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SJBA 32nd Anniversary – 23rd Nov. 2020

SJBA 32nd Anniversary message from SJBA Abbot, Ven Nyanaramsi (conducting retreat in Bangkok)

To :
The Exco and members of SJBA, devotees of Triple Gem

Sukhi Hotu! By virtue of your good practice of the Teachings of the Buddha, may you be well, healthy and safe always.

Happy 32nd Anniversary of SJBA (on 23rd November).

The greatest of all gifts is the gift of Dhamma. Hence, on this occasion, we should reflect on the virtue of gratitude, which is one of the 38 Highest Blessings in life.

The birth of SJBA provides a vihāra, a shelter for many to receive and/or to give a gift of Dhamma. We should be grateful to the pro tem committee and founder members for their commitment and efforts in establishing an association for the seekers of the Dhamma. And we should also express our deep appreciation to many Dhamma teachers who had been giving us priceless guidance in the Teachings of the Buddha since then; donors and volunteers in providing various kinds of support in organizing Dhamma-based activities all these years.

The success of Vihāra depends very much on the merits of members and devotees. Merits is accrued by learning and practicing the Dhamma diligently, with the aim to purify one’s own mental conduct, verbal conduct and physical conduct. Purification of conduct leads to realization of mundane happiness, and paving the path to the attainment of supramundane happiness eventually.

The Buddha taught us the ideal way of conduct towards others is by the practice of Four Brahmavihāra :- loving-kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), rejoicing with others in their meritorious deeds and success (muditā) and equanimity (upekkha). They are known as vihāras because they are conducive to promote harmonious relationships, and to live in peace and happiness.
As such, brahmavihāra is not only established in one’s thought, but speech and bodily deed should mirrored that sublime state of mind. One should dwell on such vihāra constantly. It is an ideal way to repay our gratitude to all benefactors, who have been putting forth untiring efforts, in ensuring that the vihāra is conducive to the practice and flourishing of Buddha Sāsana. When there is constant dwelling in the Brahmavihāra, one would be living with calmness and peacefulness in mind. With calmness, one could strive to attain the ultimate aim of the Teachings i.e. attainment of Enlightenment.

In brief, the best expression of gratitude is by undertaking the practice of Middle Path ourself, and to show others this very Path leading to the cessation of suffering.

May all who come to the Vihāra, will find peace and happiness always, establishing firm confidence in the Triple Gem by following the Middle Path, attain the ultimate purity of mind for the sake of peace and every sentient being in the world.

With thoughts of loving-kindness,
U Nyanaramsi

Sayadaw U Rewata arrived at SJBA in August 1996, upon invited by SJBA to teach its devotees the Dhamma, in particular, meditation. He spent 11 years in SJBA, during which SJBA experienced phenomenal growth. However, due to Malaysian Immigration’s Visa requirements, he has to return to Myanmar. Subsequently, Sayadaw U Rewata came back to SJBA a few times on shorter visits in compliance with visa requirements. In 2017, the Sayadaw of a village monastery in Myanmar passed away and the monastery was offered to Sayadaw U Rewata in 2019. However, the monastery was not fully completed. Some Malaysian devotees including SJBA members had earlier contributed to the building of a small multi which has bern nearly completed. Now there’s a need to complete the Dhamma Hall, 4 toilets, 2 rooms for Monks and kappiyas. The estimated cost needed is about US80,000 (excluding painting and electrical works). If you wish to contribute to the Building Fund for the above, you may bank into CIMB A/C 800329446

Announcements (Friday, 19 April 2019)

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1) This year’s Wesak day falls on 19 May 2019. Wesak Celebration in SJBA will start on Wesak Eve, 18 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 until 4pm. 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.
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1) This year’s Wesak day falls on 19 May 2019. Wesak Celebration in SJBA will start on Wesak Eve, 18 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 until 4pm. 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.
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 There will be Dhamma Talk titled “The Path an Attainment of Ariya-hood” by Ven. Dr. Dhammapala on 1 June 2019, 8pm to 10pm. The Talk will highlight the ‘gradual process of the different stages of spiritual path and their abandonment of categories of defilements, and finally attainment of arahathood. Ven. Dr. Dhammapala has a PhD in Buddhist Study under the supervision of Ven. Dhammajoti n the University Hong Kong. He traveled frequently to conduct meditation retreats, Dhamma talks in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Currently, he is the Abbot of the Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre, Melaka, the Bodhvana Monastery in Sg. Pelek and the Centre of Mindfulness, Hong Kong.

3) SJBA invite you and family and friends to a spiritual and mentally enriching morning at this Sunday’s Buddha Puja commencing at 9.15am with offering of lights, flowers and incense to the Buddha, chanting, Dhamma Talk, Hymns, Blessings and Sharing of Merits. The Dhamma Talk is on “What one Get by Giving” based on the Kindada Sutta by Bhante  Dr. Devananda. Bhante Dr. Devananda is currently Resident Bhikku at Florida Buddhist Vihara. Earlier, he taught the Dhamma in Singapore, Taipei, Malaysia and Australia for nearly seven years. Major part of this period was spent in Malaysia as a resident monk at the Buddhist Maha Vihara. Bhante Dr. Devananda is a scholar proficient in Pali, Sanskrit, classical Sinhala, Hindi and in English and has published several books and Suttas. He has performed research on the social philosophy of the Buddha as depicted in the Pali Canon. He has graduate degrees in Education, Buddhist Social Studies as well as Buddhist Studies (in general). He holds Ph.D degree in Buddhist Social Studies. He is now in Malaysia again with invitation of Most Ven B Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thera.

 There will be Dhamma Talk titled “The Path an Attainment of Ariya-hood” by Ven. Dr. Dhammapala on 1 June 2019, 8pm to 10pm. The Talk will highlight the ‘gradual process of the different stages of spiritual path and their abandonment of categories of defilements, and finally attainment of arahathood. Ven. Dr. Dhammapala has a PhD in Buddhist Study under the supervision of Ven. Dhammajoti n the University Hong Kong. He traveled frequently to conduct meditation retreats, Dhamma talks in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. Currently, he is the Abbot of the Brahmavihara Monastery & Retreat Centre, Melaka, the Bodhvana Monastery in Sg. Pelek and the Centre of Mindfulness, Hong Kong.

3) SJBA invite you and family and friends to a spiritual and mentally enriching morning at this Sunday’s Buddha Puja commencing at 9.15am with offering of lights, flowers and incense to the Buddha, chanting, Dhamma Talk, Hymns, Blessings and Sharing of Merits. All are welcome.

Announcements (Thursday, 20 December 2018)

1) SJBA is organising the auspicious 28 Buddhas Puja beginning with an Inauguration Puja on 15 December 2018. From 16 December to 31 December 2018, there will be daily chanting during the weekdays’ morning from 8.00am to 11.00am and in the evening from 7.30pm to 10.00pm.
 
On Sundays, morning chanting will be from 8.00am to 9.30am and evening chanting from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. 
The finale, a Grand 28 Buddhas Puja Ceremony will be held on 1 January 2019, 6.15pm to 10.00pm. You can help by sponsoring any amount. You can also be one of the main sponsors (RM1,000). Please contact Sis. Lily at 03-56348181, 56315299. You may also bank transfer to SJBA Account CIMB 8003294666 and whatsapp the bank-in slip to 0107719480.
2) SJBA is organizing a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat from 3 to 12 January 2019. The Retreat will be conducted by Sayadaw U Sobhita. Sayadaw U Sobhita is a highly respected meditation teacher at the renowned Chanmyay Meditation Centre, Yangon, Myanmar. He was born in 1951 and was fully ordained as a Bhikkhu by the Most Venerable Sayadawgyi U Janakabhivamsa in 1970. He studied the Dhamma under Sayadaw U Tejavanta, Sayadawgyi U Janakabhivamsa and other famous Sayadaws in Myanmar. In 1983, he practised Vipassana Meditation under the guidance of the late Mahasi Sayadaw. Since then, he has been teaching the Dhamma, especially meditation, to devotees in Myanmar and abroad.
Sayadaw U Sobhita will be assisted by Sayadaw U Pinnyarnanda, the Abbot of Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre, Pyin Oo Lwin branch, Myanmar.
 
If you wish to join in the retreat as yogi or wish to sponsor food for the monks and yogis, and other expenses during the Retreat, please contact our Office Administrator for more information.
 
3) SJBA invite you and family and friends to a spiritual and mentally enriching morning at this Sunday’s Buddha Puja commencing at 9.15am with offering of lights, flowers and incense to the Buddha, chanting, Dhamma Talk, Blessings and Sharing of Merits.

Announcements (Thursday, 13 December 2018)

1) SJBA is organising the auspicious 28 Buddhas Puja beginning with an Inauguration Puja on 15 December 2018, 8.00pm to 10.00pm at SJBA Shrine Hall. In conjunction with this auspicious event, Ven. Indarathana will be presenting a newly produced Paritta Chanting CD for all devotees.
From 16 December to 31 December 2018, there will be daily chanting during the weekdays’ morning from 8.00am to 11.00am and in the evening from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. 
 
On Sundays, morning chanting will be from 8.00am to 9.30am and evening chanting from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. 
The finale, a Grand 28 Buddhas Puja Ceremony will be held on 1 January 2019, 6.15pm to 10.00pm. You can help by sponsoring any amount. You can also be one of the main sponsors (RM1,000). Please contact Sis. Lily at 03-56348181, 56315299. You may also bank transfer to SJBA Account CIMB 8003294666 and whatsapp the bank-in slip to 0107719480.
2) SJBA is organizing a 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat from 3 to 12 January 2019. The Retreat will be conducted by Sayadaw U Sobhita. Sayadaw U Sobhita is a highly respected meditation teacher at the renowned Chanmyay Meditation Centre, Yangon, Myanmar. He was born in 1951 and was fully ordained as a Bhikkhu by the Most Venerable Sayadawgyi U Janakabhivamsa in 1970. He studied the Dhamma under Sayadaw U Tejavanta, Sayadawgyi U Janakabhivamsa and other famous Sayadaws in Myanmar. In 1983, he practised Vipassana Meditation under the guidance of the late Mahasi Sayadaw. Since then, he has been teaching the Dhamma, especially meditation, to devotees in Myanmar and abroad.
Sayadaw U Sobhita will be assisted by Sayadaw U Pinnyarnanda, the Abbot of Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre, Pyin Oo Lwin branch, Myanmar.
 
If you wish to join in the retreat as yogi or wish to sponsor food for the monks and yogis, and other expenses during the Retreat, please contact our Office Administrator for more information.
 
3) SJBA invite you and family and friends to a spiritual and mentally enriching morning at this Sunday’s Buddha Puja commencing at 9.15am with offering of lights, flowers and incense to the Buddha, chanting, Dhamma Talk, Blessings and Sharing of Merits.

Announcements (Wednesday, 21 December 2016)

1) Due to the building extension and renovation works in SJBA Vihara, this year’s Annual Vipassana Meditation Retreat will be held at Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul from 29 December 2016 to 7 January 2017. The Retreat will be conducted by Sayadaw U Pyinnyarnanda from Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre, assisted by our Abbot, Ven. Nyanaramsi. If you wish to join in the Retreat as yogi or wish to be a helper or sponsor food for the monks and yogis and other expenses during the Retreat, please contact Sis Lily at 03-56348181.
2) SJBA is organising a 28 Buddhas Puja Ceremony on 7 January 2017, 7pm to 10pm, which will give everyone the opportunity to make individual offerings to all 28 past Buddha who appeared before (and include) the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha. This great ceremony invokes one’s affinity with the infinite virtues of Buddha’s by reciting and recollecting the 28 Buddha’s names and virtues. This brings great blessings for the people who partake in the Ceremony. Recollection of the Buddha’s virtues help purify one’s mind and may even lead one to the attainment of enlightenment.
Traditionally this 28 Buddha’s Puja is performed to bring longevity, beauty, good health, happiness, prosperity, unity and harmony of family as well as success in one’s career or business and excellence in children’s education. For more information and sponsorship, please contact Sis Cindy at 03-56348181.
3) As part of our effort to upgrade the facilities of SJBA Vihara to provide better environment and support services for our members and devotees, in addition to building the new block, the following places will be renovated on the dates as follows:
Meeting Room, TCM Room, Room M1 & M2 and Sima Hall: 23/11 to 24/12/16
Meditation Hall: 28/11 to 27/12/16
Kitchen: 15/12/16 to 10/3/17
Office, Library, Airwell area: 10/1/17 to 10/3/17
Please note that TCM, Metta and Vipassana Meditation, Yoga, Longevitology sessions in the respective Hall or rooms or Airwell Area will need to be temporarily closed during the above periods.
Our Sunday Dhamma School will resume on 12/2/17.
Other activities will go on as usual, eg. Educare, SDS Metta Retreat, 28 Buddhas Puja as well as our regular Sunday Puja Service (English), New & Full Moon Chanting & Vegetarian Lunch, Breakfast & Lunch Dana for Monks and other activities using the Shrine Hall (no renovation in Shrine Hall except some cabling works, video system upgrade and relocating the sound system to the left).
5) This Sunday’ Dhamma Talk (10am) is on “Joy in the World” by Bro. Billy Tan. The Talk is on one’s awakening to the beauty and tranquility of one’s true nature, experiencing the blessings of inner peace and tranquil happiness the middle way.
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.

SJBA Educare Program on 6th December 2015

This year SJBA Educare Program in SJBA will be held on 6 December 2015 to provide poor students with school items to start the new school term. It is expected that about 500 to 600 needy students will receive the school items on 6 December 2015. Each student will receive a full set of school items which consists of school bags, shoes, books, stationary, etc. which costs about RM100.00. The amount may not be a lot but it is a simple yet significant gesture of ours to show our care and concern to poor students. We hope that through this simple but sincere gesture, the students are motivated to study better and achieve academic success and eventually success in life.

If you wish to contribute to this Educare Program,please contact Sis Lily at Tel. 03-56315299 or bank into CIMB (a/c : 1261 0000 122 052).

Thank you in advance for your support. May your generosity and the merits accrued from your good deeds brings you peace, harmony, success, good health and happiness always!

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(CHANGE OF DATE TO 27/7/2014 (Sunday)) Durian -Mangosteen -Rambutan feast for SJBA Building Extension

CHANGE OF DATE TO 27/7/2014 (Sunday)

Due to the expected shortage of durian on 3rd August, we are bringing forward
the event to 27/7/2014 (Sunday)at the same time & place.

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Durian / Mangosteen / Rambutan Feast
Eat To Raise Fund For
SJBA Building Extension
SJBA is organizing a durian “ makan-makan “ for all devotees/friends
Eat as much as you can within 1 hour for each session.

Normal Durians

Time / Session I : 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Time / Session II : 2.15pm – 3.15pm

Adult : RM30
Children (10 and below): RM10

Top Grade Durians

Sponsor a table of RM1000 for 10 people. (1pm – 3pm)

Please register with Sis. Lily by 27/7/2014 to purchase coupons.

Date : 3rd August 2014 (Sunday)

Venue : SJBA Playground