The Dangers of Infallibility

First off, what is Infallibility?  It is the notion or state of never being wrong.  The question is … is it possible?  How do we know if we are infallible or not?

Most of us would not outrightly think that of oneself.  But in some cases, we may unknowingly, harbour such a view, a pernicious one if I may add.  What are the features or tell-tale signs you ask?  Here’s what to look out for:

If you often think

“Why am I always the one at fault?” … or “Sure they are wrong too?”

This is a sign that we are not able to admit one’s wrong or mistake.  Granted, there are times where we are indeed right, but the point is whether we do see that we are sometimes wrong.  

“I cannot be bothered to argue with you”

There’s nothing wrong with not wanting to argue, but if this is our default to any disagreements, it may point to our latent wish to not have our view point torn down.  We wish to continue to be ‘right’ in our bubble.

Or maybe we really cannot be bothered in that one particular case.  Only one person know the real reason.  Ourselves.

“I lost the argument only because … I do not know how to argue
… out of respect
… XYZ”

If we often think in this way or if this is the default reason, alarm bells should be going off anytime … now!  If our default is this, then it means that we are never wrong.  It means that we are infallible.

The danger of such thinking is that anytime there is a difference between our view and others’ … we automatically think that others are wrong.  This shuts the door for learning, for the very premise of learning begins with recognising that there is something that we do not know.

To think that we are infallible, is in other words, to think that we know everything, hence cannot possibly be wrong.

In a sense, to know that we are not infallible, that we do not know everything … yet … is quite an exciting proposition.

It is like watching a movie and not knowing whatever plot is to come.  There is that sense of wonder, of curiosity … in this case, not just of the movie plot … but the plot of life itself!

I don’t know about you, but if I am you, I would embrace it and jump in and ride the crest of life, to explore, to discover, to realise!

Have a nice day … unless you have other plans … …

… … or if you know everything already … in which case, it will be the day that you already know … and why are you still reading this … since you already know everything … ha!

Everything in Control?



Probably of the TV Channels only. 

We want to be in control of our life, computer settings, handphone settings, work, home…etc. How about our emotions and feelings? Are we in good control of them?

Learn to be in control of your emotions at the Sunday Group Cultivation.

This Group Cultivation happens every Sunday, where you will meet a group of like-minded people to share and discuss with the Venerable.

Date: Every Sunday

Time: 2pm – 3:30pm

Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Level 1, Classroom 5.

Free Admission for ALL AGES (no registration required ;))


• Puja – Short Pali puja + Heart Sutra (in mandarin, it’s easy!)
• Meditation – Short meditation
• Dharma sharing and discussion – Weekly themes with special topics on occasions
• Dedication

Please share with those whom you think will benefit from the session.

SBF + SBYM 周日班老师培训课 “心经在心中” – 传观法师 (Part 1)

Had a Dharma talk @ SBYM (新加坡青年弘法團) on 10 Nov 2013.
Below is the recording.

SBF + SBYM 周日班老师培训课- “心经在心中” – 传观法师

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Part 3 –

Eight Schools of Thought ~ A Dharma Teaching Series by Venerable Fa Guang @ pmt

Eight Schools of Thought ~ A Dharma Teaching Series by Venerable Fa Guang @ Poh Ming Tse

6 June ~ 27 June Every Wednesday.

A brief overview of the 8 schools of thought based on the reading of “The Essentials Of The Eight Traditions" by Gyonen

The Essentials of the Eight Schools gives a concise account of the history and doctrines of the eight principal Buddhist schools in existence in Japan at the time of the author, i.e. the six schools which were introduced to Japan during the Nara Period and the two schools introduced by Saicho and Kukai during the Heian Period. This work may thus be described as an introduction to Japanese Buddhism.

The eight traditions / schools

  1. Kusha
  2. Jojitsu
  3. Ritsu
  4. Hosso
  5. Sanron
  6. Tendai
  7. Kegon
  8. Singon (Main study of the class)
  9. Zen
  10. Jodo

You will bring back with you some Japanese languages and terms at the end of the class.

About Venerable Shi Fa Guang

Venerable Fa Guang was born in Malacca. He is ordained under Master Miao Hua and trained under him in the Chinese Mahayana tradition for many years. Presently, he is residing in Minato-ku, Tokyo and is pursuing his PhD in Buddhism (focusing on the Brahmanet Bodhisattva vows) at Komazawa University.

When he returns to Malaysia and Singapore, he shares his Dharma experience with the Buddhist communities through insightful talks, rousing their inquisitive minds.

He is well-versed in many languages (English, Chinese, Japanese, Teochew, Hokkien etc.). Venerable is able to present the profound Buddha's teachings in ways which people of all walks of life can easily relate to.

Brahma Net Sutra Bodhisattva Vows ~ Dharma Talk by Ven. Fa Guang

Introduction on Bodhisattva Precepts

Monastics observed the basic moral code in Buddhism, but in the Mahayana tradition, monks would additionally observe the Bodhisattva Precepts on top of the existing code. In Japanese Buddhism, new
monastic community was set up using the Bodhisattva Precepts exclusively.

Date : Thursday ~ 25 August, 15 September and 22 September
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Place: Poh Ming Tse Temple
438 Dunearn Road Singapore 289613

Dharma Series by Venerable Shi Fa Guang
Shi Fa Guang studied at Komazawa University, Japan. He received his bachelor of Arts(Buddhism) in March 2007. He further received his Master of Arts (Buddhism) in March 2009 from the same university and will be completing his PhD in March 2012

Ven.Faguang’s emphasis on Buddhism’s grounded practicality shines clearly for any open-minded seeker.

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