Courses previously held at Buddhist Maha Vihara
A supportive community founded by Bro James Ong. Meeting weekly to meditate, stay on course and deepening practice. You are very welcome here anytime for practice, support and fellowship.
Bro. James Ong
Late Bro James, founding teacher, was previously ordained as a monk in Malaysian Buddhist Meditation Centre, Penang, Malaysia where his teacher Phra Dhammabarnchanvud was the founder.
He was teaching Wisdom Meditation and Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation for five decades. During these times, he stressed the importance of going back to the orthodox practice as taught by the Buddha in the Maha Satipatthana Sutta. With this aim, Bro James authored two meditation handbooks, in which he explained the practice in the simplest way possible. He also made the practice accessible and its direction clear with many daily-life examples.
"Be a lamp unto yourself". He explained, "that means, to be anchored to the Wisdom Meditation practice as taught by the Buddha in the Maha Satipatthana Sutta as your refuge. That's the lamp. That's the way to total freedom from suffering."
Shymiin Silena C
Sis Shymiin started practising Wisdom Meditation in 1993, primarily guided by Bro James Ong. She has also done long retreats under the guidance of Ven. Uvamsarakhitha of Chanmyay Yeiktha, which combines both Metta and Vipassana meditation techniques and also at Panditarama centres.
In 2007, she began her training to guide under Bro James and has been assisting in his meditation classes since.
Many volunteers and many other supporters have contributed in service, in cash and many different ways to make the propagation possible. Present admins include Bro Jimmy, Bro Chiam, Bro Max, Sis Peggy, Sis Mei Leong and Sis Tseuy Mei. Sadhu sadhu sadhu!