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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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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.  


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.

#44_February 2016 – The one you Feed

feeding wolf

The one you Feed

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’
Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final thoughts

“Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.”
~ Eknath Easwaran

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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.



#43_January 2016 – New Possibilities


New Possibilities

Happy 2016!

The New Year always brings a spirit of renewal. As I charge ahead with my spring cleaning, I am wondering what are the thoughts that are akin to the things that I hoard but no longer serve me? The things I hide away in my cupboards that I no longer use but don’t want to give away, the emotions that I hold on to only because they are familiar. The initial uncomfortable feeling when I give away the things I hoard and the feeling of freedom that comes from it – along with the temporary feeling of hardship when I try to overcome my mental afflictions and the feeling of triumph when I do. There are so many things we can do differently in our lives to feel more free.

Here at ASC, we have also changed our curriculum to fit our busy lifestyle. We are doing away with 10 week long classes and replacing them with 4 week classes, short talks, light stories. We have started Yoga by the park and it will be an on-going class, along with our Friday night meditation. We want to incorporate more Charity work in our programme, following the successful food delivery we did last year. But we are definitely keeping the annual retreat and talks with Lama Marut as it has been transformational for many people.

We hope you will find something in our offerings this year to enrich your life.

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final thoughts

“I am human and I need to be loved. Just like everybody else does.”
~ Morrissey, The Smiths

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#38_August 2015 – Recognizing Love


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.



Final Thoughts

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

~Walt Disney


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Deep Relaxation Mindful Meditation In Thich Nhat Hanh tradition

Deep relaxation is an important practice that helps take care of our body. When our body is relaxed, our mind will also be calm. In deep relaxation we practice stopping and letting go, using the breath as an anchor to listen deeply to our body. In this 60-minutes exercise we will have a good chance to offer total rest to our body and mind through mindful breathing and mindfulness songs which will be led by Elin Lim (who will be strumming the guitar).

About Le
Ho Gia Anh Le is a lecturer of Vietnamese language and culture. She has been practicing mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 2012. She is passionate about sharing mindfulness practice with other people, especially the youth. She loves to cultivate joy and peace through daily activities such as mindful breathing, mindful walking, mindful cooking and gardening.

About Elin Lim
Elin enjoys walking the path of understanding and love. She likes practising yoga, reading, painting and strumming on the guitar. The majority of songs she sings so beautifully are poems penned by the monastics at Plum Village under the tradition of Zen Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. The teachings of mindfulness and its healing effects deeply touch her heart. She hopes to continue to learn and share the fruits of awakening, understanding and contribution with everyone. 
Event Details
Date – Wednesday, 18th March 2014
Venue – 51B, Temple Street
Time : 7.30pm – 9pm
Cost – by donation
To register, please email jen_ril@hotmail.com.

#30 December 2014 E-x-h-a-l-e



They say the end of the year is a time of reflection: a time to slow down; detach from the busyness of everyday life; take stock of the year gone by and think about where you want the next year to go.

2014 for me personally, and, I think, for ASC, has been a year of growth and learning. We have been blessed with many teachings, from both our home lamas and visiting teachers and we have blossomed alongside one another as spiritual friends and as members of a larger community. I feel truly grateful to have been able to witness and be present (physically and virtually) for the journey that has been this year.

May your holidays be filled with warmth and joy.
Let love abound, over and behind all else.

Happy Holidays!!!


Final Thoughts…

“The way we spend our time defines who we are.”

~ Jonathan Estrin

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#29 November 2014 – Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation ~ Alan Wallace


“Meditation is a balancing act between attention and relaxation” ~ Alan Wallace

Wow, what a month it has been for our spiritual community: several talks by Cindy Lee and Lama Marut, an interesting mix of volunteers leading the Friday night meditation classes and a surprise visit from Doug Veenhoff!

Whilst I was reflecting on what an amazing month it has been, it suddenly dawned on me that these visits, sessions and talks don’t come from nowhere. They come as a result of someone caring and wanting to share and liberate. The concept of this made me really appreciate how much work goes into organizing these sessions and all we have to do is turn up and relax. Thank you to those of you who set up this spiritual community and for those of you helping it to blossom.

And talking of turning up and relaxing. It has become more apparent to me recently how important cultivating relaxation truly is whilst meditating. Allan Wallace and Doug Veenhoff consistently emphasize this, and Doug really emphasized this on his way back to USA after an 8-week retreat in Phuket.

When doing mind work, we should be relaxed and practice without tension, without forcing ourselves. The emphasis is not on ‘concentration’ but on ‘awareness’ or ‘observation’.

Alan Wallace’s audio teaching from Spring 2011: 61 Cultivation of Relaxation. (Streaming daily from Phuket) is an excellent summary of why relaxation is so important. He encourages meditating in shavasana to facilitate total relaxation and to quieten the mind. In particular, he focuses on the out-breath to help us relax more deeply. He guides us through several meditations by starting, “With the out-breath, release any tension in the shoulders, softening and relaxing the face, especially around the eye….relax more deeply with each out-breath.”

Enjoy your month ahead and don’t forget to relax!


  Final Thoughts

“There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper.”

~ James Carroll

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#11 Jul 2013 – Mindfulness

starry night


Revealing the layers of truth

Other than when I’m focusing with total concentration on my PC, my mind tends to wobble around like a plateful of jelly on a stairmaster. So I must say that I found Doug Veenhof’s recent workshop on single pointed concentration  particularly helpful.

Today, I re-read last week’s Asian Classics Institute course readings and it struck me that awareness, like an onion, has many layers to it. Even though the text was rationally familiar, it felt like I was reading it for the first time – with much greater clarity and many more “aha!” moments.

Beyond the mindfulness that the six- times book* brings, I’ve become aware of how I’ve unconsciously started applying the six perfections** of Buddhist practice without even realising it. The trick will be to make these actions conscious and intentioned.

At least it’s starting to feel less like theory and more like a really practical guide for everyday life. That, in itself is a great new awareness for me.

(and the ACI Singapore team)

* Six-times book is where you review your speech, thoughts and actions six times a day, in so doing you help train your mind.
** Six perfections:  According to Buddhists these are: Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful effort, Concentration and Wisdom.


A Final Thought

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”   ― Mother Teresa

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