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Vesak Message 2018

Posted on May 27, 2018

SUKHO BUDDHANAM UPPĀDO Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!     The celebration of Vesak, which marks the Birth, the Enlightenment and the Great Passing Away (or Mahaparinibbana) of the Buddha, is of great significance to our lives as it shows us how to live a peaceful and meaningful way of life, from the time we are born until our dying moment. The Buddha’s birth was no ordinary birth.  Prior to his birth as Prince Siddhartha, the Bodhisatta Setaketu was residing in Tusita heaven. He chose a suitable time and place to be born, and also considered the clan, the family and the...

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New Year 2018 Message

Posted on Dec 29, 2017

New Year 2018 Message

  Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year. Once again, we rejoice with all the services you have rendered over the past year and with your continued generosity and effort in supporting Aloka, ABM and ACI. The coming year is the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese zodiac, which is associated with justice and compassion – qualities which underlie the foundation of peace and harmony within the family, society and the world at large. Developing these qualities, together with the age-old values of generosity, humility, respect and gratitude, will naturally give rise to...

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Vesak Message 2017

Posted on May 10, 2017

Vesak Message 2017

The occasion of Vesak is a time to reflect on the Buddha, his enlightenment and the benefit he brought to the world through his teachings, the Dhamma. It is a time to reaffirm our faith in the Triple Gem and our commitment to practise and apply the Dhamma in our lives. The Dhamma serves to prepare our minds to face the unexpected, to deal with whatever situations that arise in our lives: old age, sickness, death, natural or man-made calamities and other misfortunes. We prepare our minds to weather all situations by cultivating a deep sense of faith and devotion towards the Buddha, and...

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Vesak Message 2016

Posted on May 18, 2016

Vesak Message 2016

VESAK MESSAGE 2016 – Venerable Mahinda – On the occasion of Vesak, celebrating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and passing away, we should recall that the Buddha’s appearance in this world, his activities, and dispensation of the Dhamma represent the culmination of countless lifetimes of practice, to perfect the virtues, knowledge and skills necessary to become a fully-enlightened being with the ability to enlighten others. In particular, there are ten virtues, or perfections (dasa-parami), which the Buddha perfected from life to life:   Generosity – DĀNA ...

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Awakening With Metta

Posted on Sep 18, 2014

Awakening With Metta

   Awakening with Metta by Venerable Mahinda This booklet serves to provide information and instructions that will help to bring about the awakening of hearts. It includes a clear explanation of the theory and practice of metta, or loving-kindness, and how it should be applied in our daily lives, as well as when reaching out to serve others. It also explains how the practice of metta together with mindfulness leads to true freedom – freedom from all the manifestations of suffering that accompany the cycle of birth, old age, sickness and death. *To read Awakening with Metta, please...

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Developing a Forgiving Heart

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Developing a Forgiving Heart

Developing a Forgiving Heart By Venerable Mahinda As we develop our practice of loving-kindness, we may start to feel that although we are trying to practise love and compassion, we somehow seem to be more angry.  In fact, this may be a sign not that our anger is increasing, but that we are becoming more aware of our strong habitual tendency to get angry.  We will also start to become more aware how our unskilful thoughts, speech and body actions cause harm and suffering to others, as well as to ourselves. The fact that we have so much anger inside shows that we need to learn patience: the...

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