Announcements (Wednesday, 1 June 2016)

image00141) SJBA will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this 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) 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.

3) 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).

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