Vesak Message 2023

Vesak Message 2023

SUKHO BUDDHĀNAṂ UPPĀDO!  Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!

Vesak is that time of the year when we recall the birth, enlightenment and the great passing away or MAHĀ-PARINIBBĀNA of the Buddha. These three important events are significant to our own lives, as they teach us how to live a peaceful way of life and to realise our full potential.

It is also the time for us to draw inspiration from the life of the Buddha and to aspire to gain our true freedom by walking in the footsteps of the Buddha.

In order to gain true freedom and enlightenment, we need to develop two things: merits and wisdom. The Buddha developed all kinds of merits through the perfection of virtues[1] such as generosity; morality; renunciation; wisdom; effort; patience / endurance; truthfulness; determination; loving-kindness; and equanimity.

It is through these perfections that the Buddha was able to overcome all the obstacles and challenges he encountered. When he was attacked by the wild, intoxicated elephant, Nālāgiri, or challenged by demons such as Ālavaka and other heretics, the Buddha simply resorted to the act of Truth (SACCA KIRIYĀ) based on the virtues he had perfected. He never resorted to hatred, revenge or violence.

Besides developing merits through the cultivation of the ten perfections, the Buddha also showed us how to cultivate wisdom through the development and purification of the mind. This is clearly expounded in the Noble Eightfold Path, namely: Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Bodily Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.

These eight path factors can be understood in terms of SīLA – precepts or good conduct, SAMĀDHI – concentration, and PAÑÑĀ – wisdom.

The aim is to purify our body speech and mind from the unskilful tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion.

Through SīLA or the restraint of speech and body actions, the tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion can be prevented from manifesting at the physical and verbal levels, but not at the mental level. Hence the need to develop SAMĀDHI or concentration, to cultivate calmness and insight in order to prevent the tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion from manifesting at the mental level.  However, unskilful tendencies can still manifest when one’s mind is out of concentration, or when the path factors of effort, mindfulness and concentration are not in proper focus. Hence the need to develop PAÑÑĀ, wisdom and insight, through the cultivation of Right Understanding and Right Thought.

The threefold training in SīLA SAMĀDHI PAÑÑĀ, which enables us to overcome greed, hatred and delusion, can be effectively realised through the systematic cultivation of SAMATHA-VIPASSANĀ – calmness and insight meditation.

These practices along with merit-making – such as the offering of lights, offering of alms food to the Sangha and other acts of generosity (DĀNA) – are often promoted during Vesak celebrations. They also include the observance of precepts (SīLA) and the cultivation of Metta and Mindfulness and other qualities that contribute to the development and purification of the mind (BHĀVANĀ).

The true significance of Vesak lies in the universal peace message of the Buddha which shows us how to overcome the tendencies of greed, hatred and delusion – the root causes of all human problems and challenges in the world today.

Since wars and other man-made and natural disasters are beyond our individual control, giving rise to uncertainties in our lives, it is important for us to turn within to control our own minds through the cultivation of SAMATHA-VIPASSANĀ[2], and sow the seed of enlightenment.

On this occasion of Vesak, let us extend goodwill to all and pray for peace, harmony and stability in the country, and in the world at large.

May all suffering beings, be free from suffering.

May all those in sorrow, be free from sorrow.

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

May all beings be well and happy.

Happy Vesak to all!


[1] DASA PĀRAMĪ (Ten Perfections)

[2] Those interested to participate in our ongoing Samatha Vipassana course, please contact Aloka.

Vesak Programme 2023 – DATE CORRECTION

Vesak Programme 2023 – DATE CORRECTION

Wed, 3 May & Thu, 4 May

Dear devotees & friends of Aloka,

Vesak Eve will be celebrated on Wednesday, 3 May with light offering, chanting and meditation at the Aloka Stupa at 7pm.

Vesak Day will be celebrated on Thursday, 4 May with chanting and meditation at the Aloka Stupa at 10am.

The dates listed on our earlier poster were incorrect. Please update your calendar, and we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

With metta,
Aloka Meditation Centre

SUKHO BUDDHĀNAṂ UPPĀDO!   Happy is the birth of all Buddhas!

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New Year Message 2023

New Year Message 2023

New Year greetings to all!

Once again, it is time to reflect and recall all the goodness we have done during the past year, and resolve to improve and transform ourselves in the coming year. How we fare in the coming year will ultimately be determined by our own thoughts, speech and bodily actions.

Whatever may be in store for us in the lunar Year of the Rabbit – a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity – we either need to make the best use of all the positive influences to further our wellbeing, or counter the effects of certain negative forces and change the course of things through the cultivation of spiritual values.

The celebration of Lunar New Year (as with other culturally-related new years) is well known for traditional practices such as respecting elders, being generous, seeking forgiveness, and so on. These wholesome actions are conducive to peace, harmony and prosperity within the family. In addition, we also need to cultivate certain values that will equip us to meet the challenges of our time.

Metta and Mindfulness are two very important ‘tools’ that will help us to meet the challenges of our time. Both are now the subject of scientific investigation around the world, and there are a growing number of studies which demonstrate their benefits – especially in mental health and interpersonal relationships.

For more than 10 years, we have been promoting the awareness and cultivation of Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, through various activities such as 24Hr Metta, Metta Round the World, Metta Circles, Metta Conventions, and the Million Minutes of Metta and Mindfulness initiative.

We rejoice with all the individuals and groups from around the world who participated in Metta Circles and the Million Minutes of Metta and Mindfulness initiative at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and collectively clocked in over 6 million minutes by 13 July 2022.

Between July and October 2022, the Aloka Online Dhamma Course (AODC) on Mindfulness, based on the Maha-Satipatthana Sutta as taught by the Buddha, was also successfully conducted. More than 500 participants completed the course, and many have indicated their interest to further their practice in smaller groups at different locations. (Sadhu to all the coordinators and volunteers who have made this online course possible.)

In the coming year, we look forward to having your continued support and assistance to reach out and share the practice of Metta and Mindfulness with members, devotees and Dhamma friends. For those who have completed the online course on Mindfulness, we hope you will make greater commitment to take your practice to another level.

We also rejoice with all our Dana providers who have generously supported us throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

We look forward to having your continued support and participation in the coming year.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year.
May you and all members of your family be blessed with a long, healthy and happy life.
May the blessings of the Buddha Dhamma Sangha be with you all, always.


Welcome the New Year 2023

Welcome the New Year 2023

Sat 31 Dec, 12 noon (ONLINE)           

Opening Address for 24hr Metta by Venerable Mahinda

Join us to welcome the New Year 2023 with 24hr Metta – non-stop, round-the-clock chanting of the Metta Sutta for world peace, harmony and stability.

24hrmetta Facebook Page Live  |

Metta Round The World YouTube Channel  |

Sat 31 Dec, 11:45pm   (OFFLINE)       

One World One Time One Metta Global Meditation

Create a global network of loving-kindness by practising Metta meditation from 11.45pm on 31 Dec 2022 until 12.15am on 1 Jan 2023 from wherever you are.

Sun 1 Jan, 10am (ONSITE)                 

New Year Blessings by Venerable Mahinda at Aloka Meditation Centre*

The blessings will be held at the awning area outside the Dhamma Hall. Please wear a mask when attending.

(*Please note that as we continue to maintain social distancing protocols, we have not yet resumed lunch dana offering or shared lunch at Aloka. Please click here if you would like to make offerings for the New Year.)

Sun 1 Jan, 1pm (ONLINE)       

Closing Address for 24hr Metta by Venerable Mahinda

Rejoice in the completion of the 24hr Metta event, dedicate the merits for world peace, harmony and stability and hear Bhante’s message for the year ahead.

24hrmetta Facebook Page Live  |

Metta Round The World YouTube Channel  |


**Please note that you will need to join all online events from your own home. There will be no public sessions at Aloka (other than the New Year blessings on Sun 1 Jan at 10am).


Stupa Light Offerings for 2023 – click here

Groceries Sponsorship & Dana Fund 2023 – Please click here to contact us