Brother Chris Lim discusses his perspective on the Forum “The Road to Real Happiness”. The forum is jointly organized by gloWithin and BGF Youth Connection. The session caters mainly for parents and youths. It featured Bhante Kumara and Brother Max Lee as speakers, and is moderated by Sister KC Chiang.
Thus I have heard… Ajahn Brahmali is well regarded as an authority on the Buddhist suttas. Hence, I kick-started this year as a participant of this. Sutta Retreat I (February 15-17) touched on the 1st Noble Truth (The Truth of Suffering). The meditation retreat (February 18-20) had both self-practice, guided meditation as well as the sutta study of the 4th Noble Truth (The Path to the Cessation of Suffering). Sutta Retreat II (February 21-23) touched on the 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths which deal with The Origin of Suffering and The Cessation of Suffering.
For many years, I found reason to put off going on a pilgrimage to India. It wasn’t until I read the Mahāparinibbāna Sutta (DN16) wherein the Lord Buddha mentioned to Venerable Ānanda the 4 places which should arouse the emotions of faithful monks, nuns, and lay followers after his passing. These are the locations of his birth, of his enlightenment, of his first sermon which set in motion the Wheel of the Dhamma, and of his attainment of Mahāparinibbāna.
This year, we in BGF were very fortunate to have Ajahn Brahm conducting four events before proceeding to Mahindrama Temple Penang to conduct a meditation retreat. His sharing of universal love and compassion in all his events was indeed the hallmark of his presence...