Nagaloka News

Residential Retreat began in Odisha

Posted in: Meetings and Events, Nagaloka News on Saturday, December 28th, 2013
Dhammachari Lokamitra has inaugurated a residential retreat on 27 December 2013 at Bolangir in the state of Odisha. The retreat is organised by Kalingamitra Trust, the organisation formed by the NTI alumni to preach and propagate Buddhism and teachings of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in Odisha State. The name Kalinga is the ancient name of Odisha, the place where Ashoka fought the bloody war and realised futility of violence. From Chanda Ashoka, he became Dhamma Ashoka. 
Now Odisha, and this region of the state, Bolangir, are considered to be one of the poorest regions of the world. The region is beset with poverty, violence, scarcity, and deprivation. 
The NTI alumni is slowly and gradually developing Buddhist movement for peace and justice in the region. 
The theme of the residential retreat is ” Buddhism and Social Transformation” and the duration is 27-31 December 2013. 
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Civic Felicitation of Wen Kwei

Posted in: Meetings and Events, Nagaloka News on Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Nagaloka’s Buddha statue has become centre stage of attraction for the visitors. This 36 feet’s Buddha Statue which was sculptured by renowned artist from Taiwan is visiting Nagpur from 2nd to 4th January, 2013. On this occasion, a program of  Civic Felicitation is organized in his honor on 3rd January, 2013 at 6 PM in Nagaloka. Hon. Wen Kwei has created the beautiful statue of Buddha painstakingly without charging anything. This distinguished sculptor has built various huge well known statues of Buddha in Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia and other different countries. Dr Ambedkar liked walking Buddha statue which personifies expression of compassionate activity for  the benefit of all. Hence, by donating the Statue of Walking Buddha, Hon. Wen Kwei has strengthened the bonds of friendship with the followers of Dr Ambedkar. He has also helped in beautification of Nagpur city.

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Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya ( For the Welfare and Happiness of the Many) Day

Posted in: Nagaloka News on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

In the Theravada Buddhist world, the full moon day of November is celebrated as Kathina Dana Day. In the Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha, it is celebrated as Sangha Day, with the emphasis on the practice of spiritual friendship and confession.

 At Nagaloka on 17th November this year we restored what we thought had been a much neglected and even forgotten dimension of the day. It was on this day that the Buddha exhorted his first disciples to “Go forth, for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the  many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, benefit, and happiness of gods’ and men. Let not two go by one way: Preach, O Bhikkhus, the Dhamma, excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, excellent in the end, both in  the spirit and in the letter. Proclaim the Holy Life, altogether perfect and pure.” These words represent an essential aspect of Dhamma practice; they make it clear that we do not practice for our own benefit alone. They make it clear that compassion is an integral part of the practice of the Dhamma. We felt these golden and historic words should be celebrated every year. We have also made this day a celebration of the Walking Buddha, as he symbolises this spirit of active engagement with the world.

Thousands of people turned up to celebrate the day with us. Lokamitra, in his presidential speech, explained the significance of the day, and especially the implications of those momentous words of the Buddha. Our special guest was Venerable Kuang Shin, from Taiwan, who has done so much to help our work and made a very significant contribution to the Walking Buddha. He brought 73 disciples from Taiwan and China with him. Ven. Kuang Shin said  that we all have Buddha seeds within us. We can create a new society by our practice and by removing suffering from the world. Meditating and chanting on Amitabha Buddha is the way many Eastern Buddhists try and do this.

Dhammamitra Ashok Sarasvati and his group performed after lunch. He is well known and much appreciated for his communicating the Dhamma and social messages, especially those inspired by Dr. Ambedkar, through the local folk music tradition known as kirtan.

In the afternoon the seven fold puja was conducted in Hindi. This was followed by the chanting of the Shakyamuni, Avaloketesvara and Amitabha mantras, the last two led by Ven Kuang Shin. The programme was concluded by the chanting of ‘Bahujan Hitay, Bahujan Sukhaya’ beautifully chanted by Nagarjuna Institute students. During this chanting all the participants left the shamiana and made offerings to the Walking Buddha. Thousands of people participated in the puja, and in silence and with concentration. Many more thousands visited Nagaloka that day to pay their respects to the Walking Buddha.

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Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya ( For the Welfare and Happiness of the Many) Day

Posted in: Meetings and Events, Nagaloka News on Thursday, December 5th, 2013

In the Theravada Buddhist world, the full moon day of November is celebrated as Kathina Dana Day. In the Triratna Bauddha Mahasangha, it is celebrated as Sangha Day, with the emphasis on the practice of spiritual friendship and confession. At Nagaloka on 17th November this year we restored what we thought had been a much neglected and even forgotten dimension of the day. It was on this day that the Buddha exhorted his first disciples to “Go forth, for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare, benefit, and happiness of gods’ and men. Let not two go by one way: Preach, O Bhikkhus, the Dhamma, excellent in the beginning, excellent in the middle, excellent in the end, both in the spirit and in the letter. Proclaim the Holy Life, altogether perfect and pure.” These words represent an essential aspect of Dhamma practice; they make it clear that we do not practice for our own benefit alone. They make it clear that compassion is an integral part of the practice of the Dhamma. We felt these golden and historic words should be celebrated every year. We have also made this day a celebration of the Walking Buddha, as he symbolises this spirit of active engagement with the world. Thousands of people turned up to celebrate the day with us. Lokamitra, in his presidential speech, explained the significance of the day, and especially the implications of those momentous words of the Buddha. Our special guest was Venerable Kuang Shin, from Taiwan, who has done so much to help our work and made a very significant contribution to the Walking Buddha. He brought 73 disciples from Taiwan and China with him. Ven. Kuang Shin said that we all have Buddha seeds within us. We can create a new society by our practice and by removing suffering from the world. Meditating and chanting on Amitabha Buddha is the way many Eastern Buddhists try and do this. Dhammamitra Ashok Sarasvati and his group performed after lunch. He is well known and much appreciated for his communicating the Dhamma and social messages, especially those inspired by Dr. Ambedkar, through the local folk music tradition known as kirtan. In the afternoon the seven fold puja was conducted in Hindi. This was followed by the chanting of the Shakyamuni, Avaloketesvara and Amitabha mantras, the last two led by Ven Kuang Shin. The programme was concluded by the chanting of ‘Bahujan Hitay, Bahujan Sukhaya’ beautifully chanted by Nagarjuna Institute students. During this chanting all the participants left the shamiana and made offerings to the Walking Buddha. Thousands of people participated in the puja, and in silence and with concentration. Many more thousands visited Nagaloka that day to pay their respects to the Walking Buddha.

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