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34 INCOVAR Dhamma CAmp


Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma, How much do you know about The 5 Precepts? What are the 5 Precepts? And what does it have to do with me?INCOVAR Dhamma Camp is back to share with you insights on The 5 Precepts, the second of the main pillars of Buddhist for us laypeople. Join us in the next step in our journey to understand and experience more about the Buddha's basic teachings. INCOVAR is happy to present:  The 34th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp23 - 26 June 2011@ Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA)Come and join us in the next step in our journey!Individual Registration:Camp Fees: Rm100/-Of course, the best gift to share with our bros. and sis. is the gift of DhammaGroup Registration:RM420 for 5 participantsAs a token of appreciation for registering early, the first 10 participants will receive a special gift which will be presented during the camp.Why wait, register now to book yourself a place in a journey of a lifetime @ will be closed on 13th June 2011, so what are you waiting for?For more information and updates, kindly login to our FB fan page @ Do have a look at our teaser video @ contactBro. See Hua @ 010.388.0278 - (Local Participants)Bro. Michael Lim @ 012.567.8023 - (Penang Participants)Sister Kayin @ (+6)012.3799.202 - (Singaporean Participants)Sister Febrianna @ (+6)012.467.5422 - (Thai Participants)Thank you, and we look forward to meeting you in the 34th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp[...]

33rd IDC Inspiration by Bro Ken Juin


33rd IDCINCOVAR ค่ายธรรมAs the previous night after IXP ended with a pillow talk of ghost stories and exchanges of autographs alike till a good 3am (which made our facis just shook their head and sighed upon hearing this! haha), when Day 4 of the 33rd IDC started, there was a feeling among INCOVARians that it will be unlike the past three, especially after the experience we had during IXP. We began the day with a breakfast Dana – an offering of food to the sangha of Wat Chetawan. It was an interesting experience because for many of us, it was the first time we had to chance to do so. The offering was not a one way thing though, as the elder monks at Wat Chetawan chanted, in a soothing synchrony, to give us blessings for the wholesome Dhamma activities that we have participated in for the past four days. As the sangha had dana in the kitchen, we took the time and had a break just outside at the fish pond area. It was a beautiful sight that morning in Chetawan, the trees at the area were shady, the sun was gentle, fishes were swimming freely in the pond as INCOVARians sat and talked, and just playing away on the pebble-clad massage stones. The atmosphere was most light-hearted, with smiles seen on everyone’s faces and occasional laughter filling the air. It was a sight which leaves one a very peaceful feeling, as though one is transported back to the Lumbini Garden of the Buddha’s time. Everyone had a good laugh when Bro Wei Loong excitedly jumped right onto the “sharp” massage stones, not only because it was a funny scene, but also because we were left wondering which side felt more pain – Wei Loong, or the stones. As we finished our breakfast of eggs, bread and misc (which was a bit like MacDonald’s Big Breakfast remember? :D), we strolled together to the car park for the group photoshoots. As groups one by one posed in funny Buddhist and not-really-Buddhist poses, one can see smiling faces and cheeky expressions on each of our faces. As Sin Ye went feverish with her ‘Oh INCOVAR, Oh Oh INCOVAR!’ dance, Sister Hung Jen had more than she wanted when she was lifted up by her group members, drawing an“Ah Jen , lei hou hang fook oh!”(Sis Hung Jen, you are so blessed!) cry of envy from the other facis. We sprang and leapt gleefully for jump shots, which is when Yu Xin exclaimed that every time everyone jumped it seemed to be higher and higher, perhaps because of all the burden released during IXP the previous night. It was such a fitting statement. At 9am, Venerable Fa Xun reinforced our understanding on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. After Sis Choon Sin reminded us that “we are actors in our lives, not a mere audience”, we were off to the next item – the Directors. We had a good laugh presenting and watching incredibly creative sketches, including one iPhone4 by the committee (it was quite a large (read: fat) iPhone4! hee :P not my joke, Jack!). By the end of all the items, we found ourselves having had a (long-absent) good exercise of our stomachs! INCOVARians were then entertained with beautiful hymns from none other than iGemz, during whose performance Kong Ee got some long-awaited affection from the pretty Sis SueLynn, and Sin Ye’s dream finally came true when she got hers too from Bro Daniel. (he is however already attached. somemore very early wan. sorry sin ye!)By 3pm of that Tuesday we were already packing and cleaning up, and finally the time came when we had to say our goodbyes at the end of the four days. Lining up in a long, long line we hugged each other, said our best wishes, and made promises to see each other again the next camp. I remember seeing Daphne bursting with tears, and her red, swollen eyes just continued to well up as she hugged us one after another. We were so closely knit at the end of the four days with each other – committee and participants alike - it just seemed so hard to say goodbye. Embed this video :Saying goodbye on Day 4, by Sis Gift Rattanawala[...]

33rd INCOVAR Dhamma Camp :: Online Registration is NOW OPEN!


(image) Venue: Wat Chetawan Temple, Jalan Gasing, Petalling Jaya
Time: 4 - 7th December 2010
Camp Fees: RM100
Registration closes at 20 November 2010

Great news for early birds! As an appreciation for registering early, we are offering special rates just for you!

For individual registrations:
1st to 5th participants: RM70
6th to 15th participants: RM80

In addition to that, for those of you who wants to register along with your friends:
Group registration:
5 participants: RM420 (instead of RM500)

Those special rates will only apply when you pay up immediately after registration, of course, otherwise it will be invalid.

So, what are you waiting for? Register now at

The Four Noble Truths, this where is all started. This is the very first thing that the Buddha taught too his disciples, a is the very foundation on which the whole religion and philosophy of Buddhism is founded on.
In the upcoming 33rd INCOVAR Dhamma Camp, you, will experience ways to see and implement the four noble truths in fun and practical ways in your daily life. You will learn that the Four Noble Truths are not just philosophies that is far removed from our mundane world, but is actually one of the most practical ways to structure our thoughts and to solve our problems.
The Buddha has discovered the way to solve all of our problems 2500 years ago, now it is our turn to do the same in our everyday life!
So what are you waiting for? Experience the Dhamma, INCOVAR style, by registering online today!
In the 33rd INCOVAR Dhamma Camp, we will provide you with the knowledge and tools to apply the Four Noble Truths in fun and practical ways. We will show you that these basic teachings are not just limited to theoretical and philosophical discussions only, but can also be applied into our daily lives practically and with little hindrance to our normal routine.




Date : 10 June 2010 – 13 June 2010

Venue : Rhyme yourself to Asmara Dana, knowing your steps will lead you to where the legend begins. 32IDC awaits you there

Camp Concept:

Will there be a balance between chaos and tranquility in our modern world? Have you experience such states of combination? If yes, how did you feel? Did you feel peaceful? If not, then you have to buck up and learn the essence of the teachings that encompasses the development of peace and tranquility in our daily life.

The 32nd INCOVAR Dhamma Camp will introduce you to the fundamentals of mindfulness and concentration for daily life. It is a step-to-step learning and practice that leads to achieving peace and tranquility. In this process, ideally, wisdom arises. In order for the arising of wisdom, one has to continue their practice diligently and consistently. To be able to do so, one has to apply the suitable techniques with the acquired knowledge in our daily routine, as we are still students and working adults.

There has to be a strike of balance between practice and work, or studies. This is our concern and we should be able to cope with the challenges and obstacles we face everyday. This is when the practice comes in place and not neglecting one for the other.

The Buddha taught about the truth that arises from wisdom and very often we are confused, unclear about the true meaning of the wisdom.

Chap Goh Meh @ BGF :: Sun, 28-Feb :: 7pm


All are welcome to Chap Goh Meh @ BGF this SUNDAY, 28 FEB 2010!

Dresscode : Yellow / Orange
Time : 7.00PM (start with potluck dinner)
Let’s spend some cheerful & roaring time together this Chap Goh Meh @ BGF with a potluck fellowship dinner and Puja to follow. Join in the fun with sing-along happy CNY songs!

Please contact Sis. Mei Joon 012 3517615 / Sis. Gina 012 2616288 to indicate type of food you’ll bring for potluck.

Bring a friend along. Gong Xi Fa Chai!



A Professional Training and Development Programme by Buddhist Gem Fellowship (BGF)

Objective: To train Buddhists in the field of public speaking

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
  • Speak effectively and be understood
  • Persuade, motivate and communicate effectively
  • Introduce a speaker professionally
  • Demonstrate the use of microphone and exhibits
  • Develop self-confidence and self-reliance
  • Develop a good speaking voice

RM180/= for working adults
RM100/= for students
Fee is inclusive of course materials, dinner and refreshments. A certificate of completion will be presented upon full completion of the course.

Training Methodology:
Experiential & Interactive learning. This intensive course requires total commitment and participants are given assignments to complete after each session. A speech contest will be held at the end of the course.

Buddhist professionals who have kindly volunteered their services to facilitate this course, namely Bro. Cheong Kwai Fong, Bro. Loi Hui Kong, Bro. Vincent Hor, Dr. Phang Cheng Kar.

For ages 18 years and above - working adults / college students.
Active in Buddhist activities and/or exhibit potential for Buddhist work.
Preferably recommended by a Buddhist organization/society.
Committed and willing to put in extra time and effort.
Must be proficient in both the written and oral English language.
No of participants:
Limited to a maximum of 25 pax to ensure personal attention and effectiveness. Closing date of application is 20 February 2010. Successful applicants will be informed latest by 27 February 2010.

Course Schedule:
This course comprises 10 sessions and will culminate with a speech contest.
Session 1 & 2 :: 6 March 2010 (Sat) :: 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Session 3 & 4 :: 13 March 2010 (Sat) :: 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Session 5 & 6 :: 20 March 2010 (Sat) :: 3.00pm – 9.00pm
Session 7 :: 27 March 2010 (Sat) :: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Session 8 :: 03 April 2010 (Sat) :: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Session 9 :: 10 April 2010 (Sat) ::7.00pm – 9.30pm
Session 10 :: 17 April 2010 (Sat) :: 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Speech Contest (Finals)
01 May 2010 (Sat) :: 7.00pm – 10.00pm

Buddhist Gem Fellowship, No. 60A, Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya.

Contact Persons:
Bro. Alex Tan 016-420 4000
Sis. Quek Mei Joon 012-351 7615
Sis. Jacqueline Lim 016-696 9799



Date : January 2010, Saturday
Venue : BGF Centre

Programme :
1.15 pm LUNCH

For enquiries, please contact Bro. Alex Tan at 016 420 4000.
Hurry register NOW by filling in the form below and submit to .
Limited to 50 pax ONLY!!

Admission by Donation
Full Session (include lunch) RM50 BGF member / RM70 Non-member
Half Session (exclude lunch) RM30 BGF member / RM40 Non-member


Payment can be made either via
i. bank transfer to BGF Public Bank acc no: 3109670729
ii. or check payable to “Buddhist Gem Fellowship”
iii. or cash by hand to BGF centre
Note:- Please retain bank slip & contact Sis. Gina Goh at 012 261 6288, or scan & email slip to

Name : ________________________________
Contact : ______________________________
Email : _________________________________
Gender : M / F
Age : _______
I wish to participate in the FULL / HALF* session of this workshop.
Amount Paid : __________via bank transfer / cash by hand*.
Date : _________________
Have you attended any courses on Grooming? ___________

*cancel where not applicable

:. SUNDAY@BGF .: 3 Jan 2010 :. Wishlist For 2010 .:


(image) BGF will kickstart the year 2010 with a new engagement themed "SUNDAY@BGF" happening on every 1st & 3rd Sundays between 10am-12pm commencing on the 3 January 2010. All members and friends of all ages are welcome!

For the FIRST SUNDAY@BGF, there will be Puja & Offerings, followed by Dhamma Talk by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee on the theme "Wishlist for 2010". Bro. MV Nathan will be leading us in singing melodious hymns.

Let's come together on this bright Sunday morning to share our valuable time with our family member/friends. Perhaps we might gain some insight from the President of BGF in his sharing about the wishes and aspirations for personal development & community growth.

BGF New Year Eve Fellowship Gathering :: Thu, 31-Dec


Let's usher in the new year 2010 at BGF Centre! There will be a New Year Eve Fellowship Potluck Gathering on Thursday 31 December 2009.

Event will start at 7.00 pm with potluck dinner followed by Buddha Puja & Dhamma Talk by Bro. Benny Liow on the topic "Living Affinity - How to Create Positive Relationships in Life".

Hymns presentation by igemz to follow before the 'chantdown' and Sutta chanting lead by Datuk Dr. Victor Wee to welcome the new year.

Do join us! For more information, feel free to contact Sis Mei Joon at 012-3517615.

From all of us at BGF, we wish you a Happy Healthy Peaceful Fruitful New Year!

Full Moon Musical Puja :: Proper Puja Practice :: Sun, 1-Nov :: 8.30pm


(image) 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.

(image) 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


(image) 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.

Dana @ BGF in October


(image) 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.

...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.

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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)


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.)

...xperience xcitement...


(image) ...xperience xcitement...
...this coming december. incovar dhamma camp 2009...


2009-08-28T13:25:50.365+08:00 your time this dec2009. xCITEing event is coming your way. because @ INCOVAR we inspire...

A Happy Human Being :: 31st INCOVAR DHAMMA CAMP


Thanks to bro. Siew Lin for posting this article >>On the first day of the camp, I was late........ for the morning puja. Then my group are forfeited, we had to wash the dishes. This is based on the Amazing Race theme that this camp has... for this time.Now as I see among the faces of my group, I regonised them only through facebook pictures. Our group leader is Chow Foong, if this name sounds familar, you're right. He's Chow Fu's (the one who's in the top 5 physics Olympiad team) older brother.So, we kinda know each other even before the camp itself. Except that I was in Singapore and I've just gone back to Petaling on the 10th June. The others had prepared a good slide show presentation on one of the ancient cities in India that relates to Buddhism.The first day of INCOVAR is filled with activities, dharma talks, games in from the Amazing Race... Ok I don't remember the exact schedule. So I'll just tell you what I feel.They asked who's the old people here? Well, we have people who are in this camp series from 5th timers to 1st timers. As Incovar Dharma Camp is a biannual thing and 4 in a series, the 5th timers were 1st timers 2 years ago and need not pay anything to join the camp! The first one is 4 noble truths, then 8 foldpath, 3rd one is karma (this is the one I'm in), and 4th one meditiation. So anyone who has gone through all 4 of them can be considered as having the knowledge of the basics of Buddhism.Anyway, back to my feelings, the old timers were quick to warm up as they recognised their old friends, be it from University Malaya, IMU, UPM, etc.... and one old timer from NUS is Ken Juin, and we are the only 2 from NUS. So I naturally feel that the camp is a bit unfriendly towards the first timers, as the camp warden and the assistant are 3rd timers.Due to insufficient preparation time, the first day passed by unsatisfactorily. I thought, man, 3 more days of these.... not fun, not as good as our NUSBS Dharma Camp.But then, Ken Juin assured me that this is the worst one, it will be better. And indeed, I don't know how, but after the organisers got organised in the first night, I had to admit that I was enjoying myself in the camp.Let's go through some activities in the camp....We get to shop in the nearby shopping center, to buy materials for the egg protection game (our egg broke... what a professional pride lost... well at least I'm not an enginneer) which I believe that if we had swapped eggs (ours was a bit broken during contruction), our egg protector can stand more than 3 stories of drop (it has a parachute too).Eating time is almost always a torture. First meal, Lunch time, we had to feed the person opposite you, not changing the plates. Well, my poor patner... you know why, I took so many food that he had to stuff them in. The trick here is to change the food, not the plate.Next meal, we had to eat with our hands linked to each other, well, at least we get to feed ourselves. The 3rd meal is fun.... Blindfold eating. We had to feed ourselves with a blindfold over our eyes! I asked to wash my hands after a few unsuccessful attempts to eat by spoon. Then I ate using my hands! They said that this is the first time in many years that someone used their hands to eat blindfold, good strategy. The Forth one and the hardest one is the best one. Blindfold and feed your patner. Our group has just won in the advertisement activity and we get to sit on a chair and table as our reward together with orange juice, chocolate waffles, and so on.... as the others on the floor gets their blindfold, we were relieved.... Until they gave us the [...]

“Living Healthily Without Medicine” :: 12-Sep :: 2pm


(image) “Living Healthily Without Medicine”
by Dr. Lim Hin Fui (Ph.D.)
主讲者: 林廷辉博士

Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00pm
Date: 12 September 2009
Venue: BGF Centre
The main purpose of this public talk is to share with you how foods affect your health. It is about how you, your family members can make a wise choice in choosing what to eat to avoid disease and to maintain, attain and regain health. The change in eating habit will also contribute to conservation for the survival of human beings and the earth’s flora & fauna.

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Senior Researcher Dr Lim Hin Fui, BGF & BUBS life member, will speak from his personal experience, sharing how his family’s switch to health food to save the life of his father-in-law, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996 and survived for 13 years without any radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Health food has improved the overall health of his family members.

Trained as a social anthropologist, Dr Lim completed his tertiary education in Malaysia. He obtained his BA from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Master of Social Science from the Universiti Sains Malaysia and PhD from the Universiti Malaya.

Other than forestry issues, over the years, he has developed interests in understanding the relationship between foods and diseases. He delivers free health talks and provides free consultation to cancer patients as well as their family members during his free time. He shares his knowledge and his family’s experience with everyone who is interested to live a healthy life via health food. This is part of his dream in the pursuit of health for all.

He has written three health books in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia entitled, Eating for Good Health (2nd Edition, 2009), Xun Zhao Jian Kang (2007) and Makanan Sihat Sebagai Ubat (2008).

Media interview records: Eastern Times of Sarawak (14 April 2007), New Straits Time (24 April 2007), TV3 8pm News coverage (30 April 2009), Metro (10 May 2009), Berita Harian (16 May 2009), The Sun (28 May 2009).

For any inquiry, please contact:-
Bro. Alex Tan at 016-4204000
or email:

Dhamma Talk by Sayadaw U Thitzana :: 4-Sept


The Buddha often spoke about four states of mind as the four "Brahma-viharas": loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings.They are called abodes (vihara) because they should become the mind's constant dwelling-places where we feel "at home". They should become our inseparable companions, and we should be mindful of them in all our common activities. As the Metta Sutta, the Song of Loving-kindness, says:When standing, walking, sitting, lying down,Whenever he feels free of tirednessLet him establish well this mindfulness -This, it is said, is the Divine Abode.BIOGRAPHY OF SAYADAW U THITZANASayadaw U Thitzana who is currently the Chief Abbot of the Dhammasukha Monastery in Los Angeles, USA was born in December 1951, in a village about 140 miles to the North-West of Mandalay, Upper Myanmar. He entered the monastic order as a young novice in 1960 after completing his elementary education.Sayadaw mastered Pali at an early age and studied some of the major Buddhist texts under the special guidance of a very well-known and skillful Pali master, Venerable Sayadaw U Kondanna, the Chief Abbot of Kan Oo Monastery at Hlaw-gar village.Sayadaw later pursued his advanced monastic studies in Tipitaka Buddhist Pāli canonnical texts in the Ma-Soe-Yein Thaik-Thit Monastery in Mandalay , which is a center of Buddhist Studies where nearly three thousand Buddhist monks and young novices receive their monastic education in present day Myanmar.In 1970, Sayadaw started teaching Pāli courses, Abhidhamma (Buddhist psychology) and scriptures for seven years in this monastery before moving on to Pinsanikāya Sāsanabeikman monastery, Yangon, to take up a leading presiding teacher's role, responsible for teaching Buddhist monks and novices from 1978 to 1995.Sayadaw holds the title of Dvipitakadhara, a title conferred to him after having passed the exams of Dvipitaka and in memorizing the Vinaya Pitaka & Suttanta Pitaka. Sayadaw also obtained his Sasanadhajasiripavara Dhammacariya degree and was able to memorise five volumes of the Vinaya. Sayadaw passed his Vinayadhara exams when he was still a samanera.Sayadaw achieved many educational degrees for outstanding achievements conferred by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Government of Myanmar, among which are:- Sāsanadaza Siripavara Dhammācariya (The equivalent of lecturer in Pāli Language).- Vinaya Pali Pāragu (an equivalent of Ph.D in Pāli Language)- Vinaya Dhara, Vinaya Kovida (Master of Vinaya Pitaka Buddhist Texts)- Dighabhānaka , Dighanikāya Kovida (Master of Suttanta Pitaka Texts)- Ābhidhammika , Ābhidhamma Kovida (the Master of Abhidhamma Texts)From 1973, Sayadaw had taken up intensive meditation in the Mahāsi meditation center under the guidance of the late Venerable Sayādaw U Sujāta and Venerable Shwe-taung-gone Sayādaw U Pandita. He also learnt ānāpānasati under Venerable Sun Lun Sayādaw and Kani Shwe-Thein-Daw Sayādaw.Since May 1995, Sayadaw is based in United States where he has established a Buddhist temple in Southern California. Presently Sayadaw conducts Vipassana meditation retreats, Buddhist sudies, Pāli grammar courses in Canada , California and Florida.[...]

Upcoming INCOVAR Camp


...Upcoming INCOVAR Camp. Coming soon in Nov/Dec 2009. Watch out for the continuity of 31IDC. All 31IDC participants are encouraged to join in the upcoming activity of INCOVAR in Nov/Dec 2009. Watch this space and you will regret if you missed it...

Dhamma Talks to commemorate late Chief Venerable K Sri Dhammananda's 53 years of Dhammaduta work


In the month of August, BGF will be presenting a series of talks to commemorate our late Chief Venerable K Sri Dhammananda's 53 years of Dhammaduta work.The talk series will cover 4 major phases of his legacy. All talks will start at 8.15pm with Puja, on every Thursday in the month of August.[6 Aug] Bro. Benny LiowTalk 1: Propagating the Dhamma with laughter Our late Chief Reverend used to deliver dhamma talks with a lot of funny stories and jokes which makes people laugh and seldom falls asleep. With these, people easily absorbs the gist of the teaching. However, there are some who does not remember much but just the laughters.In this talk, the emphasis of happiness through listening the dhamma is important and also the teachings from the laughter. [13 Aug] Dr. Chan Kah YeinTalk 2: Listening and continuing the legacyChief Reverend has always used inspirational and motivating ideas to deliver his talks and this talk will re-live the moments when he enlightens the public and highlighting his mothodologies for propagation in his 53 years.[20 Aug] Bro. MV NathanTalk 3 : K Sri Dhammananda RhapsodyThis talk will emphasize the harmonization between dhamma and music. A historical and chronological account of how music was introduced in Buddhism and then how Buddhism is introduced through music. Inspirational words and songs. [27 Aug] Uncle VijayaTalk 4: Revisiting the past for now and the futureThis talk will be a chronological and biographic account from the time when Martin Garmage was born, ordained as K. Sri. Dhammananda, then to becoming the chief rev of malaysia & singapore. This talk will emphasize his words of wisdom and his journey of propagating the buddha dhamma in malaysia and singapore.INSPIRING THE FUTUREBuddhist Gem Fellowshipw : e : bgf_moderator@yahoo.comBGF Centre : 60A Jalan 19/3, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.[...]

Say I Do? Say 'Marriage Education Program'


(image) The Marriage Education Program conducted by the BGF Counseling Unit (BGFCU) provides a realistic view of matrimony and enable couples to develop strategies to resolve challenging situations they may encounter in their marriage. At the same time, it aims to create an awareness that there are avenues to get assistance in any area of concerns that they may encounter.

The next or the 9th Marriage Education Program is scheduled as follows >
Date: 22 to 23 August 2009
Time: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm daily
Venue: BGF Centre, Petaling Jaya
Fee: Free but RM 50 per couple to purchase a set of course materials
Closing Date: 15 August 2009

The BGFCU has successfully conducted 8 of these courses in the past. The last course was held on 21 to 22 February 2009 with 20 couples attending. This program is tailored for those who are getting married soon or who are recently married or registered (less than 5 years). Course participants will have the opportunity to grapple with topics such as Importance of Family Unit, Discovering Our Expectations, Building Sexual Intimacy Effective Communications, Resolving Conflicts & Challenges, Finance & The Family and Ethical & Spiritual Aspects.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, registration is opened to all Non-Muslims and is essentially FREE. Meals (lunch and 2 teabreaks per day) will be provided. Each couple will however need to purchase the “Smart Start Program” manual at RM50 per couple. Feel free to contact Sis. Tan Hooi Eng (016-293 0684) or Sis. Iris Goh (016-302 5792) for further info.

So are you taking the plunge to say I do?