Celebration of International Bhikkhuni Day on 16 September 2016

Dear Dhamma Friends,

Namo Budhaya and Sukhi hotu!

It is with great pleasure that Gotami Vihara Society invites you to our 5th Celebration of International Bhikkhuni Day on 16 September 2016. Please find details in the attached poster. We will be glad and honoured with your presence.

We have chosen this Merdeka Day holiday each year and it also coincides with the Mid Autumn Festival so bring in your children, young or old or someone’s children, to make this day a memorable and meaningful one. They can bring a lantern, pigly biscuits and balloons with them if they wish.

Thank you.

Barbara Yen
Gotami Vihara Society

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Saturday Self Retreat at Gotami Vihara

Dear Friends,

Gotami Vihara Society recognises the fact that there is a need for a conducive and safe space where yogis can go to for meditation self-practice. Now that we have a resident nun Maechee Punnisa, she has agreed to facilitate this and also to guide those who are new to the practice. Maechee will do it in dual language, ie. English and Mandarin.

 We are starting on 5 March, 2016. Anyone, both male and female who  needs somewhere nearby to calm themselves, to de-stress after a tough week, avoid a burn-out or to recharge batteries for the following week, please feel free to come and join the others who have the same intention. Group sittings give group energy. The silent support from each other can be very healing too!

Details are shown below and also in the flyer attached.

Date:     Every Saturday of the month except second Saturday     

Time:    8.30 am to 1.00 pm.  (for half-day)

               8.30 am to 5.00 pm (for one day)

Fees:     Free. Donations are welcome

Hot Drinks:  Self-service, with coffee, tea and chocolate drink provided

Lunch Dana: You have the opportunity to offer lunch dana to Maechee. She is not a strict vegetarian.

What to bring

  • Your own lunch, forks and spoons. You can keep your food warm in a themos if you wish. We encourage yogis to take home their utensils to wash due to limited time and space
  • drinking water
  • jacket or shawl 
  • meditation cushions (optional) 

There are shops nearby that sell vegetarian/non-vegetarian food.

 Schedule for Half-day or Full day Self-retreat


·         8.30 am     Registration  报到

·         9.00 am     Start retreat  ―  Take refuge and observe the five precepts, meditation

                                自修开始  ―  三皈依,受持五戒。禅修

·         11.30 am   Lunch  午餐

·         12.30 pm   Half-day retreat over.  One day yogis take Mindful rest


·         1.30 pm     Meditation – walking, standing or sitting


·         3.30 pm     Q & A or Dhamma  discussions             


·         4.30 pm     Share of merits and ask for forgiveness


·         4.45 pm     Tea time                                                                                       


·         5.00 pm     Clean up and leave


 Do share this with your relatives or friends whom you feel will benefit from it. Have a peaceful and fruitful self-retreat.

 For those friends who do not reside in KL/Selangor or across the oceans, you can create your own space in your homes and invite some relatives and friends who wish to develop mindfulness and meditate, to practise together. You can rotate the venue. 

This way you can create peace and love in your homes and communities and role model to the young ones to be mindful and peaceful. Who knows you may be lucky to have someone enlighten in your home!

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

With metta,

barbara yen


Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia 


Invitation to Celebrate Gotami Vihara Society’s Annual International Bhikkhuni Day, 27 September, 2015

Dear Dhamma Sisters and Brothers,

Namo Buddhaya!

In conjunction with International Bhikkhuni Day this year, it is again time to honour bhikkhunis on their unique achievements and contributions in upholding the Four-fold Sangha and propagating the Buddha Sasana.

Gotami Vihara Society has great pleasure to invite you to rejoice with us and to make the day a meaningful and successful one. Our theme this year is ‘Gratitude is Here and Now.’

Bring your children or relatives along and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with us too.

Thank you. May you be well and happy.


Barbara Yen

President, Gotami Vihara Society


Dhamma Talk by Venerable Adhimutta on 18 July 2015 @ 2pm


Dhamma talk by Ayya Adhimutta at Gotami Vihara on 4 July 2015


Ayya Adhimutta

Flyer LSY

Commemoration of Wesak and Gotami Vihara’s 4th Anniversary on 31 May, 2015

Webby Barbara Yen, President

In conjunction with the holy month of Wesak and our 4th Anniversary, Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia has great pleasure to invite you to join us to rejoice and commemorate this day in a lunch dana for the Sangha.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:        Sunday 31 May, 2015

Time:       10am – 3.30pm

Venue:      Gotami Vihara, K37-C, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor

4th AnnProgramme:

9.30 am     Arrival of devotees

9.45 am     Arrival of Sangha members

10.00 am   Wesak Puja and Chanting

Hymn singing – Anthem of Unity

Wesak Blessings by the Sangha

Metta meditation

11.00 am   Dhamma talk: ‘Bhikkhuni Sangha – The Way Forward,’ by Ven Sumangala Samaneri

11.45 am   Lunch dana for the Sangha

12.00 pm   Lunch for devotees

1.00 pm     Walking meditation and Mindfulness of Body

2.00 pm     Dialoque and discussion with members and devotees

3:00 pm     Sharing of Merits. Light refreshments

3:30 pm     End of session

4.00 pm     Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia EXCO meeting

6.00 pm     End

All are welcome!

If you have any queries, please contact our Hon. Secretary, Sis Ratana Marie Tungka at marietungka@yahoo.com.


Barbara Yen

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia: Executive Committee 2015 – 2017

by Barbara Yen, President

agm 2015We are pleased to advise Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia’s Executive Committee members elected at our 2nd Annual General Meeting held on 12 April, 2015. They will serve from 2015 – 2017.

President:                  Yen Yoke Wah, Barbara (Ms)

Vice President:            Dr Lai Suat Yan (Ms)

Hon. Secretary:          Marie Tungka (Ms)

Hon. Treasurer:          Hooi Yoon Chun (Ms)

Committee member:    Wuan Thong Lok (Mr)

Committee member:    Choo Chow Heng (Mr)

Committee member:    Wong Shua Feng (Ms)

Auditors (by appointment):

Mudita Loh Lee Peng (Ms)

Ann Lim Siew Ee (Ms)

We welcome everyone on board and look forward to their continued commitment to serve Gotami Vihara Society and in the propagation of the Buddha sasana.


Barbara Yen