Call for Papers (Samadhi Journal 2015) BVS Dhamma school‏

  • All the entries to the Samadhi journal can be submitted either as a hard copy or as an electronic copy to the e-mail address: 2015samadhi@gmail.com
  • Dead line for all the entries is 28th of February, 2015.
  • You can submit your article either in the English language or Sinhala language
  • Don’t forget to attach a recent photograph of the student. Otherwise the article will be published without a photograph. Please remember to mention the grade and make sure it’s the correct spelling of the name.
  • If your entry is a drawing, submit it as a hard copy.
  • All the entries submitted to the 2015samadhi@gmail.com will be receiving a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours. If you didn’t receive a confirmation, your entry didn’t submit properly. If so please contact the editor Saman Kaluarachchi.
  • If you use or quote any text from internet or any other resources for your entry don’t forget to mention the original resources to avoid intellectual property violations.

Note: If you really want to stick the reader with your article try to avoid common topics.

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) Saturday, January 10, 2015

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

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
===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 – New Year resolutions in a Buddhist perspective
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 – How to still your thoughts? Vitakkasanthanasutta (Majjimanikaya 1.118)
http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/1.6-Vitakka-Santhana-S-m20-Piya.pdf
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

New Year Blessing Services & Seth Pirith Chanting on January 01, 2015

We have come to an end of another successful year – 2014 of religious and community activities of Buddhist Vihara Society. Board of directors of BVS would like to take this opportunity to thank each & every one of you for your excellent support and voluntary services rendered towards the success of our temple activities during the year 2014. On behalf of all members & well-wishers, we also extend our gratitude and appreciation to Ven. Kumbalgoda Siriniwasa, Ven. Gangodawila Chandima, Ven. Dr. Mirisse Dhammika, and Ven. Puwakgahakotuwe Indajoti for their committed and dedicated services provided to our devotees during this period.
As New Year 2015 is fast approaching, BVS has organized a series of New Year Blessing Services & Seth Prith Chanting on the first day of the year 2015 (January 01, 2015at the temple at different times as follows.
 
1st Puja is at 07:00 AM
2nd Puja is at 10:30 AM
3rd Puja is at 3:00 PM
4th Puja is at 7:00 PM
All devotees and well-wishers are invited to attend one of these services at your convenience. We appreciate very much if you all could stick to the above puja times only since it will be problematic for our resident monks to conduct services on an individual basis on this busy day.

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) Saturday, December 06, 2014‏ (Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day)‏

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

Date: Saturday, December 06, 2014‏ (Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day)‏

===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 -Ratthaphalasutta (MN 82)

Sinhalese Version http://www.metta.lk/tipitaka/2Sutta-Pitaka/2Majjhima-Nikaya/Majjhima2/082-ratthapala-s.html
English Version http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.082.than.html

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 ( Purpose of life)
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

Atavisi Buddha Puja – Saturday, December 06th, 2014‏

In celebration of Sanghamitta Day, which occurs  on the Unduwap Full Moon day, the board of directors of BVS has accepted the decision taken by the Religious and Meditation sub-committee to conduct an Atavisi Buddha Puja on Saturday, December 06th, 2014 at the temple premises.

Sanghamitta Day honours the Arahant Ven. Sanghamitta for her travels to Sri Lanka to spread the Dhamma there and set-up the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka. She came to Sri Lanka with a sapling of the Bodhi Tree, the same tree that the Buddha attained enlightenment under. The Arahat Theri, Sanghamitta dedicated her life for the welfare and happiness of the people, especially the women in Sri Lanka.

In the spirit of recognizing the great contributions of female disciples to Buddhism, Sanghamitta Day should be considered one of the major religious event to be observed and therefore, we are glad that it could be done combining with the proposed Atavisi Buddha Puja on December 06th, 2014. The Puja will commence at 6:30 p.m.

Sanghamitta Day is especially relevant, not only to honour female practitioners, but because it represents one of the first major moments of Buddhist missionary work outside of India, an appropriate holiday for Buddhists in non-Buddhist lands.

This is also an opportunity for 28 families to sponsor a Buddha Statue for a special course. We will take this opportunity to invoke blessings of the Noble Triple Gems on everyone in our community and to transfer merits to our departed loved ones as well.

As done in the past, a beautifully prepared tray of flowers will be offered to each Buddha in the name of the sponsored family and the purpose of offer will be displayed along with the Buddha statue. A donation of $50/- or more is expected from each of these 28 families.

Any family who wishes to sponsor a Buddha statue, please contact Palitha Perera, committee member of the Religious and Meditation sub-committee @ 778-575-5717 or send an e-mail to paliperera@yahoo.com as soon as possible. 28 families will be selected on first come first served basis.