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

Dear Brothers & Sisters in the Dhamma,


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 :-


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 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.


Tour to Mae Hong Son (Northern Thailand) & Dhammagiri Orphanage visit (17 - 21 Nov 2012)

****Limited to 16 seats only.Book your Air Asia seat early to enjoy cheaper fare****

Dhammagiri Foundation Orphanage
& SUNFLOWER season tour
Remember the photo exhibitions showcasing the artistic output of Ajahn Cagino..?

Ajahn Cagino, a Malaysian born professional photographer turn Buddhist monk, is a founding member of Dhammagiri Foundation (, an NGO that seeks to improve the life of poor ethnic minorities in mountainous Mae Hong Son province of Thailand. The photo exhibitions were held to raise funds to build an orphanage.

This NOVEMBER 17-21, 2012, Ti-Ratana Penchala Community Centre invites you to visit Ajahn Cagino at the new orphanage near Mae Hong Son town and visit his temple located up in the mountain village of Muang Pam

At the same time, get lost in the bright yellow fields of Bua Tong Flowers (Mexican Sunflower), which blooms in Mae Hong Son province only in November!! Visit the Long Neck Karen village, go bamboo rafting into Tham Lod Cave and make a trip to scenic Mae Aw village, nicknamed “The Switzerland of Thailand” and home to descendants of former Chinese Kuomintang soldiers.

If you are going to Mae Hong Son, NOVEMBER is the best time!!

SAT NOV 17: CHIANG MAI - PAI – THAM LOD – MUANG PAM                       (L/D)
Arrival Air Asia flight AK 1914 8.40 am at Chiang Mai airport. Transfer to Pai town in Mae Hong Son province. Have lunch in Pai and take a walk around the shopping street of Pai. Then continue to Tham Lod Cave to take bamboo raft ride into the cave and visit the ancient wooden coffins. From Tham Lod Cave parking area, board pickup trucks for transfer up mountain to Muang Pam Village and visit Ajahn Cagino's temple. Overnight at Muang Pam’s home-stay houses, with dinner of home cooked Thai food.

LUNCH: Local Restaurant
DINNER: Home cooked meals (Muang Pam village home-stay program)
ACCOMMODATION: home-stay at Muang Pam village

SUN NOV 18: MUANG PAM - MAE HONG SON                                      (B/L/D)
After breakfast, board pickup trucks for transfer down to Tham Lod Cave area. Board tour vans and visit Fish Cave and Wat Pa Baan Mai temple. Proceed to Mae Hong Son town for lunch. Then go for Pai River long-tail boat ride to visit the Long Neck Karen village. Next is elephant ride across river and through forest & plantation. Return to Mae Hong Son town to visit hilltop Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu and 2 lakeside temples; Wat Chong Kham and Wat Chong Klang. Dinner and then visit night market at lakeside area. Transfer to Dhammagiri Foundation Orphanage to overnight.

BREAKFAST: local breakfast under home-stay program of Muang Pam village
LUNCH: Local Restaurant
DINNER: Local Restaurant
ACCOMMODATION: at Dhammagiri Foundation Orphanage
MON NOV 19: MAE HONG SON & MAE AW Day Trip                            (L/D)
Morning, transfer to Mae Aw with en-route stops at Pha Sua Waterfall, Pang Tong Summer Palace and Pang Ung Lake ("Switzerland of Thailand"). Visit Ban Pang Ung village where the local Shan villagers cultivate coffee bushes. Then finally arrive at Mae Aw village aka “Ban Ruk Thai” (Love Thai Village); a village established by descendants of former Kuomintang Chinese soldiers. Lunch and explore the village. Return to Mae Hong Son town. Dinner in town and overnight at Dhammagiri Foundation Orphanage.

BREAKFAST: at the orphanage
LUNCH: Local Restaurant
DINNER: Local Restaurant
ACCOMMODATION: at Dhammagiri Foundation Orphanage

TUE NOV 20: MAE HONG SON - KHUN YUAM - flight to CHIANG MAI          (L/D)
Morning, transfer to Microwave Tower hill to enjoy the scenery. Then to Khun Yuam to visit the Bua Tong flower (Mexican Sunflower) fields, with hill after hill carpeted with the yellow flowers. Lunch and transfer to Mae Hong Son airport to catch 16.10pm flight back to Chiang Mai, arrival 16.45pm. Dinner and overnight in Chiang Mai.

BREAKFAST: at the orphanage
LUNCH: Local Restaurant
DINNER: Local Restaurant in Chiang Mai city located beside Mae Ping River
ACCOMMODATION: Imm Hotel Tha Phae, Chiang Mai (3 star) or similar

WED NOV 21: CHIANG MAI departure                                                      (B)
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for Air Asia 9.10am flight.

BREAKFAST: at hotel

RATES: based on twin sharing, for group size of 16 persons

a)    Ground Tour                                             RM 1200
b)    Chiang Mai–Mae Hong Son air ticket      RM   220 (subject to change by airline)

TOTAL  =       RM 1420 /person

Single supplement = RM 115

Rates & Itinerary subject to changes in FOREX rates, domestic Mae Hong Son – Chiang Mai air ticket price, unforeseen surcharges, weather, etc.

a)    Domestic 1 way air ticket Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai, based on approximate price RM220 and subject to change by the airline.
b)    Airport transfers and tour excursion on PRIVATE basis using 2 x Tour Vans
c)    Accommodation
NOV 17: Home-stay program at Muang Pam Village
NOV 20: Imm Hotel Tha Phae, Chiang Mai (3 star) or similar
d)    Meals as per itinerary above
e)    Guaranteed no compulsory shopping stops
f)     English speaking tour guide and entrance fees for attractions as per itinerary

a) Return KL-Chiang Mai Air Asia airfare, airport taxes and fuel surcharges
b) Accommodation on Nov 18 & 19 nights (these are at Dhammagiri Orphanage)
c) 2 breakfasts: Nov 19 & 20 (while at Dhammagiri Orphanage)
d) Travel insurance – can be arranged separately – RM 32 per person (5 days coverage)
e) Guide & Driver Tipping – no compulsory amount set – amount is up to individual discretion
f) Personal expenses like optional activities not included in itinerary, soft drinks during meals, items of donations or dana, hotel bellboys/porter tipping, laundry charges, mini-bar charges, etc.

To sign up, kindly contact Bro. David via:
·         email
·         h/p: 016-210 6951
·         tel. 603-79844560 (Mon–Fri, 10am-5pm, EL SOL Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd)

DEADLINE: sign up by MAY 31 with non-refundable deposit of RM 300 /person

DO NOTE that it is to your advantage if you purchase the Air Asia return
KL – Chiang Mai air tickets as early as possible.
Air Asia air ticket will go up in price as the date of departure approaches closer.

The flights to be used are:

SAT NOV 17 Air Asia AK 1914 KUL 0655 CNX 0840

WED NOV 21 Air Asia AK 1915 CNX 0910 KUL 1300

Alternatively, you can opt to arrive in Chiang Mai on your own before Nov 17 and/or to depart Chiang Mai on your own later than Nov 21.