Giving What People Want and Need and Not What We Want to Give

Last night, I visited a patient suffering from tuberculosis.  Counselled him and chanted Om Mani Padme Hum with him and his family members.  It’s been awhile since I chanted Om.  He is a long time chanter of it, so I explained in brief to him, the significance of this Mantra, and chanted Om Mani Padme Hum with him and his family members.

I had wanted to chant seven rounds of the small beads I was wearing, as I didn’t want to tire him out.  In the end, we must have chanted for 30 minutes to 45 minutes or so, so we reached around 8 and left at 9.  Ended with a recitation of the Heart Sutra.

In Buddhism, we give what is suitable and appropriate for the recipient and not simply shove what we prefer down people’s throat! 😉

This reminds me of the teaching in 《觀世音菩薩普門品》 “The Chapter on Universal Doors (Methods) of Guan Yin (Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva)”.

Below is an excerpt:


Inexhaustible Aspiration* Bodhisattva addresses the Buddha: “World Honoured One, how does Guan Yin Bodhisattva traverse this Saha World, how does he speak (teach) the Dharma to the beings? Through what means is this possible?”

子。若有國土眾生應以佛身得度者。 觀世音菩薩。即現佛身而為說法。

The Buddha tells Inexhaustible Aspiration Bodhisattva: “Good man, if there are such beings in the land that requires a Buddha to liberate, Guan Yin Bodhisattva, would manifest as a Buddha and teach the Dharma.”

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Medichant @ Buddhist Library 31st Dec 2009

The Buddhist Library


31 December 2009 (Thursday) 7.30 pm to 6 am
十二月卅一日 (星期四) 晚上7 点 30 分 至 凌 晨 6 点

Every year, we welcome the next year with an evening of puja, chanting and meditation. This allows us to begin the new year with a peaceful and pure state of the mind. This year, our Medichant will start at 7.30pm on Thursday, 31 December 2009 with a programme that will take us through midnight and usher in the New Year’s day of 2010. Come join us in starting 2010 on the right note. Below is the programme for Medichant 2009.

佛教图书馆在每年阳历新年前夕的晚上都会主办诵经与静坐的活动来迎接新的一年.这活动的目的是促使参与者能以安详与慈悲的心态来开始新的一年. 今年我们将会在十二月卅一日(星期四)晚上7.30开始这活动直到2010年到来为止.希望大家能踊跃参与此活动以清静慈悲的心境来开始新的一年. 当晚节目如下:


7.30pm to 9.00pm

Pali Puja, Sutta Chanting and Meditation
巴 利 文 诵 经 与 静 坐

9.00pm to 9.15pm

Refreshment 茶点招待

9.15pm to 10.30pm

拜 [八十八佛]
Chinese Chanting

10.30pm to 11.15pm

静 坐 共 修

11.15pm to 11.30pm

Tea Break茶点招待

11.30pm to 6.00am

Pali Chanting, Blessings, New Year count down & Meditation
巴 利 文 诵 经, 法 师 祝 福 , 新 年 倒 数 及 静 坐 共 修

The Buddhist Library • 2 Lorong 24A Geylang • Singapore 398526 • Tel: 67468435 • Fax: 67417689

Opens Tuesdays to Saturdays 12pm to 9pm • Sunday 10am to 9pm • Closed on Mondays

Buddhist Chantings Online

Some students requested for links to Buddhist Chantings, so here they are:

News: Upcoming Talks and Events


  1. A Day to Remember: Significance of Vesak (By Venerable Bodhi) @ 2 June 2007 (Public talk, Taipei Buddhist Centre)
  2. What makes a Buddhist, Buddhist? @ 3 June 2007 (Public talk, Taipei Buddhist Centre)
  3. SBF English Dharma Class Year 2 Module 2 @ Every Monday & Thursday (5 weeks, SBF, race course road)
  4. Heart Sutra Workshop @ 10, 17, 24 June, 1 July (Awareness Place, Bras Basah 3rd floor)

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