Buddhism and the Big D: Fridays in March with Rev. Jaki Fisher

People often say that Buddhism is a pessimistic religion – but is it? After all, as the saying goes, nothing is certain except death and taxes! Over 4 weeks, we will look at what Buddhism has to say about death. What does death mean? Why might be it important to think about death and why don’t we want to? How can we prepare for our death? Is there such a thing as a good death? And what might happen during and after we die? These sessions will include discussion, exploration, personal reflection and some meditations. Fridays 2, 9, 16 &…

May 4-6: Urban Retreat with Lama Marut & Cindy Lee in Singapore

More about the retreat: How do we as laypersons live in the world in a way that is guided by and stays true to the Buddha’s teachings? In this year’s “urban retreat” we will explore selections from the Buddhist classic, the Dhammapada or “Path of the Dharma,” perhaps the most important Buddhist text on how to live a good life in the midst of family and social life. We will learn how to follow in the Buddha’s footsteps from the ethical foundations, to detachment from unhealthy diversions, right through to the practices and wisdom that bring about final goal of…

NEW! 4-week Introduction to Meditation, with Angie

Meditation, the Great Teacher “The more we understand ourselves, the more flexible, tolerant and compassionate we can be. We are ready to forgive and forget. We understand others because we have understood ourselves.   We see our own failings, so compassion for others is automatic.  An accomplished meditator has achieved a profound understanding of life, and he or she inevitably relates to the world with a deep and uncritical love.” ~ Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana Join Angie in exploring the practice of meditation and ways to start as well as maintain a regular meditation practice.  Every session will include…

The Components of a Yogic Lifestyle: a 4-week MWC course with Charu

This 4-week course is based on Lama Marut’s translation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Yoga Sutras are the foundational text of all the yoga traditions of India and are key to understanding the purpose of yoga. We will go through verses from all four chapters to understand the workings of our mind, the eight limbs of yoga and the path to realisation. Mondays 7, 14, 21 & 28 August 2017 7pm – 8.30pm 51B, Temple Street, 2nd floor, Chinatown (S) 58596 $15/ class or $50 for all 4 classes​ Please note that as we have not met the minimum number of…

“Stop this wheel of suffering, I want to get off!” – The 12 Links of Interdependence, with Jaki Fisher

“I love this teaching. First, it’s based on a picture – and who doesn’t like visual teachings? … so much easier to absorb, and this one has some pretty unforgettable images – not for the fainthearted. Secondly, the picture used to be placed in the front of Buddhist temples so that everyone could see and understand it, so it’s a teaching that is totally relevant for all of us, not some fascinating but esoteric thing. And last, it gets into the nitty gritty of why we suffer and can’t seem to find lasting contentment and most importantly, exactly what we…

NEW! Dharma Essentials: The Three Principal Paths, with Alvin Lee

Join us for this new course, offered for the first time at ASC! Dharma Essentials Courses consist of four classes and assume no previous background in Buddhism. Each class is based on a few pages of reading from the original texts (often translated from the Tibetan for the first time). Each class also comes with a fifteen minute per day meditation assignment related to the material covered in that class and designed to help your practice and improve your life. “Dharma Essentials” – everything you need to know to begin, renew, or enhance your spiritual life! This Course is an…

21-25 May 2017: Bali Retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

This annual ASC sponsored Asia retreat will feature yoga, meditation, dharma, relaxation, music, and fun in an idyllic setting in beautiful Bali. The teachings this year at will center on the practice of “lolong,” the ancient Tibetan practice for “developing the good heart.” The text we’ll be using for our discussions, The Seven Points of Mind Training, covers all aspects of a complete spiritual practice: recognizing the problems of an unenlightened life, generating compassion for all living beings, and cultivating intelligence about the true nature of the world and of ourselves. Presented as a series of aphorisms, the text instructs us…