Worldly Tip #1: Accepting Friends on Facebook with Caution

If you are like me, you do not want to accept a friend request from “blondegal17” simply because she adds that she “find you cute and want you to check out her profile and photo gallery” which happen to be off facebook.  How do you determine if the friend request is geniune?  There are many strategies, and here are my list:

10. If it is from “blondegal17”, “Michael18” or “Asian21” who happen to also have a link to a pay-to-enter photo gallery, stay off.  Unless you are used to paying people to be your friends, I think it’s better to stay off.

9. If the requestor happen to indicate in his request that he is a banker, lawyer, tax-official, lottery-claims-agent, scientist, CEO, CFO, C-whatever-O, President, King or anyone who is helping to process unclaimed cash, and offers you a percentage for your trouble and assistance, click ignore and if you want to be a good
citizen, click “Block” and “Report”.  Again, unless you have been staying in a cave and not heard of online scams or you really have some strong altruistic wish to ‘help’ someone offload millions of dollars in return for loosing thousands, tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars, then carry on.  Or if you are one of the above mentioned person, and just wish to link up with your fellow “banker, lawyer, tax-official, etc” … … you didn’t read this article, move along.

8. If the person’s account has no common friend and no activity at all, and the profile name reads “I_LOVE_YOURNAMEHERE” (Replace ‘YOURNAMEHERE’ with your name), then you should strong avoid the [ACCEPT] button, unless you are collecting stalkers.

7. Actually, if the person has no friends at all and no activity, you may also want to resist clicking [ACCEPT].  Seriously, what is the chance that this person conveniently added you out of the millions of facebook user.  Oh, you want some stats, you little statistic-nazis?  The chance is 1 out of “more than 400 million active users” ~= 0.00000025%

6. If the person just added 300 friends in the past hour … …

5. If the person just joined facebook 2 minutes and 27 seconds before adding you as a friend … … ok, you cannot really tell to that precision, but you get the drift. 😉

4. If the person’s profile photo looks like someone you know and that person already has a profile … …

3. If the person’s profile photo look like a celebrity … …

2. If the person’s profile photo returns a few hundred hits on *

1. If the person’s profile photo look like me but is named something else other than “Chuan Guan Shi**” … …


So, how do you filter your friend request?  Share here or in facebook.  Oh and, lonelyhearts18, please don’t add me! is a website where you can search for occurrences of images on the internet.  Say, you have an invite or request from someone whose image is , you copy this url into tinyeye website and it will search and return a list if any.  I’ve spotted fake accounts this way quite effectively and these blocked accounts from sending me any more spam.  If you happen to have a popular friend who is a star, model or public figure, your mileage may vary.
** It is actually “Shi Chuan Guan” but facebook being an U.S. firm, assumes that the whole worldly round uses the First Name, Last Name / Surname convention.  In the Chinese culture, the family is more important than the individual (mostly anyway), and the naming convention of “Surname Given-Name” is suggestive of that.

z201009 Sep ~ Oct Heart Sutra Workshop @ the Buddhist Library

What is the Heart Sutra?

The Heart Sutra is one of the most common sutra recited in temples and monasteries worldwide.  While being the shortest, at 260 Chinese characters, it expounds deep and profound teachings of Emptiness as taught by the Buddha.



What is Emptiness and how can we apply it in our life today?
How do we recite this sutra and how can we change ourselves so that we can become happier?
Come join us for the Heart Sutra workshop and learn more!

Workshop Programme (conducted in English)

  • Puja
  • Recitation of Heart Sutra
  • (Learn to recite!)
  • Teachings
  • Discussion
  • Meditation
  • Dedication of Merits

Information & Registration

Tel: (65) 6746-8435


Date & Time

September 2010 to October 2010
(6 sessions)
Thursdays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
9, 16, 23, 30 September
7, 14 October


The Buddhist Library
2, Lorong 24A, Geylang
Singapore 398526

Attendance By registration ONLY.

Closing Date 31st August 2010.

Updated Registration is now open and a fee of $20 / $30 (members / non-members) will be charged. All proceeds will go to the working fund of the Buddhist Library.

Conducting Venerable

Venerable Chuan Guan was ordained in 2002 under Master MiuKing (Master MiaoJing) and received his higher ordination in 2003. From 2002, he stayed in Fa Yun Monastery (New Mexico, United States) learning the sutras and practised meditation under the Mahayana Buddhist tradition while studying the Theravadin Pali Canon.  Returning to Singapore in 2006, he continued his learning and practices, residing in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery till 2009.

Presently, he is residing in the Buddhist Library, while giving Dharma and meditation classes at the library and various Buddhist organisations.  He received his degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and worked in the IT industry prior to monkhood.

Happiness Is Not What You Think It Is

Happiness is Not What You Think It is

A Dharma Talk by Venerable Kanugolle Rathanasara

24 July 2010, Saturday
7.30pm – 9.30pm

at Poh Ming Tse Temple, 438 Dunearn Road

What does it truly mean to be happy, in a Buddhist sense?

Learn what happiness is, according to Buddha
in this informative discourse.
Certain misconceived notions of what happiness entails will be debunked.

Born in the south eastern Sri Lankan village of Bibile, Venerable Kanugolle Rathanasara became a novice monk in the early age of twelve and received his higher ordination (upasampada) in 1998 at the Malwatu Maha Viharaya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. His insatiable quest for learning saw him entering the portals of the University of Kelaniya, and graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Special) degree in Mass Communication. The noble expression of his endeavor to share his knowledge of the Dhamma internationally became fulfilled when he was selected to become a resident monk at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in Singapore in 2001, at the invitation of the Singapore Sinhala Buddhist Association which administers the temple.

The organisers are grateful to the Poh Ming Tse Temple for its partnership and premises for the above Dharma talk.

Visit for programme and speaker profile.

Group Practice in SBF

Dear Friends in the Dharma,

I’m back in Singapore and some of you have asked about the Wednesday Group Practice sessions, so here’s an update.

Venerable You Wei is serving as the new term’s Education Chairman in the SBF Board of Directors, while I have, in a way, swapped roles with him, taking on the role of Dharma Propagation Chairman from this July.  As such, I have advised Eric to consult SBF Student Society (SBFSS) on the Group Practice (English) programme and discuss with Ven. You Wei on the new directions moving forward.

For the new term, I will still be teaching in the modules for SBF Dharma classes where needed, while focusing primarily on facilitating Dharma talks and perhaps Dharma sharing sessions towards the general public.  Naturally, SBF Dharma class students would be most welcome to participate as well, so no biggie on that.

Once the programmes are finalised, SBFSS should be updating everyone on it.

Hope this clarifies.  And in the mean time, keep on meditating! 😀

With metta,

Shi ChuanGuan