WEEKLY BUDDHISM NEWS & REVIEW
Saturday 18th June 2011
Thalatha Nandanie: The Buddha once said that devotees should visit and worship four main places which would create Dhamma Sanvega. These places are the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha, the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment, the place where he delivered the first sermon Dhammacakka Pavaththana Sutta and the place where he attained Parinibbana.
Ancient chronicles the Mahavansa and the Deepavansa records that before the Maha Parinibbana (demise) of Sakyamuni Gothama Buddha at Kushinara (modern Kashimagar), He foretold to his disciples who were present that, "two hundred and sixty years later, a Thera named Mahinda will arrive with splendour (in the sky) to shine in Lankadeepa.
Professor Chandima Wijebandara (Former Vice Chancellor of Sri Jayewardenepure University); The most significant event in the history of Buddhist Civilization of Sri Lanka is the introduction of Buddhism by the Great Arahant Mahinda Thera in the middle of the third century BC. It marked a new era in our history. Even though we were very close to India physically and culturally we were not blessed with the presence of Buddhist monks who would enrich our national life with Buddhist values until Emperor Asoka sent his own son Mahinda to introduce Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
Priyanka Kurugala; Relics of the Buddha are sacred to Buddhists throughout the world. These relics are of national importance to Islamic Republic of Pakistan too. As a successful measure of mediation, the government could obtain the relics for a limited period to mark the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi anniversary.
Daya dissanayake; May I propose adding Be Positive and Heedful to Ajahn Buddhadasas description of Buddhism, Be Peaceful and Useful ? The teaching of the Buddha could be considered as the most optimistic of all religious doctrines. When Western scholars began to study Buddhism they at first believed that Buddha preached only about suffering and the inevitability of Kamma
Paying homage to the Triple Gem Saranagamana and observing the five precepts is part and parcel of the Buddhist way of life. Our ancestors observed the eight precepts on all four Poya days and observed the five precepts with a sincere heart (Sraddha). This pattern of life brought protection to their society, made them respect their elders, trust each other and accepted values that contributed to a peaceful life. These values were handed down from generation to generation.
The thick grove of Sal trees, In full bloom than ever before, Filled the Garden of Lumbini With fragrance so sweet On a historic Day. The sprightly dance of bees To the tune of many a bird Together with the flirting butterflies Made a rare sight for the onlooker
GARRISON, N.Y. -- Backed by the nations largest Buddhist magazines and meditation centers, a recent invite-only gathering at an old monastery in this riverside hamlet north of New York City included a guest list of crimson-robed monks of Buddhisms Tibetan line, tattooed Dharma Punx, professors and Japanese-influenced Zen Buddhists that read as a "whos who" of Buddhism in America.
Poson Poya falls on Wednesday By Upali K. Salgado Ancient chronicles such as the Mahavansa and the Deepavansa record that before the Maha Parinibbana (demise) of Sakyamuni Gothama Buddha at Kushinara (modern Kashimagar), He foretold to his disciples that, two hundred and sixty years later, a Thera named Mahinda will arrive with splendour (in the sky) to shine in Lankadeepa.
Saturday 11th June 2011
Visiting Buddhist relics in Myanmar - Manjarie PEIRIS; We had the fortune to make a pilgrimage to Myanmar recently, a tour organized by a devoted Buddhist, Dr Samadhi Rajapaksa. The group consisted of a veteran Buddhist priest and thirteen laymen and laywomen. Shwezigon Pagoda Alighted from the Yangon airport we proceeded to a hotel in Yangon and then visited the towering golden spire of Shwedagon Pagoda, in Yangon. The large stupa sits on a hill just north of the citys city center, and has come to symbolize Yangon, as well as all of Myanmar.
Definite consequences of meditation: Dr Padmaka Silva. Earlier we discussed some facts appearing in Nibbida Sutta. We spoke at length about how an individual should think if he wishes to improve his Dhamma and meditation activities. We begin and end this path to Nibbana by placing confidence in the understanding of the Buddha. It is from there that we enter the path to Nibbana. Based on what do we build up this belief in the Buddhas understanding? It is based on the Dhamma preached by the Buddha. The basis is the Dhamma. We accept the understanding of the Buddha with the help of Dhamma preached by him or based on his sermons.
Vesak celebrated in Germany Senaka Weeraratne; The Berlin Vihara commemorated the 2600th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi in conjunction with the Vesak conducted over a period of two days at the Vihara (Das Buddhistische Haus) situated in Berlin, Frohnau, Germany on May 14 and May 15.
A picture may say a thousand words, but taken by Kenro Izu it is more like a thousand silent breaths. In Izu's photography, ethereal moments, sacred places and holy people are frozen in motion.
Sri Lanka, having preserved Buddhism in its purest form since its introduction in 236 BC, was undisputedly the key player in the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations. But what caused Buddhism to flourish in Sri Lanka as opposed to the country of the Buddhas birth where Buddhism has little relevance today?
Pakistan in order to present the richest Buddhist historical legacy to the Sri Lankan people, has sent the most sacred relics of the Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka. These relics arrived in Sri Lanka recently for a limited period and will be exhibited at Colombo Museum during the month of June, a message received here from Colombo on Monday. After the conclusion of the exhibition these relics will be taken back to Pakistan.
Two Buddhist thinkers supply 21st-century perpectives on an age-old dilemma. Being rich and being a good Buddhist are considered, by many believers, to be two separate paths that cannot be followed by the same person. It would seem that we have to choose one way or the other; and, for many of us, the road which leads to wealth may be the more agreeable.
An upcoming conference in Thailand will bring together female Buddhist monastics from around the world. Has the clergy's stern frown on female ordination stopped women's determination to pursue a monastic life. If you drop by the Sathira Dhammasathan nunnery-cum-dhamma centre this weekend, you will realise how the clergy's attempts to keep women down are ineffective and irrelevant.
Saturday 4th June 2011
The legend Shwedagon Pagoda Lionel Wijesiri; A golden mystery...a beautiful winking wonder is what Rudyard Kipling called this Buddhist shrine. The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 98-metre gilded stupa located in Yangon, Myanmar. The pagoda is situated, to the west of the Royal Lake, on Singuttara Hill, dominating the skyline of the city. It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Myanmar people with relics of the past four Buddhas enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, the water filter of Konagamana, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight hairs of Gautama Buddha.
Meditation programmes from Mahamevna: Mahamevnawa International editation Centre (MIMC) is an organisation of Buddhist monasteries of Sri Lankan origin established to benefit the spiritual development. The main monastery is in Polgahawela. Mahamevna shrine room The organisation was established in August 1999 and has grown from strength to strength ever since its inception.
What is Theravada Buddhism? John T. Bullitt :Theravada, the Doctrine of the Elders, is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddhas teachings. For many centuries, Theravada has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos) and Sri Lanka. Today Theravada Buddhists number well over 100 million worldwide. In recent decades Theravada has begun to take root in the West.
By Rajitha Weerakoon Sri Lanka, having preserved Buddhism in its purest form since its introduction in 236 BC, was undisputedly the key player in the 2600th Sambuddhathva Jayanthi celebrations. But what caused Buddhism to flourish in Sri Lanka as opposed to the country of the Buddhas birth where Buddhism has little relevance today?
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Myanmar coordinated arrangements to celebrate the 2600th Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi in a grand scale. The Embassy compound which is 2 ½ acres, was decorated and adorned by 140 small Vesak lanterns which illuminated the Embassy premises with the touch of craft brought in by the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Yangon, and the two craftsmen flew to Yangon with the courtesy of the Sri Lanka - Myanmar Friendship Association in Colombo and the DSI Group of Companies.
The worlds largest Buddhist publications and information centre will be declared open today to mark 2600 years of Lord Buddhas Enlightenment. Buddhist Pirith Chanting Rituals, Mahavamsa, Legends Of Indian Buddhism , 336 Readings From Buddhism, The Chinese Version of Dhammapada, Buddhist Meditation Theory and Practice these are a few of the nearly 10,000 titles of noble Buddhist literature visitors can find at the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mandiraya.
The recent New York Times article about the 11th Tradition and anonymity stirred up a lot of controversy. But I think the 12th Tradition is ultimately more important.