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FROM PERCEPTION TO STRESS

SJBA-27Jan2013-BTAN-talkFellow Mitras,

This Sunday’s Dhamma Talk (27/1/13, 10.00am) is on “FROM PERCEPTION TO STRESS” which is on the Buddha’s Teaching on the Process of Perception (“pañca-khandha”, the 5-aggregates) arise and dissolve, leading to emotional reaction and craving (“tanhā”) that give rise to stress and suffering (“dukkha”), and how we can reduce the harmful effects of stress. The Speaker, Bro. 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.
Currently, Bro. Billy offers talks, seminars, workshops and professional training programs to Buddhist community centers and charity organizations.

May you be well and healthy, peaceful and happy.

Happily we serve,
SJBA Exco
24th Jan 2013

New Pedestrian Bridge Over Busy Persiaran Kewajipan

 

Finally, SS14 gets pedestrian bridge
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Khalid (left) walking on the newly-opened pedestrian bridge along
Persiaran Kewajipan SS14 together with temple representatives.

Writer: Brenda Ch’ng
Published: Fri, 11 Jan 2013

SUBANG JAYA: A four-year-long wait for the construction of a pedestrian bridge along Persiaran Kewajipan SS14 is finally over and residents can now cross over the busy road safely.
“People can now cross over safely especially the little children from SS15 low-cost flats,  they can now use the bridge to get to their school on the other side of the road,” said Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh.
She explained that this bridge will help deter residents running across the busy Persiaran Kewajipan, at the Summit interchange.
Yeoh also pointed out that the bridge will fully benefit members of the Subang Jaya Buddhist Association, Sri Varatharajah Perumal Hindu Temple and the Persatuan Sikh Subang during festivals and other occasions.
“There is limited parking space here and it’s always jammed up. So now the members and other people can park their cars across the road and use the bridge,” she said.
Also present was Public Works Department (PWD) Selangor head Abdullah Abdul Rahman and Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who launched the bridge and said only RM1.3 million was spent for this project through the open tender process.
“This will not be possible without the open tender as in the past some pedestrian bridges cost RM3 million… we can build two already with that money,” he said.
Khalid hopes this value-for-money project will be a model that other future projects can follow and urged PWD to ensure the bridge is well maintained.

Humanitarian Aid to flood victims in Sri Lanka

Fellow Mitras,

Due to the recent heavy floods in central, north central and eastern Sri Lanka, at least 42 people have been killed and 265,000 have been affected by the floods. The floods have inundated a number of large towns and rural areas, forcing hospitals to evacuate patients and roads to close after landslides. Hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land have also been affected.

In response to the appeal from the Ven Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera, Chief Monk of Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul, SJBA promptly responded by donating biscuits, sardine, dry beans, mee hoon, maggi mee, milo, milk and school items like shoes, stationeries, etc. worth about RM8,000.00. We wish our contributions can help to bring relief to those suffering flood victims. May they be well & happy!

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May suffering ones be suffering-free
May the fear-struck fearless be
May the grief shed all grief
May all beings find relief
 
 
With metta,
SJBA, Your Friendly & Caring Dhamma Centre

 

 

SJBA NEW YEAR EVE CHARITY COUNTDOWN

Fellow Mitras,

SJBA cordially invite you, family and friends to:

SJBA NEW YEAR EVE CHARITY COUNTDOWN

Monday, 31st December 2012

{ 8.30pm to Midnight }

An opportunity for all our members and devotees to come together to bid farewell to 2012 and to welcome 2013 with A Compassionate Heart & Mind. It is a charity countdown as fund shall be raised for our special friends from Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-kanak Kurang Upaya {P3KU} who will join us in our celebration.

HIGHLIGHTS

Karaoke Fund-raising
Supper { Satay, Mee Siam, Veg Curry, Bubur Cha Cha, etc… }
Reflection on 2012 & Aspiration for 2013
Fireworks

So please don’t miss this opportunity to end the current year and to begin the new year with A Compassionate Heart & Mind, Bring your family, friends and neighbours to the vihara this New Year Eve for our Charity Countdown to savour the delicious food and to sing your heart out for a very good cause.

P/S : Reminder to all the karaoke enthusiasts, please bring along your favourite discs.

Programme:

8.30pm At the Main Shrine Hall
Puja
President’s New Year Message
Sing Along Buddhist Hymns
Reflection on 2012 {slideshow}

9.30pm At the Car Park Area
Supper
Karaoke Fund-raising
Entertainment
Countdown begins at 11.55pm
Aspiration for 2013
Fireworks
Refreshment

May You & Your Family Be Well & Happy Always

With Metta
Bro Steven

Retreat with Ajahn Wimoak

SJBA invites you :
Retreat with Ajahn Wimoak :
“The Development of Knowing and Seeing in Samatha and Vipassana Meditation.”
Knowing and Seeing in meditation is of great importance for a practitioner to wake up himself for the light of wisdom.   Ven. Vimokkha will teach those practitioners to really know the concept of right mindfulness and right concentration according to Mahasatipatthana and the Noble Eight-fold Path for the realization of the Four Noble Truths and the path to the emanacipation of mind. All practitioners will learn a lot of pragmatic approaches from Ven. Vimokkha’s experience of over 40 years for the practical development of knowing and seeing in Samatha and Vipassana Meditation.
Venue: Subang Jaya Buddhist Association
Date : Friday 21/12/12 @8pm to Sunday 23/12/12 @4pm
Registration: Friday 21/12/12 @7.30pm
Fees: RM30 (food for breakfast & lunch for 2 days)
Max: 40 yogis (first-come-first serve basis)
1. Any donation for Ajahn Wimoak’s airfare is appreciated.
2. We also need helpers & volunteers for the retreat (any duration, even half day)
To register:
Please call Sis Lily 03-56315299 or Sis Cindy 03-56315271, email : sjba@streamyx.com
Maha sadhu to Bro Henry Lim for arranging this retreat.
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Below is Phra Ajahn Wimoak’s brief bio data:
Ven. Vimoaka is the abbot of Wat Pipphalivanaram in Rayong, Bangkok.
He obtained his Doctorate (PhD) and MA in Buddhism from Mahachulangkorn University, Thailand.
Phra Ajahn Wimoaka has vast experience in Insight Meditation gained from practising under various meditation masters among them Luang Pu Kasspamurni, Luang Pu Tean, and many others.
Venerable has extensive experience in teaching Insight Meditation and has been engaged
by numerous organisations including Dhammasathan in Chulalongkorn University, Saladhamma Temple in Pathumthani, Ariyasom Temple in Sukhumvit and Booniveres Temple in Dhammasathan, among others.
He has designed and conducted the popular programme Development of Mindfulness and Awareness in the work place for large private corporations across Thailand.
He is currently writing a book entitle “Development of Mindfulness and Awareness for Insight Meditation”.
Ven. Ajahn Wimoak will conduct the meditation retreat with practical techniques for the development of Emptiness (Sunyata).
How to go into (the mind state) of Emptinesss.
How to wake up into (the mind state) of Emptinesss.
How to apply into (the mind state) of Emptinesss in our daily living.
Without Emptiness, one cannot know oneself. With the (the mind state) of Emptiness
the Buddha nature, Purity within us will arise and guide us.

Another Successful Educare

SJBA have another very meaningful event today, with about 500 needy students, of various races, receiving school bags, shoes, stationery, etc from SJBA, thanks to the generous donations from our members and well-wishers. YB Hannah Yeoh also contributed RM10,000 on behalf of the Selangor State Government.
We hope that the students will be motivated to study hard and excel in their studies, and have a bright future.
We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the organisers led by Bro James Khoo, and all the helpers and each and everyone who make this SJBA 7th Educare Program another great success!