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

Yoga Sutras

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 signups required, this Yoga Sutras course will be postponed to a later date.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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

12 Links Jaki (final)

“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 can do about it … and how we can stop this crazy wheel of discontentment.

So, in 4 Mondays, let’s dig into this topic and dig ourselves out of our unhealthy mental habits. See you there.”

– Jaki Fisher

Mondays 12, 19, 26 June & 3 July, 7 – 8.30pm

51B Temple St, Chinatown, Singapore 058596

$15/class or $50/all 4 classes

Register below, or email for enquiries.


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

Dharma Essentials 1

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 excellent overview of the entire Buddhist path; it is based upon The Three Principal Paths (Lamtso Namsum) by Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419), with the commentary of Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941). Topics include: what is a qualified teacher, what are Buddha nature and authentic Dharma, samsara and renunciation, the principles of karma, bodhichitta and its benefits, correct view of emptiness, and the relationship between karma and emptiness.

Dates: 10th, 17th, 24th April & 8th May (please note no class on 1st May)

Time: Mondays 7.30-9pm

Venue: 51b Temple Street Singapore 058596

Cost: $15/class (drop-in), $50 for all 4 classes (paid upfront)

Registration is required – please register using the form below. Once we receive your registration, we will contact you with further details about payment (online or via cheque).

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 on how to live a happy life, no matter what the circumstances, with a heart of love and a mind suffused with wisdom.

21-25 May 2017 (Sun to Thu)

Samadi Bali, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Single occupancy SGD920/Twin-share occupancy SGD670

This price includes: 2-way airport transfer from Bali international airport to Canggu, accommodation for 4 nights, 3 daily meals, sharing of teaching space, teacher’s flights & accommodation.  It does not include flights, room service or dana for the teachers.

Canggu is about 1.5hour drive from Denpasar Airport. We recommend that you book a flight that arrives in Denpasar airport, Bali no later than 21st May 2017 Sunday, 2pm, to allow for comfortable transfer to hotel, check in and settle down. 

Recommended flight (from Singapore) – Air Asia

QZ 503: Depart SIN 0920  21 May 2017 – Arrive DPS (Bali) 1200  21 May 2017

QZ 506: Depart DPS (Bali) 1255 25 May 2017 – Arrive SIN 1530 25 May 2017


Sun 21 May

6:00-7:00: DINNER

7:15-7:30: KIRTAN

7:30-9:00: Class 1: Intro and welcome 

Mon 22 May

8:00-9:00: YOGA

9:30-10:30: BREAKFAST

11:00-12:30: Class 2: MnC Morning Class

12:30-1:30: LUNCH

1:30-4:30: BREAK

4:45-5:45: Optional Meditation or Yoga Nidra

6:00-7:00: DINNER

7:15-7:30: KIRTAN

7:30-9:00: Class 3: MnC Evening class

Tue 23 May

8:00-9:00: YOGA

9:30-10:30: BREAKFAST

11:00-12:30: Class 4: MnC Morning Class

12:30-1:30: LUNCH

1:30-4:30: BREAK

4:45-5:45: Optional Meditation or Yoga Nidra

6:00-7:00: DINNER

7:15-7:30: KIRTAN

7:30-9:00: Class 5: MnC Evening class

Wed 24 May

8:00-9:00: YOGA

9:30-10:30: BREAKFAST

11:00-12:30: Class 6: MnC Morning Class

12:30-1:30: LUNCH

1:30-3:00: QnA / Final circle


Thur 25 May


Registration for this retreat has now closed.

Get Unbusy: Defecting from the Cult of Busyness

A 4-week MWC Course with Charu Ramesh

Get Unbusy

This four class course draws upon texts like the Ashtavakra Gita, Bhagavad Gita, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and the Yoga Sutras, to help us loosen the grip of busyness on our lives. We will look at what fuels our compulsive busyness, how to generate some breathing space and explore how we can discriminate between productive and unproductive actions.

The structure of the four sessions is as follows:

Class 1 – Defining the problem

The problem with being busy, why we are so busy.

Class 2 – Getting organized

Differentiating between effort and laziness, Understanding the motivations for taking action.

Class 3 – Mindfulness in action and in refraining from action

Class  4 – Acting freely with wisdom

The right way to act and its potential to free us from suffering.

To really understand and be able to put these teachings into practice, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.

Date:  Mondays, February 13th, 20th, 27th and March 6th 2017
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost: By donation, Suggested donation – SGD 10.

Please sign up using the form below. For enquiries, write to


Buddhism 101

any questions

Ever had a burning question about Buddhism but were too shy to ask? Well, now’s your chance. 

We can’t promise definitive answers but in this evening of discussion, we hope to share ideas and perspectives and hopefully encourage you to explore your questions further. 

Facilitated by Alvin and Jaki, who have been studying Buddhist philosophy and practising for quite a few years and enjoy disagreeing quite a lot!  

All questions are welcome, as is friendly and gentle debate. 

Monday, 28 Nov 2016, 7.30pm to 9.00pm

51B Temple Street Singapore 058596

Cost: By donation

Making Change Happen: Using Spiritual Teachings to Transform Ourselves

Making Change Happen

These sessions are inspired by our desire to set resolutions for ourselves and the difficulties we have in making them a reality. They aim to help us set an intention, map out the path to making it happen and follow through on the execution.  Sessions will be interactive and participative, with time to reflect and make notes as well as to discuss and ask questions. 

The first session will focus on clarifying what we want to do, why we want to do it and how we can do it, breaking the process into steps. Subsequent sessions will provide guidance and help for the obstacles that we may be facing as we progress on the path, as well as functioning as a forum for people to share experiences.


A desire to change your life in some way, willingness to participate in a group, open-mindedness, ability to be challenged, interest in and curiosity about spiritual teachings. Please bring a notebook and pen, and sign up using the form below.

Date & Time: First session will be on Jan 14, 2017, 3 – 5.30pm.

After this we will meet at least once in 3 months, for about 2 hours.

Venue: 31 Jalan Keli #01-01 Keliville (S) 577931

Cost: $25 (first session)/$20 (subsequent sessions)

Led by Charu Ramesh

Charu is a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She has studied Buddhist Psychology with Caroline and David Brazier, and teaches regular dharma classes, both for ASC and for her own sangha, The Still Space, drawing on a range of spiritual texts including the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras. She helps people work with relationships, transitions and the issues that life keeps throwing at all of us. The main thread that runs through her work is empowering people by helping them take responsibility for their lives.