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    September 2015

    Sep 01
    Sep 30
    Brahm Centre
    September Programme

    September Program offers you a new Mindfulness Course specially tailored to relieve stress and develop a more positive attitude to life, plus talks on Addiction, Skin Disorder, Colon Cancer and many more to enhance your knowledge in caring for your well-being.

    Inviting Caregivers to join the Mindful Caregiver Program! Please refer to the poster below.

    To register:

    All are welcome
    Sep 02
    Sep 30
    Mangala Vihara
    September Programme

    30 Jalan Eunos
    Singapore 419495
    Tel: 6744 4285

    All are welcome
    Sep 03
    Dec 31
    Poh Ming Tse Temple
    Dharma Class: The 48 Great Vows of Amituofo
    by Bro Shen Shi'an

    Date : 3 Sep - 31 Dec 2015
    Time : 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
    Course Dana : FREE (Donation are welcome)
    No. of Students : 100

    The 48 Great Vows Of Amituofo (5th Run)

    Boundless Blessings For This Life & The Next

    According to the Immeasurable Life Sutra, before he became Amituofo (Amitabha Buddha), Dharmakara Bodhisattva spent 5 world cycles to mindfully contemplate upon 210 billion Buddha Lands, before formulating 48 great vows to create his own Pure Land. His Pure Land is thus praised by all Buddhas, as it thereby embodies and expresses the essence of the immeasurable perfect compassion and wisdom of all Buddhas. With each of his vows meticulously made for the sake of all beings, not only do they help us secure the most fortunate rebirth in his Pure Land, where enlightenment is guaranteed, they benefit us in everyday life too. Come, and learn about the significance of Amituofo’s vows in detail. Be touched and transformed by his boundless compassion and wisdom!

    Dates: Module 1: 03 Sep - 29 Oct (No lesson on 24 Sep)
    Module 2: 12 Nov - 31 Dec (Subject to change)
    Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm (with 20 min Q&A before all lessons)
    Venue: Poh Ming Tse Temple ???

    Teacher: Shen Shi’an, MA (Buddhist Studies)
    To register via the link

    About Shen Shi’an:
    An independent Buddhist teacher, author, translator and editor, 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 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 Buddhist queries for the press.

    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, 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 29,900 members, the editor of ‘Be a Lamp Upon Yourself’, ‘The Stonepeace Book (Volume 1-2)’, ‘Awaken: Gateway to Buddhism (CD-ROM)’ and the writer-editor of ‘The Daily Enlightenment: Reflections for Practising Buddhists (Book 1-6)’ and ‘The Amazing & Amusing Adventures of Sam & Sara: The Zen of All Kinds of Stuff! (which became #1 Buddhist bestseller at Singapore’s largest bookshop).’ Along with translated sutras, he has to date, 11 published works.

    He also translates sutras and commentaries, and contributes occasionally to magazines such as ‘Nanyang Buddhist’, ‘Awaken’ (for which he was a Contributing Editor), ‘For You (Information)’, 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, an innovative way of sharing the Dharma through detailed reviews and discussions of both popular and offbeat films.

    Specialising in the Pure Land teachings, he has taught the subject at Singapore Buddhist Federation, Kong Meng San, Pu Ji Si Buddhist Research Centre and Poh Ming Tse, while leading an ongoing weekly Pureland Practice Fellowship.

    He is also frequently invited to conduct Dharma discussions for youths of tertiary institutions’ Buddhist societies (NUSBS, NTUBS, SIMBB, NYPBS, NPBS) 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 (Singapore) 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. He has represented Buddhist points of view at governmental events conducted by NACLI, NHB, NHG, SAF, SPF, MHA, ACM, SPM, STB,, IRCC and MCYS.

    He also co-runs, a community blog that promotes creative sharing of Buddhism via thousands of articles. He can be reached at tde [@] for invitations to share the Dharma.

    Interview In Buddhist Magazine:

    All are welcome
    Sep 22Poh Ming Tse Temple
    Brain Science and the protection of Spiritual Environment
    (Chinese Dharma Talk)

    Date : 22/09/2015
    Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM

    Venerable Dr Hui Min President, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan Emeritus Professor, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan Director, Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA), Taiwan Doctor of Letter, University of Tokyo, Japan

    Please register

    All are welcome


    October 2015

    Oct 03Kong Meng San Monastery
    Buddhism & Science Symposium V
    The Mind
    The Windows To Our Well Being

    The Buddhism & Science Symposium is a series of public forums initiated by the Buddhist community in Singapore. The symposiums explore the relationship between Buddhism, Science and contemporary society.

    Feeling the need to re-focus your mind and re-energise yourself?

    Join us at this Symposium where great minds in science and spirituality share their insights on the impact of mindfulness on our health and emotional well-being.

    Two NUS psychiatrists will share the importance of nurturing the developing mind of adolescents, and research findings on a mindfulness intervention programme to prevent depression and dementia in the elderly in Singapore.

    Learn how the practice of mindfulness is being used in psychotherapy and in cultivating mental resilience from a Buddhist monk and an eminent meditation teacher.

    Sign up today and be inspired to find inner peace through the practice of mindfulness in your daily life!

    For more information

    register online at

    Enquiries: Tel: 6849 5300 | Email:|

    All are welcome
    Oct 04Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Consecration Ceremony and Open House of the new Buddhist College of Singapore building

    See poster here

    All are welcome
    Oct 07Bodhinyana Singapore
    Applying Silence To Solve Problems

    Venue: Singapore Conference Hall (Level 2)
    7 Shenton Way
    Singapore 068810
    Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015
    Time: 6:30pm to 9.30pm (SGT)
    Fee: $20
    Register at Eventbrite

    Bodhinyana Singapore
    Bodhinyana Ltd, a non-profit organisation, is formed by Ajahn Brahm's close disciples, to promote the practice of Meditation and the learning of wisdom and compassion. Its Spiritual Director is Ajahn Brahm, Abbot of Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery, Western Australia.

    All are welcome
    Oct 08Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Consecration Ceremony and Open House of the new Buddhist College of Singapore building

    venue: Awareness Place Well-Being
    Centre Blk 261 Waterloo Street
    #01-42 Singapore 180261
    Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
    Time : 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (SGT)

    Venerable Chao Khun Keng Khemako, a Singaporean monk, was ordained in 1987 under the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Mun Buridatto. He has many years of meditation experience in the forest. Join us as Venerable shares his knowledge and experience in the practice of the Dharma.

    Free Admission

    Speaker Profile
    Chao Khun Keng Khemako is a Singaporean monk of the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Mun Buridatto. He is commonly known as "Ajahn Keng". He was ordained in 1987 under the recommendation of Ajahn Geoffrey (Thanissaro Bhikkhu). One of his main teachers was Luang Pu Jiak Cundo, the later generation of Luang Pu Mun disciples. He received the title of Chao Khun in 2012. Currently, Ajahn Keng is the Abbot of Santi Forest Monastery (JB), President of Palelai Buddhist Temple (Singapore) and Religious Adviser for Singapore Polytechnic Buddhist Society

    All are welcome
    Oct 25
    Buddhist Library
    Robes offering

    Robes offering is an annual event in the Buddhist tradition. Monks during the 4 months of rainy season spend more time in temples and attend to lay devotees by teaching the Dhamma and helping them to practice meditation. At the end of the season, in order to show their appreciation and to give thanks, lay devotees would choose one day to gather at temples to offer robes to the monks. The Saffron robe symbolises monkhood and renunciation from worldly life. On the other hand, a robe is also one of the 4 requisites essential to monks in their daily lives. So robe offering is a great meritorious deed a lay Buddhist can do. In the Buddhist Library, this tradition is observed and kept alive as one of our annual events.

    See poster here

    All are welcome
    Oct 27Full 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 29Dot Connections Growth Centre
    Talk Series

    Dot Connections Growth Centre
    Block 46 Sims Place,
    #01-197 (Level 2),
    Singapore 380046
    +65 9811 5438

    About the Speakers

    Venerable Thubten Gyatso,graduated with medical degree from Melbourne University and was ordained by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s, and was one of the first Westerners to become a monk in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is a Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition veteran who has been instrumental in establishing a number of Dharma centres including Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.

    Gyatso is the author of The Perfect Mirror and A Leaf in the Wind. Gyatso regularly teaches and leads retreats at Atisha Centre in Bendigo and is Director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery. He is also theauthor to three books, namely "A leaf in The Wind" autobiography, "Perfect Mirror" Buddhist Essays ( reprinted by Amithabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore) and "The World and Ourselves" Buddhist Psychology.

    Mr Joel Hines is the principlal of The Daylesford Dharma School for 3 years. The school was established in 2009 and is the first Buddhist primary school in Melbourne, Australia.

    It is not for profit, independent school. Founded on the the philosophical principles of Buddhism, children are taught compassion, wisdomo principles, interdependence and respect for all life, with a focus on commmunity connectivity and sustainability.

    All are welcome
    Oct 31 ( first run )
    Nov 06 ( second run )
    Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Happiness Quotient Workshop (For 50 years old and above)

    All of us want to be happy. However, we are often faced with challenging situation in our daily lives. The limited economic resource could be a potential cause for anxiety, health could be a worrying issue as one ages and the retirement plan one has in mind may not go as planned. In addition, we might also face difficulties in relationships with family and friends that may seem insurmountable. With all these challenges, worries, anxieties, anger, disappointment and regrets, it is very easy for one to get trapped in a sea of negative emotions.

    Join us in this 4-session workshop which will help you to understand and manage negative feelings and create happiness in your life!
    1st Run
    Date: 31 Oct, 7, 21 & 28 Nov 2015 (Sat )
    Time: 9.30 am – 11.30 am
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall Level 1 | Classroom 9

    2nd Run
    Date: 6, 13, 20 & 27 Nov 2015 ( Fri )
    Time: 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall Level 1 | Classroom 1
    Registration: Reception Office | 9.00 am – 4.30 pm | Registration Form
    Workshop Fee: $40 per person (4 sessions)
    Facilitator: Gladys So (Senior Counsellor)
    Enquiry: 6849 5300 |

    All are welcome

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