Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Devo vassatu kalena
May the rains fall in due seasons;
Sassa sampatti hetuca
May there be a rich harvest
Phito bhavatu lokoca
May the world prosper
Raja bhavatu dhammiko
May the ruler be righteous
As the future of our Singapore, it is very important for us to serve our home country well. As our nation is besieged by the global economic downturn, you and me can do our part by playing a supportive role at home. Remember that one of the very important aspect of Total Defence is Psychological Defence.
The following is a beautiful music video from one of our National Day song favourite, Home. Do enjoy.
I look around me and I know
There's a place that will stay within me
Wherever I may choose to go
I will always recall the city
Know every street and shore
Sail down the river which brings us life
Winding through my Singapore
This is home truly, where I know I must be
Where my dreams wait for me, where that river always flows
This is home surely, as my senses tell me
This is where I won't be alone, for this is where I know it's home
When there are troubles to go through
We'll find a way to start anew
There is comfort in the knowledge
That home's about its people too
So we'll build our dreams together
Just like we've done before
Just like the river which brings us life
There'll always be Singapore
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
By Tan Lek Hwa, Channel NewsAsia, February 21, 2009
SINGAPORE -- The 5th Nalanda Mentor Group meeting in Bodh Gaya in the Indian state of Bihar has been concluded.
Foreign Minister George Yeo with members of the Nalanda Mentor Group and Singapore Buddhist Lodge in Bodh Gaya
The group, which included Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo, called on the state's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and updated him on details of the two-day meeting, which ended on Friday.
The Bihar government also offered for consideration two plots of land to the Singapore Buddhist Lodge to build a Pilgrim Centre for Singaporeans visiting Bodh Gaya.
The plots are near to where Lord Buddha gained enlightenment.
Mr Yeo accompanied the delegation to view the plots on Saturday.
He said: "The Chief Minister told me that we will then go through the procedures for the land that has been allocated to us. There is a hope that we can begin work on the Pilgrim Centre very quickly."
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Maitreya* Bodhisattva, the loving one,
contemplates how to guide beings with love…
reminding us not to dread helping others,
that there’s no need to frown** when wondering how.
** Frowning here is a sign of fret or aversion, which is the opposite of Metta.
- Brother Shian
This is Ven S. Dhammika's response:
As water makes the impure pure, so too, the meditator, whether in the village or the forest, should in all circumstances, never transgress or give reason to be reprimanded by his preceptor or teacher.
As water is desired by everyone, so too, the meditator should have few wishes, be content, aloof and solitary in his or her practice, thus being much desires by the whole world.
And finally, as water in itself harms no one, so too, the meditator should do nothing by body, speech or mind that produces strife, quarrels, contention, disputes, neglected meditation or dislike
Thursday, February 19, 2009
BE WITH ALL OF YOU! SADHU! SADHU! SADHU!
The Legend of Grandmaster Du
"Pray, tell, how can I do well for my poly exams? I very kanjiong now because I never study."
And there appear in the middle of the night 5 mysterious boys.
And they say: Work hard, play hard, do your best and be contended. If not you would be as emo as we are.
Then, as quickly as they have arrived, they left with their stride.
But in a flash of lightning, there appears a man with little hair.
And he said, "If I can do it, you can do it too."
The End (of this lame story)
CLEAN UP @ LIM CHU KANG CRAB FARM
Date: 21 February, Saturday
Meeting Place: Singapore Buddhist Mission
To Bring: Water bottle, extra shirt, old rags for cleaning
There will be a bus to bring you guys there. So do come on down and join your friends, as we help clean up our storeroom at Crab Farm!
See you there this SATURDAY!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
From Chapter Three of the Lotus Sutra:
I tell you, Shariputra,
I am like this, too,
The honored among many sages,
The father of the worlds.
All living beings
Are my children;
Deeply attached to worldly pleasures,
They have no wise thoughts at all.
In the Three Realms there is no peace;
They are like a burning house.
Filled with many sufferings,
And frightening indeed.
Ever present are the woes
Of birth, old age, sickness, death,
Fires such as these,
Raging without cease.
The Thus Come One has already left
The Three Realms burning house behind.
Quietly I dwell at ease,
In forest and field at peace.
And now it is, that the Three Realms,
Entirely belong to me,
And in them all the living beings
Are children of mine.
But now, this place
Is filled with calamities,
And I am the only one
Able to rescue them.
Notes: The Buddhas see themselves as the loving fathers of all beings;
not in the sense that they fathered them; but that they love them as the best fathers would.