Dhamma Articles

Vesak Message 2021 from Venerable Mahinda

Posted on May 25, 2021

SUKHO BUDDHANAM UPPĀDO! Happy is the Birth of All Buddhas! As we celebrate Vesak 2021, let us connect with all our Dhamma brothers and sisters around the world to recall the great qualities of the Buddha and make a firm determination to apply the teachings that will bring positive transformation in our lives. This is especially important during this period of crises, caused not only by the COVID-19 pandemic but also by natural disasters such as fire, floods and storms. Prayers alone are not enough to develop the mental resilience and generosity of heart to reach out to others in...

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New Year Message 2021

Posted on Dec 30, 2020

Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2021 – the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac – is like any other year… good for some and not so good for others. Despite all the uncertainties caused by the Covid 19 virus pandemic, many of you are still able to smile. Those who have joined our Metta Circles and followed through the 3-month Dhamma Course and the Online Retreat in the past year will naturally be more prepared to accept things as they come. Those who have not joined our online Dhamma Course should try to join us from March to May this year, when we launch a new series of online...

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New Year Message 2020

Posted on Dec 31, 2019

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!   Our life as a human being is very precious. Compared to all other beings in the different realms of existence, we have the unique opportunity to develop our minds and gain total liberation. The human lifespan enables us to enjoy the worldly pleasures of life and also to experience the various manifestations of sufferings, which can act as a stimulus for us to seek true peace and happiness by reducing and overcoming the tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion – the root cause of all our sufferings.   At New Year we always pray for...

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Vesak Message 2019

Posted on May 17, 2019

  The real significance of Vesak lies in the universal peace message of the Buddha. What the Buddha realised on the night of his enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya more than 2,500 years ago, he taught in simple language to the first five ascetic disciples in terms of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. The Four Noble Truths explain DUKKHA, the sufferings and unsatisfactoriness of life; SAMUDAYA, the cause of suffering; NIRODHA, the cessation of suffering; and MAGGA, the path which leads to peace and the end of all suffering. The path which leads to peace and...

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New Year Message 2019

Posted on Dec 29, 2018

New Year greetings to all! We rejoice with all the services you have rendered over the past year, and with your continued generosity and effort in supporting Aloka Meditation Centre, ABM and ACI. The highlight of the year 2018 has been the success of the Metta Convention in Putrajaya, Malaysia, along with various other activities held in conjunction with the birth centenary celebrations of the late ‘Chief Reverend’, Ven. K Sri Dhammananda Nayaka Maha Thera. Our grateful thanks to all our sponsors and donors, organisers and volunteers, as well as all the participants. The Metta...

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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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