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OUTREACH A bi-monthly newsletter of the Buddhist Gem Fellowship September - October 2019 Issue No.

OUTREACH

OUTREACH A bi-monthly newsletter of the Buddhist Gem Fellowship September - October 2019 Issue No. 163

A bi-monthly newsletter of the Buddhist Gem Fellowship September - October 2019 Issue No. 163

2562TH IBYE, JULY 14-18, 2019 IN BANGKOK, THAILAND - A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE

The 2562th International Buddhist Youth Exchange (IBYE) 2019 themed ‘Mindful Leadership’ was held from July 14-18, 2019. This is a regular event hosted by a different country every year. This year, the event was hosted by the Young Buddhist Association of Thailand (YBAT) in Bangkok, Thailand. The exchange program attracted over 80 participants from 8 countries across Asia including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

I was part of the Malaysian team which had the largest number of participants of all the countries combined. We all came from different organizations across Malaysia including BGF, YBAM, BUBS and more. As it was my first time participating in an exchange program, I was both excited and nervous as I did not know what was coming my way.

SIS. WONG KAY ROU

When I first reached YBAT, I was really surprised as most of the participants were aged around their 20s. It was quite a challenge making friends as I was much younger than everybody else and I’m not good when it comes to making friends. Besides that, the language barrier made it harder to communicate as English is not the first language for some participants but at the end, I managed to make friends and we had fun together throughout the program despite the obstacles.

The first 3 days of the program were filled with inspiring talks and fun activities in YBAT. The talks were led by well-known speakers from Thailand. In the beginning, I was not expecting much as I typically dislike talks and find them boring but I tried my best to listen attentively to the speakers and to my surprise,

I actually enjoyed listening to some. As a result,

I gained a lot of new knowledge regarding the

Dhamma. Honestly, I was surprised as it was the first time I felt so interested and attracted to Buddhism and realized that the Dhamma contains so many useful applications for our daily lives.

July 16 was Asalha Puja Day. It is one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festivals as it celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon. In the morning, we dressed up in white and participated in an offering session to the monks. Later in the evening, we took a bus and went to Buddhamonton to take part in a candlelight procession. We were considered very lucky to have had this opportunity as this was one of Thailand’s most important holidays. On the 4th day, we were given a chance to explore Bangkok in groups of 7, accompanied by 2 Thai participants. Due to the lack of time, my group only went to ICONSiam, Siam Paragon and the Erawan Shrine. To avoid any traffic jams, we travelled around using the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) which is similar to our LRT. Along the trip, we got to try the local delicacies, learnt a few common Thai phrases, and even got to know about Thailand’s history.

In the evening, all the participants gathered at the InterContinental Bangkok for our farewell dinner party. That night, each country was asked to dress up in their country’s traditional costume and perform a show from

their own nation. I chose to wear the baju kebaya as it represented the Baba Nyonya culture in Malaysia. We Malaysians wore different costumes and performed a mashup of Buddhist songs from our country. The night was amazing as we shared intercultural experiences and discovered new things about each other’s countries. At the end of the night, there was a gift exchange session between participants and it was a sad moment as it was also time to say our goodbyes. It was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining nights I’ve ever experienced.

I really want to thank BGF for giving me this huge opportunity to join this year’s IBYE. Being able to meet new Kalyana Mitras and being able to gain knowledge is something truly wonderful. IBYE 2019 was something spectacular that I happened to come across and I am proud to have been a part of this lovely family.

Overall, I must say I have learnt many valuable lessons throughout the program. One of the most memorable lessons was the session with Mr. Tsewang Norbu Vivek. From him, I learnt the quote ‘This too shall pass’. Although it may seem short, it has a really deep and interesting meaning behind it. Whenever I go through hard times, I will use this quote to remind myself that it will soon be over and so I shall do my best!

hard times, I will use this quote to remind myself that it will soon be over
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2562TH IBYE IN THAILAND

Throughout the 5-day camp from 14 to 18 July 2019, there were many sessions conducted by prominent figures. Most of them were very inspiring and eye opening. Some even pushed me out of my own comfort zone. Below are a few sessions that have made a lasting impression on me.

a few sessions that have made a lasting impression on me. Ice Breaking conducted by Mr.

Ice Breaking conducted by Mr. Vivek Mr. Vivek got us lined up in two rows, face to face. What we had to do was to introduce ourselves in 1 minute and after time was up, we had to move one seat to the left and meet with someone new for another minute. At first, I was sceptical of the idea but as minutes passed, I found myself engaging in as much conversation as I could with the person in front of me.

much conversation as I could with the person in front of me. Buddhism in the World

Buddhism in the World by Dr. Woraphat Phucharoen (Former NASA Scientist)

SIS. MADELINE YEE

Dr. Phucharoen explained Buddhism in a rather unique way. He made us understand it by relating it to various scientific concepts such as viewing life as a two-dimensional matrix and seeing states of our emotions as frequencies.

matrix and seeing states of our emotions as frequencies. Buddhism Collaboration for World Peace by Phra

Buddhism Collaboration for World Peace by Phra Anil Sakya A lecturer of Buddhism in the United States, Venerable Phra Anil Sakya gave us an insight of western views towards Buddhism.

Sakya gave us an insight of western views towards Buddhism. Bojjhanga Archery by Bojjhanga Archery Club

Bojjhanga Archery by Bojjhanga Archery Club Members of the Bojjhanga Archery Club conducted a mindfulness session through the practice of archery. One of the activities during the session was balancing a cup of water on your head while shooting the arrow. Sounds tough but not impossible as long as one is mindful!

Candlelight Procession Buddha Monthon On Asalha Puja Day 2562 B.E., all the participants of IBYE

Candlelight Procession Buddha Monthon On Asalha Puja Day 2562 B.E., all the participants of IBYE took part in a candlelight procession over at the Buddha Monthon venue.

a candlelight procession over at the Buddha Monthon venue. Our P’sao (elder sister) and Nong sao

Our P’sao (elder sister) and Nong sao (younger sister) who gave us a tour around Bangkok.

I am very blessed to have been a participant of the 2652th IBYE. Not only did I have the chance to gain invaluable knowledge from the program, but I’ve also made friendships that reach across borders. Till this day, I still keep in touch with my fellow Thai friends.

THE FOUR FOUNDATIONS OF MINDFULNESS:

A ONE-DAY MEDITATION RETREAT BY VENERABLE JIRU

On June 30, 2019, Venerable Jiru, a Malaysian Mahayana monk now based in New York, was at BGF to enlighten us on the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness. These are meditation techniques that Ven Jiru has developed and finetuned over his many years as a monk that incorporate elements of martial arts he acquired in his youth. He said these are the techniques he himself uses in his daily meditation practice.

The 4 Foundations of Mindfulness approach is unusual in that apart from the 2 meditation postures we’re most familiar with - sitting and walking, it includes 2 less common postures - standing up or lying down. Sitting meditation, being the most widely practiced posture, required no introduction at this retreat. Many of the attendees have been practicing sitting meditation for years.

SIS. KIT LUM

So that brings us to the most interesting part of this retreat – the demonstration and explanation of how standing meditation is performed. Remember how kungfu students in movies are often shown standing in straight lines, arms and legs striking out in stiffly coordinated movements as they move in unison to their master’s orders.

Now imagine us, BGF retreat attendees spread out at random across the hall watching and listening intently as our Master Jiru demonstrated the 5-step warm- up exercises and breathing techniques. This was followed immediately afterwards by standing meditation which, Ven Jiru promised, would fire up the juices in your joints, tendons and ligaments, and make you sweat, and here you can also feel the Qi energy warding off your lethargy and

sleepiness especially after lunch. Ven Jiru also stressed the importance of keeping physically fit so we can meditate better.

After a session of sweat-inducing standing meditation, the lying down meditation posture was passive in comparison and is therefore deemed to be useful for those who are physically unable to assume any of the other postures. I remember thinking that while this is the most relaxing posture, it’s also the one where we’re most likely to fall asleep (if done incorrectly) and then, oops, we can’t call that meditation now, can we?

As for the final posture of the day – walking meditation, Ven Jiru demonstrated the

technique of standing firmly on one foot with the other just touching the floor. For practice, he made us walk from opposite sides of the room towards each other as he observed and pointed out our mistakes.

I found the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness to be interesting especially with the inclusion of the martial arts element. Using these techniques will enable us to have sustained mindfulness for deeper meditation. For those who swear by sitting meditation, there are now more options to choose from. Being able to meditate in different postures depending on your circumstance or preference is definitely a good thing. Not to mention that now you no longer have any excuse not to meditate!

that now you no longer have any excuse not to meditate! ANNOUNCEMENTS Congratulations to Sis. Goh

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to Sis. Goh Pui Yen (GemKids teacher) on the safe delivery of her newborn baby boy on 28 July. May both mother and baby be blessed with good health, strength and joy.

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of her newborn baby boy on 28 July. May both mother and baby be blessed with
A TRANSFORMATIVE 3-DAY PARENT-TEEN CAMP Come on, honey, tell me how you feel. I’m here

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JULY 2019 ‘BALIK KAMPUNG’ TO RAUB AND BENTONG, PAHANG

SIS. YAP FOOI FOONG

‘Balik kampung’ to Raub has always been a private and personal trip for me. However, the memorable ‘balik kampung’ of Saturday, July 27, 2019 with 30 kalyana mitra led by Sis. Dolly Teoh, was a fun experience of food and Dana. Sis. Dolly, who was also the time keeper, made sure we boarded the bus safely at each stop we made. Many thanks to her, and also her cousins for their personal assistance in Raub.

Everyone must have been very excited about the trip as they were all so punctual. We even boarded the bus before the departure time and left Wat Chetawan earlier than scheduled.

Our full day program began with a stop at Bentong for breakfast where we visited the morning market at Bentong Walk. Later we had our lunch at Raub Radha Curry House which is famous for its fish head, and chicken curry. Our Tour Manager, Bro. Richard Moo, had ordered the famous curry puffs from Kim Fah Teahouse for us in advance. Most of us also ended up buying ‘kaya’ puffs, coconut tarts and other snacks as well.

Next we visited a soy factory in Bukit Koman and most of us left carrying bags of ‘tau foo pok’ home. We adjourned to a Chinese ‘kuih’ and ‘pau’ stall where the owner entertained us with his karaoke style singing. The more we bought, the more he sang. It drew much laughter from everyone. Of course, we could not miss eating the popular Musang

King Durian of Raub at a durian farm at Sg. Klau.

With good faith, kamma and the right connection, we were fortunate to be able to visit Dhamma Buddhist University (DBU) in Bentong, Pahang. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by 2 Reverends. Rev. Chuan Yuan gave us a guided tour and offered us tea. The nun introduced to us their mooncakes which are produced by the monastery. On our part, we offered fruits and requisites to the monk and nun who are themselves students at the university.

Eco Monastery is the brainchild of Ven. Master Hui Hai who is also the founder of DBU. Spanning 50 acres of land, Eco Monastery is the first monastic institution to be built in Malaysia to propagate holistic Buddhist teachings, and nurture Buddhist teachers and preachers through Buddhist education, culture, charitable work, and moral education.

Before we left the monastery, we were given blessings in the bus by the Reverends. With those good blessings and the safe driving of the bus driver, we arrived home safely at sundown, happy and contented.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF BGF COUNSELING UNIT (BGFCU)

1. The 27th BGF Counseling Workshop held on 28 July 2019

The 27th Counseling Workshop was very well-attended and attracted 72 registrations, the best figure so far at the current BGF Cen- tre. The Organizing Committee (members from the 26th batch) also managed to use the occasion to promote the 27th Counsel- ing Course and succeeded in getting 11 of the participants to sign up.

2. 27th BGF Counseling Course starting 29

September 2019

Discover Yourself and Others is the tagline for the 27th BGF Counseling Course which is now open for registration. It presents an opportunity to learn effective and crucial counseling skills in the 20-week course which has benefitted countless number of people for over 26 years. Further details are in the course poster on page 10 of this issue. The following are some testimonials from Sis Yuki and other participants from the 26th course:

‘I am now calmer in handling stress. I learnt to wait for others to finish talking before I start talking. Furthermore, I’ve become more patient and effective in listening and being non-judgmental towards anyone.’

‘When I was young, I used to make myself the victim in any situation and wanted people to have pity on me. But now, I am no longer making myself the victim as getting people’s attentions and pity are a waste of time. I’ve learnt to move on faster as well as forgive others and let go.’

‘The speakers carry out their sessions with fun and engaging activities. Not only that, you can build up friendship with your course mates and you can enjoy the food and drinks

BRO. LIM CHEN YAM

and you can enjoy the food and drinks BRO. LIM CHEN YAM provided by the committee.

provided by the committee. You can also sup- ply any good food for break time.’

3. Referral Workshop on 27 July 2019

This workshop was conducted by our regis- tered counselor, Sis Siew Yin Heng and was the 4th in the 2019 series of Continuous Pro- fessional Development (CPD) training for Pa- ra-Counselors (PCs). A complete report by Sis Wong Chung Heong is elsewhere in this issue.

4. Mindful Parenting Workshop on 19 Octo- ber 2019

This workshop is scheduled to be held on 19 October 2018. It aims to strengthen the fam- ily structure and encourage bonding through mindfulness practice. It will enable parents to learn more about Automatic Parenting, Mindful Parenting & Mindful Communica- tion. The trainer Sis May Liu, a clinical psy- chologist, has been conducting parenting workshops for BGFCU for the last few years. More details are in the workshop poster else- where in this issue.

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ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more

ABOUT…

ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more
ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more

MINDFUL PARENTING

ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more
ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more
ABOUT… MINDFUL PARENTING Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice . Let’s learn more

Strengthening family structure and bonding through mindfulness practice. Let’s learn more about Automatic Parenting, Mindful Parenting & Mindful Communication.

Trainer Profile :

May is a Clinical Psychologist trained in family therapy and mindfulness based therapy. She is also a mother of 2 young children.

Date

19 th October 2019 (Saturday)

Time

9am to 5pm

Venue

Buddhist Gem Fellowship, Ara Damansara, PJ

5pm Venue Buddhist Gem Fellowship, Ara Damansara, PJ Registration fee: RM75 per pax; RM100 per couple

Registration fee:

RM75 per pax; RM100 per couple (fee is inclusive of 1 lunch and 2 tea breaks)

Direct Transfer to : Buddhist Gem Fellowship Public Bank Berhad (PBB) Account No.: 310 967 0729 Any enquiry or to send bank in slip/ registration form:

Email: munteng2@gmail.com Whatsapp: Daphne (016-2662108)

Liu Moy Yub (May)

Clinical Psychologist Certified Mindful Parenting Trainer

Closing date: 5 th Oct 2019 Register online : https://www.tinyurl.com/ bgfcuparenting2019 *Limited to 25 pax*
Closing date: 5 th Oct 2019
Register online :
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bgfcuparenting2019
*Limited to 25 pax*
*Open to Non-Muslims only*
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5.

Career Counseling Workshop on 30 No-

8. Changes to BGFCU Exco

vember 2019

BGFCU has scheduled this workshop for 30 November 2019. The target participants are teenagers up to 18 years of age accompanied by at least one of their parents. Further de- tails will be made available later.

6. Outreach Visit to Pelita Counseling Centre on 21 September 2019

BGFCU will be visiting the Pelita Counseling Centre at the YBAM on the above date with the objective of learning from other centres that do similar work. All BGFCU PCs and Exco members have been encouraged to take part in the visit.

7. The 2019 Para-Counselors Training (PCT)

for the telephone helplines

The 2019 PCT which started on 9 March 2019 is due to be completed on 14 September 2019. Eight volunteers have been undergo- ing the intensive training conducted by fully- qualified counselors and experienced facilita- tors. It is free-of-charge but will require the volunteers to serve the counseling helplines for 2 years.

There have been a number of changes in the BGFCU Exco. Due to numerous other commit- ments, Sis Lily Chua, the Deputy Main Coor- dinator resigned at the end of May after the completion of the 26th Counseling Course in which she has been selflessly helping to run and coordinate.

Sis Siew Yin Heng, our registered counselor and Deputy Main Coordinator has also ten- dered her resignation in order to spend more time attending to her family and personal matters. She will continue to serve until mid- September and has made herself available to conduct the next CPD training in October. Sis Yin Heng has contributed tremendously to the training of PCs and the expansion of BG- FCU’s counseling and activities.

BGFCU is very much indebted to both the above Sisters for their services and wish them the best in their future undertakings. Meantime, Sis Hui Sian, a registered counsel- or and Sis Daphne Chng from the 26th batch, have joined the BGFCU Exco.

REFERRAL PROCEDURE WORKSHOP ON 27 JULY 2019

A Referral Procedure Workshop was conducted on 27 July 2019 by our registered counselor, Sis Siew Yin Heng. This was the 4th workshop in the 2019 series of our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training for Para-Counselors (PCs). The response for the training was overwhelming as almost all of

SIS. WONG CHUN HEONG

our PCs signed up signifying their eagerness to learn the correct way to do referrals.

As customary for all our CPD programs, participants were required to do some preparatory work before attending the training. They were asked to share their

were required to do some preparatory work before attending the training. They were asked to share
were required to do some preparatory work before attending the training. They were asked to share

experiences of case referrals and their expectation for the workshop. Participants were then divided into groups and assigned to search for information in 5 key referral categories, namely mental health problems, addiction, suicidal/crisis, general issues and problems with minors. With the information gathered, each team was given the task of building a referral network which would be discussed and further fine-tuned during the workshop. The referral lists were confined to services provided by community mental health NGOs, agencies, hospitals and clinics.

The workshop started with a 1 hour theory session to remind participants of common misconceptions and the reasons for referrals. Knowing when to refer is crucial as everyone needed to be aware of the boundaries and the limitations of PCs. Resources of referral centers must be updated from time to time and at the fingertips of PCs. Before initiating any referrals, PCs must establish the need and explain the rationale taking into consideration various sensitivities. At the same time, they are to continue supporting the Person In Need (PIN) emotionally and discuss follow-up plans whether or not the proposed referral is accepted.

The workshop continued with group discussions to review and finetune the pre- planned referral lists. These lists were put to test to see if any improvements were

NEW LIFE MEMBERS

1. Sis Chew Soe Hong

2. Bro Chen Chow Kyan

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required during roleplay sessions. The roleplays in the afternoon were a fun way to learn despite creating some stress in the participants who had to take active part in the sessions. Roleplays enhance learning whereby participants can immediately apply the concepts in relevant or real-life situations. The 5 groups of participants each had to roleplay the scenarios given by the trainer to bring out the concept of referral and to demonstrate the process of referring using the printed referral lists done by other groups. The follow-up after referrals was emphasized to ensure there was continuity of support for the PIN.

Finally, each group was able to present their final referral list formats which were debated upon in regard to their feasibility, completeness and user friendliness. At the end of the training, everyone agreed to compile all the lists into one master list and the format will be used as the standardized template for our PCs.

will be used as the standardized template for our PCs. NEW ORDINARY MEMBERS 1. Sis Ong

NEW ORDINARY MEMBERS

1. Sis Ong Yan Li, Annie

2. Sis Yip Yoke Chew

3. Sis Teh Swee Sew

4. Bro Cheong Tat Yoon

5. Sis Quah Chai Hoonh

6. Bro Loh Su Jun

7. Sis Cheah Siew Kim

SUTTA WORKSHOP ON WISE REFLECTION BY BENNY LIOW

It is not often that a jet-setting vice-president of a global conglomerate descends on BGF to spend the day with its “worldlings” (“uninstructed” or otherwise). When he does, the occasion calls for much bustle for this worldling who would clear her topsy-turvy retiree-calendar to attend the workshop as well as scrounge for first right

to report about it here.

A perennially in-demand Dhamma speaker,

Bro Benny has delivered many scintillating sutta workshops at BGF which made a “sutta foodie” of me. The July 20 workshop was no less a grand fete. Some 30 participants were treated to a bountiful spread of enticing appetisers, three gourmet main courses and pithy take-home desserts, all enhanced with a sprinkling of Bro Benny’s trademark flavourful condiments.

SIS. CATHERINE SIOW

Being meticulously all-encompassing, Bro Benny ensured that we could partake of the “e-meal” in advance on the full moon day of Asalha on July 17. When I opened my Inbox, it was a feast for the eye and mind as I tucked in the “appetiser” of colourful slides and nuggets of wisdom.

On workshop day, I savoured gourmet servings of Anumana Sutta (Inference), the mouthful Ambalatthikarahulovada Sutta (Advice to Rahula at Ambalatthika), and my favourite platter, the “Eight Worldly Winds” (Lokavipatti Sutta). Brimming over, my hearty tiffin packed home desserts of memorable morsels from the group presentations, Q&As, fellow participants, and indispensably, Bro Benny’s rendition of flavourful seasonings from great masters such as Sheng Yen, Hsing Yun and the Dalai Lama.

masters such as Sheng Yen, Hsing Yun and the Dalai Lama. Article / Feedback for Outreach
masters such as Sheng Yen, Hsing Yun and the Dalai Lama. Article / Feedback for Outreach

Article / Feedback for Outreach : If you have attended any talks or events organised by BGF and would like to share your experience, please write to us. Email to the editor at info@bgf.org.my. Articles will be edited for brevity and subjected to space availability. We welcome feedback or suggestions for constant improvement.

Articles edited by Sis. Kit Lum. Layout by Sis. Quek Mei Joon. Published by Buddhist Gem Fellowship, D-G-2, Block D, Jalan PJU 1A/3K, Taipan 1, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Contact: BGF Office 03-7734 7960 | BGF Administrator 018-663 5730 Website: www.bgf.org.my

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OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER

ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE

1 September 2019, Sunday

9.00am - 11.30am Sunday@BGF with Bhante Yassasi “People Are Entangled in a Tangle. Who Can Unentangle This Tangle?” 9.00am - 12.30pm Gem Kids & Gem Teens @L1&L2 11.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch Dana

7 September 2019, Saturday

2.00pm - 6.00pm Dhamma Minders 5 2.30pm - 9.30pm Effective Speaking Course

8 September 2019, Sunday 5.00pm - 10.00pm

BGF Malaysia Day and Mid Autumn Festival

13 - 16 September 2019

Friday - Monday 42nd INCOVAR Dhamma Camp

21 September 2019, Saturday

2.00pm - 6.00pm Dhamma Minders 5

22 September 2019, Sunday

9.00am - 11.30am Sunday@BGF with Dr. Bugs Tan “Applying Buddhism In Our Daily Lives”

9.00am - 12.30pm Gem Kids & Gem Teens @L1&L2 11.30pm - 1.30pm BGF Cafe Open

27-30 September 2019 Fellowship Trip to Luang Prabang

28 September 2019, Saturday

7.00pm - 10.30pm 33rd Effective Speaking Course Speech Contest

29 September 2019, Sunday

2.30pm - 5.30pm 27th Counseling Course Level 1

5 October 2019, Sunday 2.00pm - 6.00pm Dhamma Minders 5

6 October 2019, Sunday

9.00am - 11.30am Sunday@BGF with Bhante Prof. Seevali 9.00am - 12.30pm

Gem Kids & Gem Teens @L1&L2 11.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch Dana 2.30pm - 5.30pm 27th Counseling Course Level 1

13 October 2019, Sunday

2.30pm - 5.30pm 27th Counseling Course Level 1

19 October 2019, Sunday

9.00pm - 5.00pm Mindful Parenting Workshop 2.00pm - 6.00pm Dhamma Minders 5 Graduation

20 October 2019, Sunday

9.00am - 11.30am Sunday@BGF with Ven. Sing Kan “Chinese Funeral Rites in Malaysia”

9.00am - 12.30pm Gem Kids & Gem Teens @L1&L2 11.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch Dana 2.30pm - 5.30pm 27th Counseling Course Level 1

& Gem Teens @L1&L2 11.30pm - 1.00pm Lunch Dana 2.30pm - 5.30pm 27th Counseling Course Level