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#46_April 2016 – Unplug.

Unplug.

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Many of us live like this our whole lives and we often end up feeling tired, bored, restless, frustrated, hopeless or helpless. If this sounds familiar to you, it might be a good time to unplug and go on retreat.

Spiritual retreats allow us to take time for ourselves; rest the body, work the kinks out of our system through yoga, sit in meditation to settle the mind and reflect clearly, and finally reload with good dose of spiritual teachings. This is just what we do at our retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee every year. This year’s teachings aim to awaken us to our Buddha nature by learning how to work with anger, pride, jealousy, desire and ignorance – five common hindrances that prevent us from being our true self and living the life we want to lead.

There will be daily kirtan and a drawing workshop to let our creative juices flow and transformation take place. We also get 4 hours of free time each day to relax by the beach, soak in the sun and sea. With accommodation and all food taken care of, there is really nothing to stop us from discovering what’s really important to us and reflecting on what’s really going on in our life. For more details and itinerary, click here.

Hope to see you there!

Warmest wishes,
The ASC Team

Final Thoughts

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
~ Oscar Wilde

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MAY 26-30! Retreat on the “Five Freedoms: The Mandala of Wisdom” with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

 

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About the Retreat

This retreat will guide us toward a deeper connection with our own awakened nature, and will provide us with techniques and practices to help work with the obstacles that obscure our natural wisdom, peace and joy. 

During the retreat, we will be working with the framework and the mandala of the five Dhyani or Wisdom Buddhas. Each Buddha embodies a different aspect of freedom and the awakened mind, and offers wisdom that can help us work with our habitual patterns of anger, jealousy, pride, ignorance and grasping. It is said that each of us has a predisposition to one of these five Buddhas qualities and that studying these characteristics can help us reach our highest potential.

Join us for another transformational retreat with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee​ on peaceful Bintan Island. Retreat schedule will include daily dharma talks, kirtan, yoga and meditation as well as creative activities and plenty of personal time for relaxation and reflection.

Details

Dates: Thursday 26th – Monday 30th May 2016

Venue: Bintan Agro Beach Resort  (1 hour ferry ride from Singapore)

Cost: SGD930 (Single occupancy)/SGD690 (Twin or Triple sharing)

Cost includes 2-way ferry transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 3 tasty meals daily with vegetarian options, sharing of teacher’s expenses, and all class materials.

For more information and to register, please email us at info@asc-sg.org. Registration will close on the 4th of May 2016 and is only confirmed upon full payment of retreat costs.

FIVE FREEDOMS – THE MANDALA OF WISDOM BINTAN ISLAND (ITINERARY)

 

26 May 2016, Thursday

09:30am                     Meet at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal

11:10-12:30pm           Ferry & Bus to Bintan Agro Beach Resort

1:00-2:00pm               Lunch

2:00-3:30pm               Check-in and R&R

3:30-4:00pm               Briefing/ Housekeeping

4:00-5:30pm               WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

5.30-6.30pm               Dinner

6.45-7:00pm               Kirtan

7:00-8.30pm               AKSHOBHYA (Anger) with Lama Marut

 

27 May 2016, Friday

8:00-9:15am               Yoga

9:30-10:45am             Shower/ Breakfast

11:00-12.30pm           RATNAKARA (Pride) and AMOGHASIDDHI (Jealousy) with Lama Marut

12:30-1:30pm             Lunch

1:30-4.30pm               FREE TIME

4.45-5.30pm               Meditation

5:45-6:30pm               Dinner

6.45-7:00pm               Kirtan

7:00-8.30pm               AMITABHA (Desire) with Lama Marut

           

28 May 2016, Saturday

8:00-9.15am               Yoga

9:30-10:45am             Shower/ Breakfast

11.00-12.30pm           FIVE FAMILIES DRAWING WORKSHOP with Cindy Lee

12:30-1.30pm             Lunch

1:30-4:30pm               FREE TIME

4.45-5.30pm               Meditation

5.45-6.30pm               Dinner

6:45-7:00pm               Kirtan

7:00-8.30pm               VAIROCANA (Ignorance) with Lama Marut

           

29 May 2016, Sunday         

8:00-9.15am               Yoga

9:30-10:45am             Shower/ Breakfast

11:00-12:30pm           FIVE FAMILIES MUDRA, MANTRA & MEDITATION WORKSHOP with Cindy Lee

12:30-1:30pm             Lunch

1:30-4:30pm               FREE TIME

4:45-5:30pm               Meditation

5:45-6.30pm               Dinner

6.45-8.15pm               QnA with Lama Marut

8:15pm                       CELEBRATION: Snacks, singalong etc

 

30 May 2016, Monday                    DEPART 6am or 9am

Cultivating Equanimity: Mini-Retreat on Saturday June 6th 2015

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Join us for our very first mini retreat as we come together to learn, celebrate and practice. We will be deepening our understanding of the immeasurable quality of equanimity through a dharma talk, contemplating the teaching through a guided meditation and putting the teaching into practice with yoga.

Venue: Oasis Holistic, Blk 10, #01-50 Selegie House, Selegie Road S(180010)


Schedule
2.30-3.30pm: Dharma Talk
3.30-4.15pm: Meditation
4.15-5.30pm: Yoga


Cost – SGD40 per person

Enquiries and registration at  ​info@asc-sg.org

#34 April 2015 – Sacred Space

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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?

Susan


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

 

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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 : )

Chuck


Final Thoughts

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

~ Lao Tzu

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Review Classes on Retreat Teachings from Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

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These classes will provide a review of Lama Marut’s past retreats on the text Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Chapters 1 to 7). The classes will be led by Alvin Lee and Chuck Grimm.
During the classes, there will be a quick recap of the teachings covered during the 2013 & 2014 retreats on Bintan island. Participants of these retreats will be most welcome to contribute their own learning insights.
Those who participated in only one of the two retreats: these classes are highly recommended to either get a quick refresher or mini introduction to the famous text by Master Shantideva. For those who are thinking about joining the 2015 retreat but have never attended a previous one, please consider coming to get a sense of what it is going to be like this year, and to learn about the background and first half of the text before the retreat.
All are welcome.  If you are completely new to this text, please try to attend 2nd March class before 16th March.
When: March 2nd and 16th (amended), 7.30 – 9pm
Where: 51B Temple Street (top floor), Chinatown.
For more information and registration, please write to info@asc-sg.org.

#31 January 2015 – New Year New Offerings

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New Year New Offerings

My spiritual study for 2015 kicked off with a perfect start on Monday night with Charu Ramesh’s introductory class to the Yoga Sutras. The class was relaxed yet illuminating at the same time.  I gave my mind and body a long break over the holidays, so it was like a drink of spring water for my dehydrated mind, as she skilfully explained a deeply profound text in layman’s words. The simple essence of the text is that suffering is caused by turbulence in the mind and the practice of Yoga is all about how to stop this churning of the mind.  What are the causes of this churning? What are the obstacles we will face in the practice? These questions were all explained in the class.  If you missed it, there are three more classes over the next three Monday evenings which includes a review of the previous class.

This year the ASC team have planned many more new courses and events for you.  Coming up soon is a Fire Purification ceremony, Thangka drawing and painting, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction talk and book club. We have planned something for everyone this year – so stay tuned and hope to see you at one of them soon.

Here’s to a fun and awakening 2015!

Angie

 


 A Final Thought

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person.
One moment at a time.”

~ Libba Bray

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REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON! for April 9 to 13: Borobudur Retreat on Chapters 8-10 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

REGISTRATIONS FOR RETREAT CLOSING 4TH MARCH!

Book now @ info@asc-sg.org

Watch Lama Marut invite you personally to the retreat in the video below:

 

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Lama Marut will lead this retreat on Chapters 8 to 10 of Master Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. This retreat will be the third and last in the series of retreats held since 2013 on this wonderful text. The final chapters of the text focus on the Perfections of Meditative Concentration and Wisdom.

We will be at the ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site of Borobudur, Indonesia, as we dive deep into the concluding chapters of the text. The temple of Borobudur, dating from the 9th Century, consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statuesBorobudur is built as a single large stupa and, when viewed from above, takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist mandala. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, as well as one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. (-Wikipedia)

Save the dates and come along for a chance to experience 5 days of mind and heart-opening teachings, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes in this beautiful and sacred place.

 

Practical Information

Dates: Thursday 9th April to Monday 13th April, 2015 (Teachings commence on 9th April evening and end on 12th April evening, we leave very early on 13th April). Every day we will have time for yoga, meditation and personal reflection, and tours of the temple.

Cost: Twin share SGD$1,040/Single occupancy SGD$1,250  

Cost includes air ticket from Singapore to Yogyakarta, 4 nights accommodation, breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee, tea and teaching materials. Cost does NOT include visa cost, personal expenses and laundry and airport tax.
We have made a group booking for this flight by AIR ASIA:
QZ 659 Thu 9th Apr  SIN-JOG 11:15-12:25
QZ 658  Mon 13 Apr JOG-SIN 07:25-10:45

Hotel: Princess Mahohara Resort (the only hotel next to Borobudur temple)

Spaces can  be secured with a non-refundable deposit of SGD$300, or full payment. With limited space available in Princess Manohara Resort it is advisable to make your booking soon.

For more information and registration, please email: info@asc-sg.org

NEW! Audio Downloads of Meditation Workshop with Douglas Veenhof

audio downloadFor those of you who missed, or those that want to revisit the successful recent workshops with Doug Veenhof please go to our new audio download page. You can download and play on your favourite MP3 player.

Douglas Veenhof

Douglas Veenhof is a former mountain guide, an award-winning journalist, and the author of White Lama. He has studied and practiced Buddhism for more than twenty years and graduated with honors from the seven-year program of advanced Buddhist studies at Diamond Mountain.