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2557th Buddha Jayanti Celebration News (2-6-2013)

Buddha Jayanti 2013Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2557th Buddha Jayanti in the afternoon of Sunday, 2nd June 2013 at Harrow Borough Football Club. It was a successful event with big gathering of people from many countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, UK, Portugal and Nepalese. Buddhist monks from both Theravada and Mahayana traditions graced the occasion. The programme started with Buddha Puja, administration of five precepts (pa

 
 

Tribute to late Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, a prominent Buddhist scholar of Nepal.

Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, one of the prominent Buddhist scholars of contemporary Nepal who had contributed considerably to Buddhism passed away on September 18, 2012 around 3:00 AM in the morning at his own residence in Chakupat, Lalitpur, Nepal. He was sixty one.

He was the director of Nagarjun Institute of Exact Methods and visiting lecturer in the department of Buddhist studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He was also members of many prestigious Buddhist institutions like Lumbini Development Council and Lumbini University.

As a prominent Buddhist scholar he had participated in many national and international conferences and meetings and had presented papers on Buddhism particularly on Buddhism in Nepal like Lumbini and its environment, Namobuddha, Boudhanath, and Swayambhu Maha Chaitya etc.

He had authored many books and had also written numerous articles on Buddhism for its propagation. He had also helped and guided several young Buddhist scholars in their research works. In recognition of his substantive contribution to Buddhism he had been awarded with: -
1. Research Associate Award by Fokuangshan Chinese Buddhist Research Academy,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1989;
2. SAARC Buddhist Fellowship by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bhutan 1990;
3. Dhanavajra Talent Awards by Ministry of Culture, HMG 2001 and
4. Dharmabahadur Dhakhwa Award, Patan-2010

In his death Nepal has lost a unique scholar and one of the champions of Buddhism particularly Nepali Buddhism. His absence will be felt considerably in the Buddhist literary world. May he attain Nirvana.

Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma society (UK)

 
 

One day meditation and Dana offering for venerable monks at Kingsbury Vihara, London

Our society has been organising this events since January 2012 regularly once every 2-3 months. The last one was held on Sunday, 2-9-2012. It was led by Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammasami, abbot of Oxford Buddha Vihara. Every one appreciated his practical approach to Dhamma practice.

Afternoon session with relaxing meditation, talk and meditation on Joyous Feeling in Life was really good. His question and answer session was excellent. His answers to questions raised during the day with illustration from daily lives were not only excellent but some thing we can all use in our daily life. So also his advice to reflect on at least one 'Joyous feeling' from time to time was very helpful. He reminded us most of us most of the time dwell on negative aspects of our life and become miserable. So if you can spend at least some time contemplating on at least one event in your life that make you feel happy it will act as an antidote to our usual habitual pattern of feeling sorry for yourself.

It was encouraging to learn that every one who attended meditation showed keen interest in continuing this type of Dhamma practice. Hence after discussion with our society

 
 

The Wheel of Life (Samsara) Explained

The Wheel of Life is one of the best known subjects in Buddhist art especially Tibetan Art. Since ancient times, it has been used to explain the core of the Dhamma (Buddhist teachings). It is painted on the outside walls of nearly every Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries (temples) and used it as a visual aid to teach Dhamma (Dharma) to a general public.

This was Dhamma discussion topic for our society

 
 

2556th Buddha Jayanti Celebration News

Buddha Jayanti Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2556th Buddha Jayanti in the afternoon of Sunday, 13th May 2012 at Harrow Borough Football Club. Buddhist monks from both Theravada and Mahayana traditions graced the occasion. The programme started with Buddha Puja, administration of five precepts (Panca Sila) and chanting according to Mahayana tradition.

Nepalese ambassador His Excellency Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise emphasised the need for peace not only in Nepal but also in the world and said who is better than the Buddha himself for promotion of this. He hoped that peace will prevail in the world.

Visiting Buddhist monk of Mahayana tradition Venerable Khempo Bagindasil of Triyana Dharma Shangha, Kathmandu informed the audience that Nepalese are very proud that Buddha was born in Nepal but most Nepalese pay little attention to his teachings. His organisation is trying to rectify this situation by providing opportunity to learn Buddhism.

Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, President of our society gave a talk on Panca Sila and founder president Mr. Amrit Ratna Sthapit spoke on

 
 

2555th Buddha Jayanti Celebration News

Buddha Jayanti 2011 Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2555th Buddha Jayanti in the afternoon of Sunday, 22nd May 2011 at the usual venue of Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The programme started with Buddha Puja, administration of five precepts (Panca Sila) and chanting according to Mahayana tradition.

Mr Ganesh P Adhikari representing Nepalese Embassy in London spoke about the Buddha

 
 

One day Meditation and Dana offering at Kigsbury Vihara on Saturday, 17th July 2010:

A successful meditation day and Dana offerings to venerable monks at Kingsbury Vihara took place on Saturday, 17th July 2010. Altogether 25 people (3 members of the Sangha and 22 laity) attended the meditation and 9 venerable monks blessed us for Dana offering. Dr. Swayambhu Tuladhar came all the way from Longfield, Kent despite being on call and left Dakshina for the venerable monks. Every one was pleased with the day and felt that we should make it a regular event.

Sumana Bhante and Sujan Bhante suggested may be we can have this type of events every two months. Sumana Bhante is happy to arrange it to be held at Kingsbury Vihara and make the room we used more conducive for meditation. Venerable Bhikkhus also suggested we should invite people from other communities like Sri Lankans, Indians, Thais, Burmese etc.

 
 

2554th Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK (Sunday, 6th June 2010)

Buddha Jayanti 2010Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2554th Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 6th June 2010 at the usual venue of Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with offering of flowers, candles, incenses etc to Buddha (Buddha Puja) by devotees followed by administration of Panĉa Sila by Venerable Bhikkhu Seelawimala and chanting according to Tibetan tradition by a visiting Lama. The ambassador of Nepal, Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise gave a brief speech and told the audience with inspiration from Buddha

 
 

LNBDS meeting May 2010

23rd May 2010 Meeting: The meeting of executive committee to finalise the programme for the 2554th Buddha Jayanti Celebration to be held on 6th June 2010 PM and to allocate responsibilities for the day was held at Dinesh and Rasana Bajracharya

 
 

Meeting 7-3-2010

7th March 2010: The first executive committee meeting of the society took place on 7th March 2010 afternoon at Sujan and Reema

 
 

Reception at Nepalese Embassy

Democracy Day at Nepalese Embassy, London: Mr Sukman Lama attended the Democracy Day celebration on 19th February 2010 evening at the Nepalese embassy on behalf of the society

 
 

Reception at Nepalese Embassy

Reception at Embassy of Nepal, London: Mr. Sukman Lama and Dharma Shakya attended a reception to welcome newly appointed Nepalese Ambassador His Excellency Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise on Wednesday, 10th February 2010 evening at Nepalese embassy in London.

 
 

LNBDS meeting December 2009

13 December 2009 meeting: Meeting of the LNBDS (UK) Executive Committee was held on Sunday, 13th December 2009 at Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury, London. Meeting started with Panĉa Sila administered by Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana followed by a brief meditation led by Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, which members found very useful as it helped to calm down the body and mind.

After the meditation, Padma Tara Sakya led the Dharma discussion on

 
 

LNBDS meeting September 2009

13 September 2009 Meeting: Executive committee meeting of the society was held in the afternoon on Sunday, 13 September 2009 at Lotus Restaurant in Hillingdon (courtesy of Nani Shova and Shubha Shakya). After administering Panca Sila Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan gave talk on Five Aggregates (Nama Rupa or Panca Khandha). According to Buddhism an individual consists of ever changing mind and matter of five aggregates. The first is the Aggregate of Matter (rupakkhandha). The other four are related to mind. They are Aggregate of Feeling or Sensation (vedanakkhandha), the Aggregate of Perception or Discrimination (sannakkhandha), the Aggregate of Mental or Volitional formation - Intentional action (samkharakkhandha) and the Aggregate of Consciousness (vinnanakkhandha). According to Buddha

 
 

2553rd Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK (Sunday, 17 May 2009)

Buddha Jayanti 2009Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2553rd Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 17th May 2009 at the usual venue of Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with offering of flowers, candles, incenses etc to Buddha (Buddha Puja) by devotees followed by administration of Panca Sila by Venerable Bhikkhu Seelawimala and chanting according to Tibetan tradition by Venerable Lodro Thaye. Mr. Jhabindra Prashad Aryal, Charg

 
 

Mangal dhoon in Buddhist Legacy Conference :

Mangal dhoon in BLC Members attended the Buddhist Legacy in the United Kingdom, a centenary celebration of establishment of Buddhism in the UK organised by World Buddhist Foundation on Sunday, 28-9-08 at Brent Town Hall, London. On behalf of the society and representing Nepal the members of Koseli Cultural Group Mr. Madan Thapa played Mangal Dhoon in Sarangi (a classical Nepalese musical instrument) accompanied by guitar from Mr. Amar Lama. Mangal Dhoon is an auspious devotional song played in many occasions in Nepal.

 
 

Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Th

As a part of world tour to conduct retreats in different countries famous Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh visited UK in August 2008. He gave public talk to a packed audience of more than 1000 people of all nationalities at Friends

 
 

One day meditation

Meditation A one day meditation retreat was held on Sunday 17th August 2008 at the residence of Dinesh and Rasana Bajracharya in Tunbridge Wells, Kent led by Ajahn Santacitta and an Anagarika from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Hemel Hempstead and the society

 
 

Conference in Swindon

Dharma and Pramila attended this one day conference on Contemporary religions in Britain on Wednesday, 10-9-08 organised by Prof Peter Jarvis of Surrey University for University of Third Age (U3A) mature students at Swindon. Speakers from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism spoke on their traditions. Dharma spoke on basic Buddhism. About 50 mature students attended the conference. The conference ended with the question and answer session to the panel of all the speakers of the day present.

 
 

British Buddhist Lanscape conference, Taplow

Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana and Dharma attended three day British Buddhist Landscape Conference organised jointly by Network of Buddhist Organisation (UK) and Institute of Oriental Philosophy on Saturday, 28-6-08 at Taplow Court in Taplow near Maidenhead, Berkshire. As a part of ethnicity and Buddhism session Bhikkhu Sumana spoke on Buddhism and Nepalese. About 70 Buddhists from various Buddhist traditions in Britain attended the conference.


 
 

2552nd Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK

BuddhaLumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2552nd Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 1st June 2008 at the Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with procession of newly acquired Buddha statue in a ceremonial way and placed with due respect in the stage for every one to pay homage - Buddha Puja by devotees followed by administration of Panca Sila by Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana and chanting according to Theravada tradition by Venerable Sumana and Sujan, Zen tradition by Venerable Sucho and Tibetan tradition by Venerable Lodro Thaye. Nepalese ambassador to the UK Mr. Murari Raj Sharma gave a brief speech in which he emphasized the importance of Buddha's teaching in the present day world.


During the occasion Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana gave a talk on

 
 

His Holiness Dalai Lama

His Holiness Dalai Lama visited UK in May 2008 and gave teachings in London, Nottingham, Oxford etc. Some of our members including Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana (at Oxford) and Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan (at Nottingham) attended his teachings at all three venues. His main teaching was given at Nottingham Arena, Nottingham from 24th -28th May which was attended by up to 10,000 people of all nationalities and faiths. Huge numbers of Nepalese attended his teaching on the last day i.e. 28th May 2008 and took Vajrasattva Initiation. On Sunday, 25 May 2008 afternoon His Holiness answered questions put to him by students of Nottingham. This discussion was facilitated by TV presenter Jonathan Dimbleby. Besides giving teachings His Holiness also met with spiritual and political leaders during his visit.

 
 

Dharma Talk 3 February 2008

dhammatalk The Society organised a Dharma talk by Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana on 3 February 2008 at The Sri Saddhatissa International Buddhist Centre, Kingsbury, London. Topic was "Reality Within: How Conditioned Are You?".

 
 

One day Meditation retreat in Slough 26-8-07

A day long meditation was held in slough led by Venerable Ajahn Metta from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, Hemel Hempstead and visiting Sister Santussika from USA. Twenty people participated in this day long meditation. Meditation started with taking five precepts followed by introduction to meditation and guided sitting and walking meditation sessions with ample time for questions. The retreat finished with Punnanumodana at about 4.30 PM.

 
 

Passing away of Reverend Gyosei Handa

Reverend Gyosei Handa of Nipponzan Myohoji Monastery in Milton Keynes passed away on 21 August 2007 in an accident while cutting lawns at his temple (Peace Pagoda). He was killed while using ride-on lawnmower. He was the chief monk at Peace Pagoda in Willen in Milton Keynes.

He had devoted his whole life in working to promote peace all over the world. His funeral was held on Sunday 26 August 2007.

The Nipponzan Myohoji temple in Willen, Milton Keynes was built in 1980 and was the home to the first Buddhist Peace Pagoda built in the West.

 
 

Nanapunnika (Jnanapurnik) Mahasthavira in UK

One of the senior monks of Nepal Nanapunnika (Jnanapurnik) Mahasthavira who was trained in Burma and Chini Guruma are currently visiting UK to spend Vassa (Rain retreat) in Birmingham Buddhist Vihara for three months. They will be in UK until the end of October 2007.

 
 

2551st Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK

Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2551st Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 13th May 2007 at the Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with Buddha Puja by devotees followed by blessing from Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan, chanting according to Tibetan tradition by Venerable Lodro Thaye and administration of Panca Sila. Mr. Amrit Sthapit, founder President, gave brief explanation on two types of respect we can show to the Buddha (Amisa Puja, by offeriBuddha Jayanti 2007ngs and Pratipatti Puja, practising the Dharma). Mr. Dipendra Bista, Charg

 
 

Essay competition

essay competition
An essay competition was held in February 2007 in collaboration with Buddhist Youth Group of Kathmandu, Nepal to mark the Society

 
 

2549th Buddha Jayanti Celebration in London, UK

Lumbini Nepalese Buddha Dharma Society (UK) celebrated 2549th Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) on Sunday, 22nd May 2005 at the Priory Community Centre, Acton, London. The celebration started with Buddha Puja followed by music from Ghyaling, a traditional Tibetan musical instrument played by Sano Lama. Venerable Bhikkhu Bandula from London Buddhist Vihara administered five precepts (Panca Sila). His Excellency Prabal S. J. B. Rana, the ambassador of Nepal and Mr. Nima Lama, president of Yet Nepalese Association in the UK spoke about the importance of remembering Buddha

 
 

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama After five years His Holiness Dalai Lama visited UK again at the request of Dharma Network - an organisation formed by coming together of various Buddhist organisations in UK for the purpose of inviting His Holiness. This year most of the talks and teaching took place in Scotland.

On Saturday, 29 May 2004 His Holiness gave public talk on

 
 

Second World Buddhist Summit in Lumbini (November 30

The second world Buddhist Summit was held in Lumbini, Nepal from November 30 to December 2, 2004. The summit opened on Tuesday, 30th November prayers, a peace rally and presentation of papers.

His Majesty King Gyanendra formally inaugurated the summit on Wednesday, 1 December 2004. Thousands of people including more than 140 delegates from 28 countries which included VIPs, observers, ministers, monks, nuns and heads of diplomatic missions attended the summit. It ended on Thursday, 2 December 2004 issuing a 10 point Lumbini Declaration. Some of the points were, to declare Lumbini World Peace City, to promote and develop other holy sites namely Kapilvastu, Devdaha and Ramgram, and to respectfully urge that all efforts be made to resolve the existing situation in Nepal in the spirit of the Buddhist peace vision involving all the parties in conflict. (Please see full text of declaration on page 17).

The participants decided to hold the summit once every four years. The first summit was held in 1998 at Lumbini. Similar summit was held in Yangon, Myanmar in December 2004

 
 

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