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25 Aug 2014 – Playful Joyful Awakening with Nithya Shanti

nithyaNithya 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 FB page is : https://www.facebook.com/spreadinghappiness?fref=ts


Asian Spiritual Classics warmly welcomes Nithya and you to join us in a short talk entitled “Playful Joyful Awakening”.

Day/ Date: Monday, 25th August 2014, 7.30-9.30pm

Venue: Shaw Tower, 100 Beach Road, #02-45 (nearest MRT: City Hall or Bugis) Singapore 189702

Cost: Free, by donation

All are welcome, please invite your friends and family and see you there !!

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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#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 Cindy Lee have found some time out of their busy schedules to travel to Singapore and give a number of talks.  We are enormously grateful that they continue to come and we hope that you – friends of ACI over the years – will be able to come along and show your support.

Meditation, Yoga and all on-going local classes will be suspended just for December. Thank you to all our volunteer teachers that spend their personal time putting together such great lessons, in meditation, on classic texts and in Yoga.

Classes will restart in January and specific details are in the rest of the newsletter and on our website. For those particularly interested in receiving weekly email updates about the Friday Meditation then please email info@aci-sg.org to be added to the list.

ACI would like to thank you for all your support, your ideas and for your feedback on what we do. Please continue to do so and we wish you all a very happy festive season.

ACI Team


A Final Thought


“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go.  Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.”
~ Victor Hugo (French poet, novelist)
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#12 Jul 2013 – Who is Serving Whom?

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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 and the first step on this path is on “How to take a Teacher.”

Now that I’ve dispensed with the necessary formalities on this immense body of work, I will proceed by giving you what, at first glance, might seem like a completely illogical answer to the question of  “How do I go about finding a teacher?”

The answer is:  It’s by serving those who serve a teacher. 

I know…I know you all wanted me to tell you to go to Lama-R-Us.com and order up a perfect teacher who will tell you how to be awakened in twelve easy lessons all for just $19.95.  Well it doesn’t work that way kids, as that’s just another form of “grasping” or “desire” for the ‘in thing’ of having a guru.

“Did you see Chuck?  He seems so happy”…oh I heard he has a teacher…really? I’ve got to get one of those Lama dudes quick (can also be a dudette!)  So cool, all my problems will be solved”.

So, here is how it actually works or at least how it was for me.  Three years ago, or so, I stumbled into my first spiritual talk – it was Lama Marut.  Like most, this introductory two hour rap didn’t convince me that I was suffering, so I went to his retreat a few months later to see what it was all about.  Wow – serious spiritual rookie mistake –  straight into the deep end of the pool with the “Diamond Cutter Sutra”.  Anyway, my wife and I,  (Angie), were so moved by our first retreat with Lama Marut that we approached the organisers, ACI  to see if they needed volunteers.  Well, one thing led to another, and within six months we were running the next retreat.  We have now been lucky enough to have worked with the whole ACI team on a couple of retreats and numerous talks, so we now get to see Lama Marut three times a year instead of just once.   Angie and I are just a couple of luck saps that blindly ‘let it go around’ first, but when it came around we hit the jackpot…the best teacher any student could ever hope for.

In loving gratitude and loyal service to our teacher and teachers.

(and the ACI Singapore team)


A Final Thought

“In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.”

Phil Collins (Musician, actor)



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#4 Mar 2013 – The Art of Giving

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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 resolutions with each other. Many resolutions that were read out included resolving to treat family and friends kinder, do more charity, start a meditation practice, incorporate more yoga into our lives and staying close to ACI or taking one of our courses.
When the intention is right, the divine assists in its own special way.  It is strangely timely then, that we are starting two new courses very very soon – ACI Course 10 –  A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life starts this Monday, 1st April and the Lady Niguma Yoga Workshop series starts tomorrow, 31 March by certified yoga teacher Kelly Tan. All details below or at our website aci-sg.org.
We hope that you, along with my fellow retreatants, will find our activities useful in either kickstarting or supporting your best intentions.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

(and the ACI Singapore team)


A Final Thought

“All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”

― Kahlil Gibran


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