FAQs on Dharma Class Enrolment
(English Dharma Class / Chinese Dharma Class / Foundation Dharma Class)

If you are new to Buddhism, this class is perfect for you!

Our class is designed to acquaint the newcomer with the basic fundamentals of the principles and practices of Buddhism in a structured and systematic manner. Our comprehensive approach means you are start off your learning journey on the right foot. Many of our students have found that after attending the class, they gained a solid foundation in what Buddha taught more than 2500 years ago and were able to apply this ancient wisdom to increase their peace, happiness and compassion in their daily lives.

Another intangible benefit is our friendly and conducive environment where you are most likely to form long-lasting spiritual friendships with like-minded Buddhists to support you throughout your life’s ups and downs. Like when Venerable Ananda, the Buddha’s attendant, came to the Buddha and said that in his view half the spiritual life revolves around spiritual friendship, the Buddha immediately corrected him and said, “Do not say this, Ananda! Do not say this, Ananda! Spiritual friendship is not half the spiritual life. It’s the entire spiritual life!”

Learn more about the course curriculum at this link.

                        Class              Date          Time
41st Beginner Chinese Dharma Class 3 July 2024 (Wednesday) 7:30pm – 9:30pm
37th Beginner English Dharma Class 4 July 2024 (Thursday) 7:30pm – 9:30pm
30th Beginner Foundation Dharma Class 7 July 2024 (Sunday) 4.30pm – 6.30pm

You can obtain the application form at the information counter at level 1 of The Mahaprajna Buddhist Society (TMBS) or download form at this link  or sign up using the online form (Google log-in required). Please submit the form using one of the methods below
• Level 1 Information Counter
• Email: info@tmbs.org.sg
• WhatsApp: 96632575
• Mail: The Mahaprajna Buddhist Society, 11 Lorong 35 Geylang, S387943

If you would like to attend the class after the closing date, please contact us.

Chinese and English Dharma Class : 18 to 60 years old.
If you are more than 60 years old, please apply for Foundation Dharma Class.

Chinese and English Dharma Class: GCE “O” level or above or equivalent qualifications.
Foundation Dharma Class: None

Note: If you do not meet the admission criteria, please submit the application form first and we will contact you separately.

The main textbook used is the “The Way to Buddhahood” by Venerable Yinshun. The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium that interconnects all Buddhist teachings and converge them towards the way to Buddhahood. To enrich our understanding, we supplement with providing additional course notes on selected sutras, Buddhist etiquette, etc. Learn more about the course curriculum at this link.

The beginner class is for a year. Upon successful completion, one can continue with intermediate class followed by advanced class.

The monthly miscellaneous fee is $15.

The cost of teaching materials are:
• Chinese Dharma Class: “The Way to Buddhahood” textbook ($ 15) and Course Notes ($ 12)
• English Dharma Class: “The Way to Buddhahood” textbook ($ 45) and Course Notes ($ 5)
• Foundation Dharma Class: Course Notes ($ 12)

Yes. For Chinese Dharma Class and English Dharma Class, there is a simple assessment at the end of the beginner class. Only students who have participated in the assessment can proceed to the intermediate class. There is no test for Foundation Dharma Class.

Yes, June and December are holiday periods.
Yes, there is free parking at level 1.
Yes. If you need to stop your studies after completing the beginner class, you can still continue in the intermediate class when the conditions are ripe for you in the future. There is no limit to the duration of the suspension period.
No, because the course content in each Buddhist society is not the same. We encourage you to start off a new learning experience by enrolling in our beginner class!