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#48_July 2016 – Play as a Spiritual Practice

Play as a Spiritual Practice

When I first heard in a teaching that play could be incorporated into a spiritual practice, I was not only relieved but really happy that the spiritual practice was not all work. After all, that’s why there is this proverb ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ right?

Summer time seems to be the perfect time to take a break from work – half the year has gone by, there is another half more to go. Some of us could already be feeling disinterested at work or our bodies could be yearning for a sunny vacation – beach, sun, sea or just hanging out with people we want to spend more time with.

When I am on vacation, I try to watch what is it about the vacation that I like? This often gives me a clue to what is missing from my work….. Is it doing the things I don’t feel like I have to do? Is it having time and space to laugh and be silly? Is it the carefreeness feeling of doing the things I like without having to watch the clock? Is it spending time on creative projects, allowing myself to make mistakes along the way?

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of relaxing into the practice – for long-term progress and sustainability of what we do. If we could learn from our vacations and incorporate the elements of play – the innocence, the wonder, humor, light heartedness, openness, playfulness, creativity, not taking ourselves too seriously….. etc., into our daily life, our life could be one big holiday !

The ASC team

Final thoughts

A teacher asked her students to use the word “beans” in a sentence. “My father grows beans,” said one girl. “My mother cooks beans,” said a boy. A third student spoke up, “We are all human beans.”

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#41_November 2015 – Reflections

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Having our teachers Lama Marut and Lama Cindy here last month has been so wonderful and inspiring. Every time they teach, I find my practice and understanding open up in new ways and taking new directions. As the year comes to a close, I’ll be taking some time to reflect on these teachings and how I can really live in the truth of what I learned. I invite you to do the same, and if you’ve been inspired like I have, do join our sangha by becoming a member.

I’m also very excited to be presenting our last event of the year: a midnight yoga and meditation practice on New Year’s Eve. Check out details below or on our website. I hope to see you there!

With all best wishes,

“Two forces pervade human life, the Gita says: the upward thrust of evolution and the downward pull of our evolutionary past.”
― Eknath Easwaran

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12-13 Jan 2016: Thangka Workshop with Carmen Mensink

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In these 2 evening classes you will learn how to draw mudras – the special and graceful hand gestures of the enlightened beings – according to the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka tradition. You will learn about the many different mudras, including the mudras of the 5 Buddha Families  and of Green Tara and White Tara.

12 & 13 January 2016, 7.30pm to 10pm

9 Penang Road #11-13 Park Mall S(238459)
(Dhoby Ghaut MRT Exit B)

$110 – non member; $99 ASC member for both evenings
(One evening $60 – non member; $54 ASC member)

To register, please contact Jennifer at (+65) 8119-2774 or jen_ril@hotmail.com

01. Carmen Painting

About Carmen

Carmen Mensink is an internationally renowned painter of Tibetan Buddhist Art, ‘Thangkas’, which are scroll paintings of Buddhas and mandalas.

Carmen is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

#40 October 2015 – Register today for Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s classes

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“Get Unbusy”
This is set of 4 classes where we learn how to regain true peace in our modern era of constant activity and busy-ness. Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will teach us what it means to “get unbusy” and feel a greater sense of calm while fulfilling our responsibilities and living our daily lives.
Date: Friday 23rd October 7pm-9pm
Saturday 24th October 3pm-5pm | 7pm to 9pm
Sunday 25th October 3pm-5pm
Venue: Oasis Holistic
Blk 10 Oasis Holistic #01-50 Selegie House Selegie Road S(180010)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register  info@asc-sg.org
“From Victimhood to Mastery”
Join us for this teaching on the ways we can apply insight to our personal stories, narratives and self-image. Learn techniques for changing our perception of ourselves and the world so that we can live happier, more contented lives.
Date: Tuesday 27th October 7pm-9pm
Venue: Cocoon Studio
315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building S(169074)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register info@asc-sg.org
“Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life”
The Relationship between Shiva and Shakti in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Join Lama Marut and Cindy Lee for this weekend workshop to learn simple meditation techniques, taken from a classic Sanskrit text, to discover your inner Divine nature. In each session we will practise easy but profound mindfulness methods to instantly drop into your true nature any time and anywhere during the day. We will also offer instruction on formal seated meditation in order to consolidate the blissful experience of communing with the Divine within in order to make it stable and long-lasting.

Session I: Encountering the Divine, Here and Now
30 Oct (Fri): 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Session II: Meeting the Divine Directly: Yoga and the Discovery of Your True Nature
31 Oct (Sat)10:00am-12:00pm
Session III: The Yoga of Sound: Finding the Divine in Mantra, Music, and Speech
31 Oct (Sat): 2:00pm-4:00pm
Session IV: Freeing Yourself from Conceptual Thinking: Locating the Divine in Emptiness
1 Nov (Sun): 10:00am-12:00pm
Session V: The Divine is Always Everywhere: Realising the Sacred in Everyday Activities
1 Nov (Sun): 2:00pm4:00pm
Click here Pure Yoga website for registration and cost details.
(Early Bird prices end today, register now!)

Final Thoughts

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom”.

~ The Buddha

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CANCELLED 22-24 May: “Get Unbusy” Workshop with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Teachers’ travel plans have been disrupted and they cannot make it to Singapore for the talks. As such, the talks have been cancelled. The Teachers send their love and regrets. 

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. 


Get unbusy

Defect from the cult of busyness

Cure yourself of the modern epidemic of frenzied activity. This four-part workshop will impart time-tested spiritual methods for regaining true peace and fulfilling your responsibilities in a calm, relaxed manner.

Where: Oasis Holistic, Block 10 Selegie Road, #01-50, Selegie House, Singapore 180010

When: Fri 22 May, 7-9pm

Sat 23 May 3-5pm and 7-9pm

Sun 24 May 1.30-3.30pm

Cost: by donation.

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

Thangka Painting Workshop: 28th & 29th January 2015

‘When you draw a Buddha, you are drawing your own mind.’ 

01. Carmen Painting

These evening workshops provide an introduction to Tibetan thangka art (traditional scroll paintings). They are suitable for everyone, including beginners with no drawing experience whatsoever!

The workshops come with a short meditation, explanation of the tradition, explanation of the grids, and a lot of individual guidance.
If you are a Buddhist Practitioner, drawing a Buddha is such a great help for your visualization-meditation. Once you have done this, you will notice your visualization goes much better.

Beginners will learn how to draw the Face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan tradition (1st evening drawing, 2nd evening coloring).
Advanced students (who have drawn the Face of the Buddha previously in Carmen’s classes) can learn how to draw the Female Buddha Face (such as the face of Green Tara or White Tara) or the Lotus Flower.

The workshops will be led by Carmen Mensink, a thangka artist from the Netherlands with over 10 years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner and artist.

In her words: “Painting these enlightened images is like meditation, and for me this is the ideal combination of practising art and Buddhism at the same time. With my teachings on this art, which I do with a lot of joy and dedication, I hope to inspire people this way, and besides this I would like to make a small contribution to pass on this beautiful tradition in the right way.” 

For more information about Carmen, and to check out her website, please click here.

Schedule: Wed Jan 28th + Thu 29th, 7.30-10pm

Venue: 100 Beach Road, Shaw Tower #02-45, Singapore

ASC Members pay : S$ 60 for 2 evenings
Non-Members pay : S$66 for 2 evenings

Materials: Paper will be provided for free. A set of drawing materials can be bought in class for S$ 25 (long 50cm ruler, triangular geo ruler, mechanical pencil, eraser and eraser pencil). You can also choose to bring them yourself, or borrow them during class (for free). If you want to color or paint (on the second evening) please bring extra materials of your own.

To register: Email jen_ril@hotmail.com or call Jennifer at (+65) 8119-2774.


Audio Download: Mindful Relationships with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee

MR-Sing Lama Marut and Cindy Lee recently gave a series of three talks on Mindful Relationships: exploring how to apply spiritual principles to our relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties.

The talks are structured around “beginning,” “maintaining and deepening,” and “letting go” of holding too tightly to our close connections with others. In this series, they also focused on cultivating the qualities outlined in a practice called the “Six Perfections.” 

To download the audio files from the first Session, please follow this link: http://siddha-songs.com/downloads/mindful-relationships/

More audio files will be up soon!