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eBulletin11-December2010[1]

eBulletin11-December2010[1]

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Kalyanamitta
December 2010
A Buddhist & Pali College eBulletin
1
Dear Kalyanamitta,Sukhihontu!1.You may be wondering if we have made a mistake
 –
your receiving the
December‟s issue in November! Well, our team will be taking a break inDecember and we do not wish to go away worrying about December‟s
issue. So we have sent it out early!2.Thank you for your support of the KalyanamittaeBulletin. With effect from2011, the eBulletinwill be published bi-monthly. Our next issue will be inFebruary 2011
 –
our eBulletin1
st
Anniversary!3.Keep in Touch -If you have Chinese New Year greetings that you wish tosend to your classmates or teachers, please email us by 31
st
December 2010. Please state your name, year of graduation and a short message(not more than 40 words) if any.4.GAQ and BA students will be sitting for their examinations in Decembe
2010. “Good Luck”
and please do your revisions !5.Registrations for 2011 GAQ Bachelor Degree is now open to all Diplomagraduates. Please refer to Page 2 for details.6.On Page 3-4, VenU Cittara
has kindly penned “An Intellectual Approach”
7.
“Young litterbugs growing in number. NEA notes blasé attitude among teensespecially” –
Page B8 of The Straits Times of 18Nov2010Read Bro George
Kuan‟s
timely article on this issue on Pages 5-7.With Metta,Jasmine TanEditor/BPC eBulletin
 
Kalyanamitta
December 2010
A Buddhist & Pali College eBulletin
2
Buddhist and PaliCollege of Singapore
Registration for Bachelorof Arts 1
st
 Year (General Art Qualifying)
The new course will begin on 9 January 2011( Sunday).All diploma graduates are welcome to register for the course.BPC Alumni will be organizing a briefing and registration session as follows:Date: 19 December 2010 (Sunday)Venue : MangalaViharaBuddhist TempleTime: 3.00pm-Briefing3.30pm-Registration4.00pm-Tea gatheringThe classes will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30pm to9.30pm and on Sundays from 2.00pm to 5.15pm.For those who intend to sign up for the course, please email your name andcontact no to:The Secretary,BPC Alumni at bpc2alumni@yahoo.com.sgFor those who want more information before they decide to sign up for the course,we look forward to seeing you on 19 December 2010.
 
Kalyanamitta
December 2010
A Buddhist & Pali College eBulletin
3
An Intellectual Approach
Written by VenU Cittara
Resident Monk of MangalaViharaBuddhist Temple
Scenario (1)
We were told that the MahaSammata, the ancestors of the Buddharenounced the world disappointedly after realizing that the human society,supposedly withthe most intelligent of beings demanded the ruling system.We were also told that our elder monks were very upset when theyknew that an examination system was needed to motivate Buddhists tolearn the teachingsof the Buddha. In fact, both the MahaSammatasand our elder monks simplyoverestimated us. We still and will need agoverning system to keep our morals uprightand an examination system to motivate us to learn the teachings of the Buddha.
Scenario (2)
Twenty-seven days after I became a monk, my father passed away in myvillage. When I arrived at my village from Mandalay, many people tried to console me bysaying such big words as Anicca, Dukkha, Anattaand life is like that, so on and so forth.Unfortunately, none of those words struck me nor reached my heart.At that time, a man told me that my father had already fulfilled hisduties as even his youngest son was old enough to become a monk. He had been tryingso hard to provide for the needs of all his seven children. Now it was time for him to take arest and to be taken care by newparents in the next life. I felt much more relieved. Helooked at my
father‟s death from a different perspective. Sometimes we need to view
something from a different angle and only an intellectual approach can help us.
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