MESSAGE FROM THE EXCO
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma,
SJBA got off to a good start for the year 2013 with a big bang literally, with a colourful display of fireworks right after midnight on the eve of the New Year. The mood was joyful and cheerful. Just hours earlier, our members and devotees have received the blessings from the Sangha, sang Buddhist hymns and joined in a happy fellowship supper with a number of volunteers on stage in a charity karaoke that raised more than RM3,000 for the Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Kurang Upaya.
In response to an appeal from Ven. Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera, Chief Monk of Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of flood victims (265,00 people affected and 42 people died), SJBA promptly responded on 3rd January. 2013 by donating biscuits, sardine, dry beans, maggi mee, milo, milk and school items worth RM8,000. It is hope that our contributions can help bring some relief to those suffering ones.
On 10th January 2013, 10am, many SJBA members turned up to welcome the Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, to officiate the opening ceremony of the RM1.3 million overhead pedestrian bridge in front of SJBA. The bridge will help relieve the traffic and parking problems that SJBA has been experiencing for so many years. Hopefully, no one will be knocked down again while trying to cross the busy Persiaran Kewajipan to our Vihara. We thank the Menteri Besar as well as our State Assemblyman, YB Hannah Yeoh whose selfless and tireless effort to push for the building of this bridge finally made it a reality.
On 13th January 2013, Sayadaw U Rewata helped launch the new SJBA website which is a total face lift of the old website. The new SJBA website has many current features including social media, and has the latest SJBA news, announcements, notices, forthcoming activities, Dhamma sharing, etc. Do visit our website at http//www.sjba.org to get the latest updates.
On 26th January 2013, the Traditional Chinese Treatment (TCM) Service was officially opened by YB Hannah Yeoh. TCM is another SJBA’s community service for its members and devotees. SJBA has arranged 2 experienced Chinese Physicians qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment to give treatment to those with certain sicknesses and bodily ache/pain, every Saturday, 9am to 12pm, at SJBA since October 2012.
Chinese New Year Celebration are just days away. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 10th February. We look forward to celebrate this joyous occasion with you at SJBA’s “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” Potluck dinner on 23rd February 2013. Please come with your family, relatives and friends to enjoy the various program planned for the night, together with some visitors from the Old Folks Homes. You may do some dana by giving angpows to the old folks from the Old Folks Homes who will be invited by SJBA to watch the various performances. On the next day, 24th February 2013, our Sunday Dhamma School children, Youth Section and Teen Quest members will be making house calls to bring auspicious New Year greetings and songs, Buddhist hymns and good wishes to the hosts and family. Those who wish to invite them to your homes on may book through Sis. Lily at Tel. 03-56348181.
Through these and other activities, we hope to foster better fellowship and closer friendship amongst our devotees in line with our Vision of “SJBA – A Friendly and Caring Dhamma Centre”. Let us bring to fruition this Vision together. May all the good deeds of yours bring you good health, happiness and success in our life as you continue to walk the Noble Eight Path until you achieve your highest spiritual goal. May 2013 be a better year for all of us.
Happily we serve,
1) Regular Updates
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2) Reminder of Membership Renewal for Ordinary Members
Have your Ordinary Membership been renewed? Please check your membership status at SJBA office. To assist SJBA to reduce administrative work, we appeal to all Ordinary Members to convert their Ordinary Membership to Life Membership (RM100).
3) Mandarin Puja Session
SJBA is planning a Puja Session conducted in Mandarin (and occasionally in common Chinese dialects) beginning 10th March 2013, 11.30am to 12.30pm at SJBA Shrine Hall. Please inform and invite your Chinese speaking relatives and friends. The gift of the Dhamma is the highest gift so give this gift of Dhamma to your relatives and friends. If you have old people who need transport to and back from SJBA, please call Sis Lily or Sis Cindy at 03-56348181.
4) Traditional Chinese Medicine Service
As another community service for its members and devotees, Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA) has arranged 2 experienced Chinese Physicians qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment to give treatment to those with certain sicknesses and bodily ache/pain, every Saturday, 9am to 12pm, at SJBA. For more information, please call Bro Chong Yuen Fong at h/p: 012-2677473.
|Gong Xi, Gong Xi Potluck Dinner
||We wish to invite all members and devotees and your relatives and friends to join us at our “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” Potluck dinner to celebrate the Chinese New Year together and promote fellowship as we enjoy the various program planned for the night together from some guests from the Old Folks Homes.
|23rd Feb 2013
7.30pm to 10pm
|Chinese New Year Choir
||Our Sunday Dhamma School children, Youth Section and Teen Quest members will be making house calls to bring auspicious New Year greetings and songs, Buddhist hymns and good wishes to the hosts and family. Those who wish to invite them to your homes on 24th February 2013, may book through Sis. Lily at Tel. 03-56348181.
Day: Time: Starting Point:
|24th Feb 2013
|Introduction To Buddhism Course
||SJBA will be organizing the Introduction to Buddhism course from 1 March to 19 April 2013. The course will run for 8 consecutive Fridays from 8.30pm to 10.00pm and will be conducted by Uncle Vijaya, Bro Charlie Chia and Dr Chan Kah Yein. All are welcome. No pre-registration is required. Please contact Sis Lily at 03-56348181 for further details.
Please give this gift of the Dhamma to your relatives and friends by inviting them to attend this course. The gift of the Dhamma is the highest gift.
|1st Mar to
19th April 2013
8.30pm to 10pm
|Qing Ming Pattidana
||In conjunction with Qing Ming, SJBA is organising a Pattidana to dedicate merits to the departed ones. Pattidana is for the benefit of those departed relatives and friends who may have been reborn in certain unfortunate state of existence. When they are aware that their relatives or friends have performed some meritorious deeds dedicated to them, they can be relieved of their suffering. When they rejoice repeatedly, their unhappy birth will be transformed to a happy one. It is the duty of relatives to perform these acts of merits for the departed ones. The Pattidana will start with the offering of flowers and lights at 8am, Metta Recitation, Buddha Puja, Dhamma Talk by Bhante Nyanaramsi, Dedication of Merits to Departed Ones.
|7th April 2013
8.00am to 11am
Will The Real Buddha’s Dhamma Please Stand Up!
by Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahathera
It is more than two thousand five hundred years since the Buddha’s parinibbana (passing on) and there is a proliferation of teachings claiming to be the Buddha’s teaching (Dhamma). That being so, many people are confused and led astray. All this was foreseen by the Buddha.
In the Vinaya (Monastic Discipline) books and Anguttara Nikaya Sutta 8.51, the Buddha said the True Dhamma will last five hundred years. This means it will be pure and unadulterated during this period only.
In Samyutta Nikaya Sutta 16.13 the Buddha warned that counterfeit Dhamma will arise in the world, just like counterfeit gold, causing the True Dhamma to disappear. Thus it is imperative that we distinguish clearly the true from the counterfeit, in order to preserve the True Dhamma.
When the Buddha was about to enter parinibbana he instructed the monks “…. What I have taught and explained to you as Dhamma Vinaya, that will be your Teacher after I am gone. “ (Digha Nikaya Sutta 16).
The Vinaya is for monastics only (bhikkhus and bhikkhunis) and all schools of Buddhism have similar Vinaya.
So what is the Dhamma of the Buddha? In Anguttara Nikaya Sutta 4.180 the Buddha said that if any monk claims that “This is Dhamma, this is Vinaya, this is the Master’s teaching”, his words should neither be accepted nor rejected. Instead, they should be compared to the Suttas (discourses) and Vinaya of the Buddha. Only when they agree with Suttas and Vinaya can they be said to be the teaching of the Buddha. If not, they should be rejected.
From the above we see clearly that the Dhamma refers only to the discourses (Suttas) of the Buddha, not of any other Teacher. Hence it is that we take refuge only with the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha. The Buddha foresaw this danger when he proclaimed in Anguttara Nikaya Sutta 5.88 that a monk who has long gone forth, well known, famous, with a large following of laypersons and monastics, learned in the scriptures, even such a monk can have wrong views. Thus in Digha Nikaya Sutta 16, the Buddha said “Be a lamp unto yourselves, be a refuge unto yourselves, with no other refuge; take the Dhamma as your lamp, take the Dhamma as your refuge, with no other refuge”. Hence the Buddha advises us to depend on our own efforts and on the teaching of the Buddha only.
In Samyutta Nikaya Sutta 20.7, the Buddha also predicted that in the future the monks will not listen to, study, or master, the discourses of the Buddha. Instead they prefer to listen to, study, and master the discourses of disciples (i.e. later monks), thus causing the disappearance of the Buddha’s Dhamma. This is a clear advice from the Buddha that we should only listen to, study, and master the Suttas, not any other books/teachings.
To know the real discourses of the Buddha, we have to know what were the discourses of the Buddha during the five hundred years period after the Buddha’s parinibbana. Archeological excavations, new discoveries, research, etc. now confirm that during the time of Emperor Asoka, i.e. about two hundred and fifty years after the Buddha’s parinibbana, the Dhamma consisted only of five collections (Nikaya) of the Buddha’s discourses. These are:-
(i) Digha Nikaya – long discourses.
(ii) Majjhima Nikaya – middle length discourses.
(iii) Samyutta Nikaya – short discourses grouped according to subject/topic.
(iv) Anguttara Nikaya – short discourses arranged according to numerical content.
(v) Khuddaka Nikaya – minor miscellaneous collection of discourses.
The complete Pali Nikayas have been preserved until the present-see Prof. Akira Hirakawa’s book “A History of Indian Buddhism” page 73. However the Khuddaka Nikaya has grown over the years to become a major rather than minor collection. Only about six books now are consistent with the earlier four Nikayas (see the author’s booklet “Liberation”).
These then are the most authentic collections of the Buddha’s teaching we have available now.
The Buddha said in Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 117 (Mahacattarisaka Sutta) that in practicing the Noble Eightfold Path, one must attain Right View first. Right View is the first factor, which will lead one to the second, then third, etc. In other words, without Right View one has not entered on the Path. Hence attaining Right View is extremely important. Attaining Right View is synonymous with attaining Stream Entry (First Path/Magga) as it means one has attained the vision of the Dhamma (dhammacakkhu).
According to Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 43 there are two conditions for the arising of Right View: the voice of another (teaching us the Dhamma), and thorough attention. Thus listening to the Dhamma is always stressed by the Buddha, and he called his followers Savaka (listeners). This same sutta says that Right View must be assisted by five factors in order to attain liberation or Arahanthood: moral conduct, listening to Dhamma, discussion of Dhamma, calming the mind, contemplation. This shows the importance of listening to Dhamma from the first step in practicing the Noble Eightfold Path until the very last step when liberation is attained.
It is so sad that many so called Buddhists (“listeners”), don’t listen to (or study) the Buddha’s discourses. They do not realize how difficult it is to meet the Dhamma of a Samma Sambuddha. In Digha Nikaya Sutta 14 the Buddha mentioned only six Samma Sambuddha in ninety-one world cycles (kappa) past, so rare is it to find a Buddha willing to teach! It is due to the proliferation of writings after five hundred years from the Buddha’s parinibbana, all professing to be the Buddha’s teaching, that people are confused.
In Digha Nikaya Sutta 29, the Buddha said he has taught the holy life which is perfect, complete, and utterly pure. If someone were to deduct or add anything to it, then he does not see it. This means that we should listen to or study only the original Dhamma of the Buddha embodied in the five Nikayas as it is complete. It also means that those who wrote the many counterfeit Dhamma do not see the Buddha’s Dhamma, i.e. they do not possess Right View.
This can be seen very clearly, for example in the interpretation of the Bodhisatta (or Bodhisattva) Path, i.e. the path to Buddhahood. Later teachings say that one needs to cultivate the six, or later ten, paramis (perfections of character). The actual Bodhisatta Path is stated very clearly by the Buddha in Majjhima Nikaya Sutta 27 (Culahatthipadopama Sutta). This the Buddha calls “the footprints of the Tathagata (Buddha)”, and consists of seven steps (1) First Jhana (2) Second Jhana (3) Third Jhana (4) Fourth Jhana (5) Recollection of Past Lives (6) Seeing the passing away and rebirth of beings with the Divine Eye (7) Destruction of the asavas (uncontrolled mental outflows) by contemplation of the Four Noble (Ariyan) Truths. So deceptive are the later teachings!
在元旦除夕夜灿烂烟花的引爆下，首邦再也佛教会可说是有个好的开始迈向2013年。当晚的气氛充满欢乐及喜悦， 会员及信徒们在岁末先接受僧团的加持， 然后吟唱佛曲、参与快乐的交流、夜宵，并与一群义工在台上高歌行善， 为残障儿童福利协会筹获超过三千令吉。
为响应冼都斯里兰卡佛寺住持 – 沙拉难卡拉大法师的人道救济（拯救上千水灾灾民~ 二万六千五百人受影响，四十二人丧生）的呼吁，首邦再也佛教会即刻于2013年1月3日捐出了值八千令吉的食品及学校用具。希望我们的一些捐献能够疏解灾民承受的苦难。
2013年1 月 10 日早上十时，雪州州务大臣丹斯里卡立莅临为佛寺前行人天桥主持开幕典礼， 许多会员出席观礼。这座经费一百三十万令吉建造的行人天桥， 舒缓了大道交通，解决了本佛寺已经面对多年的泊车问题，希望此后再没有发生行人因越过繁忙马路到本佛寺而被汽车撞倒的事件。我们感谢雪州州务大臣丹斯里卡立， 以及首邦再也杨巧双州议员无私无畏、毫不言倦地催促，使这座天桥的建设终于实现。
2013年1 月13 日，乌立瓦塔禅师为首邦再也佛教会新网页主持启用仪式， 这全新的网页包含了社会媒体、最新消息、通告、活动预告、佛法分享等等，请浏览首邦再也佛教会新网页http//www.sjba.org 以获得最新资讯。
2013年1 月26 日，杨巧双州议员又为我们的‘传统中医医疗服务’主持开幕式。传统中医医疗服务’是我们为会员及信众设立的另一项社群福利服务。从去年十月开始，首邦再也佛教会安排了两位合格中医师，于每个星期六上午九时至中午十二时在本佛寺， 提供治疗各种疾病与身体疼痛的医疗服务。
春节庆典即将来临。 今年农历新年落在二月十日。我们期盼着在2013年2月23日的“恭喜恭喜聚餐”，与您同欢共庆佳节。请携带您的家人、亲戚朋友一起来参与当晚的节目， 并与本佛寺邀请的安老院来宾们分享喜庆的欢乐。隔天， 即2013年2月24日早上， 我们的佛学院儿童、青少年组员又将受邀到主人家府上团拜， 将佛曲、贺年曲及祝福带到府上。 如果您有意邀请他们到您府上，请向Sis Lily 预约（ 电话：56348181）。
通过这些活动， 我们希望能够本着我们的宏愿：“首邦再也佛教会- 富有爱心关怀的佛法中心”，增进信众间的交流与联谊。让我们一起实现这个宏愿。愿您的一切善举， 在您继续走上八正道之际，为您带来健康、快乐及成功， 直到您达到精神上最高目标。愿2013 年是大家更美好的一年。
善哉 ！善哉 ！善哉 ！
日期 ： 2013年2月23 日（星期六）
地点 ： 本佛寺
至诚邀请所有会员及信众， 及您的亲戚朋友前来同欢共庆农历新年佳节， 促进联谊，并与安老院来宾分享庆祝春节之喜悦。
日期 ： 2013年2月24 日（星期日）
出发地点 ： 本佛寺
我们的佛学院儿童、青少年组员将受邀到主人家府上团拜， 将佛曲、贺年曲及祝福带到府上。 如果您有意邀请他们到您府上，请向Sis Lily 预约（ 电话：56348181）。
日期 ： 2013年3月1 日至4月19日
地点 ： 本佛寺
这项课程将连续进行八个星期，由Uncle Vijaya, Bro Charlie Chia 及 Dr Chan Kah Yein 主讲，无需预先报名， 欢迎出席。 详情可联络Sis Lily （ 电话：56348181）。
日期 ： 2013年4月7 日（星期日）
地点 ： 本佛寺
配合清明节举办分享功德法会， 回向功德于可能投生恶业道的亲友， 让他们意识到亲友做了善业及回向功德给他们， 他们回升起欢喜心。不断升起欢喜心能帮助他们转生善界，因此为已故亲人造善业是我们的责任。仪式将在上午八时开始， 包括诵念慈经、礼佛、托钵化缘、法师开示佛法，法师加持、回向功德 及午餐布施 。欢迎参与。
首邦再也佛教会正在计划于三月十日开始，在周日上午十一时半至中午十二时半以华语（或偶尔以方言）进行敬佛礼，请通知并邀请您那些只讲华语的亲戚朋友前来，“佛法是至上赠礼”。如果您有需要安排交通来回本佛寺的老人家，请联络Sis Lily 或 Sis Cindy （ 电话：56348181）。
我们为会员及信众设立的另一项社群福利服务，首邦再也佛教会安排了两位合格中医师，于每个星期六上午九时至中午十二时在本佛寺， 提供治疗各种疾病与身体疼痛的医疗服务。详情可联络Bro Chong Yuen Fong （ 电话：012-2677473 ）。
巴利（Pali）语系的尼柯耶被完整地保存至今（参照平川彰博士Prof. Akira Hirakawa著作《A History of Indian Buddhism》第73页）。但其中的《小部》则持续扩展而最终成为最大的一部。目前只有六本《小部》书籍与早期的四部尼柯耶内容是不相抵触的（请参阅作者另一本作品《解脱－经与律的关联》）。