31 August 2008

A Compass for your Heart

Dear Members,

A new service "Compass for the Heart" had been launched!
The Compass that always points to the direction of truth and happiness, the very same direction shown by the Buddha.

It provides quotes directly to your E-mail (Twice per Month) on the great teachings of the Buddha.

You can simply subscribe to the service at the bottom of this web page, below the column of "Archives" Section, by providing your E-mail.

You may visit the blog of "Compass for the Heart" through the "Links" Section as well.

Do keep your heart with wholesome reminders!

22 August 2008

Photos of past activities!

Hi fellow members!

Uploaded here are photos of our past events:
http://picasaweb.google.com/SPBS.SSS

Relish the pleasant memories that we shared! ^^

18 August 2008

Dhamma Sharing: Buddha had Seven Treasures for you

Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures
...is said not to be poor, has not lived in vain.
So the wise should develop
conviction & virtue, confidence & Dhamma-vision(Right View)...

Remembering the Buddhas' instruction...


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What is the Treasure of *Listening?
There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones

has heard much,
has retained what he/she has heard,
has stored what he/she has heard.

Whatever teachings are
admirable in the beginning,
admirable in the middle,
admirable in the end,

That — in their meaning and expression —
Proclaim the holy life that is
entirely complete and pure:

Those are what he/she has listened to often,
retained, discussed, accumulated, examined with his/her mind, and well-penetrated in terms of his/her views.

This is called the Treasure of *Listening.

Note:
*Suta: heard / learned where knowledge received through inspiration or realization"

... Was every word, teaching or advise g
iven to you...
..DoYou listen to him often, remembered, clarify doubts, examined it with a clear mind and penetrate it's meaning well? Or you take them superficially?

16 August 2008

Cultivation Retreat @ Santi Forest Monastery (Malaysia)

Dear fellow Dhamma friends,

In search of peace & tranquility after exam?
Looking for a place to be away from the noise and clutter of the city?
Always wanting to seek liberation ?
Wishes to experience that state of calmness ?


If all this factors are what you are looking forward to, here is a good news for you!

On behalf of SPBS, I am proud to announce to u that there will be a 10 days retreat during the upcoming 6 weeks vacation.

In the retreat, we are able to understand the basic concepts of Buddhism rightly, and develop them under their exemplary guidance, experiencing the Buddha’s teaching and training personally, and directly through the lifestyle in the monastery.

We will be observing Eight precepts throughout the 10 days (Exclusive of 1st & last day), its where one can truly experience the simplicity of life and contentment in the midst of trees and huts(Kutis).

It is highly recommended to those who are interested in either:

- Truly Understanding Buddhism (Teachings/Training)
- Development in Mental Discipline/Meditation (Samadhi)
- Solving doubts and questions
- Understanding the proper practice of Buddhist Monks
- Striving for spiritual growth/goal (Bhavana)
- Peaceful and simple lifestyle for mental relieve from stress

Date:
17 - 28 Sept 08
Venue: Santi Forest Monastery, Malaysia
Meeting Place: Kranji MRT Station @ 10am

Those keen in participating, may drop an 'SMS' to Carol @ 81128454 / Chek Beng @ 96586402 before 1 september

Should have any doubts feel free to contact Xin Hao @ 94301046 / Chek Beng @ 96586402.

May you attain Samma-samadhi!

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Photos
4 days later I post the photo album here, I (Xinhao Silatharo)recieved a email from Chun Kiang (Aka Bhante Atiphalo) that Ajhan Keng has instructions, that anything upload into the internet needs to ask his permission first. Those who still like to view the photos may send your request by leaving a comment here.

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Program Outlines:

17 Sept
10am: Gathering at Kranji MRT Station
12pm: Lunch over at City Square (Malaysia)
1.30pm: Set off to Santi Monastery
3.00pm: Settle Down

18 - 27 Sept
(Temple Routine)

28 Sept
10am: Back to 5 Precepts Taking / Lunch
12pm: Final consultation with Spiritual Advisor
1pm: Set off to Singapore
3pm: Home Sweet Home!

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Maps





















10 August 2008

Dhamma Sharing : Buddha had Seven Treasures for you (Part 3: Conscience and Concern)‏

Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures
...is said not to be poor, has not lived in vain.

S
o the wise should develop
conviction & virtue, confidence & Dhamma-vision(Right View)...

Remembering the Buddhas' instruction...


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What is the Treasure of *Conscience?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones feels shame at [the thought/intention of engaging in]
bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct.

This is called the Treasure of *Conscience.

Note:
*Hiri: Conscience / Moral Shame

What is the Treasure of **Concern?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones feels concern for [the suffering that results from]
bodily misconduct, verbal misconduct, mental misconduct.

This is called the Treasure of **Concern.

Note:
**Ottapa: Concern / Moral Fear


... Conscience and Concern was the factor which maintain peace and morality in the world.

Inner peace of the Wise arises from possessing Conscience and Concern in every bodily, verbal and mental misconduct...

Is there Conscience and Concern in you, every moment, every thought?

03 August 2008

Dhamma Sharing: Buddha had Seven Treasures for you (Part 2: Virtue / Morality)

Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures
...is said not to be poor, has not lived in vain.
So the wise should develop
conviction & virtue, confidence & Dhamma-vision(Right View)...

Remembering the Buddhas' instruction...

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And what is the Treasure of *Virtue?

There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones:

abstains from taking life,

abstains from stealing,

abstains from illicit sexual conduct,

abstains from lying,

abstains from taking intoxicants that results in heedlessness

This, monks, is called the Treasure of *Virtue.

Note:*

(Sila: Virtue / Morality / Wholesome habits )

... Having faith is to ackowledge(convinced) and truly confident about the Buddha's realization, that he gain complete awakwening...

Do you?

If you do believe in Buddha... Then, what is stopping you from keeping to his teachings and training?