First Gimhāna Service Sunday

Report by Lim Jie Sheng.

Achariya Tan Siang Chye giving the Dhamma talk on he first session of 2017 Gimhāna Retreat.

Achariya Tan Siang Chye kick-started the 2017 Gimhāna Retreat by giving a Dhamma talk on the topic of ‘nekhamma’ or renunciation for the first Sunday session on 28 May.

Achariya said that in this fast-paced world, people tend to maximise enjoyment in life, but never feeling fulfilled.  The Buddha advised that we should practise contentment, letting go of sensual desires.  This makes our lives lighter, simpler and more joyful.

Referring to the Tapassu Sutta, Achariya highlighted the three types of renunciation, namely ‘outward renunciation’, ‘inward renunciation’, and ‘ultimate renunciation’; of these three, ‘ultimate renunciation’ is superior.

We thank Achariya for such an insightful talk, allowing us to see the joy in living with simplicity, in renouncing things we do not need in the first place for our happiness and well-being.