Announcements (Sunday, 30th June 2013)

image0011) SJBA is organising a new course on “What Buddhists Believe” on every Friday from 14th June to 23rd Aug 2013, 8.30pm at our Shrine Hall. This Course covers the Fundamental Concepts of Buddhism. The Course will be conducted by Bro Ananda Fong and Bro Tan Siang Chye. On this coming Friday (5/7/13) Bro Ananda will discuss on “The Noble Eightfold Path”. (Note: Topic on 28/6/13 is “Four Noble Truths, Anicca, Anatta” by Bro Ananda Fong)

2) SJBA Sunday Dhamma School is organising a Food & Fun Fair on 14/7/13 (with presale morning breakfast with scones, Malaysian breakfast, etc. on 30/6/13 and 7/7/13)to help raise funds for SJBA Temple Building Extension. Coupons can be purchased at SJBA office. Your support and dana is very much appreciated.

2) Our Mandarin Puja Service will be from 11.30am to 12.30pm today (30th June) with a Dhamma Talk on “Life of the Buddha” by Sis Yee Yean. Please invite your Mandarin speaking relatives and friends to join us. The gift of the Dhamma is the highest gift.

3)This morning’s Dhamma Talk is on “The joy that leads to the end of suffering and the suffering which leads to the end of suffering” by Ven. Achalo Bhikkhu (Brett Hansen). Ajahn Achalo was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972. He developed a sincere interest in Buddhist meditation at the age of twenty, and so at the age of 21 travelled to Thailand to study Buddhist religion and practice tradition in detail.

Ajahn Achalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu in July 1997, at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the monastery established by Venerable AjahnChah in Ubon Ratchathani Province, Thailand. Luang Por Liam, the Abbot of Wat Nong Pah Pong was his Venerable Preceptor.

For the past seventeen years Ajahn Achalo has lived and practiced in the branch monasteries associated within the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah, spending most of this time at Wat Marp Chan, in Rayong Province. He has also lived for periods of time at Abhayagiri monastery in California, USA, Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire, UK, and Buddhabodhivana Monastery in Victoria, Australia. His main teachers are Luang Por Liam, Luang Por Sumedho, TanAjahn Passano, Tan Ajahn Anan, Tan Ajahn Jayasaro and Tan Ajahn Kalyano.

Ajahn Achalo is now the Abbot of Wat Anandagiri in Petchabun in Thailand

May You Be Well & Happy, Always!

Happily we serve,

27th June 2013

“SJBA – Your Friendly and Caring Dhamma Centre”

What Buddhists Believe

What Buddhists Believe

A study of the fundamental concepts of Buddhism


Based on the book “What Buddhists Believe” by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda.

Course Facilitators are Bro. Ananda Fong and Bro. Tan Siang Chye.


Classes starts at 8:30 pm every Friday from 17 June until 23 August 2013

Date Session Titles Topics/Pages
14 June Getting to know the Buddha Life of the Buddha (pages 2-31)
21 June Is Buddhism Obsolete in the
21st Century?
Dependent Origination (p.141),
Buddhism and Science (p.344),
Origin of the world (p.380)
28 June Nature of the World Four Noble Truths (p.97),
Anicca (p.110),
Anatta (p.155)
5 July The Re-Discovered Path The Noble Eightfold Path (p.102)
12 July Saint & Sinner – What Makes One..? Kamma (p.113),
No sinners (p.238)
19 July I Have Been Here Before! Rebirth (p.129)
26 July The Happiness Recipe Pessimism? (p.165),
Precepts (p.208)
2 Aug More Happiness Secrets Ten meritorious actions/ten evil actions (p. 192)
16 Aug The Three Refuges and
Buddhist Texts
The Tipitaka (p.82),
Vinaya & Sangha (p.192),
Refuges (p.232)
23 Aug Misconceptions about Buddhism
Is Buddha a God? (p. 16),
First Cause (p. 150),
God Idea (p. 331),
A Buddhist Funeral (p.229),
Idol Worship (p. 331)
Vegetarianism (p. 281),
Abortion & Suicide (p. 308),,
Way to Paradise/End of the World (p.340),
Mercy Killing (p.372)


The course uses as reference the book “What Buddhist Believe” by Ven. K. Sri Dhammananda (expanded 4th edition, 2002). It is also a wonderful book to own and read

To enroll please contact Sis. Cindy Sim at the SJBA office at 03- 56315271

May you be well an happy always

with Metta

on Behalf of SJBA Dhamma Subcommittee.


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