Dhamma-Leadership Camp on 21st to 22nd of November 2015

Dhamma Leadership camp

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Second half-year of 2015 Tusita Hermitage (Kuching) Activities

2015 Tusita Activity Table

Download 2015 Tusita Hermitage (Kuching) Activities chart

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3 DAY 2 NIGHTS B.E.A.C.H. MEETING AT UNION YES RETREAT AND TRAINING RESORT (27TH – 29TH NOVEMBER 2015)

Our year end B.E.A.C.H meeting is back! Bring your family and friends to have a great family outing with us and at the same time get to know the direction and future plans of our society.

Full fee for adult is RM250/person, Subsidize fee is RM150/person or Freewill contribution, Child/Unimas students – Free. All children must be accompanied by parents/guardian.

Anyone interested, please contact with Sis Shenny @ +6012-7843162 to get the application form or download at the below link. Please send the filled up application form to jongjyi@gmail.com.

Please click here for : Application form

Closing date: 13/9/2015. Hope to see all of you there!

来自中国的贤友分享他们禅院的筹备。

Presentation by China devotee

开启新思路时段。

Brainstorming session

轻松时段~ 沙滩排球

Relaxing moments

儿童工作坊之一: 纸鹤手工

Kids activity

Union Yes Retreat Resort

Union Yes Retreat Resort

Ocean beach resort

Ocean beach resort

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A Brief Summary of Nepal Relief Aids undertaken from 26 April 2015 until 31.05.2015

First of all, the committee members of Malaysia Dhamma Society (MDS) and protem members of the proposed Tusita Foundation would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to all the donors and well wishes ( both local and foreign) for their donations which were channeled to the personal bank account of Bong Tze Moi ( senior advisor of MDS) pending the approval from Registrar of Society for the receiving of foreign sourced funding into MDS.

Within a short period of less than 2 weeks, we received donations from laity in 2 currencies totaling RM257,253.38 and USD60,714.04 respectively.

From the funds received, 211 tents were purchased at a total cost of RM48,014 ( RM37,890 being cost of tents plus RM10,124 for freight to transport the tents and medical items to Nepal).  Other expenses as shown are purchased medical items and dry food totalling RM1,806.70. We had spent minimally on purchasing medical items due to many devotees /Pharmacies from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Melaka had donated medical items /medicine for the Nepal Relief trip. Devotee from Melaka, Dr Lim Huey Ling had also raised funds among Melaka devotees to purchase medicine for the said trip.

Secondly, we had utilised RM120,960.00 to buy USD currency notes totaling USD33,800 for Nepal Relief trip. The said amount of USD33,800 were used to purchase food items for distribution to the victims.

Nepalese currency NPR 3,575,500 were made available from the conversion of USD21,000 and RM20,000 to Nepalese currency totalling NPR 2,631,000 ( exchange rate USD1000 = NPR 100,000). In addition to the advance from Tusita Nepal Construction funds of NPR944,500, we had total NPR3,575,500 cash in hand for the relief aids.

We had spent about NPR2,436,916 to buy various foodstuff ( i.e. rice, dhal, sugar, cooking oil, biscuits, salt, noodles) . In addition to the above, we also procured other daily neccessity items i.e. blankets, warm clothing and raincoat. On the other hand, we distributed cash donations totaling NPR143,000 for some of the affected villagers. Also, part of the donations amounting to NPR442,414 were used to pay for car rental, drivers and porters during our 13 days in Nepal. Also, we had transferred USD20,000 to Nepal for purchase of roof zinc.

The surplus of donations were recorded as RM66,472.68, USD35,014.04 and NPR551,160 respectively. RM66,472.68 were credited to MDS’s account on 21 May 2015.

Lastly, Malaysia Dhamma Society once again would like to thank all the donors and devotees who have helped to make this relief aids drive a reality.

For more information, you may click here to view the list of donors and account details.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gixgeWtpHb45ZcZWbBVg1hq1t-XgPLYMfk-XmR_GKro/edit?usp=sharing

May you be well, happy and peaceful always!

Prepared by

Subha (Bong Tze Moi)

Senior Advisor of MDS

Protem committee member of Proposed Tusita Foundation

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2015 Year end Youth Novitate Program

2015 Year End Youth Novitiate Program 青少年短期出家

2015 Year End Youth Novitiate Program 青少年短期出家

2015 Year end Youth Novitate Program is now opened for application!

Due to the limited availability of seats, early application is strongly recommended to avoid any disappointment ( closing date of application is on 16 Nov 2015 ).

Please click on this link to apply, http://tusitainternational.net/retreat-2/forms/ .

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

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“Maṅgala Saying” – Sentiments from Disaster Relief

Walk on Nepal

Disaster happens every day. Whenever I read reports of any disaster in the past, I always perceived this as something which had happened umpteen times in this saṁsāra. Often I would just sigh it off for a while, and be aloof and equanimous.

In theory, disasters are just a cluster of cold realities: they are but causes and conditions arising and passing away.

Disaster relief, just as life release, is neither an ultimate help to the sentient beings, nor a direct support for the attainment of Nibbana like meditative insights. Disaster relief and life release is mainly help from the point of materialising others’ kammic result. The kamma of such acts will just serve as the supporting conditions for the practice and realization of Dhamma. The insight of life teaches us not to forget that only the learning, practice, realization and guarding of the Dhamma are the fundamental and important tasks to do.

Going among earthquake victims, I am always mindful of the reality of life: that phenomenon is just like the ebb and flow of the ocean tides. This awareness of the reality of life has empowered me with a sense of equanimity and enduring ability to face the many vicissitudes of life.

All these are but one tiny drop in the long stream of sufferings.

Yet I cannot wave off my mind the images: the faces and gazes of the children, the wrinkles of the old grandmothers, their paces, their tired and burdened figures, their loading baskets. . . What a peculiar kammic link we must have had !

The insight of emptiness is a kind of understanding, whereas feeling empathy is a state of mind. It is different if we had personally been to the scenes. It is different if there was kammic link. There might probably be a higher state of mind. Still I feel I have perfected an imperfection at this stage of my spiritual life.

Your being void of substantial entity, I know. Your pain and suffering, I feel and understand. Cold reality has already been blended with nourishment and warmth. I am grateful to this unique illumination. May this heartfelt feelings be extended to all suffering beings throughout the world, be they strangers or adversaries.

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“Maṅgala Saying” – True Confidence

Only when you have the true confidence to value your worth or work by real substance and be free from the enslavement to external praises or blames as yardsticks can you be truly free to seek your goals. Even then please do not fail to be mindful of the fact that this worth or work will come to pass eventually.

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“The Inspiration of Dhamma” – Power of 3 Refuges

power of 3 refuges
Taking 3 refuges, we unfold our potentials.

Taking refuge in the Buddha, we break through cowardice and limitation in our mind and come to trust the limitless possibility of growth and transformation.

Taking refuge in the Dhamma~~
We firmly abide by the natural laws made known by the Buddha and thus plant right causes for the materialization of our goal.

Taking refuge in the Saṅgha, we firmly allow those saintly disciples of the Buddha who faithfully abide by the Buddha’s Teachings guide us towards the supreme goal of cessation of suffering.

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