Monthly Archives: October 2011

Old Age, Sickness and Death – The Divine Messengers

In Pali, there is a passage
“I am subject to aging…………………
I am subject to sickness…………………..
I am subject to death………”

Those verses are chanted daily by monks and wise lay people.
In reality, Sickness is normal…………………….Death is normal…………old age is normal………….. It is part and parcel of Life.

Society however acts as if these things are not normal! Ajahn Brahm used to teach us that when we are Sick, we are Normal! For everyone gets sick, everyone falls ill! We pretend that aging, sickness and death don’t have a right to be there. They get in the way of our lives, plans, expectations and so forth. We act as though they have no business to upset our lives forgetting that they are in fact very much PARTS OF OUR LIVES! With that attitude we will suffer a lot, because these things inevitably come. They inevitably come, simply because they are normal

The most important training we can do is to prepare the mind for the inevitable.

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October inspirational movie: The Dhamma Brothers

Date: 29 October 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 8pm – 10pm                                
Venue: Sg. Long Buddhist Society

“A wonderful, powerful, and unsentimental film about
incarcerated men getting below the surface of things. The freedom
and community they find sitting on meditation cushions in an
Alabama prison is a rare inspiration to all of us.” 
– Richard Gere

Donaldson Correctional Facility is situated in the Alabama countryside southwest of Birmingham. 1,500 men, considered the state’s most dangerous prisoners, live behind high security towers and a double row of barbed and electrical wire fences.

Within this dark environment, a spark was ignited. A growing network of men had been gathering to meditate on a regular basis. Intrigued by this, Jenny Phillips, cultural anthropologist and psychotherapist, first visited Donaldson Correctional Facility in the fall of 1999. She planned to observe the meditation classes facilitated by inmates and to interview the inmate meditators about their lives as prisoners.

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Joyful Living, Healthy Lifestyle

Dear friends,


Aimed at promoting physical and mental well-being, Buddhist Community Alliance (BCA) is organizing a Health Programme from 10am to 4pm on 16 October 2011 (Sunday) at Nalanda Centre. This non-profit health event serves to create greater awareness on healthy living among the general public.

The Health Programme will highlight key health issues through public talks and an exhibition supported by Family Medicine Department of UKM Medical Centre (PPUKM) and the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. The event also strives to educate the public about the associated health and risk behaviours that may influence the quality of life for children and adults in later years.

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