2556th Buddha Jayanti Celebration News
Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2556th Buddha Jayanti in the afternoon of Sunday, 13th May 2012 at Harrow Borough Football Club. Buddhist monks from both Theravada and Mahayana traditions graced the occasion. The programme started with Buddha Puja, administration of five precepts (Panca Sila) and chanting according to Mahayana tradition.
Nepalese ambassador His Excellency Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise emphasised the need for peace not only in Nepal but also in the world and said who is better than the Buddha himself for promotion of this. He hoped that peace will prevail in the world.
Visiting Buddhist monk of Mahayana tradition Venerable Khempo Bagindasil of Triyana Dharma Shangha, Kathmandu informed the audience that Nepalese are very proud that Buddha was born in Nepal but most Nepalese pay little attention to his teachings. His organisation is trying to rectify this situation by providing opportunity to learn Buddhism.
Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, President of our society gave a talk on Panca Sila and founder president Mr. Amrit Ratna Sthapit spoke on ‘How to be happy’. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan led the audience to a brief guided meditation to calm the mind which every one appreciated.
Talks were followed by lively question and answer session. Unfortunately venerable monks were unable to answer all the questions raised because of the lack of time..
2012 is ‘Visit Lumbini Year.’ To emphasise this short film on Lumbini was shown. This was followed by blessing from both traditions, distribution of Paritran thread and light refreshments.
To mark the occasion, the society’s journal LUMBINI 2012 with one of the art work from art competition held last year in collaboration with Young Men’s Buddhist Association of Nepal was released and distributed as a Dharma Dana for the benefit of all..
Mrs. Suchita Tuladhar conducted the celebration professionally.