Here are a few photos from today’s Buddha Day event at ABMT. Thank you so much to the many donors, volunteers, and participants who came together to make this event very special.
Today Ajahn Khamjan was invited to participate in the Vesak ceremony at An Lac Mission in Ventura. In addition to the Vietnamese monastics present, there were five other Theravadan monks, including four from Sri Lanka and one from Cambodia. Afterward, he went to a home in Montecito, where he’d been invited to offer a blessing and lead a short meditation for a private celebration of life event.
Please join us at ABMT for Buddha Day on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 10am to 2:30pm. The day’s events will include a traditional Theravadan Visakha Puja ceremony, a community lunch, a recitation of the Buddha’s first teaching, and conclude with a community discussion of the relevance of the Buddha’s teachings in modern society.
The event is free and open to the public.
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Tonight the monks offered a blessing at a fundraising event (“Trunks Up”) for the protection of threatened elephants in Thailand. The event organizer paid a visit to ABMT this winter and requested their participation in the event. Given the Buddha’s compassionate relationship with all living beings, including some noteworthy encounters with elephants, the monks were happy to oblige. The blessing offered was Karaniya Metta Sutta, or the Discourse on Goodwill.
A few photos from today’s Songkran Festival...
Here are a few photos from today’s event.
“Don’t read too much—practice too much.”
Aciran vata ayan kayo
Pathavim adhi sessati
Chuddho apeta viññano
In no long time this body will lie on the ground, discarded and devoid of life, as useless as a log.
Circa 10th C stone sculpture from East India
Dying Buddha, 3rd or 4th C stone sculpture from Pakistan
From Anatta-lakkhana Sutta:
”Form [...feeling...perception...fabrications...consciousness], monks, is not-self. If form [...] were self, this form [...] would not lend itself to dis-ease, and it would be possible (to say) with regard to form [...], ‘Let my form [...] be thus. Let my form [...] not be thus.’”