Dhamma Talk 22 May 2013 & Pindacara and Sanghika dana on 23 May 2013

Namo Buddhaya Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma


There will be 6 forest monks from Thailand who will be visiting our centre from  22 - 23 May 2013.
(1) Luang Phor Sewang (LP Sewang) - 31 Vassa
(2) Phosawang Phra Seemart (Ajahn Simak) - 21 Vassa
(3) Phramaha Keyrati Srivuthana (Ajahn Dun) - 14 Vassa
(4) Phra Suthanai Patthapeesin (Ajahn Eik) - 10 Vassa
(5) Ajahn Cagino - 9 vassa
(6) Sae Ho Phra Totsaporn (Ajahn Dam) - 8 vassa

During their visit we there will be
Dhamma Talk
Date : 22 May 2013
Time : 8.00pm

Pindacara  (alms round) and Sanghika Dana

Date :23 May 2013

Time : 8.00 am

Pindacara starts from centre, pass old town market to Public Bank Old town and walk back to centre.

 Remarks - Vegetarian 

According to Thai forest tradition, lay people do not touch the food once it is offered. The monks will help them self serving the food. (Once the food is touched, it has to be re-offered)

MEANING OF ALMSGIVING - DOUBLE CLICK BELOW PICTURE TO ENLARGE

IMPORTANT REMINDERS- Practice your Mindfulness

The Monks observe a total of 227 rules. It is therefore of paramount importance that we as, the Lay Devotees, ensure that  we conduct ourselves properly so that the Monks do not breach any rules. Here we wish highlight the few rules which we as Lay Devotees can take note and be mindful of:-
 
Respectful Dress Code -no exposed shoulders and legs       
For male devotees          :
Long pants and shirt or T-shirt with shoulders covered.
For female devotees      :            
Long pants or long skirt and shirt  or T-shirt with shoulders covered.
NO shorts, NO tank tops. NO transparent shirt or T-shirt.Three-quarter pant is not encouraged.

Handling of Money
The Monks cannot handle money. If you wish to make any donation, please place your cash money in a red packet available in our shrine hall. Write down your name and Ajahn’s name. Just place the red packet in front of Ajahn on the seated platform or table. The kapiya (assistant to member of sanghas) will then collect it on your behalf.

NOTES
-All devotees are advised to use the right passage (corridor) after you enter the main gate to go to the kitchen if you bring food for dana and if they are in packets, you may use the food container available at the centre. Those food already in the container, you may place them on the table available, ensure the food has a spoon to enable the monks to pick up the food.
- The left passage (corridor) is STRICTLY for Sanghas (monks).
- Use the right corridor if you need to go to the Gents or Ladies.
- Use the front glass door to enter the shrine hall
- Bring along extra containers or tiffin, we are most happy to share blessed food after everyone has taken their meal.
- Washing area is provided at the back of the centre (wet kitchen), kindly wash your own or cutleries, utensils, food containers after meal . It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.We have limited washing basin,your kind patience is highly appreciated.


It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.



 Below are the visiting monks programme while in Malaysia



SADHU SADHU SADHU


With Metta
Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre
21, Jalan Penchala
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia
Tel : +603-7784 9002
Fax : +603 -7784 8002
E-Mail : trccpenchala@gmail.com
Web : http://www.ti-ratana-penchala.com.my http://trccpenchala.blogspot.com/ (TRIPLE GEM)
http://mealsonwheelspenchala.blogspot.com/ (MEALS ON WHEELS)

Merits Making opportunity - Dhamma Brothers & Sisters We need YOU!



Dear Brothers & Sisters in the Dhamma,

Sukhihotu.

There will be 6 forest monks from Thailand who will be visiting our centre from  22 - 23 May 2013

Volunteers we need you for the following :-

1) TRANSPORTATION

22 May 2013
Time : 11.00 am
Pick Up from KLIA to Ti-Ratana Penchala 
Requirement : 2 MPV

2) Serving Pana (afternoon tea)

Date : 22 May 2013
Time : 4 pm
Requirement : To prepare for the 6 sanghas

Serving tea, coffee,honey, fruit juices (fresh or packet fruit juices without pulp, fruit juices, tomato juice is allowed), dark chocolate (without milk/fruits/nuts), sorbet with no residue of pulps or particles, sunflower seeds, soft cheese (cheese stick,cheddar,Danish Camembert, brie etc ) and seaweed.
When offering fresh fruit juice it is important that it is well strained so that no pulp or fruit particles remain, for the fruit itself counts as food and so cannot be consumed in the afternoon. Some places in Thailand will strain the juice in a cloth filter seven times to make sure, but the main point is that the filter is fine enough.


"Juice drinks include the freshly squeezed juice of sugar cane, lotus root, all fruits except grain, all leaves except cooked vegetables, and all flowers except the [bassia latifolia] (Mahaavagga.VI.35.6). According to the Commentary, the juice must be strained, and may be warmed by sunlight but not heated over a fire."(BMC p.339)


Some communities will not accept fruit juice made from 'large fruits':


"In discussing the Great Standards, the Commentary says that grain is a "great fruit," and thus the juice of any one of nine large fruits — palmyra fruit, coconut, jack fruit, breadfruit, bottle gourd, white gourd, musk melon, water melon, and squash — would fall under the same class as the juice of grain... From this judgment, many Communities [in Thailand] infer that the juice of any large fruit, such as pineapple or grapefruit, would also be classed as a non-staple food [and therefore could not be consumed in the afternoon.]" (BMC p.339)



* If you wish to offer above items to the sanghas, please inform us by 8th May . All items must be prepared and served individual portion basis.



3)Pindacara and Sanghika Dana

Date :23 May 2013
Time : 8.00 am 

During pindacara & serving dana, we need volunteers for the following :-
a)Follow and assist the monk during alms round - Require 7 brothers




b)You are welcome to the ritual of washing the ajahns' foot after the alms round. Get ready the water, pail, soap and floor mat. Only brothers are allowed. We need at least 5 brothers to assist.


Monks go on alms round bare feet. Upon their return, Monks allow devotees to wash their feet for the purpose of practicing humility, service, reverence, overcoming aversion and ego

C)Assist the sanghas with alms bowl to take the food. (brothers only) - Require 6 brothers. A great opportunity to serve the monk



D)Help to wash sangha's alms bowl - Require 4 brothers





E) Set up tables to place food for dana , cutleries, plates, serving gear . Sort out the food like fruits, drinks, kuih , vegetarian and non vegatarian dishes in sections. (male & female devotees are welcome)






We also need volunteers at the following section


1) Help to mob the shrine hall after the dana
 
2) Wash the floor (back kitchen area where we place the food) after dana 
 
3) Help to clear and wash the food containers used after dana

Brothers & Sisters, if you are able to volunteer in any of the above mentioned areas, kindly provide us your name & contact number by email trccpenchala@gmail.com or contact Sis June 03-7784 9002 . We look forward to hearing from you soon

To view, please click the poster to enlarge


When one perform such wholesome deeds with a wholesome and happy mind, one reap great benefits.

SADHU SADHU SADHU

UPDATE 1 - Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (20th Anniversary)- 17 & 18 Dec 2011

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Sukhihotu.

We would like to invite you to this auspicious event. See below poster for details and some programmes are subject to change. We would like to highlight certain programmes for your attention and we are also looking for kapiyas & volunteers during the event.

There will be approximately 40 sangha members (Thai forest tradition monks)

Dec 17 & 18 , 2011

Pindapatta - 9am
Venue - in the school compound.

Remarks
Only offer cooked rice.
We expected there will be more than hundreds of devotees who will be attending the pindapatta . We are looking for volunteers who can cook a pot of rice from their home and bring over to the school by 7.30am for the 2 days, please let us know. Kindly email us your name & contact number by 30 Nov 2011

WE NEED YOU VOLUNTEERS

- Volunteers needed for 2 days to distribute water  (morning shift & afternoon shift). Comes in water dispenser.Just replenish when is finish. Just make sure people don't throw the cups everywhere.

- Hall set up & decor


WE NEED 5 KAPIYAS (MALE ONLY)


- To assist the monks during pindapata & dana
- must be at the venue by 7am cos there will be briefing and each kapiya will be assigned to a monk.
- all kapiyas must wear white top & black pants. However, 8 preceptors are welcome to wear all white

Please email Bro Tan Buck Soon your name & contact number -  jpteguh@gmail.com


DANA

Devotees are welcome  to bring food (vegetarian or non vegetarian, fruits, desserts, appertiser etc) for dana between 7.30 - 8.30am and pass it to  Food Receiving counter. Please label your container with your name and contact number. And you may collect it after the meal offering from the designated counters. Any uncollected containers can be claimed from Uttama Bodhi Vihara, Bandar Utama within a 7 days.Any unclaimed containers will be donated or send for recycling.

Alternatively, you may use a disposable container like disposable aluminium foil trays (suggestions only)

Please contact Sis Theresa Toh - 013- 3366278 / Sis Lily Bong 012-3399238 to let them know what you are bringing


Note
- Remember 3R - Reuse, Recycle & Reduce
- Devotees are encourage to bring recycle bag (WE SUPPORT NO PLASTIC BAGS) if you wish to collect free dhamma books. Donations are welcome for reprinting of books.
- Plates will be distributed during pindapata to put the rice for you to offer to the sanghas. It must be returned to the volunteers so that you can reuse them later for your meal. You are also encourage/welcome to bring your own containers to put rice
- Devotees are also most welcome to bring your own containers for food or even for your drinks.

 



--
With Metta
Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre
21, Jalan Penchala
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia
Tel : +603-7784 9002
Fax : +603 -7784 8002
E-Mail : trccpenchala@gmail.com
Web : http://www.ti-ratana-penchala.com.my
http://mahasadhu.blogspot.com/
http://trccpenchala.blogspot.com/

 

Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (ACRD) – 17 & 18 December 2011 (FOR NON MUSLIM ONLY)

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Sukhihotu.

 


The Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day (ACRD)  is a special day devoted to one of the great contemporary Buddhist monks in Thailand, Venerable Ajahn Chah also known as Ajahn Chah Subhaddo. He established the first monastery in Thailand to be run by and for English-speaking monks, Wat Pah Nanachat ('International Forest Monastery') which Venerable Sumedho assisted in the setting up as the first abbot.  Venerable Ajahn Chah is especially revered for his contribution and dedication to the establishment of the practice of the Thai Forest Tradition in Buddhism outside of Thailand.

This year’s event, which is the third one to be held in Malaysia, is especially significant as it marks the 20th anniversary of this great monk’s passing The two-day event on the 17th & 18th of December 2011 , will be held at the SJK (C) Yuk Chai (Taman Megah) school hall.  Monks from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Malaysia  will be attending this event.
“ When Ajahn Chah sent me to England to establish the first branch monastery there, I had a lot of anxiety. I told him about my doubts of surviving in England as an alms mendicant.

Ajahn Chah said, “You mean there are no kind people in England?”  I replied, “I am sure there are.” Then he said, “Go! Go there!”

He didn’t say “Buddhist”. He said “kind people”. And that struck me. I have a much more cynical attitude about the nature of humanity. My attitude is that we are basically selfish. Ajahn Chah’s attitude is that we are basically good. That felt to me like a better way of viewing humanity.

Now, when I reflect on my 33 years of living in England-- teaching meditation, establishing monasteries, ordaining and training monks and nuns there--and how much support we have received over the years, out of the good heartedness and generosity of people there, I feel a very deep sense of gratitude.”

~ Venerable Ajahn Sumedho, at the Ajahn Chah Rememberance Day, January 2010, Kuala Lumpur

Born on 17 June 1918 near Ubon Ratchathani, northeast Thailand, Ajahn Chah was instrumental in establishing the Thai Forest tradition in Buddhism in the West and was an influential teacher of the Buddhadharma.

He became a wandering ascetic after the death of his father, walking across Thailand while taking teachings at various monasteries. By also spending time in jungles infested with tigers and cobras, caves and cremation grounds, he developed a unique style of meditation by reflecting on death to comprehend the true meaning of life.

The Thai Forest tradition is one branch of the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Commonly practiced in Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka, one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Theravada Buddhist tradition is its strict adherence to the original teachings and rule of monastic discipline laid down by the Buddha

The Forest tradition emphasizes very strongly on meditative practice and the realization of enlightenment as the focus of monastic life. A day in the life of a Forest monk involves constant practice of the Buddha’s path of contemplative insight, which includes living a life of discipline, renunciation and meditation. It is through this process that the Forest monks can understand the inner truth and peace as taught by the Buddha. The extensive 227 rules of conduct, or precepts, must be strictly adhered to, such as consuming food between dawn and noon; not handling money; practice of celibacy.  The Forest monks commonly engage in the practice of “thudong” which is wandering on foot in search of solitary places, sleeping wherever is available and eating only whatever is offered by laypeople along the way.

Laypeople wonder why Forest monks undergo such a strict and disciplined regime that entails living a life of absolute austerity. The Buddha believed that living in this manner allows Forest monks to simplify and refine the mind. Refinement allows them to explore and understand the fundamental causes of suffering within the human psyche and ultimately cultivate a path that leads toward freedom from suffering and supreme happiness.

The Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day seeks to provide the public with guidance by the visiting Monks on how this can possibly be achieved through the teachings of the Buddha and Ajahn Chah.  It is especially relevant since we live in a day in age where our lives are full of stress, pressure and fear of uncertainties.

Ajahn Chah once said:

“ The purpose of the practice, then, is to seek inwardly, searching and investigating until you reach the original mind. The original mind is also known as the pure mind.”
 ~  “The Path to Peace” by Ajahn Chah

Keep the  above dates free and  watch out for more details in our next email.


We look forward to your support and participation. Please bring your family and friends.

May the Blessings of the Triple Gem be with you and your family always.




--
With Metta
Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre
21, Jalan Penchala
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor
Malaysia
Tel : +603-7784 9002
Fax : +603 -7784 8002
E-Mail : trccpenchala@gmail.com
Web : http://www.ti-ratana-penchala.com.my
http://mahasadhu.blogspot.com/
http://trccpenchala.blogspot.com/

PINDAPATTA (8am), SANGHIKA DANA( 10am) DHAMMA TALK( 8pm) on 17 Aug 2011




PINDAPATTA (8am), SANGHIKA DANA( 10am) DHAMMA TALK( 8pm) on 17 Aug 2011

 Namo Buddhaya Brothers and Sisters in the Dhamma

We are pleased to announce on the 16-18 Aug 2011,Ti-Ratana Penchala will be expecting 15 Mahasanghas members whom are Abbots of branch Monasteries of Loung Por Gunha's,Thailand. The branch monasteries are all over Thailand and we are fortunate not having to travel the distance to meet with the 15 Abbots Monks.

See details below:

Pana 

16 Aug - 7.00pm
17 Aug - 4.30 pm

Serving tea, coffee,honey, fruit juices (fresh or packet fruit juices without pulp, fruit juices, tomato juice is allowed), dark chocolate (without milk/fruits/nuts), sorbet with no residue of pulps or particles, sunflower seeds, soft cheese (cheese stick,cheddar,Danish Camembert, brie etc ) and seaweed.
When offering fresh fruit juice it is important that it is well strained so that no pulp or fruit particles remain, for the fruit itself counts as food and so cannot be consumed in the afternoon. Some places in Thailand will strain the juice in a cloth filter seven times to make sure, but the main point is that the filter is fine enough.

"Juice drinks include the freshly squeezed juice of sugar cane, lotus root, all fruits except grain, all leaves except cooked vegetables, and all flowers except the [bassia latifolia] (Mahaavagga.VI.35.6). According to the Commentary, the juice must be strained, and may be warmed by sunlight but not heated over a fire."(BMC p.339)

Some communities will not accept fruit juice made from 'large fruits':

"In discussing the Great Standards, the Commentary says that grain is a "great fruit," and thus the juice of any one of nine large fruits — palmyra fruit, coconut, jack fruit, breadfruit, bottle gourd, white gourd, musk melon, water melon, and squash — would fall under the same class as the juice of grain... From this judgment, many Communities [in Thailand] infer that the juice of any large fruit, such as pineapple or grapefruit, would also be classed as a non-staple food [and therefore could not be consumed in the afternoon.]" (BMC p.339)

* If you wish to offer above items to Loung Por and Ajahns, please inform us by 11 Aug. All items must be prepared and served individual portion basis.

Pindapatta and Sanghika Dana
Date :17 Aug 2011
Time : 8.00 am (subject to change)

Dhamma Talk
Date : 17 Aug 2011
Time : 7.30pm
Venue :
Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple
 No 24, Jalan Pantai, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7957-2255.

* We are looking for volunteers who can send to & fro from our centre and Wat Chetawan on 17 Aug 2011 for Dhamma Talk.Please contact us if you can.


Volunteers

For Brothers & Sisters who are coming to volunteer yourself during dana & pindappata, appreciate if you can be in our centre on 17 Aug 2011 @ 7.30am.

and for Pana
16 Aug - to be in our centre by 7.00pm
18 Aug - to be in our centre by 4.00pm.


 


Accordance to Chinese calender,it is the 7th lunar month therefore it is a good opportunity to perform transference of merits to the departed especially in the presence of the Mahasanghas. 

Remarks - Vegetarian 


According to Thai forest tradition, lay people do not touch the food once it is offered. The monks will help them self serving the food. (Once the food is touched, it has to be re-offered)


IMPORTANT REMINDERS- Practice your Mindfulness


The Monks observe a total of 227 rules. It is therefore of paramount importance that we as, the Lay Devotees, ensure that  we conduct ourselves properly so that the Monks do not breach any rules. Here we wish highlight the few rules which we as Lay Devotees can take note and be mindful of:-
 
Respectful Dress Code -no exposed shoulders and legs       
For male devotees          :
Long pants and shirt or T-shirt with shoulders covered.
For female devotees      :            
Long pants or long skirt and shirt  or T-shirt with shoulders covered.

NO shorts, NO tank tops. NO transparent shirt or T-shirt.Three-quarter pant is not encouraged.

Handling of Money
The Monks cannot handle money. If you wish to make any donation, please place your cash money in a red packet available in our shrine hall. Write down your name and Ajahn’s name. Just place the red packet in front of Ajahn on the seated platform or table. The kapiya (assistant to member of sanghas) will then collect it on your behalf.

Proximity with Female devotees
The Monks cannot be in any physical contact with Female devotees. In this respect, if any Female devotees wish to make any offering, the Monks will place a napkin in front of him to receive the offering. Please place your offering, be it the donation slip or a plate of food or a cup of drink on the napkin. If the Monks has no napkin with him, he may use a piece of tissue or any material he deem suitable at that time to receive your offering.

 

NOTES

-All devotees are advised to use the right passage after you enter the main gate to go to the kitchen if you bring food for dana and if they are in packets, you may use the food container available at the centre. Those food already in the container, you may place them on the table available, ensure the food has a spoon to enable the monks to pick up the food.
- The left passage is STRICTLY for Sanghas (monks).
- Use the right passage side door if you need to go to the Gents or Ladies.
- Use the front glass door to enter the shrine hall
- Bring along extra containers or tiffin, we are most happy to share blessed food after everyone has taken their meal.
- Washing area is provided at the back of the centre (wet kitchen), kindly wash your own or cutleries, utensils, food containers after meal and place them in basket provided. It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.We have limited washing basin,your kind patience is highly appreciated.

It is meritorious to give your service/help in such a place so offer to help wipe the utensils, wash and clean up.
Merits Making Day for volunteers
Meanwhile, we need some volunteers during this event. We need around 20 helpers to help assist us on 17 Aug 2011. Volunteers are requested to register by calling up Sis Honey at 03-77849002 or email us trccpenchala@gmail.com

We are also looking for volunteers who can pick up the Loung por/ajahns from KLIA on 16 Aug 2011 @ 6pm . Please contact us if you can.

1) Photographer - please let us know if you are good in photography . Capture every moment.We would like to archive it

 
2) 2 Ursherettes - Need your help to show the way to devotees the way to kitchen, washing area, toilets.
 
3) Set up tables to place food for dana , cutleries, plates, serving gear and also chairs for devotees to sit during meal. Sort out the food like fruits, drinks, kuih , vegetarian and non vegatarian dishes in sections.And also to keep the tables & chairs away after the meal (male & female devotees are welcome)
 
These are the many volunteers that we need to sort out the food

Chairs set up for devotees to sit during the meal


4) Help to mob the shrine hall after the dana
 
5) Wash the floor (outside where we place the food) after dana
 
6) Help to clear and wash the food containers use after dana

7) Follow and assist the monk during alms round. 


8) You are welcome to the ritual of washing the ajahns' foot after the alms round. Get ready the water, pail, soap and cloth. Only brothers are allowed. We need at least 5 brothers to assist.

Monks go on alms round bare feet. Upon their return, Monks allow devotees to wash their feet for the purpose of practicing humility, service, reverence, overcoming aversion and ego.


9) Assist the sanghas with alms bowl to take the food. (brothers only) - Require 17 brothers. A great opportunity to serve the monk
 
10)Help to wash sangha's alms bowl (brothers only)

When one perform such wholesome deeds with a wholesome and happy mind, one reap great benefits.


MEANING OF ALMSGIVING


DOUBLE CLICK BELOW PICTURE TO ENLARGE


SADHU SADHU SADHU