Ven. Sri Saranankara arrived in Malaysia from Sri Lanka 30 years ago. Over the past three decades, Venerable has been working energetically to fulfill the spiritual and religious needs of Buddhists throughout the country. As its abbot, he had built the Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple in Sentul into an important monastery today with many resident bhikkhus.
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Āyasmā Saṅgāmaji became a novice monk in Sri Lanka in 1998 at the age of 24 with Bhikkhu Katukurunde Ñānananda as his preceptor. He got higher ordination in 2000. He lived with Bhante K. Ñānananda and in a branch monastery until 2007, then left to live in solitary places in the forests of Sri Lanka until 2014. This period was interspersed with a stay of half a year in Bodhinyāna Monastery in Perth, Australia. He later spent about two years in Thailand, in Wat Pah Nanachat and branches, and about five months in a forest monastery in New Hampshire, US.
In 2018 he came to Malaysia and has been staying in Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary for about a year.
His main interests are the study and practice of Early Buddhism, the training of the mind, and a simple monk's life in the forest.
Wesak was celebrated with much joy and devotion this year.
We wish to record our gratitude and appreciation to the Sangha Members of the Thai Forest Tradition led by Luang Por Thoon for their teachings and blessings on Wesak Eve and Wesak Day, Ven. Monks from Sentul Buddhist Temple, YB Jamaliah Jamaluddin who launched our Wesak celebration, our guests of honor, invited guests, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, and Ms Low Mi Yen.
Luang Por Thong Daeng is the Abbot of Doi Phra Chow Dtone Luang Monastery in Changmai, Thailand. He was born in Sakhon Nakhon, became a Novice at the age of 15 and took higher ordination as a monk at the age of 21. He has been a monk in the Thai forest tradition of the great master Venerable Ajahn Mun. His teacher, Venerable Ajahn Uttamo is a famous forest monk.
Luang Por Thong Dang went for “Tudong” (walking in forest tradition) for 4 years, walking from North East Thailand to South East Thailand. He then stayed with Luang Por Plien for 8 years in Chiangmai.
LP Thun is one of the first batch of disciples ordained by Venerable Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong. After ordination, LP Thun served and practised under Ven. Ajahn Chah at Wat Nong Pah Pong for 9 years. LP Thun was then appointed by Ven. Ajahn Chah as the abbot of Wat Pah Tam Seng, which has been established for 45 years as the 5th branch monastery of Wat Nong Pah Pong.
Parents are requested to support their child/children by ensuring their weekly attendance and punctuality. All students are to be seated in Bhavana Hall by 8.50 am.
Luang Por (LP) Anek Yasadinno was born in 1946 in Ubon province, Thailand. He received ordination as a Buddhist monk in 1967 at his local village monastery and moved to Wat Nong Pah Pong in the following year to practise under the tutelage of LP Chah. In 1973, LP Anek became the first abbot of Wat Pah Sai Ngam and played a major role in building up the monastery, where he has since lived. He is one of the respected elders of the greater society of monasteries and monks in the LP Chah lineage in Thailand and abroad.
Luang Por Piak is one of Thailand’s most respected teachers of Dhamma and meditation. Born in 1948, Luang Por Piak’s given name is Prasobchai but he was nicknamed ‘Piak’. As a child and young man Luang Por Piak did not have much interest in religion or meditation. It was when he was studying for his Masters in New York that Luang Por Piak began to develop an interest about the mind. When he returned to Thailand from New York for medical treatment, he spent some time in a monastery under the guidance of Luang Pu Boon Nah (disciple of Luang Pu Kao Wang). He soon discovered he has a genuine affinity for the practice and decided to ordain as a monk for the annual 3-month rains retreat. One of his aunts advised him to visit three teachers: Luang Pu Kao, Luang Pu Fun and Luang Por Chah (all three being disciples of Luang Pu Mun). When Luang Por Piak met Luang Por Chah, he had a strong intuitive sense that this was the right teacher for him. On 3rd July 1976, Venerable Piak received full Bhikkhu ordination from Luang Por Chah. Luang Por Piak is now the Abbot of Wat Pah Cittabhavana, Pathumthani, Thailand.
Āyasmā Aggacitta is a Malaysian Buddhist monk who received higher ordination from his preceptor, Bhaddanta Mahasi Sayadaw in 1979. He trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaw U Pandita, Sayadaw U Tissara, Sayadaw U Acinna and Sayadaw U Tejaniya.
In 1994, Āyasmā Aggacitta spent 4 years in solitary meditation retreat in Sarawak. Since returning to West Malaysia in 1998, Āyasmā Aggacitta has spent considerable time investigating popular interpretations and practices of Buddhism in the light of the Pali scriptures, real life experiences and contemporary research findings. Using a critical yet constructive approach, he has been sharing his findings with interested parties in order to bring them closer to a practical reality they can more easily connect with. In 2000, Āyasmā Aggacitta founded Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS) in Taiping, Perak. In 2012 he accepted the invitation of the Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM) to be on its Monastic Advisory Panel.
For the continuous peace, safety and security of our students, we seek your cooperation to observe the following.
a. Running is strictly not allowed within the premise.
b. Parents are NOT allowed on the Mezzanine and 1st floor from 8.50 am to 10.30 am during Dhamma School session.
c. Parents who need to be around on these floors must seek permission from the class teacher or the Principal.
d. Please note that the official Dhamma School operation hours is from 8.45 am to 10.30 am for Pre-School to DS7 and from 8.45 am to 10.45 am for Teen Quest.
e. Parents are to meet their child/children on the Lower Ground (LG) Floor upon Dhamma School Session ends and not later than 11.15 am.
f. For your information, the Library on LG Floor is open until 12 noon and students are encouraged to stay in the Library while waiting for their parents.
g. For students who are attending SIG classes, please meet them on the Ground Floor lobby, outside Buddhacetiya Hall by 12.15 pm
h. Students are adviced not to wait outside the premise and compound.
i. Please inform your child/children NOT to walk out of UBV premise without your prior permission.
j. Should you or your child require assistance, please contact the respective class teacher or call Sis Poh Liew at 016-201 9268 or the Librarian in the Library.
In honour of Ajahn Chah, the Bandar Utama Buddhist Society organised the Ajahn Chah Remembrance Day 2018, on Dec 15 and 16 at SJK (C) Puay Chai (2), Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The event is supported by the Theravada Buddhist Council of Malaysia and the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia.
BUBS members and friends recently went on a kathina trip to Wat Phra Chao Ton Luang, a forest monastery in Chiang Mai. Some of the members were kathina sponsors of the event and all took part in the kathina robe offering and rice pindapata in a quiet and serene setting of a forest. The group also visited Wat Aranyawiwake, participated in the kathina ceremony and paid respect to the late Luang Por Plien.
Tan Ajahn Siripanyo is a Thai-Malaysian monk born in London and educated in UK. He was ordained in Thailand and lived there as a Thai forest monk. Tan Ajahn Siripanyo is now the Abbot of hermitage Dtao Dam on the Thai-Burmese border in Saiyok National Park, beyond Kanchanaburi.
Ajahn Achalo was born in Brisbane Australia in 1972. He developed a keen interest in meditation at the age of twenty and a year later left for Thailand to study Buddhism more intently. After a two year period practising in various centres and monasteries, in 1996 Ajahn Achalo ordained as a Theravada Bhikkhu (monk) under Ajahn Liem at Wat Nong Pah Pong, the monastery founded by venerable Ajahn Chah. Although most of his training has taken place in Thailand, Ajahn Achalo has also lived in several international Forest Monasteries in the Ajahn Chah lineage.
Ajahn Achalo is deeply grateful for his many opportunities to study with well-practiced monks as well as for having been able to train in several traditional contexts, including meditation monasteries, remote forests, and periods on pilgrimage. During his years of training, he has received personal guidance from many remarkable teachers, among them, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Pasanno, Ajahn Jayasaro and Ajahn Kalyano. For most of his Bhikkhu life, he has considered Tan Ajahn Anan, abbot of Wat Marp Jan, to be his principal mentor. In addition, he has found the Dalai Lama's instructions and example to be of tremendous value.
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Sadhu to the tireless efforts of all our teachers, students and parents in teaching, learning, and supporting the Dhamma School.
BUBS members and Dhamma School children visited Dhamma Earth Club in conjunction with the Kathina (Robe offering) Day on 6 November 2018.
It was a meaningful trip and allowed all to witness and participate in the significance of the robe offering ceremony, the opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle of the forest monks, perform Dana and listen to Dhamma teachings.
Venerable Buddharakkhita was born in Penang in 1971. After attending a short meditation retreat at Tusita Hermitage (Kuching) in 2008, he was inspired by Venerable U Mangala and the young monastic that he decided to go forth.
He was ordained in 2009 by the most Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and began to train under Ven. U Mangala. He is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Currently he is assistant teacher to Ven. U Kañcana in Tusita Hermitage (Kuching), teaching meditation to monks, nuns and laity.