NEW! 4-week Introduction to Meditation, with Angie

Meditation, the Great Teacher “The more we understand ourselves, the more flexible, tolerant and compassionate we can be. We are ready to forgive and forget. We understand others because we have understood ourselves.   We see our own failings, so compassion for others is automatic.  An accomplished meditator has achieved a profound understanding of life, and he or she inevitably relates to the world with a deep and uncritical love.” ~ Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana Join Angie in exploring the practice of meditation and ways to start as well as maintain a regular meditation practice.  Every session will include…

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

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…

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

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

#44_February 2016 – The one you Feed

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…

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

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: Session 1 – Moving towards a mindful lifestyle Session 2 – What is mindfulness and how to cultivate it Session 3 – Understanding and working with the mind and thoughts Session…

#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…

#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…

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 LeHo Gia Anh Le is a lecturer of Vietnamese language and culture. She has been practicing…

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

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…

#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…