Dhamma Teaching

12 August 2013

Back from camp with joy and inspiration

“Truly inspiring!”  That was the most oft-repeated comment by many participants at the Dhamma-Living Camp. After 4 days of joyous communal living, the 120 participants returned from Genting Highlands with renewed source of energy and a heightened sense of urgency to ‘live in accordance to Dhamma’.

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2 August 2013

Bhavana Day with Ayya Susila

Bhavana Day was concluded with an atmosphere of peace and joy on 28 July.  45 participants attended the 3-day meditation retreat held at Nalanda Centre.  The yogis were inspired by Ayya Susila’s simple yet profound Dhamma teachings, as well as her clear and meticulous meditation instructions.

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24 July 2013

Joyful Conclusion to 2013 Gimhana Retreat

The 7-week Nalanda Gimhana Period came to a joyful conclusion on 22 July – the Asalha Full-moon ‘Dhamma Day’. This year’s Gimhana Retreat began on 8 June also on an Uposatha Day. Throughout these weeks, there were Dhamma teachings on Sundays and meditation sessions on Wednesdays. Besides, devotees were encouraged to practise daily morning and evening chanting at home, meditate, perform wise reflections, and do good altruistically everyday!

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17 July 2013

Viewing through the lens of Dhamma

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 3 July 2013, the fourth group meditation session of the Gimhana Retreat.

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29 June 2013

“A Good Practitioner & A Good Friend”

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 26 June, the third group meditation in conjunction with the Gimhana Retreat held at Nalanda Centre.

Bro. Tan started by quoting a Sutta from the Anguttara Nikaya (AN 4.101), where the Buddha gave a discourse on the four kinds of clouds, comparable to four kinds of persons :-

• The cloud that thunders, but does not rain; someone who is a talker, but not a doer.

• The cloud that rains, but does not thunder; someone who is a doer, but not a talker.

• The cloud that neither thunders nor rains; someone who is neither a talker nor a doer.

• The cloud that both thunders and rains; someone who is both a talker and a doer.

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26 June 2013

Happiness & Daily Aspiration

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 23 June during the third Gimhana Service Sunday.

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24 June 2013

Four kinds of Vipers & Four kinds of Persons

It was the second group meditation of the Gimhana Retreat on Wednesday, 19 June.  Following the 45-minute quiet sitting, Bro. Tan quoted Sutta 4.110 from the Anguttara Nikaya on the four kinds of vipers (poisonous snakes), which are comparable to four kinds of persons:

  • A person who is quick to become angry, but the anger does not last long;
  • A person who is not quick to become angry, but the anger lasts long;
  • A person who is quick to become angry, and the anger lasts long; and
  • A person who is not quick to become angry, and the anger does not last long.

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15 June 2013

Daily Cultivation of a Dhamma Practitioner

On Wednesday, 12 June, devotees once again filled the Shrine Hall at Nalanda Centre for the first group meditation of Gimhana Retreat.  Bro. Tan guided everyone in loving-kindness meditation, followed by a quiet sitting as we observed our breath mindfully.  Despite the day’s hustle and bustle, most meditators experienced a sense of peace after the 45 minute session.

In his talk, Bro. Tan shared that there are three things that we need to do every day as Dhamma practitioners.  They are:

  • Dāna  (cultivating a generous spirit in caring and giving)
  • Sīla  (upholding moral values and maintaining our virtue)
  • Bhāvanā  (mental development through meditation and wise reflection)

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10 June 2013

Why Did the Snake Cross the Road?

The following is a summary of Bro. Tan’s teaching on 9 June, the first Sunday of the Annual Gimhana Retreat 2013.

Everyone was all-ears as Bro. Tan shared the interesting and insightful story about the snake.

As it was shedding its skin, this 12-feet long King Cobra snake was very distressed and undergoing a big change.  Half-blind, mad with discomfort, and in the heat of the high noon sun, it crossed the hot tar road not once or twice, but three times.  This was the sight that Bro. Tan came across one day on the road. Read more

7 June 2013

Learning Pāli Chanting at NEO Centre Johor Bahru

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