Teachings in Singapore

Venerable Thubten Chodron’s 2014/2015 teaching program

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Think out of the box

December 5, 2014 (Friday) 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Online registration required
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Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery,
Medicine Buddha Hall, Level 2 of 10,000 Buddha Pagoda,
88 Bright Hill Road, Singapore 574117,
Tel: 6849 5345, Email: Youth@kmspks.org

“This is who I am, this is how I will always be, I can’t change!” Have you ever stopped to question your ideas about who you think you are? Venerable Thubten Chodron challenges us to step out of the mental boxes we have created for ourselves, and to develop confidence in our potential to cultivate our good qualities to their fullest.

Creating the causes for happiness

December 6-7, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday) 10am – 5.00pm
2-Day retreat, registration required (see below)*
Organized by Buddhist Fellowship Tel: 6278 0900.
Retreat Venue at Poh Ming Tse Temple,
438 Dunearn Rd, Singapore 289613 Tel: 6466 0785

Would your life would be better, if only you had the perfect body, perfect partner, perfect job and perfect home? Think again! Instead of spending our lives chasing after illusory pleasures, join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a weekend retreat on how to create the true causes for happiness by understanding the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths.
*Registration inquiries – Tel: 6278 0900; Email: info@buddhistfellowship.org

Courage in the face of harm

“Far-Reaching Fortitude” from A Guide to A Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva
December 8-9, 2014 (Monday and Tuesday) 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Pureland Marketing
483 Sims Ave, Singapore 387555
Tel: 6297 4747, Email: Enquiry@pureland.com.sg

It’s easy to practice patience with those who are kind towards us—but what about with the people and situations that challenge us? Is it possible to keep a peaceful, steady mind in the face of all difficulties? Venerable Thubten Chodron continues to teach on Chapter 6 of Shantideva’s classic text, A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, showing a radically different way to work with our mind when the going gets tough.

The path to nirvana

December 10, 2014 (Wednesday) 7.30 – 9.30pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Wat Palelai Buddhist Temple
49 Bedok Walk, Singapore 469145.
HP: 9798 6389 Bro Choon Fah

The Buddha taught a practical, step-by-step path to the attainment of peace and freedom from suffering. Venerable Thubten Chodron illuminates the different aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path and shows us how to put it into practice in our daily lives.

Cultivating faith in the Three Jewels

December 11, 2014 (Thursday) 7.30 – 9.30pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Buddhist Fellowship West Centre
2 Telok Blangah Street 31
#02-00 Yeo’s Building, Singapore 108942
Tel : 6278 0900

How do we know that the Buddha exists? Do we believe this simply because our teacher or the scriptures say so? What exactly do Buddhists take refuge in? Venerable Thubten Chodron explains the qualities of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and how we can develop faith and confidence based on reasoning and logic.

A Buddhist response to religious fundamentalism

December 12, 2014 (Friday) 7.30 – 9.30pm
Free admission (no registration required)
The Buddhist Library
No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road, Singapore 398526
Tel : 6746-8435

Religious fundamentalism—believing that everyone should follow one’s religion and imposing that view on others—can drive a wedge between people with different faiths. In recent years, Buddhist fundamentalists in Burma and Sri Lanka have committed acts of violence against minority ethnic and religious groups, in the name of defending their faith and identity. How should Buddhists respond to fundamentalism within and outside of the faith? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she shares on how to create peace in a chaotic world.

Living with an Open Heart—Book launch

December 13, 2014 (Saturday) 10.00am – 12.00 pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Poh Ming Tse Temple
438 Dunearn Rd Singapore 289613
Tel: 6466 0785 Tel : 6466 0785

Venerable Thubten Chodron and psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts will give a joint talk and launch their latest book, Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life. The book contains brief readings which blend Buddhist and western psychology, and thoughtfully presents ideas and techniques drawn from Buddhism, western psychological approaches, as well as their personal experiences in working to develop compassion in their own lives and in their work with others.

Healing the mind: Perspectives from Buddhism and psychology

December 14, 2014 (Sunday) 11.00am– 12.30pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Buddhist Fellowship West Centre
2 Telok Blangah Street 31
#02-00 Yeo’s Building, Singapore 108942
Tel : 6278 0900

Working with our disturbing emotions can be like taming a wild horse—it’s not an easy feat, and we need lots of skill and practice! Join Venerable Thubten Chodron and Dr. Russell Kolts for a stimulating dialogue between a Tibetan Buddhist nun and a clinical psychologist, exchanging ideas on the practical techniques employed in Buddhism and psychology to heal the mind and cultivate inner peace.

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

January 1, 2015 (Thursday ) 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Free admission (no registration required)
Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre (Cheng Beng Buddhist Society)
20 Lorong 27A Geylang, Singapore 388112
Tel: 6748 5132

Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to forest kutis to Chinese temples. Even for practicing Buddhists, it might be difficult to see what the different traditions all have in common. Venerable Thubten Chodron explores the two major strains of Buddhism – the Sanskrit tradition of Tibet and East Asia and the tradition of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia – illuminating the rich benefits of respectful dialogue and the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and common goals.

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