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!

SPEAKERS

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

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