Sunday Dhamma School

Vision

To Learn, To Remember, To Practise.

Mission

To impart Dhamma knowledge and encourage its practice in accordance with the Theravada tradition.

 

Board Members

Ti-Sarana Sunday Dhamma School Board Members consists of the following members

Principal

Venerable Dr. Pategama Gnanarama Anu-Nayaka Mahāthera
B.A (Cey) B.A Hons (London) M.A (J’pura) PhD ( Magadh)
- D Litt Hon (BPU)

Vice Principal (Dhamma)

Venerable Ridiyagama Ānanda Thera
B.A (Kelaniya) M.A (BPU) Dip in Buddha Dhamma (ITBMU)

 

Vice Principal (Admin)

Asoka Melvyn Song Hock Seong
YMBA (HSC Certificate)

Member

Carol Chung Lee Wah
YMBA (Dip)

Member

Upāli Alex Tay Chye Seng
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)


Teaching Staff
Ti-Sarana Teaching Staff consists of the following members

 

Subhā Teo Pin Nyuk
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Rohitha Willie Lim Heng Kuei
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Apple Chow Woon Pheng
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Jasmine Tan
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Lau Kim Koon
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Dolly Goh Hwee Ling
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Bernny Tse
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Cindy Chung Shi Wei
B.A (BPU) M.A (BPU)

Sukhitā Wong
Dip in Buddhism (BPU)

Sunitā Tay Sim Lian
Dip in Buddhism (BPU)

Mettā Alice Lim Geok Eng
Dip in Buddhism (BPU)

Vipula Chow Kia Wah
Dip in Buddhism (BPU)

Dhamitā Tan
Dip in Buddhism (BPU)

Sujivā Theresa Heng Siew Kim

Loh Suet Fun

 

Michelle Lee Beng Tzen

 

Sabrina Ong Shuh Yueh

 

 

Dhamma Classes

All the Teachings of the Buddha can be summed up in one word “Dhamma”
This law of righteousness exists not only in the heart of mankind but it exists in the universe also.

“Yo Dhammaṃ passati so maṃ  passati.
  Yo maṃ passati so dhammaṃ passati”

“One who sees the Dhamma sees me.
  One who sees me sees the Dhamma.”

Buddha in the Samyutta Nikaya

 

Sunday Classes for Children age 4 to 12 years

 

A Structured Buddhist Course for Children

The basic classes for children follow prescribed books prepared specifically for the teaching of Theravada Buddhism.  The children will then be able to continue with the YMBA (Young Men’s Buddhist Association, Colombo) syllabus when they are older.  These structured courses give the students a good understanding of Theravada Buddhism.

Mettā Class 4 to 6 years old  
Basic Level 1    
     
Karunā  Class 7 to 8 years old (two years)
Basic Level 2 Life of the Buddha level 1 - Chanting level 1 (1st year)
  Life of the Buddha level 2 - Chanting level 2  

 

 

   
Muditā Class 9 to 10 years old (two years)
Basic Level 3 Life of the Buddha level 3 - Chanting level 3 (1st year)
  Life of the Buddha level 4 - Chanting level 4  
 

 

 

 
Upekkhā Class 11/12 years old (YMBA Basic Division) (two years)
Basic Level 4 Life of the Buddha and Dhamma (two years)
  Chanting - Mangala, Ratana and Metta suttas  
 

 

 
Rāhula Class YMBA (1st  year)
Junior Part 1 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  

 

 

   
Sāriputta Class YMBA (2nd  year)
Junior Part 2 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  
 

 

 

 
Khemā Class YMBA (3rd  year)
Senior Part 1 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  
 

 

 

 
Moggallāna Class YMBA (4th  year)
Senior Part 2 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  
 

 

 

 
Uppalavannā Class YMBA (5th  year)
Diploma Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma   
     

 

Sunday Classes for age 13 years to Adults

He who drinks deep the Dhamma
lives happily with a tranquil mind. 
The wise man ever delights in the
Dhamma made known by the Buddha.

On hearing the Teachings, the wise
becomes perfectly purified, like a lake
deep, clear and still.

 

YMBA (Young Men’s Buddhist Association) Sunday Dhamma Classes

9.00 AM      Higher Doctrines of the Buddha’s Teaching 
                  (Abhidhamma)

10.00 AM     Life of the Buddha
                   Buddha’s Teachings (Dhamma)
                   Pali Language

11.00 AM     Vandanā and Buddha Pūjā

11.45 AM     Lunch

 

The principles and the causal relations which the Buddha  expounded in the Abhidhamma are so natural, so logical and so beautiful that they can pin-point the root cause of miseries in the world and the ways to eradicate these miseries.

In the Abhidhamma, the Buddha analysed mind and matter in minute detail in terms of their ultimate realities.  The doctrines explain fully why the mind is sometimes bad and sometimes good, sometimes sad and sometimes happy, sometimes wicked and sometimes noble, etc.

A Structured Buddhist Course for Adults

The YMBA (Young Men’s Buddhist Association) programme follows the Sri Lankan YMBA syllabus to prepare our students for the Colombo YMBA Examinations on Theravada Buddhism.

Rāhula Class YMBA (1st  year)
Junior Part 1

Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma

 

 

 

   
Sāriputta Class YMBA (2nd year)
Junior Part 2 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma

 

 

 

   
Khemā Class YMBA (3rd  year)
Senior Part 1 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  
   

 

 

Moggallāna Class YMBA (4th  year)
Senior Part 2 Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  
   

 

 

Uppalavannā Class YMBA (5th  year)
Diploma Life of the Buddha, Dhamma and Abhidhamma  

 

  • The academic year for YMBA classes commences on the 1st Sunday of July annually.

  • Ti-Sarana has a group of qualified and enthusiastic volunteer teachers who are able to impart their knowledge of the Buddha Dhamma. Anyone who is interested to learn more about the Buddha and His teachings are encouraged to enrol for these Sunday Dhamma Classes.

  • Please download the application form link and forward the completed form to tisarana@singnet.com.sg.

  • Click here to Download Application Form.

YMBA  Dhamma and Abhidhamma Syllabus

Junior – Part 1 (Rāhula Class)
Dhamma (Doctrines)

  • Important events in the life of the Buddha from Birth to Enlightenment.

  • The 24 great qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

  • The history, reasons and results of the first 3 Theravada Buddhist Councils. Introduction to the Tipitaka.  The names of the books in the Sutta Pitaka.

  • Different types of Charity and Morality, 10 wholesome and unwholesome deeds and the 10 meritorious deeds.

  • Mahā Mangala Sutta and Metta Sutta.

  • Dhammapada Stanzas – verse number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 16, 21, 37.

 

Abhidhamma (Higher Doctrines)

  • History of Abhidhamma.
  • Names of Books in the Abhidhamma Pitaka and their commentaries.
  •  Differences in the contents of the Sutta and Abhidhamma Pitaka.
  • The difference between Absolute and Conventional realities.
  • Classification of consciousness into 89 or 121 types.

 

Pali Language

  • The alphabet and Pronunciations of letters in Pali.

  • Parts of speech.

  • Gender, number and case.

  • Declension of Nouns - Masculine stem – ending in ‘a’ and Inflection of above declension.

  • Conjugation of Verbs.

  • Conjugation of Root ‘paca’ (to cook).

  •  Different conjugations and the seventh conjugations.

 

Junior – Part 2 (Sāriputta Class)

Dhamma (Doctrines)

  • The Junior Part 1 syllabus and including the following:

  • The 6 special knowledge of the Buddha, and the 10 Powers of a Buddha.

  • The names of books in the Vinaya Pitaka, main divisions and their commentaries.

  • Important events in the life of the Buddha from Birth up to the first 20 years after Enlightenment.

  • Buddha’s lay patrons – Anāthapinḑika, Bimbisāra, Visakhā, Kosala, etc.

  • Lifes of Ven. Ānanda, Sāriputta, Moggallāna and Mahā Kassapa, Bhikkhunis Khemā, Uppalavannā etc.

  • The Six Theravada Buddhist Councils and the first writing of the Tipitaka.

  • The 4 Noble Truths, with details of the 8-Fold Path, 4 sublime states.

  • The 10 Perfections with a Jātaka story to illustrate each Perfection.            

  • Dhammapada stanzas – verse number 12, 33, 41, 43, 50, 53, 60, 61, 82, 85 109, 204.

Abhidhamma (Higher Doctrines)

  • Syllabus of Junior Part 1 and including the following:

  • An understanding of the 52 mental factors and their classifications.  The composition of each consciousness. The identification of consciousness in which a particular mental state will be found.

  • Nibbanā, the definition, qualities, aspects, etc.

Pali Language

  • The Past Tense.

  • Conjugation of ‘Paca’ (to cook) – Past Indefinite Active.

  • Personal Pronouns.

  • Future Tense – Conjugation of ‘Paca’.

  • Declensions of Masculine nouns ending in ‘u’.

Senior – Part 1 (Khemā Class)
Dhamma (Doctrines)

  • Important Events in the Life of the Buddha from Enlightenment to Parinibbāna.

  • Kamma and Result.

  • The Proof of Rebirth.

  • The 5 Natural Laws.

  • The 5 Hindrances.

  • The 10 Fetters.

  • General Knowledge of the 40 objects of meditation in Tranquility Meditation and the results.

  • Social ethics of Buddhism based on Parabhava, Sigalovada and Vyagghappajja Suttas.

  • Dhammapada stanzas - verse number 19, 24, 35, 54, 56, 62, 63, 76, 80, 94, 99, 100, 104, 105, 129.

Abhidhamma (Higher Doctrines)

  • Analysis of the 28 kinds of qualities of matter.  Their classification into 8 categories etc.
  • Formation of matter and Grouping.
  • Occurrence of matter, in different planes, time and class of beings.
  • Classification of Consciousness according to Feelings,  Roots and Functions.

Pali Language

  • Declensions of Feminine Nouns.

  • Declensions of Feminine Stems ending in ‘i’.

  • Feminine Nouns ending in ‘u’.

  • Neuter Gender.

Senior – Part 2 (Moggallāna Class)
Dhamma (Doctrines)

The Senior Part 1 syllabus and including the following:

  • 37 constituents of Enlightenment.

  • 4 stages on the path to Nibbāna.

  • Dependent Origination.

  • 3 signata.

  • Meaning of the verses in Ratana Sutta.

  • A summary of Dhamma-cakkapavattana Sutta.

  • Contribution made to the Buddha Sāsana by H.S. Olcott and his associates.

  • Dhammapada stanzas – verse number 64, 65, 67, 68, 81, 90, 92, 97, 103, 112, 113, 121, 122, 127, 145.

Abhidhamma (Higher Doctrines)

  • The Senior Part 1 syllabus  and including the following:
  • Classification of Consciousness according to Doors, Objects and Bases.
  • Analysis of Thought Processes – through sense doors and mind door, according to individuals and planes.
  • Death proximate thought process.

  • Process freed.                                                                                        

Pali Language

  • Classification of Nouns and Pronouns.

  • Declension of Demonstrative Pronoun.

  • The Verbal adjective or Participles.

  • Past Participles.

  • Adjectives.

Diploma (Uppalavannā Class)       

Dhamma (Doctrines)

  • The Senior Levels syllabus and including the following:

  • A summary of The Mahā Satipaţţhāna and Culla-kamma Vibhaņga Suttas.

  • A general knowledge of Insight Meditation.

  • 7 stages to Purity.

  • The Uniqueness of the Buddha and His Teachings.

  • The differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.

  • Dhammapada stanzas – verse number 75, 89, 123, 135, 146, 191, 202, 216, 239, 240, 276, 277, 338, 365, 366.

Abhidhamma (Higher Doctrines)

  • The Senior Levels syllabus and including the following:

  • Abhidhamma Categories.

  • The Law of Dependent Arising and the Law of Casual Relations.

  • The 24 conditions.

Pali Language

  • Numerals.

  • Ordinal Numerals.

  • Adverbs.

  • Syntax.

  • Order of sentences.

  • Concord.

  • Passive Voice and Passive Participles.

 

Dhamma Fellowship

 

    • School Song

      Ti-Sarana Hymn
      (Hymn of the Triple Gem)

    • We are brothers and sisters of Ti-Sarana
      Ti-Sarana is our Triple Gem.
      We have the most precious gem in our hands.
      Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
      Brothers, sisters,
      do treasure them.
      Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha,
      our precious gem
      Our Lord advised us to love and help and share;
      with one, with one another
      This is our motto of Ti-Sarana
      This is our motto of Ti-Sarana
      This is our motto of Ti-Sarana

    • Calendar plan 2013
    • Registration form (pdf)
    • Children Pūjā book (pdf)