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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 (pañca-sila) and chanting according to Mahayana tradition.

Nepalese ambassador His Excellency Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise spoke briefly but excellently. His Excellency reminded the audience that despite material and spiritual development conflicts are still happening in the world including in our own country. He does not know the reason for this. Perhaps future research will shed light in it. In the mean time it is highly appropriate to gather and to reflect on these during this auspicious occasion.

Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan, Acharya Narayan Rijal and Mr. Richard Jones explained Buddha’s teaching brilliantly. This year we concentrated on basic teaching of the Buddha – The four Noble Truths which the Buddha taught for forty five years after his enlightenment until his parinirvana.

Sumana Bhante did justice in explaining what the Buddha taught for forty five years in twenty minutes. He explained excellently in simple terms with animations the meaning of ‘The Four Noble Truths’ that is there is Dukkha, there is cause of Dukkha, Cessation of Dukkha is possible and the way out of Dukkha – the eight fold noble path. Buddha pointed out that nothing happens without a cause. If there is X, Y will follow. If there is no X, there will be no Y. Hence the essential teaching is to look for the cause of Dukkha in us not outside and try to eradicate it.

Acharya Narayan Rijal explained why it is essential to understand Buddha’s teaching on Right View and Right thought – the wisdom aspects of eight fold path. Without understanding this it is not possible to progress in the spiritual path.

Mr. Richard Jones emphasised the importance of Right Speech in the modern world with modern communication systems like e-mail, telephone, social media etc. Right speech comes under Sila aspects of eight fold path, the other two are Right Livelihood and Right Action. He also emphasised that Right speech does not mean just speaking but it also means listening. As Thich Nhat Hanh has said deep listening is necessary for right understanding.

Sujan Bhante explained the most important thing to know is ‘Who you are’. Vipassana meditation will help you to understand this. Both Right mindfulness and Right concentration is necessary for Samadhi. Right concentration is to be aware of just one thing and to concentrate on that. Right mindfulness means to be aware of every thing that is going around you and inside you. Both are necessary for insight. After the brief explanation on the purpose of meditation Venerable Bhante led the audience to a brief period of silent meditation using breathing as a primary meditation object (Annapanasati).
2557th Buddha Jayanti Celebration


Talks were followed by lively question and answer session. Unfortunately there was insufficient time to answer all the questions that was asked.

This was followed by blessing from both traditions, distribution of Paritran thread and light refreshments.

To mark the occasion, the society’s journal LUMBINI 2013 was released and distributed as a Dharma Dana for the benefit of all.

Mrs. Amrit Ratna Sthapit conducted the celebration professionally.

Summary of feedback on 2557th Buddha Jayanti and journal

 
 

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’s president Sumana Bhante we decided that we will organise another one day meditation and Dana offering on Sunday, 25th November 2012. From January 2012 we plan to organise such event third Sunday of every other month. It was also decided that it will be beneficial to invite Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammasami and other experienced Buddhist teachers from time to time to lead the meditation.

 
 

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’s meeting on 22-7-2012 in Slough and 28-10-2012 in Kent.

Acchaya Bajracharya spoke briefly on this subject on 22-7-2012 using a Tanka (Photo of Tanka) recently brought from Nepal on 22-7-2012 with additional comments from Venerable Sumana Bhante.

The six realms described in the wheel of life are the realms one might be reborn according to one’s deeds after death but they can also be experienced in this very life itself depending upon the physical and our mental states. Hence human being can experience all six realms in this very life. The state of mind of every person makes the feeling of heaven or hell in this world itself and no need to wait for rebirth to have that experience.

Further discussion on the Wheel of Life took place on 28-10-2012. Acchaya described it using power point presentation. Every one present appreciated this young man’s effort in trying to explain this deep teaching in Buddhism in simple terms. Saddhu! Saddhu! Saddhu!

For further details see power point presentation.

 
 

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 ‘How to be happy’. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan led the audience to a brief guided meditation to calm the mind which every one appreciated.

Buddha Jayanti 13 May 2012


Talks were followed by lively question and answer session. Unfortunately venerable monks were unable to answer all the questions raised because of the lack of time..

2012 is ‘Visit Lumbini Year.’ To emphasise this short film on Lumbini was shown. This was followed by blessing from both traditions, distribution of Paritran thread and light refreshments.


To mark the occasion, the society’s journal LUMBINI 2012 with one of the art work from art competition held last year in collaboration with Young Men’s Buddhist Association of Nepal was released and distributed as a Dharma Dana for the benefit of all..

Mrs. Suchita Tuladhar conducted the celebration professionally.

 
 

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’s message of peace and hoped that Nepal will experience a lasting peace before 2556th Buddha Jayanti.

Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, President of our society gave a talk on one of the important concepts in Buddhism “Applying Dependent Origination in daily life” and Acharya Narayan Rijal from Byoma Kusuma Buddha Dharma Sangha gave an excellent talk on one of the main principles of Mahayana Tradition “Bodhisattva ideal and its benefit”. This was followed by guided meditation by Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan.

We introduced question and answer session this year to make the programme more interactive which from the lively discussion we had we felt was much appreciated. We tend to continue this.
Buddha Jayanti 22 May 2011



A short film on Boudhanath courtesy of Min Bahadur Shakya of Nagarjun Institue of Exact Sciences was shown which every one enjoyed. After the film Venerable monks chanted blessing and distributed Paritran threads to those who wished to have it. The programme ended with light refreshment provided generously by members, friend and well wishers.

To mark the occasion, the society’s journal LUMBINI 2011 with ‘Main Buddha Statue in Rajakiya Vihara, Lumbini, Nepal in the front cover was released and distributed as a Dharma Dana for the benefit of readers.

Pabitra Raj Tuladhar conducted the celebration professionally. Sujan with the help from Ujjwal and other provided excellent sound system. Thanks to everyone’s help and support the celebration went smoothly to every one’s satisfaction. Photos

 
 

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’s message of peace, hopefully Nepal will attain peace in 10 years time. He also informed the audience that when then prime minister visited Sri Lanka a few years ago then president of Sri Lanka told the Nepalese prime minister that Lumbini could be developed as a cultural centre for peace and Sri Lanka is more than happy to help in this project.

During the occasion Venerable Bhikkhu Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara and Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain presented slides of Buddhist pilgrimages in India and Nepal – Lumbini, Bodhagaya, Sarnath and Kusinagar with explanation of importance of each site. Our society’s senior advisor Venerable Bhikkhu Sugandha who is visiting UK from Thailand at the invitation of Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, Oxford university gave an excellent talk on Buddha’s advice to lay people (in Nepali) - for personal and social well being. Our society’s president Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana gave talk on ‘Why Meditation?’ and this was followed by a brief meditation practice.

To mark the occasion, the society’s journal LUMBINI 2010 with Karunamaya temple from Bungamati, Patan, Nepal in the front cover was released and distributed as a Dharma Dana for the benefit of readers.
Buddha Jayanti 2010
As a fitting end to this auspicious day Venerable Sugandha, Venerable Sumana and Venerable Sujan did Paritran chanting and blessed the audience and offered sacred Paritran thread to those who wished to have them.

The hall was decorated appropriately with Buddhist flags and tankas for the occasion. An additional feature of this year’s celebration was display of Buddhist artefacts at the reception area which was very much appreciated. About 200 people of various nationalities attended the ceremony. The editor of Sagarmatha Times attended the ceremony and Nepal Television took video recording of the session for their respective media. Sujan and Ujwal Shakya provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society.

 
 

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’s residence in Kent. Explanation of benefits of meditation in the daily life followed by a brief practice led by Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana also took place during the meeting.

 
 

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’s residence in Hanwell. All executive committee members, their families, well wishers and visiting guests from Nepal attended the meeting. Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana and Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan administered Panca Sila followed by a brief Samatha bhavana meditation led by Sumana Bhante. Following meditation a DVD of one of the teachings given in Nottingham University during a week long retreat in August 2008 on emptiness by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was shown. He explained how important it is to cultivate wisdom of non-discrimination and also not to be arrogant and have superiority complex for the peace and harmony in the family and in the society. He emphasised that emptiness does not mean non-existent. It only means every thing is interdependent and nothing is inherently existent on its own. When you say flower is empty, it does not mean the flower does not exist. It is there but composes of non flower elements only. It has all other elements but lacks only one thing that is inherently existing flower element. To say a glass is empty or full first the glass has to be there. So emptiness is not negative and does not mean nothing exists.

After the dharma discussion business meting took place followed by Paritran chanting for the peace and well being of every one present. Paritran chanting are taken from selected sayings of the Buddha which has soothing and healing qualities to listeners. Meeting ended with Punnanumodana and transferring the merits to departed relatives.

 
 

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 ‘Bardo’ a Tibetan term for ‘life and death: spiritual transition – an intermediate state’. According to His Holiness Penor Rinpoche there are Living Bardo which is the present life, a dying Bardo when one has a terminal disease which leads to death of present physical body and a Bardo. According to Tibetan tradition an individual remains in this state for 49 days before taking rebirth. According to Theravada Tradition an individual takes rebirth immediately without an intermediate period of Bardo.

Rebirth depends on individual’s wholesome or unwholesome actions in the present life. The wholesome actions during present life, living with loving kindness, spiritual practice, tranquil and peaceful atmosphere immediately before death can make the transition between death and rebirth peaceful. Hence the practice of Paritran chanting among Buddhists to prevail tranquil and peaceful atmosphere when some one is dying. Padma Tara explained that during Bardo also one gets opportunities to practice wholesome karma for liberation. One also gets various visions which give some indication for future birth. For example if one has a vision of walking on two feet it is an indication that one might be born in either in human or heavenly realm. It you have a vision of walking on four feet it is an indication to be born in animal realm. On the other hand if you have a vision of walking on head then it indicates one might be born in lower realm like preta or asura. Members participated in the discussion afterwards even though the topic was new to most of them and difficult to grasp but they were grateful for the opportunity to listen to a new topic. Some felt that they are not sure about the life after death.

Dr Bal Gopal Shrestha, a researcher at University of Oxford described his current research project on ‘Religious practices of Nepalese living on UK’ and requested for our help in completing his research. All present agreed to assist him in whatever way they can.

 
 

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’s teaching a being is composed of only these five Aggregates, and nothing more. None of these aggregates are permanent and they are subject to change. It is difficult to imagine an everlasting, unchanging, permanent Self in this ever changing mind and matter. This is the basis of Buddha’s teaching on Doctrine of No-Self (Soul) - Anatta

 
 

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, Chargé d’affaire of Embassy of Nepal, London gave a brief speech in which he emphasized the importance of Buddha’s teaching in the present day world and wished our country Nepal will achieve lasting peace as taught by Buddha more than 2500 years ago.

During the occasion Venerable Bhikkhu Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara and Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain and Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana, President of our society gave talks on ‘The Art of Noble Living ’ and ‘What is Buddhism’ respectively. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan conducted guided meditation and emphasized the importance of regular meditation for calming the mind and preparing oneself for the day in a better mood. The whole audience listened to the talks with interest and every one remained absolutely quiet during guided meditation. A VCD of Swayambhu was shown which was very much appreciated. Mr. Pabitra Man Shakya sang two beautiful songs in between the talks.

To mark the occasion, the society’s publication LUMBINI 2009 magazine which was printed at Jedo print was released and distributed. The society used one of the famous Buddhist sites of Nepal Mahaboudha temple of Patan for the front cover.Buddha Jayanti 2009

Venerable Sumana and Venerable Sujan did Paritran chanting and blessed the audience and offered sacred Paritran thread to those who wished to have them. People really appreciated Paritran chanting and blessing from Venerable monks to end the day.

The hall was decorated appropriately with Buddhist flags and tankas for the occasion. About 200 people from Nepal, India, Burma, Britain and other countries attended the ceremony. People from the press and director- public relation of Nepali Samaj UK took notes and photos for their respective publications. Sujan and Ujwal Shakya provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society.

 
 

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 (Tháy)’s UK visit August 2008

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’ meeting house at Euston, London on the evening of Friday, 22 August 2008. He also conducted retreat from 24th – 29th August at Nottingham University. Two of our society’s members attended this week long retreat along with other 750 people of various nationalities and faiths. Most memorable part of this retreat was an environment of peace and quiet that prevailed throughout the retreat; and his excellent teachings. He is also visiting Italy, India and Vietnam to conduct retreats this year

 
 

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’s president Venerable Bhikkhu Sumana. About 15 people attended this one day meditation consisting of sitting and walking meditations followed by question and answer session towards the end.

 
 

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 ‘Buddha's message of peace' and Venerable Sochu from Japanese Zen tradition gave an inspiring talk on ‘Six Parmita (six perfections)' which would be Bodhisattvas need to practice. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan conducted guided meditation and emphasized the importance of regular meditation for calming the mind and preparing oneself for the day in a better mood. A DVD of Namo Buddha prepared and presented in an international Buddhist conference in Taiwan in 2007 by Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, Director of Nagarjun Institute was shown. Namo Buddha is one of the holy Buddhist sites in Nepal where the prince Mahasatva fed his own flesh to a hungry tigress who was about to eat her own cubs because of extreme hunger.


To mark the occasion, the society's publication LUMBINI magazine was released. Newly formed UK Gyanmala Bhajan Khalah: Angela Singh, Binod Shrestha, Sharmila Singh and Chorus (Nani Shova, Rasana, Anu, Reema and Rabindra) sang devotional songs in between the speeches. Music: Keyboard - Krishna Chakhun, Tabala - Sabin Rajbhandari and Guitar - Binod Shrestha. Gyanmala Bhajan (Garland of wisdom devotional songs) was used by early Theravada Buddhist monks in Nepal to propagate Buddha's message to ordinary people at a time when any Buddhist teaching especially in Nepal Bhasha was strictly prohibited. At present it has become an established and effective method for propagating Buddhism in many Nepalese cities. These devotional songs are sung at many Buddhist sites in Kathmandu and outside Kathmandu not only at special occasions but also regularly at some important religious sites.


Dr. Swayambhu Tuladhar thanked every one for their help and for attending the celebration and Mr. Amrit Sthapit conducted the programme professionally with comments in English and Nepali where appropriate.


The hall was decorated appropriately with Buddhist flags and tankas for the occasion. About 200 people from Nepal, India, Britain and other countries attended the ceremony. People from the press and director- public relation of Nepali Samaj UK took notes and photos for their respective publications. Sujan and Ujwal Shakya provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment ‘Kheer' generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society

 
 

His Holiness Dalai Lama’s Visit to UK, May 2008

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, Chargé d’affaires, Nepalese Embassy, London emphasized the importance of Buddha Purnima. He told the audience that the Buddha spent his whole life in teaching truth of suffering, cause of the suffering and the way out of the suffering – the noble eight fold path. He also emphasised the necessity of practising ahimsa for the world peace and gave the example of the greatest proponent of peace in our time the Mahatma Gandhi. Observing and practising Panca Sila is also necessary especially by our leaders if we are to achieve lasting peace.

2551st Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Day) was celebrated in Nepal on 2nd May 2007 (Full moon day). In Nepal people enjoy national holiday to celebrate this day. In United Nation’s headquarter in New York, it is celebrated as Vesak Day (Buddha Day) and Buddhists get day off to celebrate this auspicious event.

During the occasion Venerable Ajahn Metta from Amaravati Buddhist Monastery conducted guided meditation. Her calm, gentle and serene way of conducting this session had a deep effect on the people. She emphasised to sit comfortably in compassionate way and not to force it. Meditation practice even for 10 minutes every day will make a difference in our life especially when we are experiencing difficulties. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan gave a brief account in Nepali on ‘Buddha Dharma in present day Nepal’. Dharma Shakya presented ‘Lumbini and its environs’ using slides from Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, Director of Nagarjun Institute which he presented to an International Conference held in Hawaii a few years ago. Many people were surprised to learn that there were so many beautiful things to see in Lumbini. After seeing these beautiful slides some people expressed their desire to visit Lumbini in near future.

To mark the occasion, the society’s publication LUMBINI magazine was released. Mr. Madan Thapa and Mr. Pabitra Man Shakya played Mangal Dhoon and sang devotional songs in between the talks. Mr. Krishna Chakhun and Mr. Binod Shrestha accompanied them with musical instruments.

Miss Smrita Sthapit thanked every one for their help and for attending the celebration and Mr. Ram Babu Thapaliya conducted the programme professionally with comments in English and Nepali where appropriate.

The hall was decorated appropriately with Buddhist flags for the occasion.

About 150 people from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Britain, Germany, Poland and France attended the ceremony despite the bad weather condition. People from the press and coordinator of Nepali Samaj UK took notes and photos for their respective publications. Sujan and Ujwal Shakya provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment ‘Kheer’ generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society.

 
 

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’s 10th anniversary on following two subjects

1)Importance of Dana, Sila and Samadhi in daily life
2)Buddha Dharma and Human rights

Following were declared first, second and third:
  A.  Importance of Dana, Sila and Samadhi in daily life:
 
1st  Luis Maharjan
2nd  Pranesh Shakya  
3rd  Shaker Maharjan

  B. Buddha Dharma and Hunman rights:

 
1st Dr. Kabindra Bajracharya
2nd Sunita Manandhar
3rd Anita Buddhacharya

The prize giving ceremony was organised in June 2007 in Nepal which was well attended and successful. Venerable Bhikkhu Aswaghosha and other Bhikkhus also attended the ceremony. This event was kindly sponsored by Greenwich London College. We intend to hold similar essay competition in future

 
 

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’s teaching. His Excellency emphasized the importance of remembering various suffering human beings have to endure from the time of birth until we die. He told the gathering that Buddha’s teaching is more important today than ever before. Mr. Nima Lama also emphasized the importance of Buddha’s teaching and expressed his happiness that Yeti is able to cooperate with Lumbini Nepalese Buddha dharma society (UK) in this celebration.

This day is celebrated all over the world to mark the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of Buddha. It was 2549 years ago that Siddhartha Gautama Buddha passed away in Kusinagar in India. In Nepal people enjoy national holiday to celebrate this day. In United Nation’s headquarter; it is celebrated as Vesak Day (Buddha Day).

During the occasion Venerable Bhikkhu Bandula spoke on “Only we can help ourselves.” Buddha’s last word to his disciples was ‘Be your own island’. Be self-reliant. Do not depend on external forces. Venerable Sumana spoke on “Buddha as a teacher”. Buddha always pitched his teaching to suit the audience. He could equally teach kings as well as ordinary people, wealthy as well as paupers. Every one found his teachings easy to understand. That is why Buddha is regarded as one of the greatest teacher in the world. Mr. Hari Singh Thapa, Chairman of Nepali Literary Development Council (UK), recited a poem suitable for the occasion. Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan, who is in UK for a short visit from Thailand, spoke in Nepali and explained two types of meditation -Samatha (Tranquility) and Vipassana (Insight). After this he led the audience to a brief practice in meditation. The whole audience was absolutely quiet during this brief meditation practice.

The hall was decorated with Buddhist flags appropriate for the occasion. The arrangement of the dais itself gave religious atmosphere with Buddha Murti and venerable monks between the trees. About 150 devotees including presidents, general secretaries, members of various Nepalese organisations attended the ceremony. The editor of Nepali Sandesh and coordinator of Nepali Samaj UK took notes and photos for their respective publications. Mr. Amrit Ratna Sthapit, founder president of the society and master of the ceremony for the day provided appropriate commentary in Nepali and Mrs. Reema Pradhan, executive committee member thanked every one for attending and making the celebration a success. Sujan Shakya and Prayas band provided an excellent sound system. After the formal programme every one enjoyed the traditional Nepali refreshment generously provided by members and well-wishers of the society.

 
 

His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to UK (2004)

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 “Inner Peace, Outer Harmony” to an audience gathered at Scottish exhibition and conference centre in Glasgow. The centre has a sitting capacity for 10,000 people and tickets were sold out months in advance. The public talk was given in English. At the start of the public talk he told the gathering that some of you may be Buddhist and would like to know more about Buddhism, others may be from different faiths but would like to learn about Buddhism, others still may have come because they are curious. All are welcome but do not expect miracle from him. If you are expecting miracle you will be disappointed because he is just a simple Buddhist monk with the same aspiration like all of us i.e. to be happy and peaceful. If you find today’s teaching beneficial then practise in your daily life if not forget it. He also told the gathering that it was not only the Buddha, who taught his followers how to be happy but also teachers of all major religions practised at present have the same message for their followers. So one does not have to be a Buddhist to be happy, it is not a monopoly of Buddhist only. But as far as he is concerned Buddhist way is the only way because he has been learning and practising it all his life.

Public talk on Saturday was followed by three days of teachings on Kamalashila’s middle stages of meditation, Mitrukpa (Karunamaya – the goddess of compassion) initiation etc. Between 4500 and 5500 people listened attentively to his teaching on 30 May, 31st May and 1 June 2004 at the same conference centre. Again at the start of the teachings, he told the gathering that if you are a Buddhist practise what you learn in next three days. I found it beneficial to me and hence I hope you also will find the teachings beneficial. If you are of different faiths or of no faith, I am not asking you to leave your faith and become Buddhist but contemplate on what you have learned from these teachings and practise it if you feel it is right for you. You will certainly become a better person in the society. Although these teachings were delivered in Tibetan language, an interpreter provided an excellent translation. Every one in the audience expressed their deep appreciation on the last day of teachings regarding his excellent service and depth of knowledge. Every one departed with the sense of achieving some thing very useful and feeling very happy.

Before the main event in Glasgow, His Holiness visited Liverpool John Moores University on 27 May 2004 to receive an Honorary Fellowship and gave a talk entitled 'Secular Ethics' at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. On 28 May 2004 His Holiness gave 2004 L M Singhvi-Tremenos Interfaith Lecture at Central Hall Westminster, London. Tickets for these talks also were sold out well in advance.

After the programme in Glasgow His Holiness visited Edinburgh and Dunfermline. He addressed the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh on 2 June 2004 on the subject of “Compassion, wisdom, justice and integrity”- the words featured on parliament’s mace. He urged the politicians to live up to their parliament’s founding principles. He told the parliament that there are some similarities between Scotland and Tibet on their concern for preservation of culture, identity and spirituality. He felt he can lean from the Scottish experience. In his short speech he told the parliament members that he greatly admired democratic system. He believes each individual has the unique potential to create a better world, a better family.

On the final day of his visit to Scotland on 3 June 2004 thousands of people waited in rain to hear Dalai Lama speak and spread the message of world peace at Dunfermline Abbey. Leaders of Scotland’s main religious groups welcomed His Holiness before he went on to address 4,000 people gathered at the neighbouring Pettencrieff Park. He later returned to Edinburgh to speak to 2,200 people at the city’s Usher Hall.

His Holiness will be visiting Zurich, Switzerland from 5 August to 12 august 2005. His Holiness will be teaching on two of his favourite texts- Living the Bodhisattva Way of Life and Kamalashila’s Middle stages of Meditation. His Holiness will comment on how to develop positive ways to overcome afflictive emotions and to lead a life that is happy and peaceful. Details of the programme can be down loaded by visiting www.TheDalailama2005.ch.

 
 

Second World Buddhist Summit in Lumbini (November 30 – 2 December, 2004)

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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