Sutra Translation: Seven Kinds of Giving

Saṃyukta Ratnapiṭaka Sūtra: The Sutra of Miscellaneous Jewels
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Seven Kinds of Giving

Translated by Bro. Thomas Lee Ming Zhi

 

The Buddha said that there are seven kinds of giving, without decreasing one’s wealth, give rise to the attainment of great karmic fruits.

The first kind of giving is named the giving of eye. One always uses a gentle eye contact to look at one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas, and brahmins, refraining from using hostile eye contact, this is named the giving of eye. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain pure eyes; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain Divine Eye and Buddha Eye[1]. This is named the first karmic fruit.

The second kind of giving is named the giving of kind and pleasant countenance. When one faces one’s father, mother, teachers, elders, śramaṇas and brahmins, one does not frown and manifest an unkind countenance. By doing so, when one’s body breaks up and reborn into another body, one will gain a well-formed appearance; when one attains Buddhahood in the future, one will gain complexion of pure gold. This is named the second karmic fruit.

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Camp Nirvana Singapore 2017

NTUBS proudly presents Camp Nirvana Singapore 2017

New school term is coming! Are you looking forward to make new friends, memorable and spiritual friendship?  If you are, don’t hesitate to join our annual Camp Nirvana Singapore (CNS) 2017! A glimpse back to Buddha’s Time, followed by strings of fun games and activities will definitely be your best camp experience!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar now! The details are as follows:

  • Date: 18 – 20 August 2017
  • Venue: Aloha Changi Chalet
  • Camp Fee: $25 (NTU/NIE Student) or $30 (Public)
  • The camp fee ($25) includes camp T-shirt, meals, accommodation and transportation.

Wait no more! Camp Nirvana Singapore 2017 is now open for registration!

Kindly register yourself on the link provided: http://tinyurl.com/registerCNS2017

For updates about CNS, feel free to check out our facebook page @NTUBS.CNS and for further enquires, please contact Sri Devi (+65 9892 5518). Hope to see you soon!

Dharma Class 10: Cultivating Right View in Buddhist Path: Right View to identify the Teachings of Buddha – 3 Dharma Seals

Cultivating Right View in Buddhist Path: Right View to identify the Teachings of Buddha – 3 Dharma Seals

‘Nirvana is completely pacifying’ (The 3 Dharma Seals, Madhyama Agama X, 262)

What are the true teachings of the Buddha?

How to identify the authenticity of the ‘Buddhist’ teachings now circulating around us?

How to walk on the correct path towards enlightenment?

Details for the Dharma Talk are as follows:

Date: 24 March 2017 (Friday)

Time: 19:00 to 22:30

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

Speaker: Venerable You Deng

*The class will be conducted in English.

 

Speaker’s Profile:

  • The Spiritual Advisor to the Buddha’s Light Association (Singapore), Young Adult Division (YAD).
  • Graduated from Fo Guang Shan Tsung Lin University, International Buddhist College – English Division.
  • Other qualifications include M.A., Department of Business Studies, (Business Administration), S. Pacific University and BBS. Department of Business Studies, (Management), Massey University.

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? Join us and be inspired to have 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.

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.