Thank you Bhante Those photos are phenomenal. Its time like these that I wish i lived in a Buddhist country.
I received a bit of a Vesak Day gift today when I was phoned by a co-practitioner who asked me whether I would like to organise the equipment purchases here in Tasmania for our local centre. Since moving here, and apart from the little I do here, I have missed the opportunity to serve others in the Dhamma.
I hope you get plenty of rest soon Venerable! Metta
"Only those who take to meditation with good intentions can be assured of success. With the development of the purity and the power of the mind backed by the insight into the ultimate truth of nature, one might be able to do a lot of things in the right direction for the benefit of mankind."
My Vesak Day was a little more low key... 7 precepts, reading some of the Mindfulness In Plain English PDF you sent me, and reading a Dhamma talk from Ajahn Lee.
And now that it's tomorrow, I just finished eating the piece of cake I didn't have for dinner last night.
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding: Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)
Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages: One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7
Yup folks, it's that time of the thrice auspicious and blessed occasion of Vesak Day, 24th May 2013. A time for Uposatha, dana, sila, bhavana May all be well and happy
Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing, it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction. What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One. If this single thing is recollected and made much, it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction. Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: Pañhamavagga VSMVMMWBBTBHTWTBTMy Page