Announcements (Wednesday, 8 June 2016)

image00141) As part of its Community Services, SJBA is hosting a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training on 26 June 2016 (Sunday) at 11.30am by a Staff Nurse from New Hope Learning Centre. The training will train participants what to do in case the heart of someone stop pumping, etc. For further information, please call Bro James Khoo at 03-56348181, 56315299.

2) Registration for the 1-day Sutta Study with Meditation Workshop (17 July 2016) on “HOW TO DIMINISH THE EFFECTS OF BAD PAST KAMMA”, facilitated by Ven. Aggacitta is already closed due to good response. Any new applicant will be put on waiting list.

The purpose of this workshop is to go back to the roots by investigating what the Pāḷi suttas actually say about the belief of performing various rituals to cleanse themselves of bad past kamma (or at least diminish its effects) which has been influenced by folk beliefs and rituals. On the other hand, more knowledgeable Buddhists may think that performing more good kamma is more efficacious. 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.

3) The Sunday’s Puja Service in Mandarin will be off for 4 Sundays and will resume on 19 June 2016.

4) The Dhamma Talk in English this Sunday (12 June 2016, 10..00am) will be given by Bro Tan Siang Chye. Bro. Siang Chye graduated from Kent Institute, UK and with a Master degree from Massey University, New Zealand. He was a former Chairman of the Buddhist Missionary Youth Section and also the parent body, BMSM for one session. He is a striving meditator and has practised under several prominent meditation teachers locally and in New Zealand. Bro. Siang Chye is currently the Chairman of the Dhamma Committee of SJBA.