2560th Buddha Jayanti News

This year our society celebrated Buddha Jayanti (2560th) with some positive changes which included children’s programme. Venerable Sumana Bhante narrated the story of ‘Siddhartha and Swan’ using audio-visual technique and emphasised the Buddha’s message of ‘Compassion and Letting Go.’ Children did art work based on this story and four best art works were given prizes and the rest got consolation prizes. Everyone were overjoyed with the success of this our first attempt. One of our executive committee members reminded us, “In Nepal, children and animals are very much neglected. But we have realised this problem on the right time and managed to organise something for them. That was very good.” This year we were graced by the presence of Venerable Indrasak of Lumbini Buddha vihara, Greenford and visiting Bhante Venerable Tiok of Sukha Shanti Vihara, Butwol, Nepal besides our usual Bhante Sumana and Bhante Sujano of Varapunya meditation centre, Aberdeen. Vnerable Bhikkhu Sumana gave excellent talk on “How not to compromise your spiritual journey to Enlightenment?” and Venerable Bhikkhu Sujano gave talk on Buddha’s advice to monks to spread the Dhamma for the benefit of all. Venerable Bhikkhu Tilok gave very entertaining and informative talk in Nepali on how to use Wisdom (Panna) to everyone’s benefit giving example from Jatak tales how a dog (a Bodhisattva) saved his cubs from a lion. Karuna Priya who is the Buddhist Chaplain and runs meditation classes regularly at the Imperial College, London showed his expertise in meditation by conducting this in his unique style which captured heart and mind of everyone present. Dr Rasana Bajracarya conducted the programme professionally as a Master of ceremony and thanked everyone especially our Venerables and Karuna Priya for their Dhammadesana and conducting meditation on ‘Metta (Loving Kindness).’ The celebration ended with Paritran chanting, distribution of paritran threads and light refreshment kindly provided by generosity of members, well wishers and friends. Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam
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