Friday, June 19, 2009

Puppet show on Life of the Buddha (Year 2008)

Every year, the children listen to the story of Buddha, about how he was born and how he became the Buddha. We were afraid that the children might get bored if we tell the story again and so, for this year, we did a puppet show on life of the Buddha. We made the children perform for two purposes, one to perform during Wesak Day celebration and the other to make them remember the details during practice.

The puppets were made from printed out pictures of the characters and scenes, glued to a stick (as shown in picture) and the story was recorded with narration mixed with songs from “Come and See” album. Some girls were assigned to sing along while the some others played the puppets.

The children learn while they perform and during Wesak Day celebration 2008, they managed to put tears in some audience’s eyes. One of the weaknesses of this puppet show is the puppets printed. The color was not sharp and bright enough and many couldn’t see from behind. We can improve on that in future.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has chipped in their effort to make it work. To the principle of SDS and facilitators, I’m proud of our team spirit. It’s always a pleasure to work with all of you. To Cheng Sim and Mrs. Yong, thank you both for helping out. Without the two of you, the show would not go on so smoothly.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Treasure Hunt – Gotong royong (Year 2008)

“Thinking green in our neighborhood” was the theme for the last semester of Sunday Dhamma School. In line with the theme, we had a gotong-royong at section 7. Our mission was to clean the whole playground. To make it fun, we turned the gotong royong into a treasure hunt, a hunt for recyclable items and rubbish. After having this idea, we made Melvin, a teenager, the master mind behind the whole event and he made it seem like “Amazing Race”.

Children were divided into several groups and each group would have to run to a “check point” and answer certain questions or do certain thing that the persons in charged require them to do. They had to pick some recyclable items and throw them into the respective recycle bin to complete their task.

The children were all very excited and tried their best to be the winner. In no time, the park was clean! The children even had a chance to catch some fishes (paper fishes laminated with magnets on them) with fishing rods (a stick with magnet) from a pond (children’s swimming pool) full of rubbish.

Well, the children definitely learnt a lot about recycling and team spirit. At the same time, through the questions asked and activities done in each “check point”, they recall about global warming, recycling and the dhamma.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Trip To Bird Park and Ti-Ratana

Note: This is not a report, just my personal experience and views. Photos taken by Hoong.

The trip to Ti-Ratana and bird park was wonderful. Although it was tiring, I believe many had enjoyed themselves, learnt something and made some new friends. What I enjoyed the most was the team spirit and the buddy system implemented. I could see the responsibility in the children which I have not seen previously.

Our first stop was the KL Bird Park. We were blessed to have a "tour guide", telling us about each species of bird, letting the children touch and feed the birds at the same time. The children were thrilled and I would say the adults were equally excited.

Bird Park - Part 1

Bird Park - Part 2

Before proceeding to Ti-Ratana, we had our lunch at the garden next to the National Monument. It was a beautiful place indeed. We were telling the children about the place and linking it to the advertisement that goes:

Lady: Can you tell me how to get to the National Monument?

School boys: You go straight and don't belok belok.


Lunch at National Monument

After lunch, we hopped up the bus and we were on our way to Ti-Ratana. The place was quite huge consisting of a few buildings. They have a chanting hall as well as a multipurpose hall with a stage and a good P.A. system. The children there were very independent, I would say and that's what our children should learn. One thing which I felt lacking was the communication between us and the Ti-Ratana children. We were supposed to have games but due to the space constraint (there were too many people), we had to just go with the performance. Our children put up two performances. They really did a great job! The children of Ti-Ratana were talented too and by showing their talent on the stage, we could see the satisfaction in their eyes.


Field trips of this sort should be encouraged. Children learn better if they can experience certain things themselves.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Two Great Stories

These are two very great stories and if we are able to learn just a tiny bit of it, we would be much happier. For those who can read Chinese, enjoy the stories (stories received via email).











Saturday, September 13, 2008

Story - A Sack Of Potatoes

This is a story I love so much which I read in Dr. Ong's clinic one day. Dr. Ong was kind enough to email me the soft copy. We told the children this story during one of the sessions in Sunday Dhamma School.

One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we refused to forgive for whatever they did, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag.

We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for two weeks, putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to our desk at work, etc.

The hassle of lugging this around with us made it clear what a weight we were carrying spiritually and emotionally, and how we had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget it and leave it in embarrassing places.

Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for nursing our grudges. Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person while it clearly is for ourselves!

So the next time you decide you can't forgive someone, ask yourself, Isn't your bag heavy enough?

Saturday, May 24, 2008


It's holidays and it means a break for all facilitators, co-facilitators, principal and children of Sunday Dhamma School. Everyone did a great job on Wesak day and everyone deserves a rest.

I was exhausted after Wesak Day, really exhausted! After a rest, I'll be back to post about our Wesak Day celebration. It was FANTASTIC!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wesak Day Celebration

Phew, at last the recording is completed! The puppet show will be carried out as planned and I think the children are doing a fantastic job on this. Let's hope they would be able to give their very best on Wesak Day.

Program for Wesak in Sungai Long Buddhist Society:

Wesak eve (18 May 2008)
8.00 pm Puja & Dhamma Talk by Ven Dhammasara
on "The meaning of Wesak"
9.30 pm QnA
10.00pm Rejoice & Dismiss

Wesak day (19 May 2008)
8.30 am Registration & Selling
9.00 am Puja & Opening speech by Dr. Ong (President)
9.15 am Puppet show, Ehipasiko, Happy Wesak by SDS children
9.40 am Multimedia 1
9.45 am Choir singing "小草" and "Breathing in, Breathing out"
9.50 am Multimedia 2
10.00am Speech by Dr. Ong "The meaning of Ratana Sutta &
Metta Sutta"
10.30am The arrival of Ven. Dhammaluca
10.35am Puja, Chanting "Ratana Sutta" and "Metta Sutta" lead by
Ven. Dhammaluca
11.00am Blessing by Ven.
11.10am Dhamma Talk "Who am I?" by Ven. Dhammaluca
11.30am Dana & Lunch together (Vegetarian only)
12.00noon QnA
12.30pm Clean up & rearrange the centre
1.30 pm Dismiss

We would be joining Nalanda Buddhist Society in the evening.