27 September 2008

Kathina Day Celebration @ Santi Forest Monastery (M'sia)

Hi members!

On Sunday, October 19th, Santi Forest Monastery (Malaysia) will be having its Kathina day celebration.

This year, SPBS together with Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) Buddhist Bhavana Club will be participating in the celebration of Kathina day over at monastery.

Since the time of the Buddha, this annual ceremony has taken place during the month after the Vassa, also known as the three-month rain retreat (July - October) according to the monastic order. It is the time of the year when new robes and other requisites is offered by the laity to the monks.


Monastic Program are as shown:

7.00am - Breakfast

8.00am - Pindapata (Alms Round)

9.30am - Requesting for 3 Refuges & 5 Precepts
- Asking of forgiveness from Sangha
- Offering of Kathina robes to Sangha
- Offering of Requisites to Sangha
- Cutting & Sewing of Kathina Robes

10.30am - Offering of food to the Sangha
- Blessing & Sharing of Merits
- Lunch

12.30pm - Dhamma Talk

1.00pm - Sewing & Dyeing of Kathina Robe

7.00pm - Spreading of Kathina Robe
(We will taking our leave after the program ‘Dhamma Talk’)


On this once a year occasion, Kathina day, whatever is offered to the bhikkhu-Sangha is considered, in point of merit, productive of the highest good.

Those keen in participating, may drop an ‘SMS’ to Carol @ 81128454 / Chek Beng @ 96586402 by 8 October. (Further details ie, venue, time of meeting will be notify via calls & email)
(Note: we will be leaving to the monastery on the evening of 18 October.)

Should you have any doubts, feel free to contact Chek Beng @ 96586402 or you may email us @ spbs.sss@gmail.com


May we all rejoice in supporting the monks & celebrating the kathina!

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

10 September 2008

Dhamma Sharing: Buddha had Seven Treasures for you (Part 6: Wisdom / Discernment)

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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There is the case where a disciple of the noble ones is discerning,

Endowed with discernment of arising & passing away
— noble, penetrating, leading to the right ending of stress.
This is called the Treasure of *Discernment.


These, monks, are the seven treasures.
The treasure of conviction,
the treasure of virtue,
the treasure of conscience & concern,
the treasure of listening, generosity,
& discernment as the seventh treasure.

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,
remembering the Buddhas' instruction.

Note:
*Pan~n~aa: Insight / Wisdom / Discernment; The sharp and accurate understanding/judgment on truth = Penetration of the truth
(Understanding based on Wisdom (Pan~n~aa) is gained through direct investigation and personal experience, as compared to understanding based on Memory (San~n~aa), which are knowledge from intellectual and academic means.)
Intellectual theories relies on views and opinions which leads to alot of guesswork.

You may read alot, listen alot...

...But they are merely memory than truth...
As your delusions and defilements within you were not uprooted!

How can it be wisdom if it lacks the ability to destroy delusion?

02 September 2008

Dhamma Sharing: Buddha had Seven Treasures for you (Part 5: Generosity)

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 *Generosity?
There is the case of a disciple of the noble ones,

His awareness cleansed of the stain of stinginess, living at home,
- Freely generous,
- Openhanded,
- Delighting in being magnanimous,
- Responsive to requests,
- Delighting in the distribution of alms.
This is called the Treasure of *Generosity.
Note:
*Caga: Generosity or Giving in behavior, mindset and inclination / liberality / munificence


... A miser is never happy, yet people who longed for happiness behaved like a miser.
How can they ever achieve happiness and ease within?
Look right into your heart...
If you can give help... If you can give money...
Why can't you gave away
hatred and your selfish desires?