25 Aug 2014 – Playful Joyful Awakening with Nithya Shanti

Nithya Shanti is a spiritual teacher committed to supporting those who wish to awaken their natural wisdom. He has an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and left a career in corporate strategy to follow his dream of living as a Buddhist monk. For many years he lived and practiced in the remote forest monasteries of South East Asia.  He now shares timeless teachings, and practical wisdom for awakening. He says “The essence of my work is to create spaces based on awareness and presence where people can recognize, share and question their stories together in a playful and lighthearted way.” His…

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

​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…

#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,…

#20 Nov 2013 – Season of Giving and Gratitude

Yesterday – Thursday 28 November – it was the first time in 100 years that Hanukkah (Jewish festival of light) and Thanksgiving have been celebrated on the same day.  It is heartening to think that such a large number of people will be sitting down in homes around the world and being grateful – for friends, for family and for the food they are eating.  As we head into December, many more people around the world will be planning to spend some time with family and friends in a similar way. ACI is no different, next week Lama Marut and…

#12 Jul 2013 – Who is Serving Whom?

Who is Serving Whom? Finding your teacher The most common question that I was asked at the last few talks given by Lama Marut was “How do I go about finding a teacher?” No surprise considering that the major focus of our recent series of talks was a commentary on selections from De Lam, “The Path to Bliss” by His Holiness the First Pachen Lama, Lobsang Chukyi Gyeltsen (1570-1662), translated by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally.  This is one of several of the holiest of Buddhist treatises collectively known as the Lam Rim (“Stages on the Path”) teachings…

#4 Mar 2013 – The Art of Giving

Back from retreat – renewed intentions, new courses and new events Hello ! Amid the clear blue skies and calm ocean, the retreat did what it set out to do – opening our hearts with big doses of dharma prescribed by Doctor Lama Marut. Everyone went home feeling refreshed and recharged with a new energy to – not necessarily transform completely – but to change our lives a little. Many of us having the intention of finding ways to serve others more and worry less about ourselves. On the last day, we sat in a big circle and shared our…