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.)