Teachings in Asia: 2017

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  • Fo Guang University
    No. 160, Linwei Road
    Jiaoxi Township
    Yilan County, Taiwan 26247
    262-47宜蘭縣礁溪鄉林美村林尾路160號, 雲水幹N117
    November 28, 2017
    4:20 – 6:10 pm

    Tibetan Buddhism East and West 東西方的藏傳佛教

    In old Tibet, about 20% of the population were monks and nuns. In 1959, tens of thousands of them fled after an abortive uprising in Lhasa, to become refugees in India and Nepal. Ven. Chodron will discuss how the Tibetans have preserved their monastic tradition in exile, and the challenges that have arisen from engaging with modernity and other cultures.

    In the late ‘60s and ‘70s, young Westerners encountered Tibetan teachers, and sat at their feet learning meditation and the Buddha’s teachings. It was an unusual mix of the most conservative elements of Tibetan culture with the most liberal segment of Western society. How did they affect each other, and how have the Westerners who ordained as monks and nuns in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition fared?

    As one of the earliest Westerners who ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun, Ven. Chodron will speak from personal experience and lived observation. Chinese translation will be provided.

    Contact (+886 3)-9871000.


  • Malaysia

    • Buddhist Gem Fellowship
      D-G-2, Block D, Jalan PJU 1A/3K
      Taipan 1, Ara Damansara
      Selangor, Malaysia
      December 2-3, 2017
      9:30 am – 4:30 pm both days

      Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma & How to Face the Eight Worldly Conditions

      A two-day retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      You sit in the front row of meditation class in perfect lotus position, wearing the best meditation outfit, holding a crystal mala, looking peaceful and holy. Is this what Dharma practice is all about? Venerable Thubten Chodron cuts through the eight worldly concerns that can hijack our spiritual practice, and shows us how to cultivate a genuine motivation for practicing the Dharma that will truly benefit ourselves and others in the long-term.

      Register online

      For more information, contact Lai Kim Looi at 012 210 2519 or email bgf [at] dhammaduta [at] gmail [dot] com.

    • Nalanda Buddhist Society
      3357, Jalan 18/31, Taman Sri Serdang,
      43300 Seri Kembangan
      Selangor, Malaysia
      December 5-7, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

      Public talks with Ven. Thubten Chodron
      Day 1: Mind and Rebirth
      Day 2: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
      Day 3: The Path to Awakening

      Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana—what do these words really mean, and are they completely different expressions of the Buddha’s teachings? In this series of three evening talks, Venerable Thubten Chodron encourages us to look beyond the superficial differences between Buddhist traditions, and explores how all forms of Buddhism, amid their rich diversity, share a common heritage and common goals.

      The series is organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chee Voon at +6017 677 6106 for more information.

    • Leong See Kah Miew
      65, Jalan Perak,
      10150 George Town
      Penang, Malaysia
      December 8, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Being a Friend to Yourself

      A public talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      Do you often criticize yourself and beat yourself up when you make mistakes? Or do you worry about what others think of you, and bend over backwards to make everyone happy? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares how to release our unrealistic expectations of ourselves and instead become our own best friend by cultivating genuine self-confidence.

      Talk organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.

    • Bodhi Heart Sanctuary
      Jalan Mt Erskine, Mt Erskine
      10470 George Town
      Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
      December 9-10, 2017

      Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid Suffering

      A retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron
      Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Sunday, December 10, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? Venerable Thubten Chodron leads a two-day retreat on karma and how it works, giving practical advice on how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.

      Talk organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.

    • Than Hsiang Temple
      32, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
      11900 Bayan Lepas
      Penang, Malaysia
      December 10, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      My Favorite Pastime: Complaining

      A public talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      Do you have a PhD in fault-finding, nit-picking, and being judgmental? Or maybe you live with someone with the same qualifications? Venerable Thubten Chodron points to the complaining mind as one of the sources of unhappiness for ourselves and others, and shows us how to give up our favorite pastime for more beneficial ways of thinking.

      Talk organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.


    • Poh Ming Tse Temple
      438 Dunearn Rd
      Singapore, 289613 Singapore
      +65 6466 0785
      December 13, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness

      Book reading and signing with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      How do we balance the needs of our everyday lives with our spiritual aspirations? In Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King, Venerable Thubten Chodron offers wisdom from Tibetan master Khensur Jampa Tegchok, who comments on Indian sage Nagarjuna’s advice to a king on how to live and lead with wisdom and compassion. Join her as she shares from this beautiful poem on how to attain our immediate and ultimate spiritual goals.

      Register online

      For more information, contact (65) 6466 0785 or email pmt [at] pmt [dot] org [dot] sg.

    • Amitabha Buddhist Centre
      44 Lorong 25A Geylang
      388244 Singapore
      December 14, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      How to Be Miserable with Attachment and Happy without It

      A public talk with Venerable Chodron

      If you’re Buddhist, you’ve heard this said many times: attachment is one of the root causes of our suffering. Yet, why is it so hard for us to let it go? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a reality check on how attachment works in our lives and how to overcome the obstacles to attaining genuine happiness in the long run.

      Register online

      For more information, contact (65) 6745 8547 or email centre [at] fpmtabc [dot] org

    • Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre
      20 Lorong 27A Geylang
      Singapore 388112, 388112
      +65 6748 5132
      December 15 & 16, 2017
      8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      The Vimalakirti Sutra

      Two public talks with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      With a lively use of humor, the Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra brings to life the Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness through an engaging dialogue between his great arhat and bodhisattva disciples and the layperson Vimalakirti. Venerable Thubten Chodron continues a well-received series of talks that began in 2016, revealing the rich Dharma conveyed in this popular Mahayana sutra.

      For more information, contact (65) 6748 5132

    • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
      Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, Medicine Buddha Hall
      88 Bright Hill Road
      Singapore, 574117 Singapore
      +65 6849 5300
      December 16, 2017
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      Mindful Meditation, Quality Living

      A daylong workshop by Venerable Thubten Chodron and Venerable Thubten Damcho

      How does having a daily meditation practice affect our quality of life? In this daylong workshop, Venerable Thubten Chodron will give a morning talk on what the Buddha taught about mindfulness and how different meditation methods help us to develop our potential and bring benefit to our lives. Her student Venerable Thubten Damcho leads the afternoon meditation and discussion.

      Register online

      For more information, contact (65) 6849 5326 or email sed [at] kmspks [dot] org

    • Buddhist Fellowship West
      2 Telok Blangah Street 31
      #02-00 Yeo’s Building
      Singapore, 108942 Singapore
      +65 6278 0900
      December 17, 2017
      10:30 am – 12:00 pm

      It’s Not About the Money: Sutta on the Dung Beetle

      A Sunday service and talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

      The Pilahaka Sutta on the dung beetle from the Pali Canon is brief, but it packs a powerful message: as long as we are caught up with worldly concerns, our spiritual practice will go nowhere. Venerable Thubten Chodron speaks on how we can take the teaching in this sutta to heart by so that our Dharma practice will truly bear fruit in liberation and awakening.

      For more information, contact (65) 6278 0900

    • The Buddhist Library
      No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road
      Singapore, 398526
      +65 6746 8435
      December 17, 2017
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      The Light of Liberation: True Satisfaction and Fulfillment

      A public talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

      More and better, cheaper and faster… Is it possible to find satisfaction in our modern world? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows us how the causes of fulfilment are not external but internal—and by freeing the mind from afflictions, we can taste the true joy of liberation.

      For more information, contact (65) 6746 8435 or info [at] buddhlib [dot] org [dot] sg.

    • Tibetan Buddhist Centre
      281 Jalan Besar
      Singapore, 208944
      +65 6291 1089
      December 19, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Logic and Reasoning in Daily Life

      How do we know when we’re making decisions based on reason, or being driven by irrational judgments? Can we actually believe everything that we think? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows how to apply Tibetan Buddhist teachings on logic and reasoning to our everyday thought processes, to help us to make decisions that are beneficial for ourselves and others in the long-term.

      Registration required. Call (65) 6291 1089 or email centre [at] tibetanbc [dot] org

    • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
      Ven. Hong Choon Memorial Hall Classroom 9
      88 Bright Hill Road
      Singapore, 574117
      +65 6849 5300
      December 20, 2017
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      Connecting with Amitabha Buddha

      A public talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

      The practice of reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name to attain rebirth in Pureland is practically synonymous with Chinese Buddhism. However, did you know that this practice exists in Tibetan Buddhism as well? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on the Amitabha Buddha practice from the perspective of both the Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist traditions, uncovering its essence beyond apparent differences.

      Register online

      For more information, contact (65) 6849 5326 or email sed [at] kmspks [dot] org

    • Pureland Marketing
      29 Geylang Lorong 29 #04-01/02
      Singapore, 388078
      +65 6297 4747
      December 21-22, 2017
      7:30 – 9:30 PM

      Aspiring for Awakening

      Two teachings by Venerable Thubten Chodron on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds

      Why is it important to cultivate the aspiration to become a Buddha again, and again, and again? Venerable Thubten Chodron continues teaching on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattvas’ Deeds, on how we can apply the far-reaching practice of joyous effort to strengthen our determination to attain Buddhahood.

      For more information, contact (65) 6297 4747/ 4646

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