Today is Esala full moon Poya day, which is celebrated by Buddhists Island wide. Esala Poya is significant to Buddhists as the day Buddha preached his first dhamma sermon, the 'Dhamma Chakka Pavattana Sutta'. The picture shows devotees at the Gangarama temple taking part in religious observances. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana
Buddhism is not symbolism, its a peaceful way of life, the ultimate goal being to escape suffering and attain the release to Nibbana, by escaping the cycle of rebirth & death. All these outward piety and offerings mean very little, if in our own hearts we have not embraced the true essence of the teachings of the great one. The practices prescribed by Buddhism are a method to get rid of the negative behaviors and replace them with compassionate action. (cont)
Hussain Tuesday, 03 July 2012 03:47 PM
(cont). The transforming of one’s inner environment and outward behavior in this way creates merit (punna) that will bring blessings to one’s life either now or in the future. The practice of generating punna should not be disregarded as a means to emancipation. Punna brings rebirth in a good environment that is conducive to further practice and repetition of compassionate behaviours can be helpful to cultivate the mind and overcome selfishness, which is the main obstacle on the way to Nibbana. In short, karma is the law of cause and effect in the ethical realm.
Leslie Tuesday, 03 July 2012 07:12 AM
May our country be blessed for peace and goodwill.
hindu Tuesday, 03 July 2012 08:09 AM
let us follow the preaching of Buddha and live a peaceful life.
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