Thursday, 25 October 2012

NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES:

1. SMC 8th Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony on 11 Nov, Sunday, 9 am 
Venue: HDB shelter Block 350, Canberra Road (opp Sembawang MRT) 
We are happy to invite you to our 8th Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony on 11 November 2012, Sunday at 9 am. Our meditation teachers and advisors, Sayadaw U Rajinda and Sayadaw U Sajjanalankara are currently residing at the Satipatthana Meditation Centre for the three-month vassa period. The ceremony will be held at the HDB shelter, Block 350, Canberra Road (opposite Sembawang MRT station – exit Entrance C). Devotees who wish to offer Kathina robes and requisites to the Sangha are welcome to participate in this meritorious offering ceremony. Robes will be available for offering at the centre.

Programme on 11 November 2012 (Sun)  
8.45 am
All sponsors to be seated
9.00 am
The Venerable Sangha take their seats
Taking of 5 precepts by the devotees
Offering of Kathina robes and requisites by the main sponsor
followed by devotees
Dhamma Talk
Sharing of Merits
11.00 am
Sanghikadana – Offering of lunch to the Sangha
Lunch for all devotees

For those who are driving, we would appreciate if you could park your car at the multi-storey car park, Block 351, Canberra Road.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Kathina Sponsor Form2012.pdf 

2. Sutta Discussions : Thursdays 25 Oct & 1, 8, 15, 22 Nov, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
A series of Sutta discussions (in English) will be conducted by Sayadaw U Sajjanalankara (Dvipitakadhara) as follows: 
Topic:  Meghiya Sutta, Pahtika Sutta, Bahiya Sutta 
Date :   Thursdays, 25 Oct, 1, 8, 15, 22 Nov 2012
Time:    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at SMC

‘ 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:  
(1) Meghiya Sutta, Required Steps to Spiritual progress. This discourse is centered on principal requirements for those who want to progress in the journey of spiritual cultivation and progress.
(2)  Pahtika Sutta, an interesting account of Buddha's attendant named Sunekkhatta who was a sceptic on wisdom and power of Buddha.This Sutta is a account of human psyche gone wild if left unchecked and untrained.
(3) Bahiya Sutta.This discourse is about very well-known but succinct teachings given to a disciple named Bahiya.If applied in daily life,it can lead to development of wisdom, peace and happiness.

Venerable Sayadaw U Sajjanalankara (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. SMC Youth Meditation Retreat, 20-24 Nov 2012, 9.30 am - 6.30 pm
Satipatthana Meditation Centre (SMC) is inviting young adults to join Special Youth Meditation Retreat Programme (2012). This retreat is specially conducted as the first time for young adults from age 15 to 25.
Date: Nov 20 (Tue) - Nov 24 (Sat), 2012
Time: 9:30am - 6:30pm at SMC
Age limit: 15 - 25 (younger ones will be considered if they are keen)
Teachers: Sayadaw U Rajinda,  Sayadaw U Sajjanalankara
Precept observed: 8 Right Livelihood precepts combined with Loving Kindness.
Language: English (Burmese upon request)
To register:   
Download registration form and email completed form to  smc.retreat@gmail.com
Closing date: Oct 31 or earlier (subject to availability)
Donations for lunch dana are welcome!

4. Group Meditation Sessions:  4, 18 & 25 Nov (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): 25 Nov 2012, Sunday,  9 am
On Sunday 28 Oct, 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.

We will also be celebrating the birthday of our Religious Advisor, Sayadaw U Rajinda on 25 Nov morning at 10 am. We invite and welcome all devotees to join us on this happy occasion.  Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! 

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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