Vesak Message 2024

Vesak Message 2024

Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!

SUKHO BUDDHĀNAM UPPĀDO

As we celebrate Vesak, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and Mahāparinibbāna (the great passing away) of the Buddha, we should recall to mind the great qualities of the Buddha and reaffirm our faith and confidence in the Buddha Dhamma Sangha, by committing ourselves to the practice of Dāna Sīla Bhāvanā – generosity, morality, and the development and purification of our minds.

The uncertainties caused by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as other natural and man-made disasters – such as wars, environmental pollution, climate change and so on – are continuing to impact the wellbeing and happiness of many around the world.

Living in these challenging times, we need to seek refuge in the Buddha Dhamma Sangha so as to receive their blessings, guidance and protection. Those who have faith and devotion to the Buddha will naturally find solace in times of need. Those who have developed insights into the Dhamma will have greater awareness and acceptance of the ups and downs of life. Those who connect with the Sangha will receive the necessary guidance and inspiration along the path.

Prayers alone are not enough. We need to commit ourselves to the Dhamma to bring about real transformation in our lives. It is through positive transformation that the seeds of enlightenment will be sown in our hearts.

YO DHAMMAṂ PASSATI SO MAṂ PASSATI
He who sees the Dhamma sees me.

The Buddha’s teachings on Mettā and Mindfulness are powerful means of self-transformation, bringing about peace, harmony and stability within the individual, family, nation and the world. They also promote wisdom and compassion for the welfare and happiness of all.

On the occasion of Vesak, let us radiate Mettā – thoughts of loving-kindness – and extend goodwill to all.

May all suffering beings be free from suffering,
May all those in sorrow be free from sorrow,
May all those in fear and dangers be free from fear and dangers,
May all beings be well and happy.

 

Happy Vesak to all!

Online Dhamma Course 2022

Online Dhamma Course 2022

3-Month Online Course on

Mindfulness based on

the Mahā-Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta

Every Sat, 16 July – 8 Oct 2022

 

Guided by Bhante Mahinda

Assisted by Sister Sumitra

Begin your Journey

Open to all: Beginners as well as practitioners of different levels. 

 

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LIVE every Sat, 16 Jul – 8 Oct 2022
4pm (MY/SG); 6pm (SYD); 9am (PTG)

Registration opens 15 Apr 2022
Closes: 31 May 2022

2022 Aloka Online Dhamma Course

The Mahā-Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta is regarded as one of the most important suttas in the Tipitaka or the Pali Canon. It explains the systematic cultivation of Samatha Vipassana based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. These are the essential teachings of the Buddha that lead to one’s final liberation.

This three-month online course will focus on theory, practice and realisation through the Mahā-Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta. It will include a comprehensive explanation of the sutta in English, together with practical advice on applying mindfulness in daily life.

Participants will be encouraged not only to study the theory but also to apply the teachings on a practical level throughout the course. 

The course will conclude with an optional seven-day online meditation retreat.

Teachers

Bhante Mahinda first studied the Mahā-Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta in 1982 in Sri Lanka through a word-by-word approach under renowned Pali scholar, Venerable Dr. Kakkapalliye Anuruddha.

He later undertook systematic cultivation of Samatha Vipassana under the guidance of Venerable Amatha Gavesi in 1992, after having attended meditation retreats based on Mindfulness under well-known teachers in India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.

Bhante Mahinda has taught Mindfulness and Metta meditation for more than 40 years in over 20 countries.

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Bhante Mahinda will be assisted by Sister Sumitra, who also practised under Venerable Amatha Gavesi in 1992. She has also attended retreats in other traditions, including forest meditation retreats in Thailand.

Sister Sumitra has also assisted Bhante Mahinda in meditation retreats at the Aloka Meditation Centre in Australia, as well as in Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Portugal.

Organiser:

Aloka Meditation Centre (Australia)

Co-Organisers:

Aloka Fellowship (Malaysia)

Aloka Mitra Singapore

Participating Organisations:

Australian Buddhist Mission Inc

Aloka Foundation

Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia

Singapore Buddhist Mission