Venerable Chuan Guan

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Venerable Chuan Guan

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

After leaving a career in consulting in 2002, Venerable Chuan Guan began his monastic training in Fa Yun Monastery and was ordained under Master Miu King. Since then, he has been focusing on Dharma learning, meditation, providing counseling and spiritual services under the guidance of Venerable Kwang Sheng in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (KMSPKS).

Through consulting, he learned the skill and art of talking to people. Although the clothes he wears now are different, as a monk he is still a consultant – albeit a consultant of the human mind, heart and spirit now rather than IT systems. He will share with us insights on working with the self to help us become more aware of how we experience the world.

In his spare time, Venerable Chuan Guan codes – from writing mobile apps to developing a human resource management system (HRMS) for the monastery! His passion in coding started since his early teenage years. Back in the 80s, he would read books cover-to-cover on coding and all things computing. As a 13 year old, he wrote his first game called “Death Valley”, similar to the popular Flappy Bird of recent years. He would later graduate from Nanyang Technological University with a degree in computer engineering. He started off in Creative Technology’s R&D team working on their very first MP3 player – the Nomad, amongst other projects.

 

Past Presentation

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Closing Keynote #6 @ Summit 1 Hall

Keynote Topic #6 : Emptying Ourselves
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Each day many of us fill our spare moments checking our phones, replying emails, catching up on social media updates or playing some mobile game. We tend to spend too much time occupied with tasks at hand and distracted by thoughts. However, to bring about meaningful changes, we have to seek transformation from within ourselves and that is a journey that starts from the realisation that we are empty of any inherent nature.

As the roots of emptiness teachings and practices originate from Buddhist teachings, it is most appropriate that we welcome Venerable Shi Chuan Guan from Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery to enlighten us about emptiness.

What does it mean by “conditionally arising phenomena” and how is it connected with emptiness?  What does a piping hot bowl of delicious laksa have to do with emptiness? In his keynote, Venerable Chuan Guan will introduce the tenets of emptiness and guide us to reconstruct our perception of the self and our experiences. Through his talk, we will also find out the intersection between emptiness and our UX practice, and how we can cultivate ourselves.

9:30am – 12:30pm

Workshop Topic #11[email protected] 333

Workshop Topic #11 : Right and Wrong Mindfulness
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Mindfulness is the buzzword these days and is sometimes seen as the panacea for everything.  Can mindfulness really cure all our ills?

This workshop gives you a sample of mindfulness meditation and highlights the various ways mindfulness is not meant to be applied.

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