NTUBS Song Sharing Session: Gita Through Guitar

Gita Through Guitar – NTUBS Song Sharing Session

Do you feel that learning Dharma is boring?

Do you want to know how to incorporate Dharma into songs?

Come for this song sharing session & listen to Buddhist songs yourself! We will be singing the songs that we usually sing, like Ehipassiko, My Beautiful Friend, & songs that you never heard before.

 

Details for the event are as follows:

Date: 17 March 2017 (Friday)

Time: 19:00 – 21:30

Venue: Nanyang House Function Room, Level 2 (Nanyang House is located across Canteen 2)

Conductor: Bro. Ng Kang Kee

 

Conductor’s Profile:

  • Graduated in NUS with PhD in Engineering.
  • Producer, Arranger & Composer of Pigeon House Productions.
  • Produced albums such as:《生命中的朋友 – S.M.Z.D.P.Y. (friends in our lives)》,《生命中的朋友 2.0 – 微笑”》, 《“You are Wonderful 有你真好”》
  • Compositions performed by Jeff Chang 张信哲, Kenji Wu 吴克群, & Alex Su 苏有朋.
  • Commercial soundtracks was awarded silver world medal in 2011 for the New York Festival for World Best TV and Films Awards (Original Music: Promotion spot).
  • Composed and arranged for Siong Leng Musical Association’s “Nine Songs 九歌。意象” musical at Esplanade in 2015.
  • Composed and arranged for Siong Leng Musical Association’s “Soul Journey” musical. The musical was proudly selected to perform at Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, France, in the “Singapour En France – Le Festival” Singapore Festival in France 2015.
  • Initiated 《生命中的朋友-S.M.Z.D.P.Y.》platform in 2009 with tremendous responses and participations from the youth communities.
  • Initiated 《创作很爽-Composition is Fun》workshops in 2013 & conducted over 15 workshops in various high schools, tertiaries & organisations.

Light refreshments are also provided at the end of the talk. So, what are you waiting for? Learning Dharma can be enjoyable! Come & sing-along while learning dharma!

Should you have any doubts or enquiries, you can contact Bro. Zhi Huang (Fellowship Director) at ntubs-fellowship@e.ntu.edu.sg or 86160093.

Compassion in Action

THK Home for the Disabled @ Eunos at a glance

THK Home for the Disabled mission is to give warmth, care and love to their residents. They provide a comprehensive education, including the moral and civic aspects of life, and create a conducive environment for them to live in harmony, while respecting each other’s race, colour, culture, language and religion. The home itself provides long term residential care for children and disabled adults. You can find out more about THK Home for the Disabled @ Eunos at http://www.thkmc.org.sg/services_detail/thk-home-for-the-disabled-eunos/

 

Donation Drive

We will also be having a donation drive for the residents at the home before visiting them on the 18th March. The items are daily necessities and food that the home needs. More information on how the donation drive will be done can be found in the google form.

 

The event details are as follows:

Date: 18 March 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 0800 (Depart NTU) – 1300 (Reach NTU)

Venue: THK Home for the Disabled @ Eunos, 20 Jalan Eunos Singapore 419494

Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ntubscia

*Participants to gather at NTU Canteen 2 at 0745hrs

**Two way transport will be provided

 

Some of the activities that we will be doing there with the residents include song singing, colouring and a mini gardening session with them. So, do join us if you are available on the 18th March and get your friends to come along as well. Let us all bring some happiness and joy to the residents at the home. We look forward to see you on the actual day itself.

 

Should you have any doubts or enquiries, you can contact Bro. Dedrick (Metta Director) at ntubs-metta@e.ntu.edu.sg or 8228 2093.

Dharma Talk 4: Pursuit of Happiness – The Buddhist Way

Pursuit of Happiness – The Buddhist Way

Why is life so stressful?

How to gain happiness and relieve suffering in life?

How can we relate Dharma to solve our problems in family, relationship and daily encounters in general?

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.” (Dhammapada Verse 2)

 

Details for the Dharma Talk are as follows:

Date: 10 March 2017 (Friday)

Time: 19:00 to 22:30

Venue: Nanyang House Seminar Room 2, Level 2 (NYH is located across Canteen 2)

Speaker: Dr. Ho Eu Chin

 

Speaker’s Profile:

  • Dr Ho is an Otolaryngology Consultant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He had previously trained and worked in the United Kingdom before moving to Singapore 5 years ago.
  • Dr Ho is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Academy of Medicine Singapore and holds a Master of Medical Education from the University of Warwick. He is also a William Osler House Tutor at Lee Kong Chian School at Medicine, NTU and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS.
  • Dr Ho has been a practising Buddhist since his teenage years and he endeavours towards a humanistic practice of clinical medicine.
  • He volunteers with Tzu Chi International Medical Association and he has provided free medical care to needy communities in Cambodia, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
  • He has given Dhamma talks at Buddhist Fellowship, Ngee Ann Polytechnic Buddhist Society and was a speaker at the 8th Global Conference on Buddhism
  • Dr Ho is also the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Brahm Centre, which is a Singapore Voluntary Welfare Organisation with IPC status which seeks to promote happier and healthier living through the practice of mindfulness.

 

There will be fellowship session organized by NTUBS fellowship committee. Light refreshments are also provided at the end of the talk. Wait no more, come and join us now to make your Friday meaningful!

 

Should you have any doubts or enquiries, you can contact Bro. Thomas (Dharma Propagation Director) at ntubs-dharma@e.ntu.edu.sg or 94475090.

Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Have you ever experienced eating a packet of chips and then suddenly noticed all you had left in your hands was an empty packet?

How often do you find yourself living on autopilot mode ? Bro Kalfian Jo will talk about mindfulness and how to apply it to our daily life and live more meaningfully.

Come join us! Friday, 24 February 2017, 7 pm onward, at Nanyang House Function Room.

Dharma Class 7, 8, 9: Heart Sutra Workshop

Heart Sutra Workshop: Apply Emptiness in Your Daily Life!

What is Heart Sutra?

What is Emptiness and how can we apply it in our life today?

How can we change ourselves so that we can be happier?

“Form is no different from empty; empty no different from form; Form is just empty, empty is just form” (Heart Sutra)

The Heart Sutra is one of the most commonly recited sutras in temples and monasteries worldwide. While being the shortest, at 260 Chinese characters, it expounds deep and profound teachings of Emptiness as taught by the Buddha.

Details for the Dharma Class are as follows:

  • Date: 3, 10, and 17 February 2017 (3 consecutive Friday)
  • Time: 19:00 to 22:30
  • Venue: TR 121 (NBS Building SS3-5, Level 1)
  • Speaker: Venerable Chuan Guan
  • *The whole course will be delivered in 3 consecutive classes.
  • **Classes will be conducted in English.

Speaker’s Profile:

Ven. Chuan Guan was ordained under Master Miu King (Master Miao Jing 妙 境 長 老 ) in 2002 (higher ordination in 2003) and began monastic training in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States). He learned the sutras and practised meditation under the Mahayana Buddhist tradition while studying the Theravadin Pali Canon. From 2006 to 2016, he trained and served as resident monk in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) and the Buddhist Library. He reaches out to the Buddhist community via this blog at www.buddhavacana.net, Facebook, Twitter, and through apps on Apple and Android mobile devices. He received his degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and worked in the IT industry prior to monkshood.

 

There will be fellowship session organized by NTUBS fellowship committee. Light refreshments are also provided at the end of the talk. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join this Heart Sutra workshop to have your Fridays to be meaningful!

Should you have any doubts or inquiries, you can contact Bro. Thomas (Dharma Propagation Director) at ntubs-dharma@e.ntu.edu.sg or 94475090.

Dharma Class 6: Dependent Origination: Existence, Arise, Cease

缘起:因此有彼,无此无彼,此生彼生,此灭彼灭。
Dependant Origination: Existence, Arise, Cease

Why is there suffering and rebirth?
How things arise and how things cease?
What is the causal chain that bound us in the Sea of Sufferings?

When this exists, that comes to be; with the arising of this, that arises. When this does not exist, that does not come to be; with the cessation of this, that ceases.
(Majjhima Nikāya: 115)

*The class will be conducted in English.

Details for the Dharma Class are as follows:

  • Date: 20 January 2017 (Friday)
  • Time: 19:00 to 22:30
  • Venue: TR 121 (NBS Building SS3-5, Level 1)
  • Speaker: Ven. Phra Goh Chun Kiang (Bhante Adhibalo)
  • Speaker’s Profile:
    • Formerly Publication Secretary & President for Singapore Polytechnic Buddhist Society.
    • Took 3 refuges and 5 precepts from Khen Rinpoche from Amitabha Buddhist Centre.
    • Learnt Meditation from the branch of the late Ven Amatha Gavesi of Sri Lanka under the guidance of Bro Vajiro (Richard).
    • Awarded higher ordination into Thai Dhammayut tradition at Santi Forest Monastery in Johor, Malaysia.
    • Spent first 5 rains retreats at various forest monasteries in Malaysia and Thailand. Currently residing at Palelai Buddhist Temple in Singapore.
    • A member of the Inter-Religious Organization Youth to promote harmony among various faith groups.
    • Religious Advisor to Buddhist Youth Network, Singapore Polytechnic Buddhist Society, and Palelai Pals

There will be games, song-singing, and sharing session organized by NTUBS fellowship committee. Light refreshments are also provided at the end of the talk. So, what are you waiting for? Come and join this Dharma Class to explore and discover the truth of life and death, rebirth and suffering together with Ven. Phra Goh Chun Kiang!
Should you have any doubts or enquiries, you can contact Bro. Thomas (Dharma Propagation Director) at ntubs-dharma@e.ntu.edu.sg or 94475090.

Stress Management: Kick Off Your New Semester with Peace in Mind

Stress Management: Kick Off Your New Semester with Peace in Mind

Our school term has just started! Are you feeling stress with all the academic stuff and ECA/Work burden stacking up on your shoulder? Our guest speaker, Bro. Kweh Soon Han, who is a legal practitioner in Singapore will share some tips to deal with your stress.

 

Details for the Dharma Talk are as follows:

  • Date: 13 January 2017 (Friday)
  • Time: 19:00 to 22:30
  • Venue: TR102, Block SS1 Level 1 (beside Learning Pod)
  • Speaker: Bro. Kweh Soon Han

Speaker’s profile: 

  • A lawyer by profession, is an active Buddhist who has taken some positions in a number of charitable and Buddhist organizations.
  • Past President of the Buddhist Fellowship, Patron to the Wat Ananda Youth Circle and the Nanyang Polytechnic Buddhist Society, as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Dharma Propagation Division, Singapore Buddhist Federation.
  • A regular speaker in giving Dharma talks to public in various Buddhist societies & schools.

There will be games and song singing session organized by NTUBS fellowship committee. Light refreshments are also provided at the end of the talk. So, come and join our first Dharma Talk in this semester. We look forward to see you at the event!

Should you have any doubts or inquiries, you can contact Bro. Thomas (Dharma Propagation Director) at ntubs-dharma@e.ntu.edu.sg or 94475090.

Festive Cheer

A few more days and it’s going to be the start of a new semester!

Hopefully everyone is looking forward to the start of school. What’s a better way to end off the first week of school than to spread joy and loving kindness to the elderly? NTUBS Metta Team will be working together with Southwest CDC to bring the festive cheer to two blocks  of elderly residents staying at Boon Lay Area on 13 January 2017, Friday. We will be distributing festive bags to the residents, play some simple games and make handicrafts with them.

The details are as follows:

  • Date: 13 January 2017 (Friday)
  • Time: 12 pm (Depart NTU) – 6 pm (Arrive NTU)
  • Venue: Block 188 and Block 191 Boon Lay Drive
  • Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/cnyfestivecheer

*Transport will not be provided*

Hopefully everyone will be able to take some time out from your schedule to bond with the elderly residents and bring a smile to their faces. We look forward to see everyone on the day itself!

Should you have any doubts or enquiries, you can contact Bro. Dedrick (Metta Director) at ntubs-metta@e.ntu.edu.sg or +65 8228 2093.

Dharma Class 4 : Hahaha… The Laughing Buddha

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The Dharma class 4, held on 14th October 2016, was the second series of the Dharma Voices in Series. The Dharma Voices in Series is a series of Dharma Classes which covers three different traditions of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. In this Dharma Class, Venerable You Deng and Sis. Eliner gave some speech about Bodhisattva according to Mahayana tradition.

The speech started with the briefing about Maitreya. Maitreya is a Bodhisattva that will reach enlightenment and will become the successor of Buddha Gautama. Maitreya is symbolized by a smiling fat monk. Because of its figure, A lot of temples put Maitreya statue on the entrance because it symbolizes welcome and happiness.

At the beginning, Maitreya was not symbolized by the fat Buddha. Maitreya was symbolized by a very mighty figure. The tradition of the fat Buddha was a reference from a monk named Qi Ci (此), who was also called the cloth bag monk because he carries a cloth bag anywhere. Qi Ci was recognized as Maitreya because before Qi Ci died, he uttered :

Maitreya, the true Maitreya

Has billions of incarnations.

Often he is shown to people at the time;

Other times they do not recognize him

Maitreya now lives in Tusita Heaven. According to Mahayana tradition, Tusita heaven is a heaven where the Bodhisattvas inside are destined to reach enlightenment in the next life.

Bodhisattva

The word bodhisattva comes from the word Bodhi and sattva. Bodhi means enlightenment, and sattva means sentient beings. In other words, all beings who has the will of enlightenment can be called a bodhisattva. It can be humans, it can be devas, and it can also be animals. In other words, everyone can be called a Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva is not really the same as Arahant. Arahant has only the willingness of reaching enlightenment, while Bodhisattva has the willingness to reach enlightenment and also teach it to all beings.

A bodhisattva has two qualities : Selflessness and Compassion. Selflessness means concerning about others. Compassion means having loving kindness and sympathy. These two qualities are interconnected. Compassion appears because of selflessness. When we start to think about others, we can love others and also sympathize with others. On the other hand, an act of compassion arises selflessness. When you start helping others, you start to put yourself on other people’s shoes and feel happy for them.

A great example about loving kindness is found in Buddha’s past life. Before Buddha Gautama was reborn as Prince Sattva, he was a monk trying to cultivate Bodhisattva Path. One day, while walking in the forest, he saw a tigress giving birth to five babies. After giving birth, the mom tigress became very weak and about to die. Meanwhile, all the babies are asking for food from their mother. Looking at the situation, The monk jumped over to the tiger and sacrifice himself to become the food of the tigress. Gautama had shown the quality of being a Bodhisattva : being selfless and also compassionate with others.

There are three acts of goodness: do good deeds, speak good words, and think good thought. In order for an act to be considered good, it should give people joy, convenience, hope, and confidence. By doing good acts in our daily life we can increase our selflessness and compassion. Furthermore, what goes around comes around. If we practise doing good acts, good things will come to us.  

In conclusion, we need to reflect back to our daily lives. When was the last time we help others and happy with it? We can start practicing good things now and start reduce the thought of “I”. Because we are all Buddha yet enlightened.

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Have You Set Your Spiritual Goal?

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By : Olivia Agatha

The first Dharma Talk of the academic year was held on 23 September 2016. It was not only a talk in which we listened to the teachings of Buddha, but also with some fellowship activities and interactive learning.

Bhante K. Rathanasara started his speech with a simple quote :

“Life is precious. Instead of using the wonderful mind to destroy the world, won’t it be more meaningful to positively use the mind to construct heaven on Earth?”

How can we achieve such a noble goal? First, we need to cultivate both our head and heart. However, in order to start balancing the mind and heart, we need to have a spiritual goal.

Bhante categorized all human beings as three analogies. The first analogy is a blind man, symbolizing a man who has wasted his whole life. The second analogy is a one-eyed man, illustrating a man who is rich in material wealth, but has no spiritual wealth. The last one is a man with both eyes of perfect eyesight, representing a man who possesses both material and spiritual wealth. In our lives, we need to strive to become the man with perfect eyesight in order to achieve a happy and contented life, or even to figure out the meaning of life.

We often set goals but spoil the goals later on. We pay attention to our health, beauty and hygiene. However, we often forget to keep our mind clean from attachment, hatred, and jealousy. In fact, we often take our mind for granted. Therefore, we need to control our own mind by setting spiritual goals for ourselves. Let me quote from a famous saying, “Bad actions and actions harmful to ourselves are easy to be done; what is beneficial and good, that is very difficult to be done.” In other words, it won’t be easy to cultivate our mind with wholesome qualities, while unwholesome qualities can easily just rise. This is why diligence and dedication are needed to achieve your spiritual goal.

Here comes a question,“What actually obstruct us from being successful?” It is the 5 mental hindrances, known as Panca Nivarana. The first one is kamacchanda, which means the desire to satisfy sensual pleasure. Our five senses always desire to seek for something nice to be seen, heard, tasted, smell, and also felt. This desire grows unstoppably, and if we do not control our it, we will obtain neither mental wealth nor material wealth. Therefore, we need to be disciplined, from passing our exams to finding the partner of our life. The second hindrance is vyapada, which means ill will, hatred, jealousy and cruelty. It is developed through the loss of our common sense. The third one is thina middha, which means sloth. As we develop a lazy body and mind, we will be inactive and consequently be indulged in pleasure. The fourth hindrance is uddhacca kukkuca (restlessness and worry), which will make us unable to concentrate. Fifth, there is vicikiccha (doubt), which is a sign of lack of self-esteem.

So, what should we do to overcome these hindrances? It’s simple, we can overcome these hindrances by setting and reaching our spiritual goal.

Before that, let’s try to answer this question. What is the purpose of our life? Every person has their own answer about this. A theological religionist might say the purpose is to prepare them to heaven. A materialist might say the purpose of life is to satiate our 5 senses. A materialist might not believe in karma and morality as they believe that life ends when he or she die. What does a Buddhist say? Well, the purpose of life for a Buddhist is simple – to reach enlightenment.

Now, let’s return to the question of setting our spiritual goal. What exactly is a spiritual goal? The ultimate spiritual goal will, of course, be reaching enlightenment. However, before reaching the ultimate, we need to get through the basic and intermediate spiritual goals. Basic spiritual goals may be as simple as to overcome our bad habits and to start positive habits. These habits are not necessary to be religion-related. Simple things like waking up early or speaking politely can be a basic spiritual goal.

Then, after setting up our spiritual goal, what should we do next? Like what Bhikkhus and Bhikkhunis always do before they sleep, we can do reflection before we sleep. Before sleeping, we can reflect on our days. If we find out that we have made  mistakes during the day, we should be determined to remind oneself not to repeat the mistake. In contrast, if we find out that we are satisfied with how we have spent the day, we should be determined to do more good things. Therefore, Bhante encouraged us, “Let’s close our eyes and meditate for a short while every day. May I be free from worries and sufferings, be well and be happy. May all other beings be free from worries and sufferings, be well and be happy.”

However, setting spiritual goal itself is not enough, we need to actually achieve our goal. In order to achieve our spiritual goal, we need to follow the noble eightfold path, especially samma ditthi (right view), samma vayama (right effort) and samma sati (right mindfulness). First of all samma ditthi (right understanding),is the first thing that we need to practise before setting up our goals. By understanding that life is not fated we can actually make changes to our life and also get rid of the bad habits. The next factor is samma vayama, the right effort, which is to energetically strive to practice our goals with diligence. The last thing to practise is samma sati (right mindfulness), which means practise to be mindful of your words and love yourself so you can love others. In reality, this is easier said than done. Therefore, we need to slowly practise developing mindfulness. One way of developing mindfulness is by stop having the habit of multitasking and start the habit of focusing on what you do.

The main takeaway from this talk is that spiritual goal does not have to be a religious goal. It can be small things like waking up early. These simple things can actually develop our mind and make us better as a person.

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