Archive | February 2014

Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News February 2014 (2)

1) Visit Delayed – Sister Clara Mota from Portugal

Sister Clara Mota experienced some issues with her flight ticket.  Her expected arrival on 3 March 2014 has been delayed until further notice.

2) Dhamma Sharing by Samaneri Dhammadinna from Italy

Please join us for a dhamma sharing session by Samaneri Dhammadina on her experience of going forth and the joys and challenges she encountered.

Details are as follows:

Date  :  Sunday, 2 March 2014
Time  :  8.00 pm
Venue:  Gotami Vihara

Address of Gotami Vihara
K37-C, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor (former premise of Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, on main Puchong road, opp. Old Army Camp, 5 minutes drive from Puchong Pure Life Society, same row as Giant Supermarket, not Hypermarket). Tel: +6010 2580 737

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Gotami Vihara Society Malaysia News February 2014

Renunciants who will be staying at Gotami Vihara in February and March, 2014

We have the following renunciants coming to stay:

1.  Maechee Punnisa, a Malaysian nun and 4 other Maechees from Thailand (27 Feb – 7 Mar)
One of the Maechees from Thailand, Maechee Dr Chamnien is a lecturer in Pali and Abhidhamma to monks and nuns.

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinna, a scholar nun from Italy (28 Feb – 3 Mar)
She will be attending Ven Aggacitta’s workshop in Nalanda.

3.  Sister Clara Mota, from Portugal (3 Mar – _____ ) She will be staying for about 1 month
She is of the Tibetan tradition but wishes to learn more about the Theravada tradition.

It will be a tight fit for a few days since we only have 2 bedrooms at Gotami Vihara (GV). The Maechees who follow the forest tradition, advise that they are happy to sleep on mats and in the shrine hall.

The renunciants schedules while in Malaysia are as follows:

1. Maechee Punnisa and 4 other Maechees from Thailand (27 Feb – 7 Mar)

  • Maechees’ arrival from Thailand on 27 Feb (transport by Maechee Punnisa’s family)
  • Sri Jayanti Temple – 28 Feb (transport arranged)
  • Malacca – 1-2 March (transport arranged)
  • Wat Chetawan & Nalanda Institute – 3 Mar
  • SBS, Taiping – 4-6 March (taxi to & from train station to Taiping)
  • Returning to Thailand, 7 March (transport by Maechee Punnisa’s family)

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinna (28Feb – 3Mar)

  • Arrival from Taiwan on 28 Feb (transport by Sis Marie)
  • Attending Ven Aggacitta’s workshop in Nalanda – 1-2 Mar (transport by Marie)
  • Departure from KL – 3 Mar (transport by Marie)

3.  Sister Clara Mota (3Mar – ____ )

  • Arrival from India on 3 Mar (transport by Sis Guat Cheng)
  • Sister Clara hopes to visit some local meditation centres
  • As Sister will be here for a month, she is available for sharing with other Buddhist societies.

Volunteers Needed

We are appealing to all our supporters, including those living in Puchong area to meet them and offer whatever help necessary to make their stay a very meaningful and inspiring one. We need volunteers:

  • Transport for internal travels
  • Offer breakfast dana
  • Offer lunch dana on Mondays. We have made arrangement with a nearby vegetarian restaurant for lunch except Monday as the restaurant is closed
  • Take them for walks in nearby Bukit Jalil Park as they will be cooped up in the shop-lot the whole day. Sis Paru suggested this and she will take the lead. Please call GV to arrange with the nuns personally.

Address of Gotami Vihara
K37-C, Jalan TK 1/11A, Taman Kinrara, 47180 Puchong, Selangor (former premise of Kinrara Metta Buddhist Society, on main Puchong road, opp. Old Army Camp, 5 minutes drive from Puchong Pure Life Society, same row as Giant Supermarket, not Hypermarket). Tel: +6010 2580 737

Renunciants Profiles

1.  Maechee Punnisa
In the early 80’s, she started to learn the Buddha’s teachings from a Mahayana Bhikkhuni Venerable Chuan Wen for about ten years. She subsequently practiced meditation under Ven Ji Chen and Vipassana Meditation from Goenkaji. For the last five years, she practiced Mindfulness and Metta Meditation under the guidance of Ayasmā Aggacitta Maha Thera.

She started a Parents & Children Dhamma Class at Kuala Lumpur Hoeh Beng Buddhist Temple in the early 90’s. Some parents who had been trained by her during that time are still carrying on the Dhamma Class.

She was ordained in July, 2012 in Bangkok by Zao Kun Sun Anālayo. She stayed in a Bangkok nunnery and learnt to chant in Pāli and Thai, and attended Pāli classes at Mahachulalongkorn University.

Profiles of the 4 Maechees from Thailand are not available.

2.  Samaneri Dhammadinnā

Introduced by Ven Anandajoti, International Buddhist College, Thailand
“I have a good friend from Italy who last year took sāmanerī ordination in Lanka with the name Ven Dhammadinnā. She currently lives, teaches and does research at Dharma Drum in Taiwan. She is hoping to attend Bhante Aggacitta’s workshops at Nalanda on 1-3 March. Ven Dhammadinnā is a leading scholar in early Buddhist studies and has written and edited numerous works on the subject. It would be worthwhile inviting her to give some talks.”

3.  Sister Clara Pereira Mota

Introduced by Ven Bhikkhuni Adhimutta, Santi Forest Monastery, Sydney
“A lovely 10 precept nun, Sis Clara Pereira Mota from Portugal just contacted me. She is staying in India at the moment and ordained in the Tibetan tradition – however she wants to change across to the Theravada tradition as she finds herself reading the Pali suttas and is most interested in Theravada meditation methods. At the moment she is heading to Sri Lanka to try it. However, she is also interested in trying a meditation place in Malaysia. I told her that there would be support for her in KL.”

Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!