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Monday, July 10, 2017

莫生气 - Don't be angry

版本一(经典)

人生就像一场戏,因为有缘才相聚。
相扶到老不容易,是否更该去珍惜。
为了小事发脾气,回头想想又何必。
别人生气我不气,气出病来无人替。
我若气死谁如意,况且伤神又费力。
邻居亲朋不要比,儿孙琐事由他去。
吃苦享乐在一起,神仙羡慕好伴侣。


版本二

人生就象一场戏,今世有缘才相聚。
相处一处不容易,人人应该去珍惜。
世上万物般般有,哪能件件如我意。
为了小事发脾气,回想起来又何必。
他人气我我不气,气出病来无人替。
生气伤肝又伤脾,促人衰老又生疾。
看病花钱又受罪,还说气病治非易。
小人量小不让人,常常气人气自己。
君子量大同天地,好事坏事包在里。
他人骂我我装聋,高声上天低入地。
我若错了真该骂,诚心改正受教育。
要是根本没那事,全当他是骂自己。
左亲右邻团结好,家庭和睦乐无比。
夫妻互助又亲爱,朝夕相伴笑嘻嘻。
政通人和想天伦,晚年幸福甜如蜜。
邻里亲友不要比,儿孙锁事随他去。
淡泊名利促健康,文明礼貌争第一。
三国有个周公瑾,因气丧命中人计。
清朝有个闫敬铭,领悟危害不生气。
弥勒就是布袋僧,袒胸大肚能忍气。
笑口常开无忧虑,一切疾病皆消去。
不气不气真不气,不气歌儿记心里。
只要你能做得到,活到百岁不足奇。


版本三

头顶天,脚踏地,人生全在一口气;
切记气上有三记:怄气赌气发脾气;
怄气只能气自己,赌气彼此更对立;
拍桌打凳发脾气,有理反到变没理;
人生世上不容易,作践自己多可惜;
生气生上一分钟,六十秒钟没福气;
生气生上一小时,六十分钟冒傻气;
生气生上一星期,伤了肝来害了脾;
人生要想少生气,几件事项须牢记:
小事小非莫计较,一眼睁来一眼闭;
有人出语伤情面,未必全是有恶意;
有人处事拂我意,想必有其难唱曲;
有人仗势把人欺,多行不义必自毙;
有人误解我蒙屈,岂有迷雾笼四季;
有人背信把我弃,流水落花随他去;
有人优势超过我,十指哪能一般齐;
尺有所短寸有长,不去事事都攀比;
人间美景未看全,哪有工夫生闲气;
心态顺畅身体好,省下药钱旅游去。


启示

一个只会生气的人是蠢人,一个能够控制自己情绪,做到尽量不为小事生气的人是聪明人,聪明人的聪明之处,是善于利用理智,将情绪引入正确的表现渠道,用理智驾驭情感。 人生一世,草木一春。每个人都只有短短的一生,何不让自己活得快活、潇洒一些呢?

生气是常见的情绪反应,它时不时会让人情不自禁地表现出来。或许正是因为太常见了,所以很多人都不把生气当回事。殊不知,生气具有很强的破坏性,它能毁坏一个人的学业、事业、人脉、家庭和身体等。可以说,生气是人生幸福的最大障碍之一,是事业成功的拦路虎。

朋友,真的凡事莫要生气,生气了只能给自己带来无尽的烦恼。俗话说得好:忍一时风平浪静,退一步海阔天空。




Monday, June 12, 2017

The Differences Between Heaven(s) & Pure Land(s)



The Differences Between Heaven(s) & Pure Land(s)

In Buddhist cosmology, there are as many as 26 heavenly planes within the 31 planes of existence. (http://accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sagga/loka.html) For focus, this article will compare the most commonly believed kind of heaven (as subscribed by some monotheistic faiths) with Buddhist Pure Lands. Please note that this is not to disparage any faith, but to clarify the common misconception of these worlds being the same in the context of Buddhism.

Of the heavenly planes in the Buddhist context, there is a group of three heavens that is often be seen to be the equivalent of the afterlife destination of some God-centred religions. They are, beginning from the above and more refined in the first jhanic heavens: (1) Maha Brahma heaven (of great Brahmas), (2) Brahma-purohita deva heaven (of Brahma’s ministers; ‘angels’) and (3) Braha-parisajja deva heaven (of Brahma’s retinue; followers).

According to the Kevatta Sutta (http://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.11.0.than.html#bigbrahma), Maha Brahma’s delusion led him to imagine himself to be an omnipotent and omniscient creator of the universe. This is why some might regard Maha Brahma to be equivalent of the Godhead of religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. According to the Ayacana Sutta (http://accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn06/sn06.001.than.html), it was not Maha Brahma, as typically mistaken, but Brahma Sahampati, from the higher Akanistha heaven (the highest of the Suddhavasa heavens), who first invited the Buddha to teach after his enlightenment.

It is however stated in the Kevatta Sutta that Maha Brahma acknowledged the supremacy of the Buddha’s wisdom. Does this mean there is a possibility that his heavens’ inhabitants might be encouraged to learn and practise the Dharma? Even if so, it is surely much more advisable to seek birth in Pure Land to learn the Dharma directly from a fully enlightened Buddha – where enlightenment is guaranteed, along with many myriad blessings. The best known Pure Land is Amitabha Buddha’s (Sukhavati Vyuha: Land of Ultimate Bliss).

What are the key differences between (Maha) Brahma’s heaven(s) and Pure Lands? (1) The Brahma heavens are still within the wheel of life and death, trapped within Samsara’s realms of good and evil. Pure Lands are beyond cyclic planes of existence. They are pure realms that directly facilitate purity, to transcend good and evil. Some believe Pure Lands are within the Pure Abodes (Suddhavasa), where Anagamis (Non-Returners) are also born, before attaining Arahanthood in that lifetime. This resembles how Pure Lands guarantee enlightenment.

(2) Due to possessing great merits, the inhabitants of Brahma heaven(s) have very long lifespans, creating the illusion of being in an ‘eternal heaven’, while possessing ‘eternal life’ and bliss. They are however, still subject to rebirth in Samsara once their merits are depleted – if they do not attain enlightenment in time. They are also mostly unaware that there are much higher planes of heavens, such as Suddhavasa, which do not expire, with the presence of beings who live much longer, while experiencing more sublime bliss. Pure Lands are truly eternal as they are manifestations of Buddhas’ infinite compassion. With the blessings shared by the presiding Buddhas coupled by diligent spiritual cultivation spurred by Pure Lands’ conducive environment, their inhabitants are no longer subject to karmic rebirth in Samsara (will not retrogress), and will definitely attain liberation.

(3) Life in Brahma heaven(s) is generally aimless in nature (unless one realises the need to learn and practise the Dharma), consisting of the enjoyment of the fruits of positive karma and merits while depleting them, and serving ‘God’, with whom one maintains a master-and-servant relationship. The purpose of seeking birth in Pure Lands is very clear in contrast – to learn how to be a perfect Bodhisattva and attain enlightenment, in order to return to Samsara (including the hells) to guide other beings to enlightenment. One’s relationship to the inhabitants of a Pure Land is that of Principal-Teachers-Students (Buddha-Bodhisattvas-Schoolmates). There, all inhabitants are trained to be equally and perfectly enlightened - like their Principal (Buddha).

An additional note (from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Amituofo/message/268): ‘…the Buddha never taught the existence of an eternal or perfect heaven created by any unenlightened god with limited merits, compassion and wisdom; while the Buddha taught about the existence of immeasurably long-lasting Pure Lands created by fully enlightened Buddhas with perfect merits, compassion and wisdom. (The Buddha also taught that there is no omnipotent, omniscient and omni-benevolent creator god because if there is one, there would be no trace of suffering at all.) In case it is mistaken that Pure Land is exactly the same as, or even comparable to the usual concept of heaven, the Buddha says this in the Infinite Life Sutra to highlight the supremacy of Pure Land in contrast to general heavenly planes:

"Even though a king is the noblest of all men and has a regal countenance, if he is compared with a wheel-turning monarch, he will appear as base and inferior as a beggar beside a king. Likewise, however excellent and unrivaled the majestic appearance of such a monarch may be, if he is compared with the lord of the Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods, he will also appear incomparably inferior, even ten thousands kotis of times more so. Again, if this heavenly lord is compared with the lord of the Sixth Heaven, he will appear a hundred thousand kotis of times inferior. If the lord of the Sixth Heaven is compared with a bodhisattva or a shravaka dwelling in the land of Amitayus [Amitabha Buddha; Amituofo], his countenance and appearance will be far from matching those of the bodhisattva or shravaka, being a thousand million kotis of times or even incalculable times inferior.”’

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dumplings For Sale - 素粽飘香


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日期: 2017年5月22日起
时间: 上午9时至下午2时30分
费用: 每个 $3.00
地点: 光明山普觉禅寺斋堂 | 数量有限,欲购从速,以免向隅 海报
电话: 6849 5300

Ullambana (7th Month) Puja Registration


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Ullambana (7th Month) Registration
Registration will commence on
Date: 9 June 2017 | Front Office@KMSPKS 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Enquiry: 6849 5333

Relaxation Mindfulness Meditation


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Is the hectic pace of everyday life leaving you overwhelmed?

Take a moment to relax and practise a meditation technique.

Join Venerable Kwang Sheng as he shares how meditation and Buddhist teachings can help us to re-energise ourselves and to re-focus our mind, bringing about a sense of peace and well-being.

Relaxation & Mindfulness Meditation
Date: *5/6/2017 – 17/7/2017 (Monday) |*Date might be subjected to change
Time: 7.30 pm ~ 9 pm
Venue: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | 4 Level | Hall of No Form
Course Offering: $30 (6 sessions)
Registration Methods:
Register online
• Reception Office@KMSPKS | 9am ~ 4pm
• Please bring along your IC for Registration
Enquiry: 6849 5300 | sed@kmspks.org  | poster
Profile:
Venerable Kwang Sheng was ordained under Venerable Hong Choon in 1980. Following that, he spent a number of years studying and practising in different countries such as Taiwan, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan and Korea. He spent a total of three years practising Zen meditation in Songgwangsa, Korea.

Note: *( Recommended for ages 12 & above only )

佛理讲座 2




您知道师父们在法会上唱诵与法器的运用在佛教里被称为梵呗吗?您曾想过农历七月十五为何在佛教里被称为盂兰盆节吗?

在寺院里常举办一些法会,有很多人都不清楚法会的涵义。参与佛理讲座二,能让您了解佛教法会的涵义。(法师授课)

课题 日期
梵呗与修行 2017年7月9日(星期日)
我们是谁?
我们能做什么?
2017年8月6日(星期日)
盂兰盆法会 2017年9月10日(星期日)
药师法会 2017年10月8日(星期日)
水陆法会 2017年11月5日(星期日)
时间: 下午12时30分至2时
地点: 宏船老和尚纪念堂 1楼 课室
学费: $15 (五堂课)
报名方式:
上网报名
• 莅临接待处 | 上午9时至下午4时
报名截止日期: 7月7日或名额已满
如有任何疑问,请拨打 6849 5300 | 或寄电邮到 DED@kmspks.org | 海报
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佛理讲座 1



在现今社会里,我们已经很难听闻正法。而年青一代都认为佛教是给与年长者、退休人士所信仰的。有些甚至认为佛教是多么的无味,没新鲜感。参与佛理讲座,希望能让您更了解佛陀的教育与佛教基本的教义。(法师授课)

课题 日期
了解佛学、佛法、佛教 2017年3月26日(星期日)
佛教的派别 2017年4月 9、16、23、30日(星期日)
传承形式 2017年5月 14、28日(星期日)
佛教的基本教义 2017年6月 4、11、18日(星期日)
时间: 下午12时30分至2时
地点: 宏船老和尚纪念堂 1楼 课室
学费: $30 (十堂课)
报名方式:
上网报名
• 莅临接待处 | 上午9时至下午4时
报名截止日期: 3月24日或名额已满
如有任何疑问,请拨打 6849 5300 | 或寄电邮到 DED@kmspks.org | 海报
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KMSPKS Guided Tour (2)


With a history of more than 90 years, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS) is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in Singapore providing a sanctuary for monks and devotees to practise.

Join our guided tour to explore our halls and temple grounds for insights into the rich history of KMSPKS; deepen your appreciation for the fusion of Chinese aesthetics and Southeast Asian architectural styles; and admire beautiful Buddhist arts and colourful culture of Buddhism.

Temple Guided Tour
Date: 30 July & 27 August 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 10am – 12pm
Online Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/JKtvFz9d5sEqyieF2
Enquiry: 6849 5300 | guidedtour@kmspks.org | POSTER
Meeting Point: Venerable Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 1 (Ju Yuan Fang)
Dress Code: No shorts & low-cut tops
Free of Charge *Donations of any amount are welcome

Please call 68495300 or email guidedtour@kmspks.org for more enquiries

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KMSPKS Vesak 2561 Celebration

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Join us this Vesak as we celebrate this day with gratitude.

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KMSPKS Vesak 2561 Celebration
三步一拜
3 Steps, 1 Bow
Date/Time: 9 May (Tue) / 5pm – 10 May (Wed) / 7am
Venue: Before Hall of Great Strength
(Estimated completion time is 2 1/2 hours – Each session)
Distribution of Free Tickets
Date/Time: 7 May (Sun) / 8am
Venue: Covered walkway beside Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas
Limited to 2 tickets per person. First-come, first-served.
No overnight queuing is allowed.
Non-ticket holders
Please join the Open Queue at Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall | Level 4 from 12am till 7am on 10 May.
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Date: 6 May (Sat) 7pm
Venue: In front of Hall of Great Strength
Activities:
• Light Transference Ceremony • Aspirations Making
Date: 9 May (Tue) 5pm – 10 May (Wed) 5pm
Venue: Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
Activities:
• 3-Step, 1-Bow Ceremony • Bathing of Prince Siddhartha • Vesak Fair
• Prayers • Offering of Flowers & Lights • Thrift Shop • Free Snacks & Books
• Venerable Hong Choon Museum Guided Tour • Auspicious Lanterns
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Date: 10 May 2017 (Wed)
Activities:
• The Footpath of the Buddha Monastery Guided Tour  • Family & Kids Corner
• Performances • Vesak Photo Booth • Gratitude Corner Exhibition
Date: 30 Apr 2017 (Sun)
Hair for Hope
• Hall of No Form
Date: 20 May 2017 (Sat)
Voices of Harmony Charity Concert
• Singapore Indoor Stadium
Date: 27 May 2017 (Sat)
Blood Donation Drive
• Ven Hong Choon Memorial Hall, Level 1
Enquiry: 6849 5300 / Poster
Please visit vesak.kmspks.org for more details.


 https://vesak.kmspks.org/files/2015/05/Vesak-Poster-06042017.pdf

Friday, November 18, 2016

Usher in 2017 with the annual 108 “Bell Resonance”


Kick-start 2017 on a virtuous and auspicious note!
Join us in our prayers and offerings with wholesome aspirations for the new year.
Welcome the new year in a heightened state of mindfulness, as you calm and purify your mind by listening to the 108 deep resonance of the bell.
By the blessing of the Triple Gem, may the hearts and minds of all beings be attuned to the sublime Dharma.
31.12.2016 (Saturday)
Aspiration Lamp Offering
Behind Hall of Great Compassion | 10 pm
Bell Resonance 108 TimesBehind Hall of Great Compassion | 12 am (New Year’s Day)
Recitation of The 88 Great Buddha Names & The Great Repentance CeremonyHall of Great Compassion | 12.30 am (New Year’s Day)
01.01.2017 (Sunday)
Offering to the Heavenly Realms | Hall of Great Compassion | 6 am
Alms Offering to the Sangha | Hall of Great Compassion | 8 am
The Grand Diamond Gem Repentance Ceremony | Hall of Great Compassion | 1:30 pm
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Dining Hall | 11.30 am
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http://www.kmspks.org/events/usher-in-2017-with-the-annual-108-bell-resonance/