“Mindfulness in Daily Life” by Venerable Seelananda

To sustain the continuity of the interest of the ever popular Dhamma talks organised by Buddhism in Daily Life under its Dhamma Talk series, has scheduled a new talk on 8th January 2018 “Mindfulness in Daily Life” by Venerable Seelananda, even before the closing of the year 2017 with its last talk on 30th October by Bhante Cakkapala.

Do mark your calendar and make a date on January 8th 2018 learn how to cultivate mindfulness and also a reminder for the finale event for the current year on October 30th 2017 .

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Submitted by: Chin Kee Thou

Date: October 20th 2017.

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“Should Buddhists be conservative?” by Venerable Kanugoile Rathanasara – An audio recording

At the invitation of the MV Dhamma Fellowship, Venerable Kanugoile Rathanasara delivered a talk on October 2nd 2017 organised by Buddhism in Daily Life under its series of Dhamma talk entitled “Should Buddhists be conservative?” at the Chew Quee Neo Hall which was also the penultimate talk for the current year.

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Bhante Kanugolie Rathanasara, an eloquent speaker in action.

His reputation as an eloquent speaker is no stranger to the Buddhist commune; and as with his previous talks held here attracted a reasonable large crowd.

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A reasonable good turn up for Bhante …

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… with the attendees listened attentively to his talk.

Questions and answers session

There was a good response and active participation during the questions and answers session. An enthusiastic participant engaged in sparring with the speaker and also a weigh in support from the floor expressed his view and stance in support of the speaker.

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Audio recording clip

As with all the other Dhamma talks held here and for the benefit of those who could not attend the session this audio recording is embedded for your listening pleasure and also for those attendees who may wish to listen to it again.

The session ended at about 9:15 pm with the dedication and sharing of merits recitation conducted by Bhante.

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Dedication and sharing of merits.

The gift of the Dhamma excels all other gifts, the flavour of the Dhamma excels all other flavours. (Dhp 354)

You are cordially invited to visit The Photo Gallery to view more photos.

Do mark your calendar and keep a date for the last Dhamma Talk of the year on October 30th 2017.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Contributors:

Content and photos by Chin Kee Thou

Audio recording by Chin Kee Thou assisted by David Chau and Chan May Wan

The contributors collectively take responsibility for any inadvertence factual or otherwise.

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The Community Outreach programme celebrates Mid-Autumn festival (中秋节) with senior citizens of Eunos Crescent

The MV Dhamma Fellowship on October 1st 2017 brought joy and celebrated 中秋节 (Mid-Autumn festival) which falls on October 4th 2017 with the senior citizens at Eunos Crescent vide its Community Outreach programme.

The group congregated at Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) posed for a group photograph with Bhante Cakkapala, religious advisor, before dispersal to visit the chosen families.

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Group photo with our religious advisor, Bhante Cakapala

The true nature of annica

Realising the philosophy of Buddhism in a nutshell is annica, dukkha and annata.  It is the intrinsic nature of impermanence that is the reality of life as everything changes by the seconds and minutes. So is the nature of this Community Outreach programme that imperatively faces changes as well, which debuted in 2011.

The Community Outreach programme kick started with visits to half a dozen of families has somewhat dwindled to three families due to the inevitable attrition like old age, illness and death.

Since its inception in 2011 and over the years, three deaths had occurred and currently three senior citizens who are afflicted with ageing ailments, chronic illness and infirmity have been admitted to nursing homes.

Festive goodies

As usual during this visit to the three families we showered them with festive season goodies like multi-flavour moon cakes and pomelo; beverages like high calcium milk powder fortified with omega 3 & 6, coffee bags, Milo, instant oat cereal, instant mixed brown rice and oat and assorted biscuits.

Household items like toothpaste and tooth brush, medicated plaster and medicated cream for muscle ache.

Visit to nursing home

We have not forgotten a Mr Gan, former resident who is admitted to the All Saints Home in Tampines and three volunteers: Brother Yeap Cheow Soon, Sisters Lily Chan and Cheng Seow Eng visited him to share and celebrate the festive occasion. (As a respect for his privacy we refrained from taking any snapshot).

Family visits

The rest of the entourage visited the three families together instead of individual group to the respective family, shared and brought joy to them collectively with love and care.

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Joyful visit to the first family with smiling faces all around …. …

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… … followed by the second family with happy faces abound … …

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… … and the last family in boisterous mood.

Benefit of the visits

It was a delightful visit and the benefit of visiting these lonely citizens that brought and shared the joy with them was to show concern for others. “How is a person concerned with his own and the good of the others? Concerning this, one is concerned with the restraint of greed, hatred and delusion in himself, and he encourages others in the same restraint.” (A.III,172).

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You are cordially invited to visit the Photo Gallery for more photos.

Contributor: Chin Kee Thou

Date: October 3rd 2017

The contributor takes responsibility for any inadvertence factual or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An audio recording: “Two aspects of morality” by Bhante Cakkapala

The MV Dhamma Fellowship under its Buddhism in Daily Life programme was grateful to Bhante Cakapala who delivered a talk on September 18th 2017 under the Dhamma Talk series, entitled “Two aspects of morality”.

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Bhante Cakkapala delivered his talk … … …

Bhante Cakkapala was the second resident monk from Managal Vihara (Buddhist Temple) to grace the event, the first being Venerable U Cittara.

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… … … and the second resident monk from Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple).

As with any of the other talks it garnered a respectable turnout of nearly a hundred participants and the talk was injected with humour in lighter vein to their amusement.

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The talk injected with humour to the amusement of the participants.

There was a lively questions and answers session from the floor with some intrigue questions raised. You may be able to hear them from the audio recording and be amused.

Q and Time

Like any event, there were some who missed it due to whatever reasons best known to themselves.

However, in the spirit of propagating the Dhamma it is a noble deed to bring the Dhamma to them with this audio recording.

The gift of the Dhamma excels all other gifts. (Dhammapada verse 354).

The Dhamma Talk series has scheduled two more talks on October 2nd 2017 and October 30th 2017  and do make sure you mark your calendar so as not to miss them.

Upholding the tradition of Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) every lesson conducted by the resident monks ends with the chanting of the Chatta Manava Gatha as the finale of the session.

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Chanting of the Chatta Manava Gatha as the finale of the session.

You may view more photos from The Photo Gallery and perhaps catch your presence in it.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Contributors:

Text and photos: Chin Kee Thou

Audio clips: Chin Kee Thou, David Chua and Chan May Wan

Date: September 19th 2017

The contributors take responsibility for any inadvertence factual or otherwise.

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Dhamma Talk – “Three types of Happiness” by Bhante Cakkapala

We all want to be happy. But which type of happiness do we desire?  

If you wish to know more about the three types happiness from a Buddhist perspective then make a date on October 30th 2017 to hear from Bhante Cakkapala.

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Submitted by: Chin Kee Thou
Date: September 13th 2017  

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An audio recording of “Criteria of a Buddhist” by Venerable U Cittara

The MV Dhamma Fellowship had the privilege to have invited Venerable U Cittara, Chief Resident Monk of Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) who delivered a Dhamma Talk on the topic “Criteria of a Buddhist” on September 11th 2017. The Dhamma Talk series is an activity of Buddhism in Daily Life programme.

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A privilege to have Venerable U Cittara, Resident Chief Monk of Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple), to deliver a Dhamma talk.

Incidentally, this was his second time he graced the occasion and; the first time his lecture was recorded with a garage-type-setup audio recording system.

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The talk was recorded with a garage-type-setup audio recording system.

It as an average turnout in attendance with a family attended with two young children in tow to listen to the wise sayings of the Buddha.  The topic, appropriately based on the theme of Mangala Sutta, (from Khuddaka Nikaya, Book 5 Sutta-Nipata, Culavagga 4) which is on family matters and affair.

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A young family with children in tow listen attentively to the Dhamma.

This audio recording is for all to share especially for those who missed it for whatever reasons; in maintaining the spirit of propagating the Dhamma as the Lord Buddha did after attainment of Enlightenment and having observed the first vassa-residence at Isipatana, Migadăya, sent forth the sixty disciples to go on missionary work:

Bhikkhus, go out in all the eight directions for the mundane and supramundane welfare, prosperity and happiness of the many beings, such devas, humans and Brahmas.  Let not two of you travel together for each journey, ………………………..

“Bhikkhus, teach the Dhamma that is full of virtuous qualities in all its three phases, namely, the beginning, the middle and the end; and endowed with the spirit and the letter. ……………………..

“Bhikkhus, there are many beings, such as devas, humans and Brahmas, who have little dust of impurity in their eyes of wisdom.  Through not hearing the Dhamma, they will suffer a great loss of the extraordinary Dhamma which is the Path and the Fruition.” (Maha Vegga, 19 – 20).

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Garage-type-setup audio recording system.

The session rounded up at 9:30 pm with the chanting of Chatta Manava Gatha led by Sister Lily Chan before the attendees dispersed for the night.

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Leading the chanting of Chatta Manava Gatha by Sister Lily Chan … …

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… … together with the attendees before dispersal for the night.

The Dhamma Talk series for the current year is still in progress and you are cordially invited to attend the next Talk scheduled on September 11th 2017 and October 2nd 2017.

Do keep a lookout for more events in October which will be announced in due course.

You may wish to visit The Photo Gallery to view more photos or perhaps have a glimpse of your face.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Contributor: Chin Kee Thou

Date: September 12th 2017.

Contents, photos and audio clip by contributor who takes responsibility for any inadvertence factual or otherwise.

 

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Dhamma Talk – “Should Buddhists be conservative?”

Is there such label as a conservative or progressive Buddhist?  How do they fit in our modern society? Let us get the right view from Venerable Kanugolie Rathanasara Thero on October 2nd 2017.

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Submitted by: Chin Kee Thou

Date: September 1st 2017

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