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#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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#39_September 2015 – Recharge Your Practice



Recharge Your Practice

Sometimes we lose sight of our practice, we start to become restless, confusion creeps in and soon, doubt starts to knock on our door. Suddenly life just doesn’t seem quite right. It feels like we are searching for something but we can’t quite put our finger on it. One of the antidotes for restlessness and doubt is an inspiring dharma talk. Invigorating and refreshing, a talk could help re-ignite your practice.

Please allow us to warmly invite you to one or all of Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s talks.

23-25 October for 4 classes of “Get Unbusy” at Oasis Holistic
27th October “From Victimhood to Mastery” at Cocoon Studio
30th October to 1st November “Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life” at Pure Yoga

Hope to see you there!

The ASC Team


Final Thoughts

 I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

“Regrets of the Dying” ~ Bronnie Ware

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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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#32 February 2015 – It’s Time to Reboot


buddha looking at mountain

It’s Time to Reboot

I not sure about you but I’m long overdue for a personal reboot.  The last few months have been an absolute blur with work deadlines and loads of extra activities during the festive season.  Where did that two week Christmas holiday go?  Then – wham bam – it’s straight into the new year with business plans, projections, budgets…etc…etc.  And now we have Lunar New Year celebrations going into full bloom!

During this busy period I’ve been going through the motions of my practice… Dharma class on Mondays…. Yoga class on Sun and meditating semi-regularly, but it all seems a bit flat.  So how do I get out of the rut?

Go on retreat.  This doesn’t have to be some far away Himalayan journey or even heading down to the local Ashram, it can be as simple as just staying at home and completely unplugging for 48 hours and spending some time alone.  That’s right,  no phones, no TV’s, no laptops… absolutely nothing electronic.  Sleep early, wake-up early, meditate, eat light (maybe even detox), do a bit of yoga, and read an inspiring book.  Ahhhhhhh… I’m feeling less stressed already just jotting down these thoughts.

If carving out a weekend at home is just too difficult then come to our next ASC retreat with Lama Marut in Borobudur 9th to 13th April.  You’ll have space to do all I’ve mention above while hearing Lama Marut close out the final chapters of Shantideva’s “A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.” Hope to see you there : )


Final Thoughts

“ Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

~ Lao Tzu

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#25 July 2014 – Impermanence



We are reminded everyday that change is part of our lives, everything around us is impermanent; to resist this reality is useless. Anyone else learn this the hard way?This brings us to announce our own change. Asian Classics Institute (Singapore) has changed its name to Asian Spiritual Classics. This new name reflects how we have grown to include the teaching of other Asian spiritual works alongside Tibetan Buddhism, whilst remaining part of the larger circle of Middle Way Centres.We hope that you like the new name and that it reflects what  we are trying to achieve – helping people on their spiritual journey, wherever that may lead by making ancient wisdom relevant in modern life.Our website is now asc-sg.org, so keep popping back for the latest courses and event details.Thank you for all your support and participation.ASC Team

Thanks to Impermanence, everything is Possible.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


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#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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#22 Apr 2014 – Eyes Wide Shut


Eyes Wide Shut

A couple of things have happened recently that really made an impact on me, forcing me to start seeing beyond my own life.

A friend staying with me shared her experiences as a journalist in the middle east. She has witnessed horrors that haunt her morning, noon and night. These memories manifest in her as feelings of helplessness and depression.

Around the same time, my friend’s helper was undergoing the most awful suffering, abandoned by her own family and finally dying, without anyone realising.

Suffering walks on the same pavement that we walk on, but sometimes our eyes are wide shut. Suffering is being experienced by people who share our lives and who are seemingly going through the same happy experiences that we are. Suffering is sharing our tables, only an arms length away, but at a distance we just can’t seem to breach.
Yes, I am grateful for my life, but that isn’t enough anymore. Now I find myself watching people and listening much more closely – to understand – to share – the burden and joy that life brings.




“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

~ Mother Teresa


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#21 Feb 2014 – Galloping into 2014

horses galloping

The year of the horse is living up to it’s name, as suddenly we find ourselves in February and this is the first newsletter of the year!

Our meditation sessions and the latest ACI COURSE XII: The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life have already started. More details can be found on the side bar.

We are also holding our first art class with Carmen Mensink next week. This is an introductory course to the Tibetan art of Thangka painting, starting with learning how to draw the face of a Buddha. For more details see below.

Coming up in  March is the ever popular annual retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee on Bintan. It is always a great honour to have such great teachers come to Singapore. Book your place soon as spaces are limited.

If you do find yourself with a bit of time and resource to spare, then do spend a moment reviewing our community notices. There are two opportunities to get involved with some ground breaking ideas to really make a difference.

Thank you for your continued support of this newsletter and ACI, and we look forward to seeing you at our events.

ACI Team


A Final Thought

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars and see yourself running with them.”

Marcus Aurelius


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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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#19 Nov 2013 – Science and Religion

Science and Religion

An effective Collaboration

Earlier this week, I was very kindly invited by fellow ACI member, Chuck, to share his ticket to Mind and Life Institute’s (MLI) first ever presentation in Singapore.

Inspired by a week of dialogue in 1987 between His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, entrepreneur R. Adam Engle, and neuroscientist Francisco Varela, the institute was founded in 1990 to bring together insights from the world’s contemplative traditions and the findings of contemporary science.  The mission:  relieve human suffering and advance well-being.

The presentation in Singapore brought together a stunning panel of world renowned spiritual masters, meditators, scientists, and researchers.  It was immediately obvious to all of us there that this distinguished group have worked closely together, with a common purpose, to find innovative new ways to help people while leveraging time-tested practices.

There was a great sense of camaraderie amongst the panelists, and of hope.  We in the audience could feel this very strongly, as they talked excitedly about all the possibilities that the Institute’s work can bring. For example, we learned that science has confirmed that infants come into the world with a proclivity toward altruism and giving.  This fact resonates well with the compassion and loving-kindness meditations many of us have been taught later in life.  The Institute then explained how these insights can be integrated into completely new ways of approaching primary and secondary school education, to plant the seeds for a whole new generation of happier and healthier adolescents and adults.

The evening gave me a brief but inspiring glimpse into the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.  When directed at a goal as important as MLI’s, one can sense how the mission can definitely succeed.  Chuck also pointed out that even within one ‘discipline’ – say, the study and practice of the world’s enduring spiritual traditions – we can accomplish more by transcending boundaries and collaborating.  I’m sure he’s right, and I hope ACI can play its part in that mission within Singapore.

(and the ACI Singapore team)


A Final Thought


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”

~ Albert Einstein

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