Monkhood Novitiate Programme

Experience a simple monastic life together. Cultivate compassion and wisdom for inner joy and peace.

KMSPKS Monkhood Novitiate Programme 2013
Date: 27 Sep 2013 – 06 Oct 2013
Venue: Sam Poh Wan Futt Chi Temple | Cameron Highlands | Malaysia
Fee: S$480.00 (Fee includes 2-way coach transfer, accommodation, vegetarian meals, transportation and travel insurance)
Registration: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery | Reception Office
Registration Date: Now till 4 August 2013
Requirements: 16 – 60 years old, male only
Application Form: Novitiate Program PDF
Enquiries: Tel: 6849 5300 | Email:
Remarks: Shortlisted participants are required to attend a preparatory course on 31 August

Can A Gay Person Be Ordained As A Monk/Nun?

Someone emailed me a question:

Hi shifu, can a gay person be ordained as a monk/nun?

I replied:

Thank you for writing.

Heterosexual men and women have to transcend their heterosexual desires if they are going to be ordained. Similarly, gay person can be ordained as a monk/nun, as long as this person can transcend this inclination.

Hope this clarifies.

With metta, ^_^


In which case, can such a person still be considered gay or heterosexual?  Asexual perhaps?

Suki hontu! ^_^

Check Your Motivation

A sharing from a Buddhist on Checking One’s Motivation to become a monk.


“So what makes you want be a monk?” the nun asked me back

I explained to her that my Lama had previously done a divination for me: I was a monk in my previous life

“So I wanna continue the good work that I did in my previous life, and I thought that life as a layman is quite a waste of my past life’s efforts” I explained


Read it here …

Singapore Buddhist Federation English Dharma Course

Singapore Buddhist Federation English Dharma Course

The Singapore Buddhist Federation 3-year English Dharma Course is now open for enrolment.


To develop participants’ understanding in basic Buddhist teachings for life enrichment


Lectures and panel discussions on introduction to buddhism, the sutra on the eight realisations of great beings, development of buddhism, teachings common to the three vehicles, mahayana buddhism and brief introduction to abhidharma.


Age above 17 and fluent in written and spoken English


Every Friday from 5th March 2010 / 7.30pm to 9.30pm
3 years with 2 semesters per year


Singapore Buddhist Federation

Certificate of Completion

A Course Certificate of Completion will be awarded to each participant who has satisfied the course completion


Registration Fee Per Semester
$50 (Adult)
$25 (Student & SBF Dharma Class Student Society member)

  1. Photocopy of NRIC or Passport
  2. One recent passport sized photo
  3. Registration at

Singapore Buddhist Federation
59, Lorong 24A, Geylang Singapore 398583
Tel: 67444635 Fax:67473618

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm

Public transport:

Aljunied MRT Station
Bus – Along Geylang Road 2, 13, 21, 26, 40, 51, 67, 853 |  Along Guillemard Road 7, 70, 197

Remarks: Course material will only be given after enrolment.

The Four-Fold Community

In Buddha’s time, monastics did not have a fixed abode. This means that lay buddhist could not easily give support or learn from the Buddha or Maha Sangha. Lay buddhists would, in time offer groves, gardens or parks to the Maha Sangha to reside so that the lay people have the opportunity to give their support and learn from the Buddha and the Maha Sangha. This allowed the Four-fold community, ie. Bhikshu*, Bhikshuni*, Upasaka and Upasika (Monks, nuns, lay men and women), to grow together healthily.

Even with some lay people being enlightened, they never ventured into establishing a standalone lay community isolated from the Maha Sangha. Perhaps it is precisely because these lay people were enlightened, that is why they did not seek to establish a separate sasana from the Maha Sangha. Rather, they became even more ardent and earnest in their support of the Maha Sangha as they realise that the monastic life as instituted by the Buddha provided the best avenue for anyone willing to take up the robes, to practise the Noble Eightfold Path and attain Nirvana.

The Maha Sangha likewise was not to become isolated from the lay community. It was advised by the Buddha to neither neglect the spiritual needs of the lay people nor become inexplicably intertwined with them. The sangha if it became isolated from the lay, would lead to a decrease in the learning and practise of Buddha-Dharma in the lay, and over time the demise of the Sangha. If the lay isolates itself from the Sangha, it too cannot claim to be a complete four-fold community and without the Maha Sangha, whenceforth comes the Triple refuge?

Bhikshu (Sanskrit) – Pali: Bhikkhu
Bhikshuni (Sanskrit) – Pali: Bhikkhuni

EDIT: Thanks to a Venerable, Lay man and woman spelling in Pali is corrected. 🙂

Singapore Buddhist Federation Web Site

Hi all,

Here’s the web site for the Singapore Buddhist Federation

A snippet here:

English Dharma Course
(Info on Chinese Dharma Course is available at the site above)

To develop participants’ understanding in basic Buddhist teachings for life enrichment.

Lectures and panel discussions on the life of Buddha, a brief history Buddhism, Buddhist teachings, application of Buddhist teaching in daily life.

Entry Qualifications: Age above 16 and fluent in written and spoken English.
Duration of Course: 3 years with 2 semesters per year.
Date: Every Friday from 6th of
March 2009
Time:8.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue:Singapore Buddhist Federation
59 Lorong 24A Geylang, Singapore 398583
Tel: 6744 4635 Fax: 6747 3618

Fee: Adult $50; Student $25
Certificate of Completion: Certificate of completion of the course will be issued to each participant who has satisfied the set criteria Registration:
1. Photocopy of NRIC or Passport;
2. One recent passport sizes photo.
3. Registration at:
Buddhist Federation,59 Lorong 24A Geylang, Singapore 398583
Tel: 6744 4635 Fax: 6747 3618
Off hours: 0900 am to 5.00 pm Mon to Fri; 0900 am to 100 pm Sat

* Registration form is available for download at the above site.