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Metta Convention: Meeting of Hearts


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Maha Bodhi School 10 Ubi Avenue 1 Singapore, 408931 Singapore

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Metta Round The World, MRTW is a project inspired by Venerable Mahinda. It is a global initiative to connect like-minded peace-loving people in cultivation of Metta (loving-kindness), and to harness the collective positive energies to transmute the negative and chaotic energies for peace, harmony and stability in the world. It has since been launched in Malaysia, Australia and Singapore and MRTW chapters set up. (more info on MRTW)

The Metta Convention

Part of the Metta Round The World (MRTW) initiative, the Metta Convention serves to facilitate a meeting of minds to promote the widespread practice of metta, and to bring it to new levels through acts of compassionate love such as supporting and caring for the sick, aging and those in need of physical, psychological and spiritual support.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Law, Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC.


Venerable Mahinda

Venerable Mahinda was ordained a Theravâda Buddhist monk in 1976 under the tutelage of the late Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Mahâ Thera. He is now Abbot of the Âloka Meditation Centre, NSW, Australia, and founder of the Australian Buddhist Mission and Âloka Foundation Malaysia. Bhante Mahinda is also the advisor to the Singapore Buddhist Mission. His attendance at international conferences and interfaith dialogues has taken him to more than 30 countries.

Dr A. T. AriyaratneDr A.T. Ariyaratne

Dr A. T. Ariyaratne is the founder of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka which is currently the largest NGO in Sri Lanka. A former high school teacher at Nalanda College, he has led tens of thousands of meditations with millions of people throughout Sri Lanka and other parts of the world since 1958. Dr. Ariyaratne has been called the 'Gandhi of Sri Lanka.', by creating a system where the community helps itself.

Dr Stuart Chin

Dr Stuart Chin, a medical doctor specializing in obstetrical & gynecological practice is spreaheading the development of Aloka Foundation's Mitraville, an eco-holistic Retreat Centre located 6000 ft above sea level, the half-way point of Mt. Kinabalu (the highest peak in Malaysia). Born and bred in Sandakan, Malaysia, he received his tertiary education and specialist training in the United Kingdom.

Dr WanDr William Wan

Dr William Wan is the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. Prior to taking on this role as General Secretary, he was practising law and managing a psychometric company. He has always been active in community-based work and believes that kindness breeds kindness.

Sister Sumitra

Sister Sumitra was born in Singapore and currently assists Ven. Mahinda in teaching meditation and its application in daily life, for the benefit of individuals, society and Buddhism at large. She is also a Spiritual Director of the Australian Buddhist Mission and resident teacher at the Aloka Meditation Centre, Australia.


D A Y 1 8.30am - 9.00pm
D A Y 2 8.30am - 5.30pm

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Speech

Hearts Reach Out

by Dr William Wan, Singapore Kindness Movement

Hearts Inspired

Speech by Venerable Mahinda
Keynote Address by Dr A.T. Ariyaratne
Convention Blessing

Workshop: Boundless Hearts

1.Sarvodaya Movement for urban dwellers

2. Metta Circle LUNCH

Opening of Hearts

by venerable Mahinda

Hearts in Action

- Explore
- Decide
- Commit


Workshop: Boundless Hearts

1. Sarvodaya Movement for urban dwellers

2. Metta Circle Meeting of Hearts
Panel Discussion and Q& A

Heart Talk
by Sister Sumitra

Closing Blessing QUICK BREAK Talk by Dr Stuart Chin on Mitraville End of convention DINNER

For Overseas delegates:
Accommodation arrangements have been made for participants to stay at the Venue Hotel at a special price: Download Hotel Reservation Form
  1. Superior Single Room/ Superior Twin Sharing Room inclusive of internet @ S$108.28 ($102++ from Jun) nett per room night
  2. Standard Twin Sharing Room (without window) inclusive of internet @ S$96.51 ($102++ from Jun) nett per room night.

Payment of registration:

  • Local Delegates: Mode of Payment for offering - Internet Bank Transfer or Cheque
    Cheque make payable to: 'Singapore Buddhist Federation'
    59 Lorong 24A Geylang Singapore 398583.
    Please indicate 'Metta Convention', your Registration Name and Order Number behind cheque.

    Internet Bank Transfer: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC)
    Payee Name: Singapore Buddhist Federation
    Bank Code:7339 Branch Code: 509 Acc. no: 015038-001
  • Overseas: Cash payment on Registration Counter on 1st day of event.


I am an overseas delegate and have registered. How do I make my payment?
You may make your payment (cash) at the registration counter on the 1st day of the event 29 June.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Transportation to and from Venue Hotel to the convention venue will be provided for both days.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
You may want to bring a cardigan as the auditorium is fully air-conditioned. Break-out rooms are not air-conditioned… Simply bring yourself….and your smile.

Must I stay at Venue Hotel?
No. You may stay at other hotels, etc. If you are staying at other place, please find your way to the convention venue.

I am coming alone. Can you find a roommate for me?
We will try to match you will another same gender delegates where possible. Please let us know immediately upon registration.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, please email us in advance.

Are meals provided? Do you cater to special dietary requirement?
Vegetarian breakfast, lunch and tea break on both days; dinner on Day1. If you have special dietary requirement, please write to us and we will advise if your needs can be met.

Where can I contact the organizer if i have queries?
You can drop us an email at and we will get back to you within three working days.