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.

Eight Precepts Observance (Ata-sil) Saturday, November 08, 2014‏

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

Date: Saturday, November 08, 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 - Indriyabhavanasutta(MN 152)
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 - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.152.than.html
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

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