100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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Ajahn Chah

Venerable Ajahn Chah (Phra Bodhiñāna Thera) was born into a typical farming family in a rural village in the province of Ubon Rachathani, N.E. Thailand, on June 17, 1918. At the age of twenty, on April 26, 1939 he entered a monastery for higher ordination as a bhikkhu.

In 1946, he set off on mendicant pilgrimage, and studied under the guidance of Venerable Ajahn Mun, the most outstanding Thai forest meditation master of the century. Ajahn Chah practiced in the style of an ascetic monk in the austere Forest Tradition for the next seven years.

After many years of travel and practice, he was invited to settle in a thick forest grove near the village of his birth. Ajahn Chah's simple yet profound style of teaching has a special appeal to Westerners, and many have come to study and practice with him. In 1966 the first westerner came to stay at Wat Nong Pah Pong, Venerable Sumedho Bhikkhu. From that time on, the number of foreign people who came to Ajahn Chah began to steadily increase.

In 1977, Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho were invited to visit Britain by the English Sangha Trust, a charity with the aim of establishing a locally-resident Buddhist Sangha. Seeing the serious interest there, Ajahn Chah left Ajahn Sumedho (with two of his other Western disciples who were then visiting Europe) in London at the Hampstead Vihara. He returned to Britain in 1979, at which time the monks were leaving London to begin Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in Sussex. He then went on to America and Canada to visit and teach.

Although Ajahn Chah passed away in 1992, the training which he established is still carried on at Wat Nong Pah Pong and its branch monasteries, of which there are currently more than two hundred in Thailand.

Wisdom is a way of living and being, and Ajahn Chah has endeavored to preserve the simple monastic life-style in order that people may study and practice the Dhamma in the present day.

15 & 16 December 2018
7.00 am – 7.35 pm

SJK (C) Puay Chai 2

Jalan BU3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor


Dhamma Talks by Monastics

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LP Liem **

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LP Sumedho

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LP Passano

 
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LP Tiradhammo *

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LP Viradhammo

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LP Jundee **

 
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LP Piak **

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Ajahn Nyanadhammo *

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Ajahn Jayasaro *

 
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Ajahn Vajiro

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Ajahn Kalyano *

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Ajahn Karuniko

 
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Ajahn Cattamalo

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Ajahn Chandako *

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Ajahn Kevali

Programme 

SATURDAY -15 DECEMBER

7.00 am Receiving Dana food

8.30 am Rice Pindapata

9.00 am Devotees in the Hall

9.20 am Opening Homage

9.25 am Taking the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts

9.40 am Paritta Chanting

10.00 am Anumodana

10.05 am Guided Meditation

11.30 am 1st Dhamma Talk by Luang Por (LP) Liem**

12.10 pm 2nd Dhamma Talk by LP Sumedho (recorded) with Mandarin subtitle

1.00 pm Documentary with English and Mandarin subtitles

1.35 pm 3rd Dhamma Talk by LP Passano

2.15 pm Break

2.30 pm 4th Dhamma Talk by LP Piak**

3.15 pm 5th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Jayasaro*

4.00 pm Break

4.15 pm 6th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Kalyano*

5.15 pm 7th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Cattamalo

6.00 pm Guided Meditation

6.30 pm Evening Chanting

6.45 pm Closing Homage

6.50 pm Sangha take leave

 

SUNDAY -16 DECEMBER

7.00 am Receiving Dana food

8.30 am Rice Pindapata

9.00 am Devotees in the Hall

9.20 am Opening Homage

9.25 am Taking the 3 Refuges and 5 Precepts

9.35 am Anumodana

9.40 am Guided Meditation

11.00 am 8th Dhamma Talk by LP Tiradhammo*

12.00 pm 9th Dhamma Talk by LP Viradhammo

12.50 pm Documentary with Mandarin subtitle

1.20 pm Break

1.35 pm 10th Dhamma Talk by LP Jundee**

2.30 pm 11th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Nyanadhammo*

3.30 pm Break

3.45 pm 12th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Vajiro

4.30 pm 13th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Karuniko

5.15 pm 14th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Chandako*

6.10 pm 15th Dhamma Talk by Tan Ajahn Kevali

6.55 pm Evening Chanting

7.15 pm Asking for Forgiveness

7.25 pm Closing Homage

7.35 pm Sangha take leave

* Mandarin translation
** English and Mandarin translation
*** Program subject to change

Organised by:

BANDAR UTAMA BUDDHIST SOCIETY

Enquiry: 016-3133 628 / 017-8827 199

Supported by:

THERAVADA BUDDHIST COUNCIL OF MALAYSIA (TBCM)

YOUNG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (YBAM)

FAQ

A. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. What is Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day?

It is a day to commemorate and remember the dhamma teachings of the late Venerable Ajahn Chah who passed away on 16 Jan 1992. It is also a day of gratitude, from student to teacher, as well as a day of reflection and dhamma practice.  This year is also to commemorate his 100th birth anniversary.

2. Where is it held?

SJK (C) Puay Chai 2, Jalan BU 3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya. Please click here for map and details

3. What time will the event start and end?

The event starts at 7.00 am and ends around 7.35 pm on both days.

4. What is the programme for the day?

Please click here for the programme for the day

5. Besides Luang Por Liem, who will be the other speakers?

On both days , disciples of Ajahn Chah will also be giving dhamma teachings. Please click here for the programme for the list of speakers.

6. Will there be a Puja and Guided Meditation session?

Yes. There will be as indicated in the programme.

7. Will the talks be translated into Mandarin

Yes, some of the talks will be translated into Mandarin. Please refer to programme to find out which talks will be translated into Mandarin.

8. Do I have to register for the event?

Yes, we encourage you to register online. A copy of Ajahn Chah’s autobiography, “Stillness Flowing” will be given to registrants. As we have limited copies it will be given on a first come first serve basis and only one copy per family.

9. How can I participate?

  1. Bring an offering of food (vegetarian and/or non vegetarian) 7.00am - 7.30 am to the venue to be offered to the Sangha. Please refer to Dana - Meal Offering for more details. You can drive through to drop your food for Dana by using the gate at BU 3/1 ,Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya.

  2. Make an offering of flowers, incense and light to the Triple Gem, we have prepared the offerings. Do not bring your own.

  3. As it is rare to participate in a spiritual event with so many of Ajahn Chah’s disciples from all over the world present  in Kuala Lumpur, you are strongly encouraged to make Extra Effort to attend this Auspicious Event. You can attend any or all the sessions throughout the day. We encourage you to attend all the sessions.

  4. Help promote this event to your family, colleagues and friends.

  5. Make a donation to defray the expenses either by cash, online transfer or credit card  at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society, 3 Jalan BU 3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya.

  6. Donation can be made in BUBS office from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday to Saturday) or at the Sunday counter from 9 am to 1 pm. A tax exempt receipt will be issued for your donation. Please make this donation before 15 December 2018.

  7. You can also make a donation for Sangha requisites on 15 and 16 December 2018 by dropping your donation in the donation boxes provided.

10. Will there be food served on that day?

After the offering to the monks, there will be a community lunch for all. There will also be food and drinks for the public from 12 noon to 5 pm. Water will be available throughout the day. Please refer to Dana - Meal Offering for more details.

11. Will there be dhamma books by Ajahn Chah and his disciples for free distribution?

Yes. There will be a free distribution counter . Kindly bring your recyclable bag to carry the books home with you. Let us make a resolve to reduce the usage of plastic bags.

12. Where can I direct my enquiries?

You can call 016-3133628 / 017-8827199 or email: office@bubs.my

B. HOW TO GET THERE

1. How do I get there?

By driving or taking the MRT to Bandar Utama station.

2. Is there a map I can download?

Yes.

3. Where can I park my car?

Limited parking is available at the adjacent MBPJ community hall carpark. In view of the limited parking, you are encouraged to car pool and to take public transport.

C. WHAT TO WEAR

1. What should I wear?

Please dress modestly. Comfortable attire with long pants will be adequate. Kindly refrain from wearing singlet, shorts or low cut and/or spaghetti-strapped tops.

D. DANA - Meal OFFERING

1. What is Dana?

Dana is a Pali word that can be translated as giving, generosity, charity and liberality. Dana can be performed in various ways eg. offering of food, making donations - monetary or non-monetary, volunteering time/ effort, lending help to a person in need and many others.

2. Why Dana?

Dana (Giving) is the first step towards eliminating the defilements of greed, hatred and delusion (lobha, dosa, moha), for every act of giving is an act of non-greed, non-hatred, non-delusion. When you give, loving kindness (metta) and compassion (karuna) arise within your heart, so at that time of giving, greed, hatred or ill will and delusion would be absent.

3. What is the best Dana?

Give from the heart. It is the intention of giving that is of foremost importance.

4. Why do we offer Food Dana to the monks?

We offer food in support of the monks, so they may continue in their spiritual practice and in turn guide us (the laity) in the Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha).

5. How does the Sangha gather food?

Usually the Forest Tradition Sangha will go for alms round with their alms bowl within the vicinity of their monastery or place of dwelling in the early morning. The food is offered by villagers, laity and supporters. Upon return from their alms round, they will partake in the food gathered before noon. For this event, we encourage the public to make a food offering to the Sangha.  

6. What is the alms bowl for?

The purpose of the alms bowl is to gather food only and to keep robes. Anything other than this is not allowed and constitutes the breaking of the monastic code of conduct (vinaya).

7. Can I bring food to offer to the Sangha on that day?

Yes and kindly bring before 7.30 am.

8. What type of food can I bring?

You can also bring any cooked food both non-Vegetarian and Vegetarian.

9. How much food shall I bring?

Bring a quantity you are comfortable with as there will be others who are bringing food as well. We will gather all food and classify into Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian sections. The organizers will also be preparing some food for both the Sangha and the public for the morning Dana only.

10. How should I pack and label the food?

You can pack the food in any recyclable containers or any of your own. Please LABEL your food container with your NAME so you can collect it back after the Meal Offering at the basement. Any containers left behind can be collected from Bandar Utama Buddhist Society within a period of one week after the event. After which, we shall donate your food containers or send them for recycling.

BUBS Address: No. 3 Jalan BU3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Website: https://bubs.my

11. Where shall I bring my food offering on the event day?

Please bring your food to the Food Receiving Counter at the basement before 7.30 am. Our volunteers will be on hand to receive your food.

12. What is the best food to bring?

Food from your heart.

E. Making A Donation

1. How do I support the event/making a donation?

1.1 Donation for Sangha Requisities

 In line with the Vinaya (Monastic Code of Conduct) as laid down by the Lord Buddha, the forest monks do not accept, hold or keep money. You can drop your donation into the Donation Boxes provided

All donations will be to support the Community of the Monasteries of the speakers or for any other purposes the Venerable Ajahns deem fit and proper.

1.2 Donation to Defray expenses

You can do so  either by cash, online transfer or credit card  at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS) , 3 Jalan BU 3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ

Donation can be made in BUBS office from 9 am to 5 pm ( Monday to Saturday) or Sunday at the Sunday counter from 9 am to 1 pm. A tax exempt receipt will be issued for your donation. Please make this donation before 15 December 2018. 

1.3 Donation for free publications

You  can do so  either by cash, online transfer or credit card  at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS) , 3 Jalan BU 3/1, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya. Please indicate the donation as  for Publications

Donation can be made in BUBS office from 9 am to 5 pm ( Monday to Saturday) or Sunday at the Sunday counter from 9 am to 1 pm. A tax exempt receipt will be issued for your donation.

2. Is there a minimum amount to give?

No. Any amount is welcomed.