Archive for the ‘INCOVAR’ Category

Call a Plumber!

November 2, 2006

Got this in my mailbox today. Found it enlightening and at the same time amusing. Haha…*don’t miss the last paragraph!!

(excerpts from Ajahn Brahm’s interview with the Bangkok Post)

Making that distinction between the containers and the contents is the key to avoiding inter-religious strife, he says. So much conflict is instigated when others attack one’s own containers – the symbols, texts, icons of one’s religion. But one need not get upset if one can remember that they are just symbols, and focus on maintaining the contents, the teachings.

“When the Taliban destroyed the Bamyan Buddha statues, Buddhists did not allow themselves to seek revenge, because that would, in fact, mean the Taliban had succeeded not only in destroying the containers, but also the contents.”

Similarly, he says, “A Muslim might say, ‘I don’t like those cartoons [referring to the controversy over offensive caricatures drawn of the Prophet Muhammad], but it’s more important that we’re friends. Forgiven.’ Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that happened?”

Following an incident where US soldiers allegedly flushed a copy of the Koran down a toilet, Ajahn Brahm was asked what he would do if someone flushed a Buddhist holy book down a toilet.

“Call a plumber.”


Happy Birthday to…

October 30, 2006


“It’s been a year since my last birthday. I forgot how old I am.”


October 19, 2006

Tidal waves, fierce wind, never ending rain and strong undercurrents.

Land erosion, poaching, bribery and oppression.

What does the above natural and man-made phenomena have in common? Using the seas as a metaphor for our lives, the social issues we face today can be equated to storms in the seas.

Do you sometimes feel like a boat, drifting aimlessly in the seas, pushed and blown about beyond our control by the wind, waves and currents?

The Buddha once said “Make an island unto ourselves…” (Dhammapada, Chap 18). Hence, in the face of increasing social issues & conflicts, it is imperative that we anchor our path firmly in the truth of His teachings, so that we may overcome many difficult changes and challenges we will face in the future.

Come find out how YOU can be a calm island amidst the stormy seas, whilst providing refuge and shelter to those around you!

In today’s modern world, issues like environmentalism, oppression against minority groups and moral dilemmas are happening daily. We need to realise that we, yes, we, Buddhist youths have a responsibility in improving these causes. In the latest edition of the 26th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp (26IDC), you will be introduced to the essence of the Buddha’s 5 Precepts and how they offer powerful solutions to various social issues we face today.

Theme : Calm Islands in Stormy Seas
Date: 7– 10 December 2006
Venue : Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA)

In the dawn of the 21st century, the centuries-old Buddha’s teaching, which is experiential by nature, is becoming ever more practical to us all. You might be thrilled, but we prefer that you just “chill” in the glow of Buddha’s insights.

because @ INCOVAR …we inspire…

14 steps to develope patience

September 13, 2006

from Bro Oh 


  • Dwell on my troubles and aches and pains.

  • Think I’m always right and win people’s approval for everything I do.

  • Think that I always know what is best for people.

  • Think that because people disagree, they are unreasonable.

  • Think that all the unpleasant things happen to me.

  • Think that ambition and what I want are all-important.

  • Expect people’s temperament, character and behaviour to be what I like.


  • Recognize that the more I dwell on my troubles and pains, the worse they seem.

  • Recognize how impossible it is to please all the people all the time.

  • Recognize that I cannot always get people to do what I want as a matter of course.

  • Recognize that people are entitled to their opinions.

  • Recognize that everybody has off-days.

  • Recognize the danger of expecting too much from life, myself and other people.

  • Practice mindfulness of my mental states and outside phenomena.

With Metta,

Bro. Oh Teik Bin

Final homage to Chief Rev, not.

September 4, 2006

From Onn Yeoh:-

1. Eulogies for Chief

2. Cremation

3. Chief’s funeral – misc images

4. Podcast tribute to Chief

So long, Chief Rev…

August 31, 2006

Chief Reverend K Sri Dhammananda has left us…

In loving memory…

Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda Maha Nayaka Thera

1919 – 2006

Chief, as he is fondly known, has been instrumental in the growth of Buddhism in Malaysia, as well as Singapore. Having been born in Sri Lanka, ordained at the age of 12, he dedicated his entire life to Buddhism,and gave more than 50 years of his dedication to Malaysia.

Chief has been critically ill for the past six week, and eventually passed away peacefully at 12:42 pm today. He was 87. For all his contributions, we can only say Sadhu to him…

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

And I feel blessed that I was once seated on the same stage with Chief during One Voice forum.



Onn Yeoh

The Buddhist Channel: Buddhist icon Dhammananda dies at 87

The Buddhist Channel: Malaysia & Singapore’s Chief Monk Passes Away

Chief: The Life and Work of K Sri Dhammananda; download it here.

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

Double happiness

May 23, 2006

Double Happiness

This is what happenned when KNS met a girl in uni and decided she is the one. After 6 years of courtship, eventually they will be tying the knot and start a happy family.

All the best to this new couple!

Wish both of you "nin sang kuai chi" 😉

25th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp

May 22, 2006


23rd IDC

Clarity of Truth, Charity of Joy

Are you busy with commitments, responsibilities and obligations? Are you satisfied with your past achievements, current goals and future…. or you want more? Happiness – is there a ready answer to it?

In the latest edition of the 25th INCOVAR Dhamma Camp (25th IDC), you will be introduced to the essence of the Four Noble Truths – the most fundamental of the Buddha's teaching – with the emphasis on understanding what Happiness is.

It is through the appreciation of the simplicity in our daily lives that we find the answers. At the heart of a simple life is an emphasis on a harmonious and purposeful living. Being simple in nature will give rise to happiness within oneself, and then share it with others!

Theme: "Clarity of Truth, Charity of Joy"
Date: 29 June – 2 July 2006
Venue: Fo Guang Shan Dong Zhen temple in
Jenjarom, Selangor.

In the dawn of the 21st century, the centuries-old Buddha's teaching, which is experiential by nature, is becoming ever more practical to us all. You might be thrilled, but we prefer that you just "chill" in the glow of Buddha's insights.

For enquiries please contact
Wendy @ 017-3195881.

Feel free to visit our website at
You can register online NOW.

The closing date is
31 May 2006.

because @ INCOVAR
…we inspire…

The INCOVAR Dhamma Camp is back!

Check on our website for more information, and register early to avoid disappointment!

Oh yah, we accept international participants as well, as we've had participants from Japan, Korea, Thailand and Singapore.

Send us your enquiries and see how we can arrange for your participation in this 25IDC.

You can also contact me for more information. 😉

*Watch this space for more updates in the future!

Chief – The Life and Work of K. Sri Dhammananda

May 19, 2006


Premiering May 21, 2006

Malaysia Tourism Center, Jalan Ampang, KL.

Dewan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

May 21 and 28 (10.45am), May 27 (10am) and Mini Auditorium on May 27 (4pm)

How to get there? Don't ask me. Just click here.

Good news!! Admission is… PREEEEEEEEE!!!

Chief's Life in a Nutshell