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    March 2018

    Mar 03
    Mar 10
    By Kong Meng San Phot Kark See Monastery
    Art of Mindful and Healthy Culinary Art ~ Zen Temple Cuisine

    Buddhist monks in Japan uses culinary as part of their spiritual practice where the essence of cooking is about mindfulness and enjoyment.

    Join us to learn tricks and tips on how to prepare these Zen Temple vegetarian cuisines with mindfulness and love that are both delicious and nourishing to our being.

    Date: 3 & 10 Mar 2018 (Sat)
    Time: 2pm - 4pm
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 2 | Dining Hall
    More detail here

    All are welcome
    Mar 03By Buddhist Library , The
    Standing Like a Tree, Breathing Like a Buddha

    Date: 3 Mar 2018 (Sat)
    Time: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
    Venue: The Buddhist Library, Level 2 Auditorium
    Register now here

    About Ajahn Sucitto

    Luang Por Sucitto, 68, ordained since 1975, is a senior Western disciple in the tradition of Luang Pu Chah, the revered Thai meditation teacher. Retired from being the abbot of Cittaviveka, Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in 2014, Luang Por has given teachings worldwide and we are indeed privileged to have the opportunity to practice and receive guidance from the noble bhikkhu of 42 vassa

    All are welcome
    Mar 03
    Nov 03
    By Buddhist Library , The
    Postgraduate Diploma in Fundamental Buddhist Studies

    Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies 2018
    Awarded by University of Kelaniya
    Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School


    Closing Date: 28 Feb 2018 (Wed)
    Commencement Date: 3 Mar 2018 (Sat)
    Duration: 1 year
    Academic Year: 3 Mar to 3 Nov 2018
    Weekly Classes: Every Tue 7.30pm - 9.30pm
    Time: Every Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm
    Examination: Please block Dec 2018 for examination

    Term 1 3 Mar – 19 May 2018 (11 weeks)
    More details here

    All are welcome
    Mar 06 to
    Nov 27
    By Kong Meng San Phot Kark See Monastery
    English Buddhism course

    A three-year English Buddhism course where you can learn about the Buddha’s teachings and how you can apply the teachings in your daily life.

    Year 1: 6 Mar – 27 Nov 2018 (Tue)
    Year 2: 7 Mar – 31 Oct 2018 (Wed)
    Year 3: 8 Mar – 27 Sep 2018 (Thu)

    Time: 7.30pm – 9pm
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 1

    For more information, please visit

    All are welcome
    Mar 08Chui Huay Lim Club. By Buddhist Federation
    Meditation and Dhamma Talk by Ajahn Brahm on "Beyond the Ultimate Truth"

    Venue: Chui Huay Lim Club, 190 Keng Lee Rd, Singapore 3084092
    Topic: "Beyond the Ultimate Truth"
    Date: 8 March 2018
    Time 6:45pm : Meditation
    Time 7:30pm : Dhamma Talk

    PLEASE NOTE: To join in the meditation, please be seated in the hall by 6:40pm, after which the door will be closed so as to allow the people to meditate in peace. For those who do not wish to join in the meditation, we seek your kind understanding to wait until the door reopens after the meditation is completed at 7:15pm.

    Register at Eventbrite here

    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
    Mar 09
    Jun 09
    By Buddhist Federation
    11 weeks Heart Sutra Workshop - by Ven. Chuan Guan

    Date: 9 Mar to 8 Jun 2018, Fridays
    (9, 16, 23 Mar, 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr, 18, 25 May, 1, and 8 Jun)
    Time: 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm
    Venue: The Singapore Buddhist Federation
    59 Lorong 24A Geylang
    Singapore 398583
    Fee: $50
    If you require sponsorship of course fees, kindly get in touch with us.

    Heart Sutra Workshop Programme (conducted in English)

    * Puja
    * Recitation of Heart Sutra (Learn to recite!)
    * Teachings
    * Discussion
    * Meditation
    * Dedication of Merits

    More details at here

    All are welcome
    Mar 15
    Mar 18
    By Buddhist Youth Network
    Opening For Youth Exchange at Jeju Island Korea

    Email by 15 February 2018 with the floowing details
  • Biodata ( name, age, occupation, whether taken refuge
  • Participation in Buddhism ( eg Youth Group, TIBS, volunteering etc)
  • Leadership experiences if any (secular or Busshist )
  • Reason(s) for attending

    All are welcome
  • Mar 17
    Mar 25
    By Buddhist Fellowship
    Bhante Aggacitta's Teaching Tour 2018

    More details at here

    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
    Mar 30By Buddhist Library , The
    8 Precepts Retreat

    Date: 30/03/2018 Good Friday
    Time: 9.00am to 8.00pm (8.30am arrival time)
    Venue: Buddhist Library, Level 2
    Fees: $16 (lunch included)
    Trainer: Venerable Seck Wan Chin ( conducted in Chinese)

    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


    April 2018

    Apr 06
    Jun 15
    By Buddhist Library
    Discovering Buddhism

    Date: 6 Apr to 15 Jun 2018 (Every Fri) refer to schedule below
    Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
    Venue: The Buddhist Library, Level 2 Seminar Room
    Fees: FOC (BL Members), $20 (Non members)

    More details here

    All are welcome
    Apr 10
    Apr 14
    By Buddhist Library
    Pilgrimage trip to Borobudur

    Date: 10 Apr (Tue) to 14 Apr (Sat) 2018
    Time: 8.20am/9.30am MI152
    Venue: Borobudur, Jogjakarta Indonesia
    Tour Fare: SGD $1,238 per person (Twin-Sharing)
    SGD $1,518 per person (Single)
    Register Now as there are limited vacancies! ( application form )

    Day 01 (10/04)
    Singapore to Jogjakarta (MI152-0820/0930), Bus to Borobudur (Lunch, Dinner)
    Plaosan Temple – small temple on the approach to Borobudur; anpeek at traditional village life in central Java
    Borobudur Temple – walk the spacious grounds of the temple to have an overview of the temple architecture

    Day 02 (11/04)
    Borobudur (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    Borobudur Temple – spectacular sunrise view of the surrounding landscape around the temple; Tour of the First gallery reliefs displaying the Lalitavistara (Life of the Buddha) and the Jataka (Stories of the past lives of the Buddha)
    Mendut Temple – has a shrine a seated Buddha in teaching gesture (which inspired the design of the Buddha statue in the auditorium of the Buddhist Library).

    Day 03 (12/04)
    Borobudur to Jogja (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    Plaosan Temple – one of the few surviving temples with statues of Bodhisattvas in-situ inside the shrine rooms
    Sewu Temple – A magnificent central temple surrounded by more than 200 smaller shrines in a mandala-like arrangement
    Prambanan Temple – a group of temples dedicated to the three main Hindu divinities. Has very high quality reliefs depicting legends such as the Ramayana
    Klaten Buddhist Centre – visit a modern active centre supporting Buddists living in Klaten and its vicinity

    Day 04 (13/04)
    Jogja (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
    Beringharjo Market – a traditional Javanese market selling exotic fruits like salak and other local produce
    Keraton – palace of the Sultan of Jogjakarta. Glimpse at the tradtions and refined aristocratic culture of Central Java, and see how this has been influenced by Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
    Taman Sari – ruins of the water palace of the Sultans of Jogjakarta with its eclectic architecture shaped by religious syncretism

    Day 05 (14/04)
    Jogja to Singapore (MI151-1015/1350) (Breakfast) After early breakfast, be transferred to airport for departure.

    **Itinerary and order of sightseeing tours maybe reshuffled with or without prior notice.


    S$1238 / PER PERSON (Twin-Sharing) S$1518 / PER PERSON (Single)

  • Return economy class tickets by Silkair (MI) – Group tickets
  • Total airport taxes @ S$50 (Subject to fluctuation)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation (Borobudur – Manohara hotel // Jogja – The Phoenix hotel)
  • Daily vegetarian meals & sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking Guide Service
  • 25-seater transport
  • Tips for local guide & driver @ S$25 per passenger whole trip
  • Basic Group Travel Insurance

  • Indonesia Visa Fee (if any)
  • All attractions, extra meals or service not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance *Strongly recommend to purchase*

    About Borobudur
    This famous Buddhist temple, dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, is located in central Java. It was built in three tiers: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,500 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with UNESCO’s help in the 1970s.

    Brief synthesis
    The Borobudur Temple Compounds is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, and was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty. The monument is located in the Kedu Valley, in the southern part of Central Java, at the centre of the island of Java, Indonesia.

    The main temple is a stupa built in three tiers around a hill which was a natural centre: a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms and, at the top, a monumental stupa. The walls and balustrades are decorated with fine low reliefs, covering a total surface area of 2,520 m2. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha.

    The vertical division of Borobudur Temple into base, body, and superstructure perfectly accords with the conception of the Universe in Buddhist cosmology. It is believed that the universe is divided into three superimposing spheres, kamadhatu, rupadhatu, and arupadhatu, representing respectively the sphere of desires where we are bound to our desires, the sphere of forms where we abandon our desires but are still bound to name and form, and the sphere of formlessness where there is no longer either name or form. At Borobudur Temple, the kamadhatu is represented by the base, the rupadhatu by the five square terraces, and the arupadhatu by the three circular platforms as well as the big stupa. The whole structure shows a unique blending of the very central ideas of ancestor worship, related to the idea of a terraced mountain, combined with the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana.

    The Temple should also be seen as an outstanding dynastic monument of the Syailendra Dynasty that ruled Java for around five centuries until the 10th century.

    The Borobudur Temple Compounds consists of three monuments: namely the Borobudur Temple and two smaller temples situatued to the east on a straight axis to Borobudur. The two temples are Mendut Temple, whose depiction of Buddha is represented by a formidable monolith accompanied by two Bodhisattvas, and Pawon Temple, a smaller temple whose inner space does not reveal which deity might have been the object of worship. Those three monuments represent phases in the attainment of Nirvana.

    The temple was used as a Buddhist temple from its construction until sometime between the 10th and 15th centuries when it was abandoned. Since its re-discovery in the 19th century and restoration in the 20th century, it has been brought back into a Buddhist archaeological site.

    Criterion (i): Borobudur Temple Compounds with its stepped, unroofed pyramid consisting of ten superimposing terraces, crowned by a large bell-shaped dome is a harmonious marriage of stupas, temple and mountain that is a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture and monumental arts.

    Criterion (ii): Borobudur Temple Compounds is an outstanding example of Indonesia’s art and architecture from between the early 8th and late 9th centuries that exerted considerable influence on an architectural revival between the mid-13th and early 16th centuries.

    Criterion (iii): Laid out in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha, Borobudur Temple Compounds is an exceptional reflection of a blending of the very central idea of indigenous ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. The ten mounting terraces of the entire structure correspond to the successive stages that the Bodhisattva has to achieve before attaining to Buddhahood.

    The boundaries contain the three temples that include the imaginary axis between them. Although the visual links are no longer open, the dynamic function between the three monuments, Borobudur Temple, Mendut Temple, and Pawon Temple is maintained.

    The main threat to the ensemble is from development that could compromise the extraordinary relationship between the main monument and its wider setting and could also affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. The approach to the property has to a degree already been compromised by weak developmental regulations.

    Tourism also exerts considerable pressure on the property and its hinterland.

    There is a growing rate of deterioration of the building stone, the cause of which needs further research. There is also a small degree of damage caused by unsupervised visitors.

    The eruption of Mount Merapi is also considered as one of the potential threats because of its deposit acidic ash as happened in 2010.

    The original materials were used to reconstruct the temple in two phases in the 20th century: after the turn of the century and more recently (1973-1983). Mostly original materials were used with some additions to consolidate the monument and ensure proper drainage which has not had any significant adverse impact on the value of the property. Though the present state of Borobudur Temple is the result of restorations, it retained more than enough original material when re-discovered to make a reconstruction possible.

    Nowadays the property could be used as a Buddhist pilgrimage site. Its overall atmosphere is, however, to a certain degree compromised by the lack of control of commercial activities and the pressure resulting from the lack of an adequate tourism management strategy.

    Protection and management requirements
    The protection of the property is performed under Indonesian Law No. 11/2010 concerning Cultural Heritage and its surrounding cultural landscape. It is executed under a National Strategic Area and the Spatial Management Plan by the Ministry of Public Works in accordance with the Law concerning Spatial Management No. 26/2007 and Governmental Regulation No. 26/2008 concerning National Spatial Planning and will be enforced further by another presidential regulation regarding the Management for the Borobudur National Strategic Area that is still being drafted by the Ministry of Public Works.

    The legal and institutional framework for the effective management of the property is regulated by a Presidential Decree Number 1 Year 1992. The established zones within the World Heritage property are respectively under the responsibility of the Borobudur Heritage Conservation Office under Ministry of Education and Culture, of state-owned institute PT. Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur under the Ministry of Enterprises, and of the local governments (Magelang Regency and Central Java Province). A study on the integrated management of Borobudur Temple Compounds has been conducted, including attention for the ecosystem, social and cultural aspects, ecotourism, public and private partnership and organisational feasibility study. This study is the basis of the still to be developed visitor management approach.

    In order to ensure consistency between the 1992 Presidential Decree and the 1972 JICA Master Plan zone-system indicated in the World Heritage nomination dossier and to strengthen the regulations regarding development, a New Presidential Regulation is still being formulated by a Coordinating Board (14 Ministries and local authorities as well as representatives of local communities) and by formalizing the role of the proposed Management Board into the wider zones. In addition, the protection of the property has been ensured by the regular financial contribution by the national budget.

    Monitoring programs has been effectively executed to monitor the growing rate of deterioration of building stone and also damage by unsupervised visitors. A research is being conducted to determine the long- term impact of deposit acidic ash of eruption of Mount Merapi to set further protection and conservation management of the property. Furthermore, a risk preparedness plan will be formulated in 2012.

    The Borobudur Heritage Conservation Office has conducted community development programs targeting especially at the youth to raise their awareness. In improving and empowering local community as specialist guide for Borobudur Temple Compounds, several training programs have been conducted. The community development related to economical sector (small enterprises that produce traditional handicrafts, culinaries, etc) have already being conducted by the municipalities of Magelang Regency and Central Java Province.

    All are welcome
  • Apr 12
    Apr 15
    By Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Retreat with Ajahn Chandako

    Dharma Talks
    Topics : Delusion, Jhana and Nibanna
    Date : Apr 13
    Venue : Nibbana Dhamma Rakkha
    24 Lorong 29 Geylang
    #04-00 Leow Sih Building
    Singapore 388073
    Tel : 9679 7519

    Date : Apr 14
    Venue : Buddhist Library , The
    No: 2 & 4 Lorong 24A
    Singapore 398526
    Tel: 6746 8435

    Retreat with Ajahn Chandako
    Date : Apr 14 & 15
    Venue : Palelai Buddhist Temple
    Registration : Eventbrite C 2018 marks the 100th birthday of Ajahn Chah. His teachings were so practical that they were independent of words, explanations and interpretations. Life of forest monks at Wat Pah Pong was based on awareness and mindfulness, of knowing the mind, of being aware of what you are actually feeling. To do this, you are not dependent on a particular language.

    This simple teaching was about observing the state of mind, the a¯ramman?a, the emotional reality that was present; to be aware of it; to see it in terms of the three characteristics: anicca, dukkha, anatta¯. Anyone could practise dharma in this way, even if during that initial period when one could not, as yet, understand the verbal teachings.

    Luang Por whole attitude towards life was one that motivated others to want to train and live as a bhikkhu. He was a living example of the result of Buddhist meditation in the Thai Forest Tradition.

    Public Dharma Talk by Ajahn Sumedho
    Date: 21/4/2018 (Sat)
    Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm (Participants need to be seated by 1.45pm)
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 4 | Hall of No Form
    Free Tickets:
    • (1) Online Registration
    • (2) Reception Office @ KMSPKS | 9.00am – 4.00pm
    Registration Deadline: When fully registered
    Enquiry: 6849 5300 | Stillness Flowing"> | Poster
    Important Note: Jointly organised with Buddhadhamma Foundation
    Additional Details: Hosting of photo exhibition ‘My Real Home’ showcasing the works of Ajahn Cagino. For more information, please visit

    Trainer’s Profile:
    Ajahn Sumedho is the most senior Western disciple of the late Thai meditation master Ajahn Chah. From its consecration in 1984 until his retirement in 2010, Ajahn Sumedho was the abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Centre, UK, which is affiliated with the Forest Sangha: a world-wide community following Chah’s Thai Forest tradition. A bhikkhu since 1967, Ajahn Sumedho is considered a seminal figure in the transmission of the Buddha’s teachings to the West.

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    Apr 21
    Apr 22
    By KYCL Zen Meditation Centre
    Korean Zen Retreat with Zen Master Dae Kwang

    2-Day Zen Meditation Retreat
    Guiding Teacher : Zen Master Dae Kwang
    Date : 21 - 22 / 4 / 2018 (Sat-Sun)
    Venue : KYCL Zen Meditation Centre
    Registration Deadline : 16 / 4 / 2018 (Mon)
    Fee : S$60

    *All participants are required to check in on 20 / 4 / 2018 (Fri) 7.30pm and leave on 22 / 4 / 2018 (Sun) 4.30pm.

    Registration : application form here

    All are welcome
    Apr 23
    Jun 11
    By Kong Meng San Phot Kark See Monastery
    Relaxation & Mindfulness Meditation

    Join Venerable Sik Kwang Sheng in Relaxation Mindfulness Meditation as he shares how meditation and Buddha's teachings can help us re-energise ourselves and to re-focus our mind.

    Date: 23 Apr - 11 Jun 2018 (Mon)
    Time: 7.45pm - 9.15pm
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 1 | Hall of No Form

    For more information, please visit
    Register on-line at

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    Apr 28
    May 01
    By Satipatthana Meditation Centre (SMC)
    4-Day May Day Retreat

    Date : 28 Apr-01 May
    Venue : Sattipathana Meditation Centre

    Yogi to reg asap by 14/4 at

    More info: sms 93837084, 87160827.
    Volunteers & Sponsors welcome.

    For food donation : sms 92395004, 98250131
    Retreat Donor's Form :
    Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

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    Apr 29By Kong Meng San Phot Kark See Monastery
    Hair for Hope 2018

    Raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer by making a bald statement next Sunday, 29 April 2018 at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery.

    Date: 29 April 2018 (Sun)
    Time: 9.30am – 1pm
    Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 4 | Hall of No Form
  • Online registration at–7
  • Walk in registration: Before 11am on 29 April
    Enquiry: 6849 5300 / / Poster
  • The minimum participation age is 7 years old (as of 2018).
  • Shavees above 7 and below the age of 18 (as of 2018) will have to submit the Parental Consent Form before he/she is allowed to shave at the event.
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