Announcements (Wednesday, 18 May 2016)

image00141) This year’s Wesak day falls on Saturday, 21 May 2016. Our Wesak Celebration will start on Wesak Eve, Friday, 20 May with lighting of Blessings Oil Lamps at 7.30pm followed by Wesak Eve Buddha Puja, Dhamma Talk by Ven. Nyanaramsi, Procession Round the Vihara and Bodhi Tree, Chanting and Meditation. On Wesak Day, Puja Service will commence at 8.00am followed by the official launching of the Wesak Day Celebration at 9.45am. Blessings Service will be carried by the Maha Sangha.

On this Wesak Day, besides others, everyone has the opportunity to perform dana great merits by contributing to build our temple extension. To-date SJBA have received donations of about RM 5.6 million for its Building Extension. The cost of construction of the extension block is RM5 million (not including GST and interior design works which is estimated to be additional of about RM1 million, hence total of about RM6.5 million). We look forward for help to raise the balance in order for us to successfully complete the construction of the new building by end 2016.

From 11.00am to 2.30pm, vegetarian food will be provided. There will be a Blood Donation & Organ Pledge Campaign. We need around 200 volunteer helpers to help organize all these activities. Please register yourselves by writing your name at our Notice Board or call Sis. Lily at Tel. 03-56315299.

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) 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) This Sunday’ Dhamma Talk (10am) is on “Cultivating Mindfulness Based Emotional Composure” by Bro. Billy Tan. Billy Tan is a Professional Trainer and Business Development Consultant who has trained countless corporate executives and business professionals in more than 20 countries over the past three decades. Bro. Billy is a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), as well as being certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, USA, in Clinical Hypnotherapy. In recent years Bro. Billy has conducted several professional training programs for resident and visiting Monks at the Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Communication, Professional Presentation, Public Relations, Community Services, Leadership, and Management. In sharing the Dhamma, Bro. Billy researches discoveries from the fields of Neuroscience and Psychology to present teachings of the Buddha from a scientific perspective.
5) The Sunday’s Puja Service in Mandarin will be off for 4 Sundays and will resume on 19 June 2016.