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Newsletter May 2016


Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma,


We are happy to see the construction of our extension block
moving full steam again after some initial hiccups. The construction is now at
about 35% complete and it is expected to be completed by end 2016. The total
construction cost is estimated to be about RM5 million (not including GST and
interior design works which will be an additional of more than one RM1 million,
hence the total costs will be about RM6.5 million). Since SJBA launched its
Temple Building Extension Fund on Wesak Day in 2013, it has raised about RM3.6
million. To help raise as much funds as possible to help built the said
building extension successfully by end 2016, SJBA decided to organize a
“Nurturing Wisdom and Compassion” Charity Dinner. The response has been
fascinating. 2 months before the event, all the tickets for the dinner were
already fully sold. In conjunction with this charity dinner, we made an appeal
for sponsors for the 13 Dhamma Classrooms and 2 Senior Citizens Rooms, at
RM100,000 each and 2 Halls RM1,280,000 each. The response was also very
encouraging. All the 13 Dhamma Classrooms and the 2 Senior Citizens Rooms have
been sponsored. We are grateful and thankful to all who donated generously to
our Building Extension Fund.

Over the years, many people have found meaning in life and
the Way to Liberation from suffering, living a happier life after learning and
practising the Dhamma in SJBA. Many have also found fulfilment and joy giving
their services to the Association and to the Community.

completion by end of this year of this proposed 4 storey block, we are going to
have a more conducive premise to conduct a more holistic and inspiring Dhamma
education for our younger generation as well as for the adults. SJBA will also
become a more conducive place for spiritual development as well as a conducive
place to conduct regular Meditation Retreats and other mindfulness cultivation
programs as well as to enhance social welfare and community services to bring
relief, joy and happiness to those who are needy, etc.

by Wesak Day this year, we would have raise enough funds to successfully
complete SJBA’s new extension block. We look forward to your continued support on
this Wesak Day. Helping to build Vihara for the Triple Gem is very meritorious.

year’s Wesak Day falls on 21 May 2016. Wesak Day is a thrice sacred day for the
millions of Buddhists all over the world because on this Full Moon Day of May
in 623BC, the Sakyamuni Buddha was born in his last rebirth as Prince
Siddhartha Gotama. 35 years later, He attained Full Enlightenment and became
the Buddha also on Full Moon Day of May. Finally the Buddha attained
Parinibbana also on the Full Moon Day, ie. Wesak Day.

Day is an auspicious day for reflections on the Dhamma, to do good, abstain
from evil and purify our mind. Our Wesak Celebration will commence Wesak Eve (20
May 2016), with the lighting of Blessings Oil Lamps at 7.30pm followed by Wesak
Eve Buddha Puja, Dhamma Talk by SJBA Abbot, Ven. Nyanaramsi, Procession round
the Vihara, followed by Chanting and Meditation. On Wesak Day itself, Puja
Service will commence at 8.00am, followed by the official launching of the
Wesak Day Celebration and chanting of Parittas by the Sangha. Blessings will be
carried out by the Venerable Members of the Sangha. From 11.00am to 2.30pm, vegetarian
food will be provided. There will be a Blood Donation & Organ Pledge
Campaign and a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment for
devotees who need such services. We need about 200 volunteer helpers to help
organize our Wesak Celebration. If you can help, please call Sis. Lily at Tel.

year, the proceeds of the Wesak Day’s donations will go to the Temple Building
Extension Fund. Amongst various ways to raise funds for the construction of the
new block is the on-going “Donate a Brick” campaign. Each brick is RM100. The
donors can write their name and sign on the bricks which will be used for the
construction of the new block. As in previous years, offering of lights will be
one of the highlight of Wesak to symbolize dispelling the darkness of ignorance
by the light of wisdom. This year as you offer lights and reflect on its significance,
you can also contribute to making SJBA Vihara more conducive to propagate the
Dhamma and promotion of the Buddhist Way of Life.

look forward to welcome you to celebrate Wesak Day together. May the Blessings
of the Triple Gem be with you! May you be well and happy!



– Your Friendly & Caring Dhamma Centre



Forthcoming Events



Day Celebration

This year’s Wesak day falls on 21 May 2016. Our
Wesak Celebration will start on Wesak Eve, 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.

From 11.00am to 2.30pm, vegetarian food will be
provided. There will be a Blood Donation & Organ Pledge Campaign, Traditional
Chinese Medicine diagnosis and treatment for devotees needing such services.
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.




May 2016



Introduction to Satipatthana
Meditation Course followed by Meditation Retreat

SJBA is organising an intensive
6-lesson Introduction to Satipatthana Meditation Course with meditation
practice, conducted by our Abbot, Ven. Nyanaramsi from end May to 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, you are expected to attend a 4
days 3 nights weekend meditation retreat in SJBA. The course program is as





May, (Sat)



Siang Chye

May (Fri)




May (Sat)


2 & 3


May (Sun)


4 & 5


Jun (Fri)




Jun (4D/3N)




email or call us now to confirm your participation!


Phone :
03- 5631 5299 / 5634 8181 (Sis. Lily or Sis. Cindy)



End May to early Jun 2016

Shrine Hall







General Meeting

will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 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.





June 2016



Shrine Hall

Study Workshop

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.





Jul 2016


Shrine Hall

Lunar Month Pattidana

In conjunction with the 7th Lunar Month,
SJBA is organising a Pattidana (Dedication of Merits) Ceremony for the
departed ones. When those departed relatives and friends, who may been reborn
in certain unfortunate state of existence, become aware that their departed
relatives performing meritorious deeds dedicated to them, they can feel
relief. If they rejoice repeatedly, their unhappy birth can be transformed
into a happy one. It is the duty of relatives to perform acts of merits for
the departed ones. The program will start at 8.00am with the offering of
flowers, candles and pure water, followed by Pindacara, chanting, Dhamma
Talk, offering of requisites, dedication of merits to the departed ones and
followed by Blessings by the Sangha and lunch dana. All are welcome.





14Aug 2016




Celebration, Academic Excellence Award and Blessings Service for students
sitting for major examinations in 2016


SJBA is celebrating our country’s 59th
Merdeka Day on 31st August 2016 (Wednesday). The Celebration will
start with a Merdeka Breakfast at 7.45am, followed by Flag Raising Ceremony,
Blessings by the Venerable Monks, cutting of Merdeka cake and fellowship. Members and devotees are invited to
join us for the Celebration. To encourage our members’ children to strive for
excellence in their academic performance, SJBA will present Academic
Excellence Awards to students who excelled in their examinations in 2014. The
Awards will be given out on Merdeka Day, 31st August 2015. For more
information, please call Sis. Lily at tel. 03-56315299;

On the same day, SJBA is also organizing a Blessings
Service for students sitting for UPSR, PT3, SPM, STPM, etc. examinations this
year, conducted by the Members of the Sangha. .




31Aug 2016





You Have to Save Yourself


Oneself, indeed, is one’s
savior, for what other savior would there be? With oneself well controlled the
problem of looking for an external saviour is solved.
(Dhammapada 166)

the Buddha was about to pass away, His disciples came from everywhere to be
near Him.While the other disciples were constantly at His side and in deep
sorrow over the impending loss of their Master, a monk named Attadatta went
into his cell and practiced meditation. The other monks, thinking that he was
unconcerned about the welfare of the Buddha, were upset and reported the matter
to Him. The monk, however, addressed the Buddha thus, ‘Lord as the Blessed One
would be passing away soon, I thought the best way to honour the Blessed One
would be by attaining Arahantship during the lifetime of the Blessed One
itself’. The Buddha praised his attitude and his conduct and said that one’s
spiritual welfare should not be abandoned for the sake of others.

this story is illustrated one of the most important aspects of Buddhism. A
person must constantly be on the alert to seek his or her own deliverance from
Samsara, and ‘salvation’ must be brought about by the individual alone. One
cannot look to any external force or agency for help to attain Nirvana.

who do not understand Buddhism criticize this concept and say that Buddhism is
a selfish religion which only talks about the concern for one’s own freedom
from pain and sorrow. This is not true at all. The Buddha states clearly that
one should work ceaselessly for the spiritual and material welfare of all
beings, while at the same time diligently pursuing one’s own goal of attaining
Nirvana. Selfless service is highly commended by the Buddha.

people who do not understand Buddhism may ask, ‘It may be alright for the
fortunate human beings, in full command of their mental powers, to seek Nirvana
by their own efforts. But what about those who are mentally and physically or
even materially handicapped? How can they be self-reliant? Do they not need the
help of some external force, some god or deva to assist them?’

answer to this is that Buddhists do not believe that the final release must
necessarily take place in one lifetime. The process can take a long time, over
the period of many births. One

to apply oneself, to the best of one’s ability, and slowly develop the powers
of self-reliance. Therefore, even those who are handicapped mentally and
spiritually must make an effort, however small, to begin the process of
deliverance and the duty of those more able is to help them do this; e.g. monks
and nuns help lay people to understand and practise the Dharma.

the wheels are set in motion, the individual slowly trains himself or herself
to improve the power of self-reliance. The tiny acorn will one day grow into a
mighty oak, but not overnight. Patience is an essential ingredient in this
difficult process. For example, we know from experience how many parents do
everything in their power to bring up their children according to the parents’
hopes and aspirations. And yet when these children grow up, they develop in
their own way, not necessarily the way the parents wanted them to be. In
Buddhism, we believe that while others can exert influence on someone’s life,
the individual will in the end create his or her own karma and be responsible
for their own actions. No human being or deva can, in the final analysis,
direct or control an individual’s attainment of the ultimate salvation. This is
the meaning of self-reliance. This does not mean that Buddhism teaches one to
be selfish. In Buddhism, when people seek, by their own effort, to attain
Nirvana, they are determined not to kill, steal, tell lies, lust after others,
or lose the control of their senses through intoxication. When they control
themselves thus they automatically contribute to the happiness of others. So is
not this so-called ‘selfishness’ a good thing for the general welfare of

all know human beings are born with many varying levels of intelligence and
powers of reasoning. Some are born as geniuses while at the other end of the
spectrum, some are born with very low intelligence. Yet every being has some
ability to distinguish between choices or options, especially when they concern
survival. If we extend this fact of survival even to the animal world we can
distinguish between higher and lower animals, with this same ability (in
varying degrees of course) to make choices for the sake of survival.

even a lower form of life has the potential to create a good karma, however
limited its scope. With the diligent application of this and the gradual
increase of good karma a being can raise itself to higher levels of existence
and understanding.

look at this problem from another angle, we can consider one of the earliest
stories that have been told to show how the Buddha-to-be first made the initial
decision to strive for Enlightenment. A great many rebirths before the Buddha
was born as Siddharta, he was born as an ordinary man.

day while travelling in a boat with his mother, a great storm arose and boat
capsized, throwing the occupants into the angry sea. With no thought for his
personal safety, this brave young man carried his mother on his back and struggled
to swim to dry land. But so great was the expanse of water ahead of him that he
did not know the best route to safety. When he was in this dilemma, not knowing
which way to turn, his bravery was noticed by one of the devas. This deva could
not physically come to his aid, but he was able to make him to know the best
route to take. The young man listened to the deva and both he and his mother
were saved. After his mother had been saved, he reflected on how much happiness
he had gained from saving a single being. How much greater would that happiness
be, if he perfected himself and then saved all sentient beings? There and then
he made a firm determination and life after life he went on cultivating his
life for gaining Enlightenment.

story illustrates the fact that Buddhists can and do seek the help of devas in
their daily lives. A deva is a being who by virtue of having acquired great
merit is born with the power to help other beings. But this power is limited to
material and physical things. In our daily existence, we can seek help of the
devas (when misfortune strikes, when we need to be comforted, when we are sick
or afraid, and so on).

fact that we seek the aid of these devas means that we are still tied to the
material world. We must accept the fact that by being born we are subject to
physical desires and needs. And it is not wrong to satisfy these needs on a
limited scale. When the Buddha advocated the Middle Path, He said that we
should neither indulge ourselves in luxury nor completely deny ourselves the
basic necessities of life.

we should not stop at that. While we accept the conditions of our birth, we
must also make every effort, by following the Noble Eightfold Path, to reach a
level of development where we realize that attachment to the material world
creates only pain and sorrow.

we develop our understanding over countless births, we crave less and less for
the pleasures of the senses. It is at this stage that we become truly
self-reliant. At this stage, the devas cannot help us anymore, because we are
not seeking to satisfy our material needs.

in Buddhism, a person can seek the help of external agencies (like devas) in
the pursuit of temporal happiness, but in the later stages of development when
attachment to the worldly conditions ceases, there begins the path towards
renunciation and enlightenment at which point one must stand alone. When one
seeks to gain liberation, to break away from the endless cycle of birth and
death, to gain realization and enlightenment, one can only do this by one’s own
effort and own concentrated will power. “No one saves us but ourselves”.

gives great credit to human beings. It is the only religion which states that
human beings have the power to help and free themselves. In the later stages of
their development, they are not at the mercy of any external force or agency
which they must constantly please by worshipping or offering sacrifices.”


Extracted from “What
Buddhists Believe – Expanded 4th Edition” by K Sri Dhammananda




PROGRAM (31st August 2016)



7.45am Arrival of devotees and

8.00am Merdeka
Breakfast at SJBA Dana Hall

8.30am Raising
of Malaysian Flag, Selangor Flag, Buddhist Flag and Singing of National Anthem,
Lagu Selangor, & Anthem of Unity, Keranu Mu Malaysia and Tanggal 31.

9.00am Merdeka Message by
President, SJBA

9.10am Cutting of Merdeka Cake

9.15am Blessings by Venerable

9.20am Fellowship


9.30am Puja at Shrine Hall

9.50am Congratulatory Message by
Principal, SJBA SDS

9.55am Blessings by Venerable
monks for examination students

10.30am Presenting
Excellence Award to students

11.00am Lunch Dana to Sangha by
participating students

11.30am Refreshment





SJBA Academic
Excellence Award 2016


Aim : To
encourage the children of our members to strive for excellent

academic performances.


Terms &

This award is open to
all children of SJBA life members (registered on or before 31 Dec 2015) .

Application is now
open to students who sat for the following

Examinations in the year 2015 .

(i) UPSR SK : 5 As

SJK: 6 As & above

(ii) PT3 7 As & above (excluding
lisan & oral)

(iii) SPM 8 As & above

(iv) STPM (or equivalent) 3 As & above

Application forms can
be obtained from the SJBA office.


Eligible applicants
are required to submit the form together with


a copy of the
examination result certified by the respective school principals.

a copy of the Birth


Closing date of
application : 31-7-2016
(Applications after this date will not be considered )

The award will be
given out on 31-8- 2016 during the Blessings Ceremony for this year’s
examination candidates.

applicants must attend the ceremony personally to receive the award .

The SJBA Exco’s
decision is final.





来自执委会的讯息 :


×#21508;位佛友,Namo Buddhaya







今年的卫塞节落在五月二十一日。卫塞节是全世界上万佛教徒欢庆的三喜日, 因为公元前623 年的月圆日,释迦牟尼佛最后降世为悉达多乔达摩太子, 三十五年后他证得正等正觉在这五月的月圆日成佛,而最后佛陀也在这月圆日即卫塞日进入涅槃。

卫塞节是个省思佛法、行善去恶及培育心的特殊日子。我们的卫塞庆典将在卫塞前夕,即五月二十日晚上七时半以点燃油灯开始。接下来将有敬佛礼、住持智光法师开示佛法、绕寺游行、诵经及静坐。 而卫塞当天, 敬佛礼将在上午八时开始,然后便是卫塞庆典正式开幕仪式,及僧侣诵念经文。僧团将为信众加持, 而上午十一时至下午二时将有素食招待。当天也将有捐血运动、允诺捐献器官运动及中医体检服务。我们需要大约两百名义工协助操作卫塞节活动。 如果您有意协助, 请联络Sis Lily , 03- 56315299


我们期盼着与您同欢共庆卫塞节。愿三宝的加持与您同在, 愿您安康快乐。


首邦再也佛教会执委会 慈悲合十







日期: 2016521

地点 本佛寺


卫塞前夕(五月二十日)晚上七时半以点燃油灯开始,然后将有敬佛礼、佛法开示、绕寺游行、诵经及静坐。 而卫塞当天, 敬佛礼将在上午八时开始,然后便是卫塞庆典正式开幕仪式,僧团将九时三刻后诵经为信众加持, 而上午十一时至下午二时将有素食招待。当天也将有捐血运动、允诺捐献器官运动及免费健康体检。我们需要大约二百名义工。 如果您有意协助, 请联络Sis Lily , 03- 56315299





日期: 20165月底 6月初

地点: 本佛寺大殿



一项由本佛教会住持智光法师主持, 六堂课的密集禅修课程,将在五月底至六月初进行。这是一项依据佛陀教导的内观禅原理与指导的实践课程。



– 9.30pm




– 10.30pm

课程 1



– 9.00pm

课程 2 & 3



– 9.00pm

课程 4 & 5


62 5 四天三夜




课程 6





电话:03-56315299 /03- 56348181


日期: 201665

地点: 本佛寺大殿

时间: 上午九时半


当天议程包括商讨并接纳执委会会务报告、财务汇报及临时动议,并改选下届执委会 2016/18




日期: 2016717


地点: 本佛寺大殿




此工作坊的目的是往巴利文经藏寻根究底,探讨经文里其实如何诠释这一事项;而且比起对分析经文更重要的,是我们的努力、察觉及下定论的实践性: 到底如何辅助我们有意义地诠释经文,让我们得以更有效地减少,乃至最终断绝痛苦。为了强调研习经文的这种实用方法,这次工作坊将融入修习正念的时间。





日期 2016814

地点 本佛寺

时间 :上午八时至十一时



配合中元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、法师开示佛法、法师加持、回向功德 及午餐布施 。欢迎参与。



日期 2016831

地点 本佛寺

时间 :上午七时四十五分



挚诚邀请会员及信众参与欢庆我国独立五十九周年纪念, 上午七时四十五分国庆早餐招待, 然后升旗礼, 法师诵经祈福及联谊。

本佛教会也将于当天颁发学生优异成绩奖励金, 以鼓励2015年参与政府考试获得优异成绩的会员子女。 详情请接洽Sis Lily , 03- 56315299









这个故事表明了一个重要的问题: 一个人要不断的警惕自己,使自己从生死轮回中解脱。“解脱”需要的是个人的努力,而不是祈求外在的力量,或某个“代理”的帮忙。


有些人不禁要问: “对身心健全的人来说,他们有足够的因缘去驾驭他们的心识,从而证悟涅槃。这也许是正确的。但是,那些心智残障、生理残障、或物质匮乏的人,怎么办?他们又如何自我拯救 他们难道不需要依靠那些外来的力量、‘神’或其他的援助吗

这问题的答案是: 佛教徒不相信最后的解脱必须在这一世完成。一个人必须以自己的能力,发挥自己的长处,靠自己的力量自我解脱。因此,那些身、心有障碍或物质匮乏的人,也一样要靠自己的努力,不管他的力量多小,去踏上解脱之道。而那些健全的人的任务便是协助他们;如僧众协助在家人明白并实践佛法。


举个例子说,我们都知道,做父母的经常按照自己的希望和抱负来教导孩子。然而,孩子长大后,却拒绝了父母为他们安排的一切,他们要发展他们自己的一套。在佛教里,相信一个人能影响另一个人的一生。但是,到最后,个人的意识创造了他自己的业力,并为他个人的行为负责。无论是人或天人,都不能协助或控制他人的解脱;解脱要靠自己。 这不是意味着佛教是自私的。佛教徒以自己的努力去证悟涅槃,他持守戒律不杀生、不偷盗、不邪淫、不妄语、不喝那些能导致感官失控的酒。当一个人能有效的控制自己,他就能自动的卫他人提供幸福。这种所谓的“自私”何尝对人没有好处呢



















Newsletter 31-Jan-2013



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// 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


Do you want to receive regular e-mails and sms on the latest SJBA’s activities and news?


If you do, please forward your request, giving us your email address and handphone number to


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.



Time: Venue:

23rd Feb 2013


7.30pm to 10pm

SJBA Vihara



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


From 9.30am

SJBA Vihara



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.


Day:            Time:

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//   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。



愿三宝加持于您, 愿您安康快乐。


善哉 !善哉 !善哉 !










日期 : 2013年2月23 日(星期六)

地点 : 本佛寺

时间 :晚上七时半至十时


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

时间 :上午九时半



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

时间 :晚上八时半至十时



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)。

“佛法是至上赠礼”, 请邀请您的亲戚朋友一齐前来共享法乐。






日期 : 2013年4月7 日(星期日)

地点 : 本佛寺

时间 :上午八时至十一时



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。




1 )定期更新消息

您希望透过电邮及手机短讯定期收到首邦再也佛教会的最新活动消息吗?请将您的电子邮址及手机号码, 一起交至


2) 更新会员资格


(一百令吉), 以协助本佛寺减轻行政工作。



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)。


) 传统中医医疗服务’

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 )。

















要知道哪一些是佛陀真正的话语,我们就必须知道在佛陀入般涅盘后的五百年期间的佛法内容。根据考古学的挖掘、新的发现及研究等,我们目前能确认于阿育王(King Asoka)时期(约佛陀入般涅盘后250年),佛陀的教法就只记载于五部尼柯耶(Nikayas)中。这五部尼柯耶为:






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》)。




佛陀在《中部》第117经(Mahacattarisaka Sutta,大四十经)里指出,若一个人要修习八正道必须先具有正见。正见为首要原素,它将致使八正道的其它原素如正思维、正语……的生起。换言之,未具有正见的人尚未进入八正道。所以,获得正见是极其重要的。获得正见同义于证得“入流”(即已成就初道或初果),亦意味着他已获得“法眼”(Dhammacakkhu)。

依据《中部》第43经,获得正见需要两个条件:另一个人的话语(即他人教导我们佛法)及彻底的思量(Yoniso manasikara)。所以,佛陀常强调听闻佛法的重要性,并称呼他的弟子们为‘声闻弟子’(Savaka)。该篇经文进一步指出,要达至解脱或证得阿罗汉,除了需拥有正见以外,还需要辅以五个条件:持戒、听闻佛法、讨论佛法、修止及修观。这说明了于八正道修习的始端,以至获得解脱之前的最後阶段,听闻佛法都是重要的。





可悲的是,很多所谓的‘佛教徒’(‘声闻弟子’)并不聆听(或不研究)佛陀的话语。他们没有意识到能听闻一位正等正觉宣说教法是多么的困难。于《长部》第14经里,佛陀提及在过去的91劫中,只有六尊正等正觉出现於世。这意味着一位愿意宣扬佛法的佛陀是多么的罕见啊 !而在佛入般涅盘五百年後,大量自称为佛陀言教的书籍涌现,导致人们分不清何为正法,何为非法。


这一点从对菩萨道(即成佛之道)的理解就可见一斑。后期发展的教导中声称一个要成佛的人,必须培育六波罗密或后来的十波罗密(即圆满的人格)。然而,佛陀在《中部》第27经〈象迹喻小经,Culahatthipadopama Sutta〉里,非常清楚地说明了何谓真正的菩萨道。佛陀称菩萨道为‘如来的足迹’,并阐了包含在内的七个步骤: