Category Archives: Past Classes

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

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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).

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 info@asc-sg.org.

 

Mindful Relationships: a 4-week MWC course with Charu Ramesh

Mindful Relationships

This four-class MWC course, designed by Lama Marut (lamamarut.org), shows us a path to developing joyful relationships in all spheres of our life. It explores the bases for strong relationships, the reasons for conflict and above all, how we can take ownership of the relationships in our lives, rather than being pushed along by the vagaries of life and of others.

The structure of the sessions is as follows:

  1. Session 1 – Beginning relationships (Sep 19)
  2. Session 2 – Maintaining relationships (Sep 26)
  3. Session 3 – Deepening relationships (Oct 3)
  4. Session 4 – Endings and Letting Go (Oct 10)

As these sessions address different aspects of relationships, we encourage you to attend all four of them.  


Details:

Mondays, Sep, 19th, 26th; Oct 3rd and 10th
7pm to 8.30pm

51B Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown, ​Singapore ​

By donation (Suggested donation – SGD 10 per class)

Please register by filling in the sign-up form at the bottom of this page. For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.orgFor more information on Lama Marut, please visit lamamarut.org.

About the Teacher:

Charu Ramesh practices as a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She teaches dharma classes for ASC and also offers regular classes with The Still Space. 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.


The Problem, the Cause, the Goal and the Solution: a 4-week course with Charu Ramesh

June MWCThis four-class MWC course is designed by Lama Marut and lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path. It explores the basis of the discontent that lies beneath the surface of all our lives, leading us through the reasons for it and the path out of it, outlining a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.

The structure of the sessions is as follows:

  1. Session 1 – The seesaw of happiness and dissatisfaction (June 6)
  2. Session 2 – The cause of the ups and downs (June 13)
  3. Session 3 – Ending the cycle (June 20)
  4. Session 4 – The path to happiness (June 27)

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

Date:  Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown, 
​Singapore ​

Cost: By donation. Suggested donation – SGD 10.

Please register by filling in the form below. For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.org.


About the teacher:

Charu Ramesh practices as a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide. She teaches dharma classes for ASC and also offers regular classes with TheStillSpace.org. 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.


 

The Mind Illuminated: a 6-week Meditation Course, with Jaki Fisher

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6-week Meditation Course

We’ve all heard great things about meditation and yet somehow it’s so hard to get started and even harder to keep it going. 

Over six Mondays, we will work together to establish a meditation practice that we can stick to, using instructions from a new, comprehensive book on meditation, The Mind Illuminated by John Yates. The method in this book combines findings from neuroscience with traditional Buddhist meditation techniques and practices so that meditation becomes a fresh and exciting exploration of our minds. 

Jaki is currently studying with John as part of a meditation teacher training programme and is really happy to share what she has found to be a rewarding and joyful and way to train the mind. 

The method we will learn can easily be combined with meditation practices from other teachers, traditions and faiths. 
Mondays, April 4,11,18, 25, May 9, 16
7.30 – 9.00pm
51B Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A, Singapore 058596
$150
Registration for this course has now closed.

Mindful Living, with Charu Ramesh: a 4-week Middle Way Center course in March

Mindful Living

This 4-week course will guide us in incorporating mindfulness into our lives. The course is designed by Lama Marut, based on his translations of various texts like Buddha’s Mahasatipatthana Sutta, Kamalashila’s Bhavana Krama, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

The sessions will explore teachings from these texts and include practical exercises on how we can use these teachings to lead a more mindful life. The structure of the sessions is as follows:

  1. Session 1 – Moving towards a mindful lifestyle
  2. Session 2 – What is mindfulness and how to cultivate it
  3. Session 3 – Understanding and working with the mind and thoughts
  4. Session 4 – Translating mindfulness into action

While each session in itself will give an idea of mindfulness, for a complete understanding of working with it in daily life, we encourage you to attend all four sessions.

Date:  Mondays, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost: By donation
Please register by filling in the form below. 
For enquiries, write to info@asc-sg.org.


About the teacher:

Charu Ramesh practices as 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 for ASC. 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.


 

 

Spirituality and Art: A Two-Week Special, with Vaishali Iyer and Charu Ramesh

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Week 1: Discovering the Sacred in Art, with Vaishali Iyer

An exploration of the meaning and purpose of dharma art: how can creative activities like painting, sculpture, dance and performance take us deeper into our true nature? Who do we become as we engage in artistic practice and how can this experience transform our world?

This talk draws on Vaishali’s research for her dissertation on Tibetan artistic and spiritual culture, as well as Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s course on dharma art and his book True Perception.

 

51b Temple Street, 2nd Floor, Chinatown

Monday 18th January 2016, 7pm to 8.30pm

Cost: by donation


 

Week 2: Zen and the Appreciation of Art, with Charu Ramesh

Based on the writings of Roshi John Daido Loori, this session will explore what it means to engage with an object from an inner centre of stillness. It will also include an interactive exercise on looking at an art piece.

“The arts of Zen are not intended for utilitarian purposes, or for purely aesthetic enjoyment, but are meant to train the mind, indeed, to bring it into contact with ultimate reality.” – D.T. Suzuki

51b Temple Street, 2nd Floor, Chinatown

Monday 25th January 2016, 7pm to 8.30pm

Cost: by donation

NEW! “Living the Life of a Spiritual Renegade”, with Chuck and Angie

It’s totally possible to be happy — not in some otherworldly heaven or Pure Land, but in the here and now. And no one has a better chance to realize this than people like us.

In this Middle Way Centre course, Chuck and Angie will share some extracts from Lama Marut’s “Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life”.

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Dates: 17, 24, 31 Aug and 7 Sep 2015
Time: 7.30-9pm
Venue: 51b Temple St (Top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A

Cost: by donation

Registration: info@asc-sg.org

 

How to Live Well in a Messy World: The Yoga of Action

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A Middle Way Centre course led by Charu Ramesh. The course is based on the Bhagavad Gita, one of the great classics of the world’s religious literature that is especially masterful in its instructions on how to integrate spiritual principles into our everyday lives.

Charu Ramesh is a classical homeopath, an I Ching interpreter and a life guide.

Dates:  Mondays – 8, 15, 22, 29th June, 6th and 13th July 2015
Time:
7.30 – 9 pm
Venue:
51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost:
Free, by donation
For more information and registration, please email info@asc-sg.org.

Finding the Heart in the Heart Sutra

Finding the Heart in the Heart Sutra: A Middle Way Course

Led by Alvin Lee, a four class Middle Way Center course, based on the Heart Sutra and concentrating on the structure of the “five paths” of the spiritual life as well as the relationship between interdependence and emptiness. 

About Alvin Lee

Alvin is the local representative for Lama Marut and works closely with both the board of ASC on curriculum and the members of ASC on dharma study and programs. He is a regular discussion leader for Monday night dharma classes, periodic talks, and meditations.

He has been a student of eastern philosophy since 1999, having studied in the United States and Singapore with his teachers Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Lobsang Chunzin, and Venerable Sumati Marut.  Alvin is particularly fond of the lam rim tradition and the great guidance it provides for a spiritual path.


Dates:  27th Apr, 4th May, 11th May, *postponed* to 25th May 2015
Time: 7.30-9pm
Venue: 51b Temple Street (top floor) Chinatown MRT Exit A
Cost: Free, by donation only


For more information and registration, please email info@asc-sg.org.