Bro Teoh’s Thursday class dated 26th July 2018

Dear Kalyanamittas,

Below are the audio links to our last Thursday class (26th July 2018) recording for sharing by all. Also enclosed are the edited outline short notes for sharing by all.

Outline short notes for our Thursday talk ON 26th  JULY 2018

1.     Sister PG asked Bro Teoh to elaborate on Asalha Puja Day which falls on 27th July 2018.

2.          Bro Teoh’s answers:

  1. This is a full moon day to commemorate the Buddha’s proclamation of the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (1st Sermon) to the 5 ascetics.
  2. According to Sister Padmasuri, since the time of the Buddha, monks has been observing this Asalha day as the 1st day of Vassa or the rains retreat. During this 3-month vassa period, monks will reside in one particular place to develop their cultivation.
  3. The Buddha had fixed the 3 months vassa (monks’ rains retreat) to coincide with the raining session. Under the Buddha’s training, the monks were supposed to travel out, go for pindapata, to receive alms food and spread the teaching after their rains retreat or vassa. It was meant to be a synergy between laity and monks. While the lay community developed wholesomeness through their supports and offerings, the monks could in return cultivate during that period so that they are worthy of such offerings and supports.  After Vassa, either a Kathina or a Papa would be held to mark the end of vassa.
  4. Most holy days are associated with the full moon. This is the time when the gravitational pull of the moon has a more severe effect on our planet’s water masses thereby giving rise to tides causing certain nature’s movements, affecting the human consciousness.
  5. Animals are more sensitive to these movements and vibration. Take for example during a tectonic plate’s movement, the amount of energy released can cause tsunami (giant waves) to arise. Before the tsunami actually hit the shores, the animals and fishes can show signs of their impending arrival.
  6. As for humans, if we do not have the proper sensitivity of mind training, our moods and emotions can be affected by all these planetary movements and nature’s phenomena when they arise.
  7. Besides nature’s 2 Scientific laws (physical and biological laws of utu niyama and bija niyama), there are three other spiritual laws of nature, namely karma niyama, citta niyama and dharma niyama. All these five universal laws of nature interact with one another and together they governs all of life and existence on this universe. It is very difficult for us to understand the correlation ship of all these five universal laws especially the three spiritual laws. We need wisdom to understand these universal laws.
  8. Jhanas were widely practiced by devotees of the Hindu tradition at the time of the Buddha. They believed in self-mortification. They had this wrong view – thinking that by torturing this body long enough, they could become holy and enlightened. The Buddha knew this was not the way. He himself had tried such austere practices until his almost total abstinence from food reduced him to only bones and skeleton. Until he was too weak to cultivate. Finally, he decided to leave his teachers and practice on his own. He recalled when he was a young child, sitting under an apple tree, observing the harvesting festival while seated in meditation. His mind was calm and peaceful (with joy within) but He was not in absorption concentration (appana Samadhi). So there was clarity in his mind. He was healthy and relaxed. When he recalled this incident, he decided to avoid the 2 extremes of sensual desire and self-mortification and return to the intake of food again to sustain his bodily health needed for cultivation.
  9. His paramis were such that everything fell into placeHis enlightenment enabled him to inherit his past spiritual cultivations from his spiritual nature thereby giving rise to his spiritual body (Sambogaya Kaya). He then realized that this body and mind of his was just a vehicle and tool for him to come to this existential world. His physical body which is the nirmana kaya or functional body is for him to perform the function of the Buddha and together with the sambogaya kaya or spiritual body connected, it transformed him into a dharma kaya (a dharma body, the 3rd body that speaks and teach the dharma).
  10. After that He realized he had no more problems. He realized that the body was not him.  He had awakened to this profound truth thus he had no more problems with regards to old age, sickness and death.
  11. Bro Teoh shared his own experience with near death encounters and how he overcome them and how he was `cured miraculously’ by Quan Yin and his own nature.
  12. In the Dhammacakapavatana Sutra, the Buddha expounded the Four Noble Truths and its three turnings (giving rise to the 12 modes). He himself had to understand all these 3 turnings and its 12-modes in its entirety before his can call himself the Samma Sambuddha.
  13. The Buddha also expounded to the monks that ‘whatever that is of the nature to arise, is of the nature to cease. Whatever that arises, there are causes and conditions behind and these are basically karma because according to the Buddha, ‘We are born of our karma, heir to our karma, conditioned and supported by our karma and we are what we are because of our karma’. So, our entire life is dependent on karma. If we do not take care of karma, we will encounter problems and suffering in life.
  14. It is important that we see things as they are and not according to our views, opinions and conditioning. Reality has no words and concepts. When conditions are like this, things will be like that. Everything in nature (including our form and mind) is in a state of flux where the three universal characteristics of truth (impermanence, suffering state and non-self) are always prevalent. Only the wise can see this though this reality exists everywhere.
  15. The conditioned world has its own reality (the 8 realities) and we will suffer if we confront this realities without wisdom. The cause behind is our craving borne of self-delusion. In short, it is the five grasping aggregates of form and mind that I called dukkha. Hence, we have to understand who we are and what we are? We will suffer when we attach and cling, to this body and mind thinking that it is real – clinging to it as the `me’ and the ‘I’.
  16. When we can understand what suffering is and the cause behind their arising, we will know how to live our life well for everything is just the way it is. The world is the world and people are just the way they are. With this acceptance, we can be at peace at all time. How can we realize this? – Via the Buddha’s Four Noble Truth, which is the essence of his teaching.
  17. With the proper understanding of what meditation is, we train the mind to be ever mindful to cultivate the Noble 8-fold Path (4th Noble Truth) leading to heedfulness. The moment we are heedful, we are destined for enlightenment. This is what the Dhammacakapavatana Sutra is all about. There is no need to run here and there to seek for truth and shortcut methods of meditation. The only way to realized enlightenment is seek within the Four Noble Truths which encompasses the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, the Noble 8-fold Path, the Paticca Samupadda and all the other essential dharma. They are all inter-connected and inter-related. With understanding, our cultivation becomes very simple and direct and we won’t be swayed by what others tell us.
  18. We will train our minds to be ever mindful to abstain from evil. To do that we must understand what constitutes evil (the 3 evil roots of Greed, Hatred and Delusion), then we will not violate the precepts because only evil people break these precepts. And Precepts are also the source of spiritual joy, spiritual wealth and spiritual peacefulness of mind. We can then invoke power of merits too when we uphold the precepts. By not breaking precepts, we protect ourselves and others, we will have less problems; so there is more peace, calmness and well-being for us to develop the cultivation. So when we keep our precepts we are cultivating merits and we will have less problem in life hence less fears and worries and mind is no longer restless.
  19. So just keeping precepts can bring about so many benefits. As we keep on doing so, we are purifying our karma leading to lesser and lesser negative karmic fruition. To take care of our karma, it is essential for us to follow the advice of the Buddha: to avoid all evil, do good and purify the mind (Dhammapada verse 183: Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ kusalassa upasampadā, Sacittapariyodapanaṃ etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ).
  20. When we keep the precepts, we are training ourselves to be more mindful as we constantly watching over our thoughts, speeches and actions. Our understanding deepens as we begin to see the correlation ship of the three spiritual laws of Karma, law of Mind and law of Dharma that govern all of life and existence.
  21. These universal characteristics are everywhere – in the midst of life and nature. Nothing is static everything is always in a state of flux. So, the wise ones can be aware of the stillness within while in the midst of noise, vibration and activities to live life. It is not a theory anymore but has become an experiential understanding.

3.          3. 3. Question by Sister Tammy:


  • Regarding precepts – the need to avoid evil; despite knowing it is bad for us, somehow we still want to do it. The temptation is so strong. Sometimes, it feels like we don’t have a choice. I would like to know why some beings can have that deep understanding after only a few attempts while others need repeated attempts before they can understand.


4.          Bro Teoh’s answers:

  1. For those who approach it through knowledge, their so called ‘understanding’ is different. When we use thought-based practices to solve problems via knowledge, the outcome is very different from awareness and wisdom-based cultivation. Knowledge cannot free the mind. When the silent mind awakens it is immediate and it is not gradual. The nature within that is awakened will have the wisdom connected to the form and mind. The moment you understand you are free.
  2. Bro Teoh gave the analogy that, if something is burning hot, burning and tormenting us when we touch it then we will never touch it again right? Especially so if we have experienced it with understanding. But suffering at the mental level is very different because in the case of mental there is no tactile pain or suffering involved. If we are not sensitive, we are not able to detect itTo detect suffering at mind or mental level we need a very strong and stable mindfulness and wisdom to tackle such problems. When we understand, we will never return to the old heedless ways again.
  3. Bro Teoh also mentioned about Sister Alicia’s experience. Once she realized via wisdom and clear understanding, how she suffered via her own delusion in the past (16 over years of depression), those defilements till now cannot deceive her anymore. Hence, only wisdom frees the mind and not via the use of suppression and control of thoughts and emotions. It cannot work because suppression and control of thoughts are thought based knowledge (not wisdom) and it will not free us.

(Above outline short notes draft were prepared by Puan Chee)


Bye! and with metta always,


From: Bro Tune
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Bro Teoh’s Thursday class dated 19th July 2018

Dear Kalyanamittas,

Below are the audio links to our last Thursday class recording dated 19th July 2018 for sharing by all. Also enclosed below are the outline short notes (draft prepared by Sister Keat Hoo) for sharing by all.

Outline of Brother’s Teoh Thursday class dated 19/7/2018 

A) Bro Teoh explained the importance of reporting one’s meditation to him so that there will be conditions for dharma to arise thereby enabling them to develop theunderstanding of the cultivation and practices through proper sharing and group discussion

B) Brother Teoh shared on the importance of understanding of the Dharma before we confront the 1st   Noble Truth’s realities. 

C) Sister Keat Hoon asked about the 4th precept on frivolous talks – what is considered as frivolous talks.  Brother Teoh make use of the question’s condition to go through (as a revision) the understanding of the 5 precepts:

1)      1st precept – to undertake the training rule to abstain from killing and causing harm to fellow living beings. So keeping precept involve exercises of mindfulness and heedfulness.        

2)      2nd precept – to undertake the training rule to abstain from stealing or taking thingsthat do not belong to us. The deeper meaning includes the intentions to cheat and deceive people. This itself is already the violation of the 2nd precept.

3)      3rd precept – Abstain from sexual misconduct (this is for lay people)

  • Is sex before marriage a misconduct – if sex is consensual (with mutual consent) then it is not a misconduct).  To be strict sex is preferred after marriage.
  • The meaning of misconduct – when sex is being conducted with coercion, in a deceiving way and one is not sincere.
  • What is a relationship? – Relationship can take many forms.  Relationship is very important in our life. 
  • A short comparison on the great difference in the way “dates and relationships” are being conducted during the olden days of the 60s and 70s and nowadays.
  • What is marriage?  What is a marriage contract?  It is a binding Legal contract involving 2 persons.
  • What does it take for a marriage relationship to work well and flourish – how should one approach it?  The Dharma does not teach this – but through understanding the dharma we can come out with the criteria needed for a good and meaningful marriage relationship?
      • Sincerity

This is the most important criteria because it is an expression of true unconditional love.  It is a full commitment towards this sincere relationship because if both are sincere then we can trusteach other.  With this sincerity and trust, the relationship will be beautiful hence there will be no suspicion, envy, jealousy anddeception leading to worry and fear.  Therefore, there is peace of mindtrue love, meaning and joy in the relationship.  But this fundamental trust must not be breached for this Marriage contract (synergy) to work.

      • Trust (Trusting each other)

Sincerity will lead to Trust. Trusting each other – without being suspicious of each other, both are free to move and do things base on mutual trust.  Understanding with develop and flourish between two individuals.

      • Understanding (between both of them) – Wisdom-wiseUnderstanding that you are no longer living your life alone. Learn to give and take and learn to compromise and resolve issues amicablywith understanding. Have mutual respect for each other. Your money, your career and your parent’s family affairs and matters etc. you decide; duty as a spouse is to only advice and help and vice versa. Approach life together. Having two persons to resolve things and issues is always better than aloneWith understanding the relationship will flourish and there will be no more problems.  This understanding will allow the relationship to grow beautifully.  This is achieved through mutual trust and sincerity and understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Importance of doing a SWOT analysis to determine ones Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat. To understand each other’s strength and your weaknesses so that you all are able to allocate your worldly duties appropriately. To overcome temptations and fear – your Dharma and Noble 8 fold path cultivationare your strength.  To seize upon opportunities that arise one will have to cultivate good blessings and good karma to give us the support. Then, when life presents its threat it is no longer a problem because you can confront them with good understanding (wisdom).  With wisdom you will have no problem.  You will have the good life.
  • Cultivate Noble 8-fold path (which is the advice of all Buddhas) to avoid all evil, do good and purify one’s mind.  This will help us improve and turn around our life for the better via having right views leading to the right thought, right conduct (action) and right Communication (speech, correspondences and messaging), good virtue, love, compassion, gentleness, pleasantness, kindness, contentment, generosity, etc. to take care of karma. 

4)      4th precept – to undertake the training rules to abstain from Lying and arising the following 4 types of wrong speeches:

    • Actual Lying
    • Harsh speech
    • Back Biting
    • Frivolous speech

4.1 How to avoid frivolous speech (Sweet nothing)? How to break the ice among the young people?

      • To develop good communication skills via cultivating the Noble 8fold path.
      • Ask relevant general questions of interest. Example, “Where are you from? Are you a local? You looks good and great. May I get to know you? Have we meet before? …”
      • Frivolous speech – you may think it is a joke or you simply say things which you think is not important such as a gossip, etc.  However, your speech may hurt another without you being aware.
      • Frivolous speeches are mainly gossips or when one gets carry away and says something stupid (not tactful) and this may cause sensitivities to others.


(Note: This above draft outline short notes are prepared by Sister Keat Hoon)

Bye! and with metta always,


From: Bro Tune
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Christina’s house dana dated 22nd July 2018

Dear Kalyanamittas,

Below are the audio links to our last Sunday (22July2018) Christina’s House Dana recording for sharing by all. Please do listen to the sharing which was very good.

Also enclosed are the outline short notes where the draft was prepared by Sister Mun Yuen for my editing:

Outline short notes for Sister Christina Koh’s House Dana dated 22 July 2018

1.       Brother Teoh re explained the significance of having such monthly house danafor the benefits of Kalyanamittas who are new. This house dana will provide the occasion and opportunity for Kalyanamittas to perform the following wholesomeness: kalyanamittas get to perform all the 10 meritorious deeds, help generate more understanding and build spiritual wealth via doing the puja chanting, paying respect, renewing precepts, cultivate generosity, making aspiration by invoking power of merits, sharing and transference of merits, rejoicing, listening to the Dharma, straightening of one’s views, provision of services to sasana and the Buddhist communities and meditation (sitting in silent).

2.       Above house dana activities can also pave the way for Kalyanamittas to perform dana and have good and meaningful fellowship thereby helping them to receive more motivation from each other to grow their cultivation.

3.       There are 3 levels of dana parami: i) the give of materialistic wealth or possessions; ii) The give of life and iii) the give of truth to overcome fear and suffering.

4.       Brother Teoh relates Sister Poh Lian’s experience with a snatch thief (20 years ago). He also relates a very good story on how he was able to use the dharma to help his own youngest brother to turn his life around for the better. These stories were meant to highlight the workings of the Nature’s Law of karma and how to apply dharma to good use in daily life. We need to apply the living Dharma to improve our life and be a blessing to all or it will be wasted – just remain as a knowledge if we can’t apply it in life.

5.       The gift of Truth is the highest gift as it has the power to change a person. It has the potential to completely root out delusion and karmic negativity until there is no more suffering and the transformed being will not commit anymore karmic negativities. He will also has the condition to help others thereby improving the world consciousness. To improve our life is very easywe just need to apply the Dharma to take care of our Karma. Once this is done, we will receive a lot ofblessings and wholesomeness following the law of karma. It is not due to luck.

6.       Sister Christina shares how Dharma helped her when she was experiencing a turbulent period in her life and also her daughter’s recent success in securing an unexpected scholarship for her university course.

7.       When we do not understand the noble truths (dependent on ignorant) our mind will stir and become heedless. We will be affected by our wrong thoughts and become emotional [having either negative craving (ill will) or positive craving(sensual desire)]. These are the first two mental hindrances of mind.

8.       If we think or recall via memory a fearful thingwe will be fearfulWithout wisdom, we will re-act to sense experiences. With wisdom, we will notStraightening of our views can helps us develop wisdom.

9.       If we have the spiritual faculties, we will be able to insight into phenomena to arise the wisdom needed for us to accept things via seeing things as they are.

10.   With Samadhi in place, the mind is collected and unwavering, then we will be able to see things as they are, leading to wisdom to accept the reality of the moment.

11.   Question from a lady on why her daughter cries (during earlier part of her life) and shouts at her staff when stressed. Brother Teoh explained that we all can know the world through our 6 sense doors. When the mind makes contact with the 6 senses, we can become conscious of what we see, hear, smell and taste etc. Initially it is just the pure consciousness with nobody there to see, hear, smell or taste, etc. However, human beings with delusion will straight away associate themselves with the seeing via their conditioned perception thereby arising the self-delusion. She needs to understand why she re-acts in such a way. It is mainly karmic in nature. If it is a perception problem (due to her own wrong thoughts borne of delusion), then she just needs to develop the wisdom to accept thereality of the moment, i.e. do not insist on wanting things your way which is not nature’s way. Or, she can continue to re-act and become miserable via believing her own wrong thoughts.

Only wisdom frees the mind. A calm mind with clarity can help us make better decision in life.

Bye! and with metta always,

From: Bro. Tune
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