Monday Night Vipassana Meditation Class

As a meditation teacher trained under the Mahasi method, Ven. Acara Suvanno Maha Thera naturally initiated this Monday Vipassana meditation class while Bhante was caretaking Mahindarama Buddhist Temple in 1995 and 1996.  Bhante single-handedly conducted this class with his ever-inspiring Dhamma lectures and meditation guidelines in Hokkien which received overwhelming response from the devotees. 

            When Bhante left this temple, Bro. Tay Chong Seng voluntarily filled in this meditative vacuum on 16 December 1996 with the kind invitation of the committee member, Mr. Lee Teong Huat (deceased) and with the blessing of the Chief Monk, Ven. E. Indaratana Maha Thera. A bilingual school teacher, graduated from University of Malaya, he first practised this intensive Vipassana meditation at Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre (MBMC), Penang in 1983 under the tutelage of the meditation master, Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa (Chanmyay Sayadaw).  From then on, year in and year out, he attended countless intensive meditation retreats under many meditation masters from Myanmar.  The most outstanding ones of course are Ovadacariya Sayadawgyi U Panditabhivamsa and his disciple, Sayadaw U Pannathami

            With the unwavering support and attendance from the faithful yogis, averaging about 50 every Monday night, this meditation class keeps on growing.  As such, he is assisted by Bro. George Ng who receives personal training and guidance from Sayadaw U Pannathami from time to time and Sayadaw U Thuzana, the resident meditation master at MBMC.  With the motto “to share and to care” at heart, Bro. Chong Seng has this to say to every yogi, “I hope I’m just like a small candle, ever-willing to share this light of the Dhamma with everybody, especially those who are spiritually inclined to tread along this path of mindfulness.” 

            Bro. Chong Seng who is the author of the Dhamma book, “Unforgettable Dhamma”, wishes that those who have already acquired the basic instructions on how to meditate here, will deepen their quest for further intuitive knowledge, by attending intensive meditation retreats at MBMC or other meditation centres.  How true indeed are the wise sayings of the Buddha when one keeps on travelling along this inward journey mindfully towards the destination of Nibbanic bliss! 

 

A bhikkhu (monk/yogi) who takes delight in mindfulness and sees danger in negligence, advances like fire, burning up all fetters, great and small.

Dhammapada Verse 31 

The mind is difficult to control. Swiftly and lightly it moves and lands wherever it pleases.  It is good to tame the mind for a well-tamed mind brings happiness.

Dhammapada Verse 35 

 

Sadhu!  Sadhu!  Sadhu!

 

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