Unwholesome deeds – stumbling blocks to happiness

Bro. Aggaphala Yap giving Lecture 4 of BPS 101 Course.

Bro. Aggaphala Yap giving Lecture 4 of BPS 101 Course on ‘Ten Unwholesome Deeds’.

On Sunday 27 September 2015, Bro. Aggaphala Yap conducted Lecture 4 of the BPS 101 Mandarin Buddhist Studies course at Nalanda Centre.  The topic of the lecture was “Ten Unwholesome Deeds” (Dasa Akusala Kamma).

The Buddha taught that the development of the mind is the key to happiness.  Bro. Aggaphala said learning the Dhamma meant learning ways to develop oneself and that we should always be mindful of our actions, speech and thoughts.  We should strive to change our behaviour and thoughts from the negative to positive to lead a happy life.

Chanting led by Nalanda Institute officers, Sis. Santi (front) and Sis. Janice.

Chanting led by Nalanda Institute officers, Sis. Santi (from left) and Sis. Janice.

The participants were taught the meaning of the ten unwholesome deeds, the conditions for such unwholesome deeds to be committed, and the consequences of committing such unwholesome deeds.  Those who indulge in unwholesome deeds will only bring more suffering to themselves and others.

Bro. Tong giving a brief introduction of the lecturer to the participants.

Bro. Tong giving a brief introduction of the lecturer to the participants.

After the lecture, participants split into six groups for discussions.  Participants appreciated Bro. Aggaphala’s lecture which was practical and down-to-earth.  The session later ended with the sharing of merits with all sentient beings. Sadhu anumodana!

The lecture strikes a chord with the students.

The lecture strikes a chord with the students.

The lecture concluded with the sharing of merits with all sentient beings.

The lecture concluded with the sharing of merits with all sentient beings.