Tuesday, February 24, 2015

English Buddhism Course

English Buddhism Course

(conducted by Venerable) poster | brochure
Today, there is a growing interest in the Buddha’s teachings worldwide. How are the teachings, 2,500 years old, relevant to our modern world?
Buddhist teachings show us the way to end all suffering and to attain happiness. Join us for our Buddhism Course and learn how you can apply the Buddha’s teachings in your daily life.
Practise the Dharma, Develop Wisdom and Compassion, Cultivate Happiness.
02 Mar ~ 02 Nov | Monday
Module 1* 02/3, 09/3, 16/3, 23/3, 30/3, 06/4, 13/4, 27/4
*02/3 Dinner is NOT provided
– Life of the Buddha
We introduce the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha: from his birth and life as a prince to his renunciation and the attaining of Enlightenment. Thereafter, he taught the Dharma until he entered final Nirvana at the age of 80.
Module 208/6, 15/6, 22/6, 29/6, 06/7, 13/7, 20/7, 27/7
– The Three Refuges
– The Five Precepts and Eight Precepts
– The 10 Wholesome Actions
We introduce Buddhist Observances and the Triple Gem-the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as refuge. Thereafter, we take a step further to learn about the good and evil, and how to observe morality as the foundation of one’s practice.
Module 314/9, 21/9, 28/9, 05/10, 12/10, 19/10, 26/10, 02/11
– The Four Noble Truths
– The Noble Eightfold Path
– A study of the Sigalovada Sutta
We focus on the core principles in Buddhism, namely the Four Noble Truths and Noble Eightfold Path.

05 Mar ~ 19 Nov | Thursday
Module 1* 05/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, 09/4, 23/4, 30/4, 07/5
*05/3 Dinner is NOT provided
- Rebirth and the Six Realms of Existence
– The Theory of Karma
– The Concept of ‘I’
– The Law of Dependent Origination
– The Three Marks of Existence
We introduce more Buddhist principles-Rebirth and the Six Realms of Existence, Karma, the Concept of ‘I’, Dependent Origination and the Three Marks of Existence, with the objective to provide students with an in-depth understanding on the tenets of Buddhist teachings.
Module 204/6, 11/6, 18/6, 25/6, 02/7, 09/7, 23/7, 30/7, 06/8
– The Buddhist Councils
– The Historical Development of Buddhism in India
– The Spread of Buddhism
– The Three Traditions
We track the development of Buddhism after final Nirvana of the Buddha. We will cover the Buddhist Councils, and the spread of Buddhism within and beyond India, giving students an idea on the development of Buddhism in various countries.
Module 310/9, 17/9, 01/10, 08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 19/11
– The Three Poisons
– The Five Hindrances
– The Stages of Sainthood
– The Four Immeasurables
– The Bodhisattva Ideal and the Six Perfections
We discuss about the Four Immeasurables and how to cultivate these qualities in our everyday life. By introducing the Arhat and the Bodhisattva ideal, we will explore the way to obtain Nirvana through the Arhat ideal, understanding of the Three Poisons and Five Hindrances, follow by knowing how to develop Concentration and finally how to attain the Four Stages of Enlightenment. Next, we introduce the Bodhisattva ideal where we will continue to study the historical development of Buddhism, looking into the rise of the Mahayana. Lastly, we discuss about the Bodhisattva ideal and the practice of the Six Perfections.

SUTRA STUDY (3 Modules)
* (Open only to participants who have completed Year 2)
Module 1 & 2 : 05 Mar ~ 13 Aug | Thursday
Modules 1
* 05/3, 12/3, 19/3, 26/3, 09/4, 16/4, 23/4, 30/4, 07/5
*05/3 Dinner is NOT provided
Modules 204/6, 11/6, 18/6, 02/7, 09/7, 16/7, 23/7, 30/7, 06/8, 13/8
The “Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva” from the Avatamsaka Sutra, Chapter 40, is a much revered Text from the Mahayana Canon. This first module aims to discuss on the Great Vows and how we can apply them in our daily life; it is a useful guideline for aspiring Buddhist Practitioners.
Module 3: 10 Sep ~ 19 Nov | Thursday 
10/9, 17/9, 01/10, 08/10, 15/10, 22/10, 29/10, 05/11, 12/11, 19/11
In this 2nd and 3rd Module, we will touch on the Eight Awakenings of the Great Beings Sutra consisting of Eight Truths that all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and great beings are awakened to. The Eight Awakenings are often used to show proper course for us to recognize the reality of our life. Reciting this Sutra and reflecting its meaning can help us to change our life, eradicate karmic obstacles, cultivate bodhicitta and ultimately attain liberation.
Time : 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm (Free transport will be provided to AMK MRT Station after classes)
Venue : Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | L1 Classroom
Course Offering : $90 per year (To be collected on the day of the first lesson)
Registration : Reception Office 9 am – 4 pm | Download Registration Form
Enquiry / Registration : 6849 5300 /
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