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#40 October 2015 – Register today for Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s classes

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“Get Unbusy”
This is set of 4 classes where we learn how to regain true peace in our modern era of constant activity and busy-ness. Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will teach us what it means to “get unbusy” and feel a greater sense of calm while fulfilling our responsibilities and living our daily lives.
Date: Friday 23rd October 7pm-9pm
Saturday 24th October 3pm-5pm | 7pm to 9pm
Sunday 25th October 3pm-5pm
Venue: Oasis Holistic
Blk 10 Oasis Holistic #01-50 Selegie House Selegie Road S(180010)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register  info@asc-sg.org
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“From Victimhood to Mastery”
Join us for this teaching on the ways we can apply insight to our personal stories, narratives and self-image. Learn techniques for changing our perception of ourselves and the world so that we can live happier, more contented lives.
Date: Tuesday 27th October 7pm-9pm
Venue: Cocoon Studio
315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building S(169074)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register info@asc-sg.org
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“Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life”
The Relationship between Shiva and Shakti in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Join Lama Marut and Cindy Lee for this weekend workshop to learn simple meditation techniques, taken from a classic Sanskrit text, to discover your inner Divine nature. In each session we will practise easy but profound mindfulness methods to instantly drop into your true nature any time and anywhere during the day. We will also offer instruction on formal seated meditation in order to consolidate the blissful experience of communing with the Divine within in order to make it stable and long-lasting.

Session I: Encountering the Divine, Here and Now
30 Oct (Fri): 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Session II: Meeting the Divine Directly: Yoga and the Discovery of Your True Nature
31 Oct (Sat)10:00am-12:00pm
Session III: The Yoga of Sound: Finding the Divine in Mantra, Music, and Speech
31 Oct (Sat): 2:00pm-4:00pm
Session IV: Freeing Yourself from Conceptual Thinking: Locating the Divine in Emptiness
1 Nov (Sun): 10:00am-12:00pm
Session V: The Divine is Always Everywhere: Realising the Sacred in Everyday Activities
1 Nov (Sun): 2:00pm4:00pm
Click here Pure Yoga website for registration and cost details.
(Early Bird prices end today, register now!)

Final Thoughts

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom”.

~ The Buddha

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#39_September 2015 – Recharge Your Practice

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Recharge Your Practice

Sometimes we lose sight of our practice, we start to become restless, confusion creeps in and soon, doubt starts to knock on our door. Suddenly life just doesn’t seem quite right. It feels like we are searching for something but we can’t quite put our finger on it. One of the antidotes for restlessness and doubt is an inspiring dharma talk. Invigorating and refreshing, a talk could help re-ignite your practice.

Please allow us to warmly invite you to one or all of Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s talks.

23-25 October for 4 classes of “Get Unbusy” at Oasis Holistic
27th October “From Victimhood to Mastery” at Cocoon Studio
30th October to 1st November “Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life” at Pure Yoga

Hope to see you there!

The ASC Team

 

Final Thoughts

 I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

“Regrets of the Dying” ~ Bronnie Ware

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#38_August 2015 – Recognizing Love

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Recognizing Love

Franz Kafka encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate. Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met. “Please do not mourn me; I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.”  This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.

When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. It said: “everything that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
What we love never leaves us; it is only that we get fixated on a particular form and fail to recognize its transformation.

Charu

 

Final Thoughts

“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.

~Walt Disney

 

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#37_July 2015 – Wisdom 0.15

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Wisdom 0.15

Nearly two weeks ago, I attended the Wisdom Asia 2.0 conference here in Singapore, organised by the effervescent Tan Chade Meng, who is Google’s Jollygoodfellow (it’s his real job title). He believes that through teaching mindfulness, businesses can become more ethical, more compassionate and wiser. And he enticed a lot of the big names of mindfulness such as Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel to share their vision and ideas here. Over and over again at the conference, we heard that all the beautiful ideas they presented will just remain words unless people try them out, practice them and experience a difference in their lives. And of course, we all nodded sagely and with conviction.Cut to last night, when I had a splitting  headache and had already taken quite a bit of pain medication. I was fully caught up in the ‘poor me-ness’ of the situation and sulking about how I was going to put up with my throbbing head until I remembered that I actually had other tools at my disposal – mindfulness! Oh yes, that thing I spent 3 days hearing about. Rather reluctantly, I tried a practice where instead of focusing on the pain, with gentle curiosity, you search the rest of your body for places where there isn’t pain and take time to explore what they feel like. My left thigh felt ok, so I decided to focus on that for a while, until low and behold, I woke up two hours later with my headache gone! So perhaps in my case, this is more like wisdom 0.15 rather than 2.0 but I can say with conviction that even reluctant mindfulness is better than none at all! May all be happy, healthy and wise!

Jaki

 

A Final Thought

Seeing reality for what it is, is what we call discernment.  The work of discernment is very hard.

~ Lewis B. Smedes

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#36 June 2015 – From Darkness to Light

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From Darkness into Light

Many months ago, I received a What’s App message from a friend, inviting me to join her for a talk. When I saw the invite, I was sceptical – another “Mindfulness” inspired talk – this time by an “ang moh” monk? I floated the idea by a colleague. To my surprise, my colleague, a peer I respect very much, was enthusiastic! Knowing that I was going through a rough time, I had a feeling he made an effort to be especially encouraging about the talk.I took his advice and made my way to Lama Marut’s talk. I sat in the front row, legs crossed, switching positions whenever they felt numb. That evening, I listened, and I teared, and I tried to blow my nose quietly, and I knew I was listening to words that would help me heal.

That night, I decided to pay attention. I was being offered a chance to move forward, and to move on – I would have been a fool not to do otherwise.  I signed up for the Dharma classes by ASC; I searched for similar talks on YouTube, and eventually I even signed up for yoga!

For many years, I practiced my spirituality blindly, but with faith.  Through the kindness and grace of friends from ASC, a beacon of light has been held out for me and I continue to navigate my path from out of the darkness and into the light.

Annette


 

A Final Thought

“ Knowledge is of no use unless you put it into practice.

~ Anton Chekhov

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#35 May 2015 – Acceptance

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What captivated me the most during the retreat in Borobudur was when Lama Marut led us into two meditations. His words impacted me and made me more aware of the way I consciously or subconsciously view others. It was an excellent eye opener really. His quote continues to reverberate in my consciousness everyday:

“Some people will like you; some people will never like you. And if you try hard to make them like you, the greater the distance they create.”

It is a strong reminder that when I can’t change it why worry?

And when I can change it why worry?

Jennifer


A Final Thought

“ We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.

~ Eknath Easwaran

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#34 April 2015 – Sacred Space

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Sacred Space

“[Sacred Space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” Joseph Campbell.

What and where is your sacred space?

Susan


A Final Thought…

“ We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

~ Joseph Campbell

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#33 March 2015 – The Ego

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The Ego

Recently I changed jobs and in my new role found my spiritual practice put to the test. It was very challenging!

Having had twenty years of experience in the sector, I expected recognition and respect. But, I wasn’t given any. I was made to take photocopies for junior staff, wait on the manager to scan documents into her system, run around like a crazy person carrying one heavy file or another to the manager all day long.

In short, I was treated more like a receptionist than a documentation officer. The job scope being that of liaising with bankers, producing shipping documentation, rectifying mistakes and dealing with international suppliers and buyers alike.

Instead of ruminating on this day in, day out. I did something different. I firmly set my mind on the many methods of meditation which I learnt during Douglas Veenhof’s mindful meditation retreat last year.

6 minutes in the morning, 6 minutes at noon (in the toilet at work), and 6 minutes at night.  Finally, it dawned on me; I was reacting to my ego. The ego focuses on and exaggerates everything that is negative. So I realised that I had been listening to the belittling voice which was harping on and on about my job status.

Today, I am treated a whole lot differently. The younger staff do their own work, I am left alone at my table all day long to do what I am hired to do. How did it all change? When given the chance, I did it my job well, my capabilities became known and valued. I do not feel unhappy anymore.

So, whatever is happening around us, is really happening IN US.
What a realization that was for me.

Jennifer


Final Thoughts

“ It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.

~ Doe Zantamata


 

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#32 February 2015 – It’s Time to Reboot

 

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It’s Time to Reboot

I not sure about you but I’m long overdue for a personal reboot.  The last few months have been an absolute blur with work deadlines and loads of extra activities during the festive season.  Where did that two week Christmas holiday go?  Then – wham bam – it’s straight into the new year with business plans, projections, budgets…etc…etc.  And now we have Lunar New Year celebrations going into full bloom!

During this busy period I’ve been going through the motions of my practice… Dharma class on Mondays…. Yoga class on Sun and meditating semi-regularly, but it all seems a bit flat.  So how do I get out of the rut?

Go on retreat.  This doesn’t have to be some far away Himalayan journey or even heading down to the local Ashram, it can be as simple as just staying at home and completely unplugging for 48 hours and spending some time alone.  That’s right,  no phones, no TV’s, no laptops… absolutely nothing electronic.  Sleep early, wake-up early, meditate, eat light (maybe even detox), do a bit of yoga, and read an inspiring book.  Ahhhhhhh… I’m feeling less stressed already just jotting down these thoughts.

If carving out a weekend at home is just too difficult then come to our next ASC retreat with Lama Marut in Borobudur 9th to 13th April.  You’ll have space to do all I’ve mention above while hearing Lama Marut close out the final chapters of Shantideva’s “A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.” Hope to see you there : )

Chuck


Final Thoughts

“ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

~ Lao Tzu

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#31 January 2015 – New Year New Offerings

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New Year New Offerings

My spiritual study for 2015 kicked off with a perfect start on Monday night with Charu Ramesh’s introductory class to the Yoga Sutras. The class was relaxed yet illuminating at the same time.  I gave my mind and body a long break over the holidays, so it was like a drink of spring water for my dehydrated mind, as she skilfully explained a deeply profound text in layman’s words. The simple essence of the text is that suffering is caused by turbulence in the mind and the practice of Yoga is all about how to stop this churning of the mind.  What are the causes of this churning? What are the obstacles we will face in the practice? These questions were all explained in the class.  If you missed it, there are three more classes over the next three Monday evenings which includes a review of the previous class.

This year the ASC team have planned many more new courses and events for you.  Coming up soon is a Fire Purification ceremony, Thangka drawing and painting, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction talk and book club. We have planned something for everyone this year – so stay tuned and hope to see you at one of them soon.

Here’s to a fun and awakening 2015!

Angie

 


 A Final Thought

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person.
One moment at a time.”

~ Libba Bray

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