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