Date: 11/27/2010 1:59:48 AM
Subject: [CASonline] Last word before Sri Lanka
Dearest Frens @ CAS,
We are attaching for you the "secret" 2nd floor plan, clumsily sketched out of pencil on the back of a maths exercise paper, as scanned and emailed to our architect in Malacca, Malaysia.
We are awaiting the current Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and the Nyingma Teacher of HH the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche to bestow a precious name on the new centre through CAS's secretary, now ordained and practising under Him on the foothills of the great Himalayas.
The first floor will be an auditorium and will also serve as break-up classrooms when the occasion requires .....
Under the holy instructions of Lho Kunzang Rinpoche and Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche, the centre will serve also as a retreat centre for students who wish to lodge there as long as he or she or they want. The only condition is to just do practice purely for good of the world, any lineage, any Buddhist tradition: the highest yoga tantras, pure loving-kindness, vipassana, chanting the holy name of Buddha Amitabha and all bodhisattvas ....
This is also the same, simple condition given by the late Penor Rinpoche to His American students, "The only condition for my coming to America and for you taking all the precious empowerments from me is that you practice them."
As CAS exists only for the good of all mother beings, everything will depend mainly, if not, solely on all beings' karma.... the good ones !!
PLEASE dedicate for the centre that it will be pure and will be of HIGHEST good to the holy Dharma and all beings, not letting down any of our holy, precious Teachers.
All the Creatures & Friends @ CAS exclaim with amazing gratitude to Mr and Mrs Tey ( Lobsang Nyima & Lobsang Dawa ) for their generosity for this double storeyed new centre, CAS's biggest gift so far ..... thank you !!
Everything is still very tentative and is creeping along in unsure, baby steps. What is assured is our unflinching commitment to the holy instructions of our Teachers, living or dead ( manifesting only ).
We will keep you all updated !!
bb & all whooping frens @ CAS guided by Lord Buddha
- CASonline has received the precious gift of a nearly brand new laptop .... and bb is using it now for this issue: "Infinite gratitude too to Mr Tenzin Wangchuk-la ..... Amituofo !!"
- Rejoicings to Sis Crystal's dreadfully selfless giving, giving and yet more giving to all the homeless felines around her home. Thank you, thank you and meow .... bb will be clinching a cat upon his return. It is called "Happy".
In this issue
- News from Camden !!
- Remembering Lord Buddha !!
- Great News !!
- A Nice Way !!
- For our Friends !!
- Errata !!
- Post-script !!
NEWS from Camden ( www.camden.edu.sg )
CAS's education centre, Camden, has received the happiest news of a big bumper crop harvest from Singapore's draconian Primary Six national examination.
Besides our usual yearly grade of "A Stars" in English, Maths and Science, we have, this year, had a top pupil with 4 A STARS and our highest score yet to-date of "270" .... one of the highest scores amongst the high scores in Singapore !!
"Well-done Qian Feng ( aka Panda ) !!"
Holy Manjushri will guide you on the long road to every success in school, working and dharma life in the future !!
Remembering Lord Buddha
As a rule, while lord buddhas are living, existing, and passing time, there are stupas for their hair and nails. ....
In the evening time, a certain monk prostrated himself with all his limbs at a stupa for the Buddha's hair and nails. Then, bringing to mind the Tathagata with his attributes, he cultivated faith in his mind as he thought,
"The Blessed One is just like this -
a perfectly awakened Being,
perfect in knowledge and conduct,
a Knower of the world,
an Unsurpassed Guide for those in need of training,
a Teacher of gods and men,
and a Blessed One."
.... the Blessed One saw that monk prostrating himself with his entire body at that stupa for hair and nails and cultivating a faithful mind ......
"Monks, look at this monk who prostrates himself with his entire body at this stupa for hair and nails and cultivates a faithful mind..... as many grains of sand as there are in that space between the land that this monk has tread upon and the stratum of the golden wheel, which is eighty thousand leagues down below, this mokn will enjoy that many thousands of reigns as a wheel-turning king."
Then it occured to those monks, "One cannot count the grains of sand in a pit that is a man's height in depth; what then of those in the eighty thousand leagues leading down to the stratum of the golden wheel .......
The Venerable Upali then asked the Lord Buddha, "..... In what way, Bhadanta, will such a mass of merit diminish, give out, and finally be exhausted ?"
"Upali, i see no injury and harm more terrible than when one follower of the religious life entertains bad thoughts toward another follower of the religious life. In this way, Upali, these great roots of virtue will diminish, give out, and finally be exhausted. So then, Upali, you should put this into practice: "We won't even have bad thoughts toward a burnt stump, let alone a body with sensory consciousness."
This was said by the Blessed One. With their minds uplifted, the monks rejoiced.
( From the "Divyavadana" - Wisdom Publication )
GREAT NEWS !!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama honoured for iconic contribution to peace, social justice
19 November 2010
New Delhi: His Holiness the Dalai Lama was honoured with the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice by the Harmony Foundation at a ceremony held at the Taj Mahal Hotel yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abraham Mathai, president of Harmony Foundation and Vice Chairman of State Minorities Commission, Government of Maharashtra said the Award honours His Holiness as “a living legend, a worldwide icon of conscience, a voice clearly heard over the din of conflicting values, and as a global voice for peace and social justice.”
In his acceptance speech, His Holiness recalled his first visit to Mother Teresa’s center in Calcutta where he said he was touched by the spirit of Mother Teresa which was still alive even in her absence. “And that’s very important because even if she’s not there, her followers are still fully committed in continuing her legacy in serving the poor and the destitute,” His Holiness said.
His Holiness said all major religions have the same potential to cultivate and strengthen human values such as compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance. Mother Teresa, His Holiness said, was a Catholic nun whose inner strength came from her Christian faith. Faith not only brings individual well-being but also the willingness to serve others, His Holiness added.
Speaking on the importance of cultivating inner values, His Holiness said material values have its own limitations as it provides only physical comfort. But a calm and compassionate mind brings inner well-being.
His Holiness said by and large many religious traditions have peacefully coexisted in India which he said was due to ancient Indian traditions of religious harmony and Ahimsa (non-violence). Arguments and debates happen between different viewpoints but that’s understandable, His Holiness said.
His Holiness expressed his admiration for other award winners of the day saying their selfless and tireless commitment and dedication towards bringing justice and securing rights of the less privileged will go a long way in bringing development and change in India. But real transformation, His Holiness said, should begin from rural communities in India.
The award was presented to His Holiness by two representatives from the Kolkata-based Sisters of Missionary, and actress Rani Mukherjee who said she felt extremely privileged to be in the same room as His Holiness as “only a chosen few get blessed by His Holiness.”
The Harmony Foundation also honoured a host of other NGOs and individuals for their contribution toward peace, tolerance, equality, and social justice. Among them were Aruna Roy and her organisation Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan for Right to Information and empowerment of women and rural poor; Roy was a prominent leader of the Right to Information (RTI) movement which led to the enactment of the RTI Act in 2005.
Mr Colin Gonsalves, a senior advocate of Supreme Court of India for legal aid in addressing human rights; Sewa Ashram, an NGO for their work amongst the homeless destitute in Delhi; Dr Udit raj for Dalit empowerment and emancipation; Mr Y.P. Singh for his campaign against corruption in upper echelons of public service especially in the police and income tax departments; Ms Sumaira Abdulali for advocacy on noise pollution and environment. And Sayed Iqbal Haider, a former senator, federal minister of law and former attorney general of Pakistan was honoured for his activism in human rights.
Luminaries from the public life who attended the award ceremony included Justice J S Verma, former Chief Justice of India and Chairman of National Human Rights Commission; GVG Krishnamurthy, former Chief Election Commissioner; Dr T Sangliani, vice chairman of the National Commission for Minorities; Members of Parliament Milind Deora, Jose K Mani, Dr B Mungekar and Sanjay Patil; Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; and Swami Agnivesh.
International guests at the awards included H.E. Mr Ahmad Tariq Karim, High Commissioner for Bangladesh; H E Mrs Khadija Radman Mohammed Ghanem, Ambassador for Yemen; Deputy head of delegation of the EU, Mr Pavel Svitil; Deputy Chief of Mission for Germany, Mr Christian-Mathias Schlaga; Deputy Head of Mission for Austria, Mr Raimund Magis of Austria; and Secretary Nathanael Silva of Brazil. Indian film director and noted human rights voice Mahesh Bhatt was also present.
A NICE WAY ....to respond to radical, blinded evangelising:
Hi bb, pls help to share this link in your next issue -
For our Friends
HH the 84th Throne-Holder of Kathok Monastery - Khenchen Lhoga Rinpoche will be touching Singapore again. The holy programme is as attached. Do contact the Nyingma Kathok Buddhist Centre at 62910330 for any enquiries.
ONE POINT FIVE
One of CAS's precious Teachers, Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche, will be personally leading the 5th Oddiyana Retreat and Pilgrimage starting on 2nd February 2011.
For more information, see http://www.dk-petsek.org/oddiyana-2011.html
"We hid in the toilets, different places in the trains. When we got caught, we begged the Indian conductor to let us off. We promised to alight at the very next stop. But, after dropping off, we plotted to sneak in again through another compartment. That was how we managed to make it to the different places.....
At Bodhigaya, we participated in offering to the Spritual Teacher, "Lama Chopa", with many Gelugpa monks to the Dalai Lama's senior tutor, Ling Rinpoche, the 97th Ganden Tripa.....
For one Indian rupee, we danced and sang for the Indians. We sang of the Dharma, of mantras and prayers of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The Indians gave us two rupees..... that was how poor we were in the early days of exile from Tibet. That was how we held on to the Dharma, not forgetting it."
Most Venerable Drikung Ontrul Rinpoche ( Singapore - 2010 )
Kind greetings. I am very pleased to inform you about Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche's forthcoming teachings In Malaysia this coming December which is being organized by Persatuan Kadam Tashi Choe Ling Malaysia. Details about the teachings and Rinpoche's biography can be found in the attachments. We welcome you and your friends from CAS to join us for this rare and precious event.
We too rejoice in all the wonderful activities which you all have been carrying out over the years in spreading the holy Dharma. Just feel free to let me know if you and your friends need any assistance should you all be able to come.
Thank you very much.
On behalf of Persatuan Kadam Tashi Choe Ling Malaysia
For details, please email Mr Lim at: Yan Pok Lim
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Centre Floor Plan