Date: 4 Jun 2017 to 13 Aug 2017 (Every Sun)
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm, (*5pm to 6.30pm for 9 July)
Venue: The Buddhist Library
*Break on 25 Jun (Hari Raya Puasa)
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Whether you are looking to get inspired or looking for some nuggets of wisdom & flash of insight, come and join us in our weekly reading of Buddhist Philosophy!
We will be conducting weekly reading of the following canonical Buddhist sutras and sastras:
- Diamond Sutra
(from “Sourcebook on Later Buddhist Philosophy” by David Kalupahana)
They will be led by Bro Jono Rusly and occasionally by some guest speakers.
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Madhyamaka Philosophy
6 Aug: Guest Speaker Geshe Lobsang Yonten will be sharing “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Madhyamaka Philosophy
Geshe Lobsang Yonten was born in Zanskar, a remote part of northern India that is historically and ethnically Tibetan. At the age of ten his father presented him with a choice—become betrothed to a girl in the neighboring village or become a monk. He chose to become a monk joining the local monastery and studying there for five years. Upon completing the exams at his local monastery he travelled to South India to begin the twenty-six year program of scholarly study to become a Lharampa Geshe at Drepung Gomang Monastery. This degree is the highest monastic degree in the Gelug School of Buddhism. During these 26 years he was tested on his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama a number of times.
Upon becoming a Geshe and taking the Bodhisattva vows of compassion, the Dalai Lama asked Geshe Yonten what he would do as his service to others. Geshe Yonten, knowing the importance of the Himalayan region to the survival of the Tibetan Buddhism and its Tibetan Culture, chose to take on the responsibility of educating the children of Zanskar and the surrounding regions of Ladakh. Zanskar is one of the last places on earth where the original Tibetan Buddhist way of life still exists.
Diamond Sutra Series
Diamond Sutra (Vajrachedika Prajna Paramitra Sutra / VPS: how its teachings can cut through delusions and liberate your life!
2 July: “Applications of Diamond Sutra in managing your life, in managing human relationships & in investing” sharing by Bro Jono Rusly.
9 July: “The Diamond Sutra- Transforming the way we perceive the world” by Mu Soeng, book review by Sis Lee Mee Kuen
16 July: “The Diamond that cuts through illusion” by Thich Nhat Hanh, book review by Sis Joyce Tan & Sis Wong Kit Lun
23 July: “How ‘Diamond Sutra’ inspired me”, sharing by Dr. Ang Beng Choo