Luang Por Anek Yasadinno

Luang Por Anek Yasadinno

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

Luang Por Piak

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

Āyasmā Aggacitta

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.

Students Safety

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.

AJAHN CHAH Remembrance Day 100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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.

Spiritual/Welfare cum Fellowship Trip to Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, Thailand: 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2018

Spiritual/Welfare cum Fellowship Trip to Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, Thailand: 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2018

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.

Ven. Ajahn Achalo

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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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Kathina at Dhamma Earth: 6 Nov 2018

Kathina at Dhamma Earth: 6 Nov 2018

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

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.

Dhamma Talk by Luang Por Sumedho - Sun 6 May 2018

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LP Sumedho

Ven. Ajahn Sumedho was born in the USA, became a bhikkhu in 1967 and trained nine years under LP Chah at Wat Pah Pong, a forest monastery in Ubon province, Thailand. In 1976 he was invited to Britain; he established Cittaviveka (Chithurst Buddhist Monastery) in West Sussex in 1979, and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire in 1984. During his thirty-four years of being based in Britain, he taught extensively throughout the world, has inducted more than a hundred aspirants of many nationalities into the samaa life, and also authorised the establishment of six other monasteries. Many of his talks are available in audio versions, and some have been transcribed and edited into a collection of books.

In November 2010, LP Sumedho put aside his duties as abbot and teacher and is practising in more secluded environments.

Venerable Kai Zhao

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Ven Khai Zhao was born in Ipoh, Perak. In 1987. He took ordination with most Ven. Book Kian at Penang Ang Hock Si Temple. After graduation from Malaysia Buddhist College in Penang, he started teaching Dhamma in local prisons, especially to death penalty inmates from 1998. Since 2006, he has been travelling locally and abroad teaching Dhamma in prisons, conducting retreats and giving counselling and guidance.

Volunteers Needed for BUBS Dhamma School

We seek parents of Dhamma School students to volunteer themselves for the respective portfolios.

  1. Refreshment Team

  2. Dhamma School Management Committee (DSMC)

If you possess the passion to serve BUBS and the community so as to support the propaganda of Dhamma and the objectives of BUBS Dhamma School, please message Sis. Poh Liew at 016-201 9268 or e-mail pohliew_lau@hotmail.com

Venerable U Mangala

Venerable U Mangala

Venerable U Maṅgala was born in Malacca in 1968.  He was a graduate of the Law Faculty, University of Malaya.

Ven. U Mangala was ordained in 1996 by Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi and began practising Vipassana meditation under Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi’s close supervision and guidance. In 2006, Ven. Pa-Auk Sayadawgyi appointed Ven. U Mangala  as  the meditation teacher in Pa Auk Forest Monastery in Mawlamyine.

In 2008, with support from the Malaysia Dhamma Society, Venerable started teaching meditation in the newly established Tusita Hermitage (Kuching), Sarawak. Since then, Tusita Saṅgha Council has established Hermitages and Centres in Nepal Himalaya, Taiwan, Malacca, Penang and Taiping. He also established Tusita Dhamma Earth monastery at Semenyih in 2016.

Venerable U Maṅgala is the author of several Chinese Dhamma books, namely “The Price of Nature”, “Maṅgala Sayings” and “Maṅgala Zen”.  Venerable is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and Malacca Hokkien.

Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahathera

Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahathera

Venerable Dhammavuddho Mahathera is the abbot of Vihara Buhhha Gotama. As a layman he graduated from the University Malaya in 1971 and worked as an Electrical Engineer with the Public Works Department. In 1983, he went forth into the homeless life in the Mahayana tradition. Three years later, he was reordained in the Theravada tradition in Thailand. Thereafter, he spent about 10 years living the solitary lifestyle in quiet places.

He has written numerous booklets on Buddhism, e.g. Return to the Original Buddha's Teachings, Message of the Buddha, Buddhist Monk's Precepts, Liberation: Relevance of Sutta-Vinaya, Only We Can Help Ourselves, etc. His talks in English, Hokkien/Fujian, Cantonese, span the years 1988 - 2013. The 5 Nikayas in English, Hokkien Angguttara Nikaya, Samyutta Nikaya, Majjhima Nikaya; as well as other talks have been recorded in audio and video. In 1998 he established the Vihara Buddha Gotama, a 15 acre piece of land outside Temoh,Perak.In 2012, he consented to be on the Monastic Advisory Panel of the Theravāda Buddhist Council of Malaysia (TBCM).