I was extremely delighted to see the new costumes decorating the elephants participating in this year’s Kumbal Perahara. The attire is brilliantly designed to expose the dignified features of the walking elephant.
The “Gajaga Vannama” enacts movements. The new attire, in the selection of the colours and Sinhalese decorative elements, does justice to the rhythmic gait and Natural features of the elephant.
The rainy season commenced three months ago with Esala – ‘Vassana Kalo’. It comes to an end with the Vap Poya. The ‘Katina’ season ushers in the Buddhist calendar with Vap, which is popularly known as ‘Cheevara Masaya’.
This year, Vap Full Moon Poya falls on Wednesday, October 8 (today).
Vap Poya marks the offering of the ‘Katina Cheevara’ or new robes to Buddhist monks, who observed ‘Vas’ – Rainy Retreat, beginning from Esala to Vap.
<strong>“Every adult and every child must follow the path of lord Buddha and Bhikkhu Rahula. it will help us to gain good qualities in our life”</strong>
The Metta Sutta consists of three parts, each of which focuses on a distinct aspect of metta. The first part covers that aspect which requires a thorough and systematic application of loving-kindness in one's day-to-day conduct. The second part expresses loving-kindness as a distinct technique of meditation or culture of mind leading to samadhi higher consciousness induced by absorption.
An uncertainty of mind can produce only a lack of understanding. But, doubt must not be confused with a withholding of judgement, of consent and support, which is the attitude of an open mind.
It must be asserted that the Pancha Sila (Five Precepts) do not necessarily make a person a Buddhist, but to be a real Buddhist, one has to observe the five precepts. This poses the question, "who is a Buddhist?" The simplest answer is, a Buddhist is one who takes refuge in the "Triple Gem" (Tissrana), namely the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.
Let us explore and understand the role of joy in daily meditation practice. The quote below reflects what I think about this very key aspect of meditation. Essentially it means that joy is a natural consequence of watching the mind and thoughts in action.
Joy in Meditation:
A boil cannot be cured by merely cutting it off. In the same manner, we never experience peace by force but by removing the main cause of the conflict.
This aspect of the Dhamma namely Kamma as one's refuge is emphasized in several places in the SuttaPitaka. A notable instance and an oft-quoted passge occurs in the AnguttraNikaya,PanchakaNipata-pp. 87 and 88. "My Kamma is my possession. My Kamma is my inheritance. My Kamma is the womb that bears me. My Kamma is the race to which I am skin. My Kamma is my refuge."