Friday, 24 August 2012

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES:

1.       Meditation for Beginners (English): 7 sessions, 
Saturdays, 7.30 pm – 9.30pm on 8, 15, 22, 29 Sept, 6, 13, 20 Oct 2012
Vipassana meditation is an awareness meditation. It teaches you to be with the present moment, to live in the present moment. Through this practice, one can purify one’s mind of mental defilements of greed, hatred and delusion, overcome sorrow, lamentation, pain and grief, as well as to cope better with the stress of daily living.

Meditation classes for beginners will be conducted in English by Sayadaw U Rajinda every Saturday for 7 weeks from 8 September to 20 Oct 2012 at 7.30 pm. 
The course is free. 

Meditation for Beginners Poster

Course outline is as follows:
Basic instructions on walking & sitting meditation
Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Vipassana Meditation)
-   Contemplation of the Body (Kayanupassana)   
-   Contemplation of the Feelings (Vedanupassana)
-   Contemplation of the Mind (Cittanupassana)
-   Contemplation of the Mental Objects (Dhammanupassana)
         
Class :   Meditation for Beginners
Date :    Saturdays, 8 Sept – 20 Oct 2012
Time:    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at SMC

Registration:  Register by 5 Sept 2012
 -  Email  Please email your name & HP to sati_patthana@yahoo.com.sg   OR
 -  Sms ‘REG MEDITATION CLASS <your name & email address>’ to 86191877

2.       Sutta Discussions : Thursdays from 30 Aug, 6 & 13 Sept, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
A series of Sutta discussions (in English) will be conducted by Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara (Dvipitakadhara) as follows:

Topic:  Bodhi Rāja Kumāra Sutta    (Majjhima Nikaya) 
An inspiring account of the quest for enlightenment
Date :   Thursdays, 30 Aug, 6 & 13 Sept 2012
Time:    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at SMC

Registration: 
- Please email your name & HP to sati_patthana@yahoo.com.sg  or
-  Sms ‘REG SUTTA  <your name & email address>’ to 86191877

 
Dhamma Poster

 ‘ 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. 

Synopsis:  Bodhi Rāja Kumāra Sutta  (Majjhima Nikaya)
This discourse is an inspiring account and narrative told by Lord Buddha himself. The Sutta is about Buddha's early days after renunciation while struggling to find the right path to spiritual development and perfect Enlightenment.   He told every experience of His spiritual search in a very candid and forthright manner. Like all of us, he walked on the spiritual path facing daunting challenges, the challenges which a person of ordinary determination, courage and personal caliber will not be able to overcome. Every struggle of Buddha comes alive throughout the discourse with words of candid admission, wise thoughts and tactful but tenacious will to move on the right path of discovering truth and liberation from suffering.  You will learn how He had had to face all the obstacles originating from both His own mind and external circumstances and how he was able to overcome them without ever being misled by any challenge or obstacles along the path.  Almost all of Buddha's experiences are amazingly unique in that the discourse itself becomes a detailed complete recollection of the greatest sacred journey to Enlightenment and Perfect Buddhahood where mental purity and total holiness are spontaneous but enduring outcomes. He never fails in his wit and wisdom, right decision making process even when going through bewildering crossroads of his spiritual journey.  Every word said by the Buddha in the discourse resonates with vivid clarity and profound wisdom which can inspire awe and respect. It will motivate one to follow the spiritual path trodden by Buddha for one's own spiritual well-being and for others too.

Next in a series of topics in Sutta study class:  Pāyāsi Sutta (Digha Nikaya) This discourse is a lively dialogue between two individuals on very serious yet contentious metaphysical subjects. On one side is a skillful, famous disciple of Buddha known as Venerable Kumara Kassapa and Governer Pāyāsi on the other side. Most of dialogue is centered on humanity's controversial subjects such as afterlife, the existence of soul and working of Kamma, etc. It is an interesting discourse with a lot of well-reasoned arguments and counter-arguments from both sides which can broaden views and enriches knowledge.

Venerable Sayadaw U Sejjanalankara (Dvipitakadhara) is a well-versed in Buddhist texts and a highly learned monk who has studied Buddhist texts for many years. He is an academic skilled in all major Theravada Buddhist Pali scriptures along with relevant commentaries and sub-commentaries.  He is now based in Satipatthana Meditation Centre, Singapore, while sometimes travelling to North America to conduct meditation retreats and meditation workshops.

3.    Uposatha Observance of 9 Precepts cum Retreat: 2 Aug - 30 Oct 2012 at 9 am
          Uposatha observance days will be conducted at the centre during vassa period.  We are pleased to invite lay devotees who wish to take 3 Refuges and observe 9 Precepts on new moon, 1st quarter, full moon & last quarter.  The sessions will be conducted in Burmese.

Program:
Programme
9.15 am
Taking 3 Refuges & 9 Precepts
Meditation (optional)
11.00 am
Lunch (provided)
Meditation (optional)

Uposatha Observance Days
New Moon
First Quarter
Full Moon
Last Quarter
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2 Aug (Thu)
10 Aug (Fri)
17 Aug (Fri)
25 Aug (Sat)
1 Sept (Sat)
9 Sept (Sun)
15 Sept (Sat)
23 Sept (Sun)
30 Sept (Sun)
8 Oct (Mon)
15 Oct (Mon)
23 Oct (Tues)
30 Oct (Tues)
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 4.     Group Meditation Sessions:  2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Sept (Sun), 9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Group meditation will be conducted on every Sunday of the month from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.  All are welcome to join us in the group meditation session at our centre.  Lunch will be provided for all yogis. 

We would appreciate if yogis could register your attendance by email (name, contact number, session). This is will help us in our lunch preparation for yogis. Sponsors for lunch dana and maintenance expenses, as well as Dhamma volunteers, are most welcome.   Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

5.      Pindapata (alms food offering): 30 Sept 2012, Sunday,  9 am
On Sunday 30 Sept, our two Venerables will be going on pindapata (collection of alms food) at 9-9.30am in the vicinity of the market (near platform area) at Chong Pang City, Yishun Ring Road.  Giving alms food or food dana is one of the meritorious deeds. Devotees who wish to participate in this meritorious activity may offer packet cooked food and dry food stuff (e.g. fruit, uncooked rice, sugar, salt, oil, biscuits, tissue paper, uncooked bee hoon, 3-in-1 beverages, toilet roll, soap, etc). Everyone is welcome to participate in this meritorious event and share the merit. Please do not offer money during the alms round as the monks will accept food and other daily necessities only.

6.      Weekly Activities :
Thursday, 7.30 pm
Meditation & Dhamma Talk (English)
Sunday, 9.30 am  6.30 pm
Group Meditation & Observance of 9 Precepts
Sunday, 7.30 pm
Meditation & Dhamma Talk (Burmese)

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