Equally, Peace and Reconciliation in the World: In Buddhism tradition, Vesak is a day that commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
This is an opportunity to reflect on his words in this time of conflict and suffering, such as; a generous heart, positive thoughts, kind speech leading to compassionate action are the things which renew humanity; and may all life be delivered from suffering." Friendship is the only cure for hatred, the only guarantee of peace." The way is in the heart. Join us in a renew commitment to equality, peace and reconciliation in the world. May all beings be well and happy!
Vesak in Ottawa and Asian Heritage - Celebrate Together - May 7, 2016 at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West. 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Free Admission. Download Pdf brochure http://bit.ly/1KTAapL
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Although Buddhism began about 2,500 years ago, the Teachings are still strong today, and there are growing numbers of students and Buddhists all around the world. This is not a tradition of the past, but a growing part of life in the modern world.
As a way of life, Buddhism aims to teach people how to grow in maturity and wisdom so that they may understand themselves better and learn more about the world in which they live. Many Buddhist studies teach about everyday life and how to cope with the events and situations common to all people. From this basic level, Buddhism aims to help its students develop attitudes towards life that will improve their relationships with family, friends and the people in our daily lives. Buddhist students also learn practices to develop their minds so that they can experience life in a true way, rather than as the mind imagines it to be. Read more
Vassa is a three-month annual retreat observed by Theravada monks and nuns. It begins on the day after the full moon day of the eighth lunar month of the common Buddhist calendar, which usually falls in July. The retreat ends on the 15th day of the waxing moon of the eleventh lunar month, usually in October.
During Vassa, monks and nuns remain inside monasteries and temple grounds, devoting their time to intensive meditation and study. Laypeople support the monastic sangha by bringing food, candles and other offerings to temples. Read more...
Cambodians believe that although most living creatures are reincarnated at death, due to bad karma, some souls are not reincarnated but rather remain trapped in the spirit world. Each year, for fifteen days, these souls are released from the spirit world to search for their living relatives, meditate and repent. The fifteen-day observance of Prachum Benda, or Ancestors' Day, is a time for living relatives to remember their ancestors and offer food to those unfortunate enough to have become trapped in the spirit world. Furthermore, it is an important opportunity for living relatives to meditate and pray to help reduce the bad karma of their ancestors, thus enabling the ancestors to become reincarnated and leave the torment and misery of the spirit world. Read more...
Theravada Buddhism, along with Mahayana Buddhism, are the two principal branches of Buddhist belief. It is most widespread in Sri Lanka, Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand. Like Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada (Pali for "School of the Elders") claims to perpetuate the true teachings and practices of the Buddha.
The Theravada school traces its descent from the original sangha, or monastic community, that first followed the Buddha. Its canon of scripture consists of the Tipitaka (Three Baskets), the first great compendium of Buddhist writings, composed in the Pali language. Theravada tends toward doctrinal conservatism, exemplified in a cautious interpretation of its canon. Because of this, it has been given the pejorative name Hinayana (Sanskrit for "Lesser Vehicle") by its rivals, who call their own tradition Mahayana ("Greater Vehicle"). The goal of the Theravadin, or devotee of Theravada, is to become an arhat, a sage who has achieved nirvana (enlightenment) and will never be reborn. Mahayana traditionally prefers the figure of the bodhisattva - who, out of compassion, helps others toward salvation - to the arhat, who is concerned chiefly with his own salvation. Read more...
In contrast to the relative conservatism of earlier Buddhist schools, which adhered closely to the recognized teachings of the historical Buddha, Mahayana embraces a wider variety of practices, has a more mythological view of what a Buddha is, and addresses broader philosophical issues. Read more...
There are some who believe that Buddhism is so lofty and sublime a system that it cannot bepractised by ordinary men and women in the workaday world. These same people think that onehas to retire to a monastery or to some quiet place if one desires to be a true Buddhist.
This is a sad misconception that comes from a lack of understanding of the Buddha. Somepeople jump to such conclusions after casually reading or hearing something about Buddhism.Some people form their impression of Buddhism after reading articles or books that give only apartial or lopsided view of Buddhism. The authors of such articles and books have only a limitedunderstanding of the Buddha's Teaching. His Teaching is not meant only for monks inmonastries. The Teaching is also for ordinary men and women living at home with their families.The Noble Eightfold Path is the Buddhist way of life that is intended for all people. This way oflife is offered to all mankind without any distinction. Read More...