Saturday, 6 October 2012

OCTOBER ACTIVITIES:


1. Meditation for Beginners (English): 
7 sessions, Saturdays, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm 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)

2. Sutta Discussions : Thursdays, 4, 11, 18, 25 Oct & Nov, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
A series of Sutta discussions (in English) will be conducted by Sayadaw U Sajjanalankara (Dvipitakadhara) as follows: 
Topic:  Payasi Sutta    (Digha Nikaya)  
An account of Venerable Kumara Kassapa’s debate with the nihilist Governor Payasi of Setavya who believed that there is no rebirth after death
Date :   Thursdays, 4, 11, 18 & 25 Oct & 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:  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 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. Vipassana Meditation Retreat: 26, 27, 28 Oct (Fri - Sun)
A Vipassana Meditation Retreat will be conducted by Venerable Sayadaw U Rajinda and Venerable Sajjanalankara (Dvipitakadhara) from 26 to 28 Oct at our centre.   Food and drinks sponsors are welcome.

4. 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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5. Group Meditation Sessions:  7, 14, 21 & 28 Oct (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!

6. Pindapata (alms food offering): 28 Oct 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.

7. Upcoming Activities in Nov:
SMC 8th Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony on 11 Nov, Sunday, 9 am
Venue: HDB shelter Block 350, Canberra Road (opp Sembawang MRT) 











Kathina2012.pdf

8. SMC Youth Meditation Retreat, 20-24 Nov 2012, 9.30 am - 6.30 pm
A meditation retreat will be conducted for youths of 15 to 25 years old in English from 20-24 Nov 2012 at SMC.  Please download the application here.

9. 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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