Sutta discussion: Living in the Present

This Friday, we will have our last sutta discussion session for the year.

After covering so many suttas, it is now time to collect all the dhamma that we have learned and make the knowledge an integral part of our life. After all, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Only by practicing what we have learned can we really know the power and benefits of the dhamma.

So for this last session of the year, I would like to discuss about how we can live in the present moment – a practice that will benefit us as lay people.

Here are the notes: Living in the Present

See you tomorrow!

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Appreciation Day 2014

Appreciation day is for the children to show appreciation to the parents and to seek for forgiveness.

This year, we presented the rules of the centre and posters of recycling.  We also had a tea ceremony where the children serve their parents tea.  After that there was a western buffet prepared for the parents and the children.

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Sutta discussion: Dipa Sutta

For this Friday’s sutta discussion, we will continue with last week’s unfinished sutta and discussion, and if we have time, start on a new sutta – Dipa sutta (on anapanasati). Below is the sutta for your download:

SN54.8_Dipa Sutta

Dipa Sutta is quite a long and comprehensive sutta on mindfulness of in- and out- breathing (anapanasati), and is very useful for those who are serious or keen in understanding how this meditation is practiced, according to the Buddha’s method.

See you then.

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Sutta discussion this Friday

Below are two suttas we will be discussing this Friday:

SN36.31_Niramisa

SN51.15_Brahmana

The Niramisa sutta talks about the three types of joy, happiness and equanimity. The Brahmana sutta explains how one can use desire to end desire.

Lastly, we will also take a look at the question of whether one can be attached to the jhanas. Below is an excerpt from Ajahn Brahmavamso’s book entitled “The Jhanas” regarding this issue.

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Sutta discussion: The Six Sense Bases

This Friday, our sutta discussion will be on the six sense bases. Below are the suttas selected for discussion.

SN35.95_Malunkyaputta

SN35.32_Suitable for Uprooting

SN35.85_Empty is the World

See you then.

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Sutta Discussion: The Five Aggregates

This Friday, our sutta discussion will be on the 5 aggregates (khandas). Below are the suttas for discussion:

Nakulapitta

SN 22.95 A Lump of Foam

Impermanence Suffering Nonself

See you then.

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Sutta discussion: Kamma

This Friday, we will continue our discussion on kamma. The two additional suttas for discussion are:

Lonaphala Sutta – same action different result

Pacchabhumika Sutta – the ghee floats up

See you tomorrow.

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Dhamma Talk: Maintaining sanity in a fast-paced world

We are pleased to announce details for our next dhamma talk this month.

Date :      27 Oct 2014 (Monday)

Time:      8.30 to 10.00pm

Topic:      How To Maintain Sanity In A Fast Paced World

Speaker:   Bhante Pemarathana

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Sutta Discussion on Kamma

Last week, we had a sutta discussion on Dependent Origination. This Friday, our sutta discussion will be on the topic of Kamma.

Below are the suttas selected:

Culakammavibhanga Sutta

Kamma Old and New_SN35.146

Types of Kamma

See you this Friday.

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Sutta discussion: Dependent Origination

So far in our sutta discussion, we have done:

1. How to recognise the dhamma

2. Saddha (Faith or Conviction in the dhamma)

3. Dana (Generosity)

4. Sila (Moral conduct or Virtues)

5. Bhavana (Mental cultivation leading to concentration or samadhi)

6. Panna (Wisdom)

These complete the Noble Eightfold Path of Sila, Samadhi and Panna.

Beginning this week, we will select suttas discussing on important topics and doctrines of the Buddha, such as the Doctrine of Dependent Origination, Kamma, 5 aggregates and the 6 sense bases.

For this Friday, our sutta discussion will be on Dependent Origination. Click on the link below for your notes:

Paticca Samuppada Vibhanga sutta

Below is also a summary of our previous discussion on Panna:

5_Panna

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