#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…

#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…

#34 April 2015 – 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…

#32 February 2015 – It’s Time to Reboot

  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…

#25 July 2014 – Impermanence

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…

#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,…

#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…

#21 Feb 2014 – Galloping into 2014

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…

#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…

#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,…