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

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

Our class is designed to acquaint the newcomer with the fundamentals of Buddha’s teachings and practices in a structured and systematic manner. Our comprehensive approach ensures you are starting 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. They were able to apply this ancient wisdom to find peace, happiness and cultivate compassion in their daily lives.

Another intangible benefit is our friendly and conducive environment where you can form long-lasting spiritual friendships with like-minded Buddhists who will boost your spiritual practice. Like when Venerable Ananda, the Buddha’s attendant, came to the Buddha and said that in his view that spiritual friendships is half the spiritual life, 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
38th Beginner Chinese Dharma Class 7 July 2021 (Wednesday) 7:30pm – 9:30pm
34th Beginner English Dharma Class 1 July 2021 (Thursday) 7:30am – 9:30pm
27th Dharma Foundation Class 4 July 2021 (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 at this link. Please submit the form using one of the methods below:
• Level 1 information counter
• Email: info@tmbs.org.sg
• WhatsApp handphone number 96632575
• Mail: The Mahaprajna Buddhist Society, 11 Lorong 35 Geylang, S387943

Registration closes on 31 August 2021. 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 above 60 years old, please apply for Dharma Foundation Class.

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

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

We fully understand your worries during this period of time. So, depending on the restrictions set by the government, we may be conducting the lessons via video conferencing first and switch to physical classes in the Society when it is safer to do so.

You will be notified of this change via email/SMS/WhatsApp if your registration is made 2 weeks before commencement of the course. You may refer to our website for further updates and/or contact us via email or WhatsApp for further clarification.

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 the learning materials are:
• Chinese Dharma Class: “The Way to Buddhahood” textbook ($ 15) and Course Notes ($ 12)
• English Dharma Class: “The Way to Buddhahood” textbook ($ 32) and Course Notes ($ 10)
• Dharma Foundation Class: Course Notes ($ 12)

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

Yes, June and December are holiday periods.

Yes, there is free parking at level 1.

Yes, you can still continue in the intermediate class when the conditions are right 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!