SAVE THE DATE: Ven. Marut in Singapore 2011

We are very excited to welcome Venerable Sumati Marut back to Singapore in 2011. He will be teaching two courses here:

The Way of Devotion (January 4-6, 7:30-9:30pm; Venue: Oasis Holistic, 10 Selegie Rd, #01-50 Selegie House. Nearest MRT: Little India. Tel 6442 2881)
This three-class series of dharma classes will reveal the beauty and power of developing a close relationship with a spiritual master. Drawing upon the third chapter of Master Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, and other spiritual classics, Venerable Marut will clearly explain the role and importance of devotion in one’s spiritual journey.

Cost: Free - donations appreciated, to cover venue and related-expenses.

Email to pre-register

Hatha Yoga Pradipika Essentials (January 7-9; six sessions at Pure Yoga, Ngee Ann City, Tower A, 18/f - Jan. 7, 7:30-9:30pm; Jan 8, 1:00-7:30pm; Jan 9, 1:00 - 5:30pm. Total: 11 hours workshop)
The most famous book on yoga ever written is the Yoga Sutra; but there’s nothing in the text about how to do the specific poses or asanas of yoga. The source for all the systems of yoga followed in the world today is called “Light on the Yoga of Sun and Moon,” or Hatha Yoga Pradipika in Sanskrit. The Indian yogi Swatmarama wrote this comprehensive explanation of the entire physical and spiritual path of yoga about 500 years ago.

In the workshop, topics covered by Ven. Marut include: lineage, the ideal retreat cottage, vows and commitments, a description of the major asanas, proper diet, the kriyas, pranayama, the bandhas, mudras, kundalini, partner practices, samadhi, and a deep investigation into ultimate reality or “emptiness.” In addition, the course includes stories from Cindy Lee of the lives of the great yogis of the past (the mahasiddhas) and very practical advice on how to recognize and combat the mental and physical problems that may arise from intense yogic practice. Finally, asana practice, Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 4, will be lead by Yoga Studies Institute staff Cassandra Dolorios of Texas, USA.

Contact Pure Yoga at +65 6733 8863 for registration - S$495 for workshop (individual sessions S$90).

Post-Singapore retreat at Borobudur, Indonesia (January 10-14, 2011)
Study the Diamond Cutter Sutra at the sacred pilgrimmage site of Borobudur Temple on the island of Java in Indonesia. In addition to dharma classes focused on wisdom and ultimate reality, the retreat will also include yoga sessions, meditation and trips to the temple and grounds. For more information on itinerary, logistics and costs/registration, please see or contact +65 9617 6340.

January 10, 2:30-9:30pm; Jan 11-13, 10:00am - 9:30pm; Jan 14 morning departure.

Venue: Manohara Hotel at Borobudur Park, plus Borobudur Temple

Costs: Course fee S$215 (covers printed material costs and expenses associated with conducting the retreat). Optional: Room and Board at Manohara Hotel (venue) S$540 (Check in Jan 10, Check out Jan 14 morning). Total cost (excluding airfare and visa-on-arrival) for attendees planning to stay at Manohara therefore equals Course Fee (S$215) + Room/Board/local transfers (S$540) = S$755. (FEE INFORMATION SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND FINALISATION)

** Students attending from Singapore are advised to reserve flights ASAP (for example, AirAsia flight QZ-7139 at 11:10am on Jan. 10, return QZ-7138 at 7:30am on Jan. 14)

August 2010 - Emptiness Meditations - COMPLETED

In the spiritual path, wisdom is the third of the Three Principal Paths. To investigate the ultimate nature of reality, we will study Arya Nagarjuna's Song on the Root of the Middle Way. Considered to be one of the greatest treatises on wisdom, the Song on the Root of the Middle Way contains 28 chapters of verse, and we will read and contemplate selected verses during the 2010-11 period. The first group of meetings will be in August 2010 (continuing in mid-September and beyond)

Dates: three evenings in August 2010 -- August 16, 23, 30 (Monday nights)
Times: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Venue: 51B Temple St in Chinatown (2/f)
Cost: Free
Contact: Alvin Lee, 9138 5438 or