Announcements (Thursday, 26 May 2016)

image00141) SJBA will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) next Sunday, 5 June 2016 at 9.30am. The Agenda include receiving and adopting the Executive Committee’s Annual Report, Audited Statement of Accounts, and deliberation of other matters as deemed fit by the Assembly and election of the Exco for the term 2016/18. You are cordially invited to join us.

2) Members are cordially invited to attend a 6-lesson “Introduction to Satipatthana Meditation Course”, to be held at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association, end of May till Early June.

This is a practical course which introduces the principles and basic teachings of Insight Meditation as taught by the Buddha.

At the end of the course, there will be a 4 days 3 nights weekend meditation retreat at Subang Jaya Buddhist Meditation.

The course plan:

Orientation Talk by Bro Tan Siang Chye : 26 May, Thursday – 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm
* In the Orientation talk, we shall brief you the objectives and benefits of attending the course.

Lesson 1 by Venerable Nyanramsi : 27 May, Friday – 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm

Lesson 2 & 3 by Venerable Nyanramsi: 28 May, Saturday – 2 pm to 9 pm

Lesson 4 & 5 by Venerable Nyanramsi: 29 May, Sunday – 2 pm to 9 pm

Lesson 6 by Venerable Nyanramsi: 3 June, Friday – 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm

4 Days 3 Nights Stay-in Meditation Retreat: 2 to 5 June

Please email or call us now to confirm your participation!
Email : office@sjba.org
Phone : 03- 5631 5299 / 5634 8181 (Sis. Lily or Sis. Cindy)

3) As part of its Community Services, SJBA is hosting a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training on 26 June 2016 (Sunday) at 11.30am by a Staff Nurse from New Hope Learning Centre. The training will train participants what to do in case the heart of someone stop pumping, etc. For further information, please call Bro James Khoo at 03-56348181, 56315299.

4) On 17 July 2016, SJBA is hosting a 1-day Sutta Study with Meditation Workshop on “HOW TO DIMINISH THE EFFECTS OF BAD PAST KAMMA”, facilitated by Ven. Aggacitta.
Many Buddhists believe in performing various rituals to cleanse themselves of their bad past kamma (or at least diminish its effects) which is influenced by the folk beliefs and rituals. On the other hand, more knowledgeable Buddhists may think that performing more good kamma is more efficacious.

The purpose of this workshop to go back to the roots by investigating what the Pāḷi suttas actually say about this matter. However, even more important than mere textual analysis is the practicality of our efforts, discoveries and conclusions: how will they help us interpret the suttas meaningfully so that we can practise effectively to reduce and eventually end suffering. To emphasise this pragmatic approach towards the study of the suttas, periods of mindfulness practice will be incorporated in the workshop.

Venerable Aggacitta Mahāthera is a Malaysian Buddhist monk ordained at Mahasi Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Burma, in 1979. He trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaws U Paṇḍita (Paṇḍitārāma), U Tissara (Yankin), U Āciṇṇa (Pa Auk) and U Tejaniya (Shwe Oo Min). Besides practising meditation, he studied advanced Pāli and translation in Thai and Burmese under Sayadaw U Dhammananda at Wat Tamaoh, Lampang, Thailand, 1983-84. He continued to study the Pāli Tipiṭaka in Myanmar and researched on its interpretation and practice until his return to Malaysia at the end of 1994.

In 2000 he founded Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, a Theravāda monk training centre nestled among secluded valleys and brooks near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia. Venerable Aggacitta is a Monastic Adviser of the Theravāda Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM).

5) The Sunday’s Puja Service in Mandarin will be off for 4 Sundays and will resume on 19 June 2016.

6) This Sunday’s Dhamma Talk (29/5/16,10.10am) in English will be on “Buddhist Monastic Robes & Attire” by Bro Wong Mun Yee. Bro. Mun Yee began learning Buddhism at St John’s Institution’s Buddhist Society, Kuala Lumpur. He participated actively in Buddhist youth camps and was a core member of Dhammaduta Youth (D2Y). In university, he established Mitchell Buddhist Group and graduated from Australia. He had the opportunity to serve both local and international Buddhist organizations in various capacities such as representative of Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, Deputy President of Buddhist Gem Fellowship and Assistant Secretary General (Buddhist Education) of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY). He continues to share Dharma with young adults from local camps, colleges and universities such as Sunway, UCSI, MMU, IMU & Monash. Beside his active participation in Dhammaduta work, he continues to pursue his passion as founder and creative director of Flora Mandarava, a floral design company.