SBF Funding for Youth Projects and Programmes Approved in Principle

Back from SBF meeting earlier this afternoon.  Some of you may remember about the idea to have funding for youth projects and programmes.  Well, SBF has set aside a certain amount of funds for this very cause!  
Thanks to a preliminary proposal by Soon Han, a working panel comprising Ven. Sumana, Ven. Xiang Yang and Soon Han will be developing this proposal into a working programme for youths groups to apply for funding.

In particular, we will be working closely with the tertiary institutions’ buddhist societies (TIBS) to make good use of the funds in their activities and projects so as to further the sharing and propagation of Buddha Dharma.  More information will be made available in the days to come.

For a start, we should be having a simple meetup with the TIBS to share with them this programme.  All buddhist youth groups in Singapore are encouraged to take full advantage of this programme, so contact us today!  The Buddha has already done the R&D, it is up to us to learn, apply and share the Dharma!

Suki hontu! ^_^


The above working panel is responsible for formalising a working programme for Buddhist groups to make use of the school facilities in Maha Bodhi School and Manjushri Secondary School.  The funds programme is still happening! ^^

20101024 Oct 24 Robes and Books Offering 供袈裟与赠书仪式

Robes and Books Offering 供袈裟与赠书仪式

Robes offering is an annual event in the Buddhist tradition. Monks during the 4 months of rainy season spend more time in temples and attend to lay devotees by teaching the Dhamma and helping them to practise meditation.
At the end of the season, in order to show their appreciation and to give thanks, lay devotees would choose one day to gather at temples to offer robes to the monks.

The Saffron robe symbolises monkhood and renunciation from worldly life. On the other hand, a robe is also one of the 4 requisites essential to monks in their daily lives. So robe offering is a great meritorious deed a lay Buddhist can do.

In the Buddhist Library, this tradition is observed and kept alive as one of our annual events.

Morning Service

  • 10.00am – 10.30am: Puja & Chanting诵经法会
  • 10.30am – 11.30am: Dhamma
    talk 佛理开示
  • 11.30am: Dana for Mahasangha 供僧
  • 11.45am: Lunch for participants 午餐

Evening Service

  • 7.00pm: Arrival of participants 信众抵达
  • 7.30pm: Arrival of the Mahasangha & Commencement of Puja 僧团抵达及法会开始
  • 8.00pm – 8.15pm: Dhamma talk 佛理开示
  • 8.15pm – 9.00pm: Robes Offering and Book Presentation 供袈裟与赠书
  • 9.00pm – 9.15pm: Blessings by Mahasangha 僧团祈福
  • 9.15pm – 9.30pm: Light refreshment 茶点招待

The Buddhist Library

2, Lorong 24A Geylang
Singapore, Singapore
Pls contact the counter staff at 67468435 to enquire about books / robes sponsorship.

Divinity Lots or ‘Fortune’ Lots 簽


Someone recently asked me about divinity lots found in KMSPKS:

Dear Venerable, I have a question about the divine sticks (qiu qian) at the old hall at Kong Meng San. Devotees will beg for divine advice from the three Buddhas and a piece of paper can be collected outside. Who are we communicating with? The message could sometimes be very clear, but some people will say that it is not Buddhism and mere superstition. I remember a story about Lord Buddha putting His bowl on the river; if the river flows upstream, he will strive to gain Enlightenment. So is this divine advice real? How do we make it real?

Here’s my short reply:

There is this belief that the Bodhisattvas or Dharma guardian help give guidance on worldly matters.  Having some help in this way can be similar to asking an experienced friend or mentor for guidance, it can certainly be helpful.

Having said that, the Dharma (teachings) ultimately help us transcend the worldly gains and loss, such that we can still be happy amidst life’s greatest difficulties or trivial nuances.

Sui hontu! ^_^


To add to that, if a Buddhist learn this or go to the temple for this and only this purpose, then it would be a great loss for him!  The real treasure in Buddhism lies in the Dharma (teachings) taught by the Buddha and the efficacy of the teachings in liberating us from our habitual tendencies and fed-ups in life.

Give a man a fish or some fried beehoon, and you feed him for a day or at least a meal.

Give the man a rod, … erm, better not, less he start fishing and killing fishes.  Give the man or woman for that matter, some help to find a job through
 or upgrade their skills via and he can secure a stable livelihood for awhile until the next recession.  Rinse.  Repeat.

Give the person Buddha Dharma, and he can develop inner peace and happiness even when hungry.  With this inner peace and happiness, he can look for a job happily and not be grumpy and bitter.  And when he finds a job, he is full of energy (viriya!) and vitality (indriya?) to fulfill and exceed what is expected of him!  He earns his keep rightfully, without harming himself or others.  He enjoys the fruits of his labour with his friends and family with open handed generosity, and sets aside a portion of his earnings for savings (rainy days), to support his parents, give to the charity and support Dharma work.

While he live as a lay person, he continues his study and practice of the Dharma under the guidance and mentor of the Maha Sangha.  He lives his life not just devoted to his own pleasure but also for the benefit and welfare of others.  If he do not attain to the very least certainty of Dharma (sotapanna), he has sown the seeds for further learning and progress.  Living a life that incline towards goodness, the Buddha declares that the rebirth will be good, will be pleasant and happy.


Here’s my reply to facebook comments on cultural practices in Buddhist temples and monasteries:

Aircons are also not Buddhist practices, but most would quite readily use it to cool us down. 

If the Master WuFong had stopped my Ah Ma from burning joss paper and other cultural practices, she may have went to some other non-buddhist temple to pray. Today, it may well be Priest Chuan Guan telling you about something else.

Dance and hiphop are also not Buddhist practices, but yet the younger generation Buddhists are very willing to use these as skillful means to appeal to the youths. Perhaps we have to bear in mind that different people of different generations have very different needs to fulfill before they may be ready to learn Dharma.

Got $60 Million to Spare?

Got US$60 million to spare?

In this crisis, are we still able to give? For some of us, we may not be directly affected and may still have a pretty stable job, but the very fear of possible retrenchment and further worsening of the economy may stifle our giving heart or even immobilise it altogether.

Give within your means. Heard some say “Give with your heart.”. I say “Give with your heart, or at least with your wallet”. 🙂

“A Gift of Dhamma is supreme” — The Buddha

Read on and be inspired to give.
Here’s someone who is not. Caveat emptor: He is able to give US$60mil because he can afford it. However, many others can afford it, but may not be giving enough.

From the link below:
Lots of bosses say they value their employees. Some even mean it.

And then there’s Leonard Abess Jr.

After selling a majority stake in Miami-based City National Bancshares last November, all he did was take $60 million of the proceeds — $60 million out of his own pocket — and hand it to his tellers, bookkeepers, clerks, everyone on the payroll. All 399 workers on the staff received bonuses, and he even tracked down 72 former employees so they could share in the windfall.

How Much Would You Give?

The Buddha said “The Highest Gift of all is the the Gift of Dhamma”.

For most lay people, Dana, the practice of giving, means giving material support. This includes giving Robes, Food, Lodging and Medicine, the four requisites. Some communities provide avenues for lay people to offer food on a daily basis before noon. Others also put up their phone and utilities bill for voluntary offerings. All these requisites support existing sangha members in their monastic life, so that they can focus on their learning and practice of the Buddha’s teachings.

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