Wednesday, December 30, 2009

:. SUNDAY@BGF .: 3 Jan 2010 :. Wishlist For 2010 .:

BGF will kickstart the year 2010 with a new engagement themed "SUNDAY@BGF" happening on every 1st & 3rd Sundays between 10am-12pm commencing on the 3 January 2010. All members and friends of all ages are welcome!

For the FIRST SUNDAY@BGF, there will be Puja & Offerings, followed by Dhamma Talk by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee on the theme "Wishlist for 2010". Bro. MV Nathan will be leading us in singing melodious hymns.

Let's come together on this bright Sunday morning to share our valuable time with our family member/friends. Perhaps we might gain some insight from the President of BGF in his sharing about the wishes and aspirations for personal development & community growth.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

BGF New Year Eve Fellowship Gathering :: Thu, 31-Dec

Let's usher in the new year 2010 at BGF Centre! There will be a New Year Eve Fellowship Potluck Gathering on Thursday 31 December 2009.

Event will start at 7.00 pm with potluck dinner followed by Buddha Puja & Dhamma Talk by Bro. Benny Liow on the topic "Living Affinity - How to Create Positive Relationships in Life".

Hymns presentation by igemz to follow before the 'chantdown' and Sutta chanting lead by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee to welcome the new year.

Do join us! For more information, feel free to contact Sis Mei Joon at 012-3517615.

From all of us at BGF, we wish you a Happy Healthy Peaceful Fruitful New Year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Full Moon Musical Puja :: Proper Puja Practice :: Sun, 1-Nov :: 8.30pm

Dear friends,
Most of us, would have at one point or other, attend Pujas at temples, centres and homes. But what do we know about the practice of Puja? Can we practise Puja at home everyday? If so, how can we practise in the proper manner?

Come and learn about 'proper puja practice' and getting your questions answered by Datuk Dr Victor Wee on this Sunday Full Moon Musical Puja, 8.30pm at BGF.

Bro. MV Nathan will serenade us in the hymns singing segment.

Feel free to bring along fruits, flowers and even candies for Puja offering. Most importantly, bring your family and friends along to experience a spiritual Friday evening.

Datuk Dr Victor Wee is the President of Buddhist Gem Fellowship and an accomplished Buddhist musician and singer. He has recorded five albums of Buddhist hymns in English with the Wayfarers. Datuk Victor holds a B.Econ. from University of Malaya, M.A. from Brown University, USA, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Bristol University, UK. The 'Buddha Puja' book is authored by Datuk Victor.

Bro. MV Nathan produced the inspirational Buddhist musical album "Journey" with melodious hymn songs performed by himself and friends. A mesmerizing singer especially with a guitar in his hand, bro. Nathan is actually a lawyer by profession and he hails from Melaka.Feel free to bring along fruits, flowers and even candies for Puja offering. Most importantly, bring your family and friends along to experience a spiritual Friday evening.

Bedtime Stories ~ Where Stories Becoming Alive by Bhante Aggacitta

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Time: 8:15pm - 10:30pm
Location: BGF Centre, 60A, Jalan 19/3, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Speaker: Bhante Aggacitta

Talk : Bedtime Stories- Where Stories Becoming Alive

Perhaps you've had a personal encounter with the supernatural. Your hands tremble, a cold shiver runs down your spine and you turn to flee, but are paralysed as sweat starts to flow. You start to think and wonder. Is it real? Is it mere imagination or hallucination? How true is such an experience and who can prove it? Perhaps no one can. Yet who can deny the many accounts of people who have had such encounters? Bhante Aggacitta will share some of these stories and offer suggestions -- based on Buddhist understanding of the supernatural -- on how to respond positively to such eerie encounters.
Speakers Profile
Venerable Aggacitta Bhikkhu is a Malaysian monk ordained at Mahāsī Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Burma, in 1979. He has trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaws U Patita (Patitārāma), U Tissara (Yankin), U Acinna (Pa Auk) and U Tejanīya (Shwe Oo Min).Besides practising meditation, he studied advanced Pāli and translation in Thai and Burmese under Sayadaw U Dhammananda at Wat Tamaoh, Lampang, Thailand, from 1983 to 1984. He continuedto study the Pāli Tipitaka in Myanmar and researched on its interpretation and practice until his return to Malaysia at the end of 1994.In 2000, he founded Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) (, a Buddhist monk training centre at the edge of forested hills near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.With a gift for writing, Ven Aggacitta has produced signifi cant literary works in the form of articles, research papers, translations and other writings in English. In recent years, he has spent considerable time investigating popular interpretations and practices of Buddhism in the light of the Pāli scriptures, real-life experiences and contemporary research fi ndings. Using a critical yet constructive approach, he hopes to share his fi ndings with Dhamma practitioners and bring them closer to a practical reality they can more easily connect with.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dana @ BGF in October

Dear friends in the Dhamma,

In the month of October, BGF has scheduled for a few lunch dana ceremony to the venerable monks from various traditions. It is an opportunity for us to perform merits and cultivate good kamma and also sharing of merits with all beings in need of this. During these dana sessions, public are given an opportunity to also offer requisites to the members. Take this opportunity to perform good, purify one's mind in this significant month of kathina.

You are all invited. Please bring offering items by 11am. For more information, feel free to contact Bro. Alex Lim @ 012-3043828.

Sat, 17 Oct 2009
- Ven. Dr. Punnaji
- Khenpo Drodul (Tibetan)
- Ven. Visudhi (tbc)
- Ven. Hemaloka (tbc)

Sat, 24 Oct - Ven. Dr. Punnaji

31 Oct til 4 Nov - Bhante Jinananda from Ladakh, India will be staying at BGF. There will be opportunity to offer breakfast & lunch dana. Please contact Sis. Mei Joon @ 012-3517615 for arrangement.

Friday, October 09, 2009

...the xCITE! orthodox...

Upcoming INCOVAR!
Register here today!
Limited to 40 participants only. (Paid applicants are only considered as successful participants)
Love, embracing all beings, knowing well that we all are fellow wayfarers through this round of existence — that we all are overcome by the same law of suffering.
Through compassion the fact of suffering remains vividly present to our mind, even at times when we personally are free from it. It gives us the rich experience of suffering, thus strengthening us to meet it prepared, when it does befall us.
Small, indeed, is the share of happiness and joy allotted to beings! Whenever a little happiness comes to them, then you may rejoice that at least one ray of joy has pierced through the darkness of their lives, and dispelled the gray and gloomy mist that enwraps their hearts.
A world where beings who were a short while ago connected with us by sympathetic joy, are at the next moment in want of our compassion — such a world needs equanimity.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Dhamma Talk by Ven. Chang Wen :: Thu, 22-Oct

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 8:15pm - 10:30pm
Location: BGF Centre
Title: Zen In Daily Life - Live for now

Venerable Chang Wen Fashi talk will centered mainly on vexations, the root causes of vexations and methods of dealing with them, from the Chan perspective. The talk will incorporate both theories and guided sitting meditation practice, to allow participants experience the essence of 'Live for now'. The latter also includes a sitting meditation exercise known as '觀身受法' or 'Contemplation on Sensations of Hand Movements' as taught by the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen.

A short introduction of DDM and the road map of DDM Chan practices will also be shared, followed by Q&A Session.

About Ven Chang Wen 常文法師:
Ven Chang Wen was ordained in DDM Taiwan in 2006. She received a degree in Bachelor of Science (Hon) in UPM, Malaysia, 1995. Ven Chang Wen attended the DDM Sangha University from 2003 to 2007, and held the following posts in DDM Taiwan:
Guest Master Department (2007-2008)
Monastery Administration Department (2008)

Saturday, October 03, 2009

BGF’s Marriage Education Program is back!

The BGFCU is conducting the 9th Marriage Education Program course as follows:

Date: 31 Oct to 1 Nov 2009
Time: 8.30am to 5.30pm daily
Venue: BGF Centre, Petaling Jaya
Fee: Free but RM50 per couple to purchase a set of course materials
Closing Date: 24 Oct 2009

(This course was originally due to take place on 22 to 23 August but had to be rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances.)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Friday, August 28, 2009

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Happy Human Being :: 31st INCOVAR DHAMMA CAMP

Thanks to bro. Siew Lin for posting this article >>

On the first day of the camp, I was late........ for the morning puja. Then my group are forfeited, we had to wash the dishes. This is based on the Amazing Race theme that this camp has... for this time.

Now as I see among the faces of my group, I regonised them only through facebook pictures. Our group leader is Chow Foong, if this name sounds familar, you're right. He's Chow Fu's (the one who's in the top 5 physics Olympiad team) older brother.

So, we kinda know each other even before the camp itself. Except that I was in Singapore and I've just gone back to Petaling on the 10th June. The others had prepared a good slide show presentation on one of the ancient cities in India that relates to Buddhism.

The first day of INCOVAR is filled with activities, dharma talks, games in from the Amazing Race... Ok I don't remember the exact schedule. So I'll just tell you what I feel.

They asked who's the old people here? Well, we have people who are in this camp series from 5th timers to 1st timers. As Incovar Dharma Camp is a biannual thing and 4 in a series, the 5th timers were 1st timers 2 years ago and need not pay anything to join the camp! The first one is 4 noble truths, then 8 foldpath, 3rd one is karma (this is the one I'm in), and 4th one meditiation. So anyone who has gone through all 4 of them can be considered as having the knowledge of the basics of Buddhism.

Anyway, back to my feelings, the old timers were quick to warm up as they recognised their old friends, be it from University Malaya, IMU, UPM, etc.... and one old timer from NUS is Ken Juin, and we are the only 2 from NUS. So I naturally feel that the camp is a bit unfriendly towards the first timers, as the camp warden and the assistant are 3rd timers.

Due to insufficient preparation time, the first day passed by unsatisfactorily. I thought, man, 3 more days of these.... not fun, not as good as our NUSBS Dharma Camp.

But then, Ken Juin assured me that this is the worst one, it will be better. And indeed, I don't know how, but after the organisers got organised in the first night, I had to admit that I was enjoying myself in the camp.
Let's go through some activities in the camp....
We get to shop in the nearby shopping center, to buy materials for the egg protection game (our egg broke... what a professional pride lost... well at least I'm not an enginneer) which I believe that if we had swapped eggs (ours was a bit broken during contruction), our egg protector can stand more than 3 stories of drop (it has a parachute too).

Eating time is almost always a torture. First meal, Lunch time, we had to feed the person opposite you, not changing the plates. Well, my poor patner... you know why, I took so many food that he had to stuff them in. The trick here is to change the food, not the plate.
Next meal, we had to eat with our hands linked to each other, well, at least we get to feed ourselves. The 3rd meal is fun.... Blindfold eating. We had to feed ourselves with a blindfold over our eyes! I asked to wash my hands after a few unsuccessful attempts to eat by spoon. Then I ate using my hands! They said that this is the first time in many years that someone used their hands to eat blindfold, good strategy. The Forth one and the hardest one is the best one. Blindfold and feed your patner. Our group has just won in the advertisement activity and we get to sit on a chair and table as our reward together with orange juice, chocolate waffles, and so on.... as the others on the floor gets their blindfold, we were relieved.... Until they gave us the last of the blindfolds. Our jaws were on the floor as we had to endure torture even in the face of luxury. Well, there's no using hands this time round, so we guide our patner's hands to our mouths, blind feeding the blind. All these serves to incoparate dharma, as we experience it. The blind in the dharma leading the blind is a very dangerous thing to do, the floor will get messy, we will not get the food that we wanted.... and so on. Appreciation of how the blind eat is also one of the lessons that one can learn from here.

Talking about advertisement, we had an assignment for each group to perform. We had to advertise Incovar in a Sketch advertisement. We had it like Malaysian Idol style, with 3 judges and comments from them. One group used SpongeBob SquarePants and actually created it using yellow, square sponge! Our group acted with 5 people breaking the 5 precepts, gone to Incovar camp, and changed for the better. And we won!

The Amazing Race does features many exciting oppotunities to experience winning and losing. But the dharma lesson to be learnt from this is that winning or losing is temperary.

Well, we have Tai Chi Classes too in the morning, and kick-boxing class on the next morning, the Dharma talks were good, with opportunities for us to become the MC for the speaker. Perhaps the best event is singing time! We inspire, we're the fire, we're the spirite of youth's life..... You my beautiful friend, you bring me joy.... Ehi Passiko, come and see you'll know......Cradled in Buddha's Arms........

One memorable activity is testing of the 5 precepts and assumptions. We broke off into mixed groups and go from one station to another, passing the lying test, the drinking alcohol test , not opening ---magazine test, etc. It serves to tell us that even under excited states, under any conditions, if we don't adhere to our precepts, there's no point taking them. My group consist of all girls and me and the only guy..... we didn't get the first few stations but then, we reconsidered and played the rest smoothly. One particular station is the donation station, where one can donate (to who? donate what?), our group was the first one to go there and people are taking out their wallets, watches, etc to donate.... even an iPhone. I almost donated, but was reminded by them that you might not get it back.... so I reconsidered. This iPhone thing cause quite a stir from the other participants, they demanded to have it back to the owner (the owner didn't said anything). After one day, the organisers finally revealed to us that they had no rights to keep those stuffs, and they were planning to return them on the last day. This is to test to see what we would do. However, due to excessive demands by the participants, they gave it out early. We all learned a lesson that day. Never assume.

And the one unique experience in the Incovar camp is Incovar night. The things said there are to remain there. It's a heart to heart session with blindfolds and small groups, confessing our guilt, the people that we didn't forgave, and help us on a road to forgive them, and ourselves.

I didn't planned to write so long, but emotions are hard to control and harder not to express such beautiful experiences. After the Incovar night, we have our last night gatherings and I commented this to the organisers, "On the first night that I was here, I was disappointed and I wonder why so many of you guys keep on coming back. However, after all we have been through, I've to say that this is the best camp I have ever been to and I hope that Incovar last for a trillion years and beyond.

We each have a booklet that contains everyone in the camp, mine is more than half full signed by people around the camp. Well, lots of them are paises for me, as I revealed my silver status and my rubiks skills to them. Dan Yi Wong, the Malaysian who came to our NUSBS Dharma Camp, also came to the camp on the last day. All in all, I highly recommend this camp, if you have the opportunity to join, by all means, join it. I'm looking forward towards the next camp too, on November/December 2009, but it also depends on my CCAs here, and my exam time.
Just in case someone reading this is a organiser..... I might go back during my reading week on 14-20th Nov, or after 13th Dec..... anyway I'll go for the June one again if I missed the next one.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

“Living Healthily Without Medicine” :: 12-Sep :: 2pm

“Living Healthily Without Medicine”
by Dr. Lim Hin Fui (Ph.D.)
主讲者: 林廷辉博士

Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00pm
Date: 12 September 2009
Venue: BGF Centre
The main purpose of this public talk is to share with you how foods affect your health. It is about how you, your family members can make a wise choice in choosing what to eat to avoid disease and to maintain, attain and regain health. The change in eating habit will also contribute to conservation for the survival of human beings and the earth’s flora & fauna.

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Senior Researcher Dr Lim Hin Fui, BGF & BUBS life member, will speak from his personal experience, sharing how his family’s switch to health food to save the life of his father-in-law, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996 and survived for 13 years without any radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Health food has improved the overall health of his family members.

Trained as a social anthropologist, Dr Lim completed his tertiary education in Malaysia. He obtained his BA from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Master of Social Science from the Universiti Sains Malaysia and PhD from the Universiti Malaya.

Other than forestry issues, over the years, he has developed interests in understanding the relationship between foods and diseases. He delivers free health talks and provides free consultation to cancer patients as well as their family members during his free time. He shares his knowledge and his family’s experience with everyone who is interested to live a healthy life via health food. This is part of his dream in the pursuit of health for all.

He has written three health books in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia entitled, Eating for Good Health (2nd Edition, 2009), Xun Zhao Jian Kang (2007) and Makanan Sihat Sebagai Ubat (2008).

Media interview records: Eastern Times of Sarawak (14 April 2007), New Straits Time (24 April 2007), TV3 8pm News coverage (30 April 2009), Metro (10 May 2009), Berita Harian (16 May 2009), The Sun (28 May 2009).

For any inquiry, please contact:-
Bro. Alex Tan at 016-4204000
or email:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Enriching Oneself, Inspiring Others :: 17th BGF Counseling Course

Dhamma Talk by Sayadaw U Thitzana :: 4-Sept

The Buddha often spoke about four states of mind as the four "Brahma-viharas": loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.

These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings.

They are called abodes (vihara) because they should become the mind's constant dwelling-places where we feel "at home". They should become our inseparable companions, and we should be mindful of them in all our common activities. As the Metta Sutta, the Song of Loving-kindness, says:

When standing, walking, sitting, lying down,
Whenever he feels free of tiredness
Let him establish well this mindfulness -
This, it is said, is the Divine Abode.

Sayadaw U Thitzana who is currently the Chief Abbot of the Dhammasukha Monastery in Los Angeles, USA was born in December 1951, in a village about 140 miles to the North-West of Mandalay, Upper Myanmar. He entered the monastic order as a young novice in 1960 after completing his elementary education.

Sayadaw mastered Pali at an early age and studied some of the major Buddhist texts under the special guidance of a very well-known and skillful Pali master, Venerable Sayadaw U Kondanna, the Chief Abbot of Kan Oo Monastery at Hlaw-gar village.

Sayadaw later pursued his advanced monastic studies in Tipitaka Buddhist Pāli canonnical texts in the Ma-Soe-Yein Thaik-Thit Monastery in Mandalay , which is a center of Buddhist Studies where nearly three thousand Buddhist monks and young novices receive their monastic education in present day Myanmar.

In 1970, Sayadaw started teaching Pāli courses, Abhidhamma (Buddhist psychology) and scriptures for seven years in this monastery before moving on to Pinsanikāya Sāsanabeikman monastery, Yangon, to take up a leading presiding teacher's role, responsible for teaching Buddhist monks and novices from 1978 to 1995.

Sayadaw holds the title of Dvipitakadhara, a title conferred to him after having passed the exams of Dvipitaka and in memorizing the Vinaya Pitaka & Suttanta Pitaka. Sayadaw also obtained his Sasanadhajasiripavara Dhammacariya degree and was able to memorise five volumes of the Vinaya. Sayadaw passed his Vinayadhara exams when he was still a samanera.

Sayadaw achieved many educational degrees for outstanding achievements conferred by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of Myanmar, among which are:
- Sāsanadaza Siripavara Dhammācariya (The equivalent of lecturer in Pāli Language).
- Vinaya Pali Pāragu (an equivalent of Ph.D in Pāli Language)
- Vinaya Dhara, Vinaya Kovida (Master of Vinaya Pitaka Buddhist Texts)
- Dighabhānaka , Dighanikāya Kovida (Master of Suttanta Pitaka Texts)
- Ābhidhammika , Ābhidhamma Kovida (the Master of Abhidhamma Texts)

From 1973, Sayadaw had taken up intensive meditation in the Mahāsi meditation center under the guidance of the late Venerable Sayādaw U Sujāta and Venerable Shwe-taung-gone Sayādaw U Pandita. He also learnt ānāpānasati under Venerable Sun Lun Sayādaw and Kani Shwe-Thein-Daw Sayādaw.

Since May 1995, Sayadaw is based in United States where he has established a Buddhist temple in Southern California. Presently Sayadaw conducts Vipassana meditation retreats, Buddhist sudies, Pāli grammar courses in Canada , California and Florida.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Upcoming INCOVAR Camp

...Upcoming INCOVAR Camp. Coming soon in Nov/Dec 2009. Watch out for the continuity of 31IDC. All 31IDC participants are encouraged to join in the upcoming activity of INCOVAR in Nov/Dec 2009. Watch this space and you will regret if you missed it...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Dhamma Talks to commemorate late Chief Venerable K Sri Dhammananda's 53 years of Dhammaduta work

In the month of August, BGF will be presenting a series of talks to commemorate our late Chief Venerable K Sri Dhammananda's 53 years of Dhammaduta work.

The talk series will cover 4 major phases of his legacy. All talks will start at 8.15pm with Puja, on every Thursday in the month of August.

[6 Aug] Bro. Benny Liow
Talk 1: Propagating the Dhamma with laughter

Our late Chief Reverend used to deliver dhamma talks with a lot of funny stories and jokes which makes people laugh and seldom falls asleep. With these, people easily absorbs the gist of the teaching. However, there are some who does not remember much but just the laughters.In this talk, the emphasis of happiness through listening the dhamma is important and also the teachings from the laughter.

[13 Aug] Dr. Chan Kah Yein
Talk 2: Listening and continuing the legacy
Chief Reverend has always used inspirational and motivating ideas to deliver his talks and this talk will re-live the moments when he enlightens the public and highlighting his mothodologies for propagation in his 53 years.

[20 Aug] Bro. MV Nathan
Talk 3 : K Sri Dhammananda Rhapsody
This talk will emphasize the harmonization between dhamma and music. A historical and chronological account of how music was introduced in Buddhism and then how Buddhism is introduced through music. Inspirational words and songs.

[27 Aug] Uncle Vijaya
Talk 4: Revisiting the past for now and the future
This talk will be a chronological and biographic account from the time when Martin Garmage was born, ordained as K. Sri. Dhammananda, then to becoming the chief rev of malaysia & singapore. This talk will emphasize his words of wisdom and his journey of propagating the buddha dhamma in malaysia and singapore.

Buddhist Gem Fellowship
w : e :
BGF Centre : 60A Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Say I Do? Say 'Marriage Education Program'

The Marriage Education Program conducted by the BGF Counseling Unit (BGFCU) provides a realistic view of matrimony and enable couples to develop strategies to resolve challenging situations they may encounter in their marriage. At the same time, it aims to create an awareness that there are avenues to get assistance in any area of concerns that they may encounter.

The next or the 9th Marriage Education Program is scheduled as follows >
Date: 22 to 23 August 2009
Time: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily
Venue: BGF Centre, Petaling Jaya
Fee: Free but RM 50 per couple to purchase a set of course materials
Closing Date: 15 August 2009

The BGFCU has successfully conducted 8 of these courses in the past. The last course was held on 21 to 22 February 2009 with 20 couples attending. This program is tailored for those who are getting married soon or who are recently married or registered (less than 5 years). Course participants will have the opportunity to grapple with topics such as Importance of Family Unit, Discovering Our Expectations, Building Sexual Intimacy Effective Communications, Resolving Conflicts & Challenges, Finance & The Family and Ethical & Spiritual Aspects.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, registration is opened to all Non-Muslims and is essentially FREE. Meals (lunch and 2 teabreaks per day) will be provided. Each couple will however need to purchase the “Smart Start Program” manual at RM50 per couple. Feel free to contact Sis. Tan Hooi Eng (016-293 0684) or Sis. Iris Goh (016-302 5792) for further info.

So are you taking the plunge to say I do?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Did you miss out on the last 2 Musical Puja at BGF?

Well... try to make it the next round on 7th July, Friday! :)

On a beautiful Sunday evening on 7th June - Full Moon Musical Puja >>
We were privileged to have Tashi & Dechen from Ladakh presenting their sharing entitled "From Ladakh (Himalayas) to Kuala Lumpur" with a slideshow preview of the extreme cold winter in Zanskar. We were proud to have musical performance by a big group of singers from the BISDS choir "OneVoice One Melody", they wowed the crowd with a few renditions of Malay and English songs. It was indeed a full house!

Then on Tuesday, 23rd June - New Moon Musical Puja >>
What a wonderful evening celebrating New Moon with offerings, puja, music and a Dharma talk by Ven. S Pemaratana Thero (entitled "Healing the Body through Meditation"). We started with offerings to the Buddha, followed by an inspiring puja led by Bro Mun Yee & Bro Nee Sern. Next, accompanied by Bro Nee Sern on the guitar, Bro Daniel & Sis Jing Pei of igemz sang a couple of uplifting hymns, after which Ven Pemaratana began his talk to a crowd of 40+ people.


Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje
Principal of the Pathgate Institute of Buddhist Studies

>>Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, the Founder of Palyul Nyingmapa Tibetan Buddhist Association in the UK, Greece and Australia, and a Master Teacher of Buddhist Qigong will visit Malaysia in July to give Dharma Teaching and Masterclass Seminars on Classical Qigong & Meditation.

Friday, 3rd July :: 8.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Buddhist Teaching: Buddhist Medicine & Healing
Venue: Buddhist Gem Fellowship, 60A, Jln 19/3, P. J.

Saturday 4th July 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Masterclass Seminar: Buddhist Tranquil Meditation
Venue: Function room 13.5, 13th floor, Wisma MCA, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday 5th July 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Masterclass Seminar: Classical Medical Qigong
Venue: Function room 13.3, 13th floor, Wisma MCA, Jln Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Sunday 5th July 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Public Talk: Buddhist View On Health & Well-Being
Venue: Function room at Xiao En Centre, No 1, Jln Kuali, Cheras, K.L

Monday 6th July 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Buddhist Teaching: Four Noble Truths
Venue: Blk A-206, Phileo Damansara 1, Jln Damansara 16/11, P.J.

Tuesday 7th July 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm
Buddhist Teaching: How To Be A Buddhist In A Modern World
Venue: Sukhi Hotu, D9-6-1, Blk D9, Dana 1 Commercial Centre, Jln PJU 1A/46, PJ

For further information contact Dawa on 019-3134988 or email:
For more information on Ven. Lama Dondrup Dorje, please visit:

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Moon Puja & Dhamma Talk by Ven. S. Pemaratana

Don't miss out on this 2-in-1 new moon puja, which will start early at 8.00pm first with PUJA followed by a couple of hymns before the talk.

Date : 23-June 2009 (Tuesday)
Time : 8.00pm - 10.30pm
Talk : "Healing the Body through Meditation"
Speaker : Ven. S. Pemaratana from USA

Ven. S. Pemaratana is a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. He was ordained at the age of 10 in 1986 and received higher ordination in 1997. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Buddhist Studies from University of Peradeniya and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore. He has lectured at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Buddhist and Pali College of Singapore. Currently he is the resident teacher at the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, USA.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

From Ladakh to Kuala Lumpur :: Full Moon Musical Puja

Don't miss out for this Sunday very interesting new moon musical puja >>

Date : 7-June 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Talk : "
From Ladakh (Himalayas) to Kuala Lumpur"
Speaker for Talk by : Tashi & Dechen (students of Taylor's College)
Musical Performance by : B.I.S.D.S Choir

Check out presentation about the land where Tashi and Dechen came from -- the most remote high mountains of Zanskar in Ladakh. They will share their experiences living in the harshes land of the Himalayas.
Zanskar is surrounded by high mountains on all sides, it can only be accessed over high passes. The one and only motor road into the ancient Kingdom is from the north, across Pensi La from Suru valley. In winter, however, the Zanskar Chu is the only access route. The water freezes thick on the river and it becomes a route known as the mythic Chadar Road. Situated at about 3500m, Zanskar is a high altitude semi-desert lying on the Northern flank of the Great Himalayan Range.
Catch the B.I.S.D.S Choir showcase for the first time at BGF!
Buddhist Gem Fellowship
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BGF Centre : 60A Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

31INCOVAR Dhamma Camp


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Please help find adopters for the Pulau Ketam dogs

Dear INCOVARIANs and compassionate hearts,

I write to enlist your help in finding adopters to adopt the rescued dogs from the Pulau Ketam Tragedy.

I have spent time with the dogs. The ones who have been discharged from the pet hospital have been vaccinated, de-wormed, had blood tests taken, treated for wounds, etc, and they are also micro-chipped. They will be spayed (sterilised) once they are well enough to go through the operation (probably in a few weeks' time). So far, ALL are female.

Where are the males and the other females? Still trapped on Hell Island - they can be heard howling at night, and it will break your heart.

The dogs are eating well now, but greatly in need of the human touch of love and compassion. If you have the time, please visit SPCA (bungalow at the back of the shelter) and spend some time to talk with them, be near them, feed them by hand, pat them, and let them trust humans again. A few are still severely traumatised and very afraid. None are aggressive. They are badly in need of metta.

Alternatively, please try to find homes for them. As more dogs come in (hopefully), there is not enough space to house them.

Please help these dogs find good and loving homes. They have literally been through "hell". They deserve better. From my limited experience, rescued pets make the most loyal and faithful pets.
My friends and I (through the kindness of SJBA) raised funds for the dogs on Wesak Day and we have now sponsored the medical treatment of the first eight rescued dogs. SPCA gave us the honour of giving them Buddhist names.

SPCA Selangor.
Address, Jalan Kerja Air Lama, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
Tel, 03-42565312, 42535179. Fax, 03-42528382.

Please help find homes for them.

Metta in action, not just in word.

Thank you.

With metta,

P.S. Besides the dogs abandoned on the two hell islands, there are still many, many dogs currently living on Pulau Ketam. They too need to be rehomed so that they would not be subject to the same horrible fate as their abandoned friends in future. They also need to be sterilised and that is another project my friends and I are working on. Details later.

Embrace simplicity. Travel light in life.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dhamma Talk by Bhante Kumara >> 18 May 2009

Topic : Striving with Calm and Insight in One's Own Mind and Body
Date : Monday, 18 May 2009
Time : 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location : BGF Centre

Talk Sypnosis
We cannot create happiness—not the kind that is stably founded upon wisdom. Then again, we don't have to. To be happy, all we have to do is the remove the causes of suffering. In this talk, Bhante Kumara shall share the Buddha's teachings on how to do that through stabilising the mind and cultivating understanding. He shall show how you can gain insight into the causes and effects of mental phenomena as you live your life. The more you can see as it really is how suffering arises, the more suffering loses its grasp. Listeners may gain more understanding if they read Madhupindika (Honeyball) Sutta in Majjhima Nikaya (Sutta No.18). It is however not required to understand the talk.
Profile of Ven Kumāra Bhikkhu
Ven Kumāra Bhikkhu was ordained in 1999 at the age of 27 by Sayadaw U Revata at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association. Currently, he resides in Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (www.sasanarakkha. org), and serves as Ven Aggacitta Mahāthera’s personal assistant.The venerable graduated with a degree in education (Teaching English as a Second Language) from the University of Malaya. It was during his studies there that he became enthusiastic about the Buddha's teachings and decided that he wanted to live this life as a monk. Since then, with his training in education, he has been sharing the Dhamma in various ways and in several languages (mainly English, Mandarin and Hokkien) with Buddhists of various traditions and non-Buddhists too. Ven Kumāra is interested in any spiritual teaching that shows how to cultivate wisdom and remove the causes of suffering. Having discovered happiness through this, he is happy to help others do so too. Besides learning and practising the DhammaVinaya, he practises intuitive energyworks to promote health and healing.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dhamma Talk by Phakchok Rinpoche

How to be Happy, Healthy and Wealthy?

On this Thursday, we will have the opportunity to listen to H.H. Phakchok Rinpoche with his teachings.

Date : 14th May 2009, Thursday
Time : 8.30pm
Topic : How to be Happy, Healthy and Wealthy

All sentient beings strive for happiness but most end up with the opposite because they do not know the cause of true happiness. Alas, the same can be said about health and wealth. Two effective ways to increase happiness are to reduce the number of strnght of course wishes and to practise meditation. To improve our health, we should train out mental thoughts and speech to be more positive. Finally, the best way to enriche ourselves is to train to be contented. The more we are able to follow these key points, the more we will find ourselves genuinely happy, healthy and wealthy.

Phakchok Rinpoche will guide us through these mental transformations and provide a few concrete examples for us to follow through.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

4th INCOVAR Graduate Camp | Defining Your Future

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


31st INCOVAR Dhamma Camp
Date : 11th - 14th June 2009
Venue : Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA)

4th INCOVAR Graduate Camp
Date : 5th - 7th June 2009
Venue : Maha Karuna Buddhist Society

Please click on images to navigate to online registration page.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

BGF Annual General Meeting

Full Moon Musical Puja ~ Discovering Buddhism ~ 10 April 2009

Dear friends,
Let's mark down the date for this full moon musical puja ::
Date : 10-Apr 2009 (Friday)
Time : 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Talk : "Discovering Buddhism"
Speaker for Talk by : Bro. Dayananda
Musical Sharing by: [tbc]
N.B. Dayananda (bro. Daya as he is more popularly known) hails from Penang, the only son of Sinhalese Buddhist parents. Here he was given a copy of the Kalama Sutta and upon reading it he “discovered” the Buddha Dhamma and has been living by it ever since. 1960 through 1963 he was involved with the Mahindarama Buddhist Temple and the setting up of its Sunday Pali School.

Bro. Daya is a trainer in Sales & Marketing and a recognised professional speaker and motivator. He is currently engaged with another USA based multinational.

Bro. Dayananda successfully completed the recently organised, first ever Dhamma Speakers’ Course and has spoken at several Buddhist orgnisations whenever his busy work schedule has permitted him.

Feel free to bring along fruits, flowers and even candies for Puja offering. Most importantly, bring your family and friends along to experience a spiritual Friday evening.
Pictures from last New Moon Puja on 27th March 2009...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

INCOVAR Facilitators Team


The INCOVAR Facilitators consist of a team of people who have what it takes to assist in the running of the INCOVAR Dhamma camp. They consist of selected individuals who have participated in INCOVAR and have shown their potential in leading and facilitating groups of people and are interested to be part of the team.
They have proved their competency in guiding and inspiring participants in providing the training, knowledge and experience of the teaching of Buddha and encouraging them to relate Dhamma in their daily lives and deepening their confidence in the Triple Gem.
They have showed a significant INCOVARIAN attitude, that is to INSPIRE. This team has established themselves in many areas of inspiration and motivation and instilling the learning and understanding of the Dhamma.
The involvement of this team of facilitators is sure to bring out the sparkle of determination and the perseverance of the INCOVARIAN’s participation in the camp.
Do you have what it takes to be part of the INCOVAR Facilitator Team? Or you are interested but have no knowledge about it? Drop me a line and we will explore further from there. Training will be provided.
INCOVAR Facilitator Team : Creating Inspiration

Thursday, April 02, 2009


Monday, March 23, 2009

Yes! The 4th INCOVAR Graduate Camp is back!

We are proud to announce that the job-seeker event of the year is back! Yes, the 4th INCOVAR Graduate Camp.

When? 5-7 June 2009 (Friday afternoon - Sunday evening)
Where? Maha Karuna Centre, Subang 2
Who should come? Open to all final year students and recent graduates
Investment required? Positive and willing to learn attitude, time and RM60

Do keep the dates for this camp, or else you may just regret it!
Watch this space for further notice. Limited spaces are available.

For those who want to have proprietary intelligence / register a place, please contact -
Bro. Alex Tan (016 420 4000) or Sis. Wendy Goh (017 319 5881) asap.

~ we inspire ~
on behalf of the 4th IGC team

Sunday, March 22, 2009

New Moon Musical Puja with Sis. Sharon Ng & Bro. MV Nathan

Dear brothers & sisters in the Dhamma,

You're all welcome to our New Moon Musical Puja at BGF centre, with musical presentation by Bro. Nathan and sharing by sis. Sharon Ng.

Date : 27th March 2009, Friday
Time : 8.30pm
Topic : Exploring the Mind - A Light-hearted Look (Layperson's experience)
Speaker : Sis. Sharon Ng

Sis. Sharon Ng found out that her mind was running her life when she was in her 20's. However, it took her many years before she attempted meditation. Her first meditation retreat was a 5 day meditation camp at Subang Jaya Buddhist Society almost 10 years ago. Since then, she has made progress (although some might think the progress small), and has had 'interesting' experiences with her mind. Sharon has attended retreats with Sawadaw U Janaka, Ajahn Brahmavamso, Sayadaw U Tejaneya, Bhante Sujiva and Goenkaji. In the corporate world, sis. Sharon is a trainer who facilitates Presentation Skills and Personal Change programs.

Bro. MV Nathan produced the inspirational Buddhist musical album "Journey" with melodious hymn songs performed by himself and friends. A mesmerizing singer especially with a guitar in his hand, bro. Nathan is actually a lawyer by profession and he hails from Melaka.

Feel free to bring along fruits, flowers and even candies for Puja offering. Most importantly, bring your family and friends along to experience a spiritual Friday evening.

Buddhist Gem Fellowship
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BGF Centre : 60A Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. [

Friday, March 20, 2009

Brace yourself...

for the next 31st INCOVAR Dhamma Camp
happening on
11th - 14th June 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Guess? Guess? Guess?

...the dates of the 31st INCOVAR Dhamma Camp!
*please state why
*first comment with the correct answer wins
*prize > discount on the next camp registration fee :)

Monday, February 23, 2009


Previously known as C-DEX run, it has been rename to better suit the objective. UPM E-CHARITY RUN aims to raise fund for AGATHIANS SHELTER.

Venue : Engineering Faculty of UPM (University Putra Malaysia)
Date : 1st March 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 6.30am registration8.30am flag-off

A) Competition- (Only for University and College students)- Male (7km) RM15.00- Female (5km) RM15.00- Cash Prizes up to RM620 will be gicen to first 5 winners for Male and Female categories, Certificates and Medals will be given to first 50 winners for each categories.

B) Fun Run (Open for all)- Individual RM15.00- 3 person RM40.00- 5 person RM65.00

Each participant is entitled to:Free T-Shirt for first 800 early birdsGoodies bags Merits (Only for UPM Students)

A CARNIVAL!!!!will be held in conjunction with the Run

FOOD, BEVERAGES, SNACKS, GIFTS, GAMES, those were just the tip of the iceberg.

Orphans from Agathians Shelter are also invited to help make this event merrier.However Coupons will be needed to be spent during the carnival.So don't forget to get your coupons during the promotion booth and throughout the run.What are you waiting for?Ask a friend or better ask more friends to join the RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

Help secure a home for Agathians Shelter.

For more information, please visit

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ministry of Unity Culture & Heritage - Inter Religious Youth Camp

Hi! Are YOU interested to be part of a Inter Religious Camp organised by the Ministry? Check this out and feel free to be part of this! /MJ
Dear all,

The Malaysian Consultative Council for Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism & Taoism in coorperation with the above Ministry will gather religious youth leaders (17-35 years old) to interact with youth leaders from Islam as well.

Participants' accomodation, transportation & food will be fully sponsored. Don't miss the excellent opportunity!

Participants are expected to be proficient in English & BM, active in Buddhist youth activities and will be the PIONEER group for future such endeavours. During the camp, participants are will articulate the challenges, aspirations & further good religious harmony towards nation-building.

The date for the camp below is March 20-22 2009 (3 days 2 night) at Glory Beach Resort, Port Dickson.

An application form is attached for your further action. As mentioned in the previous email, each religion will be given 24 slots.

Please get as many friends as possible to be considered for the pilot project "Unity Camp" to forster greater understanding.

Please email the completed application forms to Bro Li Han Wei at or 019-6364263

To establish a leadership team of youth from all religions to play a greater role in fostering inter-religious unity.
To empower youth with leadership skills
To create a better understanding of respect and the basic tenets and teachings of all religions, while upholding firmly their own.
To foster friendship and fellowship among members of different religious groups
To formulate and adopt resolutions for an effective way forward for an Action Agenda to unite Malaysians of diverse religions at the grassroots level:
(a) Programmes of Selfless service to the needy, beyond race & religion and
(b) Programmes to foster Human Values among Youth at the level of Family & Community to counter the social ills aspects of Globalization..

The proposal is to organize a 3 day (Friday to Sunday) youth camp for youths from all major religions in the country. Youth will be between 18 -35 years of age and comprise of equal representation from both genders (male & female) .
A maximum representation of 24 members from each religious group will be invited. (This exclude members of the secretariat, speakers and other coordinators) Representation from Sabah and Sarawak where possible is strongly encouraged. ( A pair each from Sabah and Sarawak )
The criteria for selection should be that these youth should be active members in their respective religious group and have been seen to show positive leadership qualities.
They must participate fully in all sessions for the three days.
The groups will be divided into six main groupings. Each group will have members from all religions. We hope that participants will really get to know every member of all group by the end of the three days.
The attire throughout the camp will be decent smart casual and sport wear during outdoor activity.

The focus of the three day camp will be on team building, fostering team work, developing leadership qualities, understanding and respecting basic tenets of different religions and formulating a forward looking youth oriented action plan.

With Metta,
Chua Teck Seong
Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Spending Meaningful New Year's Eve in BGF

What a FUNtastically meaningful way to spend New Year's eve!!

Thank you, BGF for creating a space where family members can spend time together, to party with loads of mouthwatering delicacies , to the accompaniment of lively musical performances by the popular group I-gemz and Datuk Victor Wee. It was really fun with the old , the young and the not-so-young, joining in to sing along to those unforgettable golden oldies.
The best part of the evening, which touches me most, was the Chanting , lead by Datuk Victor Wee, which started towards the "ending" of the Old Year , crossing into the New Year (erm….believe it was "Protective Chanting") . I could almost feel showers of Buddha's blessings washing all over me when the bell was struck at midnight, the vibration of it's chime synchronizing with our Chanting! Delightful!

Thumbs up to BGF for this experience for a wonderful closure to the 'old' year and embracing this New Year on the right footing surrounded with loads of blessings. To be in the midst of so much positive energy created with love and chanting, I know I am "protected" in this new year.

~ from a BGF newcomer, Angief.