Vesak Message 2022

Vesak Message 2022

Vesak Message 2022

Like a lotus bloom
Unstained by the vicissitudes of the world
He rises above all turmoil and suffering.
Showing the path to all Free from extremes
Beyond duality
Leading to liberation.

Let’s pray and supplicate May there be peace, love and harmony In the world.

NAMO BUDDHAYA

SUKHO BUDDHĀNAṂ UPPĀDO

Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!

The Buddha was born to bring peace and love to the world. His birth as Siddhattha Gotama was the culmination of all the great virtues he had perfected from life to life.

Although born as a human, he was not an ordinary being.

 Like a lovely white lotus,

unsoiled by the muddy water,

So too am I unsoiled by this world;

Therefore, O Brahmin, I am a Buddha.

Through his example and teachings, he showed how we too are able to live in this world unaffected by the turmoil and suffering around us – not through mere indifference but through loving-kindness, compassion and altruistic joy.

The cultivation of loving-kindness or METTĀ, the wish that all beings be well and happy, will naturally trigger compassion or KARUṆĀ, the wish for beings to be free from suffering, to develop. This in turn will lead to METTĀ in action, or acts of kindness.

Seeing the joy of those who are able to overcome their problems and difficulties will naturally condition MUDITĀ, sympathetic or altruistic joy, to arise within oneself. This will become a strong motivating force for us to do more for others, and through the experience gained in serving others, a sense of equanimity or UPEKKHĀ will develop.

A truly harmonious and equanimous mind – unaffected by profit and loss, praise and blame, fame and ill-fame, happiness and suffering – results from wisdom and insight into the true nature of all phenomena. This is how we develop detachment through METTĀ KARUṆĀ MUDITĀ UPEKKHĀ, or loving-kindness, compassion, altruistic joy and equanimity. These four qualities are called the Brahma Viharas or the Four Immeasurables and they have the power to transform both ourselves and others.

In these challenging times, we need to commit ourselves to practise what the Buddha taught in order to overcome fear, worry and anxiety. Violence, war and other manmade disasters are the direct results of greed, hatred and delusion.

The preamble to the UNESCO Constitution states:

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed.”

The best way to overcome hatred and build the defences of peace, from a Buddhist perspective, is through the cultivation of METTĀ or loving-kindness. And the best way to overcome the tendencies of greed and the deluded idea of the self as ‘I, my, me, mine’ is through the systematic cultivation of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Metta and mindfulness will bring about effective self-transformation.

Why should we focus on transforming ourselves? While we may not able to change all the big things happening in the world outside, we are able to change the small things happening in the world within ourselves. That is how we will be able to maintain peace and harmony within ourselves, amidst war, chaos and turmoil in the world.

Vesak is a time for merit-making rather than merry-making. Through acts of generosity and other meritorious actions, we will make connection with the Buddha Dhamma Sangha, which will pave the way for us to develop wisdom and insight into the realities of existence. Merits and wisdom are essential for enlightenment.

As we celebrate Vesak, let us recall the great virtues and qualities of the Buddha and aspire to transform ourselves by nurturing the innate goodness within, for the welfare and happiness of the many.

Let us seek refuge and grow in faith and confidence in the Buddha Dhamma Sangha, to receive their blessings, guidance and protection so that we will develop the strength, courage and wisdom to overcome whatever problems and difficulties that may arise in these challenging times.

On this auspicious occasion let us extend our goodwill to all and pray:

May all suffering beings be free from suffering,

May all those in sorrow be free from sorrow,

May all those in danger, fear and worry be free from danger, fear and worry,

May all beings be well and happy.

May you and all other family members be well and happy!

Happy Vesak to all!

E-booklet series by Venerable Mahinda | BUDDHA DHAMMA SANGHA

E-booklet series by Venerable Mahinda | BUDDHA DHAMMA SANGHA

The aim of this series is to highlight the great qualities of the Buddha Dhamma Sangha and to draw inspiration for us to walk the Dhamma’s path.

In the words of Venerable Mahinda: “When we are living in fear and danger, worry and anxiety, we need to seek refuge in the Buddha Dhamma Sangha. We need 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.”

Read:

Volume 1 – Buddha

Volume 2 – Dhamma

Volume 3 – Sangha

Self-Study Online Dhamma Course: Stages 1-3

Self-Study Online Dhamma Course: Stages 1-3

Bhante Mahinda has recently concluded 18 weeks of teachings for the Aloka Online Dhamma Course 2021.

For those who were unable to attend the course in 2021, we are pleased to offer recordings of Bhante’s teachings for replay, for a limited period of time.

One recording will be made available every week, over 18 weeks, starting from 14 January 2022. Participants will have the flexibility to watch or listen to each recording anytime over a five (5) day period, tentatively between Friday and Tuesday. Recordings will be shared via WhatsApp or Telegram (TBC).

 


How to participate in the Self-Study Online Dhamma Course?

Please fill in the online form here by 3 January 2022

You are welcome to share this information with friends who would be interested.

Those wishing to participate in the 2022 Online Dhamma Course and who have not attended the 2021 Course are strongly encouraged to complete the entire Self-Study Online Dhamma Course (Stages 1-3) before they sign up for the 2022 Course.