28 June 2007

Dharma Talk and Meditation Session

Dear members of SPBS,

SBM [Singapore Buddhist Mission] would like to invite us to join in the meaningful activities, that will be Dharma Talk and Meditation Session by Sister Sumitra

Details are as follows:
Date: 29th June (Fri)
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: 9 Ruby Lane , Singapore 328284 (click here to view the map)

Any interested party, please contact Alvin at 96334313.

17 June 2007

Nanyang Poly BS 15th anniversary

Dear members of SPBS,

NYPBS [Nayang Polytechnic Buddhist Society] would like to invite us to its 15th Anniversary on 30th of June 2007 in Nayang Polytechnic.

Details are as follows:

Date: 30th June (Sat)
Registration Time: 12.00 noon to 1 p.m.
Lunch will be served from 12.30p.m.
Venue: LTJ 2 (Blk J LT2)

[We will be meeting at 11.30am at Yio Chu Kang Mrt station]

Any interested party, please contact Welsey at 92275280 or Alvin at 96334313.

Publicity & Communications Workshop

Dear SPBS members,

kmsYM ( Kong Meng San Youth Mission) would like to invite all of us to this Publicity & Communications workshop on 23rd of June 2007.

Details are as follows:
DATE: 23 June 2007, Saturday
TIME: 9.30am to 3.30pm
VENUE: Level 1, Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

[We will be meeting at Bishan Mrt station at 9.00am]

About the Facilitator, Shuo Mei:

Shuo Mei spent 18 years in communications in the public sector with the last 3 years in Singapore’s largest healthcare group and restructured hospital.

Any interested party, please contact Alvin (96334313) or Wesley (92275280) by 19th of June 2007.

So why not end your 2 weeks term break by joining in this meaningful event...

See ya...All the best:)

11 June 2007

Bodhi Big Walk

Dear SPBS members,

The Buddhist Library will be organising Bodhi Big Walk this coming Sunday to celebrate its 25th Anniversary.

If you wish to volunteer in helping out the event or just participate in the event, kindly send Wesley an SMS at 92275280 or Alvin at 96334313.

Details for participants are as follows:
Dates: 17th June 2007
Time: 7.45am to 1.00pm
Venue: @ Bishan Park 1

For Helpers

Help out Time: Start at 6.30am, end around 1.00pm
Work: Help to make badges (button)
Meeting Time & Venue: Bishan Mrt at 6.00am!

NOTE: All helpers are required to meet for this coming Wednesday, 13/06/07 at 12pm in SPBS Clubroom to fill up the Idemmity Forms before participating in the event!

Mass Tidying

Dear members of SPBS,

This coming Wednesday and Saturday, all members are welcome to help up in tidying up the SPBS library.

CCA point will be awarded for this event

Details are as follow:
Time: 10 am to 6pm
Venue: SPBS clubroom

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to call William at 91126933.

08 June 2007

Term Breaks

Dear members of SPBS,

All weekly and daily activities have be cancelled for these 2 weeks vacation and 1 week of MST [Mid-Semestral Test], starting from 10th of June 2007 to 30th June 2007.

Enjoy your holidays and good luck to your test :)

May you all be well and happy.

06 June 2007


Hi SPBS Members,

If you had missed the AGM, here's a good chance to meet up and get to know the office-bearers for the 42nd Council.

Come and witness this once a year event, where the outgoing management committee, which is the current 41st Council will handover to the new management committee, which is the 42nd Council.

The details are as follows:

Date: 9 June 2007, this Saturday
Time: 9am sharp
Venue: At our place of business... SPBS Clubhouse

So why not start your 2 weeks term break by joining in this event...

See ya...All the best:)

01 June 2007

Dharma Talks for Enlightenment

Dear SPBS Members,

I am very pleased to inform you that there will be a series of dharma talks on 2,3,9,10th June (Sat/Sun) for Vesak Day Celebrations.

It is a rather rare opportunity to have renown Dharma teachers to hold Dharma Talks in Singapore, thus it will be a chance for all of you to learn Buddhism, and what it is about. You can also clarify your doubts with the Dharma speakers, so why not come and listen and may learn something valuable and useful in your life.

2nd June (Sat)
A Day to Remember: A Significance of Vesak
By Venerable Bodhi

More than 2500 years ago, a special baby was borned who become the Teacher of Gods and Men. His words bought light to the dull, joy to the wise-teaching humanity, wisdom, compassion and liberation from all unhappiness.

From the heritage of His Teachings, His presence can still be felt now stronger as ever. We use them to heal our pain, build our spirit, cultivate our mind, so that we too can partake of that He had tasted – The Taste of Freedom.

So, Vesak is not just another public holiday on our calendar. It commemorates a lot more. Come find out how Vesak can be special for you too!

3rd June (Sun)
What makes a Buddhist, Buddhist?
By Venerable Chuan Guan

Being vegetarian, burning incense and joss sticks, bowing to stupas and relics, chanting and meditation. What do they have in common? Does doing these entire things make one a Buddhist?

Some may think a Buddhist should not eat beef; others think that one has to make tons of flowers, fruits and joss sticks offerings to be a Buddhist. How true are these thoughts?

Stop wondering and get these questions settled once and for all. Come for our session and you might find some surprising answers!

VENUE: Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, 2, Lavender Street, Singapore 338823
TIME: 7pm – 9pm

9 June (Sat)
The Kalama Sutta
No need for Faith to Practice Buddhism?

The Kalama Sutta, often called the Charter of Free Enquiry, seems to suggest that faith is redundant in our practice. To what extend is this true? Is faith not a requirement for taking refuge in the Triple Gems and for practicing the Noble Eightfold Path?

10 June
Samatha And Vipassana Meditations
By Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu

What is the right balance of Samatha and Vipassana that one needs to cultivate in meditation and what is their role in one’s development along the Noble Eightfold Path?

It is often an unending argument as to which of these two types of meditations a practitioner must develop in order to achieve the various stages of Enlightenment. Some traditions assert that successful Samatha is the unavoidable first step to cultivate before progressing to Vipassana. Other traditions refute this and advocate Vipassana as the initial training. What do the suttas indicate?

VENUE: Buddhist Union, 43 Lowland Road Singapore 547444
TIME: 7pm – 9pm

All Admission is Free!


Venerable Bodhi or Venerable Shi Chun Yi was initiated into the Bhikkhuni Order in 1996 and received Higher Ordination in Taiwan in 1997. She obtained her basic degree in NUS and went on to do her postgraduate studies in Buddhism in Sri Lanka. After 7 years of studies, she obtained her PhD degree in 2003. Since her return to Singapore, she has been a lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma Course conducted at the Buddhist Library. Currently she is teaching at the KMSPKS Chinese Dharma Class.

Venerable Chuan Guan was born in Singapore and graduated from NTU Computer Engineering in 1997. After attending a meditation retreat in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States), he decided to renounce in 2002. He then stayed in the monastery and studied Mahayana Buddhism and the Theravada Pali Canon for more than 3 years, during which, he received his higher ordination becoming a fully ordained monk (Bhikkhu) in 2003. He is currently residing in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. He is involved in Youth Work.

Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu is a Malaysian Theravada Buddhist monk who received higher ordination at Mahasi Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Myanmar, in 1979. Besides practicing meditation, he studied advanced Pali and translation in Thai and Burmese from 1983 to 1984. He continued to study the Pali Tipitaka and researched on its interpretation and practice in Myanmar until his return to Malaysia at the end of 1994. In 2000, he founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), a Theravada monk training centre nestled among secluded valleys and brooks near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.

Note: For members who wish to help out in this event, please inform Wesley (92275280) with your particulars and the date you wish to help out. For any queries, like "I do not know how to go to the venue", please do not hestitate to contact me (Wesley).

May All of You be Well and Happy!!

updated by: Wesley