Everyday offering meal to the Buddhist monks.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Like many of the teachings of the Buddha, the practice of generosity in Buddhism is largely entwined with the mind. Far more important than the gift being given is the intention and state of mind when giving.
Kathina Robe Offering Ceremony
Saturday 9th November, 2019
Kathina ceremony in Scotland. Kathina ceremony is an ancient Buddhist ceremony dating back to Buddha times or over 2,600 years ago.
It involves the offering of monks’ robes (i.e. clothing) to monks. However, more than the offering of robes,
it signifies unity, sharing, and spirit of community.
The Buddha allows monks to accept the donation of Kathina robes from lay supporters only once a year – approximately one month following their annual three-month, rainy season retreat. The period of Kathina robes offering is limited because the Buddha wants monks to practice frugality and contentment.
On top of that, the Buddha created a condition in which for a Buddhist temple to be allowed to conduct the Kathina ceremony, it has to have at least five monks living harmoniously and completing the rains retreat together. This is to ensure unity, sharing, and spirit of community among Buddhist monks. This atmosphere too is extended to lay people coming together to support the monks’ community so that they can continue their jobs of teaching meditation and spreading peace in society.
Because the Meditation Centre of Scotland is part of the Helensburgh community, we’d be thankful and very much honored if you could join our opening ceremony as a witnessing guest of honor.
The core of our presence here lies in the teaching of Buddhist meditation and spreading of Buddha’s teachings for inner peace and happiness of individuals. We believe the emotional well-being of individuals who are units of society will lead to societal well-being, which we all want and cherish regardless of faith, race, and nationality.
Schedule of Kathina Robes Offering Ceremony
09:30 Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta Chanting and Meditation
10:00 Alms Offering to the Buddhist monks
11:00-12:00 Thai food festive
12.30 Procession of Kathina robes
13:30-15:00 Kathina robes offering ceremony
Visakha (Vesak) Puja Day on May 18,2019.
11.30 Offering food to the Mosnatic monks.
13.30 Chanting Dhammajak kapawatanna Sutra.
14.00 Light the candle pay homage to The Lord Buddha and circumambulation.
Visakha(Vesak) Puja Day
Visakha Puja Day is one of the most important days in Buddhism and for Buddhists. It is the day Buddhists assemble to commemorate the life of the Buddha and to give reverence to His purity, profound wisdom and immense compassion for all humankind and living beings by reflecting and using His teachings as guidelines for their lives. VisakhaPuja Day also marks the anniversary of three significant events in the life of the Buddha – His Birth, Enlightenment, and Attainment of Complete Nirvana – that occurred on the 15th day of the 6th waxing moon.
When Queen Sirimahamaya, King Suddhodana’s Royal Consort, was due to give birth, she returned to her home in Devadaha City for the childbirth as it was a royal tradition. Along the journey, she stopped to rest under the sala trees in Lumbini Park. As she was standing and holding on to a tree branch, she gave birth to a prince. The birth occurred on a full moon day of the sixth lunar month eighty years before the beginning of the Buddhist Era. When the prince was five days old, he has bestowed the name Siddhattha – meaning ‘fulfillment’.
News of Prince Siddhattha’s birth spread quickly, eventually reaching Hermit Asitha, an acquaintance of King Suddhodana residing in the Himalayas. Hermit Asitha requested a visitation to see the newborn prince. When he saw the prince, he predicted that the prince would be self-enlightened and discover the path to Nibbana, and eventually become the Buddha. The prince would teach the people the way to end suffering and spread love and kindness to all humankind. After presenting his prediction, Hermit Asitha bowed respectfully at the prince’s feet. Witnessing the act, King Suddhodana was overjoyed and bowed to the prince as well. Later, the King invited eight Brahmin scholars specializing in astrology to examine and predict Prince Siddhattha’s destiny. Seven of them predicted that the prince will become a Supreme Emperor if he assumes the throne; however if he decides to ordain, he will become the Buddha. However, Konddanya, the youngest of the Brahmins, prophesied that the prince will choose the latter path and become the Buddha.
King Suddhodana wished for Prince Siddhattha to continue the reign of the kingdom and to eventually become the Supreme Emperor. He provided every luxury his son could ever want in the three palaces (for seasonal occupation) that were filled with beautiful royal consorts in an effort to shield the prince from witnessing any forms of suffering and sadness that would lead to apathy and a desire to ordain. The opulent life of the prince was filled with beauty, wealth, royal attendants, prestige, fame, and bliss.
One day, when Prince Siddhattha was 29 years old, he rode his horse outside the palace and encountered an aging person, a sick person, a corpse and an ascetic. The sight of the aged, diseased and the dead caused him to reflect on the uncertainties and suffering in the lives of human beings. But upon seeing the ascetic, an individual seeking escape from the suffering, Prince Siddhattha was moved by that lifestyle and aspired to become ordained one day.
Soon after, Princess Yasodhara, the prince’s royal consort, gave birth to a son who was given the nameRahul, meaning ‘fetter’. This name was chosen because Prince Siddhattha realized that if he did not ordain now, his love and obligation to his wife and son would ultimately bound and prevent him from ever ordaining. That evening, he decided to leave the palace in order to ordain and search for the path to overcome suffering.
Six years after departing the palace to ordain and spending time searching arduously, Prince Siddhattha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree along the banks of Neranjara River on the full moon night of the sixth lunar month, and became the Buddha at the age of thirty-five. During the first meditative stage, he attained the ability to recount every past lifetime that he was ever born; in the middle stage he attained what is called ‘the divine eye’ and acquired the ability to see past lives of all living creatures in the cycle of existence, or samsara. In the final meditative stage, he was able to eliminate all his defilements through the wisdom he gained; Prince Siddhattha was now fully enlightened and became the Buddha. At the present day, the place where he attained enlightenment is in the town of Bodh Gaya, located in Gaya City in the Indian state of Bihar.
His Attainment of Complete Nirvana
After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha taught about the nature of the world, or Dhamma, to the people for the next 45 years until he was 80. On the full moon night of the sixth month, as the Buddha rested in Kusinara City of the Malla Kingdom, he delivered his final discourse as follows: “Behold monks, naturally all conditioned things must undergo changes. Strive to work hard to benefit yourself and humankind, and by not being reckless.” He then entered Complete Nirvana on the full moon night of the sixth lunar month. The location where the Buddha attained Complete Nirvana is in Kushinagar District in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Visakha Puja Day is an important day for the world.
Magha Puja Day
Wat Phra Dhammakaya Scotland
19 February 2019
Magha Puja Day is one of the most important days in Buddhism and it marks the occurrence of the four great events that took place over 2,500 years ago.
Magha Puja, also known as the “Day of the Fourfold Assembly,” took place at the Bamboo Grove (Veruvana) nine months after Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. The four extraordinary circumstances included:
1. It was a full moon and a Buddhist holy day on the third lunar month known as Magha.
2. All 1,250 monks assembled without being summoned.
3. All these monks were enlightened arahants.
4. All the assembled monks were individually ordained by the Lord Buddha.
The Lord Buddha delivered the sermon called the “Ovadapatimokha,” the teaching at the Heart of Buddhism, in which He expounded on the goal, principles and the method in disseminating Buddhism.
1. The ultimate Goal of Buddhism is the attainment of Nibbana.
2. The Principles of Buddhism is to cultivate the mind, body and speech by (a) refraining from all misdeeds; (b) performing only wholesome deeds; and (c) purifying one’s mind.
3. The Method in propagating Buddhism requires monks to develop themselves continuously through the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path in order to have purity of body, speech and mind before disseminating the Teachings of the Buddha to others. They are to lead exemplary lives so they can be an example for others to follow. Thus, the method is the way to conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the good qualities of true disciples of the Lord Buddha.
On the occasion of Magha Puja, we commemorate it by taking part in meritorious activities and ceremonies organized throughout the day - morning alms-offering, meditation, Dhamma sermon, Magha lanterns lighting and circumambulation - as a way to offer our highest reverence to the Triple Gem.
Schedule of Events
11:00 Meal Offering Ceremony
11:30 Light of Peace Ceremony
12:00 End of Ceremony