Samanamundika Sutta

This Friday’s sutta discussion will be on Samanamundika Sutta. This sutta taught us how unskillful mental habits are made and the method to stop them.

MN 78 SamanaMundika Sutta

If we have time, we will also discuss the Anangana Sutta, which talks about types of persons with blemishes.

8 MN 5 Anangana Sutta

See you then.

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Sankharuppatti Sutta

This week’s sutta discussion will be on MN 120 Sankharuppatti Sutta (Rebirth according to Aspiration or Volition). This sutta is interesting in that it shows how one can be reborn in a realm of one’s choice, with the proper cultivation. It also reveals the various realms or planes of existence in the Buddhist cosmology.

7 MN 120 Sankharuppatti Sutta

Also, I have included here last week’s extra sutta discussion on the Avijja Sutta (AN 10.61).

6 AN 10.61 Avijja Sutta

See you then.

 

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Kimatthiya and Cetanakaraniya Suttas

This Friday, we will be discussing two related suttas:

1. AN 10.1 Kimatthiya Sutta
2. AN 10.2 Cetanakaraniya Sutta

The first sutta touches on the purpose of good moral conduct (sila) and the second sutta talks about volition or will. These are important suttas for our practice.

See you then.

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Announcement: Notice of AGM 2015

Notice is hereby given for the date, time and venue of our 2015 AGM.

Kindly click on the link below for full details:

Notice of AGM and Annual Report 2014 Final Version

Your attendance is important for us to continue serving you well.

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Sammaditthi Sutta

Firstly, I hope you have a great Chinese New Year break.

This Friday, we continue with our sutta discussion with MN9 Sammaditthi Sutta. In this sutta, Ven. Sariputta showed us the many different ways we can see and understand Right View.

MN 9 Sammaditthi Sutta

See you then.

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Kusalarasi and Bahitika Suttas

This Friday’s sutta discussion will be on two suttas – Kusalarasi Sutta (SN 47.5) and Bahitika Sutta (MN 88) – touching on wholesomeness.

SN47.5 Kusalarasi Sutta n MN 88 Bahitika Sutta

There will be no sutta discussion next Friday due to the Chinese New Year holidays.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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Vitakkasanthana Sutta

This Friday’s sutta discussion will be on the Vitakka-santhana Sutta (MN 20). In this sutta, the Buddha suggested five ways to remove unwanted thoughts.

MN 20 Vitakka-santhana Sutta

This will complement our earlier discussion on Upali Sutta and Dvedhavitakka Sutta. The former showed us the importance of mental actions in our cultivation while the latter showed us that the thoughts in our mind can be grouped into two distinct types – skillful thoughts (free from greed, hatred and delusion) and unskillful thoughts.

So, while we are now careful on the choice of our thoughts and focus, what happens when negative or unskillful thoughts persist? Perhaps a look into Vitakka-santhana Sutta will provide us with some answers.

See you this Friday. All are welcome.

 

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Dvedhavitakka Sutta

This Friday, we will continue where we left off last week with Upali Sutta. The main message from this sutta is that mental action is more important than both verbal and bodily actions.

Once we have finished with this sutta, we will discuss the next sutta, which is:

MN 19 Dvedhavitakka Sutta

Dvedhavitakka Sutta talks about two ways of thinking.

See you then.

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Sutta discussion: MN 56 Upali Sutta

As we move into the new year of 2015, let us make an aspiration to learn more dhamma, to share more dhamma and most importantly to put what we have learned into practice in our daily life.

Our sutta discussions this year will also be more focused on dhamma that we can practice in our daily life. It is about transforming the way we think, speak and behave.

For our first sutta discussion of the year, we will start with a refresher on what the dhamma is, its nature and qualities, and then we will begin our new year sutta discussion with Upali Sutta (MN 56), which I feel is the appropriate sutta to start off the year.

MN 56 Upali Sutta

Let us make a strong resolve to practice harder this year.

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Visit of Sudhamma Buddhist Society facilitators

Last Sunday, the facilitators from Sudhamma Buddhist Society came to our centre.  We had a sharing session about the approach and lessons that we use in our Sunday Dhamma School.  The children shared what they learned during the first half of the year.  The facilitators from Sudhamma played two games to experience Dhamma through play.  We had a Q&A session followed by some refreshment.  Here are some of the pictures, view the rest here.

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