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#49_August 2016 – Lama Marut & Cindy in Singapore 17th to 23rd October

marut and cindy

Lama Marut & Cindy Lee
in Singapore
17th to 23rd October 2016

17th to 19th October 7.30pm to 9pm
(Save the Date …..Details coming)

21st to 23rd October – The Spectrum of Yoga at PURE Yoga
Yoga is much more than physical exercise – it is a way of life. This weekend workshop will cover the main practices that will help practitioners integrate the full spectrum of yoga into every aspect of daily life.
Complimentary Session – Friday, 21 Oct
7pm-8.30pm: The Meaning, Purpose and Method of Yoga
Session 1 – Saturday, 22 Oct
10am-12pm: Karma Yoga: Ethical Living and Egoless Action
Session 2 – Saturday, 22 Oct
2pm-4pm: Yoga of the Heart: Bhakti, Guru, and Deity Yoga
Session 3 – Sunday, 23 Oct
10am-12pm: The Yoga of Wisdom
Session 4 – Sunday, 23 Oct
2pm-4pm: The Yoga of Sound

Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View
#06-02 Singapore 018961

PURE Yoga is offering a 20% early bird discount (ends 30 September).
click here for more details.
Book through ASC (info@asc-sg.org) to get an additional 10% off

Final thoughts

“If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true.”
~Shunryu Suzuki

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#34 April 2015 – Sacred Space

sacred space

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?


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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Thangka Painting Workshop: 28th & 29th January 2015

‘When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.’ 

01. Carmen Painting

These evening workshops provide an introduction to Tibetan thangka art (traditional scroll paintings). They are suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever!

The workshops come with a short meditation, explanation of the tradition, explanation of the grids, and a lot of individual guidance.
If you are a Buddhist Practitioner, drawing a Buddha is such a great help for your visualization-meditation. Once you have done this, you will notice your visualization goes much better.

Beginners will learn how to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan tradition (1st evening drawing, 2nd evening coloring).
Advanced students (who have drawn the Face of the Buddha previously in Carmen’s classes) can learn how to draw the Female Buddha Face (such as the face of Green Tara or White Tara) or the Lotus Flower.

The workshops will be led by Carmen Mensink, a thangka artist from the Netherlands with over 10 years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner and artist.

In her words: “Painting these enlightened images is like meditation, and for me this is the ideal combination of practising art and Buddhism at the same time. With my teachings on this art, which I do with a lot of joy and dedication, I hope to inspire people this way, and besides this I would like to make a small contribution to pass on this beautiful tradition in the right way.” 

For more information about Carmen, and to check out her website, please click here.

Schedule: Wed Jan 28th + Thu 29th, 7.30-10pm

Venue: 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #02-45, Singapore

ASC Members pay : S$ 60 for 2 evenings
Non-Members pay : S$66 for 2 evenings

Materials: Paper will be provided for free. A set of drawing materials can be bought in class for S$ 25 (long 50cm ruler, triangular geo ruler, mechanical pencil, eraser and eraser pencil). You can also choose to bring them yourself, or borrow them during class (for free). If you want to color or paint (on the second evening) please bring extra materials of your own.

To register: Email jen_ril@hotmail.com or call Jennifer at (+65) 8119-2774.


#28 October 2014 -Yoga and Me


Yoga and Me

One year ago, I decided to take a break from yoga. I didn’t love the practice any more despite developing a solid practice over many years. Of course I knew that yoga was good for me but my relationship with yoga had become one of ‘must’.  I needed to practice; I had to practice.

When I stopped teaching, I didn’t feel compelled to practice. I stopped attending workshops, and didn’t feel the pressure to keep it up. I rested as much as I needed and did only what I felt like. Some days, I felt resistance. Some days, I didn’t want to stop. But rather than telling myself ‘I must’, I asked myself whether I was truly tired or if I was making excuses. Am I as tired as I thought? Can I not do just one asana? Slowly, by challenging my underlying motivations I built up my practice again.

Working from the frame of mind of ‘must’ there was no room for query and for compassion. In letting go of ‘must’, there was room to gauge my feelings and energy levels. And that brought a more mindful and kinder relationship between my practice and myself.

Do I love the practice now? I am enjoying it and committed to it.

Poh Yen

A Final Thought

“If there ever comes a time that you forget where you came from, you’ve gone too far.”
― Comic Strip Mama

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31 Oct to 2 Nov 2014 – Mindful Relationships

LM&CL2014_cropLama Marut and Cindy Lee will be giving a three-part series of talks about how to have Mindful Relationships.     We’re all always and already in relationship with others – with people at work, our friends, partners, and family members.  In this three-part workshop, we’ll explore how to apply spiritual principles to these relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties.  We’ll begin by investigating the preconditions for entering into a new relationship, move on to how to maintain and improve relationships we are already in, and conclude by discussing how to successfully “break up” and transition a relationship from one type to another.


31st Oct 2014 | Friday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 1

1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 2

2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3

Cocoon Studio
 315 Outram Road
#02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building
Singapore 169074

Please register here.

1 Nov to 4 Nov 2014 – Why Things Don’t Happen the Way You Think They Do

Lama Marut is in Singapore and will be teaching, “Why Things Don’t Happen the Way You Think They Do:  Nagarjuna on the Emptiness of Karma and Causation.”(taken from Nargajuna’s “Root Verses on the Middle Way”.)

1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 2.00-4.00pm – Part 1

2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 2.00-4.00pm – Part 2

3rd Nov 2014 | Monday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3

4th Nov 2014 | Tuesday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 4

Venue: Oasis Holistic
 Blk 10, Selegie House,
 Selegie Road
 Singapore 180010

Please register here.

Starting 10 Nov 2014 – The Problem, the Cause, the Goal and the Solution

PCGS-CnA​Chuck and Angie, who have studied with Lama Marut over the last few years, will share this four-class Beginner Level Middle Way course, which lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path.  Recognizing the problems of a non-spiritual life; taking responsibility for one’s own well-being; the possibility of an alternative to a life of suffering and victimhood; and the basics of a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.

Dates: Mondays – November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Venue: ​51b, Temple St, 2nd floor, Singapore 58596

Cost is free but registration is required, at info@asc-sg.org

#23 May 2014 – An Ethical Journey


An Ethical Journey

As I grow in my understanding of Buddhism, I often wonder if Buddhism is a religion, a philosophy or a way of life? I have asked trusted spiritual friends and religious teachers, garnering a variety of sound, insightful perspectives.

Amidst different perspectives, the path is clear. There is a strong commitment amongst all to live ethically in accordance to the silas (virtues or morality) of right speech, right action and right livelihood.  The Dhammapada puts it simply -“Do no evil, Do good, Purify the mind; This is the teaching of all Buddhas.”

It’s seems straightforward and easy, but so often I catch myself thinking in ways that may not be wholesome; speaking impatiently or responding in an untimely manner. The guide to perfection of ethical living hence provides the much-needed discipline for me to train the mind to be free of the fires of greed, aversion and delusion. And with these teachings, I find myself more confident to navigate this spiritual path, for many more years to come.

Happy Vesak Day!




“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

~ Albert Camus

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NEW! Audio Downloads of Meditation Workshop with Douglas Veenhof

audio downloadFor those of you who missed, or those that want to revisit the successful recent workshops with Doug Veenhof please go to our new audio download page. You can download and play on your favourite MP3 player.

Douglas Veenhof

Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, an award-winning journalist, and the author of White Lama. He has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than twenty years and graduated with honors from the seven-year program of advanced Buddhist studies at Diamond Mountain.

Starting 9 Jun 2014 – Learning and Working with the Six Perfections

Six PerfectionsWhen: Mondays  9, 16, 23, 30th June 2014
Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
Where: 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #02-45

Cost: Free

These five sessions of informal sharing and exploration of ideas will guide you through learning and working with the six Perfections through stories, cinema and science.  The sessions will include suggestions and techniques to make practice part of our daily life; a movie/ documentary on the nature of reality; using the teachings of Buddha, Krishna and texts like the Diamond Cutter to provide answers to problems of daily life. These sessions will be lead by Charu and Ramesh, known at ACI for their deep knowledge of Indian religious traditions and long term attendees at ACI events and classes.

For registration and or more information contact Angie at info@aci-sg.org

Week 1:  9 June 2014

1. Giving and the Rest – Overview of the Six Perfections – What it is? Why is this important? What are the famous texts that talk about them? What really happens if we achieve these perfect states? Why do teachers always emphasize them? What can we learn from this ancient text that is relevant to the modern world?

Week 2:  16 June 2014

2. The Secret Key – Ethical Life  / Ethical Discipline – Why is this the secret key for everything in life? – Why do all religions emphasize them? What is the neuro-science model of ethics and what is modern science’s take on ethics. Why is ethics important in business and politics  and what do modern thinkers and philosophers say about them? In this class we will have a guest speaker talking about Buckminister Fuller and Bucky’s views and big ideas on solutions to our modern issues. A short film will be shown and afterwards a group discussion.

Week 3:  23 June 2014

3. Not Getting Angry and Joyful Effort – A new integrated relational view on the consequences of anger, controlling the change etc. What causes stress, anxiety and other mental disorders in today’s world? How do the ancient teachings help unravel some techniques to achieve a happy outlook on life?  Are there practices we can follow in today’s life that can reduce stress and create a more peaceful feeling of being? What is joyful effort? Why do we procrastinate and don’t want to do things that bring long term benefits? Postponing reward/ carrot and stick – reward now vs reward later? We will explore human psychology in relation to feelings of discouragement and encouragement. What causes pain and suffering and how is this related to effort and depression?

Week 4:  30 June 2014

4. The Fifth and Sixth Perfection – Meditative Concentration and  Wisdom  – Discussion on illusion and mind effects arising from meditation – why we can relate to our karma and the effects it has – to make us wander in the circle of suffering – the scientific connections in neuroscience relating to meditation and awareness. What is feeling and awareness and what happens when we say that there is a deep connection and deep insight?

5. Lessons Learnt from the six perfections – Movie and short video clips with a focus summarising all the six perfections and what has been learned from the past four sessions.