Tuesday Class Recordings 2018 – 2014

Tuesday Class

Reading Material  :  Buddha & His Teachings – Narada     pdf

2018

July – December

 

Teoh Tue 181218

 

Teoh Tue 181211

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Reference Book: The Buddha and His Teachings – REASONS TO BELIEVE IN REBIRTH (Chapter 24, Page 412)

The text highlighted cases that indicated the existence of past lives through:

  • special children with some memory of their previous births;
  • people with multiple personalities, spirit communication & possession
  • past life regression via hypnosis;
  • Special people & prodigies like the Buddha, Confucius, Mozart, etc.

To contemplate. Who is reborn? To find out for ourselves whether there is really rebirth base on what we can see and observe in life and not depend on the Buddha’s teaching.

Sis Han asked how Anita Moorjani’s consciousness left her body. Was it with mindfulness? Bro Teoh replied that it was through her past cultivation and affinity with her dead father’s nature that enable her to have that type of experience of her true nature manifesting. She actually died but because of her special condition she was able to develop the understanding before returning to her body to become alive again.

Sis PG mentioned about the dark side of certain illusionists.

Bro Vincent asked about good and bad luck (‘Yi wan tai’ in Cantonese) that we face. According to Bro Teoh, it is all our good and bad karma ripening, nothing to do with “Feng Shui” and our luck or predestined horoscope or fate. It is only our virtues that will protect us.

(Above draft outline short notes are by Sister Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 181204

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Ref book: The Buddha and His Teachings BY NARADA – REASON FOR BELIEVE IN REBIRTH (Chapter 24, Page 408)

Buddha taught Rebirth based on his own experience, especially on the night of his Enlightenment. During the first watch, he perceived many of his own past lives up to more than a hundred thousand. In the next hour, he perceived how lives in one plane disappeared but reappeared in another existence and how they passed on according to their deeds of their previous lives. This is a verifiable Truth.

It is craving that conditioned rebirth. Ignorance (Avijja) conditions cravings – the 3 types of cravings.

The 5 Mental Hindrances arise due to Ignorance. The nutriments for avijja are the 5 mental hindrances.

PG and Han confirmed their belief in rebirth via their own “Deja vu” experience. Bro Teoh too shared his similar personal experience when he was at Han Shan Shi (temple) in China in the year 2000.

Padmasuri shared her experience of her recent 7 days retreat at Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery in Taiwan. She was very happy and relaxed because she was able to rejoice in many of the very beautiful dhamma teachings and experiences learned while there even though she had to squeeze into a very narrow space to sleep and having close proximity plus having to face the snoring and noises of other yogis. She learnt how to apply dhamma in daily life by not reacting to and complaining about uncomfortable situations.

Bro Teoh also related a similar meditative training event where he and all other yogis had to go through an “eyeballs to eyeballs” experience with unknown people.

Krishnamurthi said, ‘it is only via relationships that we can learn about our self’. While in relationship with nature, society, humanity (like our friends, colleagues, loved ones, neighbours, etc.), we learn to see our reactions to sense experiences, our emotions, suffering, sorrow and lamentation, our desires, our fear, anxiety, selfishness, cunningness, greed, phobia, insecurity, violence etc. basing on our wrong views, opinions, conditionings etc. This is self-knowledge.

We should have gratitude towards all things especially the following: 

  • Nature’s great loving kindness. Nature just give and give; the air we breathe and the water we get to drink to sustain our life all come from nature and it is given free to us.
  • The government and Society. They provide us with the health services, transportation, infrastructures, education system, food chain, law and order and other important services, etc. We should have gratitude, contentment and joy when partaking and using such facilities and services provided by the government and society.
  • Our parents who had given us life, care for us, provide and sacrifice for us.
  • Those who have been kind, generous and caring to us.

(Above draft outline short notes was done by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 181127

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Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings by Narada (Chapter 23– CREATOR-GOD, Page 402)

The Buddha did not teach about the existence of an almighty Creator-God, but did implied that if there was such an Almighty Creator, it will not create murderers, thieves, liars, etc, who are all existing in this world and the world will not be what it is (with all the wars, religious and racial conflicts, great health and financial discrepancies or inequality among humanity, etc.) that we witness nowadays.

According to the Buddhist sutra, the supposed Creator as accepted by certain religion in India at that time is possibly Maha Brahma who lives in the 3rd Brahma Realm. According to the Buddha he is also subject to birth and death like beings of all the other realms of existence and that the Maha Brahma was not All-knowing.

According to Bro Teoh, “God” can be equated to Mother Nature – with its sets of nature’s laws that govern all of life and existence. Then this type of GOD is more meaningful because such a GOD is impersonal and does not favour or discriminate. It can also explain the way things are!

Sister Vivien enquired about the practice of prayers. Brother explain that prayer and Buddhist chanting are different. If praying is asking for good fortune, success, health, wealth, etc., then it is not the practice of Buddhists. Buddhists only chant the teachings of Buddha as a reminder of what he had taught for us to develop the faith and the understanding. Chanting with faith, sincerity, and understanding can also ‘opens up’ our nature around our heart area to connect to our true mind and make it sensitive/aware. The teaching can also help us improve our life via following the advices of the Buddha to avoid all evil, cultivate virtue, wholesomeness and goodness, then purify our mind to develop the wisdom. With the merits, virtue and understanding developed we can then invoke power of merits and wholesomeness to arise the causes and conditions needed to help ourselves and others so that our lives can improve.

 (Above draft was prepared by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 181120

Finding silence?

Why is one thoughtless?

 

Teoh Tue 181030

Avijjā Sutta

 

Teoh Tue 181023

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Ref. Book: “The Buddha  & His Teachings” The Origin of Life (Chp. 22) Pages 392 – 393.

Sister Yoon Chun mentioned that based on certain Buddhist texts written, Human Life on earth started when beings from the Brahma realm descended on Earth. These beings are attracted to the sensual life on earth, they remained to start life here after they are ‘trapped’ in the sensual realm (Kamaloka). The other 2 Realms are Rupaloka and Arupaloka.

This book states that such knowledge is not essential. So Buddha did not teach this but the 4 Noble Truths to escape from Samsara and dukkha.

The Theory of Rebirth is generally accepted by many prominent scientists, poets and philosophers. But their theory is mainly about the transmigration of a Permanent unchanging Soul. However, Buddha’s Rebirth is that Kamma conditions rebirth through just a simple single rebirth consciousness that arises immediately after the death consciousness or Cuti Citta. A new form and mind or Entity is reborn which differs from the previous Being but it is still connected to the same karmic nature.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 181016

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Book Reference: The Buddha and His TeachingsNature of Kamma (Chapter 21, Page 385)

Do Good begets good, but any subsequent regrets/negativity-in-perception of the good deed, would deprive the doer from the full benefits of the desirable results provided by kamma. – Important advice.

3 important factors to have with regards to performing meritorious deeds in order to reap their highest benefits:

  • Done with joy throughout or at all times – before, during and after (Somanassa-sahagatam)
  • Done with wisdom (Naya-sampayuttam)
  • Unprompted or spontaneous (Asankharikam)

​There are beneficent (aids/favours) and maleficent (hindering/impeding) forces to the fruition of Karma.
These forces constantly counteract, and support the self-operating law of Karma.

  • Birth (gati)

◌ favourable/noble birth (Gati Sampatti), and unfavourable/poor birth (Gati Vipatti)

Time or Conditions (kāla)

◌ favourable/peace/harmony (Kalā Sampatti), and unfavourable/war-torn/natural disasters (Kalā Vipatti)

  • Personality or Appearance (upadhi)

◌ attractive/pleasant (Upadhi Sampatti), and unattractive/unpleasant (Upadhi Vipatti)

  • The most important! – Personal effort (Payoga), which plays a great part among these forces

◌ effort/diligence/passion (Payoga Sampatti), and the lack of it (Payoga Vipatti)
◌ This force creates fresh Karma, potentially changing surroundings, environment, and even the world
◌ Don’t be lazy/complacent as it will cause downfall,
i.e. evil Kamma will find crevices/openings to produce its due effects
◌ Make a strenuous effort to pull out the weeds and sow useful seeds in their place
◌ By our deeds, speech and thoughts we create our own hells, and by our own deeds we can also create our own heavens. Without the dharma or wisdom we will fall. The dharma can help change your life destiny for the better: better personality, character and understanding of life.
“We are architects of our own fate”
“We are our own creators/destroyers”
“The future is in your hands” and “We hold the key to our life destiny.”

The doctrine of Karma gives consolation, hope, reliance, and moral courage to Buddhists
– It validates good effort and kindles enthusiasm/spiritual zeal
– It teaches individual responsibility
– He who believes in Karma, does not condemn even the most corrupt, for they have their chance to reform themselves at any moment
– Understanding this gives you a huge advantage to truly live life to the fullest

​Never violate the precepts, it is never worthwhile
– Ordinary perspective – Karma serves as a deterrent from unwholesomeness
– More profound perspective – Karma serves as an incentive to do good/wholesomeness

Preview of next Thursday class (18-Oct-2018) dharma discussion topic
– referencing a video of Anita Moorjani sharing her out-of body and near-death experience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhcJNJbRJ6U&vl=en

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 181009

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Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings – Nature of Kamma (Chapter 21, Page 383)

In some cases a trifling misdeed may cause the person to live painfully in consequence. While in other cases, the effect of a similar deed or greater evil may have minimal effect.

  • Eg. The analogy of putting a lump of salt into a small cup, pollutes the entire content and renders it undrinkable. Versus putting a lump of salt into a large pool of drinking water, hardly causes any pollution and is still drinkable.

Sis Yoon Chun’s sharing of recently witnessing a dog-bite incident at a retreat she attended in Thailand. She also recalls experiencing strong viriya during the meditation session on the last day of that retreat.

Learn to sense and follow your conscience, situated slightly left (off-centre) of the heart. The mind base where the heart beat arise is the seat of our consciousness, and from here the pulse of life (our karmic force) channels blood and energy throughout our body and mind.

Our emotional core is conditioned by our thoughts, situated directly in the centre of our heart. Be cautious of this emotional core and recognise that this is NOT your conscience. When you follow this emotional core instead of your conscience, your life can turn into a living hell. That is when people advice you to follow your heart, don’t follow your emotional heart.

Right thoughts do not condition negativity. Right thoughts borne of wisdom allow a person to see things as they are, and therefore enables acceptance of others for what they are.

  • Eg. An angry person will say unreasonable/hurtful things. Expecting that person to behave reasonably/calmly out of respect for you will only cause yourself frustration/suffering and bring about proliferation of negativity.

Wrong thoughts condition our fears, worries, anxieties, etc; stemming from the 3 evil roots of greed, hatred, and self-delusion. The focus should be on the user of thought – if the user is deluded thoughts will be wrong thoughts.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 181002

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Announcement about a very well done photo book compilation of our recent spiritual trip to Shangri La, China by Bro Tony, Bro Tune and Sis Padmasuri.

Announcement about the change of venue from Jaya Palace to Copper Mansion restaurant for this year’s annual gathering of kalyanamitta dated 21.10.2018.

Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings – Nature of Kamma (Chapter 21, Page 381-383)

Important aspects of Kamma:

  • “As you sow the seed so shall you reap the fruit.” – Samyutta Nikāya
    • Do good begets good, do evil begets evil and you reap what you sow
  • 5 daily contemplations – the 5th daily contemplation:
    • We are born of our Kamma, heir to our Kamma, conditioned and supported by our Kamma, we are what we are because of our Kamma
  • Only the karmically conditioned form and mind is subject to karma. Karma recognises relationship
  • For Kamma to ripen, it requires conditions to arise

Bro Teoh shares his encounters of people with health difficulties and cancer patients

  • The course of events which unfolded, and their process of overcoming the mass of suffering (fear, worry, anxiety, resentment, etc) coming from the cancer experience
  • The 5 common precursors or symptoms common to cancer patients:
    i) Stress from traumatic experience, ii) Insomnia, lack of proper good sleep, iii) Chronic constipation, iv) Acidity in body fluid due to incompatible diet, v) Detrimental lifestyle leading to bad mental states.

What a person reaps, accords with his/her deeds

  • Karmic potential need conditions for its fruition or arising, and these conditions are constantly evolving through a person’s actions/speeches/thoughts
  • One is not bound to pay all the arrears of past Kamma.
    If you have the dharma understanding to avoid the conditions for negative kamma from arising, then those karmic potential may not ripen.

One is neither the master nor the servant of Kamma

  • Even the most vicious person can by his own effort become the most virtuous person.
  • We are always becoming something, and that something depends on our own actions.
  • We may at any moment change for the better or for the worse.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 180925

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10 meritorious deeds in everyday life (kusala kamma):

  • Generosity / Giving (dāna),
  • Morality / Keeping precepts/virtue (sīla),
  • Meditation / training the mind to be in full awareness (bhāvanā)
  • Reverential Salutation / Paying due respect to those who are worthy of it (apacāyana),
  • Service / Helping others perform good deeds (veyyāvacca).
  • Transference of merit (pattidāna),
  • Rejoicing in others’ good actions (anumodanā),
  • Hearing the doctrine (dhamma savana),
  • Expounding the doctrine/truth (dhammadesanā) and
  • Straightening one’s own views (ditthijjukamma).

3 important factors wholesome to have while performing meritorious deeds:

  • Done with joy throughout or at all time – before, during and after (Somanassa-sahagatam)
  • done with wisdom (Naya-sampayuttam)
  • unprompted/spontaneous (Asankharikam)​

Briefly run through of 5 jhanic factors, 5 Rūpa­Jhānas and 4 Arūpa Jhānas from the text.

[— Recording time 1:36:16 —]

Question: Sister Han asked about how can one navigate between wholesome and unwholesome karma (when one is still not skilful) in the context of counselling and helping others?

Answer: When one is not skilful (without clear understanding/wisdom), do not be too eager to help or share:

  • Beware of the over-eagerness to help
    – usually this desire/craving to help others comes from your ego
    – it is self-delusion that can condition this type of karma
  • Beware of giving due to pity: – usually end up being a good-hearted-fool. The wise one only helps when there is condition to help. Done with understanding following conditions, not forced or motivated by one’s emotion.
  • Be honest, sincere, and upright (to avoid unnecessary karma):
  • If you are not sure then just be sincere and say you do not know. But if you still want to advice then you can say, ‘basing on my understanding now, I belief the meaning of the teaching is ……’ or “This advice may not be suitable for all, but from my experience and current understanding, I feel for you what may help is……”
  • Don’t carelessly quote what others say; especially when you are unsure/without clear comprehension of the subject matter.

In this condition world/existential world, one must accord and flow with wisdom those conditions that arise :

  • When the supporting conditions are not present (e.g. timing is not right or there is no condition) then do not
    forcefully impose your views, advice, or help (especially when the party you want to help is not willing to listen).
  • The below rather important Diamond sutra’s 4 lines stanza should be clearly comprehended:
「一切有為法,

如夢幻泡影,

如露亦如電,

應作如是觀。」

YI QIE YOU WEI FA,

RU MENG HUAN PAO YING,

RU LU YI RU DIAN,

YING ZUO RU SHI GUAN.’

All are conditioned dharma (within the conditioned world)

They are like dreams, illusions, bubbles and shadows;

Like dew-drops and a lightning flash;

You should contemplate it thus.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 180918

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Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings – The Working of Karma (Chapter 20, Page 367)

Creation of negative Karma – the 10 evils often committed by a heedless person are :

 [Via  Actions] 1.   killing (pānātipāta)
2.   stealing (adinnādāna)
3.   sexual misconduct (kāmesu  micchācāra)
[Via Speeches ] 4.   lying (musāvāda) e.g. Deceitful, Dishonest, Two-faced
5.   slandering (pisunavācā) e.g. Insult, Vilify, back biting
6.   harsh speech (pharusavāca) e.g. Vindictive, Hurtful and strongly worded speeches, Threatening
7.   frivolous speech (samphappalāpa) e.g. Irresponsible words, Instigative
[Via Thoughts ] 8.   covetous and selfish thoughts (abhijjhā) e.g. Possessiveness, Desire, Lust
9.   ill-will or anger and hatred (vyāpāda) e.g. Spite, Enmity, Malice, Cruel
10. false or deluded view (micchā ditthi) e.g. Crooked, Misleading, Biased, Denial

Recording time 1:09:25 

[Question] On the topic of killing, Sis Chwee asked whether the definition of “a living being” is characterised by having a cognitive mind.
[Answer] Plants also have consciousness (mono), exhibit sensitivity and responds to environment (e.g. experience suffering). However, in this context, “a living being” refers to beings that breathe, i.e. having a life force. Note: the word “pānā” from the word pānātipāta and Ānāpānā sati.

Recording time 1:17:38 

[Question] On the 5 conditions necessary to complete the evil act of killing, Bro Chin How asked regarding the scenario of “having only the intention to kill, but the actual action to kill was performed by someone else”.
[Answer] The precept here is notthou shall not kill’ but is ‘I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing.’ So a heedless person with the mental intention to kill, inadvertently develops the actions of killing (e.g. instigate or hiring someone else to kill) born of his negativity of mind state also commits the act of killing even though the killing was done by others. For mental intention (cetena) can leads to Karma.                     If you can kill, it means you don’t have love and compassion. Only an evil, deluded and selfish person kills.

Recording time 1:29:15    

[Question] Sis Chwee shares her experience regarding how she finds it very difficult to deal with the tiny ants at her home, and she just had to apologetically get rid of them.
[Answer]
  • Bro Teoh advises her to cultivate Mindfulness leading to wisdom, thereby enabling her to develop the sensitivity towards all life forms via consciously nurturing LOVE and COMPASSION borne of WISDOM (the understanding to choose kindness, wholesomeness and virtues over karmic negativity);
  • Our untrained mind is heedless due to our years of accumulated greed, hatred, fear and delusion; this heedlessness leads to karmic negativity. In order to de-condition/de-program this heedless outflow of negative mental intentions via our habitual tendencies and heedless reactions to sense experiences we need to cultivate the four foundation of mindfulness leading to heedfulness to arise the wisdom (yoniso manasikara) needed for us to straighten our views.
    E.g. with kayanupassana, the moment a physical (or kaya) movement begins or arise (e.g. the intention leading to the action to kill), you will become aware and able to discern clearly to arise the choice not to kill; hence a wise and mindful person will not be able to violate the precept of killing.

> Short discussion regarding birth as a lady or a female by all; reason for such birth and its pros and cons. Also why some of our Kalyanamittas choose to remain as single ladies this life. For more detail please do listen to the full recording. The discussion was led by Bro Teoh after sister PG’s comment on her disagreeing with what the text said regarding female birth.

Recording time 1:54:03

[Question] Sis PG shares her observation of counter dependent karmic roles. That is since these victims have karmic conditioning or potential from their previous lives to be afflicted so why not just let it be?
[Answer] Karmic potential need conditions for its fruition or arising. A victim being hurt by another, does not necessarily mean the victim has previously hurt that other person. In fact, it is often someone else altogether. Dependent on the different conditions that arise, everybody may encounters karma in varying manner. Likewise, when there is no condition, nothing happens to that person. This means if you have the dharma understanding to avoid the conditions for negative karma to arise then those karmic potential may not ripen.

Recording time 2:11:10

[Question] Sis Chwee shares her observation that 99.99% of sales people often talk rubbish and they lied.
[Answer] If the salesperson had first verified that it is indeed a good and beneficial product, then sales become a profession where there is no need to lie to do well. The usefulness of the product is most important and sincerity of approach during sale will bring in the sale. Not the commission. This is what right livelihood is all about.

> If you are truthful and sincere, you will have less condition to commit negativity of karma. But more importantly, you need wisdom to balance truthfulness because even if you are truthful, but with a tainted/biased (selfish) mental intention, you are still prone/tempted to creating negative karma.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 180911

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Book Reference: The Buddha and His Teachings – The Working of Kamma (Chapter 20, Page 360)

Bhavanga – is a life continuum or mind stream. A type of consciousness, below the threshold of sense consciousness, that just flows like a continuous undercurrent when there is no intruding sense activity (i.e. impinging sense data like sound/vibration to trigger off the hearing consciousness).

  • Unimpinged – Past Bhavanga (Atīta Bhavanga)
  • Impinging – Vibrating Bhavanga (Bhavanga Calana)

When we rest/sleep the mind performs a clear-out leading to recuperation of mind:

  • Built-up (or accumulated) fear, phobias and scars of memory are released through our subconscious and unconscious states to bring about order to the mind;
  • Dreams are an example of such releases.

When the Bhavanga stream of consciousness is arrested/Impinged (Bhavanga Upaccheda):

  • Sense-door consciousness (Āvajjana) steer towards the sense data/object
  • Sense consciousness (Panca Viññāna) arises
    – e.g. visual consciousness (cakkhuviññāna) arises which sees the object
  • followed by a moment of the sense object’s reception (sampaticchana)
  • the investigating thought-moment (santīrana) examines the perceived object
    – the process of knowing the object; relating to memory / learning / past experiences
  • followed by the determining thought-moment (votthapana) when discrimination is exercised and freewill may play its part:
    • – with wise attention (yoniso manasikāra), it becomes moral,
      – with unwise attention (ayoniso manasikāra), it becomes immoral
  • 7 Javana/stages of the determining thought-moments decide the nature of Karma:
    • all these thought-moments are similar, but the potential force differs.
    • if it occur in the 1st thought moment then if there is no condition for its fruition in this present life then the karmic potential will cease to be after that life.
      – if it occur on the 7th thought moment then if there is no condition for its fruition in the present life and the next life then the karmic potential will cease to be after that.
      – if it occur between 2nd – 6th determining thought moments then its karmic potential is forever present.
  • This entire thought-process, which takes place in an infinitesimal fraction of time, ends with the registering consciousness (tadālambana) lasting for 2 thought-moments.
    – a single thought-process is completed at the expiration of 17 thought moments.
    – this process is multi-dimensional (e.g. multiple thought-processes, all at different stages happening very fast and some may not even complete the 17 thought moments but continue to spawn off new thought-processes in between depending on condition.)

Sis Alicia asked whether these 17 thought moments are similar to the 8 types of consciousness. Brother Teoh answered no but said that they are related. The 17 thought moments if fully completed will form a thought process and depending on the mental intention associated with that thought process the type of consciousness will be classified accordingly.

Bro Teoh recommends to the class kalyanamittas to read ahead of the next class in order to have more active participation during the next Tuesday class discussion.

Have gratitude for what you have (e.g. a healthy form and mind) and able to make use of what you have to the fullest, to cultivate wisdom, compassion and mindfulness is true blessing and understanding to live life.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 180904

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Reference Book: The Buddha and His TeachingsWhat is Karma? (Chapter 19, Page 354)

The doer of the deed is important: Volition/Mental intention of the doer give rise to karma. “Thought” is neither good nor evil, it depends on the user:

  • If the user of thought is without wisdom, it will give rise to heedless thinking or wrong thoughts conditioned by the 3 evil roots of Greed, Hatred, and Fear/Delusion, leading to unwholesomeness of karma and suffering all around.
  • If the user of thought is wise and heedful, then right view will be there to condition the right thoughts leading to wholesomeness of action, speech, and livelihood, which can then bring about goodness, kindness, gentleness and blessing all around.

Past karmic conditioning give rise to present karmic conditions which then becomes the present karmic Causes with Karmic potential for possible future karmic conditions and fruition.

  • Karma is such – only if there is condition for it to arise, then fruition can take place.
  • Karmic fruition may not be immediate because it depends on which determining thought moment it occur. There are 7 determining thought moments to decide the nature of Karma.
  • If it occur in the 1st thought moment then if there is no condition for its fruition in this present life then the karmic potential will cease to be after that life.
  • If it occur on the 7th thought moment then if there is no condition for its fruition in the present life and the next life then the karmic potential will cease to be after that.
  • If it occur between the 2nd and the 6th determining thought moments then its karmic potential is forever present.

 Karma is neither fatalistic nor predestination for:

  • “The past condition us, but it does not dominate over us.”
  • Bro Teoh shares some examples and related life experiences to further illustrate this point.

Karma is not stored somewhere but there is a karmic nature that exist in nature for every living being.

  • Every segmented life of ours, although different (and all not ‘you’) but they are all connected and belong to your one (1) karmic nature. Hence the consciousness of all your segmented lives belong to your same karmic nature. So there is no such thing as I do evil this life but another being takes the suffering in another future life.
  • Because of your segmented lives, the universe is the way it is and vice versa it is because of the way this universe is you are what you are, hence “One is All, and All is One” for they are all dependent originating according to natures prior conditions.

Sis Chwee’s question on whether karma is stored is a special kind of memory, drawing relation from the understanding that – “Thought is response to memory.” Brother Teoh explained to her as per item 4 a. above.

Living beings doesn’t need any ideology/religion or a belief system (rites and rituals) to teach or guide one on how to live life. That’s the reason why the Buddha don’t teach them but instead the Buddha teaches the Dharma or Truth and Dharma or Truth is “whatever that can explain the way things are.

  • So what is needed is only the understanding of Dharma or Truth and not ideology.
  • All of life within this conditioned world are subject to its sets of nature’s laws (the panca niyama) as taught by the Buddha. Hence, nature’s laws (that operates naturally without the need of a Creator or an all mighty God) are nature’s Truths that one need to understand.

Law of karma is most powerful, so be careful (always heedful) of karma for ‘you reap what you sow, do good begets good and do evil begets evil’:

  • So if you plant the seed of wholesomeness, you will reap the fruit of wholesomeness accordingly and
    if you plant the seed of evil, you will reap the fruit of evil accordingly too.
  • For “We are all born of our karma, heir to our karma, condition and supported by our karma and we are what we are because of our karma.” 

Law of mind (citta niyama) explains how one’s mind function or operate as a human being following the 12 links or Paticca Samuppada.

Law of Truth (Dhamma niyama) explains the 4 Noble Truths (the essence of the Buddha’s teaching) and the other truth or essence dhamma as taught by the Buddha and they are all spin off from the 4 Noble Truths.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Review of 9 Aug short notes prepared by Sister Phey Yuen.

Sister Padmasuri was full of joy after hearing the Yunnan spiritual trip’s reports from Kalyanamittas in previous classes on how it had benefitted them and also how it had turned out so beautifully. She recollects the occasions when her thoughts projection lead to proliferation of her fears (during landslides, bad weather, etc) and anxieties (when encountering unfamiliar rites and rituals). She then shares her realisation that without those wrong thoughts, those negativities are immediately unfounded and she was able to return to experiencing the beautiful Yunnan nature within its vicinity.

Discussion on importance and significance of straightening our views to inculcate wholesome right thoughts, to challenge our rigid belief systems, formed through society’s conditioning via investigating within to develop the understanding.

Bro Teoh expanded on the topic regarding rites and rituals, with examples of differing views and opinions (all seemingly logical debates from each person’s standpoint). Then he recaps the following reminders to kalyanamittas:

Faith not born of understanding is blind faith.

Faith born of understanding is unshakable.

Without understanding one is force to just to belief or accept what is being told. 

Expression of gratitude to Mr. Er for his good itinerary suggestions leading to the wonderful and unhindered visits to so many rather meaningful and beautiful temples with good energy, especially those in Dali region, which still preserves the Buddha teachings.

Sharing of real life experiences that reveal to the true cultivators, the profound workings of nature and karmic forces. How with understanding leading to the right cultivation that resulted in nature’s rather favourable conditions unfolding all the way leading to such beautiful and wonderful spiritual trip that was like meant to be.

Sister Padmasuri wraps up by remarking that the planning for every of our spiritual trips (5 thus far) are all very unique experiences because they are all very different. It is not applicable to leverage considerations / decisions from past trips. Each and every decision needed was made in accordance to conditions that arise during the progression of the trip via understanding, leading to each and every unpredictable journey also unfolding beautifully; like everything just falling into places. Have faith and just trust your beautiful nature developed via right (true) understanding.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Bro. Song’s recent spiritual trip sharing on his special encounter while visiting the temple at Shui Mu Shan. Brother Teoh rejoice with his good new understanding now. That is after understanding that whatever happened in meditation (no matter how wonderful and beautiful or unique those experiences may be) they are just conditioned states of mind and if it does not brings about wisdom and understanding or awakening then it is of not much use. So don’t cling otherwise ‘mana’ or minor conceit will arise.Bro. Teoh summarised what Kalyanamittas were able to learn from their recent spiritual trip to China:

  • How to break free from the 2nd fetter (attachment to rites and rituals) that binds living beings to samsara.
  • How to break free of the 9th fetter (minor conceit or mana) that binds beings to samsara.
  • How the 7 factors of enlightenment is to be developed and cultivated via following the following sequence of cultivation:

Sati > Dhamma Vicaya > Viriya > Piti > Passadhi > Samadhi > Upekkha. That is with a stable daily Mindfulness (sati) established leading to > Dhamma Investigation. When the dhamma stands up to investigation > faith and Spiritual Zeal (viriya) arise leading to > Spiritual Joy (piti) > Stillness and tranquillity of mind (passadhi) leading to > Collected & unwavering mind (Samadhi) leading to > wisdom (borne of the direct seeing) thereby arising the last factor of enlightenment of Equanimity of mental formations borne of wisdom.

There are 2 types of mind:

  • Mundane or Thinking mind is impermanent because it is dependent originating and condition arising. It is basically thoughts triggered by Ignorance or Avijja. They are thoughts that containing the 3 evil roots of Greed, Hatred and Delusion and the 5 mental hindrances and they arise following the law of dependent origination or the 12 links as shown below:

Avijja paccaya-> Sankhara -> Vinnanam -> Name Rupa -> Salayatana -> Phassa -> Vedana -> Tanha -> Upadana -> Bhava -> Jati -> Jaramarana …… [That is dependent on Ignorance arises -> Mental Activities -> mental Consciousness -> 5 mental aggregates of Form and Mind -> 6 Sense Bases -> Contact -> Feeling -> Craving -> Grasping -> Becoming -> Birth -> whole mass of suffering.]

  • True mind is the Silent mind, the Meditative mind that is just aware and without thought. When the mundane mind does not arise (or when the thinking mind slows down and cease) the True mind (which is always there) will surface. Within the true mind there is only peace, clarity, awareness, stillness and tranquillity or Passadhi which is the 5th enlightenment factor. When Passadhi is stabilised it leads to > Samadhi.
  • The True mind in passadhi and Samadhi can lead to Direct seeing and awakening > giving rise to the initial wisdom needed for the upekkha enlightenment factors to arise.

Sis. Alicia’s shared her progress on cultivation of awareness and mindfulness. Her initial wisdom came mainly from the 2nd turning of the Four Noble Truths which she developed via constant contemplation, reflection and inquiry on the essential dhamma as taught by the Buddha. Brother Teoh advise her to continue to develop the daily mindfulness until it is very stable to realise the 3rd turning wisdom which is more stable.

Bro. Teoh emphasises the importance of cultivating Kayanupassana daily mindfulness until it is very stable before moving on to Vedananupassana and Cittanupassana, otherwise it is just thought based meditation i.e. thought trying to watch another thought.

The sentence on “After overcoming covetousness and grief...” – as stated in the Satipatthana sutta clearly indicate to us the prerequisite of cultivating the initial wisdom borne of Kayanupassama (of the 4 foundations of mindfulness) to overcome covetousness and grief  in this world before going into vedananuppasana, cittanupasanna and dhammanupassana.

The 6 categories of Kayanupassana practices are as follows:

  • Mindfulness of the in and out breath (Anapanasati) – to establish mindfulness or sati (1st factor of enlightenment;
  • Mindfulness of 4 postures – to establish daily mindfulness on the 4 postures first;
  • Clear comprehension and mindfulness (sati Sampajanna) of all actions and movements in the present moment – to establish a very stable daily mindfulness leading to the initial wisdom;
  • Mindfulness of the 4 elements – to overcome form delusion;
  • Mindfulness of the 32 parts of the human body – to overcome sakkayaditthi (self-delusion);
  • Mindfulness of the 9 stages of cemetery decomposition – to overcome lust for pretty form via understanding that when the form is devoid of consciousness it goes the way of nature.

(Above outline short notes draft was prepared by Sis. Soo Yee)

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Teoh Tue 180724  Subject: Kamma and Vipaka from Buddha and his Teachings Page 350 – 356

Text was read by Sis PG and expounded by Bro Teoh

Every volitional activity is karmic in nature and it will has  its Effect called Vipaka or Fruit of Kamma.

Kamma = mental volition.

In Sensual Realms  – Words and Deeds can give rise to 12 Akusala  citta (immoral consciousness) or  8 Kusala citta (Moral consciousness).

Form Realm (Rupavacara) – 5 rupa citta (consciousness of the form realm).

Formless Realm (Arupavacara)- 4 arupa citta (consciousness of the formless realm).

Total = 29  types of mundane consciousness with Kammic consequences.

Supra mundane consciousness – there are 8 types because there are 4 pairs of enlightened beings of the sainthood  way.

Causes of Kamma = Ignorance (following Dependent Origination.)

Thought is response to Memory.

2 types of Mind: The True mind and the Mundane or Thinking Mind.

Conditioned views create thoughts that carry problems most of the time because it has attachment and craving borne of delusion. Need right understanding and wisdom to free.

(Outline prepared by Sis Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 180717 Reference text: THE BUDDHA AND HIS TEACHINGS – CHAPTER 19 Page 348 – 351

WHAT IS KARMA? “Volition is Karma” – volition is mental intention (moral and immoral volition via thoughts, actions and speeches).

Any bad mental intentional action, speech or thought resulting in sufferings or harm or death will give rise to bad karma and vice versa as expressed by the Buddha via his following Dhammapada verses:-

  • Dhammapada verse 1 : “If one speaks or acts with a wicked mind, pain or suffering will follows one as the wheel that follows the hoof of the ox that draws the cart” 
  • Dhammapada verse 2 : “If one speaks or acts with a pure mind (free of the 3 evil roots of Greed, Hatred and Delusion), happiness will follows one like the shadow that never leaves you”

Sister Chwee suggested that each and every Kalyanamitta should be given a chance to share their experiences, understanding and outlook of karma.

Each and every one of us is responsible for our own karma (we are born of, heir to our karma) as shared by sister Saw Hoon.

Bro. Chai also shared his experiences on the law of Karma. He stressed the importance of having perseverance, sincerity, faith and wisdom when confronting karma. One will reaps what one sows. If we plant the seeds of wholesomeness we will reap the fruit of wholesomeness. Likewise if we plant the seeds of evil we will reap the fruit of evil for Good begets Good and Evil begets Evil.

(Outline prepared by Sis Quinni)

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Bro Teoh walked us through the outline short notes of thu class on Jun 28th and sun class on jul 1st.

Sis PG continued her sharing on the subject of kamma from pages 343 to 347 of the reference text, ‘The Buddha and his teachings’, relating to the 5 Universal laws or panca nyama. The text suggested transmigration to next life which is incorrect but should be just normal rebirth, as we dont have a permanent unchanging soul that transmigrate. We need  to realize the true mind before we can inherit from our spiritual nature.

Sis PG asked how kamma propels people to be leaders, presidents and prime ministers. Bro. Teoh explained that most of these leaders use their very strong and determined ‘will power’ to aspire or will for it to arise.

(Outline prepared by Sis Yoon Chun)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Reading and sharing of the below daily quotes from J. Krishnamurti :

Extraordinary Seeing

  • direct seeing; alertness, attentiveness; just aware; seeing things as they are leading to direct knowledge and vision of the reality (Nanadassana).
  • an insight to be realised; coming upon it unknowingly, there is no effort, no seeking and no experience involved;
  • innate to the free mind which is still, e.g. the beating of our hearts (there is no active doing or ‘will’ behind its arising)
  • without seeking” is the only way to find it.
  • this ‘extraordinary seeing’ is not something that can be practiced.
  • the mind is highly sharpened, highly awake, no longer dependent upon any experience to keep itself awake.

The Active Still Mind

  • the mind can only be silent when it has understood the process of (psychological) time and that requireswatchfulness/mindfulness/awareness
  • the really still mind that is astonishingly active, alive, potent in understanding phenomena and their flow; capable of “Extraordinary Seeing
  • such a mind is verbally free; free from experience and knowledge; understands the fact, as it iswithout translating, without condemning and without judging; and being free such a mind is an innocent mind.
  • It is only such a mind that can perceive that which is true, which is beyond time.

Bro Teoh advised the class to attentively read through the outline Short notes dated  21st June 2018 (Thursday class) to develop the clear understanding of the rather beautiful dhamma shared. 

Discussion proper led by Sister PG  from the Reference book: The Buddha and His Teachings – Kamma (Chapter 18, Page 340)

Nature’s law has its own selection

  • Kammic energy is needed for the production of the foetus
  • We (2 aspects of form and mind) are the heirs of our own kamma
  • Accumulated Kammic tendencies inherited, over the course of previous lives, could influence our physical features and mental characteristics, it could also nullify the potentiality of the parental cells and genes
  • The law of Kamma, important as it is, is only 1 of the 24 causal conditions (paccaya) as described in the Abhidhamma pitaka.
  • The law of kamma is very intricate and requires great wisdom borne of awareness from a silent mind to understand.
  • The enlightened pure mind is free, i.e. not afflicted due to non-grasping to the form and (mundane) mind (borne of wisdom).

Sister Chwee’s questions on karma regarding Sakyamuni Buddha’s last meal, and about the other 23 causal conditions were discussed.

Bro Teoh’s sharing on the understanding and workings of our mother Earth’s “planetary consciousness”

  • summation of all the beings’ consciousness on Earth give rise to the planetary consciousness.
  • to change the world, the individual must change; i.e. begin with ourselves.

(Outline prepared by Sis Soo Yee)

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The Buddha and his teaching page 337 to 340

Our various actions impact our future lives e.g. mercilous killing causes short life, non-killing, compassion, kindness and love cause long life, Hurting and harming others cause one to be born with illnesses and disease, faith overcomes fear, etc. Thus these variouos karmic vipaka result in inequality in life.

Sis PG asked why Mongallana did not face retribution for parricide committed in his past life. Bro Teoh’s replied to her was very good. Please do listen to the sharing. Reason why Bro Teoh said ‘the Law of kamma is very complex and complicated and it can only be understood by a Sammasambuddha or a great cultivator’.

Sis Han shared that the very poor especially some of those in India where she saw are deprived of the 4 simple basic needs of life. She reflected on karma and understood that they were born under such conditions because they lack merits

Bro Teoh advise us to see through the danger of not taking care of karma via being heedless most of the time. We all should always be mindful of this law of karma so that we will constantly follow the advice of the Buddha to avoid all Evil (by keeping our precepts), hasten to do good deeds (preferrably unprompted) and purify our mind via meditation.

(Outline prepared by Sis Yoon Chun)

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discussion session on Law of kamma was held where the following topics were discussed :

  • Cause of Inequality in life resulting from the effects of kamma.
  • Even children or siblings or twins with similar DNA live different lifestyles and have different characters and personality.
  • Bro Fong asked: can kamma be created without intention? He sighted a Mahayana case of an incident that occured to Nagajuna as an example of indirect effect of kamma.
  • Sis Chwee commented on the wrongs committed by certain politicians who seems to have escaped the effect of Kamma vipaka.
  • Sis Alicia asked how can Buddhists avoid/overcome the kammic effect of killing ants and termites to prevent damage to property and for cleanliness. Bro Teoh gave 3 important and useful advices to overcome the above.
  • Direct and indirect kamma.

Bro Teoh explained the great complexities of Kamma and emphasized the importance of acting with right and appropriate wholesome mental intention. The key to understanding the effect of kamma depends entirely on understanding one’s mental intention behind. Hence one’s mental intention is most important because according to the Buddha ‘it is mental volition or intention that he calls kamma’.

Five Conditions for breaking a precept like Killing a living being.

  • The following five conditions are necessary to complete the evil of killing :     i. there must be a living being, ii. knowledge that it is a living being, iii. intention of killing, iv. effort to kill, and v. consequent death.

(Outline prepared by Sis Yoon Chun)

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Ref. Book: The Buddha and His Teachings (Chapter 18, Page 333) – “Kamma”

Discussion led by Sister PG with reflection on the phrase “We are born of our karma, heir to our karma, condition and supported by our karma; we are what we are because of our karma” (5th of the 5 daily contemplations as advice by Lord Buddha).
 
Core subjects  of Buddhism that interest discussion starts with:
  • karma
  • Question on heredity referencing a quote from Theophile Pascal’s book “Reincarnation – A Study in Human Evolution”
  • Discussion on the Cause of Inequalityand ones outlook on life
Sis PG shared about acceptance regarding her friend, during her recent trip back to Penang for the GE14 election.
Sis Alicia’s sharing about her growing-up years and then juggling family life with work. Advise to earn money the righteous way.
BroTune’s comment on genes and heredity as part of the 5 great nature laws, connecting back to karma.
 
SisPadmasuri shared her great determination and struggles to attend school and university lead to her good life later on. Even through tough times, things fall into place and problems get resolved.
 
BroTeoh spoke about karmic past and links, then continued to share about his own life since young, till after schooling years. His advice: Be sincere, do yourduties well, have faith, persevere andthings will always go your way and you will have the good life.
 
SisYoon Chun share about having alot of freedom and being blessed in life, also interesting affinities to learn Buddhism and meditation.
 
(Above draft Outline – prepared by Sis Soo Yee)
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Bro Teoh review 6th Patriarch’s Platform Sutra short notes dated 27th May 2018…emphasis on the self nature or true nature, thru understanding, sati in daily living, tranquility of mind and cultivation of the Noble 8-fold path to realise Nibbana.Continued from pg 320 of the book Buddha’s Teaching by Narada.

  • The 4 Noble Truths..
  • All beings are subject to birth, decay, disease and death.
  • The composite body is a cause of suffering thru craving or attachment borne of self-delusion. They are eradicated by cultivating the middle way the Noble 8fold Path.

(Outline prepared by Yoon Chun)

 

2018

Jan – May

 

Teoh Tue 180529 Wesak is a Thrice sacred Day to commemorate Buddha’s birth, enlightenment n parinibanna.Significance of Wesak. An auspicious day and an occasion for a lot of wholesomeness, generosity and joy by people all over the world.

Chanted Dhammacakkappavattana sutta (1st Sermon of the Buddha).

Significance of this sutta to set the Dhamma wheel in motion.

Sharing by kalyanamittas on how they spend their Wesak Day.

(Outline prepared by Yoon Chun)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Recap of 1st May 2018 Tuesday class short notes.5 great universal laws of nature (2  scientific + 3  spiritual)

  • Physical order [Utu niyama]
  • Biological order [Bija niyama]
  • Law of karma [Karma niyama] (Do good begets good and do evil begets evil & you reap what you sow) 
  • Law of the mind [Citta niyama] (12 links / paticca samupada)
  • Law of truth / Dharma [Dhamma niyama] (4 noble truths, etc.)

Buddhism (Teaching of the Buddha) = Dhamma = Truth. The essence of the Buddha’s teaching is the Four Noble Truths. Noble Truths are truths that can make you noble ones or enlightened ones when you had understood (awakened to) them.

Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book, “The Buddha and His Teachings” – Chapter 17 – The 4 Noble Truths, until page 321 ‘….Insatiate are all desires.’

The 3 Lokas (31 planes of existence) 

  • kama Loka (sensual world) – 6 realms of Devas, 1 human realm and 4 woeful states/realms.
  • rupa Loka (form world) – 16 Brahma realms.
  • arupa Loka (formless world) – 4 formless realms.

Why is your form and mind (the human being) so important?

  • It allows us to live and experience life to the fullest and we can also use it to cultivate the 4 foundations of mindfulness (kaya-, vedana-, citta- and dhammanupassana) to realize the enlightenment.
  • Everything you cling and grasp onto (including all sense pleasure) is a prelude to dukkha (suffering), as they are impermanent – arising and passing away following nature’s conditions. Hence not a permanent unchanging entity where you can cling onto and grasp onto.

The MISCONCEPTION of defining the 1st Noble Truth of dukkha as – “life is suffering”

  • The Buddha never say that. The Buddha proclaimed that there is a noble truth that explain to you clearly the prevalence of suffering when one confronts the 8 realities of life without the requisite wisdom.
  • The Buddha teaches instead the prevalence of suffering, how suffering comes to be due to delusion, the secret of life and suffering need not be if we understand his teaching.  The liberated mind can live life without being affected / afflicted.

3 types of craving/tanha

  • Kama tanha (sensual craving)
  • Bhava tanha (craving to ‘be’ – becoming)
  • Vibhava tanha ( craving ‘not to be’)

Ambition is not a craving

  • As Buddhist we can have ambition to realize our good and noble wishes via cultivating the Noble 8-Fold Path following the Dhamma way of no

(Outline prepared by Sis Teoh Soo Yee)

Teoh Tue 180515 1)      Short talk by Bro Teoh on the recently concluded GE14 (9th May 2018):Bro Teoh expressed his great respect for Tun Mahathir’s extraordinary feat and ability to pull off the greatest upset win despite his age of 92+. His great will-power, foresight and strategy had enabled him to lead the opposition front to break the incumbent government of 61 years to give new hope to the people of Malaysia – a new Malaysia is born. The fall of BN (Najib’s National Front) was expected because all the signs, causes and conditions were there. We can learn from this great event of true change for our beloved nation and we are all indeed very blessed and proud to be part of the change.  Kamma has taken place following dhammapada verses 119 and 120:

verse 119: Even an evil person may still find happiness so long as his evil deed does not bear fruit; but when his evil deed does bear fruit will meet with evil consequences.                                                          

Verse 120: Even a good person may still meet with suffering as long as his good deed does not bear fruit; but when it does bear fruit he will enjoy the benefits of his good deed.                                              

2)      The Buddha and his Teachings (Chapter 16 page 306 – 318):

–        Buddhism is nothing mysterious nor is it mystical
–        It is a religion of great wisdom for it gives love, wisdom and understanding to all beings struggling in the ocean of birth and death (samsara)                                                                                                                             –        It reveals to living beings the secret of life so that they truly understand life
–        The precepts are to be observed and they are not commandments but modes of discipline to be followed based on one’s understanding

3)        Buddhism and Caste system
The Buddha do away with the caste system by saying:
–          By birth is no one an outcaste; By birth is no one a Brahmin;
–          By deeds is one an outcast; By deeds is one a Brahmin

In conclusion the Buddha commented – birth makes no Brahmin, nor non-Brahmin; it is life doing that makes a true Brahmin and their life moulds farmers, tradesmen, merchants and serfs or moulds robbers, soldiers, chaplains, kings, etc.

(Note: Above draft outline was prepared by Sister Quinni)

Teoh Tue 180508 Topic discussed – The Buddha and his Teachings – from page 299 to 303 covering the following:

  • Buddhism is not pessimistic but a very comprehensive teaching that can allow one to comprehend the secret of life covering both the mundane and the supra mundane.
  • When one understand the secret of life (which is wisdom) one will know how to live life leading to joy, happiness, peace and tranquility of mind in lifeHence suffering need not be.
  • With no more delusion one will not worry about the past and the future.
  • Suffering is to be understood. Its cause need to be severed.
  • Cessation of suffering via cultivating the Noble 8-Fold path need to be realized.
  • Training of the mind to be heedful leading to wisdom brings about joy, clarity of mind, tranquility, Samadhi and stillness of mind.
  • The direct seeing leads to insight and awakening in the here and the now.
  • This awakening leads to non-attachment, liberation n extinction of passions.
  • This cultivation leading to the awakening can be realized in the here and the now by all who follows the teaching as taught by the Buddha sincerely. This awakening can be realized by the wise each for themselves and it is an experiential fact.
  • This teaching when understood leads to enlightenment.
 Teoh Tue 180501

(Short Notes pdf)

  • Introduction for newcomers.
  • Benefits of performing devotional practice or Puja.

Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book – “The Buddha and His Teachings” (Chapter 16, Page 298):
Characteristics of Dhamma

  • Sandiṭṭhiko – this dhamma can be realised in the here and the now (no need to wait till death);
  • Akāliko – this dhamma is Beyond thought, beyond time (timeless);
  • Ehipassiko – this dhamma can stand up to investigation (inviting investigation);
  • Opanayiko – this dhamma leads inward into the heart leading to the realisation of Nibbana;
  • Paccattaṃ veditabbo viññūhi ti – This dhamma can be realised or understood by the wise each for themselves.

3 Universal Characteristics of life

  • ANATTA – within the conditional world, everything is dependent originating; only mighty nature rolling by hence empty (emptiness) – no ‘permanent-unchanging-entity’ for one to cling and hold onto.
  • ANICCA – impermanent nature of all condition arising entities (only arise when supporting conditions are there, when supporting conditions are no longer there, they cease to be).
  • DUKKHA – craving/clinging and grasping to impermanent entities of the phenomena world of consciousness via wanting things “your way” which is against nature’s way. This implies not able to get what one desires (through one’s habitual tendencies borne of self-delusion), brings about suffering. And mind made are they because upon contact the senses can give rise to sense door consciousness within our form and mind.

Final summary of the 1st Noble truth: When you deludedly grasp onto the 5 aggregates of form and mind as “I” / “Me” and “Mine”, you will be afflicted and suffering will arise.

  • Bro Teoh made reference to the 4 signs (of an old man, a sick man, a dead man, and a Samana) from the life of the Buddha and the 5 daily contemplations as taught by the Buddha to expanse on its understanding.

1st aspect of the 5 aggregates of form and mind (as a human being)

  • FORM – physical form.
  • MIND – its 4 aggregates of feeling, perception, content of consciousness (sankhara) and consciousness.

2nd aspect of the 5 aggregates of form and mind (as a mental 5 aggregates)

  • FORM – external form brought into the mind (mental form) via the perception aggregate.
  • MIND – feeling, perception, content of consciousness (sankhara) and consciousness.

This so-called living being (5 aggregates of Form and Mind – 1st aspect) is just a karmically conditioned ‘vehicle and tool’ for us to come to this existential world to develop the cultivation and experience all of thepristine beauty and wonders of life. So, use it with wisdom to arise theappropriate right thoughtsright speeches and right actions to be a blessing to all and not to be deluded by it.

5 DAILY CONTEMPLATION: Old age, Sickness/Disease, Death, Separation from loved ones and prized possessions; we are all born of our karma, heir to our karma, conditioned and supported by our karma and we are what we are because of our Karma.

4 NOBLE TRUTHS: Essence of  the Buddha’s teaching (Dhamma) – When you understand the Dhamma, you understand the secret of life…

  • [MUNDANE ASPECT – 1st and 2nd Noble Truths]

1st Noble Truth – THE REALITIES OF LIFE AND EXISTENCE (the 8 realities)

2th Noble Truth – cause of suffering which is Craving borne of self-delusion

  • [SUPRA MUNDANE ASPECT – 3rd Noble Truth]

3th Noble Truth – Nibbana or ENLIGHTENMENT in the here and the now can be realised (is possible).

  • [MUNDANE CULTIVATION leading to the SUPRA MUNDANE Realisation – 4th Noble Truth]

4th Noble Truth – CULTIVATING THE NOBLE 8 FOLD PATH leading to the end of all suffering/Enlightenment (Realisation of Nibbana).
If there isn’t the unconditioned, then freedom from the conditioned world will be impossible.

– Cessation of form and mind leading to the realisation of Nibbana liberates completely.

(Note: Above outline short notes are prepared by Teoh Soo Yee)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Announcement of forthcoming Sunday’s Dana at Sister Hui Rong’s house​.

  • Sister Hui Rong was concern that the turnout could be very low. Bro Teoh advice her not to worry because Dharma works in the strangest of ways; if it is meant to be, it will be and conditions will arise accordingly. Of course the more the merrier, but few also no problem because we can have a more informal house dana.

Bro Teoh’s sharing from the Book – “The Buddha and His Teachings” (Chapter 15, Page 281):

Difference between blind faith and true faith

  • confidence based on understanding  is true faith
  • unshackling the first 3 of the 10 fetters that bind living beings to Samsara

Reference of “oneself” in Dhammapa v145

  • Understanding the 2 aspects of form and mind are required for cultivation

Paying respect with understanding is NOT idol worshiping. Its benefits are :

  • strengthens faith
  • cultivates humility
  • It is one of the 10 meritorious actions
  • 4 things grow: Ayu (long life), Vanno (fair complexion), Sukham(happiness), Balam (spiritual strength)

Noble 8-fold path

  • A very beautiful and rather comprehensive meditative understanding – covering all aspect of life
  • leads to wisdom and realisation of the supra mundane (the unconditioned)

Buddhism – Teachings of the Buddha is the Dharma which is the Truth

  • pointing direct to the mind (the 2 minds – mundane mind and true mind)
  • Explaining the ultimate of mind.
  • 3 ultimates of the mundane mind are rupacitta and cetasika
  • The ultimate of the supra mundane or True mind is Nibbana.
  • Returning to the source (to realize Nibbana) > via cessation of the mundane mindto realized the unconditioned.

Nature’s universal laws – first 2 are scientific laws

  • physical order [utu niyama] and biological order [bija niyama] of nature

Nature’s universal laws – next 3 are spiritual laws

  • law of karma [karma niyama] (Do good begets good and do evil begets evil) 
  • law of the mind [citta niyama] (12 links / paticca samupada)
  • law of truth / Dharma [dhamma niyama] (4 noble truths, etc.)

Sis Soo asks – if it is “not via memorizing” the teachings then does it means, it is kept in the subconscious?

Bro Teoh’s answer: No it is not via memory. The key to understanding the Buddha teaching is via the 4 noble truths which is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching and all his other teachings (the essential Dharma) springs off from there:

  • initially develop the learning of the teaching via Pariyatti (phase 1 of Dharma)
  • then put it into practice via direct observation, reflection and contemplation on your life experiences (like the 8 realities of life & existence, 5 Daily contemplations, etc.) to develop Patipatti (the 2nd phase of Dharma)
  • then you can really relate and internalize the deep understanding of his teaching viaexperiencing them in Life. (e.g. birth and death of every breath and every pulse of life; the appearing of every phenomenon when conditions arise and its disappearing when the fragile conditions are no longer thereseeing all physical, mental and nature’s flow; how karma at work, etc.)
  • silent your mind and trust your nature, NO NEED TO REMEMBER because when one awakens the understanding or the wisdom is always connected to the form and mind and acting according to memory is not acting at all.

Sis Soo shares her personal real life experience concerning her relationship with her son and how she was able to overcome it amicablyvia having right view.

(Note: Above draft is prepared by Sister Soo Yee.)

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Teoh Tue 180410 Dharma sharing base on the Book: The Buddha and His Teachings, Chp. 15, pages (270 – 294)  “The Dhamma” by Sister Alicia.Sis Alicia shares 6 definitions for the word “Dharma” before proceeding with the text.Tipitaka (3 baskets or sections of the teaching):

1)Vinaya pitaka (Section on discipline, precepts, rules and regulations, equivalent to the democratic constitution of the Sangha)

2)Sutta pitaka (Section on discourses expounded by the Buddha to the Sangha and lay persons on diverse occasions with messages tailored to the various recipients, e.g. Sigalovada sutta – on duties of a layman; Dhammapada – way of truth (sayings of the Buddha); the Jataka stories of the Bodhisattva) etc.

3)Abhidhamma pitaka – the ultimate or higher teaching of the  Buddha covering his profound definition of consciousness and its content, the 2 aspects of form and mind – i.e. the composite factors of the so-called living being, the true mind and the unconditioned (Nibbana).

The teachings of the Buddha, the Dharma is to be investigated and realized by the wise each for themselves viameditation.

Buddhists are not idol worshipers  (expecting worldly or spiritual favours), but instead pay their homage and reverential salutation to what it represents via recalling the 9 great virtues of the Buddha – Embodiment of his great compassion, virtues and wisdom. A Buddhist offers clear water, fruits, flowers and incense, etc. as a mark of respect and gratitude towards the Buddha. Also to cultivate generosity, rejoicing, etc. and to recall to mind their great dharma significant to help them develop their cultivation. Just like reflecting on the transiency of the flowers offering, etc.

The Buddha said: “He who sees the Dharma sees me.” The Buddha is the embodiment of his perfection, virtue and wisdom from cultivating the Dharma over long period of time. Reason why the Mahayana has this saying 依法为师 (Taking the Dharma to be your teacher.) Hence the rupa or images is never the Buddha. It is just for us Buddhists to recall to mind the Buddha’s 9 great qualities (wisdom and virtues) to develop the unwavering faith, respect and gratitude towards the Buddha.

The segmented life’s form and mind that Sakyamuni took to come to this conditioned world 2600+ years ago is not him but just his Karmically conditioned functional body that allow him to perform the function of the Buddha then.

Buddhism does not claim to monopolize truth because the Buddha said this truth or Dharma that he had come to realize was already there before he realizes it. The Buddhist teaching also does not condemn any other religion. It only advise its followers to investigate all things because according to the Buddha if it is the Truth it will standup to investigation and this Truth can only be realized by the wise each for himself.

Sharing by Sis Alicia – even after 5 years of studying Buddhism under Bro Teoh she is still using her present understanding to reflect deeper on what Buddhism is, who the Buddha is, understanding his teaching and constantly reflecting on the repeated reminder by Bro Teoh on ‘what are you doing in the name of meditation’. She finally comes to understand why Bro Teoh  always said, ‘Meditation is to be done with understanding’ and

‘Life it self is the Meditation’, even while performing our worldly daily duties.

When mindfulness of the 4 foundations ( kaya-, vedana-, citta-, dhammanupassana) of mindfulness are correctly cultivated wisdom will arise via clearly comprehending the 12 links with wisdom. That is: Heedfulness leads to  ==> right view (wisdom) then it leads to ==> less mental hindrances and sankhara activities leads to  ==> more clarity of mindpeaceful mind, silence, stillness and tranquility then ==> 7 factors of enlightenment will keep arising.

Bro Teoh shared some of Sister Poh Lai’s rather good sharing from her recent March 2018 Cameron retreat.

Bro Teoh said, he will use the next Tuesday class to personally explained in more detail the true beauty and marvel of the Buddha’s teaching (Dharma). The reason being according to Bro Teoh  – ‘despite the author’s good intent to promote the good points of the dharma yet the text has failed to give proper justice to the Buddha’s True and wonderful teaching. The Buddha’s teaching is so unique and complete that it can summarizes all of life and existence (covering both the mundane and supra mundane aspects of life) into just Four rather beautiful Noble Truths (Essence of the Buddha’s teaching).

Stay tune next week for a full session’s continuation on this topic!

(The Above draft outline pointers were prepared by Soo Yee and Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 180403  Sis PG sharing on The Buddha and His teaching page 249 to 269.‘Behold Bhikkhus now I speak to you. Transient are all conditioned dhamma (things). Therefore do Strive on with Heedfulness. The passing way of the Tathāgata will take place before long’. The are the last words or advice of the Thathagata.

“Ripe is my age. Short is my life. Leaving you I shall depart.

I have made myself my refuge. O Bhikkhus, be diligent,
mindful and virtuous. With well-directed mindfulness guard
your mind. He who lives heedfully in this Dispensation will
escape lifes wandering and put an end to suffering.”

Subhadda exchanged friendly greetings with the Buddha
and sitting aside said: “There are these ascetics and priests,
Gotama, who are leaders of companies and congregations,
who are heads of sects and are well-known, renowned religious
teachers, esteemed as good men by the multitude, as, for instance, Pūrana Kassapa, Makkhali Gosāla, Ajita Kesakambali,
Pakudha Kaccāyana, Sañjaya Belatthiputta, Nigantha Nātaputta26
have they all, as they themselves claim, thoroughly understood
the Truth or not, or have some of them understood. and some not?”

“Let it be, O Subhadda! Trouble not yourself as to whether

all or some have realized it or not. I shall teach the doctrine to
you. Listen and bear it well in mind. I shall speak.”
“So be it, Lord!” replied Subhadda. The Buddha spoke as follows:
“In whatever Dispensation there exists not the Noble Eightfold
Pathneither is the First Samana, nor the Second, nor the
Third, nor the Fourth to be found therein. In whatever Dispensation,
Subhadda, there exists the Noble Eightfold Path,
there also are to be found the First Samana, the Second Samana,
the Third Samana, the Fourth Samana. In this Dispensation,
Subhaddathere exists the Noble Eightfold Path.
“Here, indeed, are found the First Samana, the Second
Samana, the Third Samana, and the Fourth Samana.
The other foreign schools are empty of Samanas. If, O Subhadda,
the disciples live rightly, the world would not be void of Arahants.

(Notes: The draft short notes was prepare by Sister Yoon Chun)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Sister Mimi shared her meditative experience at an earlier self-retreat (last month) in Ajahn Anan’s way place in Rayong, Thailand. On the 3rd days of the retreat onwards, she experienced calmnessspiritual joy & the blissful state of mind. Then later on she experienced the continuous mindfulness leading to the silent mind to realize the pure awareness mind which she realize is different from the mundane perceiving and thinking mind. She also said, she later after contemplation came to understand what non-attainment and the unreality of form and mind is and she also shared how she went into a blank state and manage to get a glimpse of what the cessation of mind…nirodha samapatti (extinction of feeling and perception) is.  Sadhu! x 3.Sister Anne Choong covered chapter 13 of ‘The life of the Buddha and his teaching’ on the topic ‘The Buddha’s Daily routine’. The Buddha’s daily routine is really extraordinary which no ordinary human beingcan do.  His is full of love, compassion, wisdom and selfless sacrifices.

Sister Han reintroduce the topic shared by Sister Huol Rung (earlier on), on the importance of cultivating Sila for discussion again. She said, Sila or precepts are related to the following essential dharma as taught by the Buddha: Dana, Sila and Bhavana and SilaSamadhi and Pannaof the Noble 8-Fold Path. Bro Teoh then re explained the importance of keeping precepts or Sila via quoting the Buddha’s advice as given in his chanting stating that: Precept is the source of spiritual happiness; Precept is the source of spiritual wealth and Precept is the source of spiritual peacefulness of mind.   Bro Teoh also advocate the use of power of truth via Sila and aspiration to help us overcome our life difficulties, just like Venerable Angulimala’s case.

Sister Huol Rung’s sharing: From the sharing given by Sister Anne she came to understand that the Buddha is very clear of his unselfish mission to benefit others and the world. Asked if we know our own present life’s spiritual mission or not?

(Notes: The draft short notes was prepare by Sister Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 180227 Chinese New Year Bro Teoh’s house gathering
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Teoh Tue 180130 The Surangama Sutra special notes12 3 2013 pdf
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(Short Notes pdf)

Bro. Teoh gave a Guided meditation on how to train one’s mind to be mindful to develop the meditation as taught by the Buddha.Nature’s Universal laws or orders ….. This whole universe is governed by these 5 natural universal laws  (Panca nyamas) or orders: they are Nature’s physical order (utu niyama), biological order (Bija niyama), law of karma (karma niyama) , law of mind (citta niyama) and law of truth(dhamma niyama). Hence All beings are also subject to these laws. The 1st two are scientific laws and the last three are spiritual laws.

Mindfulness will arise when our mind is not crowded with thoughts, for mindfulness is awareness before the knowing or the arising of thought. When we are mindful we will be more aware of our own mental and physical movements and our environment and surroundings. We will also be more sensitive to our feelings and emotions including the emotions of others around us – we can feel and sense their fear, worry, anxiety and sadness etc. The problem is most people can’t cut off their heedless thinkingmental chattering and inquisitiveness. Such mental activities (which are our thinking and emotions) uses up a lot of our life force energy.

Bro. Teoh did a detailed review of our previous 9th Jan 2018 Tuesday class sharing by going through its printed short notes. These review and short notes will help kalyanamittas (especially the newer ones) to better understand all that were shared during the classes.

(Note: The above draft short notes was prepared by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)

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(Short Notes pdf)

Session 1: Puja and Meditation1.1 Puja (Buddhist devotional practices)The main purpose of Puja chanting is to develop the following:

To cultivate Faith (saddha) in the Buddha and his Teaching;

To cultivate the spiritual zeal (viriya) to learn the Dharma after seeingthe importance of learning such teaching;

To develop mindfulness (sati) and cultivate wholesomeness like generosity, paying respect to great beings   and rejoicing (in the goodness, kindness and generosity of others) during puja;

To renew our 5 precepts and the taking of refuges in the Triple Gems;

Making of puja aspirations (via understanding the significance of all our puja offerings) to help us progress along the path of Dharma;

Puja can help us calm and compose our mind to develop the Faith andwisdom.

1.2 Meditation

The main purpose of Meditation is to train the heedless thinking mindto be peaceful, calm and aware within (the silent mind) to see things clearly (or as they are) to develop the wisdom to liberate our mind.

Important Meditative instructions were given to help yogi understand what they are doing in the name of meditation.

Always remember to Relax body and mind to experience the silenceand the Just Feel with the silent mind and relax.

The purpose of mind sweeping method is to de condition the heedless thinking; then combining with metta to bring about inner peace and inner well-being (positive energy field) and Anapanasati training is to stabilize the sati (silent mind).

well trained mind listens to you and can serve you well.

Mind experiencing piti, sukha, tranquility and stillness (passadhi).

What are methods, techniques and objects of meditationfor? They are only skillful means to train the mind to be in sati and in the state of heedfulness.

One only need to train the mindwhen the 5 spiritual faculties are not stable yet.

Without the spiritual faculties the opposite 5 mental hindrances will be there to make one heedless and think a lot – reason why these people need methods and techniques and object of meditation to anchor their mind so that it does not wanders off and become

If you do this type of meditative training via just relaxing and silencing your mind, your mindfulness can become very sensitive and it can even detect your heart beator pounding of your heart withoutthe need of a stethoscope. Then as you silent your mind and relax into it more and more, the pounding will slow down.

‘…Then you move your attention back to your chest or heart This is a very important location within your body. This is where your life-forcearises and passes away. This is where the seat of consciousnessresides and how you become conscious – from there it arises. This is also where your heart beat is; your life-force pumps your heart beat. Your life-force comes from your supportive karma that you inherit. If this supportive karma or life-force energy does not come then your heart will stop it will not beat.

So we have to silent our mind and just feel our heart area, feel it soothingly relax and silent everything. If you can detect whatever vibration or your heart beat, you just silent everything and stay thereto develop the stability of your silent If you do this type of meditation or meditative training… (Normally as doctors they need the stethoscope to magnify the heart beat pulse so that they can feel it)…but if you can meditate to be mindful and very aware you don’t needany stethoscope. You can just relax and silent your mind then u can feel and be aware of your own heart beat very clearly including its pounding etc. Then as you silent your mind more and more, the pounding will slow down until it becomes very quiet and very still. Then you don’t need to do anything but just stay there and silent everything to meditate because this is the silent mind which is also the meditative mind.

Continuous mindfulness leading to absorption of mind …..

Uppacara and appana Samadhi …..

Relax into every mind state that arise and let the mind return to its original state of stillness, tranquility and silence.

Session 2 Dharma sharing proper and Q and A

Try to maintain whatever inner peace, inner calmness and inner awareness that you have developed through this meditative training. You need to make use of these trained mind states to live your life then your life will change; your life will become very different. If you can have this type of mind which is always peacefulcalm (with very little or no thinking), constantly aware and sensitive to life; sensitive to your inner thought movements; your emotion and everything else, then you will become a very beautiful being. You will understand many things then you will have no more problems because the slightest movement of your mind towards the 2 extremes you can feel it straight We call this mind the trained thinking mind, the worldly or mundane mind.

There are 2 aspects to our mind; one is your true mind, the silent mindthat can be aware and can understand many things; and the other is the mundane mind, the thinking mind, the worldly mind that thinks a lot and creates a lot of problems and emotions for us because of our lack of understanding. But the moment we understand, this thinking mind becomes different, it understands and it can be trained; and when it is trained it becomes very quiet and still which means – previously it does what it like but now it listen to you and it can servesyou just like a trained dog.

In a similar way if we train our mind, it will listen to us. If you want it to be silent, peaceful it will just do that. You want to be relaxed, at easeand do whatever you want to do, it will just obey you. So this mind will serve you well (be a very good servant to you.)

Meditation is to learn to transform this heedless thinking mind that is full of wrong views and delusion into a mind that has the clarity, the wisdom and the understanding not to be deceived by what you see, hear, smell, tactilely feel and think. This is what the Buddha called wisdom or understanding.

When you understand you are no longer foolish; you won’t get yourself into trouble anymore. The Most important thing one need to do is to meditate to understand clearly what is life all about. All of nature’s laws that govern all of our life and existence need to be understood first. When we understand these laws it is like we understands the secret of life then we will know how to live in accordance with these laws.

Importance of understanding the Law of karma (moral causation) to realize the importance of taking care of karma and how via taking care of karmaone can improve and transform one’s life.

If you take care of karma, karma will take care of your life.

Various types of Dukkha or suffering caused by the 8 realities of life and existence when one confronts them without proper understanding.

Caused of suffering is due to one’s attachment to the 5 aggregates of form & mind via one’s self-delusion.

Nature always gives and Nature is full of Love and compassion.

We should appreciate, have gratitudeand cherish what nature has given to mankind. Man & Nature must harmonize because we come from Nature and we are actually ONE with Nature; if man destroys nature, then nature will destroy the human race. We should live in harmony with Nature then we will not be faced with much nature’s disasters and environmental problems.

Understanding the 5 Aggregates of Form and Mind as taught by the Buddha. Its two aspects: 1st aspect as a physical human being and the 2nd aspect as a mental 5 aggregates via understanding the thought(consciousness and its content).

To understand the 4 aggregates of mind one must inquire – what can your mind do?

Our true mind is just spacious awareness (when the mundane mind is not or ceases to be) – when we are without thoughts, when our views, opinions and the conditioned mind are not interfering with our pure perception.

Thought which is focus awareness and its content is limited, narrowand finite because it is based on the mundane mind’s perception that shrinks our true mind’s spacious awareness into a finite spot where the conditioned mind’s content of consciousness are inputted or deposited.

Enlightened beings act according to understanding n wisdom. They don’t discriminate or act according to memories because ‘acting according to memory is not acting at all’.

This Buddhist teaching is based on Natures lawsand it is experiential and very scientific, not base on tradition,superstitions and beliefs.

Did anyone suffer from depression during Buddha’s time?

There is no such thing as a ‘Problem’ if we do not perceive it with fear and negativity. When we accept what happenedas part of liferealities then we can be at peace. Then our mind will not stir and our thought will not project the fear, worry and anxiety then we can have clarity of mind to make better decision and act with wisdom and understanding following Noble 8-fold path via inquiring further: How can we resolve this amicably and what are our options? How can we resolve issues there and then via making good decisions to move on?

This body of ours is not a permanent unchanging entity hence it is not “Me”. It is makeup of the 4 elementsthat goes the way of nature,subject to old age sickness and

Do not view life through our wrong views, accumulated memories and delusion. No need to arise the fearand worry for they will not help usresolve issues amicably. Will instead cause anxiety and fear leading to depression. It is better to take the necessary steps to address issues via wisdom and accept whatever the outcome via doing what need to be done to take care of karma.

Life can be really meaningfuland beautiful when we have the Dharma understanding. One can then live life to the fullest to experience all the pristine beauty and wonders of life.

(Note: The draft short notes for the above was prepared by Sister Hooi Yoon Chun)

Teoh Tue 180102  Sis Huol Rung sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 12 : The Buddha’s Ministry

2017

  Teoh Tue 171226  Krishnamurti’s Teachings What is truth

What is thought?  The limitation, narrowness and finiteness of thought.

Western Philosophy.

The difference between Lover of Truth and Lover of thought.

Teoh Tue 171219 Celebrated December kalyanamittas’s birthday
Mrs Teoh’s sharing
Bro Song’s sharing
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Teoh Tue 171212 Is marriage an Asset or a Liability?

Understanding the importance of Karma.

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Teoh Tue 171128 Bro Teoh continued sharing on The Buddha and his teaching Chapter 10 page 175 on the story of the strongest lay female/lady supporter of the Buddha, Lady Visakha;

Lady visakha’s great virtues and paramis;

Questions by Sister Yoon Chun and PG;

Sharing by Bro. Song.

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Teoh Tue 171114 Bro Chin How sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 10 : The Buddha’s Chief Opponents and Supporters.
Teoh Tue 171107 Sister Adeline continue her sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 9 : The Buddha & his relatives.
Teoh Tue 171031 The special puja chanting;

The taking and renewal of our Bodhisattva vows;

The 3 significant milestones achieved for the year 2017 and an introduction to our newly launched broteoh.com website.

Teoh Tue 171024 Sharing on the newly printed transcript book – ‘The 46th Lesson of the 6th Patriach’s Platform Sutra’ page 36 on defilement and importance of correcting ones faults.

Sister Adeline’s sharing on The Buddha and His teaching Chapter 9 page 139: The Buddha & his relatives.  She also shared about her meditation experience at Ajhan Anan’s Wat Marp Jan Rayong Thailand.

Teoh Tue 171017 Bro Song sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 8

The Buddha and his relatives

Teoh Tue 171010 Significance of our coming 13th anniversary  Gathering of Kalyanamittas cum Bro. Teoh’s Birthday celebration dated 22.10.2017.The 3 important milestones achieved for the year 2017.

The Buddha and His teaching (page 109 till 118).

Explanation of Fire sermon (Āditta-Pariyāya Sutta)

If you are mindful, u will be sensitive enough to understand what the Buddha meant when he said in the fire sermon: ‘Everything is burning’.  Burning with the fire of Greed, Hatred and Delusion – all the evil roots that will cause you suffering.

Experiencing the good life and craving for the good life are based on totally different understanding.  If you have the condition and the understanding to have it, then it is perfectly fine to experience the good things in life.  However, when there is no more condition yet you still craving for it, you will suffer and become miserable because that is attachment and clinging.

Teoh Tue 171003 The Buddha & his teachings Chapter 7 page  103 – 109

4 Noble Truths

1st Noble Truth of Dukkha is not about  life is suffering. It explains the prevalence of suffering when one confronts the 8 realities of life and existence without proper understanding.

Have to reflect on the 5 daily contemplations every day

If you don’t react and stir your mind when faced with a situation or when problem arise,  you will be at peace.

The cause of suffering is craving borne of self delusion leading to clinging and attachment to the 5 grasping aggregates of Form and Mind.

Teoh Tue 170926 Guangzhou spiritual trip sharing by Bro Teoh

Alicia sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 7

Bro Teoh sharing on Fire Sermon

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Teoh Tue 170829 Bro. Teoh sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 5 & 6

Sati leading to Samadhi 

Understanding the difference between Samadhi and concentration

Teoh Tue 170822 Bro. Tune & Sis. Padmasuri sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 6 (Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta)

NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH pdf

Appendix 8 – Table A -3 Turnings of the 4NobleTruths pdf

Understanding 5 Aggregates pdf

Teoh Tue 170815 Sis Yoon Chun sharing on The Buddha & his teachings – Chapter 5 (The Invitation to Expound the Dhamma)
Teoh Tue 170808 Sis. Mimi & Bro. Chong Lim sharing on The Buddha & his Teachings Chapter 4 (After the Enlightenment)

What Buddha’s first 7 weeks after his enlightenment.

Nirvana is not a state of being.  It is complete cessation of  form and mind.  The Mundane mind connects to the true nature and realise itself.  It is the uncondition hence there is nothing – no movement or mind activity at all.  Thus there is no suffering. 

The cause of suffering is craving borne of delusion and ignorance.  So whether the craving is positive or negative it will still arise suffering.

To break sakkayaditthi one has to awaken to the 12 links.

You have 2 minds ( Mundane mind and super mundane mind)

Sense desire arise from your craving.  Only wisdom can free and liberate us from sense desire.  Without wisdom you will crave, cling and grasp and want things your way.

If you don’t have wisdom, immediate upon contact not only feeling arise, it will also immediately condition craving.  With wisdom – upon contact feeling will be pure feeling .

Teoh Tue 170801 How do we act? What is true action?

Acting according to memory is not acting at all.

We should act according to wisdom or understanding.

The 12 links or law of dependent origination.

Teoh Tue 170725 Dependent origination

When this arise that arise, When this ceases that ceases. (Imasmim sati idam hoti; Imasmim asati idam na hoti) – this is how duality and dependent origination manifest.

Cause of suffering is attachment or craving.  Attachment/craving arises from self-delusion.  Behind self-delusion is ignoranceOnly wisdom can cease ignorance and free your mind from all suffering, leading to Enlightenment.

Teoh Tue 170718 Cultivating the Bodhisattva way – an extract page 33-37

5 Aggregate of form and mind of special beings;

The great compassion and vows of Guan Shi Yin Bodhisattva – The Universal Door Of Guanshiyin Bodhisattva (普门品)

Joyce inquiries on how ones past cultivation could have an effect on ones next rebirth.

Teoh Tue 170711 Sharing on Cariyapitaka sutra (The 24/28 Buddha) and the Buddhavamsa (Chronicles of the Buddha).

Sis Joyce’s sharing on her spiritual path.

Very good advises from Bro Teoh in the end of the talk

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Teoh Tue 170530 Krishnamurti’s Quote – When thought has understood its own beginning
Teoh Tue 170516  1st class of The Buddha & His Teachings by Narada

Diamond Sutra (Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra) 10 Mar 2015 – 2 May 2017

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