25 November 2005

Activities for 28/11 - 30/11

Music Dhamma on 28/11 Monday 6pm-7pm

Venue: SPBS Club House

Dhamma Discussion on 30/11 Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

Venue: SPBS Club House

Grand Puja on 30/11 Wednesday 5.15pm - 6pm

Venue: SPBS Club House

If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to SMS or call me (Xinhao) @ 94301046. If I do not recieve your call, I may be having a Lecture, please leave a SMS for me, and I will call you back as soon as possible. Thanks! \^0^/

Latest Weekly Activities~!

Hi all Current Members and Alumni's,

Our Weekly activities is Out! Take a look at the timetable below. The activities are conducted according to this calander.
Please note: There might be skips depending on the month. This arrangement is still under a trial period, and may therefore be subject to change.
This weekly activities are not compulsory, feel free to join the activities which you are most intrested in. \^o^/

Daily activities will remain without changes, the daily Chanting and Meditation session will start from 5.15pm to 6pm every Monday to Friday.

Sypnosis of Events

Regular Activities

Meditation Session

(Monday of First week, Wednesday of third week)

-Starting 1st session on 14/12 3.30pm - 4.30pm-

Specially organised for members who are intrested in learning and practicing Meditation. This session is leaded and guided by practicing meditators. For the most part, the type of meditation used will be the meditation technique which the Buddha himself used, “Mindfulness of the Breath”, or “Anapanasati”.

Come for these sessions if you are interested in finding out more about: what is meditation; what is so special about it; and how to do some basic meditation. It is an ideal opportunity to clarify doubts and queries about Meditation.

The Objective

- Understand what is meditation as explained by the Buddha

- Understand the importance of Meditation

- Understand the purpose of Meditation

- Learn how to apply meditation effectively

- Learn how to practise meditation correctly

Chanting Class

(Falls on tuesday of 1st/3rd week, thursday of 2nd/4th week )

-Starting 1st session on 8/12 6pm-7pm-

This class teaches the purpose of chanting, the meaning and rationale behind the texts that are chanted, and certain basic etiquette of the Buddhist tradition as well. Currently, the scope of this class only includes the chanting style of the Southern (or Theravadian) Tradition of Buddhism, which is traditionally done in the Pali language.

Come for this class if you are interested in finding out the reasons behind why we chant; the messages behind the texts chanted; and to understand what the Buddha said about chanting. In fact, these reasons may come as a surprise to you! This is an ideal opportunity to clarify doubts and queries about Buddhist Chanting.

The Objective

- Learn about the various gestures and actions that constitute Buddhist Etiquette

- Understand the Meanings and significance behind guestures of respect

- Understand the Meanings and significance of chanting and the meanings of the texts

- How chanting can be used to benefit yourself

- Learn how to lead a Basic Pali Chanting session

Dhamma Discussion

(Falls on Monday of 2nd week, Wednesday of 3rd week )

-Starting 1st session on 30/11 3.30pm-5pm -

A time to Discuss the Buddha Dhamma. To find out more from each other and learn together through wholesome discussion, questioning and answering. Each discussion will revolve around a significant topic. Participants are encouraged to listen, learn, and participate in these discussions. Questions or queries that participants have can also be discussed during these discussions.

Come if you would like to find out more about the teachings of Buddhism.

The Objective

- Learn and share Dhamma experiences from each other

- Share and Learn intresting facts about the Dhamma

- Clarify doubts, wrong views and find the answers to questions together

- Understand to each other more through the sharing of experiences

Music Dhamma

(Falls on Monday of 4th week)

-Starting 1st session on 28/11 6pm-7pm-

Buddhist Hymn was one of the famous and strong part in our Club. We have produced well known Buddhist Hymn Groups like "Bodhicitta". Music can encourage people to be more optimistic in their outlook towards life. It is a way where one can get inspirations through joyous music. One can also get to learn the hymns and how to play guitars and other musical instruments. Music and Dhamma lovers can even get together as our seniors did to compose more inspiring Music to benefit everyone.

Come if you are interested in the Buddhist brand of Music.

The Objective

- Learn Dhamma through Music

- Explore the inspiring realm of Music Dhamma

- To inspire and encourage

- Passing down of technique of guitar and Music

Cultural Day

(Last Saturday of the Month)

-Starting 1st session on 31/12-

A day where everyone can get together and get "Cultured"! Different actvities will be organised where everyone can get together to be exposed to a wide variety of cultures, ( e.g. music, arts, traditional arts, Drama, and unusual customs) and many other things which we seldom see. This may include trips to interesting places. Members may also be given a chance to organise their very own activities for the club.

Come if you are interested in knowing more about our club, it's members, and different cultures.

The Objective

- Expose our members

- Strengthen Fellowship and bonding

- Creates happy moments and memories between the members

- Encourage members to gain experience in the organising and coordination of activities

Special Activities

Council Meeting

A day for the Managing committee to get together and disscuss Club matters in a formal manner. It will be held outside of the club house, and activities will carry on as usual. These time-slots are allocated for the convenience of the main council, and may or may not be used.

8-precept Day

(Depends on the Buddhist calendar)

-Starting 1st session on 24/12 uposatha day-

A special day to spend a night in the temple and observe the 8 precepts. These days are called Uposatha Days, and they are set according to Full moon, Quater moon, Half moon and New moon. Lay people observe the Eight Precepts on Uposatha days, as a support for meditation practice, as a way to re-energize themselves, and renew their commitment to the Dhamma. The benefits derived are: self-restraint, the training of morality, and the training of awareness.

Keeping the Uposatha will serve as a platform for deeper levels of concentration and wisdom. Members may also have a chance to meet with the order of monks and nuns. The Buddha himself said,

"For this eight-factored Uposatha has been proclaimed by the Awakened One to lead to the end of suffering & stress."


Grand Puja

(The last weekday of the month)

-Starting 1st session on 30/11 5.15pm - 6pm-

This is a day whereby everyone can recollect the important points of the Buddha's teaching and his instructions with regards to the livelihood, practise and the propagation of the Dhamma. This is an opportunity to create a good start for the coming new month and a proper end for the current month by reflecting and contemplating what has been done in the month past. Seeking repentance from one another, practising the virtue of forgivness, compassion, good-will and gratitude.

Offering good wishes and supporting one another in all ways, we should be as good friends to one another; the qualities of which the Buddha defines as:

"The friend who is a helpmate,

the friend in happiness and woe,

the friend who gives good counsel,

the friend who sympathises too —

these four as friends the wise behold

and cherish them devotedly

as does a mother her own child."