 7318), Lynn Choy (8288 9888)
    Course detail click here

    All are welcome
    Jul 07
    Sep 08
    BF West. By Buddhist Fellowship
    Heart Sutra Workshop by Venerable Shu Chuan Guan

    Heart Sutra Workshop (in English)
    Every Tuesday@7.30pm
    7th July - 8th September

    The Heart Sutra is one of the most common sutra recited in Mahayana temples and monasteries worldwide.

    Come join us for the Heart Sutra workshop and learn more!

    It is Buddhist Fellowship's great honour to have Venerable Shi Chuan Guan guide us with an understanding of this sutra.

    Conducted for the first time at Buddhist Fellowship in English.

    Course fee : FREE.

    Biography of Venerable Chuan Guan

    Venerable Chuan Guan became a Buddhist monk in 2002, took higher Bhikshu ordination in 2003 under Master Miu King (Master Miao Jing ????) in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States).

    He began his monastic training learning the sutras and practised meditation under the Mahayana Buddhist tradition while studying the Theravadin Pali Canon.

    Returning back to Singapore in 2006, he continued his learning and practices, residing in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, training under Ven. Kwang Sheng.

    July 2009 to June 2013, he served in the Buddhist Library as a resident monk.

    July 2013 onwards, he is a resident monk in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.

    His focus is on Dharma learning, meditation and provides counseling and spiritual services. Online, he reaches out to the Buddhist community via blog at

    YouTube : Zen & Now by Venerable Chuan Guan

    BF West Centre : Yeo's Building, 2 Telok Blangah Street 31, #02-00, Singapore 108942
    BF East Centre : Mitra @ Orion Building, 160 Paya Lebar Road, #08-03, Singapore 409022
    Website :


    All are welcome
    Jul 07
    Jul 12
    Newbury Buddhist Monastery Singapore Supporters
    Bhante Jag: Noble Silence 8-Precept Meditation Retreat & Public Talk

    Public Talk

    Topic :
    How to live in the now, rather than living in the future
    7 July 2015
    7.30pm to 9.00pm
    Venue :
    Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    567-A Balestier Road
    Singapore 329884

    Telephone :
    6352 2859

    Noble Silence 8-Precept Meditation Retreat

    9 July – 12 July 2015
    5pm (9 July Thursday ) to 10.30 am (12 July Sunday)

    Monk Jag will guide participants through basic meditation principles that can be applied to a variety of situations. This is suitable for beginner meditators and those wanting to add some extra techniques to their current practice. There will be opportunities for those wanting to ask questions about their meditation to do so.
    The following will be covered
    1. Guided Breath Meditation
    2. Guided Walking Meditation
    3. Guided Cultivation of Peace Meditation
    4. Sitting Meditation
    5. Dhamma Talk on Meditation Practice
    6. Meditation Interviews (depending on numbers)

    Aloha Changi – FairyPoint Chalet 3, 3A Catterick Rd, (507022)

    This is a residential retreat. However, if participants do not wish to stay overnight, they would need to be at the meditation hall by 8.30 am.

    This is a Noble Silence 8-Precept Meditation Retreat.
    Register :

    Biography of Bhante Jag

    Bhante Jaganatha, known affably as Monk Jag, is an Australian-born monk who took full ordination in Myanmar within the Pa-Auk forest tradition in 2007. He is currently is the resident teacher at the Buddhist Society of Victoria and is co-ordinating the establishment of a Forest Monastery for Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis just outside of Melbourne.

    All are welcome
    Jul 08
    Sep 09
    Buddhist and Pali College Alumni of Singapore
    New Introduction to Buddhism (8 Lesson)

    New Introduction to Buddhism (8 Lesson)
    Date and Time:
    8 July - 9 Sept 2015 (Every Wed 7.30pm to 9.30pm)
    Mangala Vihara - Opp Eunos MRT

    Recommended for friends/relatives who wants to have a quick total overview of Buddhism in 8 lessons, so they can decide if Buddhism makes sense or not and wish to know more about it (or reject it). Lecture deliver in Singapore Plain English in everyday lingual so easy to listen.

    It suitable even for people who has attended dharmma classes for 1-2 years as he explain in a very easy to understand concept in scientifically and logical manner. Even anyone who knows nothing and curious or sceptical or critical about Buddhism can understand.

    Recommend to your friends and relative (those who simply follows ritual or pray without understand what is Buddhism and those are Atheist thinking it is old people superstitious)

    All are welcome
    Jul 11
    Mangala Vihara
    Maha Satipatthaa Sutta Explained

    2nd to 4th Saturday (including today 25July2015)
    Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
    Speaker : Bhante Raja
    Venue: Mangala Vihara Temple (Opp Eunos MRT)

    Good for people practising Mindfulness Samatha Meditation.

    Also do join in the Tuesday 7:30p to 9:00pm Samahta Mindfulness Meditation session.

    The Maha Satipatthana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Mindfulness is held by many Buddhists to be the most important Sutta dealing with meditation. The Sutta emphasises particularly on the development of Insight. The Buddha begins by declaring the four foundations of mindfulness to be the direct path for the realisation of Nibbana. He gives detailed instructions on the four foundations: the contemplation of the body, feelings, mind, and mind-objects. The Sutta ends with an account of the Four Noble Truths.

    To fully appreciate the Sutta one has to be able to understand the meaning, putting it into practice and reciting it regularly to remind oneself of the practice.

    All are welcome
    Jul 11Poh Ming Tse Temple
    Chinese Mahayana Buddhism Symposium

    Date :
    11 July (English) & 12 July (Chinese)
    Time :
    9.30am - 6.00pm
    Course Duration :
    Course Dana :
    $10/pax per session (lunch included)
    No. of Students :

    Symposium Topic :
    Introduction on Chinese Mahayana Buddhism A Historical Account
    Date :
    11 July 2015 Saturday,
    Time :
    9.30am - 6pm

    Keynote Speaker :

    Dr Teng Wei Jen (Ph.D. Harvard University)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Buddhist Studies
    Chief of the Office of International Affairs
    Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, Taiwan
    Topic :
  • History of Chinese Buddhism
  • The Chinese Tripitaka, Translation and Indigenous Commentaries
  • Impacts on Chinese Culture
  • Tiantai School and Huayan School

    Speaker :
    Bro. Shen Shi’an, MA (Buddhist Studies)
    Topic :
    The Pure Land School

    Speaker :
    Bro. Siew Chong Mun
    Topic :
    Sanlun Teachings

    Date :
    12 July 2015 Sunday( in Chinese )

    Ticket fee :
    $10/pax (lunch included), purchase from PMT Office, Tuesday - Sunday (11am - 6pm)

    Closing date :
    6 July 2015

    Online Registration

    All are welcome
  • Jul 13
    Jul 19
    Poh Ming Tse Temple
    Post Symposium by Professor Teng Wei-jen

    Online Registration

    All are welcome
    Jul 16
    Jul 19
    Plum Village
    Plum Village Retreat in Singapore

    Registration :
    Our group on Facebook @
    Website :
    Plum Village is a mindfulness practice center and monastery in south-west France.

    All are welcome
    Jul 25
    Jul 28
    Bodhi Society
    4 days Lotus Sutra Workshop by Venerable Fa Guang ( In Mandarin )

    All are welcome
    Jul 26Buddhist Library
    Dhamma Day,

    Dhamma Day, a Buddhist celebration, marks the day when Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five ascetics in Deer Park. Celebrated by Buddhists worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for his teachings which offer humanity a way to find release from its bonds.

    26 Jul 2015 (Sun)
    10am – 5pm
    The Buddhist Library, Art Gallery
    Offerings for Dhamma Day

  • 10am – 10.30am Offerings to the 28 Buddhas and Chanting(Pali)
  • 10.30am – 11.15am Chanting of Dhammacakka Sutta (First Sermon of the Buddha)
  • 11.15am – 11.45am Dhamma Talk by Ven. Chuan Guan
  • 11.45am – 12.30pm Dana to Venerables and lunch for all participants
  • 1pm – 2.30pm Movie “The Words of My Perfect Teacher” screening & discussion
  • 3pm – 4pm Dhamma Talk by Venerable Wan Chin
  • 4.30pm – 5pm Puja and Pali Chanting, followed by refreshments

    All are welcome
  • Jul 30Full 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 )
    Jul 30
    Aug 27
    Poh Ming Tse Temple
    Destination Pureland: How To Have The Best Rebirth (3rd Run)

    ‘This is one of the most interesting courses that I have attended. What we ought to know about preparations before and after death were well taught and touched on in great details. I now have a better understanding and am more confidence in handling death matters, and also to help others when approaching death to seek rebirth in Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land. This is a “must attend” course for all Buddhists, for the benefit of oneself and others. Looking forward to receiving “The Pure Land Passport”! Thanks for your untiring efforts in propagating the Dharma to benefit all beings. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!’ Amituofo, Ivy

    Registration & details @ register online

    About The Teacher:
    Shen Shi’an : An independent Buddhist teacher, author, researcher, translator, editor and poet, 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 a Masters of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies that covered all major Buddhist traditions, he served as a Dharma Trainer and Project Coordinator in its Community Development & Training Department until 2011, focusing on Buddhist research, writing, teaching and answering of media queries on Buddhism.

    He was the founder of the temple’s Youth Mission (now ‘KMSPKS Youth’), a book purchaser for its Awareness Place project, and the Chief Editor of the Web & Library Department, that co-supported, a popular Buddhist education website.

    He is the founder and editor of since 1997, one of the world’s largest independent Buddhist inspirational e-newsletters with over 31,000 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘The Stonepeace Book (Volume 1-2)’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism (CD-ROM)’ and the writer of ‘The Daily Enlightenment: Reflections For Practising Buddhists (Book 1-7)’ and the bestselling graphic novel, ‘The Amazing & Amusing Adventures of Sam & Sara: The Zen of All Kinds of Stuff!’ (He is the author-editor-translator of 13 books.)

    He also contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (for which he was a Contributing Editor), ‘For You (Information)’ (for which he was invited to be an editorial board member), and ‘Eastern Horizon’. He served with the film selection team of a Buddhist film festival, writes movie reviews for, the world’s leading Buddhist news network, and popularised Dharma@Cinema, which is an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed reviews and discussions of both popular and offbeat films.

    Using retranslated sutras and treatise texts, he has taught on the Pure Land teachings at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Kong Meng San, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse. He also leads the Pureland Practice Fellowship.

    He is also occasionally invited to conduct Dharma discussions for youths of tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (NTUBS, NUSBS, SIMBB, NPBS, NYPBS) on various subjects, and to introduce Buddhist life perspectives at Secondary Schools (St. Patrick’s School, Manjusri School), Junior Colleges (Catholic Junior College) and International Schools (UWCSEA, SJII).

    He was also invited to share on Buddhism by Dharma Drum Mountain (Singapore), Fo Guang Shan (Singapore), Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, Singapore Buddhist Mission Youth, Singapore Buddhist Youth Mission, Wat Ananda Youth, Buddha of Medicine Welfare Society, The Buddhist Union, Buddhist Fellowship and Kampung Senang. He has also been invited to Indonesia and Malaysia to teach.

    He was a committee member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, through which he served in interfaith harmony projects by writing and giving of public talks, having represented Buddhist points of view at national events held by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM, SPM, STB,, IRCC and MCYS.

    He also co-runs, which is a community blog that promotes creative sharing of Buddhism via thousands of articles. He can be reached at for invitations to share the Dharma via articles and talks.

    Interview In Buddhist Magazine:

    All are welcome


    August 2015

    Aug 07
    Aug 10
    Palelai Buddhist Temple. By Vipassana Meditation Centre (Singapore)
    Metta Day Retreat

    07 to 10 August 2015
    Teacher :
    Sayadaw U Tejanana
    Website :

    All are welcome
    Aug 08
    Sep 26
    By Buddha Dhamma Mandala Society
    Meditation Class ( in Mandarin )


    All are welcome
    Aug 09The Buddhist Library
    National Day Retreat
    Cultivate A Pure And Clear Mind Amidst Your Hectic Lifestyle With 4 Teachers.

    Date: 9 Aug 2015 (Sun)
    Time: 8.00am – 6.30pm
    Venue: The Buddhist Library, Level 2 Auditorium

  • 8am – 8.20am Observing the Higher Sila (8 Precepts)
  • 88.20am – 8.40am Puja
  • 88.40am – 9.30am Dhamma Talk & Metta Bhavana (Metta Meditation) by Ven. Wimalajothi
  • 89.30am – 9.45am Tea Break
  • 89.45am – 10.30am Mindfulness Meditation
  • 810.30am – 11.30am Dhamma Talk by Bhante Dhammaratana
  • 811.30am – 12.30pm Vegetarian Lunch
  • 812.30pm – 1.30pm Rest and individual meditation (walking or sitting)
  • 81.30pm – 2.30pm Mindfulness Meditation by Ven. Fa Xun
  • 82.30pm – 3.00pm Tea Break
  • 83.00pm – 4.30pm Dhamma Talk & discussion with Bhante Dhammaratana, Ven. Wimalajothi, & Prof Chandima
  • 84.30pm – 5.00pm Walking Meditation
  • 85.00pm – 5.15pm Tea Break
  • 85.15pm – 6.00pm Mindfulness Meditation
  • 86.00pm – 6.30pm Puja and Chanting

    All are welcome
  • Aug 21Marina Bay Sands . By Ink Asia 2015.
    Designing the Future

    Ani Choying Drolma, Buddhist nun, and other remarkable speakers from around the globe will be joining us at INK Asia 2015 in Singapore

    Register now!

    Ani Choying Drolma is an internationally reputed singer. Having been educated in a Buddhist nunnery, she studied Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies, and soon advanced to chanting master. Ani recently performed on MTV's Coke Studio for a composition by A.R. Rahman that is said to have put a whole new spin to the term 'world music'. The proceeds from her concert tours, CD sales and donations goes toward running a school started by her in the year 2000 called Arya Tara School.

    Her school is committed to promote the advancement of nuns, not only for their own benefit but also prepares them to serve and benefit others. This desire developed in Ani, upon the passing of her master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, a renowned meditation master. Watching him hold the nuns in the same regard as monks, Ani believed that creating more opportunities for nuns to study and to develop their own capacities for skillful and compassionate action is the best way she can dedicate herself to her teacher's vision throughout her life.

    To find out more about our speakers visit

    All are welcome
    Aug 30Full Moon of the Chinese Seventh MonthUllambana Day

    Most Chinese Buddhists celebrate the Full Moon of the Chinese Seventh month by having prayers, general transferring of merits to the beloved departed ones and to the wandering spirits during Ullambana Day. Read about the Ullambana Sutra.

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