Thursday, May 29, 2008

...29th IDC...

~ 29th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp ~
Walking the tides of Change
Shah Alam Buddhist Society

Much as the rising and ebbing tide changes the area where land meets the sea, so our world changes as the sands of time trickle through out lives. So let the waves of change wash your feet as you walk along the journey of your life, and learn to appreciate every moment of it as it arises.

Camp Objectives:
To prepare the participants of the expectations in the world they face in different stages of their lives.
To understand that change is inevitable, regardless good or bad, despite happiness or dissatisfaction; Change and its impact are matter of perception, of which one has to learn to cope with it.
To foster and strengthen the fellowship among participants, thus nurturing a family of spiritual friends in support of each other.

All are welcome to attend the talks. Please refer to previous posts for the time of the talks.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Open to Public :: 29th IDC Dhamma Talks & Lunch Dana

Dear brothers and sisters in the Dhamma,

We are pleased to announce the schedule of the Dhamma Talks to be held during the 29th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp in Shah Alam Buddhist Society (SABS).

Map to venue:

Thursday - 29 May, 2008
2:45 PM - 4:30 PM ~ Talk 1 : Imperfections Of Life ~ by Bhante Kassapa
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM ~ Talk 2 : Kiss the Joy as it Flies ~ by Dr. Chan Kah Yein

Friday - 30 May, 2008
3:45 PM - 5:30 PM ~ Talk 3 : The Beginning of the End ~ by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee

Saturday - 31 May, 2008
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM ~ Talk 4 : Suffering of the Mind ~ by Uncle Vijaya

Sunday - 1 June, 2008
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM ~ Talk 5 : Walking The Tides of Change ~ by Bro. Oh Kim Leng

There will be a lunch Dana on Sunday, 1 June 2008, everybody is welcome. Feel free to bring food along for members of Sangha to SABS kitchen before 11:00 AM.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

3rd IGC photos u've been waiting for

Sunday, May 18, 2008

...walking the tides of change...

29idc logo

If you've registered for the 29th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp, we look forward to seeing you at the camp.
Registration Time : 0830 - 0915 hours on Thu, 29-May 2008
at Shah Alam Buddhist Society

If you have not uploaded your photo, kindly do so by sending it to Bro. Yong Wei .
If you have not make payment, kindly do so by contacting Bro. Steven Tong 012-3043438.
If there's anybody who need financial assistance, feel free to contact Sis. Mei Joon at 012-3517615.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Vesak... bringing happiness to others

Vesak signify the Buddha and his universal peace message to mankind.

As we recall the Buddha and his Enlightenment, we are immediately reminded of the unique and most profound knowledge and insight which arose in him on the night of his Enlightenment. This coincided with three important events which took place, corresponding to the three watches or periods of the night.

During the first watch of the night, when his mind was calm, clear and purified, light arose in him, knowledge and insight arose. He saw his previous lives, at first one, then two, three up to five, then multiples of them .. . ten, twenty, thirty to fifty. Then 100, 1000 and so on.... As he went on with his practice, during the second watch of the night, he saw how beings die and are reborn, depending on their Karma, how they disappear and reappear from one form to another, from one plane of existence to another. Then during the final watch of the night, he saw the arising and cessation of all phenomena, mental and physical. He saw how things arose dependent on causes and conditions. This led him to perceive the arising and cessation of suffering and all forms of unsatisfactoriness paving the way for the eradication of all taints of cravings. With the complete cessation of craving, his mind was completely liberated. He attained to Full Enlightenment. The realisation dawned in him together with all psychic powers.

This wisdom and light that flashed and radiated under the historic Bodhi Tree at Buddha Gaya in the district of Bihar in Northern India, more than 2500 years ago, is of great significance to human destiny. It illuminated the way by which mankind could cross, from a world of superstition, or hatred and fear, to a new world of light, of true love and happiness.

~Ven. Mahinda

On Vesak day, devout Buddhists and followers alike are expected and requested to assemble in their various temples before dawn for the ceremonial, and honorable, hoisting of the Buddhist flag and the singing of hymns in praise of the holy triple gem: The Buddha, The Dharma (his teachings), and The Sangha (his disciples). Devotees may bring simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks to lay at the feet of their teacher. These symbolic offerings are to remind followers that just as the beautiful flowers would wither away after a short while and the candles and joss-sticks would soon burn out, so too is life subject to decay and destruction. Devotees are enjoined to make a special effort to refrain from killing of any kind. They are encouraged to partake of vegetarian food for the day.

Bringing happiness to others
Celebrating Vesak also means making special efforts to bring happiness to the unfortunate like the aged, the handicapped and the sick. To this day, Buddhists will distribute gifts in cash and kind to various charitable homes throughout the country. Vesak is also a time for great joy and happiness, expressed not by pandering to one’s appetites but by concentrating on useful activities such as decorating and illuminating temples, painting and creating exquisite scenes from the life of the Buddha for public dissemination. Devout Buddhists also vie with one another to provide refreshments and vegetarian food to followers who visit the temple to pay homage to the Enlightened One.

Tradition ascribes to the Buddha himself instruction on how to pay him homage. Just before he died, he saw his faithful attendant Ananda, weeping. The Buddha advised him not to weep, but to understand the universal law that all compounded things (including even his own body) must disintegrate. He advised everyone not to cry over the disintegration of the physical body but to regard his teachings (The Dhamma) as their teacher from then on, because only the Dhamma truth is eternal and not subject to the law of change. He also stressed that the way to pay homage to him was not merely by offering flowers, incense, and lights, but by truly and sincerely striving to follow his teachings. This is how devotees are expected to celebrate Vesak:
to use the opportunity to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to bring peace and harmony to humanity.

A gentle reminder of the recent Cyclone Nargris, how can we help the with Myanmar Relief efforts? Within Malaysia, here's useful info :

The organisations below are collecting funds and some also accepting foodstuff to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar.

1. Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (presently collecting funds only)
Donation may be sent by post to Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, 123, Jalan Berhala, 50470, Kuala Lumpur. Please make all contribution by cheque only made payable to "Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia." Please write "Myanmar" behind the cheque.

2. Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (presently collecting funds only)
All cheques are to be payable to "Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia". Please indicate "Myanmar Relief Fund" at back of the cheques. You may bank in the cheques to YBAM Public Bank account: 3063802219 and send the bank in slip for our record at YBAM Secretariat, 9, Jalan SS25/24, Taman Mayang 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

3. Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (collecting funds & material)
Lot PT 12593, Jalan Kewajipan, SS 13, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor D.E.
Please donate dry foodstuff (noodles, biscuits, etc), canned food, mineral water, medicine etc. at SJBA for us to send to Myanmar. Cash donation is also welcome. (Tel: 03-56315299, e-mail: sjba@streamyx. com)

4. Siri Jayanti Association , Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, (collecting funds & material)
Ven. Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thero says that if we can collect sufficient amount of items to fill a container then we will personally send it to Myanmar. If we can't collect a sufficient amount, then we will send our items to SJBA to forward to Myanmar.

Tzu Chi, Tmn Mayang Mas
Tzu Chi has sent personnel into Myanmar to assess the situation. Quite likely they will collect funds and material too.

Those unable to reach the temples can donate online to the following trusted organisations with ppl already in Myanmar.

May our Burmese brothers/sisters have the strength to overcome this. Sabbe satta bhavantu sukhittata.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Resume writing tips :)

Hey, I know the 3rd INCOVAR Graduate Camp was recently concluded. I'm sure many of us learned a lot during those 2 hectic days.

Anyway, I found this page which is titled "How to Boost Your Resume Or Curriculum Vitae".

Do click to the page, but anyhow here's a summary:

1) Volunteer for a cause or a charity organisation
Hey hey! INCOVAR is here! Do volunteer your time to our cause :)

2) Join a student exchange program
I'm sure that there will be good opportunities to participate in Buddhist Youth Exchange Programs organized by YBAM and supported by WFBY and INCOVAR.

3) Freelance in areas of your interests
Just look at MEtz team :P

4) Travel
Yes, yes, go jalan jalan cari makan and have lots of fun!

5) Learn a new skill, another language, get more qualifications
Come to INCOVAR: learn how to sing like i.gemz, how to take photos like Kar Wei, how to design posters like Jyon, how to chant in Pali :D

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I-Dream Committees :: the photoshoot

Who do you think is *the* INCOVAR Dream Committee? It's your Vote!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

...3rd IGC live from maha karuna...

...coming live from maha karuna. incovar graduate camp...

we just completed our session on interviewing skills by bro benny liow where we were taught the basics to interviewing. bro benny gave us an overall perspective about interviewing and what not to do during an interview. lots of tips were given to us; especially most of the participants are undergraduates; on what needs to be done before the interview and how to handle interviews. towards the end of the session, we had a mock interview where bro benny liow interviewed one of the participants, jack.

3rd INCOVAR Graduate Camp

3rd MAY - 4th MAY 2008
- bringing out the corporate buddhist in you -