30 December 2009

Opening for New SPBS Clubroom: "Clubroom Warming"

Dear Members and Alumnis,

As our old clubroom will be removed and we are given a new clubroom, we will be having a Opening ceremony for the New Clubroom [SAC 132].

You are cordially invited to the Opening Ceremony for our New Clubroom on:

Date: 2nd January 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Venue: New SPBS Clubroom
(3rd Floor, Above Student Alumni and Affairs Office, Room no.: SAC 132)


We are very fortunate to have invited the Sangha to have their Blessings to SPBS as well.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend our "Clubroom warming".

*As the Sangha will be present, some might wish to offer requisites.
Please offer only drinks(non-milk content), medicine or daily necessities as the event is held in the afternoon, the monks will not be able to accept any food offerings.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

28 December 2009

New Year Eve Blessing

Good Beginning is Half Done
良好的开始是成功的一半
Come with us to spend your New Year Eve and New Year
Auspiciously and Meaningfully!


Welcome the new year with blessings and a renewed mind!

Experience an unusual New year Eve at the Monastery.
Spend our last moments in 2009 together with Blessings, Reflection and Peace.

Join us for a New Year Eve blessing session on 31st December 2009,
Thursday night, Palelai Buddhist Temple. You may refer to the Palelai Website for more information.

We shall meet 10.00pm at Tanah Merah MRT Station.

Really hope to see you!

02 December 2009

All the Best for Exams!

Saw the Buddha?
See! That's the hand gesture of "Fear-less".

He is telling you,
"No fear, my child! Be at ease."

Don't be afraid!
Think of the Buddha's might and courage.
He overcome all difficulties by coolness and effort.

Do your revision well, be diligent...
Complete the topics that hasn't be completed...
Try your best, you will make it!



Best wishes everyone~ All the Best for your Exams!


A Prayer of Well-wishes

Jayanto Bodhiya Mule, Sakyanam nandi vaddhano.
Evam tvam vijayo hohi! Jaya sujaya mangala.

[The Buddha] gained Victory at the foot of the Bodhi tree, Thus bringing joy to his Sakya Clan.
Likewise, let there be victory to you! May you blessed with victory.

17 November 2009

SP Buddhist Society Anniversary 2009

Dear brother/sister of the Dhamma,

We are elated to announce that our SPBS birthday is around the corner.

You are cordially invited to come and join our anniversary celebration.

Venue : Singapore Polytechnic
Room : T1752
Date: 21 November 2009
Time: 1300hours to 1630hours

The programme list is as follow;

1:00-2:00: Arrival of Guest/Bhante
2:00-2:15: Chanting lead by Bhante
2:15-2:45: Dana session
2:45-3:15: Blessing speech by Bhante Ong
3:15-3:45: Slide show screening and Tipitaka
3:45-4:00: Announcing T-shirt design competition winner
4:00-4:30: Tea time and cutting cake :)


After celebration do join us for the steamboat cohesion!!

We look forward to see you.

11 November 2009

Movie Screening-2012

Hi all,

This coming Saturday, 14/11/2009 we are going to watch 2012!!

We will meet at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station on 11am.

The program is like this:

Meet up >> Lunch >> Watch Movie >> etc

Come and join us!! =D





04 November 2009

SPBS T-shirt Design Competition!

Hi all!
SPBS
T-shirt Design Competition is here!!
Everyone is welcome to participate!!!
  • Starting Date: 4Nov 2009
  • Submittion Date: 20Nov2009
  • Submittion method: Softcopy at SPBS email spbs.sss@gmail.com

    For each submission, you will be getting a FREE chocolate bar during our BS Day on 21Nov 2009!!!

    Eveyone is entitle to submit ONLY 3 entries of design.

    The Winner will get it's own design T-shirt printed out!(totally FREE!!) and 1 box of chocolate :)

Design Requirements

Design Theme: Friendship

The T-shirt MUST include:
1. Our club logo

2. and the Key phase:
"Just Buddho."

Description for your knowledge:
"Buddho" refers to the state of mind that is awakened, clear, a mind that "truly knows". It also refers to "the one who is awakened to the Truth".

We can mentally repeat "Buddho" continuously to overcome distractions and deluding thoughts, as if grabbing hold on a strong pillar so that we will not be blown away by the great storm! The mind unaffected by distracting thoughts and negative feelings will be brought to stable calmness and clarity. "Buddho" reminds you to be awake, to know clearly!

That is what "Just Buddho" meant! Just stay with "Buddho", just recite "Buddho"!

When you are feeling depressed or irritated, ignore it! Just Buddho!
When you are in fear and worry, ignore it! Just Buddho!
When you are maintaining your cool, Just Buddho!
Keep yourself awake in whatever you are doing, walking.. standing.. seating.. lying.. eating.. drinking.. shitting.. Just Buddho!
Replace all negative states in you
with "Buddho, Buddho, Buddho.." Just Buddho!

Hope to see your DESIGN soon!!
All the Best~!

30 October 2009

Venerable Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara Sharing session and Body World Exhibition



Hi ppl,

Our club is extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to invite Venerable Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara, Chief Abbot of the Dhammasukha Monastery in Los Angeles, USA, to SPBS.

He is a highly learned monk. One of his remarkable achievements was the title of Dvipitakadhara that he hold, i.e. he memorised, studied and passed the exams of Vinaya & Suttanta Pitaka.

The Satipatthana Meditation Center (Singapore) has invited Ven. Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara to Singapore for two months for a series of Metta Meditation and Sutta Discussion classes.

Topic: To be Confirmed
Date: 4 Nov 2009
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: To be confirmed

On top of that talk, Our club will be organizing a trip down to the bodyworld exhibition at science centre!

For any Polytechnic, University student who want to join our club for visiting the exhibition please submit your name and contact number and send back to us LATEST by 4 Nov 2009, So that we are able to enjoy student rate price, instead of 21dollars we can just pay for 11dollars.



Veune: Singapore Science Center (SSC)
Meeting place: Jurong East MRT station
Date: 7 Nov 2009
Time:8.45am (meet for breakfast)
Start of exhibition time: 10am (at the main entrance of SSC)

Do let us know your response to both of the event.

Thank you so much!

Best Regards,
Huiting

20 October 2009

MOVIE OUTING


Hi all! Welcome back to SP....

Let's have a movie outing together for this new semester!

We will be watching this movie on:

Date: 21 october 2009

Time: 3.30pm

Venue: Gather at Dover mrt station

12 October 2009

Courses on Metta Meditation & Sutta Discussion

Dear Brothers & Sisters-in-the-Dhamma,

We are happy to announce the following courses conducted by Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara at SMC, 40 Jalan Malu-Malu. All are welcome to attend the courses. Please register for the courses (course, name, HP contact, email) by sending email to sati_patthana@yahoo.com.sg or on the notice board at the centre, by 19 Oct 09.
(http://www.smcmeditation.org/Metta_DhammaPoster_Oct09.pdf)

1. GUIDED METTA MEDITATION SESSIONS CUM DISCOURSES (English)
Date & Time: Every Thurs 7.30 pm & Sat from 7 pm, 22 Oct – 17 Dec 09. 17 sessions.
Fee: Free


Metta (Loving Kindness) meditation refers to the repeated cultivation of metta in our own hearts and minds to make it firm and strong. With this practice, we develop a genuine wish for own happiness and the happiness of others. Metta cultivation is an effective means to overcome anger, to build up the required concentration base for the development of insight and for healthy relationship with every living being, which is very important for a happy family, society and world.

Course outline:
1. The Spirit of Metta & Introductory Discourse
2. Metta as a Spiritual Path
3. Preliminary for Development of Metta Spirit
4. Nurturing and Developing the Metta Spirit on a Personal Level &
Witnessing it as a Wholesome Spiritual Force
5. Practical Transmission of Metta Spirit
6. The 11 Benefits of Metta as described by the Buddha (Metta Sutta)
7. Metta as a Complimentary Practice leading to Nibbana
8. Metta as a Foundation of Four Modes of Holy Living (Sanhitta Sutta)
9. Metta as a way to Heaven
10. Metta as a Social Path for Peace, Harmony & Progress (Saraniya Sutta)
11. Uniqueness of Metta as said by the Buddha (Velama Sutta)

2. SUTTA DISCUSSIONS (English)
Date & Time: Every Mon & Fri 7.30 pm, and Sat 3-5 pm, 19 Oct – 18 Dec 09. 24 sessions.
Fee: Free


We invite you to come and learn the Buddha’s teachings from Venerable Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara, a highly learned monk. ‘ Hard to gain is birth as man; hard is the life of mortals; hard to get is the opportunity of hearing the Ariya Dhamma; hard it is for a Buddha to appear.’ –Dhammapada Do not miss this opportunity to learn the Dhamma.

Course outline:
1. Ten kinds of Blessings everyone wants (Itthadhamma Sutta)
2. The Voice of Angel (Pancapubbanimitta Sutta)
3. Is Spiritual goal achievable in this very life?
4. The way of Enlightened Saints (Ariyavasa Sutta)
5. Buddha’s Superknowledge which can see Divine Beings in 8 Gradual Steps
6. Six Superknowledge of the Buddha only unique to the Buddha
7. Loka Sutta
8. Satu Vesarajja Nana
9. Nine Gradual Living Modes in Advanced Consciousness (Anupubba Vihara Sutta)

( And more topics to announced later.
Please check http://www.smcmeditation.org/CourseSchedule.pdf)

Venerable Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara is the Chief Abbot of the Dhammasukha Monastery in Los Angeles, USA. He holds the title of Dvipitakadhara, i.e. he memorised, studied and passed the exams of Dvipitaka - Vinaya Pitaka & Suttanta Pitaka. In addition to obtaining his Sasanadhajasiripavara Dhammacariya degree, he memorised five volumes of the Vinaya and passed his Vinayadhara exams when he was still a samanera. He had also undertaken intensive meditation in the Mahasi Meditation Centre from 1973 and also learnt anapanasati under other teachers. Since May 1995, Sayadaw is based in United States where he has established a Buddhist temple in Southern California. Presently Sayadaw conducts Vipassana meditation retreats, Buddhist studies, Pali grammar courses in Canada, California and Florida.
( http://www.smcmeditation.org/Sejjana_Biography.pdf )

We welcome you to join us in our activities at our new centre at 40 Jalan Malu-Malu (behind Sembawang Shopping Centre). For bus/MRT/driving directions to our new centre, please refer to http://www.smcmeditation.org/SMC_map.htm .

If you wish to receive regular updates on our SMC activities via SMS, please email us your name, HP and email contact.

Thank you. Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!


With Metta,
Satipatthana Meditation Centre
http://www.smcmeditation.org/

01 October 2009

Kathina Day(updated)

Hello all,

Just a reminder that SPBS will be having a celebration on the Kathina Day, Kathina day is a very special event for everyone in SPBS.

So your attendance is important!

The time meeting of the event also have some changes, we will meeting at kranji mrt on 9/10, 2pm instead of 11am.

To know more about Kathina Day, here is the video which done by our own member! Mediana!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eeLM2Mg6AA

Do aware of the changes of the event date from 3 oct change to 9 oct 2009.


Detail of the event:

Date: 09/10/2009 (Friday) – 10/10/2009 (Saturday)

Time: 1400hr. (09/10/2009) – 1400hr (10/10/2009)

Venue: Santi Forest Monastery

Lot 1413, Jalan Ponorogo,

Batu 18 1/2 Kampung Sungai Tiram,

81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor, Malaysia.


For our past experience, it is very enriching and good experiencing of forest monastery life.
We hope you can attend with us and had a good experience of monastery life, lastly to bound with US more!!

Please confirm your attendance with us by 4/10/2009 for better preparation.
You may call us or email us back!

14 September 2009

(Updated)Thus Have I Seen (T.H.I.S.) Buddhist Film Festival

Hi all! Info Ammended...

Let's have some unique movie outing for this coming semester holiday!

We will be watching:
14 sept(Monday), 7 pm show:
The Dhamma Brothers
The price is $10 per Ticket.

We will be meeting at Orchard Mrt Station, 6.30pm. Anything please contact Bro. Xinhao.

You can go to http://www.thisfilmfest.com/films.html to get more information!

09 September 2009

Kathina Day

Hello all,

Just a reminder that SPBS will be having a celebration on the Kathina Day, Kathina day is a very special event for everyone in SPBS.

So your attendance is important!

To know more about Kathina Day, here is the video which done by our own member! Mediana!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eeLM2Mg6AA

Do aware of the changes of the event date from 3 oct change to 9 oct 2009.

Detail of the event:

Date: 09/10/2009 (Friday) – 10/10/2009 (Saturday)

Time: 1100hr. (09/10/2009) – 1400hr (10/10/2009)

Venue: Santi Forest Monastery

Lot 1413, Jalan Ponorogo,

Batu 18 1/2 Kampung Sungai Tiram,

81800 Ulu Tiram, Johor, Malaysia.

For our past experience, it is very enriching and good experiencing of forest monastery life.
We hope you can attend with us and had a good experience of monastery life, lastly to bound with US more!!

Please confirm your attendance with us by the end of September 2009.
You may call us or email us back!

08 September 2009

Weekly Seniors Session

Hi all,

Every Tuesdays, our BS seniors(Graduates)have been gathering in the Clubroom to keep up their own practice and development together. It's kind of a pact between them.

They are mainly having a Group seating(Meditation) and a short chat together after that.

Feel free to join them during your holidays and listen to what interesting/inspiring stories the seniors have to share with you! They are nice people.

Do remember the details:
Every Tuesday night,
6.30pm - 8.00pm in BS Clubroom.
(Usually have dinner together after the session)


Leave a comment on this blog post, or send an email to SPBS if you have any questions. =D

Installing of AAS emergency bell for elderly staying in one room flat

Hi all,

Still planning on what to do, this coming FRIDAY?
The elderly from Sarah" Seniors Activity Centre which lived by themselves needs you!

The centre is doing mass check and installation on the AAS system (emergency Alarm) in each house hold.
Thus they need more manpower to assists them in the installation and checking.

Briefing and teaching on how to do will be conducted on Friday (the day itself)

Here is the detail of the event;
Venue: 105 Jalan Bukit Merah #02-1912, 160105, Singapore
Time: 10am onwards
Date: 11 Sep 2009(Friday)

If you need more detail feel free to call me @ 96224813
Or contact the centre in-charge at office phone: 62712125, peter soh: 91371000


Hope to hear from you soon! Sadhu Sadhu Sadhu!

Huiting

09 August 2009

Closure of SPBS

Dear members of SPBS,

We regret to inform you that the clubhouse will be closed with effect from 9th August
due to the upcoming Mid Semester Exams.

All daily activities & activity day (Wed) shall cease till 17/10/2009. We apologize for any discomfort caused.

During this period, let us train together in some particular Dhamma such as:
- Join us together to Palelai to do dana.(normally we will do dana during every sunday at Palelai)
- Practice meditation as much as you can.
- Keep 5 precepts and perfect the 5 precepts by training not to break any of them.

Lets continue to consistently strive to improve ourselves daily in line with the teachings of the lord buddha.

Via this consistent practice, may joyous victory be yours!

Should you need to contact us, please feel free to email us at spbs.sss@gmail.com

On behalf of the council's committee, I hereby take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your Mid Semester Exams!

May you be well & happy!

30 July 2009

Dhamma sharing on Traditional Hungry Ghost Festival

Dear members of SPBS,

The Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival is nearing. This time our sharing session shall touch on "GHOST"~

What are Ghosts? How can we help our departed relatives? The buddha had taught and elaborated upon the truth behind these "Ghostly" beings. And what did the Buddha taught? =)

We're pleased to invite our honorary advisor , Bro Xin Hao to share with us more regarding the topic !

We look forward to your attendance on the day of the event!

Details as below:

Date: 5th August 2009
Time: 3:30-5:30pm
Venue: SPBS clubroom

See you there! May you all be well and happy!




An array of foods being offered to the deceased



Illuminated by the Albuquerque Bridge, Japanese volunteers place candle lit lanterns into the Sasebo River during the Obon festival.




Buddhist monks perform a rite of feeding hungry ghosts during Ullambana.


Food is offered to the ancestors during the annual Ghost Festival



26 July 2009

House Dana

"...May the Buddha please accept our invitation for tomorrow's meal, together with the community of monk." And the Buddha consented by his silence.

The next day, the buddha went together with the community of monks to the house of Sunidha and Vassakara... And Sunidha and Vassakara themselves attended on the buddha & the monks, serving them with the best food that they had... "

Do u ever heard house dana before? This practice of inviting monks to your house to have a meal has been carrying on dating back till the Buddha's Time!

And Guess what?! There is an upcoming house dana this coming saturday!

Hence we would like to invite all members to join in the house dana !

Details:

Date: 1/8/2009
Time: 8:30am meet at Yio Chu Kang Mrt


*Please bring along any items that you would like to offer to the monks on the day itself.


See you!!

May you all be well and happy!




24 July 2009

Dhamma sharing II

Dear SPBS members,

For our upcoming activity day , we've invited Bhante Chun Kiang (CK) to hold a panel discussion with us ! The topic is not set and is largely dependent on what questions are being posed on the floor during the discussion itself.

Prior to his ordination , Bhante CK was part of the management committee of SPBS and his contributions towards SPBS is what made SPBS what it is today !
It is indeed a rare opportunity to be able to have Bhante CK come all the way from malaysia during the vassa (rains retreat) period to share his wisdom with all of us !


Lets work together to make this event an interactive and lively one!!

Let's all cherish this rare opportunity !

Details :
Date: 29/7/2009 (Wednesday)

Time: 3:30-6:00pm
Venue: T1751

We look forward to your participation

May u be enriched by the teaching of the lord buddha!


11 July 2009

Dhamma Sharing

Dear SPBS members,

What are you trying to seek all the while?
Is there an alternate way to Wealth and Happiness?

The coming activity for our activity day shall be a panel discussion on "Wealth and Happiness".
Come and see happiness and wealth from many different perspectives.
We have invite Bhante Mettiko all the way from Malaysia for this panel discussion.
Do Participate actively!

Further info are as below:

Date: 15/7/2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:30-6:00pm
Venue: T1751

Don't miss this great opportunity!!

May u all be blessed by triple gem.

07 July 2009

Happy Asalha Puja Day!



Asalha, the Month of July. This day, sometimes called "Dhamma Day," commemorates the Buddha's first discourse, which he gave to the group of five monks with whom he had practiced in the forest for many years.
See The First Discourse on Turning the Wheel of Dhamma, or in Both Pali and English

Upon hearing this discourse, one of the monks ( Ven. Kondañña) gained his first glimpse of Nibbana, and achieved the 1st sainthood(Sotapanna), thus giving birth to the Noble Sangha.

The annual 3 months Rains retreat (vassa) begins the following day.

As monks used to travel around during the Buddha's time. Lay people complained about the monks destroying their crops. Thus Buddha ordered his disciples to observe a pre-existing practice whereby holy men avoided travel for a three month period during the rainy season, in order to avoid damaging crops.

During Vassa, many Buddhist lay people reinvigorate their spiritual training and adopt more practices. In countries such as Thailand, the laity will often take monastic vows for period of Vassa and return to lay life afterwards.

The Kathina ceremony is held at the month after Vassa, during which the laity gathers to make formal offerings of robe cloth and other requisites to the Sangha.

05 July 2009

SPBS+CSS Outing

Dear SPBS members,

Hmm...MST week has ended symbolise academic life arise again...Stressful life again... o(T.T)o

No worries!

The coming soon outing will let u chill out a lot =D

Yes!!

Our club will organise an outing on the coming saturday with CSS club to East Coast Park. In addition,on the coming saturday you are given an opportunity to experience what is DANA as we going to Palelai Temple for doing dana.(Pls refer to the schedule for more details)

WOW!!

So........What are you waiting for!?

Join us!!!

Details are as below:

Date: 11/7/2009
Time: 10am-8pm
Venue: Gather at tanah merah mrt

Schedule:

10am: Gather at Tanah Merah Mrt /Dana session
1pm : Meeting with CSS club people at East Coast Park

*CCA points wil be given to those joining this outing.


May you be well and happy!

Clubroom Cleaning

Hey SPBS members,

It's already a few months since we didn't work out something for our SPBS clubroom,so.....we will have a good and quite enjoyable event.....that is......SPBS CLUBROOM CLEANING!!!


FURTHER INFO ARE LIKE BELOW:

DATE: 8/7/09
TIME: 3-6PM
VENUE: SPBS CLUBROOM

*CCA points will be given for those members who attend on that day.
#Each members please also bring an old cloth or a table cloth along for that event.

May u all be blessed by triple gems =D

03 July 2009

Asalha Puja Day

Halo SPBS members,

MST test finally end!! It's has been long time we didnt meet,don't we? Next tuesday will be Asalha Puja Day!!

Ok,

So what is Asalha Puja Day?


This day commemorates the important event where the Sangha was first form. The Buddha accepted his first five disciple after they listened to the Buddha expounding the First Discourse, Dhammacakkhapavattana Sutta(The Discourse of the Turning of the Wheel Dhamma/初转法轮经)
at the Deer Park in Isipatana on the full moon day.

Yes,now the good news!


Our club will be celebrating Asalha Puja Day next tuesday in our clubroom.


Come and experience yourself to know more about Asalha Puja and it's meanings!

Date: 7/7/2009
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: SPBS Clubroom


May your life enrich by the teaching of lord buddha!!





08 June 2009

Vacation Gathering

Dear alumni and members of SPBS,

GOOD NEWS!!!

We will having a gathering among alumni and members on every tuesday during our 3 week vacation. Pls look at below to get more info.

Date: 9/6,16/6,23/6
Time: 6pm
Venue: SPBS Clubroom

We will meeting up and having some bonding conversation+meditation & chanting.

For those members that finish MST test,u can take this opportunity to attend this activities to make ur vacation more beneficial.

For those members that haven't finish MST test,why don't take this opportunity to reduce your stress and give urself a break?

Think about it =)

May U be blessed by the Triple Gems always! May U be well & happy! And have a great day ahead!


Life Compass-Compass for the Heart

SPBS members!

ATTENTION!!

"Compass for the Heart" is another useful tool for our club members!

The 'Compass' will points to the direction of truth and happiness, the very same route shown by the Worthy & Rightly Self-Awakened one, Lord Buddha Gotama.

This service will sent little quotes to your E-mail fortnightly (twice per month) about the teachings of the Buddha. Let yourself be reminded by the Wisdom of the Buddha!

To increase the convenience of members, I've included the link here:http://groups.google.com/group/spbs-dsharing/boxsubscribe

I hope that Members who had subscribed the service will find it beneficial.

Just to let you know, we will be uploading our future event photos @http://picasaweb.google.com/SPBS.SSS

Do check it out!

Thank you!

By all the auspicious, may sila,bhavana and the panna protect you!

27 May 2009

Closure of SPBS

Dear members of SPBS,

We regret to inform you that the clubhouse will be closed with effect from 2nd June
due to the upcoming MST exam.

All daily activities & activity day (Wed) shall cease till 7/7/2009. We apologize for any discomfort caused.

During this period, do bear in mind the fundamental teachings of Lord Buddha
- Avoid Evil
- Do Good
- Purity the mind.


Should any thoughts arises that constitute of Greed, Hatred, Delusion. Use the breath / 'Buddho' as a means of cutting away thoughts.

Via this consistent practice, may joyeous victory be yours!

Should U have any doubts, feel free to email us,spbs.sss@gmail.com

On behalf of the council committee, I hereby take this opportunity to wish you all the best in your MST exam!

May U be well & happy!

18 May 2009

It's Coming...It's Coming!! The 2009 Freshman Orientation!!!

YO,all SPBS members!!

2009 Freshman Orientation is coming!!

On behalf of the Management Committee of SPBS, I'm pleased to invite all new members, as well as current members to our Freshman Orientation camp.

The details are as follows:

Date: 22/5/2009(Friday)-24/5/2009(Sunday)
Time: Start at 9pm on Friday(Gather at SPBS clubroom)
Venue: Singapore Polytechnic

The objectives of the camp are,

To foster bonding among the alumni,new members and current members and have the chances to know each other

To let all new members have the opportunity learning buddhism knowledge through interactive games and dhamma sharing session. There will be also movie sharing and lots of other unexpected events coming out in the camp!


After we have busy with our academic for 1 month,is time to give ourselves an opportunity to relax and let go the stress. So, what are you waiting for?
(All new members are required to attend the FO camp. Current members may attend the activity to receive the latest updates on upcoming activities and the policies of the Society.)

If you have any queries,please do not hesitate to email us, spbs.sss@gmail.com

We shall see you in camp!

May U be blessed by the Triple Gems always! May U be well & happy! And have a great day ahead! ^^

12 May 2009

We are back!! Activity Day back as usual

Harlo all SPBS members,

Just a gentle reminder for everyone.Tomorrow, 13/5/09 will be our 1st meeting on the Activity Day!


**Note: Members are encouraged to attend! WE WANT TO MEET YOU!
(Every Wednesdays 3.30pm – 5.30pm will be our formal meeting with members)

The program for tomorrow is??? Shh...is a secret. Experience by urself.

In addition, for those who are unfamiliar with our operating hours:

Wed : 1pm - 6.30pm

Tues,Thurs and Fri : 5.30pm - 7.00pm
(Daily Chanting & Meditation &updates of past wed activities)




Should U have any doubts, feel free to contact Qi Yu (President) at 81502967/Mario(Treasurer) at 83537994 or mail us at spbs.sss@gmail.com.

Thank You!

May U be Happy& Ease!

Greetings: Happy Vesak 2553!

Thanks to the Youth Buddhism Team for this confidence(faith)-instilling artwork.

"To the unique credit of Buddhism it must be said that throughout its peaceful march of 2500 years no drop of blood was shed in the name of the Buddha,no mighty monarch wielded his powerful sword to propagate the Dhamma,and no conversion was made either by force or by repulsive methods.
Yet, the Buddha was the first and the greatest missionary that lived on earth."

- Narada Maha Thera, Buddhism in a Nutshell.


Happy Visakha(Vesak) Puja!
Want to know more about Vesak Day? You can read this.

I have included a talk by Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo on Visakha Puja Day.
Talk: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/visakha.html

May the light of Dhamma shine in all your lives and may all beings share the merit thus attained.

29 April 2009

Closure of BS clubroom

Dear fellow members

In view of upcoming CCA drive (6-8 May, from 11-5pm), our activity day for next wed, 6 May, will be cancel, thus the closure of BS clubroom.

In additional, those who would like to lead a helping hand for coming CCA drive may drop us an email at spbs.sss@gmail.com by 5th May 6pm with your name, date, contact no. & time available and we will get back ASAP.
(Note: CCA Points will be rewarded for helpers)

Your help & support is greatly appreciated!

With that, the 44th Management Council wishes all a very happy Labour day! We look forward to hear from U soon! =)

Vesak Day Retreat 2009

Dear members,


Good News!

Vesak Day 2009 retreat is COMING!

Our objective is to..

Celebrate Vesak Day

Gain better Knowledge in Buddhism

Achieve spiritual development of participants through Buddhism

Bonding session with the committee and also our seniors

Detail of the retreat:




Date: 08/05/2009 (Friday) – 10/05/2009 (Sunday)

Time: 2100hours (08/05/2009) – 0800hours (10/05/2009)

Venue: Palelai Buddhist Temple

49 Bedok Walk

Singapore 469145



What to expect in this Retreat..



-Taking 8 precepts

-Help in Pinapata (Almround)

-Practices walking/siting mediation

-bonding session with the committee and seniors



Where are we MEETING??



Date: 8th May 2009(Friday)
Venue: Palelai Buddhist Temple (We will meet @ Tanah Merah Ctl Station)
Time : Gather @ 9.30pm



If you wish to join us or have any enquiry please feel free to email us at spbs.sss@gmail.com!


Do remember to include your name, contact number and email address, so we can contact you back ASAP.



Closing date for registration is on 5May 2009.

Hope to see YOU at the retreat!



May you be well and happy always!!




24 April 2009

Renewal of Membership‏

Dear Members of SPBS,

You are required to renew your membership particulars now till the 18th May.
How? Here are the instructions. For:

Current Members /
Associate Members,
Send us an E-mail or SMS us with your full name.
Let us know if you have changed your Address, Contact number, or E-mail.

Graduating Batch (AY 06/07),
Send us an E-mail or SMS us on whether you wish to renew your membership status to Associate Member.
Let us know if you have changed your Address, Contact number, or E-mail.

OR

Visit us personally at CCA Showcase from 6 May to 8 May at Sports Hall(M7).

OR

Visit us personally at SPBS Clubroom during standard opening hours: Wed (3.30pm - 5:30pm) at Polycenter, Level 2, Room PC-126.


Guidelines for Renewal:

1. Provide us the following:

Name: xxx
*Contact Number: (H) xxx (HP) xxx
*Address / *Mailing Address: xxx

** Membership Status: Do you wish to renew to an Associate Membership? (Yes / No)

Note:
* You will need to provide the details only if you have any changes to the details mentioned.
** For graduating SP students Only.


2. For Renewal through Email:

Put the title of your email as "Renewal of Membership" and e-mail us at spbs.sss@gmail.com.



Should U have any doubts, e-mail us at spbs.sss@gmail.com.

May all of us be free from enmity, affliction and anxiety,and live happily

19 April 2009

Mind your Own Business

Hi all!

On 25th Apr 2009, we are very fortunate to be invited to a talk, "Mind your Own Business" (See attached poster), by Venerable K. Rathansara. The topic delivered by Venerable will be of great help as its concern with our daily life.



Details are as follows:

Date: 25/4/2009 (Sat)
Time: 4.30 - 5.30p.m.
Venue: Mangudhvaga Buddhist Lodge (We will meet @Kallang Ctl station @4pm)

Interested or in doubt, feel free to drop us an email @ spbs.sss@gmail.com by 23/4/2009

See You There :)
May you be Well and Happy!




Elected 44th Management Council‏

Dearest SPBS members

On behalf of SPBS, we would like to thank you for you past patronize & support. Definitely, it was a memorable & fruitful days having u all with us. We hope u all can continue & support us, SPBS, in days to come.

Hereby, we are pleased to inform you that our 44th Management Council has been elected & offically took office on 18th of April 09. Our Management Council are as follows:

Postition - Name

President - Hong Qi Yu
Honorary General Secretary - Su Hui Ting
Honorary Treasurer - Ong Jiunn Woei
Organizing Secretary - Zhang Ci Ping

Should U have any doubts, feel free to drop us an email at spbs.sss@gmail.com

17 April 2009

Recommence of our Activity Day

Dearest SPBS members,

Shortly, a brand new semester will kicked off! Our upcoming 44th Management Council extends her warmest greetings to all!

And not forgetting our Activity Day (weekly Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.30pm) will recommence.^^


For the Very 1st time,

" Come & acquainted with our newly promoted Management Council as they share & bring you through an interesting & enlightening day"


*In additional, our daily operating of the club (Except for wed) will be temporary ceased as we are currently on review of the club.

Should U have any doubts, feel free to email us @ spbs.sss@gmail.com We hope to cya there!

01 April 2009

Investiture of 44th Council

Dear Brothers & Sisters of SP Buddhist Society


On 18th April 2009,
We are having an annual
Investiture of 44th Council.


In this Occasion, the Outgoing Management Committee (43rd Council) will be handing over to the New Management Committee (44th Council) in the presence of Triple Gem. This is A Great Opportunity Not to be Miss to meet up and know the office-bearers for the 44th Council and Our Religious Advisors.

Details of the Event are as follow:

Date : 18th April 2009 (Saturday)
Time: 1.30pm
Venue: Singapore Polytechnic T1751
(We will meet at Dover MRT Control Station)

Attire: Smart - Casual

If you would like to Dana* Daily Necessities (No Food) to the Sangha, please let the receptionist know when you proceed to write your attendance.

See You There :)
May you be Well and Happy!

Should you have any enquires, feel free to email us by 11 April 2009.

*
dana (daana): Giving, liberality; offering, alms. Specifically, giving of any of the four requisites to the monastic order. More generally, the inclination to give, without expecting any form of repayment from the recipient.


26 March 2009

Talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

Dear all,

May this email be of great help in your daily well-being.

Venerable Thubten Chodron
,Our ex-Spritual Advisor, will be giving a dharma talk titled "Feeling Love When You Are Stressed"

Thursday 9th April, 2pm - 3.30pm at NUS, during her visit to Singapore in April.


The following is a short write- up on the topic:


"Feeling Love When You Are Stressed"


Sometimes it seems life piles on so much pressure on us that we think we might explode. When we feel stressed out and miserable, we often take it out on the people around us. But there's certainly better ways to deal with stressful situations. Ven. Thubten Chodron, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, is renowned for her practical (and humorous) advice in using the Dharma to address day-to-day problems.
Come learn from her how to keep your mind peaceful & your heart open even when you're under pressure.


Do visit http://www.thubtenchodron.org/ for more information about Venerable Thubten Chodron and her April Visit to Singapore .


Interested friends / in doubt feel free to drop an email to us by 5 April. We look forward to hear from you soon! ^^

25 March 2009

1 day tour @ Peranakan Museum

Hi all!

SPBS upcoming 44th Council warmly extend hers’ invitation to all fellow members to come & experience a day @ The Peranakan Museum - Serenity In Stone. This exhibition showcases Rare Sculptures from Qingzhou, dating back to 1,400 years!


Details as follows:

11 April 2009(Saturday)

Meeting Venue : City Hall Control Station
Meeting Time : 1pm
Admission Fees: FOC (All members will be fully-sponsored by SPBS)


Interested applicants or in doubts, feel free to email us by 05 April 2009.

Introduction on The Peranakan Museum – Serenity In Stone :
Stele with a Buddha & two bodhisattvas (LEFT) Eastern Wei (534–50 CE)Limestone, overall height 310cmCollection of the Qingzhou MuseumShandong Province, ChinaImage courtesy of Qingzhou Municipal Museum

Standing figure of a Bodhisattva. (RIGHT)Late Northern Wei - Eastern Wei (500-550 CE).Limestone, overall height 200cmCollection of the Qingzhou Museum,Shandong Province, ChinaImage courtesy of Shandong Provincial Museum
Getting To Peranakan Museum

Located at 39 Armenian Street, Singapore 179941.

By Train : About 10-minute walk from City Hall MRT Station.
By Car : Paid parking is available next to the Peranakan Museum.
By Bus : 7, 14, 16, 36, 97, 124, 131, 147, 162, 166, 174, 501 Express, 511 Express, 77, 167, 171, 190, 700, 700A and 857

*Bus stop opposite Singapore Management University

18 March 2009

44th Council Retreat

Hi all!

Our upcoming 44th Council Members are having their Retreat Training.

Phra Seng Jinavamso is the Guiding Bhante for this training.
This time round the Retreat shall be opened. All Members are welcomed.

Details as follows:

1st Apr - 7th Apr 2009 (Wednesday - Tuesday)

Venue: Palelai Buddhist Temple (Near Tanah Merah MRT Station)

Check-In
on 1st Apr (Wed), 8.30am

We shall be taking 8 Precepts Attire: Long Pants / T-Shirt (White)

Open up to 20 Person Only
If you are keen or any questions, please email to Xinhao before 27 March for further instructions.

Introduction on Guiding Bhante:

Phra Ajhan Jinavamso (Preferred to be addressed as Bhante Seng), will be the Guiding Bhante for this training.

He is most well-known for explanation of Dhamma based on Suttas and discipline in meditation.

His straight and detailed talks, strict attitude in guiding his students Meditation has gain many praises.

Our Religious Advisor, Ajhan Keng Khemako had recommended him to stay in Palelai for 3 months to guide the practitioners and devotees there.

Currently he is residing in Palelai till end of April.

For the time being, he is leading the Tuesday and Saturday Meditation Sessions, and Children Sunday School at Palelai Buddhist Temple.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn the skill of release from troubles!

12 March 2009

Ordination Ceremony

Every culture have its rite of passage into adulthood.
For young Theravada Buddhist men and women in Burma and Thailand, they would temporarily ordain for a certain period as a Bhikkhu/ Nun when they are usually coming of age.
The Upasampada Ceremony(Ordination), is the initiation of ordainees taking up the Full Buddhist Monastic Code of Conduct (Monks: 227 / Nuns: 331), for temporarily or maybe for life if one decides.


The above is an example of a Ordination Ceremony taken at Aruna Ratanagiri: Harnham Buddhist Monastery.(Copyright to Harnham, Picasa Photo Album)

SPBS is gathering for one at the Burmese Buddhist Temple to witness our Burmese President, Aung Nyen Chan Oo, taking part in the Ordination ceremony, fulfilling his cultural practice.

Usually, householders and laymen will gather to make merits, on what is considered to be an auspicious occasion, by giving appropriate items to the Sangha. So don't miss your chance to witness such an event. You may bring along appropriate items to donate to the Sangha.


Date: 16 March 2009 (Monday)
Time: 8am
Location: Burmese Buddhist Temple
14, Tai Gin Road
(Next to Dr Sun Yat Sen's Villa)
Please refer for directions at
http://www.burmesebuddhisttemple.org.sg/index.htm
You may also take other bus services from Newton MRT.
(Refer to bus stop/control station at Newton)

Leave a comment, or email us if you are interested.
Further instructions on meeting time and person-in-charge will be given to participants.

09 February 2009

Greetings: Happy Māgha Puja to you!

Dear all,

Happy Māgha Puja



It commemorates the unplanned assembly of 1,250 arahants in the Buddha's presence. One thousand of the gathered monks had previously achieved Awakening upon hearing the Buddha's delivery of the Fire Sermon; the remaining 250 were followers of the elder monks Ven. Moggallana and Ven. Sariputta.

This meeting is considered very significant in Buddhist history because first, it was done without previous appointment and was therefore a miracle, and secondly, all of them had been ordained by the Buddha himself.

To mark this auspicious gathering, the Buddha delivered the Ovada-Patimokkha Gatha, widely known by Buddhist today, a summary of the teachings, which all Buddhas in the Past, and future will teach.

"Māgha" is the name of the month (March) where this occassion happened. "Pujā" means offering. Overall, it means Offerings on the month of "Māgha" in commemration of the Great assembly of Sangha.

Now, let us reflect on the this important teaching, and honor the Buddha by practising it.

Ovada-Patimokkha Gatha


Khantī paramam tapo tītikkhā
Nibbānam paramam vadanti buddhā,
Na hi pabbajito parūpaghātī
Samano hoti param vihethayanto

Patient forbearance is the foremost austerity.
Liberation is foremost: that's what the Buddhas say
He is no monk who injures another;
nor a contemplative, he who mistreats another.

“忍辱是最高的苦行,
涅盘至上。”这是诸佛所说。
出家人不会伤害他人,
伤人者不是沙门。

Sabba-pāpassa akaranam,
Kusalassūpasampadā,
Sacitta-pariyodapanam,
Etam buddhāna-sāsanam.

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

不造一切恶,
实行一切善,
及清净自心,
是诸佛所教。

Anūpavādo anūpaghāto
Pātimokkhe ca samvaro
Mattaññutā ca bhattasmim
Pantañca sayan'āsanam.
Adhicitte ca āyogo:
Etam buddhāna-sāsananti.

Not disparaging, not injuring,
Restraint in line with the monastic code,
Moderation in food,
Dwelling in seclusion,
Commitment to the heightened mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

莫辱骂、莫伤害、
依照戒律自制*1、
饮食知节量、
安住于静处、
勤修增上心*2,
这是诸佛的教诫。

注:
*1. 原文是pātimokkhe ca samvaro,意即“依照别解脱律仪自制”。
*2. 增上心(adhicitta)即是禅定。


Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu!
May you have peace at heart and live in happiness!

24 January 2009

Closure of SPBS Clubroom (Edit)

Dearest fellow SPBS members

An ammendments to the email sent earlier, our closure will take effect from 2nd of February till the next academic year.

Do look out for updates on Santi Forest Retreat & our ex-Spritual Advisor, Venerable Thubten Chodron's visit on April.

With that, we would like to wish U a very Prosperous Chinese New Year & all the best in U Final Exam!

By the Bhavena (Power) of Noble Triple Gems, may all the Devas (Deity) Protect U!

23 January 2009

Semester Break

Dear Friends,

As the semester exams are closing in, we would like to announce temporary closure of SPBS.

But that doesn't mean you're off the hook from our activities!
Look out for upcoming Santi Forest Retreat and Venerable Thubten Chodron's visit to BS in April.

If you do need to seek us out, please drop us an email or leave a comment.

And until the next semester, use the upcoming holidays to practice giving, training your morality and get down to some serious mental cultivation.

Don't worry, you'll still be hearing from us.

And in the meantime,

15 January 2009

So what's cookin?


Hello DEAR FRIENDS,

It's that time of the year again.
SPBS is going to hold its Annual General Meeting on 19 January 2009 (MONDAY).
Location: T1751
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


But WHAT exactly is an AGM, you may ask?
But WHAT exactly is an AGM, you may ask?
  1. Well, it is basically a formal meeting to inform members about events that has taken place over the accounting year.
  1. And to give some insight on the financial status of a company.
  1. It is a common practice for all organizations.
And only the invited are privileged to attend.



Well that's cool and all, but what's the point?

The point is my friends, it serves as a reflection point for our society. It is for our members to judge whether we're on track to our Goals.
It is also for you to ask questions and you may even raise issues concerning the club. Who your thoughts and feedback could very well serve to strengthen our cause.

So why wait until you've graduated and join a company to see an AGM?
Witness how things are done systematically in an organization and play an ACTIVE part now!

And remember, its a formal affair.