New Year 2018 Message

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017



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 greater happiness and prosperity in one’s life.

What is most important is our sincerity and genuineness to develop and apply such qualities in our lives.  Start by making your good wishes for the New Year sincere, coming from your heart. In this way you will have a good start to the year by upholding and promoting human values for the benefit of oneself and others.

Whatever Dhamma you have received or learnt over the past year you should now make a sincere and genuine effort to put into practice. How do we develop greater sincerity in our lives and in our Dhamma practice? The answer lies in repetition, with clarity and awareness.  Whatever quality we wish to develop, we need to make effort again and again to arouse it genuinely from our hearts. Over time, it will become easier and easier to generate, as it becomes familiar to our mind. When we combine repeated practice with clarity and awareness, our insight and understanding will gradually deepen and eventually we will be able to break through the superficial layers of consciousness and reach the very depth of our hearts.

This is what we are doing in the practice of metta, repeatedly arousing the wish for all beings to be well and happy. As the thought of loving-kindness takes root in our heart, other qualities such as compassion, generosity, respect, gratitude, joy and so on, will also naturally begin to develop.

This year there will be two activities focusing on the cultivation and application of metta, or compassionate love. Firstly, the ACI will be launching METTACARE to provide services for our elders – in keeping with the Buddhist principles of metta  (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion), mudita (altruistic joy) and upekkha (equanimity). We hope that the younger and more able members of our community will come forward to support this worthy cause.

Secondly, the 4th Metta Convention will be held from Nov 16 -18 in Malaysia with the theme of “Opening of Hearts”. We look forward to your participation.

Wishing you all long life, good health, peace and happiness in the new year.

With metta,

Venerable Mahinda