Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2558th Buddha Jayanti in the afternoon of Sunday, 25th May 2014 at Harrow Borough Football Club. The programme started with Buddha Puja - offering of flowers, candles etc., administration of five precepts (pañca-sila) and chanting by Lodro Thaye Bhante in Mahayana tradition.
Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, president of the society gave an inspiring talk on Dana. He pointed it out that Dana (an act of giving) with pure heart is beneficial not only to receiver but also to giver. Receiver benefit from what he or she has received and donor benefit mentally from the satisfaction he/she gets by knowing that he/she was able to help someone whose needs were greater than his/her needs. Bhante quoted Bill Gates on this, “Happiest moment in his life was when he was donating money for a worthy cause.”
This year for the first time programme included recitation from Dhammapada. Anu Sthapit and Nani Shova Shakya recited following two verses and Amrit Ratna Sthapit explained their meaning.
“Hatreds never cease through hatred in this world; through love alone they cease. This is an eternal law.
“Headfulness is the path to deathless, headlessness is the path to death. The heedful do not die; the headless are like unto the dead.”
Dr. Rasana Bajracharya explained the Buddhist concepts of Samsara (The wheel of Life) using power point presentation. She explained this is found in most Tibetan Gompas and Tankas depicting this is widely available in Kathmandu.
Following this Sujan Bhante conducted a guided meditation after a brief explanation why we should meditate.
Mr Surya Bahadur Thapa from Nepalese Embassy spoke briefly and said we are proud that Buddha was born in Nepal but we had not been able to promote his teaching to the world.
We also showed a DVD of Lumbini, gave time for participants to ask questions followed by Paritran chanting and distribution of Paritran threads to interested. This was followed by light refreshment provided generously by members, well wishers and supporters of the society. On the whole it was a beneficial event.
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