Bi-weekly Dhamma Sermons & Discussions in English & Sinhala

Dear Dhamma Friends,

In light of very successful weekly Dhamma sermon & discussion program conducted during the Vassāna Retreat season, the Board of Directors of BVS in collaboration with Religious & Meditation Sub-committee decided to continue it through out the year on bi-weekly basis in both English & Sinhala on Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. commencing November 02nd. The format of the event will be same as previous, so there will be approximately 45 minutes of dhamma talk followed by questions and answer session.  Please be advised that both English & Sinhala Dhamma talks & discussions will be started exactly at 6:00 p.m. Also, the venue for all these talks and discussions will be the basement of main building. So, please proceed to the basement when arrive at the temple.
 
The attached schedule show dhamma topics at each event and dates of both programs and we kindly invite sponsors and all of your participation for these schedule events depending on your ability and enthusiasm.
 
We would also like to emphasize that sponsoring family or person is only responsible for providing “Pirikara” and BVS will provide tea of coffee at the end of the event. There will be no snacks at the end of the event and we request all of you to adhere to that concept. We decided to go away with providing snacks at the end of the event due to various reasons such as to reduce the burden of sponsoring family or sponsor, allow to have a better purpose of coming to dhamma talks & discussions, maintain good discipline at the temple, keep the temple clean and reduce waste, etc.
 
If you would like to sponsor any one of these dhamma talks & discussions, please be kind enough to contact Hemal Ratnakara, committee member of Religious and Meditation Sub-committee by sending an e-mail toHemal.Ratnakara@telus.net or 604-220-7023.
 
Thank you in advance for your support, participation and providing sponsorship for these meritorious activities.


With Mettha,
Buddhist Vihara Society

Maha Kathina Cheevara offering Ceremony-October 12, 2014

2014 Kapruka donation list

2014 Dana list

Dear Devotees & Well-wishers,

This is to remind that the “Maha Kathina Cheevara offering Ceremony” will be held at the temple premises on Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. There will be four (4) more monks participating in this great Pinkama in addition to our three resident monks.

The updated Kapruka donation list attached above for your easy reference and to sign up for your generous donations. We appreciate your support extended during Maha Kathina ceremony in previous years and expect the fullest support at this time as well. We have taken action to display the list at the temple’s notice board. However, we request that you contact one of the below board members to avoid duplication.
Chandrawansa Naiduwawadu – 604 – 576 – 0787
Sisira Hewa Bandula                  – 604 – 507 – 3272
Henry Subasinghe                      – 604 – 588 – 6910 or 604 – 507 – 6995

Also, please find attached above the completed Dana list for your information and easy reference. List is almost full and if you could not contribute to the Dana list due to unavoidable circumstances, do not disappoint. You can still express your gratitude towards our resident monks by donating items in the attached Kapruka List. So, please hurry up and mark your name on the list by contacting one of the above board members or by sending an e-mail to BVS by using e-mail  bvs_bc@yahoo.ca

As done in previous years, we would like to follow the same custom followed in Sri Lanka by sewing the Kathina Cheevara at the temple. The sewing will start after 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 11th and continue till 7:00 p.m. We will pause the sewing to allow final Bojjhanga Pirith Chanting and continue it after that until Kathina Cheevara is completely sewed. We anticipate that Kathina Cheevara sewing will be completed by mid night on Saturday, October 11th. Those who wish to participate in this meritorious act of sewing Kathina Cheevara, please come to the temple on Saturday during the above noted time periods.
The main agenda of the ceremony on Sunday, October 12th is provided below for your information please.
 
9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.             – Pindapatha (Arms Round) – receiving arms by Venerable Monks;
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.         – Buddha Puja & offering of Kathina Cheevara;
11:30 a.m. to 12;00 noon        – Offering Dana for Venerable Monks;
12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.          – Lunch for Devotees & Well Wishers;
Thanks in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) Saturday, October 4th, 2014‏

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) at Buddhist Vihara Society in BC

Date: Saturday, October 04, 2014‏

===Schedule=====
8:00AM – 8:30AM: Observance of Eight Precepts and Buddha Vandanā at the Shrine Hall
8:30AM – 9:00AM: Meditation (Sitting)
9.00AM-9.30AM: Meditation (Walking)
9:30AM – 10:00AM: Tea Break
10:00AM – 10:45AM: Dhamma Talk (Should we need to argue to know dhamma?)
10:45AM – 11:30AM: Buddhapūja/Chanting
11:30AM – 12:00PM: Dāna (Lunch)
12:00PM – 12:30PM: Rest
12:30PM – 1:30PM: Meditation (Sitting/Walking)
1:30PM – 3.00PM: Dhamma Talk and Discussion (does everything happen due to karma?)
3:00PM – 3:20PM: Tea Break
3.20PM – 3.50PM: Meditation (Sitting/Walking)
3.55PM – 4.00PM: Reflection of the Day/ Sharing of Good Karma and Termination of the Program

Meditation Retreat by Venerable Yuttadhammo – September 27, 2014‏

Dear Dhamma Friends,

This is to remind the upcoming Meditation Retreat program conducted by Venerable Yuttadhammo.at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Center, located at #110- 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Venerable Yuttadhammo is a Canadian-born Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in 2001 under the guidance of Venerable Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo of Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has practiced intensive and daily meditation following the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since January 2000.

He has taught intensive meditation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, USA and Canada since 2003 and gives online teachings via YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/yuttadhammo ) both live and pre-recorded. He gives Dhamma talks in both English and Thai to both intensive mediators and by invitation to the general public.

The BVS encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to attend this inspiring event. 

Venue: Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre Room MP#3, 16555 Fraser Hwy Surrey BC
Saturday September 27 Program is as follows:

8:30-9:30 Mindfulness Meditation
9:30-9:45 Tea Break 
9:45-11:30 Dhamma Talk and Discussion
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Meditation
1:00-2:00 Dhamma Discussion & End of Program

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 25th 2014 by sending an e-mail to BVS @ bvs_bc@yahoo.ca or contacting the following committee members. 

Eraj Liyanage @ eraj61@hotmail.com - 778 688 9167 
Henry Subasinghe @ henrysubasinghe@gmail.com - 604 588 6910 

Donations are Welcome.

In addition, there will be a casual tea time dhamma talk at the temple on Friday, Sep. 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and retreat event for Children and teenagers (Sunday School) on Sunday, Sep. 28during normal school hours. 

For more info on Venerable Yuttadhammo please visit

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) Saturday, September 6th, 2014‏

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) at Buddhist Vihara Society in BC

Date: Saturday, September 6th 2014

=====Schedule=====

8:00AM – 8:30AM: Observance of Eight Precepts and Buddha Vandanā at the Shrine Hall

8:30AM – 9:00AM: Meditation (Sitting)

9.00AM-9.30AM: Meditation (Walking)

9:30AM – 10:00AM: Tea Break

10:00AM – 10:45AM: Dhamma Talk The parable of the blind men and the elephant

10:45AM – 11:30AM: Buddhapūja/Chanting

11:30AM – 12:00PM: Dāna (Lunch)

12:00PM – 12:30PM: Rest

12:30PM – 1:30PM: Meditation (Sitting/Walking)

1:30PM – 3.00PM: Dhamma Talk and Discussion Dhammadayadasutta

3:00PM – 3:20PM: Tea Break

3.20PM – 3.50PM: Meditation (Sitting/Walking)

3.55PM – 4.00PM: Reflection of the Day/ Sharing of Good Karma and the Termination of the Program